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Monday, May 25, 2009

Head Hunter

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I'm hunting for crowned heads...doll heads that is! My extensive collection of crowns and tiaras has been hidden away in cabinets, with some small crowns sitting atop the heads of stuffed animals and larger ones used as candle holders or vases. It is high time however, to give some of these frivolous ornamentations a resting place of honor. I have an eclectic taste for royalty; Marie Antoinette's opulence for example, has a special, private place in my decorating passion. I reserve her style for my work and resting space upstairs in our loft bedroom where I alone can sit and revel in the dream of ultra feminine swaths of textured fabrics, over-the-top jewels and satiny ribboned shoes.

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Another favorite royal of mine that has influenced the rest of my decorating sensibilities is the great Eleanor of Aquitaine. The period in which she lived expressed a burnished gold hue that speaks of a chilling antiquity. I have chosen to dedicate the rest of my home decorating to this style and although most of the images we have of her are of cold stone sarcophagus, numerous artists' renditions of the controversial queen suggest otherwise.

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While I was on my wild head hunt, I came across two antique distressed replicas of wooden heads. They were perfect in that their dead stares are exactly what I was looking for to suggest the vintage appeal.

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The embellishments began with Marie when I stumbled across a shop in Minneapolis that was quite unusual; The Fiber Shop carries multitudes of yarn, both organic and synthetic and varieties of sheep and lamb's wool. I came across some curly wool that resembles the powdered wigs of Marie's era. I bought a small bag and frizzled a small mound leaving the natural curly locks intact for her curls, then I hot glued the wig in its place.


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Then there was Eleanor; I preferred to keep her as stoic and basic as many an ancient sarcophagus depict her with just a crown and veil. I used a small French santos vintage crown.

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I love to embellish. The texture of Marie's wig is especially satisfying and the vintage santos crown fits Eleanor to a tee!

BUT ENOUGH OF THIS FRIVOLITY! I would like to give the Castles Crowns and Cottages ROYAL TREATMENT QUEEN FOR A WEEK to four lovely ladies worthy of a crown:

Barb from French Elements for awarding me with the "Queen of all things" award
KeKe from In My Sepia Studio for tagging me and adding me to her list of "six things that make her happy"!
Amy from Such a Wonderous Place this Fairy Space for writing me the most beautiful poem featured below
Grace from The Beautiful Necessity for sharing the vision of tea, cozy cottages and Waterhouse.

I dub thee all Queens for a week! You are beautiful.


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By Amy:

Yes, I shall flutter on the pink breeze of morning, to a world of Castles, Crowns, and Cottages. A fair Lady friend waits to greet. She is remarkable, a gift, and oh, so sweet.

No, I want to walk, said the Princess. If I go this way, then, I shall merrily walk, so that it is I can say,

"I breathed in with every step, the dew, and the light, I am going to a friend's castle in the pink calm, the gorgeous pink calm, after the night."

Merci à vous tous! Anita

32 comments:

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Thanks for the feast for the eyes, Craft, Crowns, who can beat these? Lovely to be given a crown by a true royal friend! Thanks. Blessings.

Bellamere Cottage said...

Golly! What a great post! I loved the sparkling graphics and your "heads" made into art! Great job! ;-)

Hugs,
Spencer

Coastal Sisters said...

Boujour Anita!

This was a wonderful posting! I love seeing the heads adored with their jewels :)

Happy Saturday Sweets!
LuLu~*xoxo

Tea Time With Melody said...

I came over from "The Dutchess" and WOW I just love your blog. I scrolled down every single picture and comment had me entranced. Your blog title caught my eye and I just had to visit. Loved it, all of it. I will definately be back!

GrandmaK said...

What a fun and "sparkling" post! Twas grand! Cathy

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Another lovely post by a lovely person! I hope you have a picture of yourself somewhere in your castle with your very own sparkling crown atop!
Happy Weekend!
Kirsten

Deborah said...

I love what you did with the wood heads! I especially love the curly wool-gave me a great idea for a blog party I have joined. Thank you very much! **blows kisses** Deborah

Barb said...

What a sweetheart you are! I appreciate the lovely award. I could use some Royal treatment right now-hehe.

What a fantastic post Anita. I love what you did with those heads (sounds wrong, no?).

I just love your blog and I am so glad to have found it.

love ya,
Barb

Cathy said...

Where did you get that gorgeous pic of Marie? I love it. Please share my sweetness.

xo Cathy

Grace said...

What a lovely award, to be dubbed queen for the week by such a noble lady! I will take it to heart. (But no worries...I won't ask Tom to wait on me hand and foot...)

LOVE the busts. Truly. I love that you gave them a look from two different magnificent eras, of two different magnificent queens.

Fondly,
Grace

Rosemary said...

OOOH so pretty Anita!!
You know me, I love all crowns!! The wooden heads are so great!
Hope you are having a great weekend!
Rosemary

Jen Parrish said...

Gorgeous!! LOVE the heads you found, and what you did to turn them both into magical beings! Great job on that wig...looks perfect.

Charli and me said...

Good morning Anita, What a great post! I love all of the glitter and bling. You are very artistic. I like what you did with the heads too. I have always been facinated with those two ladies. The crowns are all beautiful ♥ How lovely that someone would write a poem especially for you. If I was a poet I would write one too. Thank you for sharing with all of us...

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

what wonderful finds! - I"m also on a head hunting mission. Wouldn't you think being in a city as old as New Haven, that there would be lovely vintage stuff everywhere?! NO! One antique shop - and a salvation army. That's IT.

I'm starting to wonder about casting my own ... though human size heads are pretty big!

Your glitter graphics are fun - love the tiara on Marie!

Queen Of The Armchair said...

Bonjour Anita...Wow, love those twinkling Crowns, what fun!!!
Congratulations to your Queens for a week!!!
Thank you so much for your visit and your lovely comments...Dzintra Ingrid♥x

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Anita....great post! Love the glitter and the crowns! You have such artistic "soul!" I love the wig you made! Have a wonderful weekend!
~Patti

sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

J'adore votre blog.
Pardon ma francais...it's been since high school since I took French, but I found your blog and am dying over the crowns and the PINK! What a 'happy place!' And I should visit often to brush up on my French!!!! xOxO deb

Karen said...

What great graphics with your post! It looks like you had grande fun with you vintage heads. My daughter LOVES her tiaras!! No pageants or such here, just a girly girl who loves princesses and her birthday tiaras. I think she wore a different one every day last week to pick her big brother up from school! Hope you day is just as pink and sparkly as your lovely blog! :>

Bonnie said...

Anita,there is a lot to love in that painting of Eleanor. It is enchanting. I also love the new glittery look of your blog and the wonderful job you did with Marie's "head!" Brilliant! Hope you enjoyed your weekend.

Have a wonderful one, Bonnie

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Bonsoir Mon Amie!

Loved this post of crowns and bling!! and your queens for a day are so deserving! The sparkles caught me eye and drew me in to your tightly woven web of heads and jewels Ma Chere!! Bravo once again!!

Mille Bisous, Sherry
or is that bisous mille?? I'm in toddler town and can't even think right now

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I just want to say to all of my friends, how much I appreciate your creativity, fun spirits and kindnesses; they will never be forgotten and your fellowship is sweet to my soul. You are all queens in the eyes of GOD! Anita

The Victorian Parlor said...

Everything is lovely and fit for a queen:) I also like the glitter on the pictures:)

Blessings,

Kim

Kara Ward said...

Those heads are perfect and I love what you did with them....Baby doll heads scare me. I don't know why but they do! LOL....

KeKe said...

Thank you for considering me Anita. And you surely deserve it!

is there an image I'm to take to go along with the prestige and honor of this award? :)

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE those sparkling crowns!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Hi dear! Go on over to vintage bella studio and sign up to show your crown on June 10th! Fun to be had! Blessings.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a great post, and what a fsscinating collection!

I followed you over from Carol's blog and wanted to say hello. I'm just fascinated with your blog. I think that crowns would be such a fun, whimsical thing to collect, and I love the vintage heads you found for them. Very neat.

Happy Tea & Friendship Tuesday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I love those vintage heads!!
And your glitter!!!

Patricia Cabrera said...

Sweet (((Anita))~ What a candy to my eyes... love, love the sparkles! Visiting you makes me smile!Blessings to you and yours, Pat

dancing doc said...

love the glitter ,everyone should have access to such light! merci
et salut du midi

Cathy said...

Hi Anita,

I have something special for you. Stop by my blog sometime.

xo Cathy

Micki said...

I just found your blog. What a lovely post! My mouth was hanging open when I was looking at all of the pics.
Micki