Yellow umbrella in the forest

We have so much fun dressing up and taking pictures! In these pictures my daughter is wearing her great great grandmother’s jacket, a skirt I made out of African wax-cloth, a necklace I’ve made and a hat I’ve made from scratch.

To top it off, my daughter got to use my grandmother’s vintage umbrella in mint condition – I love the color on it! And we both love taking these pictures!

 

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Autumn glory

Sometimes I need to relax by taking pictures. And my daughter is my willing accomplice.

Autumn colors, a thrift shop-dress, a cape that I sewed from some old sheet I found at a flea market – plus half an hour of posing and taking pictures. We don’t spend too much time on the photo shoots, they’re supposed to be fun and not stressful. I find a nice spot, place my daughter and click away on the camera.

This is what I think of as her Ozma-look. We love the Oz-books by L. Frank Baum, and we always pretend that Ozma looks just like this. And I am always Billina!

I had planned on wearing the cape myself for a different project, but it was perfect for this photo shoot. So easy to make as well – I cut  circles at the top and bottom, and made a hem plus a lining.

The necklace is one I made out of old jewelry and beads.

I made the flower crown out of different fabrics – a kitchen towel, a striped sheet (thrift shop find) and some schweschwe fabric that I had at home.

We have so much fun together!

 

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Autumn princess

Sometimes we play dress up, my daughter and I.

Most of the time we only fantasize about dressing up – she is the princess of Pargasia, our fictional country, and I am the King (who is female). When she was little, she was usually Darth Vader and I was Gandalf, but we’ve moved on from that. Sometimes we dress as Pokemon, sometimes just as plain ourselves, and every night I pretend that my youngest son’s Pink Panther, called Pinkis, is talking. Pinkis asks the kids about their days and tells jokes and tell tales about my childhood – not all of them true!

We love dressing up. We love trying on new characters. We love pretending we have superpowers. And sometimes those stories end up in a picture.

 

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DIY White statement necklace

This was a fun necklace to make, but it was finished too soon – sometimes I like that it takes hours and hours to sew a piece.

I used so many bigger beads (two old broken bracelets that I found at a flea market), there just wasn’t that many beads to sew.

I like this nuance of white. And this particular red.

The round white beads were from a necklace, and the flat white ones were from two different thrift shop-necklaces.

A fun necklace to make, and to wear! I was feeling really fancy on the cruise in my retro gown and DIY-necklace!

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Heartflower DIY

”Did I give this flower to you already?”

”No, you didn’t, Mom!”

My memory sometimes is not to be relied on – this is a flower clip I made for my daughter, probably two years ago! I cut out a lot of felt hearts and sewed them together into a flower, and then sewed on a red button. Easy peasy. Just forgot to give it to my daughter…  Luckily she is not too old yet to wear stuff her Mom makes!

P.S. The felt is some old felt I found at a flea market, and the button is a hand me down.

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DIY quick Leia-buns

We went to WorldCon a while back, and I quickly had to make princess Leia-buns. They don’t look nearly as perfect as the real Leia’s buns, but they were good enough for my Leia, and took maybe five minutes to make. Which is good enough for me!

I had some fake hair lying around since years before when I did weaves and braids. 

I parted the hair, and took a small piece of each of the piles and wound it around a plastic hair band. I used my trusty glue gun to glue the end pieces to the hair band, and just wound the hair around and around until the plastic was covered.

I took one piece of long hair and wound it around my hand until it was an approximation of Leia’s buns . Then I sewed it together to the plastic hair band using some black thread.

A quick DIY, that would have been better if I could have found my hair nets somewhere! But our Leia was good happy with it, and that’s what counts.

She always used to dress up as Darth Vader when she was little, and do the voice and all. And the first ”words” that we heard her ”say” was to sing the Imperial March! But we kind of have our own version of Star Wars where Leia got a lightsaber just like Luke’s, and where she has a tiara!

 

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Prinsessor i skogen

 

 

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Fler prinsessbilder

Tack till mina prinsessor för att ni ställde upp! Det var så roligt!

 

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DIY Prinsessfotografering

Vackra prinsessor i skymningen.

Det var en rolig fotografering, och flickorna ville aldrig åka hem igen utan ville ta fler och fler prinsessbilder! Och det ville jag också!

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DIY Brunt pärlhalsband

Jag behövde ett fint halsband och något att göra medan jag lyssnade på podcaster så jag knåpade ihop det här bruna halsbandet.

Jag började med att rita ut mönstret på ett papper och föra över det på filttyg.

Jag lade ut de första pärlorna och sydde fast dem.

Färskvattenspärlor som blev perfekta till just det här halsbandet.

Jag sydde fast pärlor från två olika loppisfyndade stenhalsband och ett trasigt brunt halsband.

Sen fyllde jag på med fler pärlor och två kopparfärgade fjärilar.

Fler och fler pärlor, bland annat min morfars gamla orangea glaspärlor.

Det är verkligen avkopplande att sitta och sy pärla efter pärla!

Till sist var halsbandet översållat av pärlor och nästan färdigt.

Jag limmade fast lite konstgjort läder på baksidan och fäste ett svart pärlband i övre delen och så var halsbandet klart.  Eller så trodde jag. Det behövde ännu en vintage brosch i form av ett glittrigt bi, men det har jag ännu inte bilder på. Nu ska jag iväg och känna mig fin!

 

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