Sunday 24 March 2013

When I am an old woman...

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.

(Warning, by Jenny Joseph)

Have you heard of the Red Hat Society?  It's a social organisation of, er, mature ladies which began when one of the founders gave a friend a red hat and a copy of the poem.  Here's my little red hat, which has taken me a very long time to make - well, not so much the hat as the display stand, if truth be told!

The hat is adapted from a pattern by Kim Costello (see here) that was published in Craft Stamper magazine some time ago.  I coloured the feathers with alcohol pens.  The stand is a CD with a cut-down packaging tube stuck to it.  The base I covered in Artists' Spackle texture paste, sprayed green and sprinkled with Flower Soft.  The upright I covered with paper left over after Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals Challenge (blending a little Vintage Photo DI over it first) and added a couple of flowers that I'd made for the Tattered Florals challenge but never used.

And there it is - my entry for the "Anything Goes- Pick and Mix" Country View Crafts blog challenge.  Thank you for taking the time to check it out.  I hope you liked it!


Elizabeth said...

Brilliant! The poem is one of my all-time favourites and it was my late Mother's favourite too. In fact, it was read out at her memorial service so it holds extra special memories for and, yes, I do have a red hat. I consider myself an honorary member of the red hat society :) So, of course,I love your red hat and admire the work that went into the making of it too. Love those feathers :)) Elizabeth xx

Jenny Marples said...

Oh my goodness what a fantastic piece of headwear. Love the idea of the red hat society too. Hugs, Jenny x

Maggie said...

Omg I love your project and the stand is fab worth the trouble as it displays your lovely hat so well, I have made this Hat many time from the template but have always struggled to display it, poem always makes me laugh I want to be this lady lol!!


Brenda Brown said...

What an amazing project and so well worth the time and effort you have put into it. Thanks for choosing to enter this into the first CVC challenge.
hugs {brenda} x0x