Monday, December 2, 2013

The Countess' Cedar Gown and Top Hat, Part II


Here we are. The bodice is covered with shorter and smaller branches. Still, I had to trim the greenery closer to the body with my garden sheers - cedar is not the most slimming material. A huge red poppy with petals falling randomly was added. Keeping the design simple and bold conveys modernity.


Voila, a different type of Christmas tree.


It would be nice to keep the gown inside, but with three dogs, it's simply not possible.

What?! But I like having my own private indoor  bathroom.


I'm sure the squirrels will hide a few walnuts in there - they always do.


Okay, now for the top hat...

8 comments:

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh my goodness! That is absolutely stunning! Love it!

Mark D. Ruffner said...

The dress is stunning, Anyes, and I very much like the cascading petals! I'm sure the Countess is the center of attention at each and every ball she attends. Is that why she lost her head?

Rosemary said...

You have done a wonderful job Aynes - the Countess looks wonderful standing on your porch - she will definitely be the belle of the ball, and I bet that your neighbours are enjoying her too.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you so much Gina,
Not very Victorian, but still, she blends in.
Anyes
xx

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Mark,
Thank you for your kind words. Yes, you might say that vanity was the main reason why she lost her head during the French revolution. Glad you enjoyed it.
Anyes
xx

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Rosemary,
Thank you so much. I always feel that my neighbours
must think that I'm weird or crazy, but what the heck, it's fun.
Anyes
xx

Anonymous said...

I love this and you did a wonderful job! I was wondering, how far did you bring the chicken wire down? Did you flair it out to create the effect or did you just use the branches to create the effect?

Thank you,
Kerri

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello kerri,
Thank you so much.
In front the chicken wire went all the way down to the floor, only the branches were left to spread beyond the dress, but gradually from the side to the back, the chicken wire went beyond the floor length. If I remember well, I must have had two feet of chicken wire trailing at centre back.
Hope it helps.
Anyes
xx