I have a very vivid memory from my childhood of something called “angel hair” that festooned Christmas trees. We didn’t have it in our house, but others did and I can remember the magical quality of pretty coloured lights (I am not a fan of today’s LEDs in primary colours) shining through what looked like a silky, candyfloss like material. I think it might have been some sort of fibre glass so was probably lethal in some way, but for me it was pure magic. I only mention because I’ve been thinking about the hair of actual angels. Take a look at today’s project and you’ll see why!
This is my DT piece for the new challenge over at Anything But A Card where the theme for December is “celestial.” I decided not to opt for my favourite celestial bodies – sun, moon and stars and create this little lady (for she is a “she”) instead. You will see she has no hair. Mr Beez, apparently, does not like hairless angels. How I can have been married to him for over thirty years and not known this is a mystery! She doesn’t have hair for the simple fact that I didn’t have anything suitable from which to make it and I actually liked her without.
Her body is a wooden peg doll blank. I’ve had a bag of these in my stash forever so it’s about time they saw the light of day. I painted the body white and then added some rosy cheeks ,using some distress ink applied with a cotton bud, and some eyes. Then I wrapped her in some very loose weave muslin/cheesecloth, adding some extra layers over the top to create a wispy, ethereal quality.
Her wings are cut from some heavy gold lace. I love it that I got two wings from just the tiniest bit of this highly prized trim. Her little halo is a circlet of thin gold tinsel. This was probably the hardest part to do and I was quite glad I hadn’t opted for hair as I thing I would have got in a right old state.
My little angel is standing on a base created from a cotton reel. I’ve left the cotton on it and covered it with some music manuscript and gold starry trim. I thought a long time about the words I was going to use and opted for “noel, noel.” However, as soon as I had stuck that on I wished I had opted for “Gloria” instead! To me, this little angel looks full of mischief and I think Gloria is a name that suits her down to the ground.
Make sure you buzz over to the Anything But A Card Challenge blog and take a look at what the rest of the super-talented DT have been up to. From the sneaky peeks I’ve seen, there is a whole range of ideas to inspire you.
Thanks for buzzing by.