You can hear the African Drums beating in the distance. The natives are restless waiting with great anticipation for the "Witch Doctor's" arrival. All the while wondering "What wonderful shoes and accessories will he be wearing this time?" Will they be fuzzy and pink? Will they be red? Will they have so much "bling" on them that they will have to wear sunglasses to welcome him? Will they be made out of animal skins, from his latest victim?Witch doctors are steeped in rituals. They work in a sacred healing hut, where their ancestors reside. They have specific colored cloths to wear to please each ancestor and often wear the gallbladder of the goat sacrificed at their graduation ceremony in their hair. They summon the ancestors by burning a plant while dancing, chanting and most importantly playing drums.The "Witch Doctor" will soon arrive for the big Gala 2010, sporting all his beads and colored fabrics. And Oh Yes, we can't forget about his shoes!!! He will be ready to "p a r t é y" and to enchant all those in attendance.
Queen Annette – Inca 2010 – Mardi Gras Mobile, Alabama Never in my wildest dreams did I think my daughter would ever be queen of Mardi Gras. However, in all the excitement and anticipation, there was a waiting period of 2 years before the announcement could be made public. In the meantime, all the necessary preparations were on their way. I can assure you that the two years was certainly not enough time to prepare for such an extraordinary event. The check-list contained: 1) Designing the Crown and Scepter 2) Queen’s Jewelry 3) Designing the dress 4) Designing the collar 5) Designing a 16ft train 6) Shoes 7) Evening dresses for special engagement
Designing the train was the most difficult. Creating the design had to be different than any other design in the past; hence, we featured the crest of the organization that nobody had ever showcased. We also incorporated her “A” and mine, for our names and two fluttering butterflies representing each of my granddaughters, Brittany and Skyler. The main fabric was red velvet, trimmed in 12” iridescent gold trim, rhinestones sprinkled throughout the train.
Deciding on the evening gown was another thing. She had her mind set on a certain style but everything that we found was too plain. So mom to the rescue; did all the beading on the dress in Swaroski crystals (Siam AB) with clear crystals and touches of gold beading. Keeping in mind that red was in the train we had to keep the continuity of the color and design.
The crown and scepter were custom made by a Mardi Gras crown maker who has been making crowns for Mardi Gras kings and queens for over 50 years. Again we took everything a step further and designed the crown and scepter in Swaroski crystals with Siam AB crystals, a little flamboyant, showy and most pretentious, but why not, she was Queen of the Mardi Gras. A successful coup that had never been demonstrated before in this particular organization. The crown and scepter were personalized with the “A” and special stones were inserted to represent the different family members. Since I was the Queen’s mom my stone was in the center of her scepter. How cool is that?!
It was a great Valentine's Day! Visited with fellow members of the ADU (All Dolled Up Club) in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) and participated in their ADU Bazaar day. What fun to see old friends and meet new fellow artists.
I had a chance to go see this musical and it was sooooooooooooo funny. If you get the opportunity to go see it....GO!!!
“The Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change®,” the original, off-Broadway musical begins with four women, “Professional Woman,” “Soap Star,” “Iowa Housewife” and “Earth Mother,” at a Bloomingdale’s lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra - and hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, chocolate binges, not enough sex, too much sex and day-to-day challenges with aging parents, aging children and aging partners. They share their ups and downs through a collection of 25 re-lyricized baby boomer songs from the 60's, 70's and 80s. Disco hit “Stayin’ Alive” becomes “Stayin’ Awake,” Motown favourite “My Guy” is transformed into “My Thighs,” "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" switches to "In the Guest Room or on the Sofa, My Husband Sleeps at night,” and “Puff The Magic Dragon” becomes the anthem to exercise, Puff, My God I’m Draggin’”.