Yesterday in A Kickass Guide To Being A Late Bloomer, I promised you some DiY instructions on how to make your own Late Bloomer's Crown, but, when I sat down to make that video, another idea popped into my head & I just decided to roll with it...
I was thinking about WHY I wanted to make myself a Late Bloomer's Crown, because, on the surface of things, it seems like a pretty frivolous thing to do... although I prefer the word whimsical.
Below the surface, however, it is not frivolous at all. It is symbolic of something deeper, an idea that I am wedded to... a hope, a dream, a promise to myself.
And- that got me thinking about the other things we wear that may be unnecessary in terms of survival or practicality but are important to us none the less.
So- obviously jewelry sprung to mind, and I started contemplating the symbolism of a wedding ring, the whole from-this-day-forewardness of it and how, as Late Bloomers, we could use a bit of symbolism like that, something that we can keep on us every day to remind ourselves that we are committed to this new & brightly blooming chapter of our lives.
A floral crown may be fun in a whimsical kind of way, but a ring or necklace is a tad more subtle & will probably last longer.
Anyway... Deep Thoughts With Jo... Dunno how that happened! LOL. All I wanted to do was make myself a crown! -xo
First, I went to the floral section of my local craft store and picked out a few seasonal items. I wanted to stick with the colors of Autumn, because a) my birthday is at the end of September and b) I feel Autumn best represents the spirit of the Late Bloomer. It also just happens to be my favorite time of year...
I thought I was looking for a pre-made grapevine wreath that I could just plunk onto my head as a base, but that had a very Jesus-on-the-cross look & feel (ouch!) to it, so I instead opted for a spindly, long wire of amber glass & silk flowers with a sprinkling of deep orange berries.
I wrapped one end of it around my head to establish a good fit & then I continued to wind it around itself until it formed a wreath, which actually looked pretty cute all on it's own.
And then- utilizing the magick of my trusty glue gun, I embellished the wreath with a few strategically placed silk flowers & a bit of burgundy glitter glue. And that was that. Easy peasy. I think it took all of ten minutes!
This is the last installment in this week's Late Bloomer theme, which I so totally & completely enjoyed doing. If you'd like to see (& hear) my other Late Bloomer offerings, follow these links...
★ A Kickass Guide To Being A Late Bloomer
★ EVERY WiTCH WAY : An Interview With Kate Northrup (Money : A Love Story)
★ HiPPiE WiTCH : It's Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been
★ POP WiTCH : 11 Late Bloomers Who Refused To Give Up
★ This post is in honor of Four On 40, which is dedicated to Gen X women fast approaching or having recently celebrated their 40th birthday, & I encourage you to visit the Four On 40 website to not only experience the live Four On 40 event, but also to get access to some excellent FREE goodies from my co-hosts, Dawn Champine, Lenora Henson & Suzanne Michelle.