To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:3

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose!

Ever since I met Lonna Miller, I have been obsessed with Bird of Paradise feathers. They are beautiful, lacy, fine, wispy, mesmerizing... So when I decided to start making Edwardian/teens outfits, I set about looking to acquire bird of paradise plumes. Watching ebay and etsy, I found a few and they now live comfortably in my home. Then one day, my heart jumped at the sight of a BOP body with head and glass eyes (unfortunately there were no glorious plumes, but I already had those)!!! Squee!!! Seriously! There it was on ebay ready to be purchased by yours truly! But first I had to win the auction...curse you ebay auctions!!! I nervously watched for days as the auction time wound down to the end. To my delight and utter disbelief, NO ONE had put a bid in for it!! Finally, the day of truth was upon me...I sat anxiously in front of my computer feeling the adrenaline coursing through my veins (I'm sure if my doctor had taken my blood pressure at that moment, she would have ordered me to NEVER play the ebay game again). The time was ever so slowly counting is at these moments that I find it absolutely curious that seconds seem to expand until they feel like hours...almost like I am in some sort of space time whirling vortex. Anyway, as I sat in front of the computer, palms sweating, heart palpitating, mouth dry, arms shaking, I entered my low bid and then my high bid. I was on the verge of vomiting when I decided to walk away, thinking "If I win, I win. If I don't, I'll throw a colossal fit worthy of a 4 year old, then get on with my life." Next thing I know, my phone chimes with an e.mail notice. I look at it with great trepidation, and read to my utter and complete surprise the most wonderful words I had read that day...."CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE WON THE BIRD OF PARADISE BODY AUCTION!" Seriously? I yelped so loudly that it drew the curious stares once again from my family. Now all I had to do was pay for the pretty little bird and wait anxiously for it to appear in my mail box! When it finally arrived, I lovingly removed it from its wrapping and set about putting wings and tail on it....After sewing, wiring, molding, and tweeking, I had before me a bird fit for a HUGE teens hat!!!

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