When Linda, over at Olde Baggs ‘n Stuft Shirts said she was hosting a Return To Oz party, I signed up, thinking I’d have plenty of time to get something done. Then work happened – and I mean, it happened to the tune of 70+ hour weeks including weekends. and a couple of commissions happened, and I didn’t get to participate on time, however I did promise I’d get there eventually, so here we are…
As soon as we knew what the theme of the party was going to be, we got our thinking caps on. There were many suggestions,
a number all of which were ruled out (mean old LT – The Clan). It really wasn’t practical to try and recreate the tornado scene in the living room, and building a yellow brick road would have been rather messy, not to mention having rather limited places for it to go. So we eventually settled on recreating a beary replica of one of the cast, but who would it be?
Dorothy was eliminated from the pigtail point of view, certainly for now, Toto would have been odd on his own without Dorothy, the tin many would have required fur of a very unusual colour, and the idea of making a scarecrow bear with a stick up its backside did not appeal to the Clan! The Wicked Witch was ruled out (for reasons which will become obvious later), and a Munchkin wouldn’t really have looked like a munchkin without someone else beside them for scale, so in the end we decided on Glinda.
Now Glinda was a girl who liked her pink, so we chose a lovely pink mohair, that came from the, now sadly closed, Teddy Bear Mohair shop. We also thought we’d try out some eyelashes for a more girly look, and a nice embroidered nose with silver flecks. We drew the pattern up, and she became bear shaped fairly quickly, however this was where we had a commission intervention before she could get dressed!
When Glinda clapped eyes on the new commission, she had a rather sinking feeling. Having been absorbing all her Oz ancestry, the recollection of a bouncing green and black baby was giving her some paws for thought…
She had a suspicion that causing trouble was rather in its nature, however it seemed to want to become friends
‘But what about my dress?’ wailed Glinda, pointing to the pile of fabric, ‘I was supposed to be all dressed up for a party!’
The new little baby seemed to be sorry, but alas, the party had been missed.
The new baby, or Theslow as he became known, headed off to his new home, where he became a mascot, and eventually, after a bunny had also hopped through, Glinda’s dress and crown were finally made:
With a white net underskirt, a white satin base and sparkly white net overlay, she was very proud of her dress, as were the rest of the Clan, although there were some mutterings about the fact that THEY didn’t have a dress like that!
Her crown is made of mirror card, and she has a sparkly wand.
Crowns can squish your ears though, so sometimes it’s good to take them off too:
Glinda breathed a sigh of relief, finally she was all dressed up for the party, she does hope she has someone to play with soon!
Thanks for dropping by our belated Return To Oz party, Glinda will be available through my website and Etsy shop in the next few days :o)
Glinda is lovely. The crown, well I guess it's a "personal choice" and squished ears HURT.
Oh Katy….this is the cutest in the whole wide world. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you won't mind if I post one of your pictures and lead back to your post…..this is wonderful. XOXO Oz hugs and smooches, Oma Linda, The Olde Bagg
I see you've been using your magical wand. We're not in Kansas anymore. But such a pretty dress and a such a good little witch!
Oma Linda , The Olde Bagg is one of my favorite people and so when she showed the photo of Glenda and the sweet little green and black baby I had to come check out your blog and see what else you've got and I love it so I'll be back. By the by, I'm a bit of a bear lover myself and try to include as many as I can in my Santa pieces.
Oh she is lovely. I love the color of her mohair. I have this same one at home from the same place, and it is beautiful stuff as you know. She looks beautiful in her dress and crown. Better late than never for the party.
Having been a witness to Glinda's stop/start progress, I am just bowled over by the end result – she looks just beautiful and deserves someone to treat her like a princess. (Yes, I adore the rest of you too, Thistle Patch Clan, so don't pout, it ain't becomin'!) Just make sure you don't spill anything messy on that dress because that would be a great shame after waiting so long to get it. The rest of the hug here in Blackpool have also fallen for her and I think Jessop may just be casting his eye away from Beatrice!
Lots of love and hugs from us here by the sea.
Oh yes she's a very fine bear, and I think I may have a person who will be interested in giving her a home. Fingers crossed.
Aww, thanks guys, glad you like her :o)
Oh, Glinda is adorable, Katy, and her frock is just charming! She would have fit in nicely at the Royal Wedding, don't you think? Her 'fascinator' is far more attractive than most I saw in the congregation…LOL! And I do love the little eyelashes…:)