I don’t think you’re ever too old to enjoy being a princess on your birthday–I certainly don’t plan to ever outgrow it. A couple of years ago, I knitted Rachel a birthday crown, and decided I wanted to outdo that this year. I watched a few instructional videos, and then just went for it.
Honestly, I was shocked how well my first effort turned out. I’m crafty, but it usually takes a few tries for me to turn out something nice when I pick up a new craft. But this took about an hour and a half, and was even better than I’d visualized.
The problem was, I’d allowed myself a few weeks to learn and practice, which meant this pretty thing was sitting around the house, tempting me at every turn. I finally decided the only thing to do was to create one for myself, so I could stop wanting to steal Rachel’s.
I used the same construction techniques in both, and they ended up so different from each other. Of course, the color scheme of mine makes it much more somber–the whole thing was inspired by those red, pointed gems. Where Rachel’s clearly says, “Happy birthday, darling!” mine is more, “The Nazgûl have gone co-ed!”
To my credit (and Ken’s surprise) I haven’t run off and bought all the tiara supplies in the world, as I tend to do when I take up a new craft. But I do have an idea for a blue and green mermaid tiara with sort of Art Nouveau lines…