This seem to be somewhat of a theme, every time I ask my kids to clean out their toys or clothes, they give me something to transform as a challenge. They absolutely love it. This is the second time, and apart from Halloween times, orange seem to be another theme of theirs. The last challenge I got, the orange baby T-Rex toy, became the Jurassic Hide n’ Seek hair ornament. Could I possible top that?
Well…this is what I have to work with. My son’s worn out orange manchester pants. And the challenge? Make it into a belt, mum, he said. Pumpkin shaped belt.
It will be interesting to see where we’ll go from here.
The count down to one of Europe’s biggest and most lavish burlesque events is on: the unmissable Stockholm Burlesque Festival!
Soon our beautiful northern capital Stockholm will be hosting a weekend full of parties and shows, introducing amazing talent in styles as diverse as classic and neo burlesque, boylesque, drag, dance, live music, comedy and cabaret including top solo performers, ravishing duo acts and spectacular troupe numbers from 12 nations!
Octbooberfest is the Pink Ribbon/breast cancer research benefit of the Swedish burlesque community and Stockholm Burlesque Festival. Octbooberfest is also an international tasseltwirling championship, and a celebration of what we love most: BOOBS and chests of all varieties!
The championship gala is part of Stockholm Burlesque Festival and takes place at Nalen ballroom in Stockholm, Saturday October 14, 2017. Throughout the festival (October 13 & 14) they will be selling raffle tickets and giving everyone the chance to win wonderful prizes. All prizes are donated by their lovely sponsors and every raffle ticket penny (or Swedish krona, to be precise) will go directly to Cancerfonden.
These are the prizes donated by FireBIrdFusion
Octbooberfest was founded in 2008 by Duchess from The Amazing Knicker Kittens Burlesque Revue.
Champions so far:
2016 – Lady Laverna (Finland)
2015 – Kitty Litteur (Australia)
2014 – Judita Latigós (Venezuela)
2013 – Aurora Galore (Great Britain)
2012 – Kitty Sincane (Sweden)
2010 – Duchess (Sweden)
2008 – Coco Berlin (Sweden)
Tidy up your room, I said, handing my son a large paper bag for him to put all toys he did no longer wanted to keep in. Two hours later, he come to me, smiling and saying that he is done. We go to his room and he shows me the bag. There is one broken toy car in the bag. That’s it. By the look on his face, I can tell that he is very well aware that I am not very please with the result, but there is something else there, too. I can sense that he has something up his sleeve. Whit the most adorable smile, he looks at me and says:
“Mum, this is for you. He only got one leg, but he is too pretty to throw away! Put him on one of your bras!”
How could I ever resist such an adorable challenge? I gave my son an ice cream, and looked at the little fellow in my hand. A bra? I really didn’t feel it. This creature needs a habitat.
A few days later, I cut my son’s worn out jeans to create the base for the fascinator. Adding a multitude of mainly duck and pheasant feathers, I wanted to create the right back ground for baby T-rex.
That done, it was time to create the habitat. Where did dinos live? I needed rocks, sky, vegetation.
It took me quite some time to search through my treasury of vintage buttons and beads to find pieces that made me think of a pre historic nature. I placed them, rearranged them, removed and added until I had the basic shape the way I wanted it. Since baby T-rex was missing a leg, I wanted to make it look like he was standing on a rock.
I glued the main pieces in place, and then started sewing. I wanted it to be more rocky and earthy in the bottom, with flowers and a tree growing up along one side and over the dino, with the blue sky behind him.
To make the whole piece sparkle, coz we do want sparkles, I created the impression of sky, leaves and some branches with Swarovski crystals. To make it even more eye catching, I decided to turn the tree into a weeping willow like type, so the dangling branches would follow the movement of the person wearing this piece, turning it into a piece of fun, wearable art.
To finish it, I glued and fastened baby T-rex with thread, then lined the fascinator with another layer of my son’s jeans and added alligator clips.
I named this fascinator the Jurassic Hide n’ Seek hair ornament.
Only one thing missing, to present to you the finished FireBirdFusion Creative Challenge of July 2017: The Jurassic Hid n’ Seek hair ornament
I am so excited to introduce this – my beautiful line of FireBirdFusion kimono robes. I have been making them for myself quite some time, but somehow it did not occur to me that others would love them as well.
They make the most beautiful cover ups for your bellydance or burlesque costume, or why not wear them to a party or dinner invitation? My favorite use is still to just slip into one of these beauties in the morning when having that essential wake up coffee. It simply makes the world a prettier place.
I make the robes out of vintage saree fabric and trims which I buy on my travels to India. As with all my creations, I want to use as much vintage material as possible. I don’t like to see the beauty and effort of such amazing craftmanship go to waste, and by using vintage material less chemicals are spread in our environment. All fabrics are carefully washed before being transformed into new shapes.
Some of my robes are made out of silk, others from synthetic fabric. What they do have in common is that every single textile used is carefully chosen by myself, they got the most beautiful and intricate embroidery with sequins or glass beads, and they are all unique, one of a kind creations.
The robes are usually not made to order, rather I make them in between other commissions whenever I find time. All currently available robes are found in the section FireBird costumes on my Etsy shop, so take a look there if curious to see what is in stock right now. I make them in sizes ranging between Extra small to Extra large (European sizes).
Since the fabric is vintage, they show sign of being loved and used, and as such there will inevitable be some sequins or beads missing. It is part of their charm. To make them last long, let them air after use. If you do need to wash them, gentle hand wash is recommended. For the silk robes, dry clean is the better choice.
I have just added some beautiful pieces of authentic vintage banjara jewelry and DIY components in the FireBirdFusion shop – definitely worth checking out!
These beauties were curated by myself on my latest trip to Northern India. Coins date all the way back to the 1950s and 1960s. All pieces are in good condition, but as expected with jewelry that has been around for so long, there are imperfections like missing stones or beads. But isn’t that is exactly what we love about them, the beautiful patina and the charm of being loved and worn?
I am really excited! Finally it is done, my own web site for FireBirdFusion. My vision for this site and blog has been to be able to share more of my work, inspiration and creative process. To show another side than that that you will find on my Instagram and Facebook accounts. I hope you will enjoy it, because I sure know I will be enjoying this journey.
Thank you Linn Bjelkne for creating this site, and Nic J Walsh for the amazing photography. You guys are the best. A warm loving hug goes out to all my wonderful models: Charlotte, Elena, Evelyn and Isabelle, without you this would not have turned out nearly as beautiful as it is! I am lucky to have you all in my life.
And all my friends and clients who has believed in me, encouraged and inspired me. Thank you – I love you guys so much. <3