In the fall of 2009 I received a copy of Where Women Create, a wonderfully inspiring magazine. Princess Lasertron, also known as Megan Hunt, was featured in that issue and I have been a fan ever since. Megan creates beautiful bridal bouquets and dresses and documents her creations on a lovely magazine-style blog. In addition she has posted great advice on being an entrepreneur along with fashion related tips.
Reading about her entrepreneurial advocacy I sense that we might see a Princess Lasertron empire over time (if Megan chooses to go that route). So I was thrilled to find out that she would be hosting workshops at The Creative Connection event. I signed up for her Saturday class, but sadly it got cancelled and I did other workshops instead.
Hoping I would meet her anyway, I copied a superfun children’s music CD to help her daughter learn German for their dream of living in Berlin someday. Lucky for me I didn’t even have to stalk her Friday classes, I met Megan and Team Lasertron right after the BlogHer Handmade breakfast. After that we kept bumping into each other, and I met her parents and Babytron celebrity Alice as well. I love when online connections transform into enjoyable in-person meetings.
The Princess Lasertron booth at the Handmade market included wonderful bouquets, journal covers, accessories and dresses. Assistants Emma and Shannon were lovely as well. Fortunately the headband kit was available for sale, and I finally got to sit down and make it this week.
Unpacking kits is always fun, along with adding one’s own elements. The red roses are metal clip-on earrings from a flea market and the butterfly came from a Charming Charlie’s Necklace that kept popping open on me.
I used the photo from the class, along with a picture of my friend Jen‘s headband (she took the Friday class) as samples to supplement the kit instructions. Princess Lasertron’s Flickr stream added inspiration.
Wrapping the headbands with binding and floral tape and then stacking the buttons on wire stems.
How cute is that tiny button bouquet?
Cutting out felt flowers and stitching them.
I had to consult my embroidery book that I last used in 5th grade to re-learn what looks so easy in a photo. I forgot how soothing stitching can be, and I also have the utmost respect for those who can make each loop and line look just like another on a dense fabric like felt.
Putting it all together:
The solitary headband:
with the branches added to it:
I have another headband in need of repair for which I’ll experiment with this technique some more. These projects outside of my business craft always help inspire new ideas and give me some relaxation. In a crafting business it is easy to get caught up in making items ‘to sell’ rather than experimenting for the love of the craft. Create Mixed Media has good webinar on sparking that creative energy.
An added bonus with this project is that now any bad hair day can look fun instead. 🙂 May you always have good hair days.