Thursday, March 6, 2008

"His legs flail about as if independent from his body!"

For Liz's birthday I told her that if she wanted one, I'd make her a stocking the likes of Dwight and The Hoff, but she had to come up with the moderately famous person to go on it. We all sat around in silence, pondering the options and suddenly Laura yelled out, "Michael Flatley - Lord of the Dance!" Liz happily approved and I got to work. Laura is truly inspired:


Some close-ups:


You can see my inspiration here. I changed it up a bit (the tattoo was too hard and whenever I picture Michael Flatley he always has a headband on.) but the essence (meaning - the lunging) is all there.
This was a tough one because 1.) it's not a very natural pose, 2.) all of those letters, and 3.) all of that sparkle. You can't really tell from the pictures but that's a beaded belt. And that gold thread I used on all the letters is made by Satan himself. He handcrafted it using gold foil floss and the souls of people who kept Full House on the air for so long. What I'm saying is that it was not that easy to work with. But it was totally worth it because it made it look fantastic. Although my plan is to eventually sell these (maybe not always as stockings. How about pillows or book bags?) so I'm going to have to modify it a bit because I think I may have developed a brain tumor from using it. If someone wants to pay $1,000 for a stocking ($5 for materials and $995 for the CAT scan) I'll think about it. But for Liz, anything. Mostly because I know that she'll visit me in the hospital and make me laugh hard enough for the IV to pop out and the nurse to come in and shush us.

14 comments:

Liz W. said...
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Liz W. said...

This was the BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT EVER!!!!!!

I've been laughing about it since yesterday when you brought it over.

And you'll be happy to know it has received a place of honor in my living room. All who visit me must pay homage to the "Lord of the Dance" by doing the lunging pose.

And you're right; the pictures don't truly capture the magic of Satan's gold sparkly thread. It is absolutely amazing!

Rachel, words cannot express how much I love this stocking. If I could take anything with me when I die, it would be this. (I'd say I'd like to be buried with it, but then it would get all gross.)

Oh, and you can count on me being right by your bedside, feeding you bonbons, telling you that you look fabulous, and making you laugh so hard you're grateful you have a catheter in.

Laura said...

I have the biggest stupid grin on my face right now. I'm sure all my coworkers think I've taken a happy pill! I love it!! I can't wait to see it up close. You are a stocking genius! When you do decide to sell them, I hope other will appreciate your crazy talents like we do! Is Richard Simmons next on your list?

Andrea said...

Rachel, you amaze me! I love it!!! I think you've found your new career. Will we be seeing your creations at the next LA county fair?

I would for sure come visit you at the hospital. Just knowing that you and Liz would both be there is enough for me to face my fear of hospitals. Although I might have to wear Depends because the two of you would make me laugh so hard!

Andrea said...

I just had an idea. What about a Pamela Anderson or Dolly Parton stocking?

Amanda said...

Definitely a Dolly stocking. You could always make it a double toed stocking and make each toe a breast! Just an idea.

Wendy said...

I really want to see a Richard Simmons stocking also. Or Alex Trebeck.

Rac said...

Wouldn't Marie or Donnie Osmond be nice? Think of how shiny you could make their teeth! And you could dress up Marie like one of her creepy dolls!

Heather said...

You are the felt queen! Just when I think they cant get better--they do! I'm pretty excited to see what you do next. There are so many good suggestions here, which one will you pick? You are amazing! When you are in the hospital, and Liz is making you laugh, and Andrea is using her Depends, I'll be sure you have a constant supply of chocolate-orange ice cream.

Ms. Liz said...

New levels of awesome love. New levels....

Andrea said...

Oh, and I love how you quoted Chandler from Friends for the title.

Mr. Hall said...

Whoa! That is the coolest! Methinks I shall purchase a headband, some tight pants, and become the Lord of your dance!

Amanda said...

Brett,
I could actually hear you saying that. Right through my computer. It was the weirdest thing.

Heather,
Thanks for mentioning the chocolate orange ice cream. It's going on the list for my visit. Counting down the days!

Rachel,
Love, love, love it!

Empress of Venus said...

Good grief love, how did you do it? How did you capture his exact quad and hamstring muscles in felt?