Today’s project was a real shot in the dark for me.  I was completely out of my element.
It was a beautiful day.  The weather was the best it’s been in a while.  I flew up to Berkeley this morning to do an interview for work.  Since tomorrow’s Mothers day I knew that I wanted my creative project today to have something to do with Jenny.  She has made it abundantly clear to me, with the use of a tough tone and a piercing look, that being that we have a kid now, Mother’s Day is right up there on the top of the list of most important holiday’s.
Inspiration struck at the airport on my way home when I saw a pretty girl with a flower in her hair.  She reminded me of Jenny.  It’s a rare occasion or at least a special event for Jenny to wear a flower in her hair.  It hasn’t happened in a long time.  And there’s something romantic about a flower in a woman’s hair.  So suddenly it occurred to me that maybe I could make her some kind of thing for her hair.  Something like a flower.  That is when I decided I would attempt to make her a flower barrette.
I really thought the idea was good for awhile.  I went to Michael’s and raided the earthy branches aisle and fake flowers aisle.  As I was heading home with my supplies I realized something that almost made me smack my forehead.  When I was picturing Jenny with a flower in her hair I was remembering a Jenny from many years ago when she had longer hair.  Right now she has pretty short hair and what’s the use of a monster-sized flower barrette if you don’t really have much hair to hold up.
Anyway, so when I went into my studio with all these branches, flowers and twine I really had no clue what I was going to do with it.  In the end I dismissed the whole short hair thing and made the barrette I’d pictured in the first place.  It’s the thought that counts right?
I also bought her a Home Depot gift card.  She loves Home Depot.

6 Replies to “Day 063 / Out Of My Element

  1. Miss Inthia

    CHARLIE!!!! I am a)IMPRESSED- Sooooo beautiful and made with love. b)Floored – it’s gorgeous and the story behind it made me smile so bright. c)excited – to see Jenny wear it! You 2 are awesome. :)

  2. The B-Roll

    Thanks guys. It really is enormous. She put it in her hair and it looked a little more like a hat then a hair barrette. You’d need a pretty full head of hair to make this guy blend in. Inthia, you could make it work.

  3. Tricia

    You had me until the Home Depot card. I, too, love Home Depot, but why – and I ask as someone who makes and gives handmade gifts more often than not – do we feel that our handmade gift needs a supplement?

  4. The B-Roll

    Oh, I never thought of the Home Depot card as a supplement. It was more along the lines of what Jenny might’ve been hoping for as a gift.

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