Saturday, May 03, 2008

My Soiree Crown: Obelia's Surprise

Now with out further ado here is my new circlet crown I call: Obelia's Surprise, made from vintage fabrics, papers, tinsel, flat irredescent shell beads I picked up on one of our soiree stop offs, German Glitter Stars, precious pearls(pearls are a symbol of wisdom), sequins, silks and more.

A circlet is a crown with neither arches nor a cap (internal covering).

Many ancient crowns were circlet in style, notably the original St. Edward's Crown, the coronation crown of English monarchs, which was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell during the Commonwealth of England. In fairy tales, crowns often continue to be represented in circlet form.

In the twentieth century two British consort crowns, the Crown of Queen Mary, and the Crown of Queen Elizabeth, were designed with detachable half-arches connected to crosses pattee so that they could be worn as circlets.

Former Queens Consort whose husbands had died sometimes only wore their consort crowns as circlets after his death. Alexandra of Denmark (Queen Alexandra, widow of Edward VII of the United Kingdom), Mary of Teck (Queen Mary, widow of King George V of the United Kingdom) and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, widow of King George VI of the United Kingdom) all followed this practice.

For more information on a circlet crown and other crowns visit:

More pictures of my crown

One full view before I put on Obelia's Surprise

Now I am off to mingle with the other soiree attendees and to visit the Queen.
Again anyone wanting to learn about this event today and to see all who played visit:


Pearl said...

Oh My!!!

Your stunning crown is just beautiful... I'm sure it would be simply enchanting to wear such a magical creation! I especially am loving the Pearls you used ~smiles at the comment of Pearls being a symbol of wisdom~

It's time to be off to visit with more Pirates, Scallywags and Wenches!


faerie enchantment said...

Hi Pearl, Miss Pearls of Wisdom, thanks for stopping by on your travels, have fun!

Miss.Maddie's said...

How beautiful and what a perfect way to celebrate a soiree, dressed to impress. The other girls, I mean pirates will be jealous!

Sue in western Washington, USA said...

Wow, it never occurred to me to look into the history and protocol of crowns and circlets. Who knew I'd get so eddicated on this trip?! There'll be no missing you on deck!

Sylvia Anderson said...

Your crown is amazing! What a wonderful addition to the soiree!!

~dani~ said...

The crown is sheer perfection. I have wanted to create one but am a bit intimidated. Everything you make is so cheery, pretty = simply beautifully happy! Love it all!

bluemuf said...

I just love you enchanting crown. It is so beautiful.


Ottilias Veranda said...

Awsome crown! Now we be fightin over who´s the queen of tonight!

Cheers Matey!


Donna O'Brien said...

Oh my....if I have to give up my crown, surely yours would be a perfect replacement! So glad your are sailing along wiht us!

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Twyla and Lindsey said...

Your crown is beautiful! I love all the details in it! Any queen would be lucky to wear it!

Fete et Fleur said...

What a wonderful creation! I loved the information on the distinction between a crown and a circlet. Thank you!


KarenHarveyCox said...

Lisa, What a gorgeous crown, you are always so full of inspiration. I adored your glittery ship that you taught at Tinsel Trading. And your crown for the soiree is just as stunning. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such nice comments. This was so much fun. Karen

Iva said...

Beautiful crown and what interesting historical information! Thank you for sharing. My little pirates have come out to play now if you care to visit them. Glad to meet you at the soiree...Iva

fated follies studio said...

it is a lovely crown indeed. perfet for the soiree today! have a fabulous sunday.


Du Buh Du Designs said...

Beautiful crowns!! If I had one like that I'd be wearing it around the house..lovely:)

Whim & Fancy Designs said...

Lisa, I love it! The crown is devine and is fit for a Queen! YOU, of course!!

Simply Me Art said...

Absolutely Stunning, Beyond Words...

cd&m said...

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

Kelley said...

What a great crown and history. Thanks for sharing.

Christine LeFever said...

Thank you for the fascinating lesson on the history of crowns!

Party on, Matey!



faerie enchantment said...

Thank You all, so very very much!
I had been playing all day from
9am til 4pm at the soiree. I had to get ready to wear my crown at the ball, so I signed off my boat log! LOL!

faerie enchantment said...

Now I just signed back on, after a long night of partying, Actually I had to leave ship to attend a family soiree, hope no one missed me too much, I left the crown on board for you all to share!
Have a great day!
P.S.Hope no rum hangovers!

Magic and Joy!

Mya said...

I absolutely love, love the crown. It is just beautiful. I want to wear it but I need to find a dress first.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a gorgeous crown, Lisa! Thanks for visiting my Pirate Princess. (She'll be over later to steal your crown) xo Lidy

rebecca woodward said...

Just beautiful! That's what I have to say about your circlet crowns and Soiree posts! What talents you have...thanks for sharing!

faerie enchantment said...

Thank You all for coming by for a visit to the soiree, I had so much fun!
I've had to send in the pixie gaurd to transport it back home! LOL!
Magic and Joy!

Debb said...

I"\'m just now getting around to sail was sick over theweek-end . But I think I might just have to fight you for that crwn .I love it Never had a crown before so Shall we fight?
your soiree was great . Thanks for stopping by
love Debb

Deb said...

Wowza and Yee Ha!

This is indeed a crown made for a fairy princess (who likes to perch on the sail of a pirate ship?). I can't believe how perfect it is, right down to every last detail!


Anonymous said...

I knew it would be stunning!
Thank you for tutorial!
OOoo! I discovered 2 new NE artisans,I am featuring them on my blog for a little boost..thought I would pay it forward! Hugs Denise

faerie enchantment said...

Thanks all, for the regal comments on the crown. I love making crowns especially when they can sparkle with extra glitz and magic from my pixies and dollies, who worked hard at adding the right amount of sparkle!
Have a magical night!

Sabii Wabii said...

I just lov ehow regal you rcrown looks! Too cute. Thank you also for the fairyzine invite!