About four years ago I found a website that sells crown kits and ever since then have wanted to have a Tiara Party with my nieces. I just never got around to ordering the kits or gathering my own supplies to do it.
When the Crowns & Tiaras book came out I bought it for my more vocal niece - the one that asked every couple of weeks "so when are we having our Tiara Party" until my procrastination finally broke her spirit and she stopped. I'm a terrible Auntie.
Then I stumbled across a picture in Flickr of the most amazing crown made by Holly Doodle Designs. When I see her amazing work and creativity I just want to roll over and give up - I could NEVER be that creative on my own. Seriously - go look at her Marie Antoinette inspired crown on Flickr.
After seeing her work I raided my jewelry box and I'm sure glad I hung on to all the crap, costume jewelry from the 80's. I'm forever losing one earring from a pair but am optimistic that it will show up eventually (even after 20 years and three moves). I can pillage my stash for new projects. I may not be able to use it on a tiara but certainly in some project.
Now those earrings would be a nice element to a jeweled crown, don't you think?
I have left strict instructions that upon my demise I am to be buried wearing a tiara. I may not be a princess in real life but, my goodness, I am going to dress like one in the hereafter.
Okay Camille - get ready - Aunt Andrea may have a Tiara Party after all!
(Edited to add: Go check out Hellomynameisheather - she had a crown party for her little ones and the results are adorable.)