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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wearable Whimsy

WHIMSY - extravagant, fanciful, or excessively playful expression; an odd or fanciful notion. [Click here for this weeks Bliss Initiatives]

I have always enjoyed a slightly quirky fashion style. Currently I have fallen into casual suburban mom mode but there have been times in my life that I sported a signature scarf, hat, vest or something that was uniquely mine. In middle school I invented these little chenille bump creatures (I'll have to make one for you and post it later this week!) that I wore to match every outfit. I even sold some to friends and for a while I had my own little Fashion trend going! I kind of miss my Austrian scarfs, over the years I've lost my favorites and I haven't really tried to find replacements.

 That's me (second from the left. Jaye, my creativity guru is the first one on the left) in 1982 sporting the well loved scarf I bartered for from my friend Dieter.  I still have a faded and well worn vest that has come out of my closet twice since high school because vests came back in style... I just can't toss it! I think vests are due for a come back again!

Using my "flash inspiration" searches I looked for Hats and other clothing today and I have to say I am inspired to add something whimsical to my closet. I am not planning on going as far as some of the masterpieces posted below but something, something is definitely calling my name! I'll be keeping you posted!
A Love Affair with Hats, Women's Hats Around the World

From Carly Wickell,

This fabulous dress is made of PAPER!!

I found it on the JoMA (The Journal of Mythical Arts) web site. The entire site is whimsical and delightful to look at; I recommend you take a peek! This is what they have to say about themselves:

"The Journal of Mythic Arts" is an online journal published by the Endicott Studio, an organization dedicated to literary, visual, and performance arts inspired by myth, folklore, fairy tales, and the oral storytelling tradition.

For generations, artists have drawn upon mythic and folkloric symbolism to make contemporary works addressing the issues of their time. Our mission is to honor mythic artists of the past, support mythic artists working today, and to carry this tradition into the future. 

If you are interested in having a paper dress like the one above made for you, you should go to Miss Clara's website. She has an AMAZING collection of whimsical paper art worth a peek at even if you never commission the dress.

The delightful toddler ensemble of whimsical wear below comes from the Calico Cameleon and addition to being really cute and fun, Tara makes her pieces from reclaimed wools. Small eco-footprint and great style... who could ask for anything more?

The following is from a post entitled Alice in Wonderland Whimsy from a blog called Stickers and Donuts which might have become my FAVORITE whimsical spot of the week except for the fact they are currently on a break and looking for new writers to join the fun...

Next Post: More wearable whimsy... I haven't even gotten to Jewelery yet!

My 13 bliss virtues: joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, surprise


  1. Fabulous post!
    On a whim (is that related to whimsy?) I threw all my pure wool and cashmere that had any holes, was out of style or no longer loved as a sweater, into the washer on HOT. I'm felting each piece to put together some frankenknits. Maybe a totebag a la Jaye!

  2. Thanks Jessica, this topic is very fun. A whim is related to whimsy!! Post a pic of your creations when you are done. Very fun!


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