Masks I Have Worn Pt.1

As Mardi Gras approaches, I decided it was a great time to add a hat to my Etsy store. Actually I’m a working on a few toppers and I’ll be sharing each of them in the next few weeks. This time of year also had me thinking about masks; how wearing them can not only change our looks but our inside emotions as well. I’ll go into more depth on this in a future blog.

In the meantime enjoy the creation of this Mardi Gras Top Hat. Each hat becomes a little production with its own photo shoot. I like to mix in a unique hairstyle and makeup in the photos. This can sound a little vain, taking a lot of selfies. To me, it’s art. I create a character to match the fashion. First two pics are of the initial make-up I wore to work at the costume/party shop. I found the wig (California Costume) at the shop; it was a keeper. The mask is courtesy of Johnnie Brock’s.

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This second group was taken later that evening with the hat. The hat is really traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras opulent with a harlequin and his marching staff holding court from the top. A silver and gold mini mask sets on the front brim. An ornate fluer de lis and crown counterbalance the back side.

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Qtr View Back  Mask Detail

I touched up my makeup with kewpie doll cupid’s bow lips (OK, too much pouting on my part) and traditional Mardi Gras colors for t eyes: purple, green and gold.

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I really enjoyed the finished product. I hope you do too!

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Pt. 2 coming soon with more fun photos. Thank you for reading,

-Victoria

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Gratitude and a Steam Trunk

Today, the day before Thanksgiving, I awoke a bit worried. Things have been a bit financially tight since my surgery last summer. I made some extra bucks at the Halloween/Party store with a ton of hours and I had my first sale on Etsy-a men’s antique peacoat. But I’ve got bills to pay and I’m working hard to get caught up.
I was tired from last night. I worked both day and part time jobs, then came home and published “Thirty-Three Forever” v.6 of The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series. It has been much delayed (sorry). But more on that in a bit.
I know that somehow I’m going to get to do what I want to do artistically. I will no longer have to hold down a day job. I keep my goals in a positive mind each day. As I headed out the door, I reminded myself to be grateful for the things I have and what I accomplished this year:
-I survived the ending of a long term relationship without bitterness.
-I participated in a major dog art show in Wichita, KS. I manned my booth, drove, and did all the show work myself. And I made a little money.
-I did two other shows for local pet charities and one major sculptural project, “The Clockwork Cat” that tied into my steam theme, helped raise money for the APA and was given good response.
-I had my first major emergency surgery, recovered and I’m back to working out (see my previous blogs). I’ve continued to lose weight after a sixteen pound tumor was removed from my gut. I am grateful to be alive.
-My Steampunk Project continues to grow. I have now finished six stories of the vampire series and am working through the remainders of the Steampunk trilogy.
-I’ve made some awesome hats and won a Steampunk costume contest (hat pic below).

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But my weary attitude this morning changed on my way to the elevators. Someone had left a gorgeous old steamer trunk at the trash chute. My whole day was transformed. I took it as a sign that good things are coming. I’ve enclosed a simple pic below. It will soon be on my Etsy store TheHauteHen. Feel free to take a peek; I’ll be adding some hats, art and vintage pieces during the holiday season.

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So I want to say thank you to all the fans of my Facebook page, The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc, to all those who’ve downloaded my “Vampire’s Little Black Book” series, and to everyone who has supported my art. It’s much appreciated.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving I’m offering all six of The Vampire’s Little Black Book series for FREE on Small Biz Saturday November 30th and Cyber Monday December 2nd. Please feel free to download and enjoy the books. They’re in short story form; great reads for in between shopping and crazy winter weather.
Thank you!
-Victoria
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