What I mean to say is: I was waiting for my turn at my esthetician's salon on Friday afternoon. She sells clothes as well, and she had a bunch of them on at 50% off because she is clearing them out. They're generally not the sort of thing I wear, but I'd had a rough day, and I thought I'd play around a bit and see what I liked.
I was heading towards the hating-everything-I-put-on stage, which I was ok with, when I saw this dress on the hanger:
It was unremarkable to me when I first looked and it, but I approached it, lifted the skirt, and thought it was a lovely colour: a wine red with a ruffle down the front that opened into a slit. All of her clothes are a bamboo-cotton blend, so I tried it on. Long story short: it came home with me.
I tried it on again when I got home, and I thought it needed something... something around the neck...
I woke up the next morning and lay in bed thinking about it. I got up and started looking around online for some inspiration. Later that morning, I made a trip to the yarn store and came home with some silver crochet cotton and a couple of small steel crochet hooks.
After a few false starts and a lot of thinking, I made this:
I winged it from a few photos on line and with a little help with a crochet motif book I picked up last year.
If you look closely at it, there are some glass beads in each little "leaf." I wanted to give it just a hint of glitter:
I tried it on and wasn't sure about it, but then I put on the dress and put my hair up, and I knew it was exactly what I wanted:
Now that's what I call a winging-it-win.
The leaves kind of stick up sometimes, and sometimes they are turned inwards and outwards, but I don't mind that so much. I just like the trailing look of it along my neck. I'm pretty proud of it, and it was a nice little weekend project.
It wasn't the only weekend project, but we'll get into that another time: