Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Queen Elisabeth III

I feel I don’t bang my own gong too much on this blog, and I feel in need of boosting myself a bit, so I'm going to tell you how proud I was of this. It was my mother-in-law’s 70th birthday last weekend; we arranged a party for her, and I made her a crown. Her name’s Elisabeta. It was actually simpler than it looks, assuming it looks complicated, requiring a couple of plastic hair bands, some of Mrs Dilo’s jewellery, and cotton thread and wire. She was so happy that, to my surprise, she chose to wear it all day!! Oh, and here’s a tulip that we “brought on” quickly to be able to present to her in flower on the day.

18 comments:

Eryl Shields said...

This is the kind of thing that makes blogging such a joy: little reminders that there are people out there that put such thought into making others happy.

Love the crown and the tulip, so much lovelier than spending big bucks on something that will just end up in a drawer. I'm so glad she wore the crown all day, and it really suits her. Belated birthday wishes to her: 70 is no mean feat.

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Bless her heart! She looks lovely. Wasn't there a Queen Elisabeth of Romania once? Well there is now. My respects to Her Maj on her royal birthday.

Gorilla Bananas said...

She looks regal indeed. Is there a furry black thing on top of the crown? I wish it well, whatever it is.

Lulu LaBonne said...

Now that's more like it - I love exotic royalty, and second best I love jewelry, fashion and flowers - you have combined my favourite things to make sheer unalloyed loveliness.

What sort of furry animal is that on the crown - is it still alive?

Gadjo Dilo said...

Eryl, I'm glad you like it :-) That's exactly what I said to Mrs Dilo: why should I spend money on junk when you have cupboards full of junk that we can use for free! She's doing well for 70, especially considering the rubbish she had to go through during the communist era.

Daph, she does scrub up well, doesn't she. There was indeed a Queen Elisabeth of Romania, wife of Carol 1, successful novelist (under the name "Carmen Sylva"), and (surprising) a republican.

Bananas, well spotted, there is indeed a black furry thing there - I felt that it added a certain Ottoman touch.

Lulu, your happiness is my happiness! (I see I'm going to have to post more about the Romanian royal family). The furry thing is definitely dead, and before it was made into the crown jewels was given a state funeral with full military honours.

PrincessDipti said...

aww, how sweet.. happy bday to her too :)

wud u mind if i'll say that plz leave some comments on any of my blog posts? not in the chatterbox.. but in the posts itself.. if u dont mind.. i need it for my grade. :) thanks a lot.. i'll be looking forward for your comment :)

Gadjo Dilo said...

Thanks, Princess - it's always a pleasure to make the acquaintance of royalty! I've left a message on your blog as requested - do schools grade you on your blogs these days??

No Good Boyo said...

I gather Romania is still home to the King of the Gypsies. Is Her Majesty - to whom many happy returns - planning a state visit to his lay-by anytime, or are relations still fraught after the Drive Still Untarred incident?

Brit said...

Not often a chap gets to make a crown for his mother-in-law. Good to see you making the most of the opportunity.

Gadjo Dilo said...

Hey Boyo, every gypsy's a king in his own right, but we do have an "official", with Madonna as his queen, asphalt or no asphalt.

Thanks Brit, mother-in-laws are very susceptible to a charm offensive and I aim to keep this one up ;-)

Strewth, I never thought I'd get comments in double figs for this post - just goes to show how far good, old-fashioned family values can get you...

nursemyra said...

you have power over tulips?

Pearl said...

Oh, isn't that sweet? I know if my son made me a crown, I would wear it all day as well. That was a lovely thing for you to do!

Pearl

p.s. I followed your link to "Invictus" by the way. Thank you so much. It led me to Teddy Roosevelt's "Man in the Arena", (Teddy was one of my favorite presidents, actually). My education as it pertains to poetry is pretty lousy, so again, thank you!

Kevin Musgrove said...

What fun! Belated happy birthday to the lady.

Gadjo Dilo said...

Nursemyra, I have power over very litte these days; these tulips' growing cycle just happened to coincide with what I wanted, so I'm passing it off as my own achievement ;-)

Pearly, that poem is one which I didn't know until recently, though several lines from it are very famous. I'm just now boning up some American history, and Teddy does seem to have been a very impressive sort of a president :-)

Kevin! Thanks. She was indeed tickled pink.

Susan said...

What a beautiful idea - you've clearly got undiscovered millinery skills.. Fancy designing your own line of 'curious crowns' for ShopCurious?

PS your horsey lady video clip is brilliantly funny

Gadjo Dilo said...

Hi Susan, thanks for that! I did enjoy making that, and it was a shame that we didn't have a better photo showing it in it's full glory.

Pat said...

Your ma in law must fell well and truly loved.

Gadjo Dilo said...

Pat, maybe she did, I dunno. Honestly, it's such a pleasure to do anything for this woman who had to work so hard just to put food on her family's table, and not getting too much thanks for it either.