Friday, 29 October 2010

Mummy’s Scissors: A blogging experiment in viral, DIY style

 Well hello blogging world - I'm back on my laptop and out of hospital! Although it's a slow moving Roz for the time being. I have been catching up with reading your comments and also my favourite blogs for a few days, but this is the first time I've felt up to posting.
I've now got through the worst of the recovery after my operation. I had a slight complication called 'cast syndrome', which meant I couldn't keep any food down for about 30 hours, and ended up back on a drip and lots of other nasty things. I'll be very happy if I never see another hypodermic syringe in my life... However, since then I've been convalescing. It's small steps, but every little helps and each day brings new challenges and achievements.
I'll write a more detailed account of my experiences soon, but for now I want to launch a project that I originally devised over the summer.

Some of you out there may already have heard of it, if you follow the completely wonderful Jill who,with her big heart and generous spirit, decided to kickstart the initiative for me while I was in hospital. What a totally fabulous surprise for me - I was completely blown away, not only by HER kindness, but then also the lovleiness of those who responded so quickly by making and posting their own versions and spreading the word. I can't tell you how much it cheered me up!

And another thing: readers, you're all just unbelievably lovely. All those supportive comments and emails over the last week and a half have been incredible and have made me feel much-nurtured and full of gratitude. Anyway, onwards, onwards...
Fortunately I prepared the text before the operation (in true 'here's one I did earlier' fashion), along with the images which my parents took a few weekends ago. All the clothes are from the usual  ramshackle range of sources. If I described them all, I'd be here until sunday, as I'm still typing relatively slowly.

What? (the product)
‘Mummy’s scissors’ is an outsize, statement pendant, designed by me last year, from recycled materials: mini scissors ‘mummified’ in tiny silk bandages.

What? (The ‘campaign’!)
This is a DIY, make-your-own, wear or give away ‘product’. I’d like to see if it’s possible to ‘market’ the concept of an unusual but easy to make piece of jewellery that is made and worn, but NOT sold.
Why? (For me)
Among other future aspirations, I’m very interested in fashion design. While beginning to think and learn about the design of individual items or collections, there is also the concept of creating a recognisable ‘product’. Obviously, I’m not in a position to actually make more than a handful of ‘Mummy’s scissors necklaces. But then I thought, “Hmmmm…outsourcing! I made this myself, so why not outsource the ‘manufacture’ of further pendants to anyone who wants to make their own version? Easy!”

Why? (For anyone else).
I’m simply curious to see how far through the blogosphere this idea might stretch (if at all), so I’d love to see examples of any other, home-made ‘Mummy’s Scissors’ pendants being styled and worn.
So, tell me in a comment if you feature a pair on your own blog, and I’ll then choose my favourite images to post on my blog, along with a link to each one.

Additionally, you can enter my first ever give away - I have 2 ready-made ones to give away to two readers. If you comment, stating what you would wear/ style a pair of my mummy’s scissors with –my two favourites will receive a pair each.

Take some thin strips of fabric or ribbon, and wrap them around a pair of small, blunt craft or nail scissors. If they are not already blunt, then encase the sharp tips in masking tape first to stop any nasty injuries whilst wearing! If needs be, stitch the fabric ‘bandages’ in place with a similar coloured thread.

WARNING: Don’t try and wear these while going through airport security! They’ll probably be confiscated...

Here are some examples of pairs I made...

 And this is the lovely pair made by Jill! I tried to feature some of the others already made, but am having trouble saving images to my desktop. However, take a look at these bloggers for other unique and beautiful interpretations:
Please let me know if I have missed anyone off,and I will put you up ASAP!



Anna said...

This is such a lovely idea, I'll be sure to try it! I hope you feel better soon, you're so inspiring :)

San said...

So glad you are already feeling good enough to blog. Eating post op is hard, just thinking about my experience makes me cringe. I really hope the food in your hospital was better than mine.

If at all possible enjoy your time of recovery. I can recommend "Saving Grace" with Brenda Blethyn as a wonderful movie to enjoy while recovering.

Sending a big hug to you.

PS: Lovely pictures as always.

Rick Forrestal said...

Nice photos. I do love the scissors jewelry. Style, baby, style!

Pearl Westwood said...

Jill is too wonderful for words! As is your fantastic idea, it is something that everyone can be a part of, so Glad you are recovering xx

Adorngirl said...

Yay! so glad to hear that you're recovering well. I know we have never met but as soon as Jil told me about you I really wanted to get involved. Remember to not worry too much about jumping around and blogging and so forth get plenty of rest. Mwah!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

You've been missed. I hope you are recouping nicely, and now will soon share with you my mummy project. Take care, ami.

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow that is such a cool idea!! If only we had some of our kiddy scissors left from my childhood, haha

Dylana Suarez said...

I just read your older post and saw that you had scoliosis spine surgery! I actually had that exact same surgery about 5 years ago, during my freshman year of college. It is so interesting to see another blogger who is going through the same experience that I had. I hope you have a speedy recovery. It can be very painful and hard the first few weeks, but it gets better very quickly. Just try to walk around a lot and keep as active as you can. It's been 5 years since my surgery and I am very happy. It's like the rod in my back is not even there! The scissor necklaces look so beautiful! Anything looks beautiful on you!



Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Welcome back to blogland, and I'm glad you are out of hospital and on the road to recovery at home. Such charming images. The pictures of you are lovely - you look so well and stylish.
The scissors is such a creative idea, too. Have a nice relaxing weekend. xx

Natalie Suarez said...

Wow Roz! You are such a strong, beautiful girl! I wish you the best in your recovery! I know exactly what you are going through, after seeing Dylana go through the exact same surgery. I'm sure you will be much taller as well with a straight back:) and the shirt you made is stunning and really inspirational. you amaze me and I know you will recover very fast!



Kate said...

I'm so glad your better and are recovering well!
This is such a great project and I've been looking forward to it ever since you mentioned it in the Sunday Times What Are You Wearing article.

If I were to make my own of these I would add pom pom od all different sizes and colours and make it a really playful outfit with maybe a bold coloured t shirt, high waisted skirt and flower print tights. There are so many possibilities of what to wear it with you could wear it with almost anything!

Again, I'm glad your better and can't wait for your next post
Kate from-

sacramento said...

I am sooooooo glad to see that you are able to get to your lap top and see the sespose from the blogger world to your brilliant scissors idea.

I posted my scissors through Bye Bye soccer mom, but I wanted to do a little explanation in Spanish, so here is my link:
Un abrazo y mil besos from Spain.
Do get better soon!!!

Lucy said...

Roz! You have been so incredibly brave! And thanks to Jill I have been reading your posts and waiting for your good news posts :)
I decided to make mummy scissors of a slightly different kind here:
I maybe didn't read the brief well enough but i decided my scissors would be wrapped in anything and seeing as you didn't want them to be about spending and material possessions, I thought I'd push the idea of them being precious to the owner by wrapping them in my grandmas jewels. Sadly i could wear it easily, so perhaps it was more concept based than wearable. Still I hope you like it and get well soonn!

Also, you don't happen to know if youll be coming to London anytime around Christmas, I'm sure thats not in your mind right now but just in case - I'd love to invite you to something if you are :)

Peacock's Hat said...

The necklace is lovely, I shall be making my own one soon... I think I'd wear it with stripes, and maybe something a little Gothic/Victoriana, to do some kind of Edward Scissorhands look.

Edwina said...

creative! :) oh and i'm wishing you a speedy recovery dearie..

Flickering Moonlight

The Lady Nerd said...

I wasn't expecting to see you post so soon! But even so, I'm glad to hear that your recovery hasn't been too complicated. Best of luck and love for your continuing recovery!

Although I know it's a bit redundant, but you truly are a beautiful beautiful girl. From the luscious hair to your elegant profile, it just warms my heart to see such beauty.

DIY? Oh boy...I'd keep my away from those scissors. I have a propensity to slice and dice my way to a ruined project!

polka dot said...

Oh Roz, so moved by your courage. So much I want to say.. I'll save it for hopefully seeing you soon.

I can't begin to imagine what you've been going through, but you have so many people rooting for you.

Can't put in words how moving this is. You are such an inspiration. Be strong, get well, I'll visit soon as you're ready. xxx

Shallow Mallow said...

Great to have you back in the blogosphere :)
I shall start on mummification immediately..

Anonymous said...

what more can i add? except- you ARE an inspiration. (wait- jill already said that! well, it's true- you are.) the scissors project- further proof of your creativity.
and...i am glad to hear you're on the mend..however slowly. i've not heard of cast syndrome, but i do know from experience that anesthesia from surgery can make you very nauseous. be strong, be well.

Hope Adela said...

Hello, lovely Roz! So glad to see that you're back. I hope your doing better and on a way to a smooth recovery.

I love the idea for the DIY blogger experiment! As for how I would wear a pair of mummy's scissors, I would wear them with a full 50's-style black skirt with lacey black fishnet tights and 90's grunge boots, complete with a knitted gradma-chic black shawl and vintage fishnet mitts, and topped off with slightly teased out hair and a 40's black pillbox hat with a net veil. I would wear the scisor pendant around my neck, and call the look "Edwarda Scissorhands". said...

your blog is one of my top favorites.. happy that u r feeling better! the mummy scissors are brilliant! i'll let you know when i finish mine!

leah☮ said...

awesome blog.
please follow my blog!

i might have a gift when
i reach 20 followers (:

Jen said...

So glad to hear you're doing better, and it's so good to see a post from you! Theses scissor necklaces are really adorable!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic idea for a project Roz, I will be making a pair of my own very soon! My favourite pair of yours is the second to last photo with the scissors wrapped in multicoloured silk - so effortlessly beautiful and different. I would wear a pair with a simple flowing long black dress with a v-neck; making the scissors the statement piece of the outfit. Take care + very best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Alexandra Thérèse xx

P.S. I mentioned you on my blog a little while ago when talking about my blogroll. Maybe you can take a look when you get a minute xx

Fashionistable said...

Welcome home Roz. So lovely to have you back with us safe and sound and on the mend. Nice scissors and good advice for not wearing them going through the airport. Xxxx

Anonymous said...

get well soon ........n keep experimenting ...

Raez said...

hey gorgeous! glad to see you safe and well after your surgery! also glad to see your Mummy's Scissors project is going great. it was cool to see everyone's take on your vision.

xx raez

ulli said...

this is such a lovely idea.. think you should sell them and get rich;) if you wanna take a look at my interpration of mummys scissors, check out my blog:)


Eule said...

wow great

Anonymous said...

Dear Roz,

Hooray, you're back! You're such a special person, I really value reading your posts, what you have to say, and of course, your lovely photos and stylings!

I'll definitely be making a pair of Mummy's Scissors. I think they're just gorgeous looking.

Not sure if you were meaning for this post to be the giveaway post, but in any case, I'll tell you how I'd wear a pair of Mummy's Scissors.

1. With a silk floral printed dress, black tights, striking equestrian boots, and a black victorian jacket. If the dress was light enough, and everything else being black, then a striking color for the scissors like red or emerald green would really stand out!

2. High-collared cream Victorian blouse tucked into a simple perhaps black and gold brocade skirt. Black leggings and Louis XVI style heels. A black pair of Mummy's Scissors would look awesome.


Anonymous said...

PS. I'm hosting a giveaway as well! I'd love it if you entered!

Paloma Vintage Giveaway!

Olivia Isabella. said...

I'm so sorry Roz it took my so long to get involved... However, they are done and my post is up! Finally!
So so glad to hear you are out of hospital and hope that everything runs smoothly from here on out!
But, my post explains all this in further detail... Hope you have a little moment to read!
Olivia x

ulli said...

P.S.: i cancelled the post with the scissor and made a new, better one. it's also a photo of how i would wear them:)

ByeByeSoccerMom said...

I am so glad you are out of the hospital and doing better! Best wishes to you!

Thanks for your comment. I had fun being part of your initiative!

Anonymous said...

they are so cute! Yup, DIY project!

Roshana said...

Dear Roz,
I'm glad to hear that you have made a good recovery and I would just like to mention how much I adore your blog! I am amazed at how many people you have inspired upon creating this.

If I had a pair (and I will be making one shortly, after the pile of GCSE work has disappeared off of my desk!)I would wear them with a blue paisley (charity shopped obviously) tunic with a tan skinny belt, my black ballet shoes, my faux fur coat, thick, ribbed tights and my MASSIVE blue bow.
A perfect winter look!

Thank-you for all of your wonderful photos and uplifting posts.
From Roshana

sacramento said...

Thank you Roz. I take that you are feeling better.
I shall follow you from now on. You are already in my heart and blogroll, of course. Do take care.
Un abrazo muy, muy fuerte y mil besos.

Mei-li said...

iii like these pictures, i like the way you wear your hair, so majestic !!

Izzy said...

Glad you're feeling better! Gosh I've been reading posts about this, and am inspired to make a pair, this weekend I shall start to make a pair!

p.s The recent photos are amazing- supermodel potential

Jazzabelle said...

welcom back, roz. i'm sorry i haven't yet been part of this lovely idea, i feel awful. i will be getting round to it eventually, i hope you don't mind. but then again i suppose it would be nice to see this going up at differnt times, to keep the experiment alive, right? i'm glad everything went well. when you are back in full health there is a wonderful ballet russes exhibition at the v&a just waiting to be seen by you. love, jazmine. xxxx

shioriota said...

I saw you on Japanese magagine,"FUDGE", and found this blog. So lovely blog!

CAT said...

WOAH! That scissor necklace is AWESOME! Gosh, how I love this blog! x


CAT said...

Love your blog sooo much it is crazy!!!!!
Greeaat post!
Hope you feel better soon x

Ellie said...

hey roz

im so glad your feeling better. you are so ispirational and amazing. mummys sissors are a beautiful idea.

with the pair i am shortly to make(with the aid of a master of time) i would wear, a gold brocade skirt(selfmade) with vintage mens silk pyjama top with balck piping tucked in and to finish a pair of Chanel-equse fur ankle boots(remarkable find in a charity shop).

i love the image of balance and harmony mummys sissors give off. the orignal sissors have been make to cut fabric and now the fabric has fought back to create a beautiful object.

i hope u can continue on the path to recovery.

November Grey said...

Hi sweet girl, I'd love to be entered in this! And I'm planning on making my own interpretation very soon!


November Grey

Maddie said...

alrighty i would just die for one of these AMAZING necklaces so to enter the giveaway,
i would: wear one with either my vintage floral dress, leather jacket, and pattterned tights, or an oversized sweater with leggings and well, i would pair it with SO MUCH i just can't pick :):) said...

for your give away:
I would wear the lovely blue/gray pair of yours with a black lace dress. a cropped black leather jacket and some tall black mary janes, my hair would be a wild mess as usual

Anonymous said...

I am glad you are feeling better! They are an inspired idea and can't wait to make some. You truly are amazing :)

Callie Lu said...

Like you I aspire to be a fashion designer. I feel that scissors are quite the symbol of design and a reminder of all the meticulous, but engaging work. I would love to be a part of your giveaway, because I love little nifty things like your mummy scissors. Potentially I could match them with anything becuase I am qutite the collector of clothes and jewelry but I think that the symbolism is what really does it for me. I love your idea and the reason behind it. It's great that you're getting the word out about your designs. Kudos.

The perfect outfit: My maroon highwaisted skirt, a simple v-neck, cute printed tights, oxfords, earth toned cardigan, and the lovely scissors necklace on a long chain/string. Best of luck to you in your recovery and ultimately with your designs as well.

lisa marie said...

I'm a friend of Jill's from NYC and have gotten to know, and admire, your strong and positive nature. I love the mummy scissors idea. I might try to make one, although chances are it will turn out looking more like King Tut's pillow, but... what have I got to lose? Continue on your road to recovery. You have many fans, every which way you look. Best wishes from Lisa Marie (aka Dot NYC)

vanessa said...

I hope you have a speedy recovery!

I love the mummy scissors idea. I have a tattoo of a pair of antique scissors on my left arm, and one version of mummy scissors that I would wear would be to wrap a lavender silk ribbon around my arm over the center of them and pair it with a simple dark brown dress and a necklace with an antique chandelier prism backed with lace and a pair of light brown lace up ankle boots.

I think I will make another version with a pair of tiny rusted scissors I found in my garden, perhaps with some lace to contrast with the rust and decay. Thank you for this lovely idea; I am so fond of scissors (as you may have guessed by the fact that I have a pair inked on me).

Anonymous said...

Hi Roz, I just made my own pair of Mummy's Scissors, and showed them off on my blog! Have a look, if you've got a moment!

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