HOLIDAY

6 Facts about the year of the Rooster 2017

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on January 26, 2017

in CULTURAL ARTS,EVENT,FEATHER TRENDS,HOLIDAY

6 Facts about the year of the Rooster 2017

We are only days away from the 2017 Chinese New Year! Here are some fascinating “Year of the Rooster” facts you may not know about!

1. A Rooster year doesn’t start from January 1st!

A zodiac year starts from ‘Start of Spring’ according to the traditional Chinese solar calendar, and ‘Start of Spring’ is on February 3rd in 2017. However, most Chinese tend to name a zodiac year from Chinese New Year according to the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, thus the 2017 lunar year of the Rooster starts on January 28th.

2. Roosters will be unlucky in 2017!

According to Chinese astrology, people in their zodiac year are believed to offend the God of Age, and incur his curse. It is believed that Roosters (people who were born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, etc.) will be unlucky in 2017.

3. Rooster year 2017 has 2 springs!

Actually “spring starts” twice in lunar year 2017, according to the traditional Chinese solar calendar, which starts with a period called ‘Start of Spring’, which always begins within two days of February 4.

As lunar year 2017, starts on January 28th 2017, and finishes on February 15th 2018, there will be two ‘Start of Spring’s, one on February 3th 2017, and another on February 4th 2018.

Not all lunar years have two ‘Spring Starts’. Lunar years can have one start of ‘Start of Spring’, but sometimes none! This is because a Chinese lunar year can start any day from January 21st to February 20th, and is either about 354 or about 384 days long.

4. There are 13 months in year of the Rooster 2017!

To keep the Chinese lunar calendar within half a month of the traditional solar calendar, there will be a leap month in 2017 (a second lunar month 6 starting July 23rd). So there are 13 lunar months instead of 12, which means there are 384 days in Rooster year 2017.

5. The Rooster is the fowl with five virtues.

Roosters were very important in people’s daily lives in ancient times. They were not only treated as food, like today, but in ancient times people regarded them as a mascot since they ate harmful insects.

(The shape of China on a map is often likened to a rooster by Chinese — with its beak above Japan (the worm), and Korea as its wattle, etc.)

As recorded in Hanshiwaizhuan (‘韩诗外传’, the External Commentary of Han Odes), Roosters have five virtues: literary, military prowess, courageous, benevolent, and trustworthy.

6. Rooster hours are from 5pm to 7pm.

In ancient times, people didn’t have watches or clocks; they used the 12 Earthly Branches to divide a day into 12 two-hour periods. Every period was named after a different Earthly Branch.

For the sake of entertainment and convenience, people replaced them with the 12 zodiac signs, according to their sequence, inventing sayings to relate each period to each animal’s behavior. Rooster hours are from 5pm to 7pm, when roosters go back to their coops.

– http://www.chinahighlights.com/

A Year in Feathers 2016

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on December 30, 2016

in FEATHER TRENDS,HOLIDAY

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and check out our favorites in a Year in Feathers. 2016 had it’s fair share of fashionable and fresh feathered moments. Looking back, here are some of the top trending feathered moments.

JANUARY | Here are some of our Mardi Gras DIY inspired headdresses using some of our Natural and Dyed Headdresses. We loved using all natural Peacock and Rooster Feathers! All you need is one of our already made headdresses. You will be parade ready in no time at all! JANUARY | Get ready for Mardi Gras! Here are some of our Mardi Gras DIY inspired headdresses using some of our Natural and Dyed Headdresses. We loved using all natural Peacock and Rooster Feathers! All you need is one of our already made headdresses. You will be parade ready in no time at all! FEBRUARY | Marc Jacobs presented a dark and edgy collection in his fall collection. It’s very dark, 1920 Gothic, Victorian meets biker chic. FEBRUARY | Marc Jacobs presented a dark and edgy collection in his fall collection. Using Black Rooster tail Feathers and Bold Ostrich Fringe; It’s very dark, 1920 Gothic, Victorian meets biker chic. MARCH | The National Gallery of Victoria fashion retrospective will be bringing together more than 120 designs including this luxurious Couture Restoration of a 1960’s blue Ostrich feathered Gown. Take an in depth look at the process needed to restore this gown to it’s original glory. MARCH | The National Gallery of Victoria fashion retrospective will be bringing together more than 120 designs including this luxurious Couture Restoration of a 1960’s blue Ostrich feathered Gown. Take an in depth look at the process needed to restore this gown to it’s original glory. New York based jewelry company Deepa Gurnani has just rolled out their new Spring/Summer jewelry collection, and it should be obvious why we here at The Feather Place are in love! Don’t know?…one word: Feathers! - See more at: http://www.thefeathergirl.com/2016/04#sthash.CK5zPzoW.dpuf APRIL | New York based jewelry company Deepa Gurnani has just rolled out their new Spring/Summer jewelry collection, and it should be obvious why we here at The Feather Place are in love! Don’t know?…one word: Feathers! Get up close and personal with Waldo Nell’s “microscopic” photo series of Peacock Feathers. At first glance, it looks like we are looking at at a luxurious tapestry or the work of a talented jeweler, yet after further inspection you come to realize that you are in act looking at the extraordinary details of peacock feathers. MAY | Get up close and personal with Waldo Nell’s “microscopic” photo series of Peacock Feathers. At first glance, it looks like we are looking at at a luxurious tapestry or the work of a talented jeweler, yet after further inspection you come to realize that you are in fact looking at the extraordinary details of peacock feathers. JUNE | The Joan Rivers’s Private Collection will be auctioned off at Christie’s today June 22, and we are taking a look at our favorite over the top items we wish we could bid on! JUNE | The Joan Rivers’s Private Collection will be auctioned off at Christie’s today June 22, and we are taking a look at our favorite over the top items we wish we could bid on! JULY | Covered with ostrich feathers, beads and sequin; we can imagine ourselves fluttering across a starlit dance floor or walking a red carpet event at Cannes! Excuse me while I pack my bag, I’m off to lalaland with the Marchesa Resort 2017 Collection! JULY | Covered with ostrich feathers, beads and sequin; we can imagine ourselves fluttering across a starlit dance floor or walking a red carpet event at Cannes! Excuse me while I pack my bag, I’m off to lalaland with the Marchesa Resort 2017 Collection! AUGUST | Back to School Feather Topped Pencils – The perfect end of summer craft project for kids. Decorating their school pencils with colorful and fluffy feathers. AUGUST | Back to School Feather Topped Pencils – The perfect end of summer craft project for kids. DIY their school pencils with colorful and fluffy Feathers, Glitter and Washi Tape .


SEPTEMBER | Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, one of my favorite reads is finally coming to the silver screen! We can’t wait to see Penny Dreadful’s Eva Green transform into the black feathered Miss Peregrine in Tim Burton’s adaptation of the book

We just found the BEST Queen Ravenna Costume Inspiration - Ravenna cosplay made and worn by Meltingmirror - Photo by Lexa One AND Pit Fire Photography taken at Montreal comiccon 2015 Collage OCTOBER | We just found the BEST Queen Ravenna Costume Inspiration – Ravenna cosplay made and worn by Meltingmirror – Photo by Lexa One AND Pit Fire Photography taken at Montreal comiccon 2015 NOVEMBER | Unique and quirky cartridge feather trends are the perfect way to show individuality and express your inner country spirit. Handmade using spent cartridge shells and feathers, these one of a kind hat pins, lapel pins, earrings and decor trends are perfect whether you are looking to make affordable rustic decorations while also making great keepsakes. NOVEMBER | Unique and quirky cartridge feather trends are the perfect way to show individuality and express your inner country spirit. Handmade using spent cartridge shells and feathers, these one of a kind hat pins, lapel pins, earrings and decor trends are perfect whether you are looking to make affordable rustic decorations while also making great keepsakes. PEACE*LOVE*MUSIC*FEATHERS | VERA BLACK DECEMBER | PEACE*LOVE*MUSIC*FEATHERS | Interview with London based artist, songstress and friend Vera Black – Fashion for the Free 🖤

As we look back upon the past year, we would like to acknowledge those who have helped us shape our business. Thanks for a great year, and we wish you all the best as you embark on 2017.

HAPPY NEW YEAR – From your friends @THEFEATHERGIRL

Unique Feather Inspired Makeup Trends

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on October 21, 2016

in COSTUME,DIY,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,HOLIDAY

Perfect for the Halloween season, You’ll be a showstopper in any of these unique feather inspired makeup trends ! From incorporating ready made false feather lashes to painstakingly placing the feathers piece by piece, there’s no wrong way to add drama and recreate the look for Halloween.

Unique Feather Inspired Makeup Trends

For the DIY makeup artist, here are some tips that we find useful!

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Spellbinding Feather Topped Hats

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on October 14, 2016

in COSTUME,FEATHER TRENDS,HAIR & HAT,HOLIDAY

These spellbinding feather topped hats from The Blonde Swan are the perfect accessory for that out of the ordinary event or high-end fantasy costume.

Topped off with a color coordinated rooster, ostrich and peacock feather hat pin, these hats are handmade using rich suede & leather and are available in a variety of styles for both men and women.

 

Queen Ravenna Costume Inspiration

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on October 1, 2016

in COSTUME,DIY,FEATHER TRENDS,HOLIDAY,STAGE & SCREEN

We just found the BEST Queen Ravenna Costume Inspiration and are so excited to share it with you all! We first came across the Melting Mirror Cosplay and Costume site when we were researching costume inspirations for this Halloween season.   
Queen Ravenna Costume - Ravenna cosplay made and worn by Meltingmirror - Photo by Lexa One taken at Montreal comiccon 2015

Using hundreds of Loose and Strung Black Rooster Coque Tails and taking notes from famed costume designer Colleen Atwood, Melting Mirror gives an in depth play by play on her inspirations and how she made her cosplay costume.

Queen Ravenna Costume - Ravenna cosplay made and worn by Meltingmirror - Photo by Belziir Photography taken at Montreal comiccon 2015 - 3

You have to go to her site and check out the extensive Queen Ravenna – Snow White and the Huntsman costume write-up. I know we are feeling inspired to DIY this costume and with more than 1 month away from Halloween…We still have time! Stop by The Feather Place and let us help you get DIY ready this Halloween season.

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In just these simple steps, you’ll have your Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery Inspired Costume ready for this year’s Halloween party season.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume

Recreate detective Phryne Fisher sassy 1920 style by pairing a knee length drop waist beaded dress with a Marabou Feather Shrug or Shawl! You can also DIY a long flowing Ostrich Boa Stole or Silk Scarf trimmed in Ostrich Fringe. Add glittering details with sparkling vintage brooches, dangling necklaces and a pair of T-Strap kitten heels or oxfords. Make sure to pin your hair or wear a short bob wig topping off the look with a feather beaded headband or cloche hat.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume

Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume

Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume       DIY a long flowing Ostrich Boa Stole or Silk Scarf trimmed in Ostrich Fringe. Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume Recreate detective Phryne Fisher sassy 1920 style with a Marabou Feather Shrug or Shawl!

 

Discover what it takes to design and costume on the actual TV hit series below and preview the new Miss Fisher Collection – by Marion Boyce!

DIY Monster Feather Wreath

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on September 9, 2016

in COSTUME,CRAFT,DECOR,DIY,FEATHER TRENDS,HOLIDAY

Monster Feather Wreath

A Halloween checklist; Costume? Check. Candy? Check. Spooky decorations? Let’s check that one off the list right now. This Monster Feather Wreath is a not too scary and easy enough to enlist crafting help from little hands. So grab your little gremlins, a few supplies, and get crafty! You’ll have a fun Halloween decoration before you can say, “trick or treat!”

Feather Materials
Feather Green Circle  Wreath Form

Feather Green Circle  Chandelle Feather Boas (2)

Feather Green Circle   Hot Glue

Feather Green Circle  Pipe Cleaners

Feather Green Circle   Googly Eyes

Feather Directions

STEP 1. Begin wrapping a chandelle feather boa around the wreath form. Attach with hot glue.

Monster Feather Wreath

STEP 2. Trim a 4 inch length of pipe cleaner and wrap it around a pencil to form a spring. Leave one end straight to stick into the wreath form.

Monster Feather Wreath

STEP 3. Glue a googly eye on the curly end of the pipe cleaner spring. Repeat this process until you have 15-20 eyes, or as many as you think will cover your wreath.

Monster Feather Wreath

STEP 4. Insert the eyes into the wreath form until the wreath has plenty of peepers. Hang on your door and let the scares begin!

Monster Feather WreathStay tuned and be on the lookout for more DIY feather crafts and children’s costume ideas using feather products from The Feather Place. You can also visit our Halloween Projects ideas!
Monster Feather Wreath

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, one of my favorite reads is finally coming to the silver screen! We can’t wait to see Penny Dreadful’s Eva Green transform into the black feathered Miss Peregrine in Tim Burton’s adaptation of the book. We especially love the movie trailer below where you see Miss Peregrine’s full metamorphosis! Set to be released this September, we can predict that Miss Peregrine’s character is sure to be a hit this Halloween season! You can transform yourself into Miss Miss Peregrine with a pair of our Black Feather Mockingbird Wings and Black Feather Collars and Chokers.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Burton described Eva Green’s character Miss Peregrine, the headmistress of the peculiar orphanage, as a “weird Mary Poppins like character — a strong and mysterious person who looks like she could turn into a bird. That’s Eva.” – www.moviepilot.com

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If you are feeling inspired and want to get your bird spirit on this Halloween, The Feather Place is your go to shop for everything feathers!  We have a large variety of all the natural and dyed plumage feathers and quills needed to make your DIY dreams a reality in addition to ready made wings, masks and chokers to help you transform into an Owl, Crow or Raven. Come see us at one of our showrooms or shop online and get Free Shipping. #staypeculiar Halloween Collage

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DIY One of a Kind Feather Costumes

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on August 26, 2016

in COSTUME,DIY,FEATHER TRENDS,HOLIDAY

Get creative this Halloween and DIY Feather Costumes! DIY one of a kind Feather Costumes with Marabou Boas, Chandelle Boas, Ostrich and Peacock Feathers this Halloween Season. Your child will be the envy of his/her classmates in one of these magical DIY feather costumes! DIY your very own this Halloween season with just a few Chandelle Feather Boas from The Feather Place! What kid wouldn’t want to be Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo or Big Bird!? We even know some adults who would love to get into character… Transform yourself and child into a feathered Pretty Peacock a Cute Chick, Spunky Skunk and more with these fabulous DIY costumes ideas from The Feather Place!

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DIY Wild at Heart Feather Wreaths

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on January 15, 2016

in CRAFT,DECOR,DIY,FEATHER TRENDS,HOLIDAY

DIY Wild at Heart Feather Wreath

Home is where this Heart is this Valentine’s Day. Express your love and fall head over heels with these handcrafted Wild at Heart Feather Wreaths. With several different ways to use feathers and feather products…the possibilities are endless! Be sure to also check out our past Valentine’s Day DIY tutorial here.

Feather Materials

  • Styrofoam Heart
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Push Pins

Wild at Heart Feather Wreath

Feather Directions

STEP 1.

Begin wrapping the ribbon around the heart wreath. We used 3 yards total for the larger wreath. This will vary depending on the size of the wreath. When you get to the center of the heart cut the ribbon and glue the end onto the wreath. Repeat this step on the opposite side of the wreath until it’s completely wrapped.

wild-at-heart-feather-wreath-step1-collageSTEP 2.

Cut feathers to desired length. The length you trim off the feather may vary depending on the size and style of the wreath.

Wild at Heart Feather WreathSTEP 3.

There are several fun & different ways to arrange your feathers. On our larger wreath we glued the feathers down in a tight color coordinated pattern.

Wild at Heart Feather WreathSTEP 4.

On our second smaller wreath we chose to flip the feathers up and glue them down in a loose color coordinated pattern. Using push pins can be handy to help hold your feathers in place as you are assembling.

Wild at Heart Feather WreathSTEP 5.

As a finishing touch, you can glue a feather boa to the back of the wreath to add a little flare.

Wild at Heart Feather WreathSTEP 6.

Last use a push pin and some glue to attach a loop of ribbon to make a hanging tie at the center of the wreath.
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Wild at Heart Collage