Outlander has the ability to make you feel as though the world around you has been forever changed. It is this visceral attachment to this fictional world, the transformative insights we can draw from the passages we have read, and the superb manner in which the content has been visually adapted to the screen that enables the audience to wholeheartedly invest in the story and all that surrounds it.
For many of us, we show our devotion by following fandoms and reading as much as we can gather about the production of the series. However, for others, Outlander has been the catalyst for creativity and design. As we look at the wealth of talent that is within our marvelous fandom, it is always special to meet and discover the artists among us. We have found, on many occasions, that we are taken back by the level of innovation and craftsmanship these individuals bring forward as they express their admiration for this series. If you have a curious mind like us, it is only natural to want to follow their journey to discover what Outlander means to them.
Craigh na Dun is the enchanted, ancient ring of stones created by Diana Gabaldon to provide the portal through which Claire Randall time travels from 1945 to 1743.
One sure sign that you are addicted to Outlander is that you feel the need to touch any and all standing stones you come across. We had never noticed how many boulders and large rocks are used decoratively in yards, public areas such as malls and in front of restaurants, or even just along the roadway, until we witnessed Claire go through the stones at Craigh na Dun.
Images of Claire at the hilltop, hearing the buzz of the stones, immediately come to mind whenever I find a circle of rocks or any naturally formed ring of plants, hedges, or any piece of flora. While on hikes, it has become a pastime to stage photos of my Funko Pop! Jamie and Claire figures near flowers or stones. I decided it was time to have my very own Craigh na Dun and share this easy do-it-yourself project with you.
That Voyager gathering is just around the corner, and you’re making preparations for the festivities. In our previous blog, we shared our party ideas and recommendations for that special celebration. Here is a simple and inexpensive DIY (do it yourself) give-away or souvenir your guests will love. We know there are different options to creating this gift, so we will also include an additional suggestion, at the end of this blog, to modify this particular mini project.
We find complete enjoyment in following the images and information shared through social media of the filming process of Season 3. The anticipation of the upcoming season is often hard to bare, so we find ourselves searching for ways to sustain our wee addiction to all things Outlander. We have been successful so far, as we have purchased new items to express our love for this series through Etsy, AbbyShot, as well as Redbubble. In our attempts to expand our repertoire of distractions while we await for the highly anticipated release of Voyager, we have joined various art groups and have even started developing our own crafting skills to bring other unique pieces of decor into our homes. We certainly find points of inspiration in all forms. In this case, we were inspired by one of Claire’s Parisian costumes that was on display at the Paley Center during the “Artistry of Outlander” exhibition.
Life takes us in so many different directions. This blog marks the one year anniversary of when I first became acquainted with my local enthusiasts who love Outlander as much as I do. I find comfort in the knowledge that there are others as equally passionate as I am about the Outlander series. Each fan has their own story of how they found other like-minded individuals who have invested themselves into this amazing fandom. How did I find this group, one might ask? My simple answer – over coffee.
As Outlander fans, you can imagine the lengths we go through to keep ourselves busy until the next season, Voyager. Pastimes like rereading the series for the 5th time, listening to Bear McCreary’s Outlander CDs for the 10th time, and rewatching the series – oh, lets say the gazillionth time – is not new to any Outlander devotee! It’s a regular occurrence, to say the least. However, one of the most rewarding Outlander hobbies is assembling with other like-minded fans; this, we absolutely look forward to. We gather and can genuinelybe ourselves – not worrying about (as we do with our friends who haven’t found the glory of “Diana Gabaldon’s word”) whether or not we sound strange with our constant Outlandish talk. We are always right at home with our clan!Continue reading Voyager Themed Painting with Outlander Friends, The Perfect Droughtlander Activity!→
An unexpected visit to Britex Fabrics in the heart of San Franciso led me to purchase some of my favorite materials for this next DIY project. Britex Fabrics originally opened its doors in 1952 and has since been considered one of the best locations for designers and anyone else seeking “creative inspiration.” You are sure to find exactly what you are looking for, especially with four complete floors filled with an immense variety of fabrics and accessories.
Come take a look at our next DIY project. We also included a tutorial video at the end of this blog to highlight todays Outlander inspired wrap.
The costumes that were on exhibit at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills were an incredible testament to the level of artistry present in the Outlander Television Series. The individual designs of the costumes were stunning. I truly admired how the unique embroidery and intricate details brought the pieces to life, while even hinting to subtle references of the creators and actors themselves.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman,
He who works with his hands, his head, and his heart is an artist.
St. Francis of Assisi
Often times, I fall in love with an artist’s design when I am reminded of a special memory. Other times it is from the feeling the specific art piece can illicit, especially when that emotion is linked to something I hold most dear. When I saw the beauty and elegance of the pottery creations by Inner Light Pottery, I was immediately struck by the exemplary level of artistry and design. The designs are unique and are truly one of kind. Continue reading Have Your Own Star Chamber through the Beauty of Luminary Pottery→
The gown was two years out of fashion by cosmopolitan standards of Jamaica, but it was clean, which was the main thing so far as I was concerned.
The gown itself was not at all bad, it was of cream silk, half sleeved and very simple, but with panniers of wine-striped silk over the hips, and a ruching of claret-colored silk piping that ran in two rows from waist to bosom. With the Brussels lace I had purchased sewn around the sleeves, I though it would do, even if the cloth was not quite the first quality.
“I’m glad you picked that one.” I said, touching the stone gently. It was warm from his body. “Goes much better with the dress than the sapphire or the emerald would.”
Jamie had finally taken time to notice the rest of my costume. His eye traveled slowly over me from head to hem, and a smile spread across his face.
“Ye make a verra ornamental jewel box, Sassenach,” he said. “A fine distraction, aye?”
Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn.Chapter 6, pages 101 – 104.
I love fashion. I often look at web sites of my favorite clothing stores to look for inspiration on looks and sewing ideas. Lately, I have found myself often turning to Anthropologie and Pinterest for my newest ideas. Unfortunately, my tastes do not often meet my budget. So when I can, I try and make pieces myself. There is nothing better that adding new life to something that I already own or even upscaling a piece of clothing that was once considered out of style. Just as Claire’s gown in Drums of Autumn. ♥