I mentioned in my Open House Wedding Cake post that my mom had done an incredible mural for the open house. If you're wondering where I get the patience and propensity for huge projects, you can stop wondering. It's all from my mom. We never do things by halves.
This is truly stunning. It's huge. I would guess it's 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide. You can see in this picture, how it rises up above the door. It's on a frame of PVC pipe. She projected a black line drawing on a transparency to trace the basic lines on a piece of white on white fabric. She then went over it with a sharpie marker (or rather, a series of sharpie markers). To color it, she used chalk pastels. She had a lot of fun adding details to it, like little crystals to jazz it up.
Of course, we will probably be using it at every opportunity. It's set up in the gym of our church, for my niece Maddy's 5th birthday party. So, while I'm at it, happy birthday, Maddy!
A closer shot:
The castle has a very subtle glitter finish. I tried to get a picture of it, and I think this is the best one. She also used gold metallic paint for some of the details.
Aubrey, hanging out at the castle: