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March. Finally

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 3, 2015, 9:33 AM

It's been a REAL winter here in the Catskill Mountains and I'm looking forward to the warmer weather! Soon "masquerade season" will be over and I can start thinking about "festival season." 


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CUSTOM ORDERS:  My available inventory of masks and other crafts can be found here:,… here: If you can't find what you need at these locations contact me for custom work. 

Custom Order Price List*:

- Brocade, satin or brocade/satin masks with a paper mache base: $35-$45, dependent on the cost of the embellishments. Note: I can create a less expensive brocade mask for $22-24 each (paper mache or pressed paper base). It will not have a felt  back, layered trims or a handmade fascinator. Contact me for a sample picture.

- Brocade or satin masks with a lightweight pressed paper base: $28-38, dependent on cost of embellishments.

- Mulberry paper/flower masks - paper mache and mulberry base, $35 - 37

- Handmade papier mache imp, goblin or bird/feather masks: $60-80 depending  on complexity.

- Vegetable Tanned Split Leather Masks with lace, satin and/or brocade finish - $36 to 42

- Vegetable Tanned Tooling Leather Masks $43-55 

- Victorian Ornaments: $18, multiples - $17 each

* Does not include a small design fee for some projects. Deposit may be required. See my Etsy  Store policy page for details. Couples masks or multiple orders receive slight discounts.



The February/March "masquerade season" is upon us, however, I am thinking of the upcoming Festival season. Here's my tentative schedule:

- Mayfaire on the Green, Holland Patent, NY - May 16 & 17 
- NY Capital District Renaissance Festival, Altamont, NY June 13 & 14
- Medieval Fantasy Renaissance Faire ?, Ansonia, CT, weekends June 20 - July 5
- Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park, NYC, September 2015
- Cairo, NY Apple Festival, Columbus Day Weekend, October 2015


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Sanitizing Feathers

When researching the proper way to sanitize bird feathers I came upon a lot of information - some of it good, some of it not so good and some of it just plain confusing. I have summarized the most useful info here in a blog on the subject:…



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Pink and Silver Steampunk Cuff Bracelet by DaraGallery
Pink and Silver Steampunk Cuff Bracelet
A pink brocade over leather cuff with two types of trim, gears, jeweled rivets, gold eyelets and a felt back.  It's for my niece who is under the weather and should match her hair. Yeah, her hair. 
Pale Gold Champagne Masquerade Mask by DaraGallery
Pale Gold Champagne Masquerade Mask
Here's that lovely champagne brocade over paper mache this time, I completed the mask with a repurposed button and ivory pearl strands. 

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Help! I'm thinking of renaming my dA site & online venues (Etsy, Goodsmith', etc). Which name do you like best? 

10 deviants said Rose Mountain Studio
8 deviants said DaraGallery
7 deviants said Modern Maskology
5 deviants said Dara Trahan Studio



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