We're not in an apartment with a balcony anymore, and by the time I took these pictures it was dark outside anyway, so instead of being beautifully highlighted by the natural light of the setting sun, they are accented by glowing fluorescents on the stunning backdrop of our refrigerator.
HOOP THE FIRST: Delicious Orange Chicken THE SECOND.
When I first made the delicious orange chicken hoop, I made it as a way to play with some of the metallic bronze tape I had a huge roll of, and I thought no one would really dig the results. Turns out I was SO INCORRECT. It sold almost immediately. When I was recently approached by a new hooper-to-be, she had already perused my Etsy store. I asked her what she wanted in a hoop, and she said, "Orange chicken!!!" with great enthusiasm. So I guess there is a special place in this world for hoops that look sort of like mushy brown Chinese food dishes. :)
HOOP THE SECOND: Under the Sea!
I feel like I should come up with a special name for the people who own or will soon own my hoops. This will make them feel special, like they are in an awesome club. But I can't think of anything.
Anyway, a future hoop-owner approached me and said she wanted a hoop in "sea colors". I sent her a picture of all the sea-colored tapes I had, and she picked her favorites but said she didn't mind some surprise thrown in. I am quite pleased with the results!
HOOP THE THIRD: The Donatello Hoop!
This hoop came to be out of a haphazard collection of exchanged text messages back and forth over a series of days between myself and a future hoop-owner. She wanted green and purple, and I only had thin green and purple grip tape. So I layered it over ninja-turtle colored shiny tape, for a hoop that reminds me quite a bit of the weird-mini-Poseidon-esque-weapon wielding turtle. I know those weapons have a name but I never bothered to learn them because I was a Michelangelo girl and Donatello bored me.
That doesn't mean I don't like this hoop. I think it's quite awesome and I kind of want to do an entire TMNT themed hoop set. WE'LL SEE.
EDIT: I have been reminded that Donatello actually had the bo-staff. My bad. I feel like a terrible nerd.
HOOP THE FOURTH: The Slytherin Hoop!
Melissa, my good friend who has probably bought more hoops from me than anyone else, wanted to get a hoop for her friend as a SURPRISE. (Hoops DO make great gifts! Just sayin'.) She informed me that her friend was a Slytherin and would like a hoop with a Slytherin theme. I couldn't bring myself to just make a green and silver hoop, so I added a special little secret surprise to the hoop: A snake head and tail where the ends of the green grip tape met. I love it so much I've been thinking of doing an entire Hogwarts house themed hoop set. WE'LL SEE.
HOOP THE FIFTH: The Gypsy Hoop!
This one was made very, very special for my friend Gypsy. I went a little nuts with it because I wanted it to be unique and special, because she played quite a big role in my hooping journey. So I made it like a crack hoop on crack, and I added a bit of fabric wrap to it, just for a bit of extra Gypsy-ness.
Some detail shots:
Fabric wrap and Autumn tones