Last October, Bill and I were in Italy and saw so many beautiful and creepy and interesting and intricate masks while in Venice. You can see some of my favorites in a post I wrote last year.
While thinking about Halloween, I realized I’ve never shown you the masks we bought in Venice. So what better day than Halloween to don my Venetian mask, and Tori’s, and show them to you.
I selected this first one for its sky blue and turquoise colors, gold leaf, cherubs and light blue ribbons (that you can’t see because they are tied behind my head). This mask hangs on the wall in our bedroom and even though it may look creepy on me, it’s really quite lovely and cheery as a wall hanging.
We made sure to buy the masks that were made with papier-mâché and not plastic or plaster. We also decided to purchase them from a small and out-of-the-way boutique rather than a big touristy shop.
I can’t imagine I’d be able to wear this mask long should I try to wear it to a party someday. My nose was itching and I couldn’t scratch it, talking was a challenge, it was more than a little stuffy and I had no peripheral vision. But it was still fun for the five minutes I wore it.
This much more comfortable and super girlie mask we bought for Tori. It’s a pale silvery pink with black ribbons ties.
If I ever choose to go all out on Halloween one of these years, I will ask Tori to borrow this eye mask and create a “Marie Antoinette in masquerade” sort of get up.