The deep red in a glass of Bordeaux? The shiny red of a poisoned apple? The dark red of a demon slab? Not quite.
This is the passionate ruby red of a Caladium leaf.
And the sequins blaze like the blood candy you hoped to find in your trick or treat bag each year when you were a kid.
A singular leaf on a headband.
The finishing touch before leaving for the neighborhood garden get-together, your sister Andrea’s tea party, your nephew Michael’s birthday bash, or that secret midnight tryst under the magnolia tree…but that is none of my business!
My rendition of one shapely leaf from a Caladium Burnt Rose plant: pleasingly rounded and shaped like a heart. The leaf has been cut from a sample of upholstery fabric and backed with green felt for sturdiness. The stem is cut from rescued shopping bag handles (yes, it's true). Edges and veins have been stitched with shiny rayon threads. Red sequins sewn on by hand, give this leaf, and thus you, a tinge of glamour.