Saturday, September 26, 2009

Woodland Faerie

I took one of hubbies, Dave... The Famous Artist, new prints and inkjet printed it onto cotton.
I've used a few different brands. This one was by Jacquard products.
The art is embellished with silk flowers, leaves and gossamer fabric.
The butterfly is suspended from a ribbon and floats around the forest.
Tomorrow they all fly away to my nieces house.
It's her birthday!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

DIY Fashion Tutorial

I found this photo of a J Crew necklace in Vogue.

It turns out that it is a one of a kind and has sold for a mere $795.

I love it, so this weekend was dedicated to a DIY project.

Here's what I did.

Out came the bin of costume jewelry.
I cut a basic collar shape out of felt and began laying the design out.
The key was one central piece to hold the eye and then fill in with existing pieces.

I stitched what I could for two reasons:
One, I'm a stitchin' kind of gal
Two, I was concerned about too much glue making it rigid.

When it came to old earrings, I had to cut the posts off.

Pieces I could not stitch, I did glue with liquid nails. It worked great!

After all the jewelry was done being fastened down, I cut the felt close to the edge and hand stitched silk onto the back with a tiny blanket stitch.

Two long ties were made from the dupioni silk and hand stitched on.

It turned out awesome!

On my next DIY project weekend,
I'm going to do another with my gold jewelry on a winter white silk background.

And after YOU finish making one, stop over here and find the perfect hand knit alpaca accessory to wear with your new necklace.
This is a great humanitarian business, helping the women and children living in the barros of Peru.

Our Hands For Hope, LLC

Friday, September 18, 2009

Bunny Dip

There is a first time for everything.
Yesterday my Super Hero daughter was not feeling too much like a Super Hero. The problem with her coming home in the middle of the day was that she had a wedding to cater that evening. Not wanting anyone to be short handed, I offered up my hands for the evening. Now remember, I'm not a kitchen and food kind of gal.
In our home,
' when the microwave dings dinner is done'.
Flickr photo by: Rene Ehrhardt
So, there I found myself last night standing before a room of elegantly set tables (which I would have preferred to have set and decorated myself) and smiling faces waiting to be me!
I had to draw upon every movie scene I had ever witnessed of people being waited upon. The restaurants I frequent were not going to help me at this time. I already knew they were, not going to want fries with their wine.
When I walked out to serve all I could remember was the "Bunny Dip".
Flickr Photo by: Loves a Beautiful Thing
I saw it on a biography special about Hugh Hefner and the playboy bunny club.
"Hold the tray with your left hand,
bend at the knee and
serve over your shoulder toward the back".
So there ya go.
At almost 50 I served people dinner and I mastered the
"bunny dip"
all in one night!

Flickr Photo by: OutsaPop Trashion

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mad Hatter

This is why I love to blog!
I was blog surfing this morning and over at the Cottage Way Of Life this is what I found.
Not only are there wonderful photos, but Sue will tell you the secret to what it's made out of!

If you want to see MY hat, look here!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dave the Famous Artist

The family purchased hubbie,
Well he's getting pretty darn good with it!
He now can do illustrations like this from start to finish on the computer.
No paper and pencil....just a black looking pen with no ink and a plastic board.
So graphite smudges, no pink eraser crumbs.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Sha Sha Higby

I was reading the book, Costume Maker's Art: cloaks of fantasy, masks of revelation years ago.
I came upon the most amazing photos of art by
After I picked myself off the floor and wiped the drool off the pages I began a search to find out more about this amazing artist.
Well, low and behold, Miss Higby lives about 45 minutes from me!
I picked up the phone and called information for a number to see if I could get an agent to be put on her mailing list.
Well guess who picks up the phone!
Yep, you guessed it, Sha Sha herself.
In a feeble attempt to compliment her I asked also where she was showing next?
I have now been fortunate to see her costumes suspended like wind chimes in a gallery and watched them in action moving across the floor.
Sha Sha combines her love of sculpture, masks, movement, dance and puppetry all together. Covering her body with paint you cannot discern where the person ends and the costume continues. Through slow rhythmic movements the sculptural puppetry comes to life.
If you ever are able to see one of her performances I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

National Sewing Month

There are a few things I have decided to not discuss on this blog because this is my
"Happy Place".
One is food recipes and the other is politics or political leaders.
But now I must break one of my rules.
Way to go President Regan!

The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month
“In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.” is holding a contest.

You can see the details here

Now go fulfill your role of importance to our Nation!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Woodstock to Burning Man

Flickr Photo by: Lars Kristian Boquist

I was to young for Woodstock.

Flickr Photo by: hlthom4

Am I to old for Burning Man?

Flickr Photo by: Austinhastings

Flickr Photo by: loupiote (Old Skool)

For now, I am relegated to making costumes for others.

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