Friday, August 26, 2011

Put your face on: Eleganza continued

While in the process of putting my dress together I have been thinking about how to accessorize.  The first hurdle I face is the makeup.

Doing makeup is not one of those skill sets I can lay claim to.

But that’s ok, of course, because I can always rely on the YouTube to teach me how!

such a lovely face, such a long process

This tutorial is great, but that seems like an awful lot of work that I don’t have time for.  And that, too, is ok, because the wonderful thing about the D.I.Y. community is if you can’t do it you can surely find someone else who can.  I’ve already given the task to my friend, Linda, and I’m sure she’ll make me look fabulous!  I’ll show you the proof as soon as it’s done!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Project: Birthday Eleganza

And so my quest to create the ultimate birthday dress begins.

I have chosen for my inspiration this advertisement from the Sears catalogue circa 1933:

birthday dress2

Lovely!  I’ve already chosen the fabric…


… green silk, darlings!  I’ve created the paper pattern…


… or most of it, anyway.  And I’ve even started working on the muslin (to get out all the kinks)…


… so far so good!  I may know what I’m doing, only time will tell.  I’ll keep you posted as the journey progresses!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Yarn Bomb!

Ever heard of the yarn bomb?

If the answer is no then let me be the first to introduce you to the art of knitted graffiti:

yarn bomb1  yarn bomb2
yarn bomb3  yarn bomb4

This awesome trend was started by a lady named Magda Sayeg and her group Knitta Please.  I do wish I had been the one to come up with that name.

I never thought I would feel so inspired to vandalize public property.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Muppets Forever!

I’m going to divert from my usual topics today because…

There’s going to be a new Muppet movie!!

And I am EXCITED!   I have read on the internets that the release date has been moved up to Thanksgiving of this year, which means it will be a happy, happy holiday!

I mean, you have to love the Muppets.  They’re weird and colorful…


… and musical …


… and just plain fun.  Even Elmo.

set your piggies free!

I can not wait for this movie!

The Muppets Movie!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Project: birthday dress!

I have a birthday coming up, and it will mark the beginning of the last year of my twenties.

I want to celebrate this one right, and really bid a fond farewell to my first decade of independence.  I’m starting with the dress.  Usually I like to go for a simple, understated sort of elegance, but for this particular celebration I think I’ll try for the opposite direction.  It’s going to be sequins, silks, and feathers all the way!

Maybe something like this:

or this:

or even this!:

I’m not even sure what’s going on in this last picture. 

I’m completely open to suggestions, so if you have any ideas please let me know!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Everyone loves Lucy

Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday was this weekend.

You may have noticed.  Google commemorated by turning their logo into a television set that showed all the I Love Lucy episodes, and A & E dedicated all of Saturday to Lucy’s movies.

I celebrated in my own small way by making this collection, because I have always admired the lady’s style:

everyone loves Lucy

Happy belated birthday, Lucy!

pretty lady

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Black Bottom!

A while back I made a post about doing the Charleston.  But lest you think the flappers were only creative enough to come up with one dance;

I would like to introduce you to the Black Bottom!

You start by stompin’ your feet

The main move in the Black Bottom starts with stomping your toes on the ground quickly and rhythmically.  The rest is mostly up to you!

So it’s a pretty easy dance, but so much fun!  And that’s not even the half of it.  The flappers knew how to move it and no doubt, and I plan or learning all their dances and their names.  I’ll let you know what I find out there…

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Sun… it burns!

This weekend I took a day trip to the beach and came back with an all-over sunburn.

No matter how much sun screen lotion I apply it is never enough to stop my pale white skin from turning a bright, painful crimson.  I blame my Irish ancestors.

But there is relief!

at least my burn wasn’t this bad.

These tips were helpful, but I’m still not completely healed.  I know soon enough begins the itchy peeling phase, and I don’t look forward to it.

Curse you sun!  You’ve brought me nothing but red skin and freckles! 

Of course, you also bring life to the Earth, so I suppose you can be forgiven…
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