Thursday, April 14, 2011

As If...

I don't have enough to do right now.....
I've been playing around with photos too.
I'd love to hear what you think.
photo of Asia and background by Timothy Schildknecht, Fringe Collective Artistic Studios

Photo of Rebecca by Kim Little. Background by Ana Rasha
photo of Moon Mama by Timothy Schildknecht

Photo of Melody by Timothy Schildknecht. Background by Enchanted Stock

Photo of Melody by Timothy Schildknecht. Background by Elena Dudina

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Little More Crazy....

Just sharing the progress of the candy wrapper dress today----
The bodice back
Bodice fronts, also known as the "breast plates" 

A portion of the skirt

Bodice front, all sewn together
Bodice back, attached to front
Today I'm heading up to complete the flouncing---it's ready to Mod Podge the papers on--- then we'll be ready to start sewing all the parts together!
We've also acquired some hot pink and some teal Duck Tape, possibly for binding the edges (I don't think that hemming is a real possibility).

More later....stay tuned....

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Just in Case Y'all Were Wondering.....

I feel certain that anyone who truly knows me, has no doubts about my sanity.....or lack thereof.
For those of you who weren't sure before, well.... Read on!

I'd been itching to dive in and thoroughly immerse myself in a huge creative project all winter; any medium would be just dandy.  The opportunity presented itself (more like an excuse) when the 14 year old told me there was a big end-of-junior-high semi-formal dance coming up this spring.

So her crazy Mama decided to pull out all the stops for this one.
Sewing, painting, Mod Podging, dyeing, duct taping, ironing candy wrappers. 
I'd tried to keep this a secret from her, but the candy-snarfing friends and family I'd solicited for donations let the cat out of the bag, and after numerous stories, I had to eventually admit it....

I was planning a dress for the Girlie made from candy wrappers.

Yep, you heard me right. A candy wrapper dress.

It's coming along nicely I think.
Here's the beginning---
The first three photos are the beginnings of the skirt, and the last photo is the bodice back.

Let me tell you....we thought we had this thing figured out, but not all candy wrappers are created equal!
They have varying degrees of waxiness (which we ironed out on newspaper), and none were the same size! I thought at least all of the Tootsie Pop papers would be identical, but no.
The size variations made patterning like we'd planned a wee bit more challenging.
We were left with gaps where the plain muslin fabric shows through.
The plan is to spray dye over the finished dress to fill in the gaps a bit; if it's still not just right, then we'll be sewing random papers over the gaps.

The Girlio has a great eye for color and pattern, and she's fairly handy with the Mod Podge too.
Each wrapper had to be 'Podged onto the fabric, then sewn in place once dry.
We found that all the ironing and handling had left the papers a little fragile, and we don't want the dye spray to ruin them, so we 'Podged over them lightly.

The next phase will be to put bodice and skirt together, then apply the candy papers to the flounce, which goes all the way around (it's a wrap dress...didn't want gathers or too much detail to complicate things).
AND concoct a large paper flower where the dress fastens at the waist.
It's possible that we'll trim the whole thing out with some teal or pink duct tape (love that stuff!), and create a fluffy crinoline for underneath.

And of course, we'll welcome any comments/suggestions/helpful hints that you may have!
This is a much larger and more complex project than even I had imagined!  But what fun....a crazy Mama/Girlie project!

In the Sky! It's a Bird; It's a Plane....No..Wait.... It's ALPHA GAL!

No, I promise, I have not become some sort of twisted dominant female super hero, but you are not gonna believe THIS ----> Gut Wrenching
 New post up on my other blog; this'll blow your mind.
Well, anyway..... it blew MY mind.... 
This creepy little bugger is a wood tick, or American dog tick