I'm just going to comment on the re-use of the dress as I'm horrid in looking at the exact transformation.
I agree that you could use it again; like mentioned above, only do that if your current fiance would be cool with it. I did something similar myself. I was engaged before, had the dress and the bridesmaid dresses. Decided he was too naive, called off the wedding. I pretty much had a closet o' wedding at my mom's house with the dresses and some things I had already picked up for the reception. Fast forward 18 months and some weird connections, I meet this guy and three months later we're engaged with a wedding in three more months. I emptied the closet to use the stuff. What was weird, and I think very telling about why I called off one and then had a "quickie" wedding, was that everything that I had picked out for me were things that my first fiance didn't love but was okay with. Like a strapless gown, open toed shoes, chocolate dresses, some color on my gown, etc... My husband (of over 4 years now) loves all those things. It was like I had bought everything knowing what my guy should be but not having the right guy. :-)
Anyway, DH was okay with everything, I don't think his family even realizes I was engaged before so they don't know, my family and friends knew but didn't think it was weird. And it felt oddly right. I mean, in so many ways, if I wouldn't have been engaged to the first guy, I never would have even met my husband. I wouldn't have made the same choices, I wouldn't have known myself well enough to truly appreciate DH, first fiance's best friend wouldn't have signed me up for a dating service to find "a guy who is worthy of <me>" which lead me to DH three days before my membership expired. The dress really had nothing to do with the first wedding and everything to do with me and my actual wedding.
The only way I can see it being perhaps weird for your fiance is that he probably knew your ex-fiance and maybe helped or listened to your plans for the first wedding. So I would really make a decision aided by his thoughts.
Okay, I made it through page 36 trying to find answers to my questions but I'm tired now and want to go to bed. Apologies if these were answered page 37 on.
I'm desperately bored with my hair. I really want to dye it but couple of problems. One : I actually love my natural color (light to medium brown with red highlights). Two : I need to keep it pretty conservative or, at other times, completely conservative. Basically, my job and respect for my mom/grandma needs to keep it pretty "normal". And then, there are certain times for special occasions or for church events that I need to be "normal".
I was thinking just coloring the underside, like from ears down, a crimson color. So, unlike most recommendations that are looking for long-lasting color, what would be a good brand that would last about 3-4 weeks before fading out completely? That would give me enough time to let something grow out and I don't think I'll mind the in-between fading stages.
Also, does anyone have a picture of shoulder length hair with a separate color from the ears down underneath? Just so I can get an idea of how it will look. I looked through the "show your hair" gallery but I'm not sure what exact parts they did for some of those.
Finally, I saw a person advise using cholesterol to keep dye off surrounding hair and skin. I feel so stupid, but would that be like any type of fatty or oily substance? Like vaseline or lard?
Well, I finished my bag on Monday. Overall, it was pretty easy I think. The hardest part for me was actually lining up the sides with the main panel. I'm assuming it was because I was distracted while doing the entire bag (long story) but somehow seam allowances must have gotten off. So I ended up sewing a seam taking up an extra half inch across the middle of the bottom of the bag. It fixed it up perfectly. I still need to take a picture of the bag though. I should have one posted this weekend. I actually had such a good time making mine, I decided I will make a second one (although not before this trip) for my dogs. Yeah, I'm such a geek. I'm going to use regular cotton and pre-made piping this time though. It's only going to be a bag to take their food in when they are boarded. I have to bag up two meals a day for all three dogs so it adds up quickly.
Okay, hopefully there will be a picture of my fabric below:
The red and cream is the main, outside fabric. The black and cream is the contrast.
I'm a bit behind due to DH's last minute business trip and surgery for one of the dogs not to mention covering for a co-worker's vacation. But...today I cut out all the pieces (between doing two family member's taxes) and tomorrow I have almost all day to actually sew it.
I'm still debating whether or not to get pleather/vinyl of some sort for the bottom and/or get some feet. Any thoughts from those that have done either?
I was finally able to go and purchase all the supplies I need (and pick up the pattern). I had the hardest time trying to find fabric I liked though. I don't *do* floral, pink, or cool colors that often. I definitely wanted something I would love if I'm putting this much effort into it. I found some cream & black and cream & red hounds tooth though. The red will be the outside and the black the contrast. I also decided to make the piping. I'll add a picture tomorrow of the fabric. My animals are super hyper tonight and I don't want them getting into the stuff. Anyway, I'm going to work on the cutting this week after work and then on Friday and Saturday I'll be sewing. I still need to figure out the foot thing. Or stop and pick up some vinyl for the bottom. I blanked on that today. Considering I had about 8 hours worth of errands, it's no wonder. Gee, maybe that's why the menagerie is so hyped, me being gone all day.
That is absolutely beautiful. I'm sure she will treasure that the rest of her life. I have also sponsored children (3 total) since I was 13 (I'm now 28) but through Compassion International. My church family, all told, sponsors almost 400 children in Rwanda through World Vision. This will be the fifth year that a group has gone to visit them. It's always a highlight and life changing event. One of my girls (I work with the youth group) went last year and, wow, I couldn't imagine such a great girl being better but she came back so full of passion that has not abated. Sorry to get off track a bit, I just understand how excited you are. :-) Again, your gift is beautiful enough on it's own but the extra meaning just adds to it.
I'm starting this too and am currently questioning my sanity. I have the pattern on order (should arrive March 11) and am hoping to take it on a trip April 2. Now, I'm nervous because this will be the second pattern ever I've followed. I'm normally a make-it-up-as-I-go sewer. I'm hoping it won't be too bad since I'm planning on using pre-made piping, not doing inside pockets, and not using a pattern that will need to be closely matched up. Oh, and bonus : I just purchased my first digital camera today (which should also be arriving the 11th) so I can actually take pictures. :-)
Are you thinking of a Parasaurolophus or an Aralosaurus? Both were bipedal and quadruped. Aralosaurus is thought to have used their heads in fights. Parasaurolophus have a more pronounced head ornament coming off the back of the head. My bet would be on the Aralosaurus though. Hopefully that helps a bit. Oh, there is also a slight possibility it was a Maiasaura but they only really fit the bi/quad thing. (Also, I don't mean to correct you so please don't take this the wrong way. I just think it may be something you could impress your cousin with depending on his age. There really never was such a dinosaur as a Brontosaurus. There were two rival dino-hunters and the second, while trying to outdo the first who had discovered Apatosaurus, found a second Apatosaurus without a head and missing some other bones. In his rush to find a bigger and new dino, he put a random head on the skeleton and named it Brontosaurus. It took well over 75 years, if I remember correctly, for the mistake to be fully understood. Which is unfortunate because Brontos are the most popular and recognized without ever existing. It's actually a pretty interesting side-note to the whole rivalry. Or maybe it's just interesting to me. lol )
I like the ideas that have already been posted for you. I thought I would mention a gift that I received that means a lot to me. After my dad and bumpa died, one of my aunts took two dress shirts (one was a pastor, the other a principal so they wore them a lot) and made pillows. The neck is still intact on the top and the buttons go down the front. I also kept a tie that was frequently worn with each shirt that I can put on the pillow. If there is a particular shirt that would remind her of him (maybe a flannel shirt that he always wore when doing work around the house or a favorite shirt from travels), that would work. Anyway, just another idea.