Hi, I haven't been on craftster for a while but I am amazed by your creations! I'm also someone who spent more than 4 years on a degree which I've never used professionally. I, like you, would much rather play with fabric! You do a fantastic job! Even though I'm what you might consider an old lady (57) I'm definitely not matronly but a little too old for the styles you present, but I very much admire your creativity and your work looks so polished. Also, I'm impressed that you know how to spell "definitely". In all my wanderings around blogland I am disturbed by all the misspelled words; "definitely" is one of those words. I usually see it spelled "definately". Maybe I'm too fussy, but things like that stick out like a sore thumb to me. Anyway, good luck on your venture.
I got the idea for this project on a craft blog featured on "One Pretty Thing" recently and decided it was just the thing for a large blank wall in the house we've been in for a little over a year. I wanted to use papier mache letters but I could not find what I wanted, so I started with the wreath. I found the font I wanted and DH enlarged the letters correspond with the size of the wreath. Then I traced the letters on foam board and cut them out with a utitlity knife. Next I hot-glued a long strip made from cereal boxes and taped together along the edge of the cut out letter (to give the letter depth, so it wouldn't be flat). I painted the cardboard edge brown and then glued scrapbook paper to the foam board. Lastly, I "antiqued" the letters by rubbing some watered-down paint around the edges. We hung them above the sofa, and now our house is really a home, a place I dearly love to be! The paper in the "H" is a dog bone pattern, for our three beloved dogs; the striped paper in the "M" matches my window treatments, and the music paper in the "E" represents our love for music (my husband and I met in music school and will have been married 32 years this December!). Thanks for looking!
I think your dirndl is very pretty! If you did some horizontal tucks in the apron then you could see more of the bottom of the dress; I think that would be good. As far as making one to wear everyday: I have visited Austria and Germany and bought several dirndls while there, and wore them to work back here in the states. I didn't care if they looked "costumish" by our standards, I thought they were cute and I felt good while wearing them. In fact, the two I bought while in Graz Austria in 1976 (I was only in my early 20's) did not fit me after years of marriage and one baby, so instead of getting rid of them, I cut them down and dressed two of my porcelain dolls in dirndls so I still have the wonderful memories of those outfits! Good job!
Hi all, May I present the newest addition to my doll family: an extra-special little girl named Amelia! She is the proper British lady having her afternoon tea! Sajona sent me her all the way across the big pond and she arrived in dandy shape along with some extra treasures:
Thank you, thank you, sajona, I love her! This swap was so much fun!! All the best to everyone - enjoy your crafting and the lovely creations we all share!