Inspired by all the lovely mixed media shrines, Altoids tins, ATCs, etc that I have seen online, I purchased a Tim Holtz Configurations box at Michael's with no idea of what I was going to do with it.
A few days later, I woke up thinking about some Korean screens I had seen at a Joseon Dynasty exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "The Ten Symbols of Longevity" is a widely used motif in screens, paintings, etc. The symbols I used in my rendition are mountains, sun, pine trees, stones, water, peaches, mushroom, deer, turtles, and cranes.
I used scrapbook papers, scrapbooking stickers, craft moss, mini Christmas trees, rocks, etc. For the peach tree, I used a cherry blossom branch sticker, removed the blossoms, and painted miniature fake fruits a pinkish-peach color.
I used origami paper on the outside of the box, painted with antiquing paint to mute the colors/give it a more natural feel.
Everything was coated with Mod Podge and lots of coats of acrylic varnish. I had a lot of fun putting it together!
For Halloween last year, my husband and I went as a deceased viking and the Valkyrie who has to escort him to Valhalla!
I sewed my cape and skirt, and altered a store-bought viking helmet with bronze paint, feathers, and discs of craft foam (to plug up the holes left after removing the horns). My shirt and boots are from my closet, and my bodice was purchased at the NY Ren Faire a few years ago.
I made my husband's armor by sewing a tunic of brown wool felt and attaching strips of pleather with glue and basting stitches. I also altered a store-bought helmet for him, by covering the holes with foam, adding a painted foam piece for the nose guard, spray-painting the entire helmet bronze, and aging it with black paint. I wrapped and tied extra pleather around his calves. His shirt, pants, and slippers were from his closet.
I haven't posted in quite awhile... wedding planning has taken over my life! Only 20 days until the big event!
I was going to make my wedding gown, but chickened out and bought one instead. Here are a couple of things I did make... small contributions to the overall event, but I had to include something crafty!
Fall-foliage baskets for the flower girls:
Table names in frames.. I painted unfinished frames, cut cardstock, stamped the acorns, and handwrote the names of our tables. They are all going to be National Parks and monuments that we have visited or are going to visit on our honeymoon.
Hi everybody~ I don't want to wear a veil at my wedding. When I tried some on, I felt like I was in someone else's clothes (not in a good way).
I'm playing with the idea of a hair ornament instead. Something that will still say "I'm the bride!" without saying "I'm trying to feel like someone else."
Here is my first attempt. I cut apart some silk flowers from Michael's and sewed them onto a piece of vintage velvet ribbon. It's not quite right---I think the ribbon is too white against my hair, and I'm not sure if the flowers are too big. But it was an experiment, and it is a start.
I started this thread a while back. I wasn't sure if I should take on the making of my wedding dress. I asked for advice. I made a test muslin. Wasn't sure about it. Put it away.
I decided to alter it with a new bodice. Liked it alot. But, then, I wasn't sure again. I decided to just forget about making my dress and buy one.
I went to David's with my mom and one of my bridesmaids. I tried on close to 20 dresses. There were a couple that I liked, but I wasnt ready to buy. None was exactly right.
The very next day, there was an email from Butterick's in my inbox, with their new patterns for spring. And there I saw a pattern of a dress that was very similar to one of my favorites from David's---only better. I thought it was a weird coincidence and emailed it to my mom. "Are you going to make it?" she asked.
But I wasn't sure.
Two days after that, I got another Butterick email saying their patterns were on sale.
So, sucker that I am, I purchased it. I just finished the first test muslin.
Here's the pattern: I am going to make the front one, with a lace overlay and sash. I plan to get an antique brooch for the front center.
Will I go through with this one? I think so. I hope so. As of now I plan to.
Here it is, without further ado....
Front walking (with a makeshift bouquet prop):
Quick! Turn before the webcam goes off!
Closer shot of the front (you can see a couple of the things that need adjusting in this photo):
Sorry for the long post, and I hope this wedding gown soap opera keeps some of you intrigued!
I decided to be Eve, as in Adam and Eve, for Halloween this year. I made my costume with peach-colored polyester dupioni and some green flannel for my fig leaf. The snake is made of velvety stretch jersey, lots of stuffing, and red felt for the tongue. He still needs some eyes though.
Oh, and I used McCall's 3514 for the dress, but I took it in at the sides to be less voluminous and made it a good deal shorter than the pattern called for!
So I had the muslin I showed you last week on a dress form in my living room where I could see it every day. The back was beautiful, but I wasn't so sure about the front. And I want to wear my hair down for my wedding, so would the back even matter? Also, I worried about the empire waistline. I wanted something more fitted throughout the middle. I thought maybe I would can the idea of making my own dress and just buy one.
I took the muslin off the dress form, folded it up, and put it aside.
Then last night, as I was watching TV, I was thinking about it. I remembered another Vogue pattern (#8446) I bought a while back but haven't yet gotten around to making. I bought it because I loved the glamorous vintage-y feel of the bodice. So, why not take that bodice and give it a dramatic skirt with a train?
I cut out the bodice pattern and whipped it up in the muslin. I ripped out the zipper of the first muslin, and separated the skirt from the first bodice. Today I sewed the skirt to the new bodice. I like this alot more! It defines my waist more. The back of the bodice is no longer dramatic, but the front is just so much prettier now. I like the neckline and the unique shoulders much more than the first dress. And besides, aside from the actual ceremony, when i'll probably be turned to the side to face my fiance, is anyone really going to be noticing the back?
So, now that you've read that long story, here is the new muslin... (try to ignore the fact that I accidentally put the shoulder seams on the outside of the bodice! oops! And know that I didnt take the time to line the bodice of the muslin; it would've fit better and not shown my bra! if I had lined it)
So I sewed the skirt and bodice of the muslin together this morning, and put in a zipper. Here are some pics of me wearing it!
One of the problems I see so far, which I will have to adjust, is that the shoulders are a little too big for me and keep slipping off. I will have to find an undergarment that will support me but not show in the back. Also I'm going to have to figure out how to bustle the train for the reception.
Front with slipping shoulders:
Side view (in this one you can kind of see the boxers I'm wearing underneath) :