October 27, 2009

Sneak Peek...

Sorry to have disappeared off the blog-planet again.
I have MISSED blogging!
I have had lots of big things going on, good things that I can't wait to share with you soon.
And trying to make a "simple" set of wings. It seems every time I think a project is going to be "easy" and just take a day.......it takes five times as long, and is challenging. It feels like I have made approximately 578 sets of wings. OK, realistically, I have made 7. Seriously. And I have made wings several time before, so I don't understand what the holdup was. I could easily devote an entire post to when a good idea goes really wrong....
BUT, I am done. It's not perfect, but at this point it's just done :)

My daughter is SO much more girly than I ever will be, so I tried to come up with a compromise of both our tastes (Yes, I am saying that now while she is 3.....but I am not agreeing to it when she is 16...)
So tutu dress it is.
When tied behind her back, the painted petals lay like a petticoat.

The halter part that will tie behind her neck.

The avant garde hat, made of painted "petals" (painted and cut broadcloth), a painted silk flower, tulle, a few feathers, and a butterfly on floral wire.
(I wanted something more couture than antennas...........can you tell that I have been watching Project Runway lately????? :))

The wings, this is a terrible picture.....I can't seem to take a good one of them tonight. I promise they look much better than this, though. In real life they are not shiny, nor wrinkled looking....
They are hanging from the ribbon that will tie around her waist (under the tutu dress)

Another not so good pic....sorry. In real life, they move and are a softer looking fabric. (It is painted broadcloth)
We are planning on having the annual costume photo shoot at the park with our best friends
this week, so I will be updating these with better pictures soon!
I have missed you all! Hope you are all doing well!

October 12, 2009

I'm Back....

I apologize for being MIA for so long. I didn't plan on it happening. My Dad came to visit from Tennessee (he hasn't been in town since January). It is easy to forget how much you miss someone until you get to spend quality time with them.
Here are some of the highlights: (P.S. My Dad and my brother are going to kill me for this :)
In fact, I expect to receive a call from posting this any minute now.....)

These pictures make me smile, (and it's not because
my Dad and brother look like they have
had one too many yard long drinks at Mardi Gras...)
but because they laughed, let her dress them up, and were wonderful sports as Grandpa and Uncle. (I told my brother all the single ladies love this look :))
I love you both so much!

OK, back to home decor......

I have had my fall decor up for weeks now....and have obviously been procrastinating posting.
Over the living room mantle.

The sideboard (the bizarre white blur from the right of the photo was brought to you in part by Dora.......I am wondering if perhaps she might be radioactive...)
Our front door.
Metal pumpkins in the manspace.
The table scape on the living room coffee table.

A trophy (97 cent thrift store find) , pumpkin and bird on an end table.
In the kitchen.

A pumpkin on the pear topiary.

In the master bedroom, in a hurricane, layered with pebbles, moss and a pumpkin.

Our dining room.

The Moroccan lantern was $2 at a garage sale.

The ceramic bird $.99 at a thrift store.

The faux cloche. I found a broken hurricane candle scone at a thrift store for $.25 - the kind that attach to the wall, and a candle fits in the bottom of it (upside down). I glued a dowel rod end to the end of it to mimic a cloche. My Aunt recently gave me some gorgeous beaded fruit.

The acorn ball was also $.25 at a thrift store.
The nest was given to me, and a piled it on top of a faux fur sample I had cut the last time I was at the wholesale fabric store.

Here are the metallic topiary pumpkins I refinished,

I missed you all so much, and am so glad to be back!