Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Remake And A Roadtrip

Sometimes, I remake something, and then a few years later remake it again. I remember one dress that I changed at least three times, maybe even four or five, before I was content with it. A few weeks ago, I did a second remake of a dress that my sister had bought me for my birthday several years ago. It was a custom made dance dress. The skirt looked like something straight out of a fairy tale: full, long, dark purple sheer strewn with rhinestones. The top was made of dark purple velvet decorated with lots more rhinestones, but it was not something I would ever feel comfortable wearing. You know how dance dresses can be...

So I started shopping around for something to make a new top with. My mom happened to find a long purple velvet dress that matched well with the skirt (she often has more success finding the things I need than I do!). I don't have a picture of the original top, but here is a picture of the one I made:

And here is a very old and not very great quality picture of the whole dress:

See what I mean about the skirt?? Anyway, just over a week ago, a group of young people from my church took our annual trip up to the St. Louis symphony. We like to dress up for the symphony and I decided I wanted to wear this dress. But I also decided that I wanted to remake the top. This time, I went shopping for black velvet and found this top:

There was plenty of velvet there for what I needed and I got this pretty clasp too:

I cut the top apart at the seams and trimmed it down to the right shape and size.

Then I sewed the two pieces together. At this point I apparently stopped taking pictures, so I drew in lines on the picture below where I cut the neck in the back and trimmed the bottom so that it would fit the skirt. 

I also made sleeves from a black stretchy netting-like material. I don't have a picture of just me, but here is a picture of my sister and I in the symphony hall, which, as you can see, is amazingly gorgeous (and so is my sister)!

I think that is the last remake my dress will get. I am pretty happy with it!

Here is our whole group, all 34 of us. Yes, 34. And we didn't loose anyone! 

Before heading into St. Louis for dinner and the concert, we went hiking. If you're going to do a road trip, you might as well make the most of it. It was such a beautiful day for hiking!

In the past, supper has been rather rushed and we barely make it to the symphony hall in time, but this year I was determined to avoid that, so I scheduled plenty of time to eat and relax. We even had time after supper to walk around St. Louis a little. Here is an amazing church we saw:

Another successful St. Louis trip completed. We were gone for 20 hours. Maybe next year we'll make it 24... Although 20 was quite enough for me. It took a while to recover! But it was totally worth it. It always is!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Fleece and Fur and Faces

Right now, fleece is my favorite material to work with. It makes such cute stuff!! My little Pet Palz have been selling well at The Corner Shoppe, and the owner gave me suggestions for some new products. Naturally, I jumped on it and started making them right away! So, here is the Pet Pal Purse:

I love them! Currently I only have made bear, deer, and raccoons, but I have had some requests for elephants, so I am going to have to try those next.

Recently, a friend gave me a whole bunch of felt, and it was the perfect thing to line the purses! It's so fun when the inside is colorful.

I wanted to list the purses on eBay as well, and a dear little friend agreed to model them for me. She was perfect! (Thanks to her mom for helping out with this!)

I'm going to have to keep brainstorming, thinking of what other items I could make in my Pet Palz line. Any ideas?!

Saturday, October 1, 2016


Most people collect something or other. I have a collection of little glass teapots. I have lots of penguin things and lots of purple things. You could also say that I collect CD's and sheet music. But my favorite collection of all is my painted wine bottles. It all started when I found one in a thrift store and thought it was about the coolest thing ever. Since then I have found several at various thrift stores, and received a few as gifts from my brother, who keeps an eye out whenever he is shopping for Christmas or birthday gifts. My collection has now grown to nine, and I don't see it stopping any time soon!

The most recent bottle I found wasn't actually painted. It was more of a paper collage glued onto the bottle. It found a home in my sewing room. (I'm kind of running out of places to put these bottles...)

This collage bottle opened a whole new project idea. I can't paint, but I can cut up paper and glue it onto a bottle! So I got right to distracted from house cleaning, actually...and started pulling paper out of the bags of scrapbooking stuff under the bed. For the record, I did finish cleaning up the kitchen after I had found a generous amount of materials!

After lots of cutting and gluing and more searching for just the right paper scraps, I came up with this:

I love it!! Thanks to my sister for providing many of the little flowers and embellishments! I pulled out my wax stamp from my card-making days and added a seal near the top of the bottle. It just seemed to fit the theme.

This was such a fun project! Now my wine bottle collection is in danger of growing at a rapid rate. I may have to buy a shelf just to house them...