Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Happy Lovefest!

Um, hi everyone! So, it's been a while....

    Valentine's Day was a couple of weeks ago, and I know what you're thinking. "Why are you bringing this up? It was over two weeks ago." Well, you know what? It's still February, and I like to dwell on things. Who are you? The holiday rationing police? And secondly, "Who cares? Valentine's Day sucks, I'm so alone! I will live forever on my own with many cats and the Internet to keep me company." If you are not thinking that because you are not alone (i.e. married or dating), take a moment to savor this blessing.
    The negative mindset has been mine for the past few years, but this year was different. I had a sort of epiphany. You don't need a significant other to enjoy the day of love, Silly! Don't judge me, I'm a little slow. So firstly, I sent out a stack of Valentines to friends that live far, far away... yes, many of my best friends are fairy tale princesses. Then, you know how in Mean Girls students were able to send candy canes to each other at Christmas? (And none for Gretchen Wieners.) Well, at my school, you have the option to send roses, a can of Crush (adorable, right?), or a heart-shaped sucker to whomever you choose on Valentine's Day. Not very original, but whateves. Choosing to partake in this ritual, I bought up a bunch of pink roses and had them delivered to some of my closest friends in school. BAM! Unalone! And you know what? It felt good. Surprise, surprise! Apparently an unintended side-effect of giving cheerfully is receiving, because I came home with a plethora of roses, myself. (No, they were not from me. I'm not that pathetic.) Huh. I guess people like you better when you're not in a selfish funk. People sense that you are not giving out of obligation or just sitting around, waiting for a knight in shining armor to appear and hand you a bouquet of pulchritudinous roses. Moral of the story? Giving makes your life richer. Maddie and her family have been a wonderful example of that over the years. (Shout out to my homegurl!)

The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love..."
~Jeremiah 31:3a~

    So, the next time you think that you're forever alone, remember that you're NEVER alone! But don't worry, it's not as bad as it sounds. ;-)


Even forever alone guy is...

...never alone!

Aw, tears of joy!

Now you can be off your writing strike, Maddie!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Curiouser And Curiouser!

“I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then. ”  - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Hey friends!

I wanted to show you my latest project!  I made my Spring Formal dress last year from an old vintage bridesmaid gown that my mom wore in a wedding back in the 80's. Man was that thing a hot mess... 

Here it is BEFORE I remade it. Look at those wonderful poofy sleeves... 

and here it is after I finished!

After Spring Formal a friend of ours saw what I did with the dress, and gave me a bunch of her old bridesmaids dresses to have fun with. I instantly fell in love with a super dainty, blue and lacy vintage Jessica McClintock. But it was rather awful. It hit in the middle of my calves, super long and unflattering drop waist, and when I say lacy, I mean being SWALLOWED ALIVE by lace. The problem was, it was gorgeous vintage lace. You can't just hack away at a dress like that. I pinned, repinned, took off lace, put lace back on, let the poor dress sit on a half dress form for months. All because I was too scared to do anything to it. 

I guess I get nervous when I sew. My sewing machine can go on the fritz sometimes and the threads get all knotted and tangled. There was NO way I was going to subject that gorgeous dainty fabric to my inexperienced, self taught sewing skills.  

Then something finally clicked. I decided I was just going to go for it. (I'm so sorry I don't have an original photo of the dress, I can sketch up the original design if you'd like!)

“Do you think I've gone round the bend?" "I'm afraid so. You're mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”  - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

I took the lace on the top of the dress and sewed it so it laid better on the top, then the lace instead of being in a boxy shape if had fun ruffle texture. It was super hard getting the lace to be draped evenly on both sides. 

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” - Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland

I shortened the length of the skirt by about 5 inches then instead of it being drop waist, I detached the skirt from the torso and reattached it about 6 higher. This took me a few tries to get it sewn on evenly because I did it over break while my sister was home visiting. It was a bit difficult because I'd stop sewing to talk to her or my mom, and when I started again I would be a little bit crooked. I finally got it right though!

All in all the dress turned out super cute. In fact, I'm thinking about having some of my senior pictures taken in it. 
“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”  - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


This is just one I had fun with editing :)

Sweet Breanna put up with me asking for a photo shoot while she visited a few weekends ago, that's where all these lovely photos came from! Thanks friend!

For my senior pictures I thought it would be fun to be holding a tea cup and be standing in a garden. Or maybe pretending to "paint" the roses red. I fell in love with the original Alice in Wonderland. It's so quirky, and it has such fun quotes.

"If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there." - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Hope you are having a wonderful February so far! Mine is cold! *shivers*