Tomorrow is the Bloglandia Ball. I've been playing with ribbon and paper while reminiscing about dancing. My earliest memories involve dancing. My parents were the best dancers I have ever known. My cute, little, blue eyed Daddy could "cut a rug" as we Americans say. Saturday afternoons were spent at the NCO club on an Army base in Germany. Soldiers were welcome to bring their families and I loved to go and watch my parents dance. I can't remember other people dancing. Just them, in a surreal spotlight in my mind. Except for the time that my oldest brother and I danced. I was wearing a little blue dress and we waltzed around and won first prize. As the years went by, I remember my mom dancing around the living room. She is a beautiful, Portuguese, brunette and loved to dance the fado. She would whirl around and snap her fingers like castanets. My mom inspired my love of music and dancing. She broke her hip two years ago but, it didn't stop her from dancing at my daughter's wedding. When I was a teenager, my oldest brother and I would go to the Rainbow Ballroom with our friends. Everyone would be standing around awkwardly and we would open the dancing. He with my good friend, Karen and me with his best friend, Danny. Pretty soon we would be surrounded by hundreds of teenagers dancing to the sounds of Saturday Night Fever. For years, I didn't go dancing. I was "raising children". But, my daughter and I would put the Dirty Dancing soundtrack on and wiggle the hours away. She reminded me of that at her wedding when she had the disc jockey play, "I've Had the Time of My Life", and WE danced the very last dance together. Thanks Sweetie! Nowadays, my favorite dancing partner is my husband. We're going to San Francisco for my birthday. Maybe he'll take me out dancing in a dress like this.
It's not quite Tuesday here, but, we have a full day tomorrow so I'll be popping in to Karla's party before I go to bed. My home is overflowing with love, family and roses. I hope you are all as blessed as I am.
It was stormy all around us here this weekend. We had a few sprinkles and just a little bit of a light show. I took these pictures to show you that California isn't all about the beaches.
These pictures were taken on the outskirts of our town. It is very dry and brown this time of year. We enjoyed our little bit of fall weather, but, we are supposed to be back at 91° by Friday. I'm busy sweeping the cobwebs out of the corners for Karla's party tomorrow. I'm also working on ball gowns for the Bloglandia Ball. Now, I have to decide which one to "wear". Amy at Mi Vida Creadora was my swap partner for the Black Cat and Pumpkin swap. She posted the pics on flickr so I can show you what I made for her now.
I "painted" another wood box with purple, black and silver ink and then decoupaged it with some vintage Halloween images. I sewed a little pumpkin with a cat popping out of it and glued it on top. I also made a tag and a cute little book (which I forgot to take a picture of) to go with it. I really had fun with this swap!
First this Paul de Longpre print under convex glass for $5.00, found while out hunting through thrift stores.
Then today at two estate sales, this assorted treasure trove. I love the little sunbonnet girl needle book. The ribbon is gorgeous and the lady apologized to me for having to sell it for $2.00 each. What?! I guess she doesn't sew or hasn't been in a fabric store in a long time. A little package of millenery flowers, packages of crochet flowers. Time for me to get to work creating!
I stopped at the thrift store on Monday. I found a couple paperback books I have been wanting to read. At 1.95 for a new paperback, it makes sense to wait for books to arrive at the thrift store This pretty little saucer has sent me on an Ebay hunt for matching pieces. It is made by Lefton China. It was less than a dollar and I am in love with it. I think it was used as a plant saucer as it had brown rings circling the edges. I scrubbed it gently with some Bon Ami cleanser and it is almost as good as new. I love the little roses and the faint pink shadowing on the edges. I spent an hour searching Ebay without any luck. It reminded me of the "old days" before blogging when I spent hours searching Ebay. My favorite search category was "pink vintage".
The pretty roses on the Lefton saucer inspired me to draw some on pink paper and turn it in to another ball gown. This paper doll dress making is becoming an addiction.
I did spend some time today adding to my hubby's collection of scrub tops.
At last count he had more than 25, all made by me.
Todays scrub top is
a cowboy print and I have enough fabric left over to make a tote bag or a little quilt for my cowgirl niece whose birthday is coming up. Now that the weather has finally cooled off, I don't mind sitting and sewing for hours.
I haven't taken apart the hat yet. Right now, it is sitting proudly on a shelf. I don't know if I can bare to take off the flowers though a few did fall off when I took it out of the box. I would give it to my daughter but she is planning a pink and brown office and it would really stand out there. I don't know if you read her blog. She will be starting her dream job in a week. She will get to do the same job (different company) she is doing now, but at home and in her pajamas if she wants. She will be making a little more money too. I'm happy because she won't be commuting anymore. She was driving 45 miles every day on the highway. We have dense fog here in the winter and I would say a prayer every morning that she made it safe to work. I'll be sleeping better this winter. I finished up a few swaps and mailed them today. I can't show you what I made yet. I've been having fun playing with paper though. I found three rolls of this pretty drawer liner at an estate sale and I used it to cover the torn hat box from this weekend's estate sale.
It is already full of bits of paper including this awesome package of fun that Amy sent me. Amy at Four Sisters in a Cottage had a giveaway and I won. Amy is such an inspiration to me and many people who read her blog. She is battling cancer but is doing so with a sense of humor. I just "love her to bits". She is so sick, but took the time to put this package together and make a cute tag to go with it.
Look what I found today. I'm going to use the flowers on the hats for some items I am making for a Christmas boutique. I'm not sure if I will be able to take them off the hat. They're so pretty. The lady who owned this hat was small or my head is big. It sits neatly...on top of my head. Too funny! The plates are for miniature cake plates I am making for the boutique also. I'll show them soon.
My Deities and Divinity Swap package came yesterday. This was a lot of fun. I was amazed at how diverse and unique each piece of art turned out. Amy has better pictures in a gallery on her blog. Beautiful work Ladies!!
It has been beautiful here for the last two days. We shut off the air conditioner and opened the windows. The wind is blowing. I can finally hear my wind chimes and now I remember why I love California. The air was actually so bad here last week, that we were advised not to go outside. This week, I managed to prune some roses, pull some alyssum that had dried to hay and do a little cleaning up in the yard. It was in the low 80's today which may seem hot to some of you, but, it is heavenly to us.
The yellow mystery plants are blooming. The heat has affected them somewhat. Usually at this time of year they are much bigger and have more blooms. They're still pretty. I found cuttings of them at a give-and-take plant trade put on by our university a few years ago. They are mystery plants to me because I don't know what they are. They multiply like crazy and are now in two separate spots in the yard. I'm hoping Carol at Boxwood Cottage will stop by and tell me what they are. Have you seen Carol's blog? Her garden is absolutely gorgeous. When I wasn't outside working in the yard, I was setting out the fall decorations and working on this little Halloween box.
I made the jack-o-lantern from felt and used three different inks to stain the box before I decoupaged it with Halloween graphics. I went back over it with a black pen and added stars and silhouettes. I think he is headed for my Etsy shop.
My best friend called me the other day. She was out Christmas shopping. She only had two more gifts to buy and she was done. It is September, for heaven's sakes. I know she is reading this and I love her, but I could never shop for Christmas early. I am unable to hide something away for three months. First off, I would probably forget where I put it. I once bought my daughter the cutest silver frog bobbie pins and I have never found them. Secondly, if it were something really cool, I would drive myself crazy not being able to give it to the recipient. I have really noticed this while doing swaps. I make something cute and then I am dying to "show" it off. I just made the most adorable "something" for the HopHopJingleBoo swap and I want to show everyone. Same with the paper doll swap I am doing. Amy from Magical Musings posted the pictures of the Deities and Divinity swap on her blog, so I think I can safely show you what I made. I transformed the beautiful old Christmas card above into this shabby chic rendition.
Speaking of collage,
I am adding ten blue tickets and five red and five green tags to my collage and ATC supply kits. Have you seen them?
I didn't count how many things I put in those kits but, I am sure it is over 100 pieces in each. There is lace, rickrack, playing cards, buttons, game pieces, a cute little bird and lots more.