I can only attribute my over-active thought processes to an increase in my caffeine intake. I took a little break in the dress form project, but will be back at it after work this evening. In the meantime, I finally received my Folk Art Halloween book from Amazon. It took 7 days to cross one state. Hmmm...the book has a few really cute projects--the Gypsy Witch is a favorite, but for the most part, there's nothing really new and different. Supplies from the stash have been pulled for other projects and gifts, and I keep jotting ideas down for things I want to make. Quite a change from a mere week ago.
More dress form pics will be posted later in the day...
1. Cut a smallish neck hole in a heavy duty trash bag. The hole gets bigger as you tape and the plastic stretches. Cut arm holes, too.
2. Tightly wrap a waist line
3. Tape in different directions for stability...horizontally, vertically, sideways.
4. Add several layers of tape, also for stability. Pull the tape tight, and smooth as much as possible.
5. After the basic portion of what you want to turn in to a dress form is taped, use very sharp scissors and cut a straight line up the back of the 'form'. This is especially hard to do around the waistline...be careful...don't cut your model.
We'll move on to the next portion after a beverage break. Bring on the Coke Zeros!
A dress form! I've wanted one of these for ages...I've posted on cheapcycle, freecycle, combed yardsale ads, and asked everyone I know...the closest I've come to locating an inexpensive (or free) dressform was when a co-worker said she used to have one, but gave it to her husband and brother in law for target practice. Tragic. She said it ended up going to the dump.
I've read several on-line "how-to's" and have decided that this is a do-able project, provided I have the co-operation of my daughter. She's agreed to be the 'crash-test dummy' for an evening of being wrapped in duct tape. I'm going to take lots of pictures, so I'll post a step-by-step tutorial. I can't wait!
After my puttering for the day is done, I'll sit down with the knitting (I'm hooked on making wash clothes), and watch the second season premiere of Mad Men on AMC.
Instead, I'll probably soon revert to my ordinary life...sitting in my chair, with my lapdesk and laptop close at hand.
Updated to add: Visitation will be at Ziemer's East in Evansville Friday 7/25/08 from 3-8; a funeral service will be held on Saturday at 10AM, also at Ziemer's East.
I was going to go a whole different way with Pink Saturday this week, but last night when I was cleaning out the bookcase in the diningroom--in preparation for the new cover-up for it--I came across this incense holder. I bought it primarily for the look of it--it looks heavy and old. I'm not a fan of burning incense, but will put an unburned stick in a floral arrangement purely for the scent of it. My fave--green tea.
The second picture is more what I wanted to express for Pink Saturday. Pink is more than a color...it's an attitude. The author who most expresses this for me is Alexandra Stoddard. I've been collecting her books for ages...I remember getting one out of the library years and years ago...Style for Living...I read and 'studied' that book...and wanted to live that kind of life. I went through a few periods of that, but mostly I fall back into a relaxed living style. I met Alexandra years ago (I think my daughter was in second grade), when she visited our area to do a Town Hall Lecture. Her husband was in attendance, and they were such a 'cute' couple. I took along a few books for an autograph, and she was so gracious to everyone in line...stopping to chat, to sign, and to insert a beautiful grosgrain ribbon into all of the autographed books. Whenever I think of pink, Alexandra Stoddard comes to mind.
I'll post a picture (maybe later this evening--or early tomorrow morning) to show you the results.
For the past two days, they've been setting up barricades all around The Centre; including on the street right outside of our library.
Increased security was in place---it looked like every policeman south of Indianapolis was here to 'serve and protect.' Two sharpshooters were positioned on our rooftop, and two more on The Centre's. By the way...not too many protesters stopped by.
Am I boring, or what?
I would love to tag other bloggers, so if you haven't participated in this particular one, consider yourself tagged.
In honor of the storming of the Bastille in 1789, let's celebrate the ordinary folk...those who took the power from the monarchy. Let's pop open a bottle of wine (French or not), listen to a little French cafe' music, and salute the common man. Vive la France, vive liberty!
Back in Indiana, these are my contributions to Pink Saturday...not nearly as heady as the mansion featured, but they are mine!
A pedestal plate (sitting on an attached teacup). This is one I purchased from Tina at Cherry Hill Cottage a few months back. It comes with a glass dome. The strawberry (not real, but doesn't it look yummy?) is a gift from my friend Mary.
A small butter pat plate...I'd like to find a few more.
Ribbons...one of my favorite things.
A friend came over after work yesterday afternoon for a little 'crafting'. Little is the key word here. We had a salad dinner--fruity chicken salad, pasta salad, and cornbread salad. I've been trying to replicate the cornbread salad from one of my favorite lunch spots--Coffee Cottage & Cafe. I may break down and ask (beg) for her ingredient list.
I have two knitting projects going on now; a huge shawl-like wrap that I've been working on for a few years and I probably only have two or three hours of knitting left to do on it, but it's heavy and kind of cumbersome to work with. So what do I do...
I had my first adventure in burning paper edges. Fortunately, I was standing over the kitchen sink while I did this.
Everytime I hear the word remembrance, I think of rosemary...the herb of remembrance.
Assorted items from the goodie drawer found their way into this project.
Voting will commence after all of the images have been uploaded on July 8, and continue until midnight July 14. I'm really glad I participated in this contest; usually when I make something/anything--I give it away or gift it. I'm keeping this one. Edited to add...voting has commenced on the 32 entries in this contest. One vote per person; click HERE to cast your vote!
Instead, I'll content myself with my two pound bag of lavender buds. I think I can imagine lots of lavender sachets making their way to Etsy!
Today's list of things to do is fun stuff. I followed a link in Dawn's ~The Feathered Nest~ blog and ended up at a new blog Mind Wide Open.
There's a challenge involved, featuring a required image and using it in any way you desire...sewing, paper crafting, collage...and the first entry is due by midnight tomorrow evening. The submissions will be posted and voted on. I've never done anything like this before, so I just decided to jump in and do it. I worked on one idea last night, and may go in a different direction today.
That, along with lunch out with my daughter should fill my day pleasantly.
I hope you all had a safe and fun Fourth of July. My holiday 'weekend' has a minor bump in the road...I go to work this morning. I'll resume the weekend after 5 o'clock this afternoon!
Someone asked about this framed piece I have in my entryway...it's by Becky Geis, owner of The Heart of Newburgh, in Newburgh Indiana. Becky, and her staff (Patty and Michelle --Michelle of http://www.madredhare.blogspot.com/) are so very talented. In the past they've manufactured papier-mache figurines for all holidays...bunnies galore, wonderful primitive Halloween and Christmas pieces, and their products are available on the web and through Country Sampler magazine.