Monday, September 2, 2019

Prom Dress Alteration

Before
What to do with a formal dress after using it for a one time special occasion? I found this prom dress in a thrift store for $6. I love the soft pink color, and it made me think about the movie Sound of Music--Liesl dancing in the gazebo. I wanted to use the dress in an informal way. I don't want to wait for a special occasion to wear this dress.

After
I made some alterations to the silk dress. I pleated the skirt and removed the silk band attached on the waist. Now that wearing silk is in fashion, I can use this dress in a casual way with a leather jacket if I wish. 
I couldn't stop thinking about Liesl's dress in the Sound of Music so I made a separate top that looks like Liesl's dress, and put it over the top of my silk dress so that the upper portion of my dress now resembles Liesl's dress.

I used chiffon fabric for the top. 

On the back of the chiffon top I attached snap fasteners. I'm going to wear this top with a pair of trousers or a skirt.
 This is my version of Liesl's dress; I really like how it turned out.
I want to wish you success in everything you do. Love and happiness around your loved ones.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Crochet Taxidermy Animal Heads

 I found a wonderful crochet book by Vanessa Mooncie with
beautiful well made patterns. I really enjoyed making these crochet animal trophies.
I wanted to make the zebra and when I finished it I could not stop making the other patterns in the book.



Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Dollar Tree Galvanized Bell Craft


I was looking for galvanized bells for a charming Farmhouse look. I found this set of bells  for $31.99 I decided to make my own bells. I found these metal vases at the Dollar Tree store; perfect for my project.


  
 I wanted the galvanized aged look. I found a tutorial that used toilet cleaner to age metal. I applied a coat of toilet cleaner to one of the vases. It definitely took off the shiny coat and left an opaque metal. I love it.




For the bell's clapper; I opened a hole on the bottom of the vase to insert the jute twine with a jingle bell tied to the end. Then I decorated the bell with a  burlap ribbon bow and some greenery to hide the flat bottom of the vase.


I hung the bells on my tree.
 ~I wish you a happy Christmas and blessings always~

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Christmas Decoration

I want to share with you how I decorated my little home. I decided to decorate with red and white. I've been making pompom garlands, wreaths, gnomes and mercury glass. I hope that you enjoy your visit on this tour.

 I went to the Dollar Tree store and  bought the red ornaments, ribbons and tree skirt. I wanted a red  tree skirt without spending too much money. I'm sad to say that the dollar tree skirt wasn't well made but I get what I pay for so I had to make some adjustments. I purchased two tree skirts, and hand sewed the appliques. I had extra white felt so I made a border for the tree skirt, and sewed both tree skirts together. The other side had a Santa applique, making it reversible. I like it now.
 My church gave away some fabric, I made these gnomes and a couple of maileg elves to decorate my dining room for a Scandinavian look.


 I've been busy with crafts; I made this wooden tray, and the crochet wreath with the owl hanging at the window.
 A little of vintage Christmas in my kitchen.
I painted these candle glass jars with Looking glass spray paint by spraying the inside of the glass. I discovered that using a hair dryer really helps to dry the paint; otherwise the paint will be swirling inside the jar and set in the bottom of the jar. I really had fun with this project. 

 Mercury jug, Pottery Barn inspired.



 Christmas tree in my family room, frosty theme. 



~Christmas Spirit ~ 

"I am the Christmas spirit! I enter the home of poverty, causing palefaced  children to open their eyes wide, in pleased wonder. I cause the miser's clutched hand to relax and thus paint a bright spot on his soul. I cause the aged to renew their youth and to laugh in the old, glad way. I keep romance alive in the heart of childhood, and brighten sleep with dreams woven of magic. I cause eager feet to climb dark stair-ways with filled baskets, leaving behind hearts amazed at the goodness of the world. I cause the prodigal to pause a moment on his wild, wasteful way, and send to anxious love some little token that releases glad tears-tears which wash away the hard lines of sorrow. I enter dark prison cells, reminding scarred manhood of what might have been, and pointing forward to good days yet to be. I come softly into the still, white home of pain, and lips that are too weak to speak just tremble in silent, eloquent gratitude. In a thousand ways i cause the weary world to look up into the face of God, and for a little moment forget the things that are small and wretched. I am the Christmas spirit!"  ~E.C. Baird~





Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Making a Vintage Crochet Long Line Tapestry Waistcoat Vest

Would you dare to wear so much color? I would. I think it's beautiful, and so retro. I did not purchase the pattern. I saw the picture and followed the pattern of colors, working with the yarn I already had at home. I'm thinking of placing sleeves on the vest.




I like it better with sleeves.

I have been busy crocheting retro projects; some-thing that I really enjoy, not only retro projects but the beauty of crochet.  I made this dress, a maxi skirt, and another vest. All vintage inspiration.






I want to wish you a wonderful day full of things that you love and help you grow to be the best that you can be.
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