Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Match Your Mood

I have retro appliances on my mind since we've decided to paint our spare refrigerator, RED. Up early and "surfing" on the internets this morning I ran across this little oddity in 1960's advertising. I don't remember knowing anyone who had a decorator refrigerator, but then again I grew up pretty close to the railroad tracks. My mom would have had the cute 60's outfit, but I highly doubt she would have been dancing while decorating : ) Our refrigerator was brown and the freezer was on the bottom with a step peddle to open. Pretty cool.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Holy Cats!

Today I had the pleasure of photographing Nora and her kitty.
Time just moves along....Nora and I met when she was a few days old.  Now such a vibrant beautiful child!
Thank you Nora and big sister Liv for spending part of your afternoon with me.

Monday, March 17, 2014

How can I get through this last bit of Winter?

Here we ARE...it's March 17th 

Most years on this date, I am looking out the window to watch sparrows build their nests on the back my house, see mildew left on the lawn from the melted snow and I drag my chair to the deck to eat my lunch in the warm sun.  This year I just look out the window.  I see an ice covered street, four foot snow banks.
I am hearing the weather forecast predict more snow.  Ugh.

How can I get through this last bit of Winter?



Mind vacations might just work for these final days of Winter 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sewing ELSA's Dress

Last week I researched countless hours online about how to make a
 Disney's ELSA dress from the movie Frozen. 
I have not seen the movie yet, but my dear Lily 
(first grandchild has asked for an Elsa dress for her 7th birthday!) 
Lily- August 2007

Lily- February 2014




March 2014
ELSA DRESS SOLD OUT!

 or a sweet sum of $250.00
for the elite versions from Disney.


NO PROBLEM I CAN SEW THAT
So here is how I created my version of Elsa's dress.

I was surprised the costume designers at Disney settled on this shade of blue! 
 I decided on this semi-stretchy blouse fabric.  Lightweight but with the give I knew it would lay nice for the skirt. Netting with silver sparkle and white tulle that I'll stencil snowflakes on.



Ahh nice total!  I sewed in the 1970's and 80's and often seen similar savings.


I settled on Simplicity 2463 because of the V bodice.  If you look at dress A. and imagine long sleeves and 
a fabric that lays flat...I knew that would work with a modifies sleeve.

I used a streamlined sleeve with less gather from a jumpsuit pattern I bought to make Ruby (2nd grandchild) a Lava Girl costume....(which I abandoned and went with a leotard)



 Bodice with the sparkle tulle




I used a small amount of spray glue for stability
Not alot!  Just enough to hold things in place.
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