September 2017 | Vintage, Paint and more...

Friday, September 22, 2017

One Amazing Dress

Today I want to share something really fun with you.  A few mornings ago as I was nursing my morning cup of coffee trying to clear my usual morning brain fog perusing Facebook when I scrolled upon a picture that gave me one of those mouth-dropping, eye-popping, "Oh My Word" moments.  I have to say I was totally amazed.  This is the picture I saw.....

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            One Amazing Dress

Now you may think why was this so astounding?  It's a picture of a pretty young lady in a dress for a special dance or event - nothing that amazing.  But, take another look..... what do you really see?

Before we go any further with this story this is the part where I unabashedly brag about my sister. I have 5 siblings - each very creative and imaginative in their particular area of expertise.  However, my sister Sandi is a "master seamstress" (if that existed).  She creates some of the most amazing special occasion dresses, wedding dresses, and costumes I have ever seen.  The dress above is one of her creations.  It may not look especially "special" however take a close look at it again.

Did you guess what makes it so special?

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These are what make it fit into a class of its own ...... it's completely constructed from recycled Target bags.  That's right - Target Bags - can you believe it?

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From the tiny little flowers on the bodice straps to the...

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skirt scattered with larger flowers with large gems as the centers.....

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to the gathered bodice with little gems in the center of each target logo.  It's completely made with Target bags.

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Check out how she designed the back with corset lacing using red satin ribbon.  The lacing and the waistband are the only parts, not a Target bag.  Her imagination just blows me away at times.  

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Sandi made this dress as a challenge to make one from recycled materials.  That's a lot of Target bags she collected from her customers to be recycled.  Of course, the dress won Best of Show.  How could it not?  

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Also, check out that cute little purse - can you even believe, lol.....

Here's another one of her very amazing creations ...

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This dress is constructed completely of zippers.  Love this variegated colors and detailing of this dress she created for an Art Show.  

You can check out her Etsy shop for some of your sewing needs here:

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did when I first saw it.  

In an added note - please remember the people of the newest very destructive hurricane - Puerto Rico.  My DIL's father is there and we still have not been able to get in touch with him.  He actually lives in the southeastern part where the hurricane went across and caused so much flooding.  On an added note our future grandson in law is on his way in one of the several Navy ships along with his brother Marines to help.  They definitely need all our prayers at this time along with those of Irma, Harvey, the Northwest fire victims and earthquake victims of Mexico. 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Easy Twine Wrapped Acorns

A couple of weeks ago I got the idea that I needed to clean my closet out a bit - a job I was not too interested in (not fun) nor enthusiastic about.  As I was rummaging through some of the drawers I came upon a partial bag of paper mache eggs left over from a project I had done a couple of years ago.  I set them aside and kept digging and found a few other supplies that gave me an idea to make with them. So I got busy and before long - I had some twine wrapped acorns for my Fall baskets.

Vintage, Paint and more... easy acorns made with paper mache eggs, twine and pine cones to use in your fall decor

Friday, September 15, 2017

Weekend Reading List - Fall Home Tours

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One of my favorite things about journeying through blog land at this time of year is all the wonderful home tours that can be found.  I love seeing all the beautiful homes filled with their amazing fall decor - so many different ideas of what Fall should look like.  Everything from the beautifully understated neutrals to the traditional bright earthy colors of  Mother Nature to some pops of surprise colors such as chartreuse or purple or pink.  They're all beautiful and I love being inspired by what I see.  So, today I thought I would share some of these home tours with you so you, too can enjoy them.  And, if you have not been inspired to decorate for fall yet - I'm sure you will be after you see these.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fall Mantel with Wood FALL Sign

 Although we have escaped the worst of Hurricane Irma - I have to say it has been a roller coaster ride this week.  Our evacuation orders were rescinded, however, we still received some winds, rain, storm surge and tornado threats - much better than what they were predicting at the beginning of last week.  We lived in central Florida for 20 years and have many friends and family still there - my heart goes out to them - let's remember them in our thoughts and prayers as we go about our day. Let's also pray Hurricane Jose stays out to sea - it's way too soon to go through this again.
Besides the weather threats here we are also having some much awaited cool temps and fall-like days.  I have been anxiously awaiting these.  With these cooler days, it feels more like Fall so I thought I would share my Fall Mantel decor with you all today.

Vintage, Paint and more... a fall mantel done with a decoupaged wood letter sign, book page columns, chalkboard, paper leaf wreath, and fabric pumpkins

Friday, September 8, 2017

Weekend Reading List #2 - Pumpkins, Pumpkins and More Pumpkins

As I was on my travels through blog-land this week I noticed all the cute little pumpkins that are being made. And most of them with great tutorials so you can make a few for your own home.  So, I rounded up some that I personally fell in love with and may be adding to my own decor.   Grab your beverage of choice - of course, mine is coffee -  and find a nice relaxing place to sit - mine is the patio - and read a while.  You deserve this bit of quiet time- you've had a long week and it's time to relax.  Let's get started 

Vintage, Paint and more... Weekend Reading List #2 Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Little Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

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Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. We were busy putting in a patio in our back yard while also keeping a close eye on the weather channel - Hurricane Irma is out there and it's still uncertain what path she is taking.  The next few days we will be preparing for the worst but, for today I am going to share a cute little fabric pumpkin I've been making.

Vintage, Paint and more... pumpkins for the decor made with cotton fabric

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Weekend Reading #1

I do a lot of "roaming around in blog-land.   With each post I write, I link it to several link parties and social media sites, not to mention all the perusing I do on my own.  So it stands to reason that on my ventures I run into some pretty cool and interesting things out there.    I thought it would be fun for my readers if I started posting some of these wonderful projects, recipes, and tips I find with you.  So each weekend I am going to post a Weekend Reading List for your enjoyment.  Maybe, you too will find something you love on this list.

Vintage, Paint and more... weekend reading list button