Wednesday, June 2, 2010

sometimes...




sometimes it gets so long between posts that i don't know where to start!

I don't mean it too but it gets away on me sometimes. Anyhow, i have been sick with a cold / fluey type thing that has now lead to an ear infection. I had one day off work and its been really busy with lots of extra hours so i have just been going from day to day!

Today i finished my April Dress. We had so much rain in April that it had to be an April Showers dress plus Ive been dying to use one of those paper parasols.

I used the basic dress pattern but added a collar and slimmed it down bit. Its collaged with gesso and then lots of blobs of twinklings. Twinklings really resist so you have to 'blob' it and let dry naturally.

Jacky had sent me a lovely stamped tea bag with chinese lettering and Ive been waiting for something special to use it on. I ripped it up and gelled it on along with some mesh Debbi sent me [ so lucky to get all this interesting stuff from various swap partners]

The images i colored with water soluble crayons and i found the perfect flat bottomed fresh water pearl bead [its not really! well fake] for the parasol.




below is a very sad picture...






luckliy no dresses or dogs were destroyed in the process...

16 comments:

Shiree said...

ooooh I love this!! looking great!!

JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

OMG Jen, your dress is stunning!! The stitching, images and the parasol and bead are all so fab!! I love your April Dress!
Sorry to hear you've been poorly my friend, hope you feel better soon, nothing worse than a bad ear!!
Oh, that is a sad pic, naughty doggy!! good job, the dresses were safe!!

Jan x

kiwicarole said...

This is really cool! Great job :)

jenny said...

Oh wow Jen, I LOVE your April dress, so much detail, looks fabulous. Hope you are feeling better Jen, all those extra hours at work don't help either. And your poor cigar box - looks worse than I had imagined but glad no dresses or dogs were destroyed...lol, see you soon my friend...
Jenny x

Jacky said...

Looove your Japanese inspired dress Jen...you are so clever. So nice to see the little stamped tea bag in your work too!!!!!

Mmmm....I'm struggling to be posting as often as normal too. I think winter has a bit to do with it. Since our computer was playing up a while back, I haven't got back into regular posts. I need to get more disciplined (and not just with my posting he hee).

Take care.

Jacky xox

Doreen G said...

Love the little dress Jen.
Looks like the dog had a great time eh.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

ooooo Jen! first of all SO sorry you've been under the weather, don't know how you kept on working! Hoping that is all behind you now!
Your dress is a stunner, fabulous closeup and using the wee paper parasol is genius, I always hang on to those. Splendid creation my friend! Must go back for another look!
oxo

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

also meant to say ... I imagine someone is in the doghouse as we say here in the states ... rutrow!

Diane said...

Fabulous, Jen! Everything about it is just beautiful. I hope you're feeling better by now.
Hugs, Diane

Electra said...

Ooh, this is spectacular! How creative you are! Sorry to hear you weren't feeling well, but it sounds like things are looking up.
You must love the dog...

Melinda Cornish said...

did your dog get your wardrobe? it looks like it.....arghhhhh
I love your april dress...using the little parasol was genius.
I need to do April, May and june...I am so behind because of all the work on the trailer...it is posted on the blog now...all of it...
I have been sewing like a fiend the last few days making all kinds of stuff...it has been fun!

bad penny said...

OOOh how gorgeous ! Love it - funny for April, I was going to make a waterprpoof dress from an oiled Chinese umbrella I saw in a charity shop...when I went back it had gone ! ( there is a lesson there ) so I made the dress from a plastic bag to keep off the April showers . Yours is stunning

Oxana said...

AMAZING!!! I love it!!!

Heavens2Betsy said...

Just popped to visit from Jan's Arty ATC Journey. Its lovely here and your dress is FANTASTIC! Your bats were cool too (in a yuk kinda way)! Penny x

Sherry said...

Sorry you've not been too well, but I hope you're on the mend now. I adore your April dress - it is sooooooo lovely!!! Great detailed work.

Oh no, your poor wardrobe - hopefully you'll be able to salvage some of it or use it for something else.

(Thanks for all the lovely comments you give me x)

Fabric Art said...

Jen your dress is gorgeous, I really like the japanese theme and the colors it's so well done.
Anni