Friday, 29 February 2008

And Now I've Been Sparkled!

My word, I can't believe i've been sparkled and tagged, all in one week!

This cute glittery fairy flew over from Primtiques:
Thanks Terri, you are super sparkalicious yourself!

Thursday, 28 February 2008

I Done Got Myself Tagged.

I've been tagged by that crazy chick Darly at Daisy's Little Cottage. Thanks, Darly! Now I have an excuse not to do any dishes. And there's Velveeta stuck on there.

So hmm, what are 7 things I can tell yall about me?

1) My favorite song, of all time, without exception, is "Dancin' Queen" by Abba.

2) Yesterday, while shopping at Winn-Dixie, I actually overheard the following snippet of conversation: "... and so Squeeky was real pissed at me for leavin the deer meat in the truck overnight." For reals.

3) I dislike television in general, and absolutely despise reality or talk shows- even American Idol. EspeciallyAmerican Idol.

4) I would rather clean a toilet than wash dishes.

5) I was a bartender for about 4 years- at a redneck dive that would make the Boar's Nest on Dukes of Hazzard look like a country club.

6) I have had a crush on Sting since 1985.

7) I think Monty Python is hilarious.

Now that you've glimpsed my insanity, I need to tag 7 other people. And they shall be 7. Not 4, not 3, and 5 is right out. 7 shalt the number of people tagged be:

Thriftin' Gal:

Okay, so it's 6. Moving on...

How to Play Along:
1. When tagged, place the "tag-er" URL & name on your blog.
2.Post Rules on your blog.
3. Post 7 different things about yourself.
4. Name 7 of your favorite blogs.
5. Email or leave a comment for those 7 people so they know they've been tagged.

Oh hey, also, I have finished the Marie Antoinette Bracelet... here's a couple of pictures of the finished product. I'm so theatrical:

As I expected, I did not much care for the way the back of this bracelet came out, but that's what I get for trying to be cute. Next time i'll use ribbon clamps like normal people.

But all in all, I do like the way it came out.

Sunday, 10 February 2008

A Work In Progress and Some Craft Room Purdiness

Hi Peeps! It's been a super busy past few months with very little time for creativity. Which is totally redonkulous, because we all need to take time every day for something creative, lest we go insane. Of course there are some that would argue that creativity needs to flow naturally, but I know for a fact that just sitting down and pushing bits of fabric and trim around always makes me feel better- or cruising through blogland and just admiring the work of others.

Anyway, here's a work in progress that i've been fooling with for like a month, both conceptually and manually. It's a portrait bracelet of my fave historical female figure, Marie Antoinette.

It is set on a 1.5 inch wide tapestry ribbon. The picture was printed on fabric and sewn on the base; then the black/gold trim was hand sewn around it. I ruched 7mm variegated pink silk ribbon and sewed it on with a bow. Then, Swarovski crystals in silver settings were sewn onto the ribbon with a couple sequins and some tiny faux pearls.

The closure is going to be fiddly- the best way I can describe it is that it'll resemble a corset and be elesticised. I wanted to try something a little different than the usual ribbon clamps.

There's been a huge rediscovery of 18th century style in general, and Marie Antoinette in particlar recently. I'm thrilled with that, because I've always loved that era. In fact, my Mother's name is Marie Antionette, and my middle name is Antoinette.(A family name.) My Mother is a very talented maker of doll vignettes and lots of other gorgeous things- I hope to get her going on a blog soon.

Here are a couple of shots from my craft room. This one is just some pretty boxes (which were actually for Christmas, but too pretty to pack away)and some silk ribbon flowers I made- sitting on the mantel over the fireplace in my craft room / my hubby's office...

Also, this is a vintage peach lace nightie (from the 60's)that belonged to my Godmother. It's hanging on the closet door in the craft room. Pinned to it are lots of vintage brooches and earrings that belonged to my husband's Mother and my Great Aunt. The cool glittery "A" came from Terri at Primtiques. There's a tin pocket on the knob that I keep small bits of fabric and other junk in.

Guess i'll catch yall later!

Sunday, 3 February 2008

Laissez Les Bontemps Roulez!

Mardi Gras Time!!!
It's Mardi Gras time down here in the south MS / LA area. Kids are out of school all next week, and hubbies are off for Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras (that's Monday and Tuesday, yall) if they happen to work in the Big Easy, like mine does. It's time to eat king cake and wear 2 dozen cheap plastic bead necklaces around our neck. No flashing, though! Let The Good Times Roll!

If you ever decide to brave Mardi Gras, keep this lil' song by Benny Grunch and the Bunch (well known New Orleans group)in mind:

Ain't no place to pee on Mardi Gras Day

Ain't no place to pee on Mardi Gras Day

No matter what you say

No matter what you pay

Ain't no place to pee on Mardi Gras Day


Can't pee till you get home on Mardi Gras Day

Can't pee till you get home on Mardi Gras Day

Don't matter if you stay

10,000 miles away

Can't pee till you get home on Mardi Gras Day


You could cough and you could wheeze

You could burp and you could sneeze

You could wipe your nose right on your sleeve

Can I pee on Mardi Gras Day?...........NO WAY!


Can't pee in a taxi, that ain't nice

Ok, just this once, no more than twice

But if you leave a stain

Don't have to be ashamed

How you think them yellow cabs done got their name?


Rich folks get to pee on Mardi Gras Day

Only Rich folks get to pee on Mardi Gras Day

They up there on their balconies

They pee all over you and me

Rich folks get to pee on Mardi Gras Day


I said there ain't no place to pee on Mardi Gras Day

Ain't no place to pee on Mardi Gras Day

Ain't no stall when nature call

Gotta go in front of God and all

Cause ain't no place to pee on Mardi Gras Day.

I gotta go, baby! I gotta go real bad!

I've had a few people ask me if I was going to post again- well hell yes. I have been having some computer issues off and on lately- very frustrating. So if anyone is still reading my silly ramblings, don't give up on me... I'll catch yall later!