Thursday, August 25, 2011

Altered Dress Form

Hi bloggers, as you know I've been very into the shabby chic, vintage, Parisian style of crafting lately, and the fact that I was able to find a gorgeous piece for such a cheap price over the weekend really put the sprinkles on my ice cream.  lol.

Let me just say that whenever I purchase something to "work" on (creatively), it usually takes me months (and sometimes years) to get to it, so I was shocked at how easy and quickly I was able to transform this dress form... I think it took less than an hour. 

Sunday was my sister's birthday, and as I shopped around after church looking for a really nice purse I found this gorgeous wrought iron (almost 3 foot) dress form at Ross.  (If you follow me on Facebook, you knew about this because I posted a photo of it as soon as I saw it.  Except in the photo [above] it looks teeny tiny).  

Anyway, so as the story goes, I wasn't looking to get myself anything, but I spotted this thing 2 aisles away and ran to get it before anyone else saw it tucked away in the "decor" section.  I picked it up and couldn't believe it was only $16.99!!!  I thought for sure, it would at least be $30.  I was on the fence about getting myself a purse too, but as soon as I saw this gorgeous Parisian piece of art, I flung the purse across a shelf and kept walking... lol.  I knew I was going to use it for decor in my soon-to-come "Parisian" theme'd craftroom, but I didn't think I'd be altering it.  Maybe add a flower at the neckline and that's it, but when I started to pull out trims, ribbon and flowers I knew I had to completely change the look of this piece.  I put it on the top shelf above my "paper" section in my craft room and looked at it for 3 days.  It wasn't until I found myself with no baby for 30 minutes (while my husband went to Best Buy before they closed), that I thought I'd work on the dress form.


Everything you see pretty much describes itself.  The one thing I had trouble with was the cameo cabochon.  When I wrapped the semi-flat pearl trim around the neck and let it hang (as I was about to cut off the piece) I thought it looked very sassy hanging there.  So I decided I would add something at the end of the trim.  I searched in my jewelry section for things and nothing seemed to fit it perfectly until I ran into this cabochon setting that I had 3 pieces left of, but it was too big for the small pink cameo that I wanted to glue inside of it.  I was so disappointed.  I kept searching for more cabochons, but couldn't find any other smaller one to fit the cameo.  Not to mention, if I had gone any smaller the hanging piece would've been lost within all the flowers and decor on the dress form.  So that's when I put on my thinking hat and figured out a way to make the 2 pieces fit.  And as if a ray of lightening struck me from outside my window, (it was thundering yesterday in Florida - lol), a *LIGHT BULB* turned on and thought 'the same piece of semi-pearl trim I used to decorate the top and bottom of the dress form, would fit perfectly slanted inside the cabochon and act as a background to the cameo'.  A ton of hot glue, feathers and a steady hand later and VOILA!, my masterpiece was finished!!  

I don't think this is the best altered dress form out there (my sense of humor would have you think that I've become a little arrogant about this piece, but that's just the way I joke)... honestly, this is my first altered dress form and I absolutely ADORE the end product.  I have a few more dress forms in stock that I could "doll" up, but for now, I'm just going to sit at my laptop (pinning), stare at it and smile.

I hope by this post, you are all inspired to alter something this week.  Doesn't have to be a dress form, and it certainly doesn't have to be pink.  But fire up those hot glue guns and get to crafting!!

x0, Damaris


*  hot pink pleated trim
*  white goose feathers
*  giant sized butterfly broach
*  cabochon & cameo
*  fancy buttons (2 sizes)
*  I Am Roses flowers (4 styles)
*  pearl trim (semi-flat)
*  hot glue gun

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mickey Mouse Cupcake Toppers

Hi crafters.

I wanted to share a project I've been working on since last week and am almost done with.  As you might know, I've had my heart set on planning a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme'd 1st birthday party for Giovanni (his favorite show) and by making things myself I am able to, not only save money, but tap into my creativity.  

The idea for this came from Googling (as we all do) and these can be purchased on Etsy or other online shops, but I decided it would be less expensive to purchase the EK Success Mickey punch and do them myself.  Also, because this type of topper was not available anywhere I've looked anyway.  And who knows, maybe I'll make some to sell in my Etsy shop and make back the money that we're spending on this party!?  Thank goodness my husband is very hardworking and understands my desire to plan a very very nice 1st birthday party for Gio.  After all, the boy will only turn one once.  I'm just blessed to have the ability to make 80% of the things myself and be smart enough to purchase the other 20% of things on sale!!  (I love me some coupons!!)  LOL.  He's been working overtime for months now and all I can do to help us along is make some things myself; plus I love crafting anyway!! 



A video showing more details about this project can be seen below, along with a list of supplies used.

Thanks for dropping by.

Be blessed.

x0, Damaris

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dearest Darling Card

Hello Darlings.  Have you missed me? 

I'm sorry I haven't been around in a while, but I've been busy with my sister and her family that came to visit from NY.  It's not common that my family from up North comes for vacation, so I had to take advantage and spend time with them.  They won't be leaving til the weekend, so I still have time to hang out and bother them just a little more!  haha.

Anyway, I was so excited when I received my new package of copic markers last week that I immediately dug into my pre-stamped images and started to color.  [And btw, the order took just about 1 month to get to me... EVERYONE was ordering copics at the end of the month, huh?]  

I didn't have any intentions of doing a good job of coloring her (because I seldom do), but I just LOVED the way "Flirty Anya" turned out.  I'm having trouble coloring hair with copics and I believe it is for a few reasons; 1. the paper of these pre-stamped images isn't the best paper for copic coloring.  2. the colors I have are not blending right.  and, 3. I suck at coloring hair!!! LOL.  It's not an image that I currently own, so I just might be making a Greeting Farm purchase real soon because there are tons of stamps that have been on my wish list.

Normally I hoard my really gorgeous, current favorite, delicious paper a little longer than a month or two, but for this card I had to break outta the "norm" and use my Lost & Found Madison Avenue paper.  I just LOVE this paper, don't you?  If you don't own any of it, you really need to purchase at least one pad.  They are very inexpensive and I guarantee that once you receive the pad and look through it, you will want a few more pads!!

(click on photos to enlarge)


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your week.

Be Blessed!!

x0, Damaris


* Copic Sketch Markers:
           Hair:           E49, E74, E79
           Skin:           E00, E000, E21, R20
           Clothes:      RV04, RV09, RV69
           Background: BG000, E40, E41, E44
* Lost & Found - Madison Avenue paper.
* Flowers: I Am Roses & Recollections.
* Pearls: off-white assorted sizes and flat-back.
* The Greeting Farm stamp - Flirty Anya.
* Metal butterfly embellishment.
* Spellbinders - Nestabilities Labels Three.
* Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Vintage photo.
* Brown velvet trim.
* Baby Breath Bush.
* Tom-bow Mono adhesive & Hot glue.

Another Giveaway....

... you read that right people; except this time it's not from me... hehe. 

Amy over at A Thousand Sheets Of Paper is hosting a blog-o-versary giveaway and she wants to share goodies with us.  Just click on the photo below and it will take you directly to her blog candy post.  Not only is she the sweetest girl ever, but she's super talented too!!  I look forward to seeing her daily handmade cards and I'm sure you will too.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check her out.

x0, Damaris