Sunday, August 1, 2010

MMM Past Loves and August Dress Up


It's time for Mixed Media Monday and August Dress Up at Alice and Camillas. I combined these two challenges this week because I enjoy both of them so much and didn't want to miss them. I am on a dress kick right now though so there may be a few more until I get caught up. For the MMM theme of revisiting an past love I thought about how much I loved to dress up , even in my twenties. Then I thought about an old stamping technique I used to love. I stamped into hot UTEE powder and then used Perfect Pearls powder. I forgot how much fun this is and will be doing it again. Update: I just couldn't leave that leftover couple feet of ribbon sitting there so I started messing around around adding ribbon...tweaking and playing. Hence two pictures now :)

I usually don't combine challenges just because I enjoy doing each one if I can but I am on limited studio time this week because I hurt my back last Tuesday while (overdoing) redoing my studio. Off to the chiropractor on Wednesday! My studio is a never ending challenge! I need to do a before and after of it this time because it's taken on a life of it's own. It's hard for me to be in my creative mode and in an organizing mode at the same time. My brain kinda goes on overload and nothing gets done right. Does anyone else find this to be true?

37 comments:

Lori Saul said...

What a beautiful dress- this so reminds me of the lovely enchanted dresses in the book "Fairie- Allity Style". Gorgeous work Nan!

Jeanie Callaghan said...

What a fabulous, fantastic dress! I love the colors. So sorry about your back problems, but that did not stop your creativity!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, I could faint this is so gorgeous!!!! Breathtaking!!! I was thinking that instead of a closet I would make a collage thing...I understand you can do it in Picasa, so I can put each dress in a square and label each month..it might be cute.

I sure hope your back will be better...it is awful if your back is hurting because you can't do anything!!! I know because I've done it...so, I am sending prayers your way for healing.
Love,
Cindy

Lynn Stevens said...

Your dress is adorable Nan, Has a bit of whimsey to it.
So sorty to hear about your back injury, hope your 100% better soon!

Kristin said...

Oh my goodness - this is really amazing! I love the colors and that skirt is FAB! Just perfect, Kristin xo

Rosie said...

Nan, that's such a lovely little dress! I feel the same as you about the tidying up of my artspace... You can't do both at the same time, can you? Our creative brains don't work like that!!

johanna said...

these ribbons are so wonderfully colored!! awesome piece, nan!
wishing you a speedy recovery - i know what it means to have back (in my case: shoulder) problems... it robs so much of your energy...

Netty said...

Totally fabulous dress. Hope your back is improving and you get it sorted soon. Take care Annette x

Margaret said...

Beautiful colours Nan! The skirt is amazing, totally inspired!
I hope you're feeling better soon! Margaret

Diana Evans said...

oh Nan!!! this is gorgeous!!! I still have to finish my August dress!!! I love your work...and what a fun challenge it is !!!

This is red carpet glam...

Wonderful work as always...I am so glad we met through blogging...

Have a wonderful day!!

Esther said...

These dresses are just beautiful, gorgeous colours. I can't do organised and creative together either..I have to have a session of tidying up and organising and then I'm ready to make a mess while creating again till I have no space left to work in and the whole cycle starts all over!! Thanks for your comments...Esther

Zoechaos said...

Wonderful dress love how it shimmers and thank you for the idea hope you don't mind if i use it. xx Zoe

WrightStuff said...

Oh I so want that dress - it's just my colours too! I can see myself dancing in the moonlight wearing it with scores of handsome men chasing after me with dance requests!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

How cool, wonderful dress.

Terry said...

Oh wow! That dress is too adorable, stunning and gorgeous! Love the colors and all the little details! Sorry about your back and I know how painful injuries can be! As far as the before aand afters, lately my room looks only like the afters! Have a great day!

Jackie said...

This is wonderful, Nan; so creative and I love the colours!
Hope your back is better soon.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is one stunning and magical dress, Nan. I was really taken with the lovely colors you chose, too. That lovely ribbon for the skirt is the perfect touch for this hot August dress.

I hope the chiropractor gets your back straightened out. Back pain never goes away until you get the problem corrected.

Nancy Y said...

Gorgeous Dress! Its looks Magical! Fantastic colors too!!

Anna @ Frosted Petunias said...

What a fabulous little fairytale dress! I love the beautiful colors and the skirt is precious and perfect. Hope you're feeling better too.

ALTERED ARTIFACTS said...

Awesome dress... It is one I would wear if I had it in my size :))
Healing hugs!
Inka

Kris Dickinson said...

Beautiful! The colors are perfection!

Hearthandmade said...

oh my word!! That dress is stunning!! I am claire :) ive come over from the Inspired Pretty Class we are both taking, wanted to say hi! :)

jenny said...

Gorgeous gorgeous dress Nan...love the ribbon and the stamping...makes it seem quite magical...

Jenny x

Wanda H said...

Gorgeous!!! I need to get my UTEE out and play... so many things... so little time.

bad penny said...

oh this is dreamy...the colours are magical - love it

minnie_mac said...

This dress is just superb.

Hope the chiro will sort out your back pretty soon.

Marilyn

milkcan said...

Love the long ribbon loop skirt! Gorgeous!

Joanie Hoffman said...

Pretty! beautiful colors & textures.

Sherry said...

What a fabulous dress - I love the bodice and ribbon skirt - colours are great too. I love that technique of stamping into UTEE too.

Hope your back gets better soon x

JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Stunning dress!
Colours are awesome and the ribbon skirt is a brilliant idea!
Hope your back feels better soon!

Jan x

Diane said...

Beautiful! Diane

lettinglifeunfold said...

Your August dress is SO beautiful! I especially love the use of ribbon and the color palette.

purplepaint said...

Oh this is awesome!!!! I LOVE it!!! It just beautiful, and the hand dyed ribbons are gorgeous! Marva

Electra said...

Love the colours and the skirt especially. I like how you finished the bodice too. and yes, I feel the same way. Often.

Guriana said...

absolutely stuning!!!...the colour and the ribbon skirt...I love...love very much!!!:)))

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

a perfect combination of challenges Nan ... your dress is oh so charming and lovely in every detail ... thank you for inspiring me!

I miss playing at MMM and the other great challenges, but did manage to make my August dress

Happy Friday!

Halle said...

This dress is adorable! Love the looped ribbon skirt...I would have never thought of doing that... Genius! Love the colors too!