One was private and one was public.
It was fun.
Lots of people came by!
Thank you to everyone who could stop by and see what I am planning!
Such a good positive response!
I reached the deadline of September 15th for my Altered Couture creation. I decided to submit the project by email with attachments of the photos and an overview of my project.
On September 14 there was a local women's networking event called "Uncommon Women" - by coincidence it was "Show Your Wares" night and I had already volunteered to help out a bit. Kim, who was hosting the event, told me that I should wear the dress! Well, I decided that I was not the modeling girl (refer to last blog entry) and besides I wanted to make sure not to get the slightest spot, stain (excuse the coarseness) or sweat mark on my dress before the magazine contacted me (of course!) to send it off to them!
Well, I ended up taking the dress on the dress form. I received lots of compliments and a few ladies mentioned that it was much more beautiful "in person" than it had appeared in the photos.
The photo above shows me explaining the project and you will notice the Altered Couture magazine in my hand...
So if you haven't seen the magazine - you should go check it out:
Back to the story...
So there it was.
My first clue.
My first moment of disillusionment.
I had chosen wrongly!
That evening I got home and checked my emails.
An email from a lady living in Mazatlan who also submits items to the Altered Couture magazine. She had just wandered across my blog and had a few insights. Perhaps some of you have read her comments.
In part she wrote:
"It's not to late and instead of emailing or snail mailing the pics and waiting for them to get back to you, pack up the dress all the other descriptions explanations along with a picture of the piece you altered and send the whole shebang to Beth. Trust me on this. They make their decisions to publish or not when they see the item in real life. So if you send in the pics. all they will say is sure go ahead and submit it and we'll take a look. SO get that beauty tagged,identified, wrapped up and in the mail!!! Also meeting the deadline doesn't always mean it will come out in the issue you think. Sometimes they wait and use it in a different issue sometimes they decide to publish it in a different publication. They try to place your submissions in the best publication and issue that will show off your creation. If they choose to wait they won't exactly tell you that. You just won't hear from them until they do place it."
- BUT! It was too late. The deadline was the very next day! No time to get it in the mail to them in 24 hours.
- Do you know how I was feeling?
- That big, fat, ugly "OOPS" feeling.
- Today is September 24th.
- And I haven't heard anything.
- Some of my friends have emailed me wondering if my dress was accepted.
- The thing is I don't know.
- How long does the selection committee take to decide?
- Was mine just set aside because it was emailed?
- Were those cheesy photos of me just waaay too creepy?
The second guessing.
Do I email them?
Is that too pushy?
Do I just wait?
"The waiting is the hardest part"
~ Tom Petty?
So, you all know what I know.
And believe me. . . if anything changes - I will let you know!
In the meantime,
I am going to enter the "Lemon Squeezy Home Purse Week Contest."
It is a purse design contest.
I have my new hand-painted beach seashore messenger bags.
So, why not?
Oh, the only way to enter is by submitting photos.
So, if I get selected as one of the top 10, I will let you know.
If my bag does not get chosen -
We will never speak of this again!
And, if indeed my messenger bag got into the top 10...
Then you would naturally feel compelled to go onto the contest site and review all of the purses and (honestly) pick your favorite.
(Which of course, may or may not be mine!)
Until next time....
OK So check out the contest:
Click here for the contest page.
The tough part was after I got the dress on the dress form, pinning & re-pinning the gold lace and the rosettes.
I just could not be happy with it for ever so long!
I finally was satisfied with how they were scattered
over just one shoulder, across the bodice top and
spilling onto the skirt.
Then, I also added the gold strands of beads.
I had cut them into various length strands.
And, placed 3 each at the back of the shoulder
and then on the opposite side of the skirt.
I used gold thread to sew the lace on
and then with tan thread completed sewing
the rosettes on.
Finally, to complete each flower,
I glued a single bead into its center.
But then came the moment of truth...
I tried the dress on.
And that is where it all has fallen apart for me.
I am not a model. Nope. Never have been.
(Once, a hundred years ago or so, I was doing some sewing for a dress shop in Cottonwood, AZ and the lady was going to have a fashion show. She asked me to be a model. Needless to say, that was a catastrophe. Apparently, models are supposed to have a special walk, pose, stance, posture... Not me! I bolted down the aisle and across that stage and was outta sight before those poor, little unsuspecting ladies eating their chicken cacciatore knew what happened!)
First and last time for that!
So all I can say, is no matter how I try to angle my chin and suck in my waist, "it is what it is."
A 46 year old woman in a dress. Nothing special.
What to do... What to do...
I know that if they accept my submission, I will be asked to actually send the completed dress to the magazine for them to take professional photographs of it. So this is reassuring! I just have to submit photos that make the review committee want to see the dress! I guess I just have to do it. Huh?
Overall, this has been a fun adventure.
I hope that you enjoyed following along as I pursued this little dream of mine!
I have the write up finished which describes procedure & techniques that I used for my project. I am actually all ready to submit this project. So, I am going to go for it!
"You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities
no doubt crept in;
forget them as soon as you can."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Brenda Ueland
Here is a quote from that site. It is pretty scientific for me (alpha, theta and delta waves and all). But take a minute and see what you think. . . Can you moodle for a moment?
(Isn't that great? "Moodle for a Moment." - I made that one up myself...)
"In order to moodle we need to make space for alpha waves to operate in our brain. If we are too exhausted our mind will quickly move into theta (drowsiness) then delta (deep sleep). If we are too focused on a problem or given objective we are using beta waves (consciously focused). Alpha waves bring in that in-between, meditative state where our mind can gather together conscious thoughts and unconscious information in order to create something brand new. Inspiration occurs with a great burst of alpha waves. I personally believe that every one of us is a creative person. We simply need to find ways to let go of the demands of our culture for a while and just moodle."
Needless to say, I guess I have been moodling a bit.
And of course, I have been a procrastinator for most of my life. (Yeah...years ago, I really, really wanted to put off being a teenager indefinitely...)
That is another story for another day.
Back to the subject at hand... The deadline for this project is September 15th!!! (Deep breath).
So to be completely truthful, I did have a creative moment or two (in between all of that moodling) and I have been busy.
I just have to get the final photos ready and I will "unveil" my finished design: my first Altered Couture!
In the meantime, here are a few photos of the embellishments being pinned on the dress. That was one of the biggest problems that I faced. I probably pinned and re-pinned about 7 or 8 times before I was happy with the results.
SO are you waiting on pins and needles?
(pun completely intended..)
wow really very impressive and a cool idea... best of luck with it.
Dear Naomi, I love the picture with you and Russ, also is amazing to know hoe little you were when you did your first dress. Like I always say, you are very obnoxious talented. LOL
That sounds like a lot of fun! I'm bookmarking your site.
Just got your e-mail Naomi, and I have to say I am not surprised at all.....Except maybe for the fact that you have not done it before. Congratulations....you are off to a good start. I don't know about joining you in your project from the Thrift Store, But if I had the time, and I was a little younger, I would do it. Love, Vicki
Cool Naomi :)
This is so wonderful!!!
Love and Blessings to you and your new baby!!!
Nina Joy and Family
How cool!!! This challenge was "designed" (no pun) for you!!! I cannot wait to follow your creation and see how it goes! I never knew about your "scarlett Ohara" dress! Do you have pictures?? how fun!! I wish I had time to do this too.. I'm going to show it to ruthie!
This is cool! I'm soooo excited to see your "musty dress"! Love the lavander story, when I see it I think of you.
This sounds totally up your alley...have fun! Wish I had enough talent to do the challenge :-)
Wow, cool idea, you can do it, Naomi!! I'll be bookmarking this, I want to watch your progress.
I used to sew, everything..then as time went on....like everything else...it's a lost art...keep up the good work..
This is so you. What a brilliant project for you to tackle...or should I say conquer. Can't wait to see/hear more :)
Sounds neat!! You should check with Vicki for some tips. She found musty old me in some dark corner, and is still attemping to wash me enough times to soften me up. I know you'll do well with your project. john
i have followed your creations on your etsy web site and I am anxious to see your Scarlet dress as i live in greater charleston, SC where Scarlett came after Rett when he said "i dont care a damn Scarlett". So keep up the pictures and make it good. Go Girl.
This is an awesome idea! I love the pic at the top of the page by the way, very artsy and cool :-)
Naomi I Loved the dress you made!! You are so Artistic and have a great eye when it comes to creating designs of any kind!! I wish you all the best in the contest and I know you will do very well!!! Can't wait to hear more!!!
A treasure of a story, i can not wait to read the ending. Great success and blessings.....LA
You are an amazing woman! I miss your beautiful face so much, and I hope to get to see you before the year's over. Great job on this site - I'll be checking back :)
Naomi, what a great idea for a contest! Your a shoe in. Keep those creative juices flowing. We sure miss you guys. Oh and that picture you guys still look the same, just a few wear marks. Me gusta! Have a great day, Greg
Love the story and what a great dress! Can't wait to see the outfit you make for the contest. Do they have a place we can go to vote on your outfit? P.S. working on coming down in Oct.
I love you and I think what you are doing is incedibly creative and I wish I had the same talent as you "siempe mi amor." RB