Friday, September 24, 2010

"Discipline Your Thoughts!"

"Apply discipline to your thoughts
when they
become anxious

over the
outcome of a goal.
Impatience bre
eds anxiety,
fear, discouragement
and failure.
Patience creates confidence, decisiveness,
and a rational outlook,
which eventually leads to success."

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 worries.
The fears.
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!)
Just saying....

Until next time....

OK So check out the contest:
Click here for the contest page.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


It is finished.
And with only 10 days to the deadline,
I have to say that I am slightly relieved.
There was kind of a stall there in the whole creative process for a bit. Hmmmm
Let's see. . . where did I leave off?
Oh , I think I had finished the rosettes.
connected the skirt to the lined top.
This allows the dress to be an easy-to-wear pullover style.
I think in a previous post, I showed the change in the neckline.

I was just unhappy with the squared off front neckline!
So, it is now a more attractive V-neck!

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.

Well, there you have it.
My final result is a golden collage of texture and color!

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