Thursday, February 4, 2010

Dress up and Valentines.....

First of all, I have to say that I have answered every OWOH post and I am all caught up! I am feeling proud about this, it was quite an undertaking..now if I can just stay on top of it.

I joined another monthly challenge...I know, I know...I couldn't help it, it is all about paper dresses which I love. I loved cutting out paper dolls and clothes when I was a kid, so it must be somehow related! All you do is make one dress a month and a little wardrobe or box to store them in. Then you post it on the hostess's blog...You should play, it is fun, like a big paper doll party...Margaret is the wonderful hostess and her blog is http://aliceandcamilla.blogspot.com
Here is the outside of my little wardrobe...(cigar box)

I would have collaged it vertically, but at the time I did it, I was using it for quilting safety pins...out went the pins and I painted the inside and sides tonight....My January dress (yes, I know it is February) I wanted to do in primarily white..I am a huge, HUGE Project Runway fan and they had a newspaper challenge where that is what they used to make a garment...This is my newspaper dress...the only other ingredient is a piece of lace..even the ruffles are the cartoon page from the newspaper...

Here it is hanging in it's little wardrobe...

When I was a kid I had a pink Barbie amoire and dressing table from the 60's, so the inside had to be pink...I loved that play set soooo much....
I also finished the last of three "teacher" Valentines for a friend....The background is selvages and the front are pieces appliqued on. This one will be from a boy so I didn't use pink and the applique is a boy...I painted his hair brown, cause it was yellow and he has dark hair.. .When I was done with that I made a little heart potholder that I had a kit for ... It is sooooo easy, well, until I put on the binding.....I should've made the binding wider I think...I am good at squares and even circles but I kind of lost control with the heart shape...so don't look at the binding, look at the pretty red silk ribbon....Made you look didn't I?

24 comments:

Jasmine said...

Oh I love this dress. I think I will make one this weekend with my daughter. She is 3 and loves stickers and collage. She will enjoy it al lot.

Debby said...

Hi Melinda, your dress is gorgeous, what a fun challenge. I can't believe you have kept up with OWOH and replied to everyone. That is amazing.
debby

joanne lendaro said...

How cute is all of that!! Love the paper dresses!! LOVED paperdolls!! Must be a sign of my age...lol!
Can't wait to see the future dresses.

Pat said...

What a cute dress (and fun idea for a once-a-month project). I love your potholders, too.

The Quilt Buddy said...

Gosh...you have been super busy!

I especially LOVE the last heart. It is going to be a great gift!

bad penny said...

your dress is great and I'd love to see it lifesize !

Colleen said...

How fun is this?! And I love your Valentine's hearts :-)
I must look into how you all are making your dresses - they look adorable!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

how fun that you're joining in Margaret's Dress Up fun!!!
Love your wardrobe AND your dress is wonderfully layered and textured dear Melinda!
oxo

Patty said...

You really are a type A personality!
Like the dress, and of course the valentines. :^)

Laurie said...

Fun - I will be making some paper doll dresses, too, if I ever get around to it. Yours is adorable, can't wait to see the rest! You reminded me that I need to watch Project Runway, my favorite show, in about 20 minutes!

I am about 2/3 of the way through answering all my OWOH comments. Wow, how did you do it!?

Jenxo said...

oh wow Melinda , look at that gorgeous dress and wardrobe, its just fantastic....ive made three but they all dsasters!!maybe this weekend will be the one!!

love your heart too and i didnt look!
im trying to get round to mine owoh too so well done you!! jenxo

2kolory said...

Thanks to visiting my blog!:)
Your creations are wonderful!

Anni's Art said...

Oh my your little dress is so sweet, love the ruffles made of cartoon page, and the little wardrobe so lovely.

roc said...

i had a pink barbie case too! i loved that barbie and her clothes. i always enjoy coming by to see what you are up to. you fill me with inspiration!

Margaret said...

I love your dress Melinda! amazing what you can make out of so few materials, totally inspirational! I wish i could see project Runway but we don't get it here.
Your hearts are beautiful, you really are on a roll! Margaretx

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Love the dress and armoire! Also your next post about chocolate. I loved the Chocolat movie, too!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your entire blog is a delight. I am in total awe of your lovely dress, too. I'm hoping to have mine posted by tomorrow. It's drying now.

I was wondering what you used on the newspaper. It looks shiny and very stiff. Nice technique

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Very cute potholder!

JaNs ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Wow, love your wardrobe and gorgeous dress (lovely texture!!)
will look forward to seeing your little wardrobe fill up with beautiful dresses!!

Oxana said...

You dress is GORGEOUS!!!

vintage wil said...

Oh this is gorgeous!!!!

Sherry said...

Your dress is fabulous, great textures! I like your valentines too, I bet they were very well received.

Gini said...

A great dress and so clever to make it all out of newspaper!
The valentine heart is a treasure too
:-)
Gini
xx

Halle said...

Your dress is very inspirational!