Monday, September 29, 2014

September Dance Recital

I remember posting back early this year that I had started dancing again after a 10 year break, and that I was not sure if this new hobby would stick.

 Well, now I chuckle that I even wrote that! Dancing over the last 9 months has brought so much joy into my life, joy that I did not fully realize I was missing..
Lord willing, I will never stop.. Albeit I may get married or have children, albeit I may even get a job with more hours, I hope I can always find a way to dance.. It is a release for me in a very different way than sewing acts as a release.. Sewing acts as a release in a sort of quiet, inner creative way.. Dancing brings more emotion and more action, which has brought very distinct blessings in my life as far as happiness, energy and fitness are concerned.. But also, it brings a peace and a joy too. 
I love to think that King David danced.. That someday I can dance before Jesus in Heaven.. In a very disorderly, less perfect way, I want to dedicate my dancing here on earth to Jesus as well.

 Thank you for bearing with me if you stuck in there with the above blurb..
I needed to share my joy with whoever happens to read this..
A little about the dance I perform.. I do Mexican Folk dance, also know as Baile Folklorico.. I take lessons from a company known as Baila! Baila! which means Dance! Dance! in Spanish.. Mexican Folk dance is not to be confused with Flamenco which comes from Spain.. Mexico has various states and each state has different dances and traditions..  We perform dances from all over Mexico and since I am in the adult intermediate class, we have to perform a lot! Typically, we wear our hair back in buns with yarn braids and ribbon/flower headdresses.. Our outfits are blouse-y style tops and double circle skirts that we can raise over our heads and do skirt work with..  Our foot-work is the hardest and most enjoyable (for me!) part of Baile Folklorico.. We have very complicated footwork, which people who have seen me do in my regular cloths with tennis shoes, say resembles anything from tap to Irish Step-dancing..  I danced folklorico for so many years as a child, and had so much of the footwork drilled into me, I was able to jump back in as an adult with a fair amount or ease.. I constantly thank my patents for putting me in dance as a child, because I could not dance as well now if I had not had the background..  Very early on, they perceived I loved to dance, and I credit them for taking that first initiative.. When I got to my early teens, I struggled with so much anxiety that, although I loved to dance, it became too much for me.. Now as a more calm adult, I started again and enjoy it tenfold more!! It is really so much fun!

Now on to pictures....
  My white and purple lace dress with black fan.
 Black velvet apron...
 My dance class and I performed a dance from the state of Mexico called Veracruz...the dance is called Viva Veracruz.. (It is Viva Veracruz # 1, if you want to know, there is a #2 as well!)
 It is extremely long at about 8-9 minutes! 
During the later half of the dance, we dance with a lit candle on our heads--hands free of course!
No one in our group dropped their candles, so we were all VERY pleased with ourselves.

All I can say is that God is good.. All the time.. My dance class is like family and my instructor is also wonderful as well..
I always must remind myself, when times are hard and my spirits are low, that God is good, and all the time, He is good!

Friday, August 29, 2014

August In Focus

August, where have you gone?
You past so swift as on rushing winds,
You blinded me by your speed,
You awed me by your happiness,

You delighted me with returning friends and family,

And I am still trying to find my feet and recover,
Remembering all the moments, all the gifts,

Trying to piece together all the lessons I have learned,

 Thank You August,

You have come and nearly gone,
Thank You August
Come Again
I am excited and sad to have this month nearly behind me. 
It brought great happiness and gifts, but also wore me out and made me take a break and breathe. 
"Be Still And Know That I Am God", this whispers inside of me. So before I head out with my family to the mountains for a long Labor Day in our cozy cabin, I leave you with memories...

 Sewed a Sari Regency Gown 

Teaching VBS...I was Craft Lady...pretty awesome title

  Completed sewing my first Wedding Dress
 Started to experiment with home-made lotion and body-scrub recipes for Christmas gifts.... 

 Took a trip to the work market to get Boba so i could make my own Boba tea...
And Boba Coffee!

Sewed a Renaissance Princess Costume

 While cutting out said Princess dress, Olaf decided to nap on the fabric.
I rolled him off the fabric, he rolled back became a him!

 Downloaded a free book on Napoleonic Costumes  from the Met Museum....

 My dear Mommsey and I watched "Funny Face" and she found me a book on Audrey Hepburn...
 So inspired by such an iconic lady...

My sister Raven came home from Tanzania and brought me beautiful fabrics...with elephants!
We had a great time before she headed back to College.

 Lastly, enjoyed the sunshine with my darling Olaf

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Little Princess-Renassance Faire Style

There once was a little girl with brown hair named Sarah.
She had been invited to attend her very first Renaissance Faire.
But she  had a problem:
Sarah did not have proper clothes befitting her trip back into time.

Sarah is a distant relation of mine and when her mother asked me way back last winter if I would make Sarah a costume, I said absolutely! After all, making princess dresses is VERY important business and getting to play Fairy Godmother is something not to be turned down!
Her mother, Shayna, has a great knack at thrifting, so we spent virtually nothing on materials as she found a very gastly  "1980's does Victorian" prom dress which we were able to deconstruct for materials. She shipped it to me and when I pulled it out, I started thinking off ways to save the best of the dress, and scarp the worst parts, all while trying to achieve a Renaissance style instead of Victorian style. 
Since this was a costume for a little 3 year old to play in, my goal was not for a historically accurate garment. My goal was for a dress-up costume that made my cousin look...and feel...
like a Little Princess!
 This was a very relaxing and fun project. I am already planning Sarah's Christmas gift! 

The dress itself is two pieces, a white, pull over the head under-dress with flared blue sleeves; and a blue, sleeveless over dress, which laces up the front.
The under-dress has elastic on the sleeves and the neckline.

 The flared "medieval" cut sleeves are fully lined. Looks so sharp!

 There are bow decorations all over the dress. I found the ribbon at a yard sale! 

 Lacing and lace details on front overdress bodice.
Notice how incorporated the "Victorian" lace wherever I could?
Eyelets sewn by hand for delicacy.

Thr skirt on the over-dress  was salvaged from the hem of the Victorian prom dress, and therefore retains the lace and little "shirred " details. So pretty.

Top stitching on over-dress. The over-dress material was so thin, I triple lined it.

 The tops of the over-dress shoulders are not connected--they actually meet and tie through hand-sewn eyelets.

Hope you enjoyed seeing this. 
It was a blasts sewing this costume.
So tell me, did you play dress-up when you were young?
Do you remember having a favorite costume?


Friday, August 22, 2014

Hello Miss Polk-A-Dot: A 1950's Dress

"There once was a girl who liked
and summer BBQ's...
sweet iced tea...
and besides these things--
she loved polk-a-dots..."

Then, when the Fourth of July required a new dress, it was handy that she had a length of navy blue polk-a-dot cotton (given to her by her Mama after she lost her beloved dog), half cut out. 
Sew she did with much delight, having not had much time to sew for herself during her busy summer.

The dress she made had a button-up front, (two darts in the front bodice, and two darts in the back bodice) with five buttons, a collar, cuffs, and 1/4 circle skirt attached to the bodice.
The skirt had lace sewn to the hem!

The belt was detachable-made with a vintage buckle found in a garage sale stash!

The collar sported a cream bow.

Even a hair-bow was made to finish off the outfit.

"Miss Polk-A-Dot, how do you do?"


For inspiration, prior to making this dress, Miss Polk- A-Dot created
a pinterest board.
Give it a peep! HERE

Monday, August 18, 2014

Wedding Days...

Wedding days...
from getting ready and nervous jitters,
from zipping up the dress and rounding up the flower girls,
from the dazzling evening sun falling upon the garden, and the groom's first glance of the bride,
to the "I do's" and exchaning of the leis.

Then there is the cheering as the bride and groom kiss...and kiss again, and then all melts around the garden in a golden halo as guests scatter to eat and butterflies meet flowers in a glittering kiss of their own.

The vows said, the night waned, and a fabulous union was started.

Glory to God in the highest....
Who brought a man a woman together, two hearts, made one.

In a few pictures, this is their story, just one day of their story actually...a story that has only just begun.

The bride eats and gets her hair styled...

 And the bridesmaids too...

Friends  giggle...

Flower children scamper about...

Makeup is applied...

Jewelry is fastened...

Petals are prepared...

Petal children are gathered together from varying corners...

Guests get ready...

Anticipation hangs in the air...

And the groom appears, expectant...

Bride and Groom...

The leis appear...

Bride greets her new mother,
Groom greets his new mother, respect and promises gently whispered...

And the kiss, cheers roar through the air...

It is done!

Meanwhile, the guests...




Parental units-(its their 29th anniversary too!)...

We all went to dinner, amid floating flowers and reflecting candles- praying a blessing for the happy couple...

xoxox Lexi