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"Where better to care for the soul than in the details of our daily lives?....The soul has an absolute, unforgiving need for regular excursions into enchantment. It requires them like the body needs food and the mind needs thought... An enchanted world is one that speaks to the soul, to the mysterious depths of the heart and imagination where we find value, love and union with the world around us. As mystics of many religions have taught, that sense of rapturous union can give a sense of fulfillment that makes life purposeful and vibrant." ~ Thomas Moore.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Winter Wonderland Portal

Hello Everyone,

I am wishing for everyone on the planet, deep peace, much beauty and lots of love.

Today I made something to keep my mind off of events of late, excuse the shocking following news but I do not believe in hiding what needs to be noted.....but lately its the Delhi woman who died from brutal treatment, [her organs removed] by many men who raped her. They are finally considering changing the laws to be more effective and fitting punishments for the beasts who do these things daily, and also in protecting and listening to women who report on rapes in India. I hope other countries follow. My heart is so heavy.
I'm just one of those people who has had enough.....enough already.

But again,

breathe,......breathe again.....

I seem to be craving a cooler place, a whiter place, a sparkling place, and its not here in South Florida.

I want a bit of this

and this......

 and a tiny bit, for a short time.....of this......

but alas.......

I had to find something to do and I saw something online as I was browsing for chandeliers because I need a tiny one for my bedroom, and I found something so enchanting,

and since I had a hangy thingy I didn't know what I was going to do with, but I knew something, well, this picture became my inspiration for what to do and I had everything, so no cost, and those are the best!
The advice said to just add some pearly Christmas garland and some snowflakes and ornaments and add them to your chandelier and that's it! I can do that! even without a chandelier because I had a silver hangy thingy I picked up from the thrift for $2  that I just KNEW would come in very handy soon  :D

So I made one.

It's not a light, not a candle holder, has no purpose really but it looks like it can be a portal device to a Wintery Magical Land like this.........

or this.....

it could couldn't it ???

So I thought making this device was in good strong order!

This thingy was rusted a bit and had some cheapy plastic crystals that I removed, then I spray painted it....

Then I went through all my Christmas things and took out the clear and sparkly pretties and it looked so beautiful all together!.....I haven't used these things for years.

And this crystal tassel I just got from Michaels as the star of this little show.....

some details of the things I had, acrylic prisms in a jar.......I had to make hooks for all of these.....

beautiful iridescent glass snowflake and an iridescent heavy crystal prism....a few of those...

years ago I bought these wired pearl garlands for a couple dollars each....I never used them....
and some old loonngg pearl strand garland for trees I haven't used since I don't do Victorian Trees anymore :D

glass irridescent icicles which I love!......can't find them anymore.....

Then I slowly began to put it together, and I got this......eventually.

No sun but it still looks purdy :D

The sun came out and I just knew this would look more beautiful and it sparkled alot!

I think its purdy, :D:D:D and its a source of smiles when I see it and it will remind me of Winter somewhere, not here, and a Wonderland, I'm trying to create here....and sparkly light reflecting magical things.

I'm leaving it outside.

I think I love these kinds of things because they remind of me the sparkly light of the Inner Spirit and the stars in the cosmos......cannot get enough of the sparkle!

You can make one too.....what do you have lying around that you can use in a different way??

Magical blessings for a Sparkly New Year!

ps: all images were from google/pinterest and I had them sourced where I found them but somehow the pictures were removed from this post and the linked source for them I had to find images again, and I didn't source them since it wasn't honored the first time. I apologize if the pictures are somehow removed and you don't get to see winter images displayed here just for enjoyment and no other purpose.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dreamy Tulle Skirt, No Sew, 1 minute

Hello Everyone,

It seems I don't remember how to make a post anymore ;-)lots of kinks.....will continue to try here.....

I pray everyone had a peaceful Holiday and that Spirits were deeply nourished.
I'm still not "over" the last events with the children and what is happening with the violent madmen of this world wreaking havoc for others and continually making lives miserable. But I feel like every time something like the shootings happens, a piece of me is also killed, and slowly I feel myself withering away. I cannot get over this latest with the children and I don't want to get "over" it because it seems very insensitive to me for life to go on as though nothing is happening, because it also will happen again in the future and life in this way is intolerable. I am very uncomfortable living side by side with those capable of doing this kind of thing and more and more I want to make an absolute exit from this life.

Any rants from others about this are more than welcome!!

But enough of that......
for now......

because this post is about a little piece of Dreamy Beauty that I came up with..................


....... thanks to an inspiration from Ozma of Odds and her last post on her Christmas outfit.... Please go to her site, everything about it is Angelic and Heavenly........


...isnt' that beautiful? And such a beautiful thing coming from a beautiful soul.
I asked her how she made that skirt and she told me and sent a link describing how its made using 6" tulle and tying many strips of it onto a band. This is a 2 minute video tutorial on how to do it.

Which sent me on a bit of a journey.

The possibilities are grand.....using different shades of the same color family, or using different but similar materials like organza, and different textures for instance. :D
There are very many variations of this skirt and some of them are absolutely gorgeous and I have come to feel every woman needs at least one of these. :D including me :D
I personally never liked tulle but I've been buying this particular one from Joanne's called "crushed tulle" and it is so soft and who knew I like wrinkly fabric?? But I love it and bought 3 yards, hung it on the window and was in love. I bought another 3 yards and hung it on a doorway, and another 3 yards lol just to have around to feel and touch which is now draped over a lamp which this Fairy loves.

Obviously I love this fabric whether or not it is polyester!
But recently whilst on line to pay for a little thing at Joanne's a woman asked me if I could use a 70% off coupon that was good only for that day....could I ???? yes! I went straight to the fabric, tulle, and picked out the Champagne Crushed Tulle and bought 8 yards of it and was a happy camper. It is really muted brownish light pink, antique pink you could say and just like Annie Sloans' "Antoinette" chalk paint as I'm calling it my "Antoinette Tulle"........she would wear it! :D 

So online I saw many of these hand tied tulle skirts and some of these women make gorgeous ones!

Black adult tutu, long black skirt, sewn tutus, Wide Satin sash, Wedding tutu, Prom dress

Adult long tutu skirt, Adult tutu dress, Ivory with a hint of Peach Adult tulle skirt,  bridal wedding dress, sewn tutus

Tulle skirt, ivory with a hint of gold, flower girl tutu dress, bambaroos boutique

 and look at this little one.....

Flower Girl Tutu Dress in Couture Peacock

Gorgeous, fun and playful, and very doable for anyone. And who would not feel beautiful in one that was the right colors for her and the right style?

So in my little world, I have had this champagne tulle fabric and sometimes I pick it up and ask it "what do you want to be.....will you tell me please?" But the only thing it would say is, "not yet, and I don't want to be cut either....just wait, you will see."

I waited.

Well the other night it did tell me. And while I could not sleep, I got up to play a bit with the idea and this is what it showed me.

As I wait for my 6" tulle to arrive in the mail to make one of those hand tied ones as shown in the video, I have this beautiful Champagne Tulle that told me it can be even easier and just as beautiful. This is what I did.

I took the length of the 8 yards and folded it in half to make it 4 yards. Then I folded the lengthwise length over a tie which was a piece of lace I have laying around to tie my hair, and then held the two ends and tied it onto my dress form and I have a skirt.
That's it.
Unbelievable that I don't have to sew this, cut anything or do anything else but tie it on and I have a skirt. This takes no time, is beautiful and YES I have every intention of wearing it. I cannot tell you how much I adore simple simple simple and effective!
Here is 8 yards of tulle folded to make 4 yards, bunched up, then a 1 1/2 yard length of lace ribbon placed over the fabric, less than halfway down, at a length that will give me a shorter outer length and then a longer one.But this is where you can play with the length and layers etc....just play with it :-)

Just drop the shorter length over the ribbon. Skirt is done! crazy simple.

here's the finished skirt :D:D:D

I went to my dress form to tie it on.....with a thin white embroidered skirt underneath so the tulle is not see through.

I tied it on making a bow with the lace ribbon as a sash and adjusted the tulle around the sash.

I'm just showing the skirt beneath the tulle here.........if you want to keep it closed you can use your imagination to figure that out but I don't mind it opening with that pretty white skirt beneath, or I can use 2 tiny tiny safety pins.....OR! you can sew on tiny rose appliques with 1/8" ribbon on either side to make a few ties, the possibilities are great....but I like it as is. If you want to keep it permanent you can sew the band closed beneath the ribbon tie but its not even necessary.

It's done.....

I put several things as a top on this to see the different ways to use it......

I love this one with the bolero sweater and a silk veil used as a long thick sash in Silver Sheen.......

Tulle is not just for weddings anymore........this I learned.

big bow in the back....

And with a linen Walking Jacket......

dont' know why the camera makes it orangy,

Has anything ever been more simple to "make" ? I can't even say I "made it"....I only put a ribbon on it and tied it on. Can't wait to wear this. I'm sooo in love with it.

I will soon "declare" a NATIONAL TULLE DAY In which every woman and child  is 'required' to wear a magnificent example of some kind of tulle skirt or dress, in all shapes, sizes, and colors and combinations...... and so the visions of this country with women and girls in dreamy floaty tulle will enchant and delight the senses and awaken the Little Princess and Grown Queen in us all! Have fun with this, its too easy and too beautiful and anything that makes us feel more beautiful is a "Must DO".