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Friday, 13 August 2010

DRESS IT UP - AUGUST!

Hi lovely bloggers!  After all the excitement of making Christmas stuff I am back with my dress for August and I already have an idea written down for September!!!!  For this dress I was inspired by the sea......I love the sea & miss living on its doorstep :(

Once again I used the lovely GINI's template.  The background was some card I had been spraying & painting that I didn't use for the previous project.  I embossed some swirls in silver to represent the waves and as it needed 'something' I added a flower & ribbons.  The teensy cawrie shells are very special to me so I really had to steel myself to use 3 of them.  Years ago a terminally ill, elderly friend asked to see me a few days before she died.  She very gently gave me a little jar of beautiful shells, telling me that her husband had picked them up off a beach in India while he was there in the war & brought them home for her.  She treasured them as, although he survived the war he wasn't with her long.  I have always been touched that she knew I would look after them & I have....see I am really a softie!

Anyway...if you would like to have a go at making a dress pop over to see MARGARET to find out more.

Thank you for popping by & please leave a comment if you have time, LOVE & HUGS XXX

20 comments:

Dawn said...

Hi Karen love this pretty dress and the swirls are very sea like. What a beautiful story too, little things can meen so much to us and both their memories are living on now through you. See I am also a big softie

Love Dawn xx

Paula Gale said...

what a lovely dress Karen - and such a beautiful and touching story about how you came by the shells... no wonder you treasure them so much, but i'm positive she'd be so pleased and touched that you hold them dear and have used them on this lovely project.

Paula x x x

margaret said...

Beautiful dress Karen! two of my favs, the colour blue and the sea! The shells and their history are a total inspiration, I'm so pleased we get to share them with you! fab! Mx

tracy said...

thats a lovely dress karen and such a lovely story :)

Janet said...

A beautiful dress and I am sure your friend would be very pleased that you have created such a lovely piece of art with three of her shells.

I wish I had known of the wardrobe challenge before, I would love to have taken part. Perhaps something similar next year?

Janet xx

Kaz said...

That's such a pretty dress - I love all the embossing, but the shells with their special meaning really makes it xxx

Angelnorth said...

Beautiful dres Karen, the embossed "waves" look really elegant. I think using the shells on something lovely would win approval from their original owner, too :o)

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Your Sea Dress is really lovely Karen, the most gorgeous shade of blue
I am so touched by your jar of seashells story too ... makes it all the more precious
oxo

Halle said...

Very pretty dress...love the colors you used.

Janice said...

You can't be that far from the sea Karen, you are in Cornwall!!! Lovely dress, I could wear that one.

Traceyr said...

Beautiful dress lovely the sea blue colour and what a touching anecdote about the shells. x

:)

Cheryl said...

oh karen,hun you really do make the most amazing,creation,hun this is one beautiful dress hun ,hope you got my email about the bag,hun thanks again,hugs cheryl xxxx

Di said...

Gosh, what a touching story about the shells Karen. The dress is gorgeous and perfect for them xx

Hazel said...

I love seeing the beautiful dresses you make - and this one is no exception - gorgeous x

Gini said...

Aaw it's beautiful and the story that goes with it is just wonderful, tearful but in a good way :-)
Another one of your fabulously elegant gown creations!
Gini
xx

bad penny said...

beautiful & very special

Kathy said...

What lovely colours you've used for this one, Karen
Love that oversized flower at the waist

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have NO idea how I missed this post or this dress. This is gorgeous, and I really appreciate the delicate silver embossing and was deeply touched by the story behind the cawrie shells. I'm sure your elderly friend is quite pleased with how you shared them this month with all of us.

Gez said...

What a beautiful dress. The shells add the perfect finishing touch. I love the swirly stamp you have chosen it so reminds me of waves. Gorgeous.xx

Guriana said...

Lovely embsossed dress!!:))