Saturday, 21 May 2011

Blue Dress Form and Aintree Show

I'm still mad on making these dress forms especially as some friends want one to keep!  I made this one for my friend Jayne who loves blue and I've added extra detail with pins, press studs, hook and eye. The ribbon behinds the  pins open up to a little book so a message can be written in it.

The dangly bits!
The full thing
Detail of the front
I love these raggy roses which I buy, by the yard, from Abakhan in cream or white then colour with Distress Stains.  You can see here how the background tissue was stamped before crumpling and attaching to the card.
We had a great day at the Aintree Show yesterday and, as usual, I spent too much but this time it wasn't so much temptation and impulse buying, I went with a list of things I really did NEED!!! 
Basic essentials such as Glossy Accents, inks, embossing powders, ink pads, Easy Mount, etc., and dies for my new Vagabond to add to my limited collection. I spotted a Spellbinders die to make pennants and bunting so I treated myself to that and I love it!
The man on the craftsUprint stand was shaking everyone's hand as they entered the "Everyone's a Winner" tombola and greeted each by name via the entry leaflets, so Lorraine, Jayne and I wrote daft names on the forms and we laughed so much when he never reacted at all! 
So above you can see Milly not Silly, Molly Not Polly, and Mandy not Randy. It's nice to see that I look taller but it's just that Jayne dipped down so she wouldn't hide the big fella!
I won a magazine but whenever there was a "BIG" winner (£5) everyone was cheering and it just reminded me of CHA in America.... mind you the prizes there were really BIG value and worth cheering for.!!!
I planned to visit the show again today, with a friend who couldn't attend yesterday, but she is not well so, as I'll be at Padgate Crafters tomorrow for the full day, I'll spend today in the lovely sunshine with DH!!
The problem is that I intended taking most of my photos today so all I can show is the amazing tableau of knitted scupltures... "Under the Sea" which is touring the shows to raise funds for the Royal Lifeboat Appeal.
 Overall it looks a bit lumpy bumpy but when you see the detail and the amount of work in it  you cannot help but be impressed. 
However, I think I'll stick to knitting hats and cardys!!


judith@poppy cottage said...

Fab dress form gift Jo. The Show looks fab, and you sound like you had a great time! Enjoy the sunshine today, Judith xx

sam21ski said...

Wow Jo this is fab xxx

Sam xxx

Dotpat said...

Just love your stories and photo's Jo, they are always a pleasure to read. Love your dress at the top too fabulous

Tuire Flemming said...

I have been away some time and had to scroll down a bit... These dolls are absolutely marvellous! And thank you for the Crackled Faux Leather Tutorial - have to try it!
Hugs, Tuire

lisa said...

Sounds like you had a great day, Jo and your gift for your friend is so special.
Hugs Lisax.

dizzy said...

i had a fab day with you and just sad it had to end but my dress form i just cannot take my eyes of it i keep showing it to everyone who comes and when i get time it will be on my you tube channel for all to see thank you so much for being so generous and making me my very special dress form in my fav for you being smaller i would love to be smaller did you not know nice things come in small packages and with you that is so true big hugs jayne xxx