Sunday, March 29, 2009

Metamorphosed Wedding Gown and Our New Blues

I used to hate Mondays when I was still working. But maybe if I was already blogging then, I might have looked forward to Mondays if Susan of http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ was already hosting Met Mon. like now. But that was past and this is now and I do not hate Mondays anymore. In fact I am excited when the new week arrives. Please visit Susan's popular blog and check what she transformed today and check out all the other changes in Blogland.
If you have seen my very first blog, it was about my daughter Rochelle's wedding last Jan, 2009. And you all know how expensive weddings are so we try to do what we can do on our own. Anyway, Rochelle fell in love with this Bradley Mischka gown but she could not afford it. She asked me if I could sew it for her but I told her it would not be easy since I am so far away that she wouldn't be able to try it on while I work on it.She found this very plain and simple affordable gown. She noticed that the cut on the top is a little similar to the one she liked. She asked me if I could add the crystals and beads to make it look better and I was pretty sure I could.
So, what do you all think? I sewed the beads and crystals, one by one, by hand, while watching TV and chatting on the computer.
Rochelle really liked it. My other daughter Tina, could not believe I made it. She was impressed.
And here is Rochelle wearing the gown on her wedding day with her daughter, AJ, .
It's also Blue Monday, hosted by Sally at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/. Come and join us and show your blues and check out everybody else's blues! Start with Sally's and then, go through her list.
DH tried to take off on Wednesdays or at least, he tries to come home earlier. And he was able to come home early this past Wed so we went antiquing downtown. And look what I found for $20, a Staffordshire flow blue tea pot and it is in perfect condition.
When I saw this, I immediately went to him (we usually browse separately) and told him I found something that I know he will like.
And I was right so it came home with us. I don't know if you already know but he collects eggs and this Sevres piece is egg shaped. I won't even tell you how much we bought it for but I can just say that we are good citizens and were able to contribute to the economy again. LOL!
Isn't that an angelic face?
We bought more items but they aren't blue so these are all I am showing right now. It was another fun and successful shopping day.
Happy Met and Blue Monday to all! Thanks to Susan and Sally for making this day an enjoyable one! Now let's go visit the others.











48 comments:

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

oh my Christine....the dress is gorgeous...you did a beautiful job on all the beading!!!!

Susan

Cynthia said...

Christina,
i am so impressed by that dress! I sew a little and I know from adding stones to skating dresses how tedious and time consuming it is. What a beautiful job and I love your beautiful blue monday finds as well. Cindy

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Ooh, that tea pot is gorgeous!!! And OMG, that wedding gown was beautiful to begin with, but holy moley did you ever make it spectacular!!!!!!!! Your daughter and AJ both looked soooooooooooooooo beautiful.

Justine :o )

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

I cannot imagine the many hours that went into that hand beading. What a gift of love. How beautiful she looked. My fingertips hurt at the thoughts of all that handiwork. LOL

Love your Blue Monday offering. That teapot is spectucular. You have some very unique pieces, indeed.

Have a great week...Barb

mbkatc230 said...

Christine you did such a beautiful job on your daughter's wedding dress - it really is spectacular. And I love all of your blue monday finds, so unique! Kathy

ellen b said...

The gown turned out just beautiful. I also love that blue teapot!! Happy Met and Blue to you!

marty39 said...

Christine, this is such a gorgeous dress. YOur daughter is just beautiful and what a lovely bride. The dress was stunning on here. I also love your DH's new Sevres "egg". It is truly stunning. I can't wait to see what else you found. Great shopping day. Hugs, Marty

Amy said...

Wow, the dress is gorgeous! You are extremely talented.

amy@maisonbelle

Nancy W said...

What a beautiful job you did on the dress and your daughter looked amazing in it! hugs from nancy of conroe, tx!

janet said...

oh cristine, you did a fantastic job on the dress, absolutely gorgeous and your daughter is sooooooooo beautiful.
hugs
janet

SILVIA said...

christine you are sooooo talented.
the dress is gorgeous ,you are a genious my friend...silvia.

Chandy said...

You did a wonderful job, Christine! Is there anything you can't do? Wow, is all I can say. A beautiful and personal gown for a beautiful bride. AJ looked great in blue, too! :-)

Those finds are beautiful!
My MM post will be added at midnight!

susan said...

What a change--you are so talented! My daughter would have been out of luck. She is a beautiful girl!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Gorgeous wedding gown, Christine. What a wonderful post for Met Monday. I also enjoyed your blues!!

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

You did a fantastic job on the dress and the blue tea pot is so very beautiful.
Molly

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

the dress look so beautiful with beads and crystals on.. job well done by you and the teapot, so pretty blue.. Happy Blue Monday

Smilingsal said...

The dress turned out beautifully. I clicked on the pictures and noticed that the bridesmaid's dress had the same neckline--without the glitter, of course. It's lovely.

Your teapot is a find, and the Sevres piece is exquisite. Happy Blue Monday.

Bo said...

Christine, you are a woman of MANY talents! You created an heirloom wedding gown...perhaps one day gorgeous AJ will want to wear it! Your blues are beautiful! ;-) Bo

robinrane said...

Your talent just about knocked me over! This is nothing if not brilliant. Way to go Mom! You're awesome~
Robin Rane'
All Things Heart and Home

Knitty said...

The dress, and your daughter, are gorgeous!

Stacey said...

What a beautiful transformation of the dress! I know your daughter loved it.

Your blues are pretty too. :)

DesignTies said...

You did a fantastic job transforming your daughter's wedding dress!! Wow!! I would never have the patience to sew on all those beads one by one -- you're a good mom!!!

Your antique shop finds are pretty :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine! What an amazing transformation! Lovely! Great job!

And I love your blue as well. Very, very pretty!

Happy Blue Monday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Cindy J. said...

I remember you sewing away on this beautiful dress, never missing a beat.. you are the ultimate muti-tasker.. Your blues are amazing and your daughter and sweet AJ look so lovely, you created a masterpiece that is for sure. Love, Cindy

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Christine, That gown is beautiful. All of you beading is amazing. You are so talented. And she looks wonderful in the dress.
Hugs, Terrie

CC said...

The gown is amazing..so beautiful
and your antique finds are just wonderful. Happy Blue Monday..hope it's a great day.

claudie said...

Not sure what to comment on today ...both posts are so beautiful. I know how long it takes to bead a dress. My aunt used to make them. What magic fingers you must have.
Happy Blue Monday
Love Claudie
xo

Kathysue said...

Hi C, what a talent you are. Your daughter looks so beautiful in her dress,how lucky she has such a talented Mom. have a wonderful trip!Hugs kathysue

bj said...

Oh, what a fabulous job you did on this lovely dress. Your daughter looked absolutely stunning.
I also loved your blues today...

Rue said...

Hi Christine :)

You always have the most beautiful things in your home, but it took me a while to get my chin off the floor after seeing that dress LOL Talk about GORGEOUS and your daughter was beautiful on her big day :)

hugs,
rue

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

I see you are from Mississippi, so am I what part do you live in?
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Deb said...

Wow you made it into a beautiful gown and your daughter looks stunning in it. Deb

Deb said...

you did a great job on the bridal gown! Love the blue teapot!

LdyDy said...

You did a wonderful job on the wedding gown! She looked lovely! Also, that blue Teapot is just gorgeous!!

Sweetie said...

Wow - the dress is beautiful! You are very talented. The blue is also gorgeous - especially the teapot. Happy Blue Monday!
Sweetie

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Loved seeing your beautiful daughter in her gown. You did a wonderful job. I remember you chatting and working on it...lol

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Wonderful! That beading is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your Blue Monday.

Blessings,
Sandi

Kim Chalfant said...

Your daughter's wedding dress turned out fabulous. I'm sure it means a lot more to her that you did the beading than if you had just purchased her the original dress. Great job! And great finds at the antique store. You always purchase such beautiful items.

Linda said...

Beautiful job on the dress!!
Linda Q

Picket said...

Hey girl...you did an amazing job on that wedding dress & your beautiful daughter just glows in it! Pretty blue treasures you found...hope you are having a great Blue Monday!

Together We Save said...

That dress is amazing. You both were beautiful.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, I know how long that work on the wedding gown took, and it is so gorgeous! Maybe some day AJ can wear it! No, we don't want to think about that now (but I hope it is being stored for future use). Of course I love both of your finds. You and your dh are just amazing shoppers! laurie

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Hi, well we're almost neighbors. I live in Brookhaven, we're a little less than an hour apart. My Sister and I come to Natchez Junkin' alot. Sis's son lives in Natchez.

Nicole ~ said...

You did an amazing job on that dress. It really made that dress look completely different, it really sparkled. You are so talented!

I want to go shopping with you, you are always finding such great pieces!!

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

You sure did transform that dress. HOw lucky it is for your daughter to found such dress - and how blessed she is to have such a loving and (of course) creative mother :-). That dress is beautiful and it really look similar to the one on the first photo.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Christine, the dress is gorgeous! What an amazing beading job you did! I'm so impressed. Those beads can be so tiny. ♥

Great shopping finds too! ☺

Diane

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Great job on recreating the wedding dress! A real labour of love. My sister made my dress for me. I was married in the heat in July and wanted a cotton dress (synthetic fabrics and moi do not mix in heat and humidity). I bought a beautiful moire (watershot??) cotton and she cut, measured, sewed, made a muslin mock up for sizing, and handrolled and stitched tons of roses for the train and bodice, all while living over 5 hours away. Seventeen years later I still wouldn't be able to find a dress I love more. I think I better go phone her and tell her how much I love and appreciate her!

Elizabeth said...

I'm very late w/ my Blue Monday visits this week. I love the details on your new finds!

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