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Lizbeth in Guatmala: Dress up for September

dress up doll in mexicoLizbeth found herself on another adventure in September as she went on a day trip to Mexico for Mexican Independence Day.

She decided that she loved the culture, the colors and the cuisine so much that she would continue her travels. She visited an artist who made paper mache flowers; she visited a family who had a restaurant and made all of their own tortillas; and she visited a little distillery that made the best tequila (we won’t mention the few hours she lost sitting happily on the beach after that!).

Then she went on to Guatemala where she found beautiful pottery and fabrics, and wonderful dishes made from spices and little tiny bananas! She visited the historical Mayan ruins where she walked amongst the gods. The language was so beautiful she could just listen to it for hours.

What a rich and beautiful world we live in, I think that Lizbeth would encourage you to enjoy the diversity of the world around you and our brothers and sisters that live side by side in that world!

Lizabeth’s Adventures: Dress Up for August

Lizabeth in EnglandLizabeth has been on a world wide adventure with her favorite Aunt Mural!

Early in April her aunt called her from her home in Alberta, inviting Lizabeth on an adventure. She asked her to join her on a journey across the globe to far off and exotic lands. Lizabeth got her passport, packed her bags and boarded a plane to Toronto where she met her Aunt.

First stop on the trip was to London, where she bought this lovely designer gown in at Lord and Taylor’s. She and her Aunt visited the V and A, and with so many wonderful exhibits they came back twice! They visited Scotland where Aunt Murial’s kinsmen Robert Burns was born, and stayed at a lovely little B & B for a few days.

Throughout the month of April they traveled all through Britain, Scotland, Whales, and Ireland, then it was time to take the chunnel on to Paris.

lizabeth in ParisOh Paris, glorious city of lights, a beautiful city in May! Lizbeth was enchanted with the fountains, the statues, the museums and the cousine, yumn ! Everything was so beautiful that she could smile and cry at the same time. She bought a vintage gown at Worth, which had been worn by one of her most favorite silent film actresses! She and her Aunt Murial visited Versailles, Monet’s gardens and of course took a ride to the top of the tower!

lizbeth in tuscanyAfter the nightlife and wonders of Paris they traveled to Tuscany for the month of June. A little rest and relaxation was needed for both of them! They stayed at a lovely villa that had once been a famous winery. They wandered amongst the vines, the vegetables and the lovely gardens! When they felt the need to visit the city they traveled with the chauffeur in the 1949 Bentley, the only way to go!

lizabeth in japanFrom Europe they traveled to China and Japan spending the month of July traveling to both large and small cities. Oh the flower gardens, oh the fabrics, oh the people! What a wonderful experience to climb the “Great Wall”, and to see the “Forbidden City”! All of the places that they had read about, all of the sites and smells they had dreamed about!

lizabeth in indiaFrom the East they traveled by cruise ship to India, where both Lizbeth and her Aunt Murial were enchanted by the culture, the people and the food! The Taj Mahal had of course been top on the list, but oh the wonders that they saw in the cities, the country. Their stay was mad even more memorable by the generosity of their hostess who had been a friend of Aunt Murial for many years.

Now back in the states, Lizbeth is catching up with all of the rest of her friends that have been designing dresses and participating in the “Dress-Up Challenge“. Won’t you please join her in wishing the best to all of the designers!

enjoy- Christen

Dress Up March

spring tea dressHere is Lizbeth’s dress for March, it is her Spring Tea dress. Please join the rest of the Dress Up group over at Alice and Camilla’s for their March productions!

close-up view of the ribbon workded flowersThe ladies that live in Lizbeth’s apartment building get together once a year and host a fundraiser for the local public gardens. Lizbeth loves to walk by the gardens on her way to work or for a weekend stroll, as do all of the other ladies that live around her.

Each has her own favorite, for instance Constance loves the roses, and Deborah loves the lily section, but Lizbeth is particularly fond of the pansy and petunia display. ribbon reticule

Lizbeth made her dress from vintage lace and vintage and new ribbon worked flowers. She dyed the lace and some of the ribbons for her gown.

She had seen a new shop in the village that had extraordinary accessories and thought she might find a purse to match her gown. She found the sweet little reticule on display with the parasol and the magnificent chapeau. Well there was no turning back when she saw the set displayed together. When she tried on the hat she felt a little bit like Eliza Doolittle on her way to the races, but she didn’t think that she would have a chance to say “Come on Dover, move your bloomin’ arse”!

She is a girl after my own heart, bold and beautiful, and she is definitely no shrinking violet!

Enjoy what you do, Christen

Dress-UP February

mixed mediaThis is Lizbeth’s dress for Dress Up February over at Alice and Camilla.

Lizbeth had longed to wear the pink chiffon and red taffeta dress that her mother had worn when she was young. Her mother talked about the elegant balls that she attended with many handsome admirers waiting to take her for a spin on the dance floor. She promised Lizabeth that this too would happen to her someday.

But alas dating and men are quite different today than they were when her mother was young, Still Lizabeth was a dreamer, and hoped that her dream boat or at least a man who liked to dance would come her way. Lizbeth had been pleasantly surprised when Roger, the man she met on-line asked her out to the annual Sweethearts Dance. Yeah she was going to get to wear her mother’s dress!

When Roger arrived to take her to the dance, three things were quite clear: the first thing was that he wasn’t altogether truthful about his height;  two he had clearly used the photo of someone else (she didn’t remember all of those stripes); and thirdly she was never going to fit on the bicycle that he had ridden over on!

Being a quick thinker and a modern gal, she hailed a cab, asked him to park his bike, and pulled off a few flowers from her gown for his hat. Then she promised herself that she was going to dance as many dances as she could, with or without Roger!

Enjoy what you do, Christen

Let’s Play Dress-Up: January Outfit

art doll

Lizbeth

I am joining a group for a year, we are playing Dress Up. Our challenge is to make a dress a month (mine is a little late for January), and to create a wardrobe for the clothes.

I decided to make a doll for the finished clothes, her name is Lizbeth. I named her after a girl that I met in design school, we became fast friends. I will tell you more about her in the months to come.

vintage lace dress

January Dress-UP

Here is her outfit for January. I layered vintage lace over a base of a ripped hanky and lace. I stitched this collage down by hand and machine. Her bonnet is made from a crochet flower with added silk ribbon trim. Her boots are made from muslin. All of these pieces fit on to her body with wire and ribbon.

doll body

Lizbeth

Here is her body, I just quickly put it together, using a mannequin shape for her frame.

Her arms and legs are made from wire, which I wrapped with silk ribbon. Her body is made from muslin. Her face is hand painted and detailed with ink pens.

Her wardrobe (shown above in the first picture) will be decorated in the months to come.

If you want to join us for Dress-UP pop on over to Alice and Camilla: Project 2010!

Enjoy- Christen