Friday, June 13, 2008

Amazed by the Kindness

Just when you think the world is turning upside down and makes no sense, people amaze you with their complete and utter selfishness...

After trying to spread the word about my dress on Ebay to another site where I sell my dresses,, I've been bombarded with emails from several people there who want to help as well. Several people have offered their own work for me to sell in my shop and donate the sales to my friends.

A whole group of Etsians who formed a group called HOST and their sole purpose is to help others. They have an entire shop that carries items with the intent of donating the proceeds to others. Well, if you purchase anything from their shop and put "For Eleigh" in the notes, the money will be donated to Eleigh's family.

Go check out their site and get to shopping! I am honestly moved to tears over people's kindness, guys.

A Fairy Dress for a Good Cause

On June 4th, my good friends lost their 15-year-old daughter, Eleigh, in a terrible car accident. It is so hard to watch someone you care about go through the pain of losing their daughter. You feel so helpless and want so much to take away any of their pain.

I've decided that one way I can help is to relieve some of their financial stress by making a dress and donating all of the sales to them. I've listed a dress on Ebay today and the auction will run for ten days beginning today. I've started the auction at just $20 and I'm hoping it will skyrocket.

If you've ever wanted to buy a dress from me, now is the time as I plan on this being the most beautiful dress I've ever made. I plan to put my whole heart into its creation to help honor Eleigh and her short life. The dress will be custom made to the winning bidder based on any of my current designs or a design of the winner's choice.

The auction is at

I'll also be listing a dress in my Etsy shop at Several Etsy shops have agreed to donate some of their own items to sell for Eleigh as well.

Even though money is the last thing in the world to give meaning, in this case it will help to take one more worry for a family who is struggling through the greatest pain any of us could ever know.

Friday, May 9, 2008

New Fairy Costumes

I have been hard at work creating some new gowns in time for the art show, OhSweetSadie.

The first one is called The Tattered Rose Fairy. It has a very full skirt of tulle that has been painted a deep, dark red. The bodice is satin with cap sleeves and has been painted black. The bodice has dark red roses that drip from one shoulder to the waist and onto the skirt. The wings are black chiffon that have been burned and ripped. The wings are edged with dark red grosgrain ribbon and tipped with some smaller dark red roses. It is very pretty and elegant, in a gothic sort of way.

The second is called The Waterlilies Gown and it is based on the painting by Claude Monet. It is a very simple white wedding gown of satin. It has a higher neckline and is sleeveless and backless. It has a chapel length train. The entire dress has been painted like the famous painting. The colors on it are just amazing. I haven't decided whether to add wings to this creation or not. I plan to do another without the train that I will add wings to, but I haven't decided with this one.
The third one I have is the Pansy Pixie based on a painting by Georgia O'Keefe. It has a very full tulle skirt with a simple satin bodice. The entire dress has been painted a very pale blue. The sketch of the dress is very close to the finished garment.

Then I have a Tiffany Fairy gown that is going to be gorgeous! It is that famous Tiffany Blue and is split in the back of the skirt. Peeking through the split is a gorgeous train of white chiffon, tulle and organza. The front of the dress is wrapped like the Tiffany gift box in white satin ribbon with a big bow just below the bust line. I'm actually commissioning another artist to make the wings for this gown because I want them to be very ornate and stuctured. My wing style tends to be more free-form and flowy. I just want the gown to exude luxury...

Finally, I am working on a new Ocean Fairy Costume. It is layered in shades of deep blues and greens. The wings are organza and feature the same watery shades of blue and green. Very pretty!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Oh Sweet Sadie

I am in the midst of my very first art show right now. I was invited to wonderful ladies, Heidi and Dani of OhSweetSadie, to join in their art/craft show that runs May 2-3 and May 9-10 in Herriman and Draper.

I was a bit hesitant because I know people don't really go looking for costumes and fairy gowns at an arts and crafts show. However, the feedback has been wonderful. It's nice to have my dresses seen in "real life" instead of pictures on the Internet! I hope some ladies visiting the show remember come Halloween!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Mermaid Angel Gown

The current costume I am working on is a custom design called "Mermaid Angel." It is called an angel costume because my client feels like fairy wings are much smaller and more "constructed" than angel wings, which she sees as more flowing and liquid.

This dress is turning out amazing. I started with the skirt. First, I mixed up some colors that are a very rich marine blue and a deep teal-y green. I started at the bottom of the skirt with the darkest shades and than faded them up. The result is a very pretty abalone sort-of look. It is so pretty.

My favorite part is the bodice. The "canvas gown" is a simple floor length tulle creation and the tulle draped up around the bodice as well. I cut the tulle from the bodice and began layering the deep coloring from the skirt over each other. I finished with a coating of the most marvelous metallic pigment that gave it a perfect sheen. The spaghetti straps are adorned with tiny shells. I added some shredded tulle over one shoulder that drapes diagonally down the front of the bodice and then hangs down the left side of the skirt. I handpainted the tulle a seaweed green and it has taken on an artistic interpretation of seaweed.

The skirt has been a bit difficult. It is a lightweight satin with three layers of tulle. Coloring tulle is never easy, but it's especially tricky when you are layering colors and trying to give it all an ombre appearance. However, the time it is taking is so worth it. The skirt just LOOKS like the ocean. I have chopped the tulle layers in jagged edges and painted the edges with the deepest shades. They drape so pretty over the underskirt and blend really well.

I am still in the process of painting the underskirt. I'll also be adding an organza "tail" train in the back. I have to finish the bodice and I'm not sure what else I want to add right now. I don't want to overdo it, but it's not quite finished yet. The final masterpiece that will tie it all together will be the wings.

I hope to finish this creation by the second week of April. I'll update with pictures when it is finished.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

My New Studio

I've finally outgrown my home business!!! The gowns I make are so large that thaey were overtaking the small amount of workspace I have in my house. I've found a perfect studio space! It's very close to my home and it's 1200 sq.ft. of freedom!

I put up a huge bar along one entire wall to hang all my wedding gowns and I was finally able to count them all. I have a total of 80 wedding dresses that I hope to turn into costumes by the time Halloween rolls around! 80 wedding dresses! That is crazy and you would not believe how much space they take up. I am guessing that I will be finishing more around 60 dresss, though. Last year I did 25 dresses total, so I don't want to drown myself in tulle and lace.

The space is just perfect. I love it. It has one huge room that is just cement floors and bare drywall. That is where I do all of my painting and hang all of my dresses.

The second room is carpeted and very cozy. I have a huge desk there for my sewing station. My husband bought my kids a couple of Kid Lovesacs and we brought their little TV/DVD set so they can watch movies when I bring them with me.

I plan to spend a lot of time there in the coming months. I've moved everything in and have begun work on my latest creations.

Stay posted for upcoming design descriptions and pics...

Saturday, March 1, 2008

My First Blog....

Well, I've finally given in to the world of blogging. It's a necessary step for me to keep my clients and interested parties updated on my work. It's also a chance for me to clear the clutter in my brain and make room for new creative ideas.

I hope you stick around and keep coming back for a glimpse into my work!