Friday, April 23, 2010

Chiffon, Tulle & Satin

Last week I finished up this tutorial for Project Wedding -a flower hair pin made from tulle, chiffon and a tiny cluster of old glass beads. Click over to get the how-to.Cutting the half yard of muted pink chiffon, I was reminded so much of after-school-ballet. Of those enviable and airy wrap around skirts some of the girls wore. For weeks I anticipated the start of those classes, donning ballet slippers daily, wearing holes in them running down the rough asphalt street to the mailbox. The luster sort of vanished in a crowded little dressing room, right off the dance floor, where the hot air of California autumn stagnantly cycled through two awning windows near the ceiling. To my second grade self there and then, nothing seemed worse than an itchy pair of pale pink tights and an ill-fitted leotard in faded black. Needless to say I never became a ballerina, but I came to learn a few things. That life's not always pink satin pointe shoes, smooth and perfect. Not always gathered tulle, fanciful and featherlight. And that true passions, those most loved and cherished, require determination and sustain disappointment.

34 comments:

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

gorgeous
Im going to check it out! thanks!!! Enjoy the weekend

Hayley said...

Gorgeous!!! I adore the colours so much!

curiosities by nicole leigh smith said...

so pretty! I really love your blog, I get so excited when I see you've posted!! ;)

Hannah said...

So true. Beautiful.

S.L.North said...

how perfectly lovely! your photos (here and on project wedding) are fantastic.

ampersandity said...

gorgeous -- looks so beautiful! i love the box you have everything in too :]

Kate said...

Pretty! I never got to be a ballerina... though I dreamed about it. I day dreamed more often about being an archaeologist!

Whitney @ Whisker Graphics said...

Your post is lovely on so many levels. A pretty flower craft, a glimpse at second-grade you and some wisdom. Just lovely.
Whitney
PS I discovered you through Suzonne at Urban Comfort.

Ruby said...

Can I say lovely!? So pretty, I wanna make one for my little girl so thanks for the inspiration :)

Gina said...

Gorgeous, I love it! When I cut chiffon, I am always reminded of my grandmother...not sure why. Maybe she wore a lot of chiffon? Who know!

Carly Anne said...

The whole ensemble is gorgeous...although I'm really digging the vintage sewing box.

XO
Carly

All this is Grace and Charm
http://allthisgraceandcharm.blogspot.com

cutlex said...

Beautiful words for a beautiful project.

koralee said...

You so inspire me my friend. xoxox

Linda said...

I love the flower you created and the beautiful colors!

jennifer lorton said...

The pictures are dreamy. They give me fond memories of the days when I was a ballerina. Maybe we were in the same class, your discription sounds like the place I took lessons. I sometimes wanted to quit, but stuck with it until a knee injury took me out at 25. I miss those toe shoes, and girly bits, like you pictured. Thanks for the memories.

Kris Pare said...

The flower is sweet and your sentiment is so true. Thanks for sharing.

Pins + Paper said...

So romantic!

~ Kristen

soulsearcher said...

wonderful..just in time for my parents 25th wedding anniversary next saturday...they'll be renewing their vows..some kind of rewedding..my mom has been asking for a suitable wedding hairstyles for her

Auntie Cake said...

Very true what you wrote, actually pointe shoes are like life, they are beautiful, but they also can hurt and take hours of work, but they are a thing of beauty if you only look!

I love the way you displayed your supplies for the flowers!
Kate

david swensen said...

This is lovely! You are really talented :)

Laura said...

Wonderfull (L)

wishful nals said...

loooove these colors. so pretty!

Cassidy said...

so pretty ! <3

aquacitrine said...

What a soothing palette...
Lovely colors!
=)

Leigha said...

New to your blog...and NOT disappointed. Very lovely. Plus, this fits right in to my latest obsession - fabric flowers!

Maggie May said...

just gorgeous eye candy

Melissa Allam said...

This is gorgeous and especially the way you style it in your photo.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I agree whole-heartedly! In fact, when I danced en pointe you cut up the tips of the satin tips a bit to grab the floor and have more friction. I see the irregularities as a way of seeing it all so much more clearly. I wrote on it yesterday. You have such a lovely grouping of treasures in this post. It is sweet and full of precious things. Blessings.

Lauren Nicole said...

oh my goodness, that little flower is so, so pretty! one of the best DIY's i've seen in a good while. thanks for sharing!
- L

Sweet Asceticism said...

oh goodness. i love seeing projects that people have made like this but it just makes me so jealous! the colors are just perfect and everything looks so soft and light. the flower just makes me smile from ear to ear! this honestly makes me want to go to the store and make one myself. breath taking really. amazing work and cant wait to see what you come up with next. (:

Empress Stationery said...

Livvy,
I absolutely adore your blog, your photography, and your talent. Thanks so much for sharing, and I always look forward to your new posts!

Teri said...

I love these beautiful flower pins! I think I may make a few just for myself!!! I'll put a pin backing on and just attach to a purse or sweater (maybe a plain tank!) Endless beauty! Thank you for posting! This pink is my favorite!!!

Craftiness NOW said...

hello, your blog is so beautiful, it's a refreshing break from the busy world. i was a ballet girl too, a good life lesson for sure :-)

Wedding planning ideas said...

Wowww!! very pretty...I love the flowers....I will try this.

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