Sunday, November 22, 2015

Extended Weekend Wrap-Up: Ruffled Thursday, Violet Friday, Blue Leopard Winesday and Karen's Fan

Hello, my friends! The end of last week was a hectic whirl of Book Club and then Friday and then Winesday, so lots of catching up to do. 

Without further ado, we have some craziness for Thursday. 
I wore this for my WW group and for my Book Club babes - such a fun and flashy outfit! I love getting more dressed up for the holiday season.

This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style - go, run, now!

  • Coat - thrifted, Aldo; last seen here in December 2014 with a denim maxi skirt
  • Lace shirt - vintage fair; last worn here (6th outfit) in October in a major Victorian outfit
  • Dress - Danier Leather, vintage, late 90s, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in March for a house party
  • Shoes - Almafi by Rangoni for Ingledews, vintage 80s; thrifted here for $14.95

"I like your leg."
I always get huge reactions when I wear this dress. Yes, it's leather. I loved it with the lace blouse under it.
"You're boring me."
Why not go to 11 with a shiny brocade coat?

The stuff:
I freakin' LOVE these shoes. They are so soft and easy to walk in - just gorgeously made, too.

Bold bling:
These earrings get double-takes.

  • Earrings - Dior, consignment
  • Necklace - consignment

I went straight to Book Club from my WW meeting, ate yummy food, drank yummy wine and tottered home late. To bed!

I wore my hair product-less (colouring it that night) and did everyone's favourite thing at work.
I matched my hair and my clothes. People flip out, it's crazy.

  • Blouse - Guess, consignment; purchased here last weekend for $9.50
  • Skirt - Nicole Miller, vintage 80s; last seen here in August with a furry shirt
  • Shoes - Camper; last worn here in June with more magenta matchy

I liked the looseness of this shirt quite a lot - it's semi-sheer, so I wore a black vintage camisole under it. Unfortunately, the camisole would not stay in place, and I spent the day adjusting my straps and neckline. Into the donation pile the cami goes!
I did a sewing repair job on the back slit of this skirt recently - it's a tight skirt for walking in and it had pulled apart a bit. It's denim with some stretch.

The stuff:
Sweet pink spattery pumps!

Silver bling:
Feeling the boho vibe a bit.

  • Bracelet - Ellandemm, thrifted
  • Stacking rings - thrifted
  • Shield ring - Nine West
  • Death Star ring - Soul Flower
  • Earrings - gift from Lise

I dyed my hair after work, then chilled with L and Vizzini, playing boardgames. My favourite thing in the world to do.
"Who dares disturb my slumber?"
Comfy clothes for brunch out. Freshy-dyed hair.
 I wore this all day and into the late evening for Winesday.

  • Jacket - Live a Little, consignment; purchased here last weekend for $20.95
  • Sweater - Club Monaco, thrifted; last worn here in February
  • Skirt - Theo Miles, thrifted; first seen here in September for Casual Friday
  • Booties - Bad Laundry, thrifted; first worn here last Friday with all the textures

I just loved how the blue tone in the shirt went with the blue wool wrap skirt. This was a very cozy outfit to wear.
I adore those silver booties.

Bundled up for the chill.
Gloves, scarf and purse, let's go!

The stuff:
So shiny!

  • Earrings - Glee

At Winesday, I gave Karen her fan, which I finished on Saturday afternoon. Here it is all finished.
If you're interested, I have a huge number of "in progress" shots below. Karen really loved it. Aw! Hugs!

I sat near the deck doors and worked on the fan for about 3 hours. It was lovely natural light.
"It would be better on the deck." 
Winesday was wonderful, as always.
Any party with 11 packages of chocolate is a good party! At least our chips were baked.

Today, I strolled to town for groceries, and quickly popped into the Patch. I scored on this amazing handmade silk "secretary" blouse.
It was $9.99, but was free (buy 2, get 1 deal - I bought a couple of things for L).

This entire blouse does up with tiny snap fasteners! All down the front, and on the sleeves.
Don't you just love the red and lavender flowers? And the ribbon texture? So very 70s/early 80s.

Anyway, that was my weekend - long and full of good things. And I hope yours was too!

Speaking of good things, here are the progress pictures for Karen's fan. Scroll on if you dare!

I started with a blank paper and bamboo fan (less than $2.00 at the Chinatown Trading Company). I'd asked Karen what she wanted on her fan, and she sent me some of Rainier Maria Rilke's poetry that she loved.
She also loves ravens.

And taking pictures.
Camera aperture desisgns.

I sketched out where I wanted everything to go and started inking.
On my first session, I outlined everything, did the borders of the unreeled film, completed the aperture shape, and got one of the ravens done.
Karen is a fan of First Nations (Indian) art, so I wanted to use similar forms for the birds' feathers.

I used the same feather forms on the right as the left raven. The central raven was done then too.

I made him a bit darker and played with different patterns to separate his wing, head and belly. 

On this session, I thickened up the lettering and started working on the individual frames on the film strip.
I did each frame differently, playing with shapes and different Zentangles.  
It was fun doing them.
 Yesterday, I finished the film strips.
Then I outlined it in a thick black line.
I felt it made it pop more.
I used my watercolour pencils to add just a touch of colour around the words. This is before I've added water.
Karen is a fan of steampunk and I wanted her fan to have a weathered look, with a strong sepia tone.
I emphasized a few words with green, which fitted the quote.
Vizzini supervised.
"I would like to bite that."
He's actually looking at my paintbrush tip there - he attacked it the whole time I was using it. Time to get the water out and get the background filled in!

Here's the finished fan.
This is several layers of watered-down India ink.

It was a present from Mom.
 I really like how it gives it sort of a tea-stained look.
Overall, I was really happy with how this fan turned out.
My good friend Elaine is up next for a fan. I'm excited to try something different!


  1. That fan is beautiful Sheila, I love the progress pics, it's so interesting seeing how it comes together.

    Your Thursday outfit is spectacular! I love the ruffled collar with that necklace, such a great combination.

  2. Words fail me! Your artwork is absolutely sublime! Wow. Just WOW!

  3. I love that lacy blouse with the first outfit. Wow! Amazing look. I saw a woman wearing similar earrings a while ago and at first I thought she put them on backwards. Heh.

    I love your group's snacks but I'm happy that you had healthy chips. Hahaha! \

    You Vizzini captions are priceless.

    AND, I'm stunned by the beauty of the fan!!! What an amazing piece of art, everything from the personalized design and detailing to the colouring. What a great group of friends you have to inspire such work and channel such talent.

  4. Your fan is stunning! I wish I had better words - it is such a beauty. As is the lace blouse, and all the goodies. xox


  5. Your outfits are SO creative...I love that you're dressing up for the holiday season. Don't you wish more people would? Just one question...Where and HOW do you store all of your gorgeous shoes and boots? Many of mine are just piled on the closet floor. (It's a sin, I know.)

  6. That fan is very very special. I, too, love First Nations art and collect Raven stories. He was so important to the First People, despite his trickster ways. What a treasure!

  7. The fan is stunning! What a great, great job!

  8. You are a true artist from the deepest place in your being my dear She :)
    I adore how your freshly died hair looks and
    Thank you for your comment, I do hope to be ok eventually. Right now its just messy.

  9. I love you in the Tufted coat - reminds me of a baroque musician !

  10. So much about this post I love - the silver booties, the ornate gilded coat, the hair matching outfit. However, I have to say how impressed I am with your skilful artistry. The fan is truly a thing of beauty. It's such a joy to visit your blog to see what new treats are in store.
    Anna's Island Style

  11. You did a splendid job on the fan - what a wonderful gift for your friend!

    That first outfit is glam-tastic!! What a gorgeous sight you are in leather and lace and brocade. I like the cozy blue and silver outfit too.

    A couple of times when my hair was orange and pink, I wore something that matched my hair and people were so excited about it - it was very strange, and I'm glad to see that happens to other people too ;)


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