Several weeks ago I saw a dress hanging in my mom's house. It was totally not my size and absolutely not my style, but it had the most magnificent giraffes on it. I told her how much I loved it. Skip forward to the next time I saw her and she gave me the giraffe dress!!! It sat at my house for a couple of weeks and then tonight I decided I needed to alter it into something I'd love AND wear.
This is the before photo.
I'm literally swimming in this dress!
And this is the after!
I LOVE it!!!!!
Start to finish it took fewer than 30 minutes. I'm feeling inspired to get my seamstress on! Thanks, mom!
Peacocks are not only beautiful, they symbolize awakening, integrity, and incorruptibility...things many are seeking these days. They are reputed to make us feel better when we gaze upon them. In Hinduism they are symbolic of kindness, compassion, and good luck. In Asian spirituality they are symbolic of good will and kind heartedness. In Christianity they symbolize the church and the holiness that the church represents.
Note: the edges are cropped...the entire bird is part of the canvas.
I insist on being positive these days. And part of my positivity comes from figuring out things that I CAN do. And being creative is absolutely on my "can do" list. So, in celebration of peace, love, and pussyhats, I'm doing a series with that theme in mind.
When my son was eighteen, he came home smiling ear to ear and declared, "I'm eighteen and I can adopt a cat." Then he showed us the most adorable tiny orange tabby kitten. Well, I have to admit that we weren't thrilled. We already had two big dogs and an elderly cat. So we told our son that he'd have to keep the cat in his room and pay all the expenses.
Skip forward three years. That tiny kitten, Tommy, is now one of our twelve beloved pets (1 big dog, 3 cats...all rescues, and eight chickens). We love that orange tabby our kid adopted so much that when our son decided to move out a couple of years ago we told him he wasn't allowed to take Tommy with him.
Last week my son asked me to paint "something like this". He handed me my favorite illustrated childhood piano book. It was a line drawing of a down on his luck, clearly drunk, injury prone cat. I told him, "Sure, but I'm not going to make him a drunk cat."
After days of idea collaboration here is "Tom Cat". My son is stoked to have it on his bedroom wall. I think this commission makes me happier than all of the others I've had the privilege of doing.