This weeks 5 favorite things, enjoy!
1) Otis Redding–Try A Little Tenderness
Have mercy I love this song!
Click the above picture to get the recipe from Chef in Training. Seriously, these are perfect for those times when you want a little something but you don’t want to over indulge. Plus they’re great in the winter time when it’s too cold to go out and make s’mores around the fire pit.
3) Life with autocorrect…or rather without…
I know I’m not alone 🙂
4) Hand–painted Prom Dress
When 18-year-old Mighty Girl Julia Reidhead of Mesa, Arizona wanted a unique prom dress, she turned it into a chance to express her love of art. The young artist carefully hand-painted a replica of Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” on a dress she purchased second-hand, transforming it into a stunning, wearable work of art.
When Julia first decided to try hand-painting her prom dress, it took her weeks of searching to find a dress with sufficiently heavy fabric to hold up to the layers of acrylic paint necessary for the design. She and her mother found it in a used wedding dress they purchased for $40. The dress’ lace and pearl detailing didn’t faze Julia, who said, “This will make for amazing textures! I’ll just paint right over them.”
Julia sketched her design on paper and then began to apply it to the dress, starting from the hem. She says, “As you paint you must let it dry. I used acrylic paint, so I had to wait to get the desired effect.” To make the design weave around the dress, she took over the family’s dining room table for a week and painted mirror images on both its front and back. Her mother, Karen Reidhead, added, “[Julia] spent about 45 hours sketching on the dress, and then painting it. She painted it because she loves art, and thought, why not?”
Her prom date, Alden Durfee, had no idea what Julia would be wearing. “His first words were, ‘Wow! You painted that?!’” she laughs. “And then he said, ‘You will be the talk of the dance!’” Alden says the attention she received was well-deserved: “Her dress was beyond amazing.”
The recent graduate has plans to start a graphic design program at Utah Valley University but is now considering switching to art school. According to Yahoo Shine, she’s also planning on “enter her masterpiece in a contest focused on art made from recycled objects, and make it part of her application to art school.”
Congratulations to Julia for taking her passion and vision and making it real!
To see more, click HERE.
5) 6 Months till Christmas
All right, so it’s a teensy bit less than 6 months now, but hey it’ll be here before you know it! Now’s the time to start getting your lists ready, pull together your supplies for handmade gifts, and taking stock of what Christmas decorations you want to keep, get rid of, pass on to goodwill, or possibly add more because let’s face it, adding more is always a good thing!
What was your favorite thing this week? Share below!