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Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Great Paper Dress Swap: Part II

"And the lady's wardrobe was filled with pretty dresses: satin, velvet, lace and silk. Each one a dazzling work of beauty glimmering in the candlelight ......."

OK, it's time for Part II of the Paper Dress Swap! Read Part I here.

Minutes after I sent out the last official swap letter, I received a request to join from Sandra. Missing a swap by just minutes .... now how could I say no? Answer: I couldn't :) So Sandra became my third swap partner. Above are the dresses I sent her: A spooky spiderweb dress, a Spanish style one foofed with black lace, and a Parisian cafe dress trimmed with roses and lace.

And these are the gorgeous multimedia creations she sent me! A pink gown worthy of any belle at the ball, and a cleverly accessorized autumn dress - see the cute hat and bag?


I also received the sweetest e-mail from Erin. She was having great fun making paper dresses and could she send a dress or two to me as a hostess thank you? More dresses???? Of course! And I would *love* to reciprocate with a few dresses as my thank you to her for being such a thoughtful and generous person. Now hanging in her home are a spooky spiderweb dress (with one of the shy little web weavers making an appearance), a garden party frock with a rosy sash, and an elegant plum dinner gown with a classic pearl necklace.

And here is the swanky and stylish attire she sent me. Soooo ritzy and beautiful! I wish you all could reach out and touch these because her papers are so tactile and lush, they are more like textiles than paper.

Thank you to all my swap partners! And a big thank you to everyone who joined in the paper dress swap!! You are all awesomely talented paper artists!!

And now ... I would like to invite everyone who participated to comment on this post with a link to their dress posts. We can have a "virtual fashion show" and see everyone's lovely creations!

One last note...... I'm sure it will come as no surprise to learn that I adore historical dramas, costumes, jewelry and period decoration.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age, the sequel to Elizabeth comes out tomorrow! It promises to be a sumptuous feast of costumes and jewelry. I hope it's smartly written too, but that seems to be the rare case these days in film. I've gone out of my way not to read anything about it, so it will be a surprise. Hopefully, a nice one :)

29 comments:

The Rose Room said...

Lovely, lovely dresses. Wish I could sew clothes, I would copy some of them for 'real' life! Will post and link tomorrow. Thanks for hosting:)

sandra f. said...

What a ball, making dresses and swapping them!! Thank you for letting me be a last minute partner, it was so fun to recieve the three prettiest dresses in my mail box!! Thank you for opening up a new window of creativity for me!! Count me in on any of your swaps...you are a grand hostess! -Sandra @ www.warehouseartchix.com

Lizzy said...

Oh my gosh, Heather, these dresses are AWESOME! Love all of them!
Here are the dresses I sent out:
http://lizzymrandomhappiness.blogspot.com/2007/10/more-paper-dresses-and-other-good-stuff.html

and here are the ones I got from Betty:
http://lizzymrandomhappiness.blogspot.com/2007/09/playing-catch-up.html

Can't wait to see everyone else's!
Have a rocking weekend!
Lizzy

Felicia said...

They're all beauties!

jensdesign772 said...

Hi! All of these dresses are the MOST fun! I also swapped with Erin...she is great! I am so glad that you mentioned what you said about the paper being almost like fabric, because yes, indeed it is! Her dresses were just gorgeous. I have posted both Erins and mine at www.penpaintpaper.blogspot.com.
Thanks for hosting such a fun event!

NeereAnDearCreations.com/wordpress said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog...and the lovely compliments on my pillows..

can't wait to hear about the movie..it looks like its going to be a good one from what I have seen of the trailers...
keep us posted

Please come by again for a visit..we love to entertain

Heartinmyhand said...

You can see my dresses and the ones my partner sent me.
www.heartinmyhand.blogspot.com
Thanks for hosting. This was my first swap and now I'm hooked. And I'm hooked on making dresses
Becky

Jen said...

Ohhh, I hope Elizabeth is good...the first one was okay.

Linda said...

This swap was a great one! I loved seeing all your dresses and plan to visit everyone for an elegant fashion show. I always seem to be too late for all the fun---how do you find out about the swaps?

Linda

Lori said...

i am just loving all of these lovely paper dresses! unbelievable that no two that i have seen are the same...so many beautiful variations on the theme...well they are all just wonderful and perfectly "foofed" :)

monica yvette said...

There are so many great paper dresses here! I really enjoy period films for the costumes too. It looks like this film will have beautiful sets and wardrobe. Hopefully, if it's poorly written, the eye candy will at least be worth it.

Heartinmyhand said...

http://heartinmyhand.blogspot.com/2007_09_01_archive.html

This is the direct link to the dresses I sent to my swap partner.
It is a past post

Gracie said...

Loving the dresses. You must have the most gorgeous collection right now!

And I want to see the Elizabeth movie. I saw a preview last night and it looks great. I really should watch the first one though.

bluemuf said...

Fantastic dresses and I loved part one as well. I'm waiting for my partner to received her dresses and then I will link to you.

Karen

KV said...

This was a great idea for a swap, Heather -- all the dresses have been a burst of creativity unlike anything I have ever seen.

You can view the dresses I made for the swap at http://artfulmuse.blogspot.com/


Kathy V in NM

Lisa said...

Love those dresses. I didn't get a chance to enter the swap maybe next time.
I am sooo excited to see this movie. I didn't read anything about it either. I want to be dazzled and surprised. I just know I/you will love it. Can't wait. Yipee.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

That movie does look like it will be beautiful and I loved the first one.

m i c h e l l e said...

Oh so glorious! I haven't received my dresses from Rachael yet...they're coming all the way from New Zealand!!! (Eeeee! I can't wait! :-) When they do, I will most def post and link!!! Thanks again for all the fun and inspiration!

Leslie said...

Wow! Look at all the lovely dresses! I'd like to be a paper doll at your house. Yes I would.

Healing Expressions said...

Thanks for your sweet comment Heather! I was simply in awe of these dresses! They are so gorgeous and it seems like the creativity with them just never ends! Congrats on such a successful swap!

The Fairy Godmother said...

Adorable dresses and I can't wait to see that movie, with Clive Owen as Sir Walter Raliegh who could resist?

Linda said...

Thank you for the swap site information.I checked it out and there are lots of fun swaps happening:).
Linda

Sandra Evertson said...

What a Wonderful bunch of Dresses!
Sandra Evertson

DesigningFairy said...

love your little gowns!

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Your gowns are so fabulous!!! Love them!

Bari said...

They're all soooo fabulous!

Alexandra, Writing & Baking Enthusiast said...

I read the first book on Elizabeth, watched the film and look forward to the sequel, too. Oh, your purple baroque earrings are soooooo beautiful. What lovely visions your turn into reality.
Alexandra

Mary Timme said...

This is one movie I have to see! I'm hoping to go this weekend also! Let's see, flu shot clinic in a.m. and a weaver's guild meeting and then home to rush to the theatre! Yeah, I can do that! Like you, I've only seen trailers, but I'm so looking forward to it. Hope it is good!

"Maggie" said...

Thank you so much for your comment on the new Victoria magazine that just came out. I would have written you sooner however my blog has been frozen for about a week and I finally was able to figure out a work around and it is functioning now.

I just love all the paper dresses you've made, especially the black one with the spider web front. Love it!