Sunday, 19 September 2010

Only two weeks left.....YIKES!!!

Hi everyone,

I hope you're all enjoying a wonderful weekend!

It's been a crazy, busy week with only two weeks left now until Michelle's wedding! To be honest, I haven't had much chance to get too excited about it with so much on my plate at the moment. I've had Aaron back and forth to doctors over the past three weeks....he's been getting a few tests such as ultrasounds, X-rays, blood, urine etc. to try and find out what is causing a mystery burning pain in his abdomen....it comes and goes...can be mild or quite severe. What is it with the medical ailments this family has had over the past few months??? 

On top of that, I've been working on Michelle's wedding dress....and no, it wasn't a planned thing.  Due to an unforeseen circumstance, Michelle decided to change the dress design with some added extras, so we picked up the unfinished dress from the dressmaker and I have been making the changes and sewing the dress over the past couple of weeks. It's been a scary process for me considering I haven't sewn a garment from scratch in over sixteen years.  I used to do dressmaking for the whole family in my younger days until art found its way into my life and, thankfully, I hadn't lost the know-how.  The dress is almost finished, at least to the point where we're no longer panicking and yesterday, I got teary-eyed seeing Michelle wearing it when she came over for a fitting.

Funny how things work out though because, as you know from a recent post, the termite repair guy was supposed to be coming back last week to get the sanding and painting done which would have been a huge hindrance to me working on the dress.....can you imagine trying to sew a wedding dress with sanding dust everywhere?!!  As luck would have it, Bob phoned up to cancel because his van broke down suddenly the very morning he was due to come over....bad luck for him but good luck for us!

Remember the wedding tie box I started?


It's finished and just needs varnishing now.

Michelle wanted it to match the wedding invitations.

I think it turned out pretty close, wouldn't you agree?
I traced and transferred the design to the box and painted it with acrylics.

Oh, did I also mention that I'm also making the top tier of the wedding cake??  Michelle is going with lower tiers of decorated cup-cakes and a fruit-cake with royal icing on top.  Yes, I'm a very busy gal and you may not see much of me at all over the next couple of weeks so I hope you won't forget me in my absence.

I'll be thinking of you all though and will try to visit blogs when I can.

~ Love, light and peace ~

29 comments:

  1. Serena:
    I'm excited for you and Michelle. I made wedding dresses for 2 of my girls and I wouldn't have had it any other way!! I know how busy you will be the next 2 weeks, but how marvelous. You will come though with a lot of cherrished memories...hope we get to see pictures of the wedding...Best Wishes....Shelly

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  2. That box looks beautiful Serena. You've done a fantastic job. Sorry about all the ailments that are happening in your household right now, but hopefully things will get better very soon. I bet the dress is looking awesome too and we would never forget about you. I'm sure we will all keep you in our thoughts until your return. Take care and enjoy.

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  3. The box is amazing!! You matched the invitations perfectly. Very cool. I can't imagine working on a dress from scratch like that. Must be nerve wracking. Hope you'll post a pic of the topper too! Glad you stopped by my blog. Yours is great too.

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  4. Oh Serena, It sounds like you're running the pre-wedding marathon! Take it day by day...hour by hour if you have to. It will all get done and it will be beautiful. No matter how organized weddings are, there's always so much to do at the last minute. And if anyone offers help...take it!

    The box is beautiful and a perfect match to the invitations. I'm not familiar with a "tie box" though...what is it for?

    Don't worry about being abandonded here...we'll all be waiting for the first photo's!

    Breathe!

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  5. Well, Serena the universe conspired to help you out with the dress didn't it? Can't wait to see a photo of it.
    I love the wedding box. It matches the invites perfectly and I love the Celtic knot on the top. Beautifully done!
    Lee:)

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  6. So sorry to hear about Aaron! Good grief...hope they figure it out soon and he is all well soon!

    Your box turned out lovely! The invitations are so unique and gorgeous!

    You are a busy momma right now. Have fun at the wedding and remember to breathe occasionally!!!

    xoxo- Julie

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  7. oh my goodness Serena you are amazing..look forward to seeing Michelle in her fab wedding dress..hope you find out soon about Aaron's health, that can be so worrisome...take care..

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  8. The wedding box is stunning. I am sure the dress and cake will be too. All the very best with all the preparations, and don't forget to enjoy the occasion

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  9. Oh, there's so much exciting things going on for you--and what a very talented lady you are--I am in awe--putting the rest of your daughter's wedding dress together?! Amazing!!

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  10. that box is gorgeous!! love the colours for the wedding and am wishing everyone the best!! :D

    sorry to read about aaron :( you are not having the best of luck family heath wise :(

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  11. I want to thank you for coming over to my blog! This box is fabulous, and I love your journal pages. Have a wonderful Sunday. roxanne

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  12. Serena,
    I love connecting with creative people. The wedding box is exquisite! It looks wonderful and works beautifully with the wedding invitations. I'm sure the dress is also going to be a huge hit.
    This is my first visit to your blog so I’m off to explore a bit. Thank you for your kind words for my daughter Heather. We are hoping the transplant is a huge success.
    Hugs, Cathy

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  13. That box and those cards are so sharp! I love your sense of style.

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  14. Hi Serena,
    Gosh, You are a special "mother of the bride"
    The box looks fabulous and so precise!
    Oh, a dress maker as well-What else do you have up your sleeve?

    I hope the Dr's get to the bottom of Aarons problems and its nothing serious. Maybe he has the wedding jitters for Michelle?
    Have fun with all the preparations!
    Hugs,
    Anna

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  15. WOW! You've been a busy girl! And fantastically creative!

    First of all, I missed you!

    Congratulations on Michelle's upcoming nuptials!!! I wish her a lifetime of happiness!

    I would love to see pictures of the finished dress. I'm sure it will be divine.

    I'm sending Aaron good thoughts for a speedy diagnosis and recovery.

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  16. I sure hope they find out what is causing Aaron the stomach pain--soon! Poor guy! Dagan had a mysterious stomach pain when he was about 10-11 years old and it turned out to be gallbladder. He didn't have actual stones, but what the doctor said was like a crystally sludge. You've sure had more than your share of medical surprises in the family lately!! :( Sending healing energy!

    The box is gorgeous! Their invitations are pretty and the box matches perfectly! You will be so busy these next couple of weeks. So exciting! If we don't hear from you, we know why--hehe! ;) Best to everyone! :):)

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  17. Hi Serena,

    Here I am! I am still alive and kicking! LOL Been very busy too with my art and my upcoming daughter's wedding next March. So I can relate to all you are going through right now. I am so sorry to hear that Aaron is still have health issues. Hope he gets better soon. Michelle's wedding box is Gorgeous! Wow, you really captured the design exactly as the invitation. But I knew you could do it. :) You are so talented!
    I will try to update my Blog later today.
    Keep well and sending healing hugs to Aaron.

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  18. SERENA!!!! IT TURNED OUT BETTER THAN PRETTY GOOD...IT'S

    BANG ON! I LOVE IT...WHAT A WONDERFULLY CREATIVE JOB YOU DID.....YOU SHOULD BE SO VERY PROUD....

    AND I'M SURE YOU STILL HAVE ALL OF YOUR DRESSMAKING SKILLS UNDER YOUR BELT...IT'S LIKE RIDING A BIKE,,ONCE YOU KNOW HOW..YOU CAN'T REALLY FORGET IT!

    GREAT POST!
    YOU ARE ONE BUSY WOMAN!

    HAVE A GREAT DAY...AND THANKS SO MUCH FOR STOPPING IN TO SEE ME!

    CIAO BELLA

    CREATIVE CARMELINA

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  19. Hi Serena, you certainly do have a lot on your plate at the moment. My husband went through a period of having burning in his stomach and went to doctors for all kinds of tests. I don't know that they ever officially figured it out. Wishing you all the best as the wedding draws nearer. That box is gorgeous and matches the invitations beautifully. Great work! Have a fabulous Friday! :) Tammy

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  20. The wedding tie box is beautiful, & you have matched it to the invitations perfectly - love the combination of those colours, too. Phew, you are one busy lady -what with the dress & part of the cake to make, too ! Can't wait to see all the photo's on your blog soon ;) Sorry I haven't visited much lately, but hope to be around more soon !

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  21. You sound SOOOOOO busy. Good luck with everything and that tie box looks wonderful!!

    Hope you get the illnesses figured out..

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  22. Beautiful work thats so pretty
    hugs June xxxx

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  23. I can't wait to see the dress! And I hope your son's medical issues get resolved quickly.

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  24. I am sure the wedding will be beautiful. Good luck with everything.

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  25. You are a busy and talented lady! Please post pictures of the wedding dress. I'm sure it's gorgeous

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  26. Serena, I am totally blown away by your skill and creativity... that wedding box is superb! how very lucky Michelle is to have you for a mom!! I do hope Aaron gets better, how frustrating.
    Love,
    Jessica

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  27. Thank you for your comment about Sheldon. You should do a post about bags you use. I love to see what everyone else uses. Especially us arty folk. :)

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  28. Stunning invitations...Stunning work on the box...Love the Celtic design...WOW Serena!!! :)

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