Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Loretta's dress and hearts, an update

Where has Kelly been ? You might be wondering. What has she been doing ? Well, nothing terribly exciting. And I am not ready to share what I have been feverishly working on. In a week or two. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile. The first Saturday in February I journeyed over to the clothing boutique in historic Weston, MO for a mini trunk show of heart related artwork. What to wear was the BIG question. I opened the door to my closet to peruse my vintage collection. I spied this silk number given to me by my friend Gloria. In my memory , she told me that it belonged to her mother, Loretta. I hadn't worn it yet but it seemed the perfect answer to my question of attire. Of course I would wear my Acme cowboy boots with hearts appliqued on them . The little jacket to this ensemble would not do to wear out in public since the silk was starting to shred a bit . It wasn't repairable. But the sleeveless dress was still in sturdy condition. A denim jacket would do to wear over the dress. I thought of Loretta all day whilst wearing her frock.

When I told my friend, Gloria , that I had worn her mother's dress , she said that the dress had been rescued by her mom at an antique auction. Loretta had bought a trunk full of vintage clothing many decades ago. This dress had been rescued and worn by Gloria a time or two and then it had come to reside in a closet. forgotten. Loretta's birthday is next week and I am going to send her this image. I hope she remembers the auction, the dress, and is pleased that I am wearing the frock she saved.
This is a close-up of a beaded heart brooch. I have no idea now many of them I have beaded through the years. The heart image makes a nice present for someone you care about year round. A story to share with you about a particular beaded heart brooch now. One of my beaded heart brooches made it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. Last year, a lady carried it with her clear to the tippy top. I have a photo of her holding the beaded heart at the summit. This photo inspires me when I am feeling particularly like I can't make it through something. If this lady can make it to the top of the mountain, well then I can do ( fill in the blank ). And if I am feeling overwhelmed by a project, I don one of these brooches and it seems to help. If you would like one of these sparkly heart brooches for yourself or a loved one, you can find them at Missouri Bluffs in Weston, MO. (816-640-2770) And very soon you will be able to purchase them online from a store via my website. Stay tuned .
This heart and hand milagro ( a tangible prayer ) was fabricated by hand by Rhett. It is six inches long and three inches wide. Made of steel that has been antiqued. The heart with embossed word love is a separate piece that has been soldered to the fingers. There is a grommet in the heart which allows you to thread a ribbon through or hang it on a nail. His milagros remind me of the old ones I see in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Rhett's artwork can also be found at Missouri Bluffs clothing boutique.

In a few days I hope to be able to share with you my updated website and a link to our online store. Please stay tuned.

1 comment:

coloredsock said...

oooh! you look lovely in that red vintage frock! and the beaded heart and wicked cool cowgirl boots are amazing with it. it's so fun, the stories that come with treasures like vintage clothing. LOVE Rhett's milagro, too!