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On the Road Again...

Happy Spring!  I just got down to GA for the first of my Renaissance fairs of the season, and it has only just sprung here. :-)  The trees have barely leafed, and the wisteria, as you can see, has only just bloomed.  This is unusual.  Typically when I arrive we are 3 weeks further into this process, and I only have a few days to see the wisteria before it is all leaves.  What this really means?  POLLEN!!!  Everything is blooming; especially the trees.  Trying to setup an outdoor event where your product needs to look attractive and sellable is made much more special by a thin flocking of yellow green pollen...oooo how pretty.  Not!  

We had quite a bit of rain this weekend and a storm on Friday, so hopefully that will have calmed it down a bit.  I plan on setting up my workshop today.  I must jumo right in if I am going to get finished with all the projects I brought with me. :-)  Firstly, though, let me tell you about the project I just finished.

A Saudi Arabian Evening Dress

Based on my own Wedding Dress, a young lady who lives in Saudi Arabia wished for me to create for her a similar dress to wear on formal occasions.  In particular, her sister's upcoming wedding.  She gave all kinds of interesting insights on how they're ceremonies work, and it seems that later in the evening the women are able to continue the party separate from the men, and can remove their covering garments so they can all see their pretty dresses, and they last until 4am!  My girl had me make the dress longer because she had these fabulous heels she had found, but her poor feet were killing by the end of the evening.  :-)  We know how that feels, don't we ladies?

This was a fun project.  I had not made anything for anyone, so far removed from me.  I am so thankful for Skype!  Her mom was very helpful in the fittings and the checking of measurements, but it was a little difficult to maintain deadlines when it takes 5-6 days to physically get anything there.  Thankfully everything fit, and she was very happy with her dress, and everyone loved it.  SHe felt like a Princess. :-)  

I will leave with these pictures for today.  I am off to begin that set-up.  Soon there will be pictures of bodices, teagowns, under-dresses, hats, more 1910's dresses, bustle dresses, and maybe some Elizabethan stuff, and a bustle coat!

 Busy as a carpenter bee chewing on my booth!