So I thought it may be interesting for you to learn the story behind my photo above.
It was taken in March, 2009 at the Blues & Arts Festival in San Felipe. 
I fell in love with this artist's work.  David Silvah had many paintings of flamenco dancers in his collection.  Yet, he had just this one picture that I especially loved.  It was painted on an old piece of plywood which had been weathered, seen better days and definitely had served some other purpose in another life.  It also has in the background a tattered poster  for a bull fight in Valencia.  


It is July 1st, 2010.
For  years I have always thought that I would start making the notes, start taking the pictures, keep the journal, record the thoughts. . . whatever it was that I needed to do to write my book or create my story.
And so, we traveled Mexico, started and closed our RV Caravan business,  we moved to the tiny, desert town of Ajo in southern Arizona, we bought our house in Mexico and remodeled it and added on. 

And each time, I think. . .  I shoulda, woulda, coulda! 
But I never DID! 
So my stories stay in my head and with the passing of time they get somewhat vague. 
Or forgotten.
Or exaggerated.

But, this time, I am going to do it.
I'm almost finished raising my family. . . (Just a few more years, huh Braden?)
And,  I am living here in Northern Mexico (Puerto Penasco)  on the edge of the Sea of Cortes and I am going to slow down just enough to REALLY take the time to record my "future history". 

This time I will write it down.  

A few months ago,  I discovered Altered Couture Magazine.
I love this magazine. catering to the whimsy of Redesign!

(The details of this story are for another day (well, on another page...) But I once found a pair of musty drapes hanging on an old metal hanger in a dark corner of a thrift store in Ajo, Arizona.  I took them home, cut off the pleats and lining, laundered the fabric until is was soft and designed what I like to call my "Scarlett O'Hara Dress"!)

This magazine offers a challenge to its readers. 
And, I am going to enter this challenge.
The submission deadline is September 15, 2010 for the issue to be released in February 2011.  

So stick with me!  Follow my progress!  And let's see if I can possibly get published!

How cool would that be??

Here is the challenge guidelines (from the website): 


Got 20 bucks? Then you qualify for this challenge:

1. Visit a thrift store and purchase a complete outfit for no more than $20.
2. Take “before” photos of the outfit.

3. Alter the outfit a la Altered Couture so that it transforms into an art-to-wear outfit.

4. Write a brief description about the experience.

5. Submit the photos, altered outfit and description.


    Seamstress by the Sea

    I've always been a seamstress.
    At six, I sewed my first dress.
    It was a sadly pathetic,  lavender,  double-knit
    simple little thing which lies folded in a cedar chest at my grandma Charlotte's house.
    She taught me to sew at her sewing machine which had a knee peddle (which at six years old, was a foot peddle for me).  And from that time forward
    I sewed my clothes.

    At seventeen, I was so excited to go to my Junior prom.
    Wow! I actually  had
    a real date and everything!
    And for whatever reason, 
    once again, the color of the dress was lavender!
    This time ,  embellished with hand-sewn lavender flowers across the bodice. 

    That first date on April 4, 1981  was  true love & almost 30 years later we are still married.

    And I am still wearing lavender . .  .Whenever.

    April 2, 1981 - Junior Prom


    July 2010


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