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.


07/01/2010 2:59pm

wow really very impressive and a cool idea... best of luck with it.

07/01/2010 3:05pm

Dear Naomi, I love the picture with you and Russ, also is amazing to know hoe little you were when you did your first dress. Like I always say, you are very obnoxious talented. LOL

07/01/2010 3:07pm

That sounds like a lot of fun! I'm bookmarking your site.

Vixki Nelson
07/01/2010 3:10pm

Just got your e-mail Naomi, and I have to say I am not surprised at all.....Except maybe for the fact that you have not done it before. are off to a good start. I don't know about joining you in your project from the Thrift Store, But if I had the time, and I was a little younger, I would do it. Love, Vicki

07/01/2010 3:21pm

Cool Naomi :)

07/01/2010 3:22pm

This is so wonderful!!!
Love and Blessings to you and your new baby!!!
Nina Joy and Family

07/01/2010 3:23pm

How cool!!! This challenge was "designed" (no pun) for you!!! I cannot wait to follow your creation and see how it goes! I never knew about your "scarlett Ohara" dress! Do you have pictures?? how fun!! I wish I had time to do this too.. I'm going to show it to ruthie!

love you!

07/01/2010 3:38pm

This is cool! I'm soooo excited to see your "musty dress"! Love the lavander story, when I see it I think of you.

07/01/2010 3:42pm

This sounds totally up your alley...have fun! Wish I had enough talent to do the challenge :-)

07/01/2010 3:48pm

Wow, cool idea, you can do it, Naomi!! I'll be bookmarking this, I want to watch your progress.

07/01/2010 4:22pm

I used to sew, everything..then as time went everything's a lost art...keep up the good work..

07/01/2010 4:35pm

This is so you. What a brilliant project for you to tackle...or should I say conquer. Can't wait to see/hear more :)

John Nelson
07/01/2010 4:53pm

Sounds neat!! You should check with Vicki for some tips. She found musty old me in some dark corner, and is still attemping to wash me enough times to soften me up. I know you'll do well with your project. john

07/01/2010 5:08pm

i have followed your creations on your etsy web site and I am anxious to see your Scarlet dress as i live in greater charleston, SC where Scarlett came after Rett when he said "i dont care a damn Scarlett". So keep up the pictures and make it good. Go Girl.

Samantha R
07/01/2010 5:24pm

This is an awesome idea! I love the pic at the top of the page by the way, very artsy and cool :-)

07/01/2010 5:27pm

Naomi I Loved the dress you made!! You are so Artistic and have a great eye when it comes to creating designs of any kind!! I wish you all the best in the contest and I know you will do very well!!! Can't wait to hear more!!!

07/01/2010 9:27pm

A treasure of a story, i can not wait to read the ending. Great success and blessings.....LA

07/02/2010 7:21am

You are an amazing woman! I miss your beautiful face so much, and I hope to get to see you before the year's over. Great job on this site - I'll be checking back :)

07/02/2010 8:57am

Naomi, what a great idea for a contest! Your a shoe in. Keep those creative juices flowing. We sure miss you guys. Oh and that picture you guys still look the same, just a few wear marks. Me gusta! Have a great day, Greg

07/02/2010 9:22am

Love the story and what a great dress! Can't wait to see the outfit you make for the contest. Do they have a place we can go to vote on your outfit? P.S. working on coming down in Oct.

Su esposo
07/02/2010 9:34pm

I love you and I think what you are doing is incedibly creative and I wish I had the same talent as you "siempe mi amor" RB


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    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


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