Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ooh ooh! A giveaway!

Brown Paper Packages is having a giveaway! She's giving away a ton of these beautiful flannel scraps! I have a bunch of flannel cut out to make a Grandmothers Flower Garden Quilt like the one below. Smaller of course and I'm making the hexagons bigger. But it would be fun to win these scraps to add to the other pieces I have cut out! Or, it would be fun if you won! What would you make with these? Go here to sign up!


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

"P.J.! Hiss! Put that on my luggage!"

This fashion weekend has been so MUCH fun!! I hope it will happen next year too!..or sooner? haha! no no we must all make more costumes first!! ;)
I know its well past the weekend but..I thought I would put one more. I don't know if you know but me and Genevieve were recklessly putting the last 3 posts on here plus putting them in the categories! We managed to squeak the last one in at exactly 12:00! *whew*.. I hope they qualified for the contests. we weren't sure since we do not have the same time zone as AmandaBeth. But oh well! please enjoy this think.. Maid Marian fashion post. ;D

This is my Maid Marian Pyjamas that were somewhat all grab-n-go stuff! I think that it turned out well and VERY, very comfortable! which is most important!I agree with fashionable Pyjamas.. I think i should like to wear nothing else! "well, the thing is" I never want to wear them to bed. I don't know why! it's just like murder to wear fancy clothes to bed.. ;) I wish i was brave enough.. *sigh* Oh to be fashionable even in sleep!
I LOVE the beading on this shirt! sooo pretty.. (psst! they are glued on!! isn't that faulty? oh well they look awesome anyway! ;))
It is fashioned after THESE PJ's that she wears in the BBC version of Robin Hood, episode 4 of the first season..
Love you, fellow maids! Hope your weekend parade has been even funner that mine!


Monday, October 26, 2009

Modern Maid Marian #3

And lastly....

It looks rather like this marian outfit don't you find?
here we are searching around the castle together! haha! ;)
And i believe we did our hair the same too! so weird! except mine has a coolio knife in it!

Orange Beaded Shirt- LuLu's
Green pants-Handmade from curtains!
Black Cami- Gap
Knife hair accessory-a letter opener!

yay! three cheers for AmandaBeth!


Modern Maid Marian #2

Another Maid Marian inspired outfit.

this shrug i refurnished from a knit snap-up shirt. It looks tunzo tunzo like this one..right?..unfortunately without the beading.. but the snaps do give it a extra zing.. and you cant see it but the fabric on my shrug is ribbed so it looks striped like marians! :)
My attempts at tai chi..
pretty good huh? ha ha!!
crazy funny! I didn't mean to do this exact outfit but i did! haha! the pants she is wearing look sorta green and they flare out like mine. and the dress was totally on accident! its not quite the same but it does look similar. :D
I'm sorta missing the short strait flipped out hair though. ;)
I love the back detail of this shrug! the buttons are black and pinched together, ruffling it a bit.

Pink Shrug inspired by Maid Marian-Handmade
Burgundy dress-Old Navy
Green pinstripe pants- Gap
Brown sandals-Curfew
Crocheted Necklace-Handmade
White puffed sleeved shirt- Old Navy

thanks for doing this amanda!

Modern Maid Marian #1

This is a version of my modern Maid Marian Wardrobe.And this fun fashion weekend is hosted by our friend AmandaBeth. thanks!

Brown Leather and sheepskin jacket- Vintage
Green Pants- Handmade (made of curtains!)
Grey long sleeved shirt- Old Navy
Brown Empire Waist Shirt- Handmade (by my sis :))
Green 'Marian Janes' (hee hee!)- Lands End
Wooden hair sticks- Handmade by Ciao Baby
Robin Hood book- Vintage


Maid Marian Paper Doll

Talk about waiting until the last minute! Here is my contribution to the Maid Marian obsession...I mean Wardrobe! I don't know how it is at your house but here it's "That is SO Maid Marian!" or "Marian would definitely wear that!" or "Wait, wait...should I pose like this?" or "Would Maid Marian approve this?" :) Good times! Thanks so much to AmandaBeth for putting this on. We have had so much fun this weekend.

This is my Maid Marian Paper Doll. I chose to dress her in mid 16th century couture since her character did not appear in the tales of Robin Hood until that time. This is my version of her.

She is a brave and beautiful girl who lives in a little village on the outskirts of Nottingham. This is her work dress. She loves vibrant colors that fit perfectly with her personality. She is full of fun and spunk. As you can see she usually has a bit of red about her to brighten up her world whether it's the lacing on her bodice, the lining of her dress or the feathers adorning her arrows.
She is a light of hope in her little village and everyone loves her. Because of her beauty and vivacity she has attracted the attention of a Lady from Nottingham who has decided to hire Marian to be a companion for her daughter, Madelena , a rich, spoiled and conniving girl who is vying for the attention of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Maid Marian is not excited about her position and would willingly do almost anything else but decides that she can be of more help to her family and friends who all count on her.

Madelena will not have any frumpy or uncouth people around her and insists that Marian be well dressed and shod in her presence. This dress is made of a rich green velvet with a black silk inset at the neckline. The sleeves are a soft light brown leather with under sleeves of white linen. Her hat is made in the latest style out of woven straw and dyed red (of course) with golden medallions, black velvet and pearls around the brim. The red heart necklace with little gold wings and strung on a velvet cord was given to her by a secret admirer a few weeks ago. Who could it be from?
This is the dress that she will wear to the Sheriff's annual Harvest Ball. Every year the Sheriff puts on a glamorous (i.e. expensive) extravaganza to celebrate the harvest. It is just an excuse to show off his fancy clothes and eat the food that the farmers have worked so hard to bring in. And, of course, so he can tax the people even more. Maid Marian's dress is made of a bright orange silk brocade overdress and a taffeta underskirt embroidered in a beautiful geometric pattern with gold thread. She is wearing a pearl and emerald necklace that matches her hat. She wears a bright red silk petticoat to give her extra courage. She is holding a note from the famous (or shall we say infamous?) Robin Hood who hopes to sneak into the castle to rob from the rich (the Sheriff) and give to the poor (not the Sheriff) during the festivities. She has met the dashing Robin Hood and his brave Merry Men and wants to help them any way she can. She helps them in this case by looking quite beautiful and distracting the Sheriff and Sir Guy of Gisbourne from what is going on in their treasury.

Being the companion of a selfish and manipulative girl and playing a part to fool the Sheriff of Nottingham and Sir Guy of Gisbourne is not an easy task and even the resourseful Marian gets tired of it once in a while and has to get out and do something invigorating. So, what does she do? She disgiuses herself as a boy of the forest and joins Robin and his gang of Merry Men and fights alongside them to help the poor and oppressed. She is a crack shot with her bow and uses her signature arrows with the red feathers. Maybe Robin should take some lessons? Her felt hat is perhaps her favorite part of her boyish ensemble with it's lovely green hue and the jaunty red feather.

Thank you so much for visiting our blog and I hope you have a good time looking at all the other Maid Marian posts at Amanda Beth.

P.S. I've decided to do a little giveaway over at our other blog Pretty Wit. The prize will be a Maid Marian paper doll! Click here to read the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway!

Maid Genevieve

Marian the maid of Sherwood

Hello merry outlaws! Here is my photo shoot of Maid Marian.. oh isn't she just lovely? I am wearing a VERY purple dress that was a hand-me-down-costume and Marguerite's Graduation Hat. It is more like Olivia de Haviland's Maid Marian rather then anyone else's versions.
(All photos by the lovely Maid Genevieve! manx!!)
I didn't mean for it to look like this dress but when i put it on.. well i had to do something somewhat like the pose! ;)
Not all of the photos are with the hat because there was extreme winds that day! yikes!
After we turned more towards Lucy Griffiths' version of Maid Marian. And the style of it reminded me of these two dresses..aren't they lovely?

what do you think of 'spying on the sheriff' for this one eh? (below) tee hee hee!

"who is she running from?"

"the funny camera girl.." ;)"Who is she laughing at?"
"heh heh.. The funny camera girl." ;)
Here i am hiding in the forest with the other outlaws.. "Mushrooms!"
no.. I'm playing bad mitton with Ent. i know, I know thats Lord of the Rings! "sorry...really." ;)

didn't it definitely look like a game played with the tree?? that is one of my favo favo parts in the cartoon when they play bad mitton! and then 'Robin' comes and saves her from 'Prince John' haha! "Oh this is so exciting!!"

this is the bush i would think to hide behind if i was wearing this dress.. My second favo favo..*sigh* I love her hairstyle in this one too!I know I know.. she doesn't wear one of these, to hold a sword with, but i don't have those coolio arm gards for a bow and arrow.. and..well i don't have a bow and arrow either..*sob*
I hope you have enjoyed my Maid Marian wardrobe so far! I am running a bit late so i hope i get all of my modern ones in tonight!
Good day fair maidens of the forest and gentle nobles of the castle.. Be ever steadfast, strong and mighty in His name.
Thank you Amanda Beth! I hope you do this next year too!!! ;) anyone else want it to happen again? yay!
xoxoxxx Aimee