Week 17: Eve

Today's number comes from Eve in SC! "This spandex/shiny dress needs some help and I think you can doctor it up!!  I think one of the Designing Women ladies wore this on the show twenty years ago :)  Royal blue is one of my favorite colors, so I had to pass it along your way.  Enjoy it and keep up the great work!!"  Thanks for sending my pre-Christmas ensemble my way Eve!!

Week 17: Eve - Before

This piece was very shiny, very dated, and very blue - the latter is the one element that I'm A-OK with!  Time to work this into a top for some laid back Christmas Eve-ing with the family!

There were these lovely little beaded appliqués on each shoulder that I began to remove.  They're so pretty, but one was beginning to fall apart so I figured that I'd remove and repair to save for another time.

Applique removal

The warped shoulder pads came next...these are obviously not staying put!


I chopped the piece in half next... (Well not literally chopped in half, but you get the idea.)

Center layer out!

...and trimmed out the inner layer of blue material.  This was attached behind the two drapey layers as a mini camisole or slip of sorts.  I think Annie Potts would approve.

Annie as Mary Jo

I did a little cinch and pinch action at the shoulders to gather the material more and make the center as wide as possible - I put on a long sleeved black t-shirt underneath, pushed the sleeves up to my elbows, and threw on some jeans and boots!  Our pre-Christmas gathering is super relaxed, so I got away with jeans!

Week 17: Eve - After

We caught up, we ate, and we sipped...

Post-dinner café

I even got some playtime in with my wee cousin Alexander - we had a blast playing with his new Thomas the Tank Engine set and sliding on the kitchen floor in socks.

Kitchen floor playground!

Post-dinner, we were off to look at lights in the neighborhood!!

Braving the 'cold'

Such a fun night to spend with the family!!

Day 24 Giveaway Goodies

Today's giveaway is one that will help capture all those fun memories - a Kodak EasyShare camera!!   To win, leave a comment below of a holiday tradition, one you've been doing for years, a brand new one, one you'd like to start...  Because of the Christmas weekend, a winner will get chosen randomly on Monday (12/26) and mentioned in Tuesday’s (12/27) post.  This will just give everyone a little more time to enter and extra time off of the web to hang with friends and family.

Christmas Eve holiday tradish - pile into the car, grab gingerbread lattes from Starbucks, and drive around the 'hood scoping out lights!