Champagne, Anyone?

May 21, 2015

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Pop the cork, celebrate a new beginning, and put your red cups up!  Hopefully there’s time to start again, to celebrate another opportunity to GROW!!!  Transformation is not for the faint of heart.  Just ask my mom, who at 92 is trying to make sense of a life without her husband of 68 years, in a whole new part of the country…with me, haha!!  I’m learning so much about myself as well….whew!

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I’ve been sewing like crazy, creating things that just pop into my head.  I’ve made a number of scarves that come together from thrifted materials, like this one.

I went to the hairdresser today to start stripping out all the brown dye (again!!), with the vision of being dye free and naturally gray…in awhile.  No one said transformation was overnight.  In the meantime, I’ll be a champagne blonde!  Never expected that.

new pics coat 2 new pics earrings

I have some seriously exciting things on the horizon, thanks to good friends.  Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted.  Like SOON.

I’m BAAAAACK!!!! :-)

Details: The hat was created from strips of a batik shirt tied onto a hand-crocheted base.  The robe was up cycled from thrifted pieces, the Tibetan amber and brass necklace was purchased at a flea market, and the shell clip-on earrings are from Goodwill.  Bracelets have been collected forever…like 35 years +.  Pretty cool.


50 Responses to Champagne, Anyone?

  1. The Style Crone on May 22, 2015 at 12:07 am

    So happy to see you back! Creating and writing. Sewing and thrifting. Moving forward and GROWING.

    Love your new up cycles, with emphasis on the hat! It looks spectacular with the gorgeous robe. And you look fantastic. About the hair? Doing the same thing! Synchronicity. xo

    • Jean on May 22, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Hats make the growing out process easier, don’t they? :-) I’m going to have to make a few more. XO

      • Sis on May 22, 2015 at 11:58 am

        Anyway I can help with the transformation of either your hair or hats or both, I’m happy to oblige. xo

        • Jean on May 22, 2015 at 12:04 pm

          So sweet! I think the hair is a matter for Mother Nature and the hairdresser, but the hats on the other hand…! XXOO

  2. Melanie on May 22, 2015 at 12:57 am

    YAY, Jean!! You’re baaack!
    I feel the energy here. Your machine is smokin’ hot. Your creative brain is zapping out sparks. Such a positive wave.
    I love the hat – truly a masterpiece and handmade labour of love, as is everything else too.
    I’m excited to learn you’re going grey. It is after all the new IN thing and I’m glad that didn’t stop you. heh.
    Great to see you. And I’m looking forward to your news…

    • Jean on May 22, 2015 at 9:10 am

      So happy to be seen, and to get such rousing feedback from electric artists such as yourself!! As for the gray/grey, you’ve been a trendsetter! The world (like me) is finally catching up to you.

  3. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas on May 22, 2015 at 1:51 am

    Welcome back Jean! You have been missed my friend! Your posts always inspire me to become more creative!

    • Jean on May 22, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Thank you so much! I’m looking forward to visiting more often, too. I can imagine you’ve been making some glorious, colorful beauties. Can’t wait to see them.

  4. Vix on May 22, 2015 at 3:27 am

    Hooray! I’m so glad you’re back. Blogland has missed you!!
    What a huge upheaval for your Mum but how wonderful that you are able to have her with you.
    Love the hair, the scarf s gorgeous and the sneak peek of that dress is divine.
    Love you! xxxxx

    • Jean on May 22, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Love you back!! I’m getting acquainted with a new computer so my learning curve is gradually improving. I should be visiting and commenting more regularly, and I won’t forget to post more than just sneak peaks. :-)

  5. Jazzy Jack on May 22, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Welcome back! We missed you, even though I see you on Instagram.
    Those cut outs on the sleeves…magic! And that hat!!!
    Love the amber necklace…so rich.
    You look great as a blonde! Here’s to new beginnings…I am having one too :-) xo Jazzy Jack

    • Jean on May 22, 2015 at 9:18 am

      I hope your new beginning brings much good stuff your way! Looking forward to learning more. XO

  6. pao on May 22, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Oh so good to see you Jean. Sewing is the cure, I swear. And mom, oh my. I think of you so often. Luv the exotica you’ve crafted. Be well. xoxo

    • Jean on May 22, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Yes, I think of you too, even when I’m not puttering around in the blogosphere! I’ve heard through the grapevine that you’ll be in Vancouver. Wish I could go!! Am I right you’re in Chicago? We’ll have to connect the next time I’m in Toledo. Sewing is definitely the cure, at least for folks like us. Love you!! XO

  7. Shelley on May 22, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I am clinking my champagne glass against yours to say welcome back, we missed you! That must be such a huge upheaval for your Mom, physically and emotionally – I wish her all the best as she adjusts to the next phase of her life with you.

    Sounds like you are bursting with creativity (or blooming?). The champagne blonde is lovely on you and a nice transition from brown to grey. Now that I’m only colouring the long section of hair on the top of my head, I am getting used to seeing the grey and brown mix on the rest of my head. Maybe one day I’ll go “natural”, but not anytime soon.

    • Jean on May 22, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Hi Shelley!!!! Thank you for our toast! I’m so happy to be getting back to the creative community here. And please, don’t “go natural”! I don’t know if I could adjust. :-)

  8. joni@artfulcloset on May 22, 2015 at 9:28 am

    For some reason my comments are just not being posted. I think it’s a problem on my end.
    It’s so good to see you again! Break out the champagne it’s time to celebrate and let us see your new sewing creations!

    • Jean on May 22, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Cheers, right?! So happy to be back and celebrating good stuff with you. XXXOOO!!!

  9. Veshoevius on May 22, 2015 at 9:39 am

    It must be wonderful to have your mother near you. I always wish mine was closer to me. Good to hear your creative juices are all fired up! You are gorgeous whatever colour your hair is!

    • Jean on May 22, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Yes, it’s such a privilege. With the new baby hopefully she’ll be able to visit you more often!!

  10. Suzanne on May 22, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I LOVE the necklace and the robe.


    • Jean on May 22, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks Suzanne! Wish I was seeing you in Vancouver. Have fun!!

  11. Jewel Merrell on May 23, 2015 at 3:35 am

    How wonderful and happy you look in your hat and other creative clothing !! I’m new to following your blog, Jean, but I’ve been lucky enough to get to know you and your artistic awesomeness through IG. So glad you have that “I’m back” feeling for I think we all go through these ups and downs which you already recognize as GROWTH! And that is what we are meant to be doing all the days of our crazy, wonderful, sometimes inexplicable lives!
    So bring it on, right??!
    Love, jewel

    • Jean on May 25, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      So happy to see you here! Thank you for all the lovely feedback and support. I didn’t intend to take quite so much time away from blogging, but since when do plans follow a strict timetable? Yeah, that growth thing. Funny how once you know something, you can’t pretend you don’t. Hopefully that knowledge can be put to good use. I think that’s where courage comes in. :-) I was just gathering my strength for the next round. And again, thank you!! XO

  12. Natalia Lialina on May 23, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    So happy to see you!!!! On that first photo you look like my dream – I’d love to move to a more organic and folk inspired direction over time. Just brilliant! I agree about transformation. Not the easiest place to be. But so rewarding at the end!!

    All the very best, Jean, and hopefully will read more posts soon! :) xxxxx

    • Jean on May 25, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      Hi sweetie!!! Happy to see you too!!! I love what you said about the “folk inspired” look. The main piece was made in India. It wasn’t until I added the sleeves that all of a sudden it took on an Eastern European vibe. When I added a black scarf with large tassels it definitely said folk wear, which was fun and unexpected. I love looking at traditional clothing from all over the world, each one so beautiful.

      I wish I could meet you in Vancouver!! Oh well, maybe next time. Enjoy your trip. Sending much love. XXOO

  13. Jill James on May 25, 2015 at 3:16 am

    So happy to see you back blogging again and sharing the fruits of your creative endevours. I will follow your hair path as this is something I too am slowly starting. Welcome back.

    • Jean on May 25, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      It’s such a pleasure to have an appreciative audience, thank you!! I’m thinking at some point I may do tutorials but that will have to be awhile from now. It’s a little too much too commit to right away. Good luck with your hair journey!! I tend to be pretty impatient once I’ve decided to do something, so this will be a test! Looking forward to hearing how you do. XXOO

  14. Curtise on May 25, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Oh Jean, I can’t tell you how delighted I am to see a post from you! And looking beautiful as always, whatever your hair colour!
    Hope you and your mum are adjusting to your new living arrangements, and I’m very much looking forward to hearing all about your plans and projects.
    I’ve missed you, darling, welcome back! xxx

    • Jean on May 25, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      Yay!!! I can’t wait to catch up with you!! I’m still slow on getting around to leave comments, but I PROMISE I’ll be by!!! I’ve missed you too and I hope the children are thriving and excited about their summer. See you soon!!!!!

  15. PinkCheetahVintage on May 26, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Welcome back!!! Can’t wait to hear the exciting future plans 😀

    • Jean on June 1, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks Becky!! The plans are being formulated, so I can’t really say because I don’t totally know!! But my plan is to get back to blogging more often so I can share the process. :-)

  16. Shawna on May 31, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    So happy to see you again, as I’ve missed you! My jaw literally drops when I see your creations. They are so amazing, stunning and gorgeous. Do you sew things for your mum? Was she a sewer or does she sew still? I like the champagne hair colour. It suits you! xoxo

    • Jean on June 1, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Missed you too! It feels good to be starting back up again. I’m so happy you enjoy seeing the things I enjoy making. My mom taught me how to sew when I was around 12 years old. She was a good basic sewer; she could follow a pattern and put in a zipper, things that those wonderful shift dresses in the 60’s needed. However at 92, she has no recollection of ever sewing or teaching me. She loves the things I make, and I suspect that as conservative as she was back in the day, there has always been a secret renegade artist clamoring to get out. XXOO

  17. Merle Weismer on June 2, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    As a former textile designer and now mixed media artist, I am always finding more of the elegant and fun fashionistas . Whenever I post your outfits , I get the most likes. Thanks so much!
    Merle Weismer

    • Jean on June 2, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      Such a lovely comment, thank you!! I’m happy to share ideas and inspiration. XXOO

  18. Kaffesoester on June 3, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Sorry for being so late Jean, but it’s so good to see you again :-) Welcome “home”!

    Your outfit is lovely, a great mix of patterns and beautiful colours. Some of the fabric looks like silk? And gorgeous necklace of course! Are sewing by any chance part of these new plans for the future?

    I hope you and your mum have a great time together, for many years.

    • Jean on June 3, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      So good to hear from you! I hope you and your family are doing well! Yes, I’ll definitely be sewing, even if it’s only for myself. It’s my therapy. :-) The fabrics that you see here are cotton and rayon. I do have some silk to upcycle, a lovely piece of black and white gingham check. Maybe I’ll work on that this week! See you soon, and have a great week. XXOO

      • Jean on June 4, 2015 at 6:08 pm

        I just went back to look at this post, and you’re right about the silk. I forgot about the picture of the scarf I made. The piece with black, blue, and yellow is silk. You have a good eye!! :-) My memory? Not so much. :-)

  19. The Style Crone on June 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

    So happy to see you beautiful face and headwear pop up on Hat Attack! Thank you for sharing!

    • Jean on June 3, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Couldn’t miss it this time around!!

  20. Feda on June 3, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    JEAN! I missed this post somehow. I love seeing your beautiful up cycled robes in person. They look magnificent on you!!! Really, so so stunning! Especially with the hat and accessories. Love that you are going grey too and rocking this in between color! Inspires me to want to move forward with some changes I’ve been wanting to make. LOVE YOU and so so glad to have seen you this past week. Looking forward to your posts! XOXO

    • Jean on June 4, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Seeing you was uplifting!! So glad you were able to come. The red dress you made was gorgeous, along with the earrings!! You’re going to have a booming business, especially when you model your creations. Can’t wait to figure out when we’ll see each other again. XXXOOO

  21. Jan Graham-McMillen on June 4, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Why am I ALWAYS the last to comment?!!! Rhetorical. Urk. But so glad you are back, that things are simmering down and life looks interesting again. Best thoughts from me to your mum. I’m just getting back in the swing of things as well … just been in a minor funk, and although I haven’t shed it all, my world looks brighter and I need to get out and about. Coming to see you here is a great start! Best Love to you, Gorgeous Jean!

    • Jean on June 5, 2015 at 2:01 am

      Trust me, you’re not always the last! Take pride in the fact that you’re commenting, period. More than I’ve managed to do. So happy to see you here and I hope things will continue to brighten up for you. Sending much, much love.

  22. Rosalind jana on June 5, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Ah, so entirely delightful to see you baaaaack. And so good to hear the fizz and pop of your embracing of lots of new directions. Your mum is one lucky lady to have such a warm, generous, beautiful, big-hearted daughter. And we’re all lucky to see your radiant face back here.

    • Jean on June 7, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      So sweet, thank you!! Thank God I’ve been able to stay in touch with you on IG!! I’ve missed your writing though, so I’ll definitely be stopping by the blog. LOVE YOU. XXOO

  23. Anne-Marie Bruun on June 10, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    So gald to see you dear. A magnificent transformation with a beautiful crown. I looove champagne a good choice. You look fantastic xo

  24. nadine on June 13, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Jean, your work is so elegant. Great to see the twinkle in your eye and spring in your step. Rocking that back to gray thing, too. xoxox

    • Jean on June 13, 2015 at 10:47 am

      Thank you Nadine!! I’ll be talking about your coaching in a future post. You are truly a blessing in so many ways. Thank you for all your support. XXOO

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