April 17, 2009

i'm no van Gogh

This is my version of Starry Night...
starry night crown
starry night crown
starry night crown
It wasn't easy. This crown intimidated me. I don't even remember how many times I started over or had to stop cause I was just stuck on how to make it. It is long overdue, but it is the hands of the winner now (at least I hope so). My arms were sore from turning and turning it using the free motion foot. I am happy with the final product, though surely, I am no van Gogh. There is only one and I am not he. 

May your weekend be filled with starry nights...

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p.s. Ben and I just started looking at the possibility of going to New Orleans sometime in July for our anniversary, but I have a few questions before we dive any further: 1) Anyone know of any good places to stay that are nice but won't break the wallet? 2) Anyone know of any flea markets that might be going on? Yes, I plan vacations around flea markets. Any help is greatly appreciated. I so want to go and have never been, so I am excited about the prospect!
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34 comments:

  1. Yea Ruby! It's over! You made it through alive!

    Just kidding. And I think it is so neat that you did it with thread. I had imagined it with millions of little pieces of felt to accommodate the many shades of color which I'm sure would have been a bit of a nightmare!

    But I still wish the octopus had won :O)

    Hugs, Susan

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  2. You did a great job; it really looks like it!

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  3. It is absolutely beautiful! You made a gorgeous interpretation. :D

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  4. Truly amazing and impressive. And if you think about it....No one else is Cakies! There's only one :)

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  5. I was curious what you were going to come up with for Starry Night, but I think you did awesome! I would have never even attempted it. But I'm a huge Van Gogh fan, and it's an awesome tribute!

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  6. i love it! you did a great job!
    i am truly impressed.
    here's hoping for another giveaway someday...hint hint : )

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  7. BEAUTIFUL crown!! Very inspirational. Can you make a recommendation? I am just starting to learn to sew and I am looking for a good sewing book that teaches the basics as well as how to make ruffles and frills!

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks!
    Lacey

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  8. The crown is super!!

    Oh you two will like New orleans...though I am not sure your Ben will be loving all the fried goodies to feast on! =) ah beignets, fried eggplant sticks, shrimp po'boy. I have been a few times...the Ritz was nice for Mardi Gras, and then other times for concerts we stayed at motels if you know what I mean =) There are so many interesting things to just walk around and see. Love the people. I have been to the French Market...kinda touristy. I cannot recommend other flea markets..I am sure many abound.

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  9. What a neat project- so original!

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  10. New Orleans in July? I don't know. My grandparents lived there, and we visited every summer. It was just too hot and muggy for me. If you love that kind of weather (like my mom does) you will be very happy, but I always felt like I was melting. I'll ask my cousins if they know about any good flea markets, though.

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  11. Gorgeous! Love this crown!
    Did I spell that right?
    I hope i can post this time!.....

    Karen

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  12. Love the crown, your hard work paid off!

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  13. I'm loving your blog, and this crown. It's fantastic! Van Gogh is amazing, particularly that painting, and I love the song Starry Starry Night as well. God bless!

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  14. We stayed at the New Orleans Guest House last fall (http://www.neworleans.com/nogh/), and we won't ever stay anywhere else in New Orleans. We fell in love. It's a few blocks from the Quarter, bright pink with gigantic blooming flowers in the courtyard, a couple of cats, charming mismatched antiques, and simple but yummy breakfasts. It's extremely affordable (I think $80 a night, maybe less) and the couple who owns it are friendly and Louisiana natives. The hotel was originally a Creole "cottage" and its accomanying slave quarters; the current owners slowly renovated it in the 1970s, I think. We had a blast.

    Be sure to visit the St. Clare monastery; ask for the gift shop and a nun will open it for you; they sell exquisite "handicrafts" there, including beautiful miniature paintings of N.O.

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  15. We just stayed at the Country Inn and Suites in the French Quarter about two months ago. It is in a beautiful old historic building with a gorgeous pool, a reading room, and a super helpful staff. You're within walking distance of most things and it's only a 15-20 ride to the airport. I believe rates start around $80 a night depending on when you go. I would highly recommend it. Also, I love the crown, you're amazing

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  16. WOW! That crown is Beautiful!!! And happy (early) anniversary.

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  17. thank you everyone!

    and yes, i so want to go to new orleans. we are still talking about it and the recommendations i got are a good start! thanks!!!

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  18. Hi! Love the crown!

    I just read a blog yesterday where a trip to New Orleans is being planned. Check out the comments section (#20 or so had several suggestions!).

    http://domesticreflections.blogspot.com/2009/04/need-your-travel-tips.html

    :)

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  19. One thing I know... we were able to tour one of the old plantation houses and that was my very favorite part of our whole trip there!!!

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  20. Love it! I'm such a fan of Starry Night. I painted it on my coffee table! Next, I'm going to paint a purple version (because I'm a total purple nut!)

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  21. hi! my husband and i went to louisiana a few years back and stayed at this bed and breakfast about an hour outside new orleans...it's called oak alley, and it's gorgeous! it's an old plantation, and you actually stay in the old slave quarters. they give tours of the mansion, and you can walk all over the grounds. i know it's not IN new orleans, but it's so worth going to! you can google it, and look at their website.

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  22. Wow, this is lovely! I once lived in a house that had starry night painted on the ceiling of the front porch. I loved to sit on the porch swing and stare at the ceilings. So peaceful.

    This brought back a lot of memories for me!

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  23. Gorgeous crown!!! I love the painting, and you did an awesome job!!

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  24. Hi Rubyellen , I'm running an art challenge called "In the Style of Me" (http://www.inthestyleofme.com") and I'd love it if you could add your piece to it. It's only just started up so I'm scouting for artworks at the moment to give people an idea of the kind of things they can submit. I hope you can join in!

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