Well, folks – it’s “sit tight time” as Sandy Frankenstorm is barreling her way directly for us here in the middle of South Jersey – just a 45 minute drive inland from Atlantic City and an hour from Cape May where she’s projected to make landfall Monday late afternoon.
This past Saturday our church enjoyed a successful Harvest Party and Arts & Crafts Show – see a full report HERE – where we watched the clouds roll in and felt the temperature drop feeling the storm’s early stages. I mentioned how I picked up this cutie from a fellow crafter . . .
And thought I might want to “fancify” her just a bit – and give her a proper name. So, I’ve spent Saturday and Sunday evening doing just that – a little “DIY in the storm” in anticipation of coming in contact on Monday with the very “eye of the storm,” should the weather predictions be on target.
Rummaging through my drawers of collected vintage laces and do-dads, this is my doll re-fit . . .
I’ve named her, Cassandra – or, SANDY, for short. Seemed appropriate.
Cassandra loves plenty of frill in her hair, sweeping it up in some tattered rags and deep rose chintz ribbon with ribbons of one hundred year old lace framing a paper fiber flower and heart jewel.
The first thing I did was to trim her hem, sleeves, and neckline with a lovely vintage lace, and completely re-did her pantaloons with a coordinating polka-dot print (can you believe this was a remnant stashed in my drawer and it was perfect against her dress print!) hand-stitched to another bit of vintage eyelet trim. That took me all of Saturday night – while re-watching the first season of Downtown Abbey.
Tonight, as the wind and rain has kicked up, I have been cozily bringing the embellishments to life on her – sort of trying this and that til I got it right. I love the little metal dangling things pinned to her shoulder with ribbon, tassel, and more vintage lace. The paper-fiber flower and heart jewel ties it together with the hairpiece and balances it out.
Then, there was this terrific bit of lace and tulle that had been torn from a vintage undergarment and was perfect for a little apron once I attached a bit of ribbon to it. Stitching on a metal rococo heart just made it pop for me!
So, Cassandra sits on my dresser, keeping watch as we sleep though this stormy night. Her gentle features and fanciful costume minister bliss and beauty to my heart and distract me from the tumult to be endured over the next couple of days.
But, then – the weather predictors say they really have no precedent for storm models for this most unusual storm. So – perhaps it will prove more bark than bite. Either way – we have done all we know to do to stand in the midst of it and will – by the Lord’s good Grace – STAND therefore.
Inspired by Cassandra’s peaceful expression . . .
Because she’s been reading the Word and applying it to her fiber-filled life, knowing the peace that passes all understanding in Christ Jesus . . .
To all my fellow bloggers who are also in the path of the storm: Be ye blessed, safe, and sheltered this week!
Sharing In the DIY of the Storm with Kathryn’s Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House.
P.S. I wrote the post Hurricane Pinks HERE last year on the eve of Tropical Storm Irene in our area. I was ground zero for Hurricane Hugo some 23 years ago in Charleston, South Carolina – a category 4 hurricane. God sustained us miraculously through that storm – I am at peace confident in His ability to do so again no matter what the wind and the rain. It’s a good story – and true – be encouraged all of you who are in the path of the Sandy Frankenstorm this week . . .