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She Wrapped It Up

Thursday, May 10th, 2012
By Twistie

I remember my senior prom. The only reason I got a new dress was because my mother saw one she knew I would adore in my size on such a ridiculously good sale that she bought it without even consulting me. Luckily, she knew my style really well. It was just the dress I would have picked left to my own devices.

In fact, the only reason I went to my senior prom was that my boyfriend at the time started talking about what he was going to wear, and, well, I figured that meant he wanted to go.

Other girls, though, put a lot more thought and effort into prom. Diane McNease certainly did!

See the bodice of her prom dress? She constructed the entire thing out of Starburst wrappers. The skirt is a far more conventional black satin over layers of tulle.

McNease got inspired when she saw a friend folding Starburst wrappers to make bracelets. Somehow this lead to a dare, which McNease happily took:

“Someone said I couldn’t do it. That’s the last thing you should say to me.”

After a year and a half of collecting wrappers (she started out eating all the candy herself, but quickly found that was too much… and had no difficulty recruiting volunteer candy eaters), and another five months folding and then hand sewing strips of wrappers. Her father helped her with the construction of the bodice and her friend Bria Johnson made the skirt to go with it.

Partway through the process, McNease discovered she wouldn’t be the first teen to don a Starburst wrapper prom dress when Tara Frey’s mother, Kerrin, announced the dress she had spent six years making for her daughter’s prom.

McNease says she was already underway with her plans when Frey’s dress hit the headlines:

“But I really admire her dress. Especially the shoes. They are fantastic.”

Even more than the fun dress, I like this girl’s creativity, determination, and generous attitude.

Diane McNease, I offer you a twenty-one Starburst salute!

I See Paris, I See France, I See Your Purse is Underpants

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
By Twistie

I think we can all agree there really are certain things that Simply Are Not Done. There’s a reason a lot of things fit into that category.

For instance, when I see a purse made out of a pair of men’s tightie whities, my first reaction is not ‘How Clever!’ but ‘How much do I have to drink before I forget I ever saw this?’

The one redeeming feature of this nightmarish offering by Etsy artist TWEEK’d is that the man panties are new and untouched by human rumpus.

Still, there’s no way I’m fishing around in there for my keys!

Sunrise, Sunset

Friday, April 27th, 2012
By Twistie

Paper is a remarkable medium. It’s endlessly adaptable, easily colored, light as a feather, delicate, yet strong. It’s a medium Etsy artist Sarah Knight works in quite well.

This bowl, for example, is handmade from paper pulp Knight made mostly from recycled paper from an office. She’s turned printer paper and cardstock into something new and wonderful.

Once the bowl is shaped, Knight paints each one by hand. Every bowl is completely individual, even when she uses the same colors and motifs.

All that, and it only costs $35.00 plus shipping.

For decorative use only.

Oh, and be sure to check out Sarah Knight’s entire Etsy store, which features her paintings, photography, mixed media pieces, and aptly named ‘weird things’ as well as more pretty paper bowls. You’ll be glad you did.

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