Farewell Disney Princess!

4 Oct

The Winter Sky dress, better known as Disney Princess, has sacrificed herself for the greater good.  The underskirts are detached, unruffled and crin removed to become the underpinning of Gown #10. Double digits!


One white underskirt remains more or less intact, though closer inspection revealed a tear in a seam that needs repair. The crin should work just fine, but the heavily gathered effect made the old dress move awkwardly, so new pieces will be cut and sewed. Basically, the old underskirts are now just a source for fabric.

The crystals on the old dress will be harvested by a technique still to be discovered.  I will tackle that another time. The small blob of pink and white is thread that was pulled off the gathered top of the underskirts and the crin. That’s a lotta thread!

It begins again

28 Sep

It has been awhile, but the new gown has been cut out and with any luck, will be ready for Snowball. Stay tuned.

Vancouver Challenge Cup 2015

20 Jan

The VCC is quickly becoming one of our favourite competitions of the year, and not just for the fabulous custom cocktails! The venue is lovely and the atmosphere is friendly and inviting. The team events, Jack and Jill competitions and other entertainments are really enjoyable and add a sense of community and interactivity.  Good fun:-)

We haven’t purchased any photos yet, but among the talented photographers present, we have found a few that might find their way onto our computers eventually:

Happy dancing

Ouch – he is on my foot!  Actually also happy:-)

Ouch – now she is on MY foot!  

Tango face.  Dance tango like you mean it.

Still happy in spite of a headless partner.

Coach Faye says these steps are too “small and comfortable”.

Might have to buy this one to see it without the watermark. In spite of appearances, that is actually a ton of makeup!

Fancy shot

Two words – SHOW STEALER

All Girls Are Welcome Here

11 Jan


This is a wonderful story about being a girl. And about being a girly-girl. Or not. As someone who started liking twirly skirts and sparkly things from Day One and still seem to be a little obsessed in my late (really, really late!) 50’s (see how many of my posts are tagged “rhinestones” alone) Nancy Roman’s story spoke to my heart. Thanks Nancy!

Originally posted on notquiteold:

Did you know that Amelia Earhart designed her own clothes? I can’t tell you how much I am cheered by this fact.

Recently I had a conversation with an eight-year-old. This girl is nothing like me. I was a girly-girl from the get-go. I loved baby dolls and crinolines and patent leather shoes, and dresses of dotted swiss with velvet ribbons. But this little girl likes none of those things. Instead of dolls, she likes Spiderman; instead of bows, she likes bows and arrows. She cut all her hair off when she was four, and her mother has been persuaded to keep it that way. She is often mistaken for a boy. And she likes it. And I like her.

During our conversation, we talked a bit about movies. I don’t know much about children’s movies. Although I saw “Kung Fu Panda” with this same little girl. I liked it…

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2014 in review

30 Dec

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Holiday Classic 2014

21 Dec

Here we are about to dance Championship for the first time!

red carpet Holiday Classic 2014

The photos are a bit blurry – waiting for the professional ones coming soon, I hope.  How cool to be introduced by John DePalma, walking down an actual red carpet in Las Vegas.

Not only did we not fall down (always objective #1 LOL!) but we danced really well, felt fantastic in spite of it being somewhere after 11 pm, and we came third!  Admittedly it was a small field, but we will take it as a victory anyway.

holiday classic awards 2014

The next day activity – zip line over Freemont Street.

vegas 2014 zip line

How About a Few Action Shots?

2 Dec

We had a club demo this past weekend and got some nice photos taken by friends.

Looking happy:

B&G VBDS Demo-7

The problem with a height difference:

B&G VBDS Demo-1

Swirly skirts and tango face:

B&G VBDS Demo-3

Check out Pacifica Ball on Facebook for a video of our waltz.

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