Daughter Christina is back into blogging after a hiatus, and is bugging me to post something.
Okay . . . I guess. I had promised
We left Texas heading for Chicago and spent the long Labor Day weekend with my younger daughter and her husband in their high-rise apartment right on the Chicago river with a view of the lake.
Here's a shot from her "office" (and I'll never tire of this view!):
In Chicago we toured the Frank Lloyd Wright residence and studio, and took a walking tour of some of the homes he designed early in his career. I have some pictures, but unless you're REALLY into architecture and FLW they wouldn't be very exciting.
Our daughter and her husband have been taking ballroom dancing lessons, kind of like Badabing. She (not "they") decided to try a ballroom dancing competition, and although we didn't get to see it, we did see all of her pictures and videos.
Now part of the deal is, each female competitor has to have TWO dresses: one for "smooth" dances, and one for Latin. The "smooth" dress has to have a "float" (a panel of usually sheer fabric that attaches to one wrist, and from there to the skirt), and it absolutely MUST have rhinestones. LOTS of rhinestones.
How many rhinestones, you ask? Well, the bare MINIMUM (and nobody would be caught dead in a dress with this few!) is ten gross.
Do the math.
That's 1440 little sparklies that are HAND-GLUED to the dress!
My daughter's dress had 13 gross . . . But who's counting?
She bought the fabric and designed the dress herself. She hand-glued the 13 gross colored rhinestones in a pattern around the bodice designed to look like flames.
Okay, okay, here's a picture:Now, get this! Many competitors buy their dresses (not having the time or the skill to MAKE them). My daughter says she spent a total of about $300 for materials for this dress.
She was told by a dress designer that had she bought that dress it would have cost $3,000. And that's without the rhinestones glued on!
Oh, and don't forget; competitors would NEVER wear a particular dress more than once in competition! NEVER!
In case you're wondering, she doesn't expect to compete in the future. "Been there, done that," is what I think she said.
Could she go into business making custom competition dresses for ballroom? And make a killing? Sure.
Does she want to? Nope. She's a graphic designer (manager) with bigger fish to fry. Am I proud? Hmmmm.
Oh, and one last shot. Carol and I were walking exactly one-half block from daughter's apartment in the heart of downtown Chicago, when a rabbit hopped across the sidewalk in front of us and headed for some landscape plantings in front of a huge high-rise building.No, that is NOT a fake rabbit or a retouched photo. Here's a close-up, complete with red-eye:
More to come . . . Someday!