Monday, June 30, 2008

One down, one to go!

So Ems is really done with school. That's one. Bird is scheduled to graduate Duquesne on Dec. 19. That's one to go. The Graham Webb ceremony was not your typical one. First of all, Graham Webb Academy is not simply "hair school." They focus on the complete package. Most of their students go on to work for PR groups, magazines and high end salons. The first part of the evening was the runway show. The theme this year was fantasy brides. The contestants were to select a bridal theme or a country and they were to present two models--one sophisticate and one avant garde. The contestants and their models arrived at Graham Webb around 7 a.m. and spent the day doing the hair and makeup. Judging took place throughout the day. The stage was set up with models on each side as props. They were dressed in suits and goth type dresses and stuck statue type poses as each model walked out. There was no narration--just music and models. It was tough to get good shots as a lot of them blurred but here are some photos from the show:

Some of them were really creative! There was one that was an urban jungle theme with ivy and leaves. One was an underwater theme. One was Sex and the City with Carrie and Samantha brides. There was a Transylvania one that was all black and red. Ems' theme was the UK. Nicole was the sophisticate bride as an English Punk Rocker Bride. Bryn was the avante garde bride as the Medieval Bride. Here are the photos of them:

Here's Ems with Bryn:

I'm sorry I didn't get a better shot of Bryn's hair. It had rolls on the front and big roll in the back with a pink braid across the crown. There was pink on the side of the front rolls. It was really quite spectacular. Ems does really elegant updos!

Here's Ems getting her diploma:

We ended the evening with our family--Me, DH, Ems and Bird --going to the Cheesecake Factory in Arlington. It's been a while since we've gone out as just us four!

I did finish Em's dress the night before, but when she tried it on, we discovered that it really needs a crinoline to make the skirt stand out. So she is saving it for another occasion. Here's a shot of the finished dress:

I'm glad to be finished with all the gathering. Both Ems' dress and the costume just had yards and yards of fabric to be gathered and I must admit that gathering is not one of my favorite things. This week, the projects are kitchen curtain, hanging the new dining room shades and making the curtains and cleaning out the pantry. I guess I better get crackin'!

Bushism of the day:
"We look forward to hearing your vision, so we can more better do our job. That's what I'm telling you." --George W. Bush, Gulfport, Miss., Sept. 20, 2005

Kitty cam: Samantha never fails to find the sunniest spot in the house!


  1. Congrats to Ems! And to you! What a great and talented mom you are to help with the final project and the graduation/next special occasion dress!

  2. Ems is very lucky to have a Mom who can sew like you. I have to say my daughter thinks she is lucky that way also. I have to agree that gathers especially that much of them are not much fun.

  3. The projects look fabulous!! Congrats to Ems too on graduation! You were right about the crossover top - I'm wearing it today and it is fine! Pics on my blog. I like your new nostalgia feature too - can't wait to see some of your previous projects!