Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Bloglandia Ball!

I'm so excited to have an invitation to the Bloglandia Ball!
This wonderful event today under the light of the full chrysanthemum moon is being presented by Elizabeth Bunsen at Be... Dream... Play...
I do enjoy a party!
Please take the journey there and visit Bloglandia - many things to see and enjoy. Be certain to read the invocation to set the mood.
I learned of this event through ArtsyMama's Blog Her Artful Blogger Party was my very first post! She's already there... I'd better hurry up or I might miss some fun!
The only requirement for entrance? A gown. It could be made of any medium: fabric, paper, words, song... I put together the following ensemble - I hope no ones wearing the same thing! How embarrassing!
My piece is the first entry of my official new art journal. The base to my gown is made of some lovely blue paper flecked with white which reminded me of a starry night. Speaking of a starry night - the spectacular background stamp is a version of van Gogh's Starry Night. I water colored the image.

The bodice is adorned with jewels of peridot and amethyst. As I understand it, these are worn together to signify purity and morality... Peridot is considered a stone of lightness and beauty and a protector against negative emotions. It is also my birthstone. Amethyst is used in healing and to instill a focused sober mind for meditation. It is said to bring calmness and to remove negativity. (Sensing a purpose here?) Amethyst is the birthstone of both my sisters.

The skirt is decorated with peacock feathers. The peacock is associated with many Goddesses - often those of fertility. Appropriate for a harvest ball! Although they are often accused of vanity for their plumage, in reality we know that the male birds are only protecting the nest by drawing attention to themselves and away from those who could be harmed.

I have also added wings - why not fly?

The words present on the page are not my own - but rather a portion of those in a song by my favorite band, Tool, lyrics by Maynard James Kennan. The song is called Reflection and the lyrics in there entirety are below. It is a reminder to be that although we have a light to shine, it isn't only ours - we are a reflection of those who would teach us and those we would share with. The flame burns in all of us that is put there, and everywhere by our Mother.

I have come curiously close to the end, down Beneath my self-indulgent pitiful hole, Defeated, I concede and Move closer I may find comfort here I may find peace within the emptiness How pitiful It's calling me... And in my darkest moment, fetal and weeping The moon tells me a secret - my confidant As full and bright as I am This light is not my own and A million light reflections pass over me Its source is bright and endless She resuscitates the hopeless Without her, we are lifeless satellites drifting And as I pull my head out I am without one doubt Don't wanna be down here feeding my narcissism. I must crucify the ego before it's far too late I pray the light lifts me out Before I pine away. So crucify the ego, before it's far too late To leave behind this place so negative and blind and cynical, And you will come to find that we are all one mind Capable of all that's imagined and all conceivable. Just let the light touch you And let the words spill through And let them pass right through Bringing out our hope and reason ... before we pine away.

Are you still hear?! Get back to the Party!

blue and white paper - this was my first purchase at Hollo's the paper Mecca of North East Ohio; Starry Night - Stamp Camp; Stampin' Up! classic inks for water color; Jewels - Target and JoAnn Dollar spots; peacock feathers - never got to meet him, thanks and rest in peace.

33 comments:

somepinkflowers said...

peacock feathers!

why, i never!

:-)

love your dress,
now,
come dance the night away...

[i think we are actually making
2 nights of it,
if i have my way...]

sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

Stunning gown. Love it.

The feathers really move when you twirl that way.

=)

eb said...

what a lovely and thoughtful creation - loved reading about all the choices you made - so inspiring - and that peacock feather - may have to make a peacock gown for peacockin' around - loving it - thanks for joining in...

howabout a dance miss peridot?

xox - eb.

Bec said...

stunning! I think it's pretty safe to say that there won't be anyone wearing the same outfit as you at this one.

marita said...

your dress is so lovely. it's so exiting to meet all these women through eb's ball.
looking forward reading your new journal and the art work inside.

The Rose Room said...

your gown is the most beautiful I have seen tonight, its stunning.

Cre8Tiva said...

wow...what a thoughtful presentation...i can't wait to see the rest of your journal...so nice meeting you here...my dress has a jeweled bodice too...but very different...your gown is amazing...save a dance for me...blessings, rebecca

Janet said...

I think this one is my favorite of all the ones I've seen so far!! I love the peacock feather. Gorgeous!!

The Fairy Godmother said...

What a marvellous dress fit for a Fairy Queen .....

jungle dream pagoda said...

What a lovely 1st entry to your journal! I adore peacock feathers,and my littlest calls them "pea-hawks" !

Stephanie said...

yes...wings indeed! Thank you for the dance!

LMS(oceandreamer) said...

I think I heard someone whisper "did you see that beautiful dress with the jewels and peacock feathers?"...I looked up and saw you enter...nice to meet you, it is indeed an outstanding dress. The light of the moon catches the colors brilliantly.
Please stop by my Cafe!

Sandra Evertson said...

I Love this! The feather is Perfect, what a wonderful idea!
Sandra Evertson

Carmen said...

I love stones! Lovely!

Ursula Shaw said...

Beautiful! Love the peacock feathers. Great idea!

lauren said...

what a SPECTACULAR dress!!! ...even the peacock...would HAVE TO approve, i think... :)

(loooooove the starry night stamp! what a fab find that is!)

pinar said...

his is a real ball dress..
feathers.. cristals and all..
oo have a lot of fun there..
enjoy.. =)

Lea said...

What a lovely gown! Peacock feathers, how clever, the perfect color and swirl! And blessings of fertility and creativity, yes! Let's Dance!

Linda said...

What a wonderful gown! You seem to be having a glorious time! Keep on dancin!

Leslie said...

Oh, how fun! I love the stones and feathers, and enjoyed so much reading how you chose them!

amermaidmmv said...

It's soooo pretty

AnastasiaC said...

your dress is so exotic! lovely embellishments!
i had such a hard time choosing what to wear - it was so much fun!

carole said...

Hi Connie:
Poor Peacock; I am sure he is resting in peace.
Your poem is very deep. Like we have all been in that hole and coming out of into a Bloglandia Ball is cool.
I e-mailed you and now I am saying "Hi" to you on your blog.
Peace
carole

tinker said...

Your dress is divine - love the peacock feathers - and your blog name, too. Lovely to meet you - save a dance for me!

madrekarin said...

Ooooooh. Ahhhhhh. Beautiful!

One Crabapple said...

Hello !

Your STARRY NIGHT GOWN is Stunning !

One of my first favorite paintings was Starry Night so of course....I am In Love.

Good Luck on The Journey with Your New Journal....Your Start is Gorgeous here.

Thank You for Sharing The Moon's Secret....

xo-S.

One Crabapple said...

Oh and That Feather ?

The Perfect Touch !

You look BEAUTIFUL and Your Light
certainly DOES SHINE

Nathalie Thompson said...

I can only echo the kudos on your choice of plummage since I am bumping into you late. :) But it's never too late, is it? Stunning gown. Starry Night is one of my favorites too. :)

Scrappy Moments said...

What a Beautiful Reflection of you. You are a Wonderful Artist, So creative :)

Angie
http://scrapnmomsmoments.blogspot.com/

Artist in Progress said...

I love that dress and the stones. Amethyst is a favorite, I will wear it more, I love your wings and it is your night to soar, but not too close to the moon, careful!
Beautiful, stunning, such fun.

Carol M

Pinkie Denise said...

I love your dress and those peacock feathers they are gorgeous. I saw you dancing in the moonlight. Nice to meet you and glad you join us Pinkie

Cre8Tiva said...

...thanks for the dance...blessings, rebecca

SpAzzGiRL said...

love your gown!