41 In Misc


Things at Atlantis Home have been a bit crazy lately, so yesterday Karen and I decided to take a day away from the computers and do something we both love–tapping into creativity.  Karen decided to take a safari into Africa, and I channeled Cyndi Lauper, and decided girls just want to wear newspaper.  Here are the results…..

Neewspaper dress edited 

Newspaper dress 2 


I made the dress for my miniature dress form–another great E-bay find.  Here it is in progress…I can get a little OCD on projects.  




I started Safari 


Here are some shots of the work in progress…Safari tree 

Here is the tree she cut out with an x-acto knife.  Karen then colored it with pastels…..

Safari grass 

Here is the dead tree and grass before assembly…….I hope you enjoyed our time out!



  • ClaraAnne
    January 28, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Wow, both projects blow me away. That dress screams couture! Would have loved to see you model it:) And I can only imagine the patience it would take to carve out that detailed paper tree!

  • Danny Roberts
    January 28, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    WOW!!!!!!! this is incredible!
    you made that newspaper dress! πŸ™‚
    wow so incredible!

  • Julia.whicker@gmail.com
    January 28, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    What a nice way to spend an afternoon. There’s something incredibly satisfying about making things with the hands. I’m not very crafty, but I do like the occasional diorama. And the dress looks like a Ballets Russes costume.

  • Kathleen
    January 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I love the tree in white! It would be so neat to do a white-on-white set up with the animal being the only pop of color. I’ve always been a fan of Plastic Animal a Day – for some reason I thought it was Carol’s project!

  • sabella
    January 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    both projects look like great fun!

  • Writer Vixen
    January 28, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Amazing! You should be on Project Runway. πŸ˜‰

  • Kym
    January 28, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    LOVE the 3-D plastic animal world (wasn’t this called a diorama or something like that when I was in school?)
    Looks like you had a great day — thanks for sharing it!
    P.S. still waiting for the closet shots πŸ™‚

  • Jenny
    January 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    You people have way too much time in your hands…

  • daphne
    January 28, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    So cool. I think families who make art together are the best! It’s such a fun way to spend time together. Better than watching TV!

  • mr. freddy's mom
    January 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    creativity runs in the family!
    love the dress made out of paper.

  • Cruz
    January 28, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    You guys are both so creative! Love what you guys did with paper. πŸ™‚

  • Style Odyssey
    January 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    as a professional artist, i am a huge advocate for creativity. this may sound utopian, but i firmly believe art & other creative pursuits have the power to heal, rejuvenate and refresh.
    well done of the projects! i’ve been following Plastic Animal for a few months now- it’s one of my favorite blogs. such fun.

  • Squill
    January 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Oh my GOD, that safari is so so so cute! I love making little paper worlds like that. If Karen is into that kind of stuff I bet she would really like Su Blackwell’s artwork.
    I love your dress, too! It kind of reminds me of a ballerina, but I like the way the cut newspaper kind of resembles feathers. I always think it’s so cool when people play with materials like that πŸ™‚

  • jane
    January 28, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    i love you peeps!!! so cool!

  • Michelle LeBlanc
    January 28, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Awesome!! Looks like a fun day…

  • shannon sewell
    January 28, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    wow judy… i am in love with that dress!!! the photoshoot possibilites are amazing- *hint*hint* πŸ˜‰ seriously tho… completely in love…

  • Style Artisan
    January 28, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Do I detect a trend here? Roz over at Clothes, Cameras and Coffee recently did a post wearing a newspaper dress that she designed. It was really amazing, just like yours.
    I guess great minds really do think alike!

  • melissa
    January 29, 2010 at 2:08 am

    The newspapars dress is soooo original! Good idea!

  • eLLy*ClickClock
    January 29, 2010 at 4:31 am

    What a fun post! Because of the dress, this is for you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdgEewVIb8g I especially love the safari landscape! CUTE!

  • modepersonnel(le)
    January 29, 2010 at 5:02 am

    When a tiger meets a ballerina. It’s a lovely fairy tale. So cute !

  • sioux
    January 29, 2010 at 5:50 am

    I am delighted to have the opportunity to live in your same historical period, thus having the chance to attend your amazing art performances. What a talented family, I love your style in any area!

  • Gissi
    January 29, 2010 at 6:56 am

    The mini newspaper dress is very cute πŸ™‚ i love thing made out of paper, i myself try to make some stuff from time to time too.

  • the style spotter
    January 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    you are so talented! love the blog πŸ™‚

  • Roz
    January 29, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I realised that that I haven’t commented onyour blog for ages, even though I’ve looked at every post.
    I was so flattered to see that Style Artisan had beaten me to the remark I was going to make on this post!
    I too made a newspaper dress (well, with plastic bags too) and put it on my blog recently.
    Love the glamour of this dress, especially the giant layered skirt and the detail at the waist! I really understand about getting stuck into a project- I couldn’t stop until I had finished my dress, which takes a while when you are trying to hem newspaper..

  • Sabina
    January 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I actually had to make a dress out of newspapers for a small size doll for my entry examination at fashion academy πŸ™‚
    The landscape turned out pretty great, I love the colors!

  • Lindsay
    January 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    How creative! I love that dress!

  • The Photodiarist
    January 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    You are one talented person!

  • Heather
    January 29, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I love your blog. You and your daughter are truly beautiful people. Reading your blog makes me smile.
    I have a political blog: speaktocongress.wordpress.com I hope you will check it out.
    Anyway, that dress is so cool, and I know exactly what you mean by feeling OCD about projects. πŸ™‚

  • Nathaniel
    January 29, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Great post!

  • Ania
    January 30, 2010 at 3:56 am

    The dress is awesome πŸ™‚
    Have you seen a post about Jane on French Vogue’s page?

  • Carly Day
    January 30, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Girls really would just want to wear newspaper dresses if they looked like that. Beautiful.
    This makes me want my Felicity (dressmakers doll) back, she’s at my mothers while I finish moving house. πŸ™
    x x

  • Rach
    January 31, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Wow. Women with no jobs but with endless amounts of money have way too much time on their hands. I’m sure this time could have been used doing something more productive than these silly “projects”.

  • denise
    January 31, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Rach regardless of whether or not people have jobs I’m sure everyone can find a little time for some creativity, I think it’s important! What about weekends, days off? If you really want to do something productive why not stop reading fashion blogs :S

  • Deana
    January 31, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Your newspaper dress inspired me. I wanted to do the same with the dress form in my craft room & mentioned to my 8-year old that I was planning to do so. I showed her your blog post the other day.
    This morning before I even noticed what she was doing, she showed me her version of a newspaper dress. I posted photos here:
    Thanks for the inspiration & have a GREAT week!

  • Haydee
    February 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Quite obvious the creative spirit runs in the family. So great! I really love the newspaper dress.

  • Emma
    February 4, 2010 at 10:25 am

    WOW!! the newspaper dress is amazing πŸ™‚

  • Electronic Cigarette
    February 13, 2010 at 9:53 am

    hot of the press.

  • ladyish
    February 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    that newspaper dress looks great

  • College Research Papers
    March 9, 2010 at 3:21 am

    I’m going to work on it…I’ll see if I can come up with something… This is really fun.

  • Heating and Air Augusta
    July 28, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I love the paper cocktail dress. =)

  • AC installation largo
    July 30, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Great newspaper cuttings! This will make you a creative and talented one!… keep it up!