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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

THE TRAVELLING YELLOW SKIRT FREAK SHOW!!!

What is this, you ask...I thought she was telling us all about the wedding? Well, until I have some beauteous photos to share with you, we'll take a little detour here and see what other kinds of fun I've been up to!


 
                                           photo by Melanie K

One of my favorite bloggers, Melanie of Bag and a Beret, started a "Travelling Yellow Skirt" project last year...for those of us who enjoy stepping way outside the box, you sign up to be on the route, and the yellow skirt, in all its glory, is sent from one blogger to another. Each recipient styles the skirt as she pleases, takes some photos, possibly adds a "little something" to the skirt, and sends it on to the next one in line. The journey started in Vancouver, Canada (where Melanie lives) and continued on to Australia, New Zealand, Italy, California, Ontario, Canada (3 times), Montreal, Canada, Maryland, USA, another USA,
another California, and now, to me! (also in California). Be sure to click on the link above to see the pictures of the previous Yellow Skirt people...

When I first heard it was coming the week of the wedding, I thought,"oh, no",
how untimely. Then I came to my senses and decided to include the wedding decor in my styling. I guess you'd call the wedding "theme" Indo-Asian-African...I have a lot of beautiful textiles from those parts of the world, and Maggie is as big a fan of India as I am...(I took her on one of my 7 trips). I'll show you when the wedding pictures come, the beautiful magical fantasy that was created. For now....



Here I am on Liu Xiao, a terracotta warrior horse we brought back from Xian, China. He guards our property and we decorate him according to the season.Here he is decked out in mirrored and marigold garlands. I am wearing
 some tribal Indian jewelry I brought back on several of my trips...
a mirrored embroidered vest , also from India, and some fabulous antique slippers from Marrakesh, Morocco.

In my right hand, I am clutching a staff I made with a  plasma cutter and welding equipment...it is a symbol that's very meaningful to me, and it usually lives right outside my studio door...

On to the "Bedouin Love Bower" (Maggie's wedding designer has a marvelous imagination)...

The cushions and pillows were all made from textiles I brought back from India.
Here is another picture of the BLB from a different perspective:

The lanterns are from India, the fabulous hanging in front is from Kyrgystan in Central Asia. Here is a picture of me, circa 2000, on an unheated bus in Bishkek, using the hanging for warmth! OMG, the wrinkle-less face!

This turned out to be kind of a long post, but I had several weeks of being AWOL to catch up on.

The next Yellow Skirt blogger is Sheila, from Ephemera; I am sending the skirt off tomorrow.

Oh, I almost forgot...my little "addition" to the skirt is a pocket (I always need pockets) made from a vintage Indian embroidered and mirrored piece...


I promise to come back with wedding pictures soon, and also an in-depth review of my MOB jacket as requested by several readers.

TTYL!

84 comments:

  1. Ooh, fabulous, Margy! I love love your yellow skirt photo shoot! How wonderful to be able to use all of your wonderful textiles for the wedding and for this shoot. That horse is fabulous. I love your pocket addition. Happy Trails, Yellow Skirt!

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    1. Thanks, Shams...both DH and I had fun doing this...and right in the middle of the wedding!

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  2. Oh what magnificent settings!! You've styled the Yellow Traveler to perfection.

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  3. Wow, Margy, you have gone above and beyond style duty with this amazing yellow skirt photo shoot. Everything is so lush, jewel-toned, romantic, and thrumming with adventure. I can't believe you have a horse from Xian, a staff, and a Bedouin Love Bower...?! Hugs to the wedding planning as well. Everything is perfect; the pocket is beautiful. And thanks for the peek into your past with that wonderful photo of you on the bus. I'm honoured by your artistic interpretations of the freakish yellow skirt.

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    1. This was wayyyyy too much fun, Melanie...everything just fell into place. Thank you for starting this in the first place!

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  4. Margy; you look absolutely wonderful, and have styled the skirt to saffron-y perfection! I love it, and thank you for introducing us sewing girls to the travelling yellow skirt project, such a cool idea. I've signed up too, thanks to your inspiring post :)

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn...I can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  5. You've done the skirt, the project and the wedding proud! Elle

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  6. Magnificent!!!! That will be a photo shoot to remember :) and how fabulous to be able to incorporate all your wonderful textiles, reminiscent of your travels, in both the yellow skirt project and the wedding decor. Great post... I will be looking out for Carolyn's interpretation when it journeys down under.

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    1. Thanks, Sandra...I was so happy to actually use the textiles after storing most of them for a long time....

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  7. Only one word......... Wow!!
    Thank you
    Christine

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  8. Phantasmagorical!!!! I had no idea you were on the list for The Skirt, but how perfect that you were! Fabulous shoot & perfect addition to the skirt!

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    1. Thank you, Jillian...it was so much fun!

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  9. Margy! It took me some effort to pick my jaw up off the floor...this is a stunning photo shoot to say the very least! Thanks for sharing not only your delightful treasures, but also the intriguing stories that come with such acquisitions.

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    1. Thank you, Sue...we (DH and I) had so much fun doing it. Sometimes it was hard to remember there was a wedding about to happen...

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  10. How fabulous and stunning you look atop your horse! The next time I come your way - when you decide to stay home - I must come and see the BLB in person! Looking forward to seeing the wedding photos. Until then...relax and breathe!

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    1. Thanks, ReAnn...unfortunately the BLB was ephemeral...it's gone, but the memory lingers on! However, the horse is forever, so you can see him when you come...

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  11. OK, the yellow skirt looks like loads of fun, and I like the way you styled it...but HOW DID YOU GET A TERRA COTTA WARRIOR HORSE? I'm DYING to see that incredible exhibit! I'm assuming yours is a reproduction or it wouldn't be out in the 'wild'...but it's just lovely. That is definitely one of my 'to dos' travel-wise! Green with envy here...and what a perfect steed for your picture! Love the Indian influences, too (interesting cultural combo, but that's another topic). I appreciate beautiful textiles from all over - and these look so interesting! Can't wait to see your pictures from the wedding...it must have been a wonderful and very special event :)

    Very creative journey for the yellow skirt so far!

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    1. Thank you, carolinascallin...yes, the horse is a replica...at the exhibit site, they have a "store" where you can pick out what you want, from tiny little things to full size horses and warriors. They arrange for it all, they ship it in a fantastic crate...and they even take Visa! I was aware of the China/Indian dichotomy; for years I wanted to bring home a terracotta horse from India, an Ayyanar (look it up on Wikipedia), but I never could arrange a safe passage for one.

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  12. How fun is this?! I've never heard of the yellow skirt journey/project until now. Nobody will top this Margy :)

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  13. Oh Margy, just beautiful!!! It's all amazing - incorporating the wedding decor, fantastic objects of personal significance from your travels, incredible accessories, gorgeous settings, and a lovely pocket - how perfect! Tremendous.

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    1. Thanks, Amber...I would have used chickens if you hadn't already done them so beautifully!

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  14. Beautiful and inventive as always. Love the styling. Oh, and now I am going to be searching for a pair of those slippers ;)

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda...good luck on finding the slippers...I almost came to blows with another woman in the antique store who saw the slippers 2 seconds after I did!

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  15. Incredible, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS!!! You are truly beautiful. xo

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  16. Kyrgystan, you've been to Kyrgystan! And now you have The Yellow Skirt for just a moment in time. How fortuitous! Every skirt needs a pocket, mirrors or no. You embody the riches, strength and diversity of the world while sitting on Liu Xiau and in displaying the fabrics that have followed you home. Ah, the life. How wonderful that these fabrics could be part of your daughter's wedding, as well.

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    1. Thank you, Mary Beth! I was so thrilled to bring my beautiful "things" out of storage and use them in the wedding!

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  17. Looking at your blog, I feel like I am peeking into an exotic surreal place. You brought a terra cotta horse back from China?! You use plasma cutters and welding equipment?! Antique Moroccan slippers?! No superlatives will suffice to express my feelings - magnificent, remarkable, inspiring, fantastic!

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    1. Thank you, June...I have been very fortunate in my life!

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  18. I want to know how did you ever manage to get that horse back to California from China??? What a marvelous styling job on the Yellow Skirt - not only is it well travelled but it is also becoming very cultured! Love the photo of you astride the horse - definitely a warrior woman vibe going on.

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    1. Thank you, Shelley...see my reply to carolinascallin above to hear about the horse delivery...yes, I definitely carry a warrior woman vibe...

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  19. I am in utter awe... and speechless... at your absolutely magnificent styling of the yellow skirt!

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    1. Thanks, Tamera! It was so much fun!

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  20. You look amazingly. Astonishing. Stunning. Absolutely stunning. Like should be an art piece.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa...life is (or can be) an art piece, no?

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  21. Talk about majestic! Fab-u-lous!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  22. Oh be still my heart - I am next?? How am I possibly going to follow up on this? You look absolutely astounding in every picture, Margy! Such art and creativity! Love it!

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    1. Thanks, Sheila...I hope you have as much fun with it as I did!

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  23. I have been avidly following the adventures of the yellow skirt! you have taken my breath away, you look so majestic and magnificent, and with a horse! and a staff! the Bedouin Love Bower pics are so rich and decadent - blinking marvellous! x x

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    1. Thank you, Sandra! I'm glad you liked the pictures!

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  24. This pictures are fabulous and so creative. That skirt brings out the best in everyone!

    blue hue wonderland

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    1. Thanks, Ann...I agree, the skirt is a creativity booster!

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  25. Brilliant! The photos and travelogue are amazing - you have done The Skirt proud, Margy!

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    1. Thank you, Patti! I appreciate your comments...

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  26. FABULOUS!! This is just so amazing!!
    From my barnyard in Maryland to a Bedouin Love Bower--

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    1. Thanks, Tamera...I've got a barnyard, too!

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  27. You've done the skirt justice! I've sent you an email to ask permission to repost some of your images on a TYS update post.

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Tami...I look forward to reading your post....

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  28. Well you had me at the pocket. Must have pockets! How very Paul Bowles. I'm getting a hot flash just thinking about it. Just fabulous. Really fabulous. I found you via our friend, Miz Bagg. Now I'm going to spend the morning slathered in sunscreen perusing your lovely blog. Cheers from SoCal!

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    1. Thank you, Connie...welcome to my blog! Any friend of Miz Bagg is a friend of mine!

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  29. This is so amazing!!!! Fantastic yellow skirt post!

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  30. This is too much fun! Love what you did with your time with the yellow skirt. I look forward to seeing where else it's been. You guys have a lot of fun!

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    1. Thanks, meredithp...it is really a fun project to be involved in!

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  31. And dh...ina tux or somethinf in your style?

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    1. DH wore a silk sports shirt and pants...I wore a silk brocade jacket and dupioni pants. The GROOM wore a beautiful Armani tux...

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  32. Wow, amazing styling of the skirt, and your place, and the wedding! I'm going to have to read more about you!

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    1. Thanks, Val...welcome to the blog!

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  33. What a wonderful collection you have! Thanks for showing these Margy and adding inspiration, colour and beauty to our dull beige lives! And no black!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Ruth! What fun it was to use all these colorful fabrics!

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  34. Breathtaking. The yellow skirt is truly magical, isn't it? The fun you describe in styling it echoes my experience as well. Your pictures and settings are spectacular, and I wish I could see your magnificent collection of fabrics and artifacts up close. The staff you made is powerful and beautiful. I'm basking in the richness of it all. Thank you!!

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    1. Thank you, Jean...and now I've found your blog,,,what fun!

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  35. What incredible photos! You brought a horse home from China?!!! Even a terra cotta one?! I know what Gorgeous Husband would have said. "You're NOT bringing that home!" (Where will we put it? How will it get home? It will cost a fortune! You're mad!)

    So, I must say, hats off to you for getting it home and for it to look so incredibly splendid. I love those textiles as well, and the yellow skirt certainly fitted in beautifully.

    Much love from England,
    Rosemary from
    www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary! Actually, DH wanted the horse as much as I did!

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  36. The shot among those exotic cushions looks like a page from Vogue. Yeh for stylish older women!

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    1. Thanks, Gail...maybe Vogue will contact me.....

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  37. You are just too AWESOME! Love the pic.

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  38. Margy, you and the ever fabulous yellow skirt are pure magic. The gorgeous pieces from your adventures, your jewelry, textiles, everything that you show in your photos. I could go on and on! You exude power and creativity.

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    1. Thank you so much, Judith! It takes a powerful woman to know another one....

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  39. Beautiful photos, Margy. Thanks for sharing!

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  40. Brilliant Margy - Us bloggers have such imagination and you are no exception - I love it! all - Makes you want to leave for an adventure in far away lands -

    Ariane xo

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