The Next Top Model…?


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Hmm…it is supposedly to be a very cute teddy bear that I wanted to make after watching a YouTube video.

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CLOUDS N CUPS’ next top (positive) model is born.

May this little pinkish model of ours bring a big smile to each and every lovely soul reading this post.

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN ~ 😉

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To The Nines…


“Dressed To The Nines”

The phrases ‘to the nines’, or ‘to the nine’, were used to indicate perfection – the highest standards. That was in use in the 18th century, as here from William Hamilton’s Epistle to Ramsay, 1719:

“How the nines, they did content me.”

Although the general consensus to the origin of “Dressed to the Nines” is unknown; consider the meaning to be simply a reference of scale.

On a scale of one to ten; you are dressed to the nines”  

Since perfection can never be attained, nine would be the absolute best.

‘To the nines’ has now gone out of use and only persists in the more specific ‘dressed to the nines’ (or sometimes ‘dressed up to the nines’).

Dressed to the nines, or dressed up to the nines are merely a version of the phrase that is applied to clothing.

Information extracted from: Answers.com

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A dress is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice which is often worn by women and girls in the western culture.

In most varieties of formal dress codes in Western cultures, a dress of an appropriate style is mandatory for women. They are also very popular for special occasions such as proms or weddings.

As a matter of fact, dresses were not originally a fashion for women. In many cultures throughout history and world, dresses have been worn by men; consider the Scottish kilt (although kilts are reported to be of Scandinavian heritage), or the toga worn by the ancient Greeks.

During the rather demure times of the early 1920s, it was common to see masculine styles of dress, with strong angles, made from sturdy materials, but this changed dramatically as we moved into the 1930s and 40s when a cultural shift in attitudes towards women were slowly becoming liberated within society.

Women’s dresses were fashioned with lower backs, revealing the upper portions of the buttocks, and waists were tucked in, women’s bodies became the focal point of their outfits, whereas in the past, fashion strived to conceal the female form.

The war years, and the post war years, brought further poverty and lack of provisions and this trend gave rise the invention of the mini-skirt, the shortest style of dress to date.

Information extracted from: Fashionably Frugal Dress

afterthoughts

” Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul. “
~ Mark Twain

There are not really many opportunities for me to dress to the nines though.

However, there were many opportunities to grab some pretty dresses that cost me only $9.90 and thus putting myself up on cloud number 9!!

Have a beautiful day ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN ~ 😀

Those Mixed Feelings…


Mirrors & High-Heeled Shoes

A Lady’s Best Friend

And Yet…

Worst Enemy

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People probably first started to look at their reflections in pools of water which were the first mirrors. The earliest man made mirrors were from polished stone and black volcanic glass obsidian. Examples of obsidian mirrors found in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) have been dated to around 6000 BC.

Mirrors of any precious metal were hard to produce and were only owned by the wealthy. The invention of the silvered-glass mirror is credited to German chemist Justus von Liebig in 1835. This silvering process was adapted for mass manufacturing and led to the greater availability of affordable mirrors.

The concepts of the soul are often associated with mirrors, which results in a wealth of superstition surrounding mind like breaking a mirror causes seven years of bad luck.

As according to an old Roman legend, the soul which shatters with the broken mirror will regenerate every seven years.

Information extracted from : Wikipedia – Mirror

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Although high heels are now usually worn only by girls and women, there are shoe designs worn by both genders that have elevated heels and for purposes more than just fashion.

The high-heeled shoe was used in the 16th century by Persian soldiers on horseback because it gave the soldiers stability in the stirrups so they could use their bow and arrows more efficiently.

Dating back to 3500 B.C., early depictions of high heels could be seen on ancient Egyptian murals. These murals would depict Egyptian nobilities wearing heels to set them apart from the lower class, who would normally go barefoot.

High heels also served a practical purpose for Egyptian butchers who wore them in order to walk over the bloodied bodies of animal carcasses.

The invention of high heels as a fashion statement (in 1533) could be accredited to the rather petite Catherine de Medici who felt insecure in comparison to the Duke’s favorite mistress, Diane de Poitiers, who was relatively tall.

Knowing that she would have to compete with his mistress for attention in an arrange marriage, the future French Queen remedied this by donning two inches heels that gave her a higher physique and a captivating sway when she moved. These heels became a success and soon became associated with wealth and privilege.

Since the Second World War, high heels have fallen in and out of popular fashion trend several times, most notably in the late 1990s, when lower heels and even flats predominated. Lower heels were preferred during the late 1960s and early 1970s as well, but higher heels returned in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In modern society, high-heeled shoes are a part of women’s fashion. A survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association showed some 42% of women admitted that they would wear a shoe they liked even if it gave them discomfort.

Information extracted from:

Wikipedia – High-Heeled Footwear and Origins of High Heels

afterthoughts

As I was looking for some enlightening quotes related to mirrors and heels to share with you lovely souls, I’ve found an interesting one instead:

When a woman buys shoes,

She takes them out of the box and looks at herself in the mirror.

But she isn’t really looking at her shoes – she’s looking at herself.

If she likes herself, then she likes the shoes.

Christian Louboutin

No matter how beautiful an accessory could be, what matters most is to feel good about ourselves at all times.

Have a wonderful day ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN ~ 😀

Stepping Stones


As according to Merriam Webster,

A STEPPING STONE IS…
  1. a large, flat stone that you step on to cross a stream
  2. something that helps you get or achieve something

If you make an error, use it as a stepping stone to a new idea you might not have otherwise discovered.~ Roger von Oech 

Thus, here are some of those lovely stepping stones which helped us discovered many new ideas:

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Winter Butterflies – A Custom Made Bracelet


One of our regular clients actually wanted to purchase the Sunny-Side-Up Anklet but it is too long for her wrist and so, we have custom-made this Winter-Butterfly Bracelet for her based on some of her favourite colours.

Did you know?

Some species of butterfly hibernate as adult butterflies, while some survive the winter as eggs, caterpillars or chrysalis.

Read more @ http://www.britishbutterflies.co.uk/winter.asp

Fly! Butterfly, Fly!!


Previously, I did a fimo art on my mobile phone casing and today I’ve decided to try using some butterfly fimo to create a simple mobile phone accessory.

Here’s the result:

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This is just a very simple design because this happens to be my first try in making a mobile phone accessory.

The materials used are:

  • 6 butterfly fimo (thick ones) and 2 feather fimo (thick ones).
  • 1 acrylic round bead and 1 acrylic crystal bead
  • 1 very thin fishing line
  • White glue
  • 1 mobile phone accessory string holder

What I’ve done to secure the fimo slices onto the fishing line was to glue two fimo slices together with the line in between.

Initially, I was not sure if it is workable but luckily the fimo slices seemed to work well with white glue (yeah~) and I am glad I’ve found another method to recycle those fimo slices which are too thick to stay on our nails.

Have a great day ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

This entry was first posted on Clouds N Cups, Be With Us (31st May 2012) and we would like to thank 20 lovely souls for pressing the ‘Like’ button and the following lovely souls for commenting: 

  1. shewhisperswords ~ That is so cute! I have to recommend this post to a friend, she loves those decorations for her phone!
  2. lizjfox ~ I’m glad the glue works with the fimo. Thanks.
  3. bellesogni ~ Very attractive.
  4. jewelsbyabigail ~ Very nice!
  5. Maggie ~ Clicked on your photo for a better look – those butterflies are so sweet! I’ve done fimo/sculpey but never went for caning. Nice job.
  6. Freedomborn ~ Well done cncfimo, thanks for sharing and for the like on my Blog. Christian Love – Anne