10 May 2010

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.

The Epic Semester of Doom known as Spring 2010 has officially ended with the submission of grades this afternoon. I am done taking classes; please don't ask me what my next degree will be in - I've sworn off school indefinitely! Now I can settle into my planning for summer classes and feel relieved that all of my energy can be devoted to teaching and to the ever constant organizing and packing of our house.

My dad drove down for my graduation weekend, which was a great respite after a very hectic week! I did not attend commencement (there's been enough wearing of black polyester in the Mississippi humidity for me, thank you), but we had a grand time going out, cooking out and enjoying the company of good friends.

Now that I've had a bit of time to be creative (and now that I got a new camera for graduation! Thundercats, Ho!!!), I can share my latest graduation endeavors:

For Friday night, the Graduation Dress Challenge! I had three hours waiting for my dad to arrive and decided to tackle a wearable muslin. In the end, it took three hours and 20 minutes. And I don't think it turned out half bad, considering how quickly it was constructed, and the fact that it originated as a 99 cent curtain panel from Salvation Army:

For Graduation Day, the Graduation-Superhero-Retro-A-Go-Go-Party-Girl Dress! I worked on this one bit by bit in my spare moments during finals week! It began its life as one of my childhood bedsheets!

And, during the last crazy weeks of the semester, nothing can make you feel more girly and giggly than coming home to this brood:


  1. congratulations on your graduation jess! you are--as always--looking lovely xoxo

  2. I saw your post on Wardrobe Refashion. I cannot express to you how much I LOVE this dress. You not only look gorgeous in it, but the fact that it was your childhood bedsheet just seals the deal. Congratulations on your graduation!

  3. Thanks, so much, Emme! It means a lot! I'll be checking out your blog, too!

  4. I, too, just saw your post on wardrobe refashion, where i lurk. I saw the picture first and was like "that is so cool" and then I read your post and realized you wore your childhood bedsheets on your graduation day and you did it yourself and I am like, covered in little chill bumps and will admit to a little tear. YOU GO, GIRL!!! You look gorgeous and the dress is awesome. Congrats on graduation and your anniversary!