Monday, April 19, 2010

Blue Monday - Gum Wrapper Prom Dress

It's Blue Monday! I'm so glad you decided to join in the fun.

Please remember to place the link for Blue Monday on your post so that others can easily find us. I will DELETE those who do not follow this simple rule.

To participate: just click here for BLUE MONDAY INSTRUCTIONS or check out the instructions in my sidebar.

Due to my schedule, I need to close Mr. Linky around 4 PM for today only. However, you may still visit the Blue Monday participants any time by clicking on their links. Leave a comment, and they will return the favor.

The Huffington Post reported:

GARNER, Iowa — An Iowa teen is all bubbly over her one-of-a-kind high school prom dress she made out of gum wrappers. Elizabeth Rasmuson made her dress – and matching vest for her date – out of blue and white wrappers from Wrigley's "5 gum." The high school junior says she got the idea after hearing about someone making a dress out of duct tape.

She and her boyfriend began collecting gum wrappers last August. Rasmuson says she quit counting after 200.

Since the wrappers break easily, Rasmuson finished her dress with a vinyl top coat.


If you have 58 seconds, the fascinating video is here. Just click and enjoy!

Why did she do this? Because she "wanted something cool," and she "liked the colors." But of course!

Happy Blue Monday!

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2. Cindy@Fairy Tale Cottage
3. Jill, Northern CA
4. Mary@One Perfect Bite
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Cindy said...

Wow! It's actually quite pretty but what a ton of work. I love the creativity~Cindy :)

Martha said...

a great blue post and how clever of the girl!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

You have to give her an A for creativity! Thanks for hosting Blue Monday.

xinex said...

Wow, amazing, and it looks so pretty, one of a kind for sure....Christine

Dena E's Blog said...

Its a Great Blue Monday Sally...You're an Angel!!!
Iowa Hugs from Dena

Anonymous said...

Amazing. Who'da thunk? I just made gum wrapper chains when I was a kid. Very (Very) creative. Sorry I haven't been around in a few weeks - glad to be back ... happy blue monday! THanks, Jenn

maria said...

Happy Blue Monday!

Mine is Lhere.

Loui♥ said...

Hi Sally..
great post!
hope you are all better!!
hugs and smiles..

peggy gatto said...

I loved this!!!
A true artist!
Happy blue monday1

Rinkly Rimes said...

I certainly link to your blog by printing the URL under the title, but I have yet to learn more sophisticated linking! I keep hoping to find someone who can give me unequivocal instructions! When I try How To there are so many versions that I give-up!Anyway, I hope I'm not deleted! I'll play on your sympathies by telling you I'm 80 next birthday!

Anonymous said...

SHe is one clever, clever girl! And the dress looks fun too. I'm thinking of a project runway challenge where the designers used hershey's wrappers to make clothes :-) ANd her boyfriend is such a sport.


admin said...

that's so creative. it's indeed cool and awesome... :)


Race said...

very creative teen! she must be given a special award for that! nice post!

Gena D said...

What amazing creativity!!!!
Thanks for the opportunity to share our Blue posts...

luna said...

Happy Blue Monday, Sally!

Irene said...

Hi Sally! Great blue post! Happy Blue Monday!

artis1111 said...

Great job, but don't slump!!!!Kathy

•°°• IcyBC •°°• said...

That was an awesome video, Sally! I love what the mother said about her daughter, and the girl's idea is genius!

Baba said...

Good morning, this is a great story.I love the colors of "blue and white", thanks for sharing her story.
I am showing my granddaughter jumping over barrels.. Baba

Beverly said...

Now, how creative is that?!!! It really made me smile.

Miss you, Sally. Happy Blue Monday.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Oh my goodness...gum wrappers! I'll bet she is a 4-H member working on a project for "green" ways for the future! Good for her!
Happy Blue Monday!

Jeanne said...

Good morning Sally. This is an interesting story. I wish I could see it closer. The Utube didn't work for me this morning. I will try again. It is a bit odd that the boy only has a T shirt on with his vest. He is wearing a hat??? Funny and clever.

Have a wonderful day.
Hugs, Jeanne

Jeanne said...

I forgot to mention that the first link for my blog is incorrect. I thought I had mastered this link thing. HA! Guess not.

I hope all is well for you Sally. I miss your posts. I do understand why you are slowing down right now. Actually, so have I, just a bit.

Jeanne, again

Beth said...

Sally, Her dress looks pretty! She did a great job creating. Thank you for sharing this story, and for hosting Blue Monday!
Blessings to you, Beth

Gwendolen Elaine said...

I saw this on the news!!!What a creative and brave young girl.When so many strive to blend in and just be "normal"...she is expressing herself in a creative and constructive way.Her mom must be so proud:)

Debbiedoos said...

Now that is a fashion statement!~

Becky K. said...

Jonathan's date was wishing she could wear a duct tape dress. She actually has one...but it would have been too hot.

Have a great Monday.

Becky K.

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

I've seen some of the duct tape dresses but never heard of this one! Cool!

bj said...

nOW, I think this is just short of AWESOME!! She is a brave little thing!!
Happy Blues!

Eden said...

Hi, Sally!

Wow, she is so creative and the dress is so beautiful.

Happy Blue Monday!

Ann said...

Sally, just yesterday, I was down in Mexico doing a little shopping. I fell head over heels in love with a purse and wallet made from gum wrappers. Had to leave them as they were very expensive. Well over $150.00!!! But I can certainly see where they could be expensive. What a tedious task to weave and fold. The dress and vest are beautiful! That will certainly be a prom both kids will remember. : )

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Wow! that is wild. Teenagers are so creative.

ellen b. said...

I love it! What a fun thing to do and what a great memory that will be!! It looks pretty darn good, too!

Jan said...

Wonderful to see that the young ones were so imaginative, and also they didn't follow the group, but had the intestinal fortitude to do their own thing, instead of following the crowd.
A lovely photo.
Happy Blue Monday, and a very pleasant week. God Bless

Anonymous said...

She gets an A for creativity and ingenuity!! It's actually a nice-looking dress.

Momgen said...

Very creative...happy blue Monday...

Mine is here

♥ Kathy said...

I think that's really neat AND pretty :) Happy Blue Monday Sally!

Kathryn said...

Love your blog site! This is my first Blue Monday post and look forward to seeing all the wonderful work posted! Thanks! kat

Sarah said...

Hi Sally, I'm late linking today. I've missed participating in Blue Monday and plan to work on that. So much blue in my life so no excuse.
The prom dress and vest is a hoot. I have a handbag made from wrappers. I remember when this was all the craze in the 60s. Thanks for sharing this fun piece.
Have a great week. ~ Sarah

Mary said...

Gotta love it!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Sally, you always find such interesting things to share with us. Chances are this young one will becomes the world's ultimate recycler. I hope all is well and that you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Charlotte said...

That's really fascinating.
Have a great week.

Dhemz said...

wow! I love the outcome...pretty impressive!

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Such a creative ,original dress ! I love this post ! Happy Blue Monday !

Charlotte said...

Hi again, Sally.
Thought you might be interested they announced yesterday morning that a new Minister of Music has been hired (finally). His name is Troy Peterson. He's from Pennsylvania and will be coming here in June when his kids get out of school.

Darlene said...

I saw that on the news the other day. I think it turned out GREAT and she is quite creative!

C'est moi Claudette said...

Hi Sally
Nice to see you again. Not able to view the video, but this is something Julie would do. She's always thinking out of the box. Gotta love it. Good for her and her boyfriend.
Do you have the recipe for the Coke cake by chance? If so just drop me a line @
Thanks Sally and Happy Monday.
Love Claudie

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Amazing dress and vest make from all things...gum wrappers! We have a girl fairly locally who made her prom dress from Doritos wrappers. What creativity. Happy blue Monday!

You have yourself a beautifully blessed week dear Sally!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Sally, What a great Blue Monday post. I love that gal's creativity... That's alot of gum!!!! The young man looks like he needs to take off that hat and get a haircut... HA HA.....

Cute post. Thanks!!

Judi said...

Happy Blue Monday Sally
That is the neatest dress! They did lots of chewing since August and probably commissioned some others to chew too! Wow. Love the idea and how clever.

I will watch the video tomorrow at work.
Thank you for sharing..
hope you are feeling good today Sally

Marice said...

thats really amazing! sorry Sally, if my entry today doesnt have much blue on it. ill make it up next time :)

Jamie said...

Wow, what a clever idea. Thanks for hosting Blue Monday. I didn't get the chance to participate this week but am hoping to make it in time for next week! I need to get some pictures taken of some blue stuffs.

Anonymous said...

Ooh no.. it's already close.. :-( I do not know that it already this time but whatever it is, here is my post {I hope you still accept this Sally.. :)}: My Blue Monday - Business Establishment Building and Handkerchief. Better luck next time for me. I have to be early the next week, for sure. :D

Have a great Monday to Sally, the moderator and all!

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

I loved this! I think it's great that she was brave enough to do this.
Have a wonderful day,

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Sally, I'm so glad you posted this. When I saw this on the news, I was amazed at how smart and how brave she was (and also how brave he was). I just thought this was great. I think she has a future in fashion design! laurie

Self Sagacity said...

Sally, you do such a wonderful job at hosting Blue Monday. Even with all the things going on in your life, you still make time to visit your participants. Thanks a bunch for a great party.

sara said...

I saw this story! amazing how creative some people are!

sorry I haven't been around in a has been very full.

Jeanne said...

Good morning Sally, I sent you an Email this morning. Please check it ASAP.
BTW, I did see the video about the gum wrappers. Amazing idea and the dress is very pretty.

Hugs, Jeanne

Cindy said...

Good for her! I wouldn't have guessed it was wrappers, or have had a clue on how to do it.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Holy moly! That girl is sooo creative!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

That is so neat, Sally! I can't believe she did it out of gum wrappers. WOW!

Have been missing you, my friend. I'm back for tonight and will head back to St. A. tomorrow to hopefully see if the men are getting close to finishing. There's still more to do after this, but we hit some snags. I hope some year to be able to blog again. LOL! ;-)



Anonymous said...

Hi Sally! Now that gal is one creative chick...and a free spirit! There's no way I would have headed out to my prom in a dress that was that different! Good for her!

I hope you are feeling OK...dana

bj said...

oops, I almost posted this weeks here.
I'll just come back in the morning..
Hope you are feeling well and doing good. You sure aren't posting as much as you used to...maybe just been busy??
hugs, bj

Barbara said...

Sally, I am so happy to see a young girl that is creative and thinks for herself.
You always find something interesting for Blue Monday.

Hope you are feeling ok.....Miss not posting much, but will be back soon.