Friday, May 21, 2010

Chew On This - Part II

Well, what have we here? My second of three posts about gum. This is high school student Elizabeth Rasmuson. Elizabeth wanted to stand out at her prom, to be special, not like the others. So she made her own prom gown. Out of chewing gum wrappers. Her friends helped her chew the gum. And when she finished making it, she liked it so much that she made her prom date a matching vest. Perhaps she has a promising career designing dresses out of food wrappers. Chewing gum burns 11 calories an hour, that would maybe explain why they are both so thin. I took these pictures from the local news on my T.V. I almost dropped the remote into my bowl of ice-cream when I saw it, but then gathered myself and grabbed the camera. My prom days are long gone. But if I were to make a gown, it would be sewn from candy wrappers and ice-cream cartons. What would yours be made of?

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes." Luke 12:22


DawnTreader said...

Those are good pictures for being shot with a camera from the TV screen. And that girl should definitely go on to make a designing career.

I never had a prom dress. When I left what equals your senior high - in the mid 70s - it was at a time when our old kind of exams had just been exchanged for much simpler procedures. I don't think there even was a 'prom'. If there was one, it can't have been a very big deal. I have no memory of prom dresses being discussed at all. (Nowadays they do have them again, but I think still not quite with all the same 'fuss' as in the US.)

I think I'd feel a bit nervous about the dress getting torn if it was made of gum wrappers...? Not sure what I'd like mine to be made of. But one thing I always found absurd about the dress code at any event like this is that women are supposed to have bare arms and shoulders, while men are supposed to wear at least double layers of clothes. Was this invented just so that the men should end up lending their coats to the poor freezing women?!

SquirrelQueen said...

The outfits turned out really cute. I saw a news photo of the couple dressed in the outfits.

I have to applaud the girl's courage to be different and not try to fit in with the 'crowd'. Maybe there are some free thinkers left in our world.

I think Scarlett O'Hara had a great idea with the dress made from drapes. Maybe I would give that a try.

From the Kitchen said...

I'm amazed that you got those great photos from the t.v.--I wouldn't have been able to find my camera that fast!

My parents wouldn't allow us to chew gum as children--not "lady like"!! Therefore I was a "closet" gum chewer. So, I can't see me chewing enough gum to make a dress. I'm going with "Squirrel Queen" for the drapes. Wait! I don't have any drapes--just sheers. Uh oh!


Betsy from Tennessee said...

I saw this report on TV not long ago. It's neat that even the boy wore a top made out of the gum wrappers. Can you imagine how many pieces of gum that took????

My Prom dress would be made out of Jef Peanut Butter jar wrappers... Jif is my favorite peanut butter!!!! ha

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie V said...

I think the gown is gorgeous. Being creative meant being different back in my high school days so anyone with that kind of creativity stifled it or went friendless. I'm so happy that our kids and grandkids have had the freedom to express their individuality. And I do, too!

That's a good question, Ginny. I think my prom dress would be made from those small yogurt containers and tea bags. Can I use some mesh onion sacks, too? I've always thought they could be used in sewing.

Sandra said...

pizza boxes and burger wrappers, the box would fit my figure. ha ha these are amazing, glad you got the photos, never seen or heard of anything like it

Bird Girl said...

You are so funny!!! I laughed out loud when you said you almost dropped the remote in your bowl of ice cream! And then how do you have the presence of mind to grab the camera and get these great shots right off the TV screen? You crack me up - truly :-)
I'd have to BUY my prom dress - because I would be just too overwhelmed to be creative - that is a BIG job! I take my hat off to that gal!
By the way - I left you a comment about the house sparrows - I can't remember your posts about them - hope it doesn't make you sad :-(

Beverly said...

I love her creativity! She's certainly not going with the flow, is she.

Cute post.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Hi Ginny..seemed to take me forever to get over and visit again..or is it me slowing down or not being able to catch up? Well I was thinking about you and you just commented too.
Oh my gosh..this is hilarious!! I love it! Her friends helped chew..but it took shape- amazing!!ha ha. Ok, now that you asked..I'd make it by removing and sewing those itchy tags from the bag of your shirt, blouse or dress together!! lol)..
Oh..I heard there was something bad about chewing gum, but couldn't of course remember where..but just found essentially the same thing which is really helpful here at this link-
Well hope your enjoying your best, Regina!

Glenda said...

The young lady definitely marches to her own drummer, doesn't she? And she must be a risk taker; I'd be so afraid a dress like that would come apart!

IF I were that daring and creative, maybe my dress would be made of Hershey's kisses wrappers!

George said...

That young lady has a great deal of talent. Her dress and his vest are certainly unique.