This is the most recent pic. I took everything off and painted the foam and put everything back on but with a little more wisdom. I'm still working on finishing the bottom. That's the next step. I'm much closer now to a finished product that I like. There are still a few foam spots that of course only I see so I'm going to get some gold glue paint and glue a few more gold buttons to the foam and then I'm done fiddling with it.
I've made a few more decisions regarding my dress. all I need now is someone to marry us and a photographer. and then I have to decide on the reception...way more difficult.