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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Miss Desert Rose

I finally did it! I tore off the jersey on my $20 dressform!

I sort of like the sepia look.

I found this dressform at a flea market this time last year. My friend Stephanie told me that I  can remove the fabric and that there is cardboard underneath...huh? I didn't know that.
I never got around to it until my blogging friend Debbie (The Lakehouse) posted her dressform HERE and said she removed the fabric. So I emailed her and asked a little bit about it. Nothing to it.
I brought Miss Desert Rose out onto the front porch, took her off her stand and gave it a fresh coat of white spray paint. I started to pull off the fabric and it was easy. Scraped the loose old glue off and dusted her, vacuumed her and brought her back inside.

(I wonder if anyone saw me out there with this headless body???)

She was easy to decorate with what I had on hand, I happened to have a large crochet pineapple tablecloth, folded it in half and put it on her. I just purchased a beautiful crochet collar on Etsy, put that on top...liked it. An old rhinestone necklace was just lying on the dresser so I added that. 
She's missing the knob on top and I was folding up a crochet collar that was done in a complete circle and ruffly...ah ha! It looks like a flower! So I rolled it up and set it on top!
  That's it!

The birdcage with stand was another flea market find at only $20!
As is, I didn't do a thing to it other than add the artificial ivy inside.

Below is the entire wall. I think I'm okay with it except I'm not totally satisfied with the picture arrangement but something will come to me and I'll get it right.
(Can you tell I like a lot of clutter!!!)

this is the 'before' picture...what an improvement!

Thanks Stephanie and Debbie for opening my eyes!

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Vicky Hunt said...

Your dress form turned out great...love the way you dressed it up! So feminine...:) Love the whole wall...you have some really pretty things! Have a blessed Wednesday.

Jen Jorgensen said...

I 'defrocked' mine last year too - lol
Then, I decoupaged my 'Betty' with an old journal...


These old vintage ones are just classier with that yucky blue material off. Of course, they did use them as real sewing forms, so they could pin to that blue material back then...

She is beautiful~!
Good Job~~~

NanaDiana said...

Faye- I LOVE your dress form~gorgeous. Your whole little set up there looks just so lovely. What I REALLY WANT (to steal-ha) is that carpet bag! Wow-that is gorgeous, too!!! xo Diana

Marci said...

I'm jealous again. I have wanted a birdcage on a stand for a long time. Never saw one for $20! Miss Desert Rose is looking quite stylish. That lace collar is beautiful. Love the lily of the valley picture and the dried hydrangeas. And the bag hanging on the dresser. The whole vignette is lovely.

Nancy's Notes said...

What a wonderful transformation, she looks lovely! I love the whole vintage look and all of the treasures added to the vingnette are just perfect!


She looks much better :) I had no idea that you could "tear them apart"!
I love the look in your home! Not cluttered to me:)
Are you missing the snow??!! LOL!
Happy almost SPRING!

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

WOW! What an improvement~~~didn't know that is what you'd find underneath the material. Like how you "dressed" her up.

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Your dress form looks great! Love the bits of lace added to it and that wall is perfect. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

"Wild Rose Vintage" has been included in the Sites To See for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point many new visitors in your direction.


Pat Cantwell said...

Your Dessert Rose turned out beautifully, dear one!
My dress form, affectionately named, "Lizzie" is dressed in a Sunflower grain sack with bulap ribbon tied in a bow at her waist and neck.
You're going to enjoy trying new and different ways to embellish her throughout the years. Debra has some amazing archives of her decorated dress form you're sure to gain inspiration from her creative designs, too!

The Charm of Home said...

That's much better. Great looks.