10/22/09

Show & Tell~

This week I'm showing my newly covered mannequin torso that I picked up at a yard sale for the whopping sum of $20~ You can read all about that and more treasures I picked up here. I painted the wooden neck piece and the metal stand with wooden legs with white spray paint. Next, I used spray adhesive and covered the blow mold form with a thin layer of quilt batting. I then made a fabric pattern with 5 sections to cover the torso...I then made a paper pattern out of that.... thennnn I used the pattern on a thrifted Shabby chic curtain panel (I got two for $6) stitched up the entire thing on my trusty sewing machine then placed it on my mannequin. Taaaaaaaa daaaaaaaaaa instant caute! Okokok, not so instant~ but definitely caute!!

Lastly, here is a photo of my birdcage from last weeks "Show & Tell" with a newly made seed catcher and fabric roof. You can read more about that here and here.
Jen is hosting her "Before & After party" on her blog Sanctuary Arts At Home... check it out~ You can also see more Show & Tells over at Cindy's blog "My Romantic Home" If you have linked to my blog and wish to view more, just click right here!

25 comments:

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

That looks great!!! I can't see the birdcage though. I'll have to check back later!

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

That looks like a major project. It would be for me anyway. It looks fantastic!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I am so jealous of your mannequin. And the bird cage turned out fabulous.

Rebekah@Red's Nest said...

Ok, you are so talented. I'd love for you to come stay a week with me and do cute projects for me. I just love the mannequin and the bird cage.
Blessings,
Rebekah

Mrs Twins said...

What a good idea covering the Mannequin.It looks really nice. Also the bird cage. I've decorated a Bird Cage with my crocheting. Hope you'll visit me soon. The Bird Cage is my favourite!
Hugs Sue.

My name is PJ. said...

Let me know when you're ready to shop that mannequin to me and I'll email you my address! You're a goddess when it comes to artistic and crafty endeavors.

Hootin' Anni said...

Wow...just wow....what a bargain, and what a talent you have used to decorate it all.

Mine today is just a sketch I drew. [along with a little worksheet share for a simple craft project....AND links to my photos of the trip to the zoo!!! LOL ---a busy post.]

Click HERE

Have a glorious Friday, and super weekend.!!

Susan said...

Cute & different items. I enjoyed seeing both.
Susan

NicNacManiac said...

You sure know how to turn anything into a treasure!! Love what you've done with your new little friend! The birdcage is totally charming now as well!! xOxO

The Watts Family said...

Wow they both look fabulous. I need to do something like that to our birdcage! wonderful ideas ~Blessings Heather

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

$20 for a mannequin is a major big score! well done! It came out beautiful! The birdcage is lovely!

Tina

Leann said...

Ohh Cheryl

This is so great. I've seen so many forms in blogland that I want one too. I love what you've done with yours!

And you added pure romance to the bird cage!

Enjoy your day!
Leann

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

You lucky guirl to have found that mannequin at such a price! Love your redo on it too.

ALWAYS THE ABRAMYANS said...

You really put your own touch on it! It's so pretty and very original! I'm quite jealous...I wish I was as crafty as you. Thanks for sharing. -April

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Wow, love the mannequin. Great job!!

LDH said...

Great transformation of the mannequin ~ very pretty bird cage too!

Linda Q said...

You did a great job! Turned out well.
Linda Q

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Oh how much we need/want a dress form! Your looks beautiful!

Jen R. said...

I am so jealous that you found such a great deal! I've been looking for one forever! It turned out wonderfully Cheryl! THanks for joining in on the party!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

That is a wonderful find for $20. Well done! And the fabric you covered it with really gives it new life. Good job!

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

I LOVE dressforms! I want one soooo bad!! Yours is Beautiful! I have a little paper mache one I am doing but nothing as Beautiful as yours!

Laurie said...

The dress form looks awesome!

Jennifer DeDonato said...

oh my you did a great job!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi Cheryl~ ~
Thanks for the lesson on covering a mannequin. Looks like you are a very good seamstress. I've got a project in the works involving a mannequin too.

Joanna {sweet finds} said...

Both projects are very cute! I have a dress form that needs to be covered too... but I'm a little nervous & don't want to mess it up. :) Eeek! too bad you didn't make a video for us to follow. LOL
xoxo, Joanna