A Beautiful Combination of Created and Found Objects

March 27th, 2011 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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This little lady makes me smile.  Ive always loved this cardboard dress form.  E and I actually fought over it when she went to college.  I told her I would take good care of her until Miss E is done with dorm living....although she would be great at a toga party.  Any hoo I am loving this soft romantic look these days.  I even like the color blue now.....but only one shade so far....Devine Steamer. Its a beautiful blue/gray that doesnt scream...Hello, Im Blue!
OK... I know this is a family site, but I have to show you my form in all her naked glory! I run across many varieties of forms, but ones like this (at least in my travels) are harder to come by. She is in mint condition for her age! I must get the name of her trainer.
Shes the kind of girl that goes with the flow. She has an Adjust-O-Matic personality. Thats a good quality in a woman.
She also comes with an owners manual and complete instructions. I can only imagine this is what every man dreams of.
So I had my little dress form and wanted her to make a statement. Annie from Grace and Corazon made this delightful crown for JUNKMARKET Under Glass and I just had to have it! I love the reclaimed mixed with nature and a bit of new. The combination of these materials gives this crown an atherial quality.
The vintage cross with a blue stone makes a perfect headliner for this little charmer.
She gave pods a vintage pearl center. Loverly!
The craft store blue birdie makes her nest in the twigs that lend the nature element to this crown.
Its all in the details and Annie left no stone unturned with this project. The inside of the headband is finished beautifully with vintage velvet ribbon.
My girl needed some jewelry and this blue beauty crafted by our very own contributor, Gretchen was the perfect fit. It looks like it was made for this form!
I also have a passion for vintage eyewear and just happened to have a fancy blue pair about the house. Adorable hanging from  the chain! Little touches go a long way.
She is completely bedazzled now and ready to find a place of honor!
This little lady makes me smile.  Ive always loved this cardboard dress form.  E and I actually fought over it when she went to college.  I told her I would take good care of her until Miss E is done with dorm living....although she would be great at a toga party.  Any hoo I am loving this soft romantic look these days.  I even like the color blue now.....but only one shade so far....Devine Steamer. Its a beautiful blue/gray that doesnt scream...Hello, Im Blue!

This little lady makes me smile.  I've always loved this cardboard dress form.  E and I actually fought over it when she went to college.  I told her I would take good care of her until Miss E is done with dorm living....although she would be great at a toga party.  Any hoo I am loving this soft romantic look these days.  I even like the color blue now.....but only one shade so far....Devine Steamer. It's a beautiful blue/gray that doesn't scream..."Hello, I'm Blue!"


As you all know I am an empty nester now and that means time for a change. I haven't revamped the look and feel of my abode for sometime and I think the time is ripe for something different. A move may be in my near future....so I'm thinking about what I want my new pad to look like. This is very exciting for me and gets my creaqtive juices flowing! I'll be combining some of my old time favorites with newly found objects and furnishings that are lighter, brighter, and a little more on the amorous side. After I have gathered these goodies they will be tossed together with industrial fixings.  Not sure what I will refer to my new look as ...maybe something like Romancing the Steel, Sense and Sensibility, Rock Solid Romance. The phrase will come as the style evolves....it always does. 

I have always been more about the overall picture and not just about the junk or the project.  It all has to fit...it all has to make sense.  Found items, for me need to be re-purposed with a purpose.  Some items are begging for an overhaul, while others are simply beautiful as they are.  The thoughtful combination of found items with new items, true antiques, stunning colors, fabulous textiles, oodles of texture, artisan creations, imaginative presentation, and the celebration of personal style and individuality are all basic and very important components of the original JUNKMARKET Style message.

Be creative, be yourself, have fun, and don't follow the pack......do your own thing!


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Comments (11)

rustinpeace writes: I just acquired one of these old beauties and have plenty of treasures to adorn her! Posted: 7:43 am on August 3rd
junkistah writes: i love your work. so romantic, makes me wanna wanna watch pride and prejudice again...
you never failed to inspire us, thanks a lot. go junkin'!
Posted: 8:38 pm on June 18th
alicemom writes: Oh Miz Suqie-Q,
I am redoing my whole house. I should have been postin'. You have inspired me to get the camera clicking. As always you are a true wordsmith, which I admire. That blue is a good color. Thanks for the name.
Smiles, alice Posted: 9:03 pm on April 5th
chippingcharm writes: She's a beauty indeed :)
I think it's fun to hear what everybody is doing these days...I'm ready for a change too. For me it's all about scaling back...letting go of some of the "collections" and just focusing on the things I love. But for some reason I have a hard time letting go...does that make me a "hoarder"??? We'll see...wish me luck :) Laurel Posted: 12:26 pm on March 29th
MimiToria writes: What a fun post Sue...love the written words you added to go with the photos of your lovely dress form and goodies. Hilarious! Always a joy to read your posts.
Gretchen Posted: 5:34 pm on March 28th
Funky_Junk_Donna writes: Great piece and conversation!

I don't think much of anything stays the same in my home. Usually after a year, I'm redoing something. At this rate, my house will NEVER be done. :)

I'm ready to rip my bedroom apart which was the first room I actually did. But I cut a deal with myself to finish off the rest first that I keep tripping over. Two more closets and I can start redoing stuff!

And as Jim says, it's easy to do when the old stuff cost next to nothing.

I feel a sort of softening up for my style as well. Removing some of the cold hard lines and getting brave with some colour. We shall see...

Donna
Posted: 8:31 am on March 28th
JunkArchitect writes: Well congratulations, change is good! I had a junk breakdown a year ago, unloaded half the stuff in my house, and painted most of the rooms. It's much easier to make a major change when you've furnished your home with garage sale finds that didn't cost much to begin with.
I'm looking forward to seeing your new style develop. And this gives you the opportunity to post TONS of new projects on JMS...right?
Lani's comment about becoming "dated and obsolete" put some fear in my bones. I'm gonna pick up two more gallons of paint on my way home from work.

Nice form too.

Jim
Posted: 6:55 am on March 28th
CottageElements writes: Sue, that is what I love about you and JUNKMARKET. Besides taking "junk" and making it beautiful and inviting, you encourage people to be themselves. To step out of their comfort zone and be unique. To think outside of the box. We need to let our own personal styles reflect who "we" are as individuals. If we stay with one style and don't grow and evolve, we will become dated and obsolete. That's why intead of following the pack, we need to lead the way and set the trends, ever changing and growing. Looking forward to watching what trends you set and we as a website set!! Whatever it is, I'm sure it'll be amazing!

As to the lovely maniquin lady. She's a stunner! And I'm sure my husband wished I came with instructions. He still can't figure me out! LOL! Lani Posted: 7:46 pm on March 27th
JunkSituation writes: Very interesting combination of 'stuff'. I really like the blue glasses! And what an awesome dress form... great ideas :) Posted: 3:30 pm on March 27th
Lauretta writes: I have a thing for old dress forms too!!! I have a couple dress forms I've revamped on my Junk page. One is called "Thelma-The Norwegian Princess" and the other is "La Cage Aux Fabulous Fowl."
Posted: 8:52 am on March 27th
Lauretta writes: Love it! Posted: 8:46 am on March 27th
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