1/21/2015

Using Up My Stash

When January first arrived, I was down and out sick.  I had no thoughts of upcoming resolutions much less any projects.  I have had lots of projects on the back burner...but you know how that seems to go.
"I'll do that when I have some free time."
 
For many weeks now I have been on steroids and they keep me up for long hours with no sleep and give me this energy I have to just go with.



 I have had this dress form for more than a few years now.  I paid $10 for it at a garage sale. It was the guardian at the laundry room door, serving no purpose but to take up space and let me know it was still "undone."
                                                        So I hauled her in the studio.

 
  I took some cream house paint I had on hand and gave it a coat of paint to even out the color.
 
 

                                                  I pulled out my lace and fabric stash


                                       
  my jars of buttons...................and draped her with a beige plain tablecloth....then started hot gluing lace doilies here and there.................then added buttons...






                                                       and here she is completely transformed.


                 This lamp shade was lying around waiting to be noticed on a shelf................


 

So I added some extra wide open weave ribbon I had on hand.....with some fabric flowers....




                              ....and here she is truly elevated to a lamp in our dining room....

              The only thing I had to go out and buy was the fixture to transform her into the light.

                                   May this new year find you using up some of your stash..............


















9 comments:

Marrianna said...

WOW! You did an amazing job giving new life to that mannequin. She is so stylish. Now that she is a unique, one of a kind lamp, she will be the topic of many wonderful conversations. Thanks for posting the pretty pictures and sharing your creativity.

Blessings,
Marrianna

Art and Sand said...

How fun!

I love her look and you must have had a ball decorating her. Are you going to do any seasonal changes on her?

Beth said...

I like your dress form, CatieAn! Beautiful! Hope you feel better very soon.

Susan said...

You are so creative. I would like a dress like that myself. Any end in sight for the steroids?

kath001 said...

She is adorable! Has she been on a diet? She looks lighter. Barrrum-pum. :)

Ellsie320 said...

I'm still trying to use my stash. I love the challenge!!

creations.1 said...

Just love your refurbished mannequin!!

Rachael Farmer said...

Lady, that's a stash to be proud of! And you made awesomeness with it! Love it! Hugs from Shroo:)xx

Veronica Roth said...

That's a brilliant lamp CatieAn and makes me smile. I bet it makes you smile each time you walk into the room. I remember one year in art school we had to do a project along the theme of bound and I did a corset lamp shade. ( I got an A...lol) Love these wonderful creative bits of life.