Meet Ethel

I can't believe I haven't properly introduced the new member of our household! How shockingly rude of me!

Meet Ethel, my vintage but new to me dressform.
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She might be a little bit old and a little bit creaky when she rolls around but she is just fabulous as far as Im concerned. A little bit worn but not too run down. Just the right amount of charm. Mr. Limestone gave her to me for my birthday. Be still my beating heart - he gives the best gifts.

Right now she is hanging out in the less than stellar box room. I've been too enamored with her right now to really dress her up - but just think of the possibilities.

And speaking of possibilities, check out the eye candy I found on surfing.




What do you think I should do with her?

37 comments:

  1. Ooh so fun! I'd string a little garland around her like a sash (or ribbon) and pin the Christmas cards you receive to her for the holidays. Then on New Years you can add loads of bling. I've wanted one of these for a long time so I have about a million ideas!

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  2. diamonds! and lots of them...ok well the plastic kind of course and they MUST be vintage!

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  3. What an awesome gift! I think she is beautiful just the way she is! Although... some sparkly lovelies around her neck would be great too. :-)

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  4. Mr. Limestone did a great job!

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  5. oh she is a beauty! Perhaps a feather boa for the festive season!

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  6. So awesome. I never really wanted a dress form before. But now I do!!! I like Magchunk's comment. Definitely dress her up for the season.

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  7. I love the all white room! These ideas are pretty cool too. :)

    http://images.teamsugar.com/files/users/0/3987/49_2007/img49l.preview.jpg

    http://craftapple.files.wordpress.com/2006/06/alterknits-dress-form.jpg

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  8. How fun! I actually like it just as is... :-)

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  9. Oh I love her... I have got to get me one!!

    Smiles~ Michelle

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  10. She might just be related to my 'Josephine', xv.

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  11. Lucky! I really want one of those as well. Can't wait to see how you dress her up.

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  12. Mr. L needs to give Mr. FC some romantical gift giving tips. Hell, I'll just send Mr. FC the link to this post, that should do it.

    Such a romantic gift, with endless possibilities!

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  13. donna4:26 PM

    Please tell us where/how your hubby found the form! I have three forms in children's sizes and just love them. I think these forms are too much like sculpture to adore with anything. Perfect the way they are.

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  14. Oh my, sigh...I love her!

    Decorate her for the holidays!

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  15. I have always wanted to buy one and put it in the corner of my bedroom in my wedding dress. You are so lucky. MB

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  16. Ethel & Priscilla {http://brickcitylove.com/2009/11/05/meet-priscilla/} should be friends! She's absolutely lovely. I'm drooling over the base with casters. Gorge!

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  17. Wow! She's a babe! I wish I could break me off a piece of that. lol! Seriously, what a cool accent to a room! I loved the ideas of the chunky necklaces around the neck or the charms pinned to her.

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  18. Oh and before it kills me, if you dont mind either, what kind of camera do you have?? Seriously, those photos you took in Bali were amazing. Just wondering. :)

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  19. you seriously have a keeper for a husband! :-) She's just a doll! (pun intended) I love her and have wanted one myself for a long time. I think you could make her a little bra out of vintage ribbon bows, you could cover her in magnolia leaves in the shape of a dress with a creamy velvet sash and a HUGE Gardinia as a brooch...I could go on and on...you are a lucky CHICK! ;-)

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  20. aww, my grandma's name was Ethel, but we called her Ettie.

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  21. Hello, Ethel! Have fun deciding what to do with her! :)

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  22. Ethel! How did you decide on this name?! It is so much fun to have a dress form, I've had mine since I studied fashion design and wouldn't want to ever have to part with it! ENJOY!!
    Janell

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  23. Isabella - I don't know where Ethel came from - just that dress forms make me think of uber stylish 90 year old ladies that sew all their own clothing and always look like they are going to the opera even if they are staying home. Ethel is one of those names, you know?

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  24. FABULOUS! Mr. Limestone is just plain FABULOUS! I saw one on craig's list and I couldn't remember who it was that was looking for one. Must have been you, can't wait to see what you do with it! Hugs from Conroe, TX!

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  25. Lucky duck! I like that you named it.

    My mom has one in her bedroom, and it scared me one evening. But hers is covered in red velvet. I love the base!

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  26. What a wonderful gift! I'm thinking of getting a kids version from FAO Schwartz for my daughter.

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  27. I love that you named her, such a fab name for a fab woman!

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  28. I *just* lost out on a dressform on eBay last week. If Ethel had been around the block a little more (she is in fab shape!) I would swear you scooped me! ;-)

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  29. I am jealous as I have wanted an antique dress form for YEARS! Ethel is wonderful. The hubs did good!

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  30. Ethel is a fabulous find. Wtg to Mr. Limestone for giving his lady what she really wanted. Can't wait to see her decked out for Christmas and New Years.

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  31. Ooooh she is a beaut!
    We have her much younger cousin...Deirdra.

    And Deirdra is lovin all of your (and your readers) ideas!

    Deirdra's gettin' dressed!

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  32. Oh, to see one of my "girls"!!! That is what I call them. They are my Chic girlfriends that always make me feel stylish. Ethel is just perfect and what a great girlfriend she will be....I had so many at one time but they have gone on to other adventures to new homes. I still have 3 left with me in my office and on one of them (she is a half one, store display) I pinned tons of old watch faces all over her...and some lace left over from my wedding outfit. My other girl is in front of my desk with a vintage jacket on and other trinkets around her neck that has meaning to me...I never tire of them.

    Give Ethel a hug for me,
    Elizabeth

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  33. She's lovely! Perhaps you could use her as an idea board for your projects? Pin pictures and swatches of fabric on her as you gather inspiration? What is the name of the blue on the walls behind her? I am still on the hunt for the perfect shade of blue for my kitchen!

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  34. Ethel is sexy! I bet she and my Madonna would be friends. (Madonna has amazing cone shaped bosoms, hence her name)and likes to play dress
    up.

    Also, serious coolness points to Mr. L, bravo!

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  35. Gotta luv a man who gives great gifts...Can you tell where he got it...? I'm looking for one in the NYC...dbmore@hotmail.com

    Thanks.

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  36. Anonymous1:43 PM

    How about simple mattress ticking for a skirt round the bottom, aslo are you going to use a sheet of glass over the surface of the door for a smooth top. Thinking about the wall, hmmmmmm. . . was on habitat UK and Living etc. websites today lots of great ideas there. Good luck I am sure you'll pull off something amazing!
    jilmardods@yahoo.com

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