Jan 6, 2011

My New BFF Athena

I am pleased to introduce you to Athena.  She is the newest member of our family and my current obsession. (I'm still thinking about the dress so its a close tie between the two.)  Remember in when I told you about my love for vintage mannequins?  Well, I've been scouring the internet, craigslists, and local stores to see if I could find one for a reasonable price.  The cheapest I could find was about $189 and I figured I would wait before spending that much.  I found a DIY on how to make one yourself using duct-tape.   

I started working on it and heres what I got 
I figured I'd paper mache it to toughen it up a bit and then cover it with a cute fabric.
But then...I kinda lost my drive to do it.  The newspaper has been sitting in a bag for a week and little miss silver sat in a closet.  I guess she was upset about being stuck in the closet for so long she decided to mock me.  Look at what she did:

Soo, I began my hunt again and finally I found one!  I was so excited :)  I found her on Craigslist and contacted the seller right away.  I got this baby for $50.

 Isn't she purty?  
I was considering replacing the fabric, but I don't think I'll follow through with that plan.  

And here is Athena modeling my new houndstooth pea coat.

Can't wait to start sewing!  What should I sew first?  I had considered trying to replicate the peplum dress I want so bad but I thought maybe I'm overly ambitious.  Any suggestions?

And don't forget to check out Jen's giveaway at Slumber Designs !


  1. what a great find! sooooo exciting!

  2. whooohoooo! I love the chocolate brown actually! and omg coat!!!! so pretty!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  3. i'd say start with a skirt and go from there! i'm not sure i could ever get beyond curtains and pillows :)

  4. Oh my goodness... I have ALWAYS wanted one of those!! Seriously - I've had my eye out for a cream one... I think it adds such a fun hint to decorating. Love your blog!!

  5. It would be so fun to have something like that. And luv the new coat :)

  6. I love it! I've always wanted one, when we have space I'll definitely be checking out Craigslist. Can't wait to see what you start sewing!

  7. Love it! And can't wait to see what you design, woo hoo! XX!

  8. i would start out with a skirt - they're fairly quick, but still have all the basics like hemming and zippers to refresh your memory! otherwise, i would try some sort of dress - maybe one with a tie waist or something. i'm excited for you to start re-sewing! e-mail me anytime if you have any questions i can answer for you :)

  9. Oh my - your DIY project got me laughing...too funny how she busted at the seams. I'm glad Athena's much more well behaved :-)

  10. I love mannequins... I used to dress them for work... hee hee. Love your houndstooth coat... very cool & you will be adorable in it! xo

  11. nuha, thanks so much for your kind comments. I really appreciate your thinking of me.

    I am a total lover of dress forms, too. In fact I have three in my dining room! call me crazy...

    happy new year and thanks again! love, donna


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