Sunday, January 10

Mannie Makeover


One of my vows for the new year was to use & enjoy all of the treasures I've spent years acquiring.

One of my biggest obsessions is old sheet music, especially the kind with whimsical titles & beautiful scripts.

I have scads of really amazing pieces, just sitting in a drawer waiting to be used.
 When I found this old dressmakers mannequin it was pretty cute, but I can't leave anything alone.

I got the seal of approval when Lily announced, 'Mommy I love your maniac'.

I do too.
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I just found out that my dear friend Dorthe from Den Lille Lade is having a giveway!  In honor of her blogging birthday, someone will be gifted with a one of a kind handmade angel.  I am lucky enough to own one of Dorthes' dolls & the pictures don't do justice to how amazing they are.  Besides being one of the nicest people I've ever known Dorthe is a gifted artist. 

Go over & check her out!


42 comments:

The Tattered Cottage said...

Oh my gosh!! I LOVE her! She is so beautiful. I love how you used the vintage sheet music and the lace at the bottom. She really does look gorgeous....ohhhh la la!
Toni

Miss Gracie's House said...

wow...she is gorgeous...that sheet music is perfect!
Rene'

June said...

That's the prettiest maniac I've ever seen! Such beautiful paper.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

She is so sweet and gorgeous even if she is a maniac!

BellaRosa said...

I absolutely love your maniac :) You did a beautiful job with the vintage sheet music and lace..the pretty flower just finished her off..just lovely! Besos, Rose

T said...

She is precious! You are so creative!

Dorthe said...

Hi sweet Lisa, oh
she is gorgeus, I love her, never saw such beutifull sheet music,and the way you used it is so wonderfull.

Lisa please -If writing me while i`m in Copenhagen, please use my :denlillelade@gmail.com, I can`t read the other one here!!!!!
have you seen my giveaway?

Many hugs and love Dorthe

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Lisa....I just LOVE YOUR MANIAC!! Such gorgeous graphics you used on her and now every time you glance at her you can enjoy them...she definitely can inspire you in your studio too! Your daughter is so precious call her a "maniac" ~ I hope you have a wonderful, creative week, hugs and love, Dawn

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

OH SO LOVE HER....she is a classic beauty now.
But how did you adhere the sheet music to the material of the "maniac" ?(laughing )
Did you use a glaze over the sheet music...like a decoupage ?

CUTE IDEA ...really cute !

Rose
http://delightfulclutter.blogspot.com/

Sylvia said...

That turned out really cute...I have been looking for a mannequin for quite some time now and nothing...hard to come by. Great blog...will be back!!!

CEDAR JUNCTION said...

Your "maniac" is awesome! I like how she came out. I think you are really going to enjoy this year.

Teresa

FILIGREE MOON said...

Thank you, Lily, for the Monday giggle. Lisa, your "maniac" is gorgeous. I've got the makings for my "maniac" redo here, and now you've inspired me to finish the task! ~ Angela

Deb said...

Gorgeous! Love the sheet music and lace trim ♥

Linda said...

What an absolutely charming makeover...thanks for sharing!

Zuzu said...

She's gorgeous! LOVE the sheet music!
:)
Zuzu

Storybook Woods said...

Mannie, is beautiful, you did an amazing job !!! Clarice

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

I love sheet music, too. She really looks gorgeous....
Thanks for sharing.
michele

sissie said...

She looks like she could start dancing any minute surrounded by all the beautiful sheet music.
I love how great she looks!

The Tattered Cottage said...

Hi Lisa -
I so appreciated your suggestions and I have to tell you, I had thought about adding some black. My table has black legs and my chairs are black. I really like the idea of a couple of black and white check plates. So now I'm on the hunt for some :) It helps to have another opinion, especially when, you get into a decorating funk, like I did.
Thanks again,
Toni

Joanna {sweet finds} said...

maniac! ...how funny. I wish I had written down funny little things the kids said when they were four.

had fun Friday night. How many weeks til the next get together?? :)

xoxo, Joanna

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Lisa..I can't keep my eyes off on "maniac"...she is just way too darling. I have two 'maniacs" of my own...but each have clothing on them...so I will have to try to find a naked one maybe.
Thanks for dropping by and giving me the idea for the candlestick for a heel on my antique shoe last...I can do that I'm sure.

Just actually getting around to DOING it..is the next challange.

Rose
http://delightfulclutter.blogspot.com/

junkdreams said...

Wowzers!!!! Absolutely, unbelievably gorgeous!!! How I would love to have this dress form. Wonderful job.
xojanis

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

What a gorgeous maniac! You did such a beautiful job with her.
~Debra
Capers of the vintage vixens

Dorthe said...

Hi sweet, no it is not being greedy, ofcourse you are in, too.
Thank`s for posting about my giveaway, deár Lisa, so very sweet of you.

Love and hugs, Dorthe

Mona @ la la by mona said...

I love your maniac! She's beautiful and so unique. What is her name? Mine are Genevieve and Antoinette. Although Genevieve is naked except for a necklace. So, now you have inspired me to dress her more properly!!! :)

Rustique Gallery said...

What a great idea! That reminds me of so many other things that could be covered up! I'd better get to work...
Sherry

Mimi Sue said...

She's so adorable. Great job. Mimi

Picture That said...

Lily (your little me) comes up with the cutest comments. I love your "maniac".

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

It looks wonderful! Beautiful art piece!!!

Mary said...

Well you've done it again, Lisa. You blow me away!! That is the coolest mannie make-over ever! I just saw one (a mannie makeover) yesterday that I really liked, but I think I will attempt one like yours.

I so agree with your plan to enjoy what you've spent time acquiring. Otherwise, we're just chasing our tails.

Dorthe said...

Hi dear Lisa,
My husbond just phoned me and said a packet has arrived at home from you to me, juuuubiiiiiiiiii, I guess it must be the old one, so now you don`t have to send the new one, I so hope it is still at your home, dear!!!!
Wow now I can`t wait to get home ,to see it, but it takes 6 more dayes here ,till I`m back, so just have to be patient.

So happy it arrived Lisa.
Big hug-Dorthe

Jen Crossley said...

OMG this is too die for sensational
Jen

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Lisa ~
Ohhh girl she is beautiful !!! You are so creative and talented !!
I cannot wait to get to create with you ~
hugs
Lori

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh! I love your "maniac" too! The sheet music is the perfect outfit, and I love the addition of the little ruffle around the bottom. laurie

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

I just Love Your Mannequin ~ She's Beautiful..... I can't wait till Spring, when all the flea market & tag sales begin, I really want an Old Dress Form.
Cheryl

Karen Valentine said...

I LOVE you mannie too! She is so unique and special. Nice job.

Karen

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

The scallop pattern you used is just great, and gives it a unique look!

Charmingdesigns said...

I just picked up an old "maniac" myself...for $35 whoohoo. May I ask what you used to add your papers, just mod podge? Mine has green burlapy type fabric. lm.sm@comcast.net

Barbara Jean said...

Oh, that is too funny!!

I love you' maniac' too. =0)

barbara jean

purplepaint said...

I love your blog!!! And I love your maniac!!! She's fabulous!
Marva

Sherry Goodloe said...

ooooooooooooh weeeeeeeeeeee this would just be PERFECT in my place! What a fabulous job you did. Just fab-u-lous!

Claudia said...

Oh my gosh! She is a gorgeous girl! I love what you did to her. Thanks for the inspiration.

xo
Claudia