Friday, May 18, 2007

Meet Isabella Crane

I want you to meet Isabella Crane, my new dress form.

As you know, several fellow bloggers, have found really cute dress forms lately. (of course I was jealous)

I have been looking for one, for awhile now. Last Sunday at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, for instance, I missed one" by that much"!

I found one at the local thriftshop, but the ladies there wouldn't sell it to me. They said that they would be using it, to display dresses. And they would, never ever sell it.

Two of my favorite shops, in Ventura had them too, but not for sale.

So Monday afternoon, I decided to go about 20 minutes away, to this really great Antique Mall, in Agoura Hills.

The first shop that I checked had several old dress forms, at really HIGH prices!!

Then I found Isabella!! YAY!! She was exactly the one, that I had been looking for. She was also 20% off. YAY again!! So the rest is history. I believe that I was meant to have her. She is my Mother's Day present, from my husband Mark.



Now for the name. I told my daughter Amanda, that I wanted to, name my dress form. Well, the first thing she said was, that I need a pet! Then she came up with, Isabella Crane. (sounds like a Soap Opera name). It is a reference, to Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, of Sleepy Hollow. Hence, the no head.

Amanda, always comes up with, good ideas like that. Even though Ichabod, was not the headless guy.

If you can see the necklace she is wearing, I've had it since I was little. It is an antique, that an Aunt had given to me, with a picture of my grandparents inside.

I thought that you might also like to see, the new banner, that I made for my office. Maybe it will inspire you to make one too. (Inspiration Friday)

I hope all of you, have a wonderful weekend.

33 comments:

Deb said...

Your dress form is gorgeous! What a great find. My daughter(the-french-nest) spotted one last weekend at a garage sale. We were thrilled :-}as we've been looking for one for the longest time.
Love your 'Dream' banner too.

The French Nest said...

Beautiful dress mold and I think the name fits her perfectly. My mum and I recently found "the one" for us and we are looking forward to shabby chic-ing her!

I also love the "Dream" banner you created for your office...c'est magnifique!

KLKinFLA said...

Isabella looks great...I've got my mind on one of those too. I've seen them decorated with small picture frames, and I've been contemplating that for my bedroom. Your banner looks great too. Enjoy your weekend!

Raised In Cotton said...

I love your dress form! Beautiful!

Hugs,

Carol

Mrs. G said...

okay, now I'm seriously jealous :)

One of my thrifin'/decorating dreams is to happen upon a beautiful old dress form like that one!

congratulations :)

Francie M. said...

LOL...my dress form is named "Giselle". She is all metal and not nearly as nice as Isabella Crane.
Maybe I will make a banner too, thanks for the inspiration.

Genevieve Olsen said...

Welcome Isabella! That name has significance for us, my daughter's name is Isabelle but, everyone I mean everyone calls her Isabella!We might as well go ahead and change her birth certificate. One thing stopping us her middle name is Lorna and I feel Isabella Lorna might be a bit much to saddle a small child with!Ha!

As usual great finds!

cammyk said...

Rosemary,

Well, Isabella & Mabel could be twins!! So glad you found her. Enjoy!! Cammy

PurpleFlowerFairy said...

oooh! what a fabulous find!!!! i have had one of those on my "wish list" for quite some time... yours is gorgeous and i loved that you named her - lol! great idea!!! debbie =0)

Sadie Olive said...

I love her! Just beautiful! Happy Mother's Day.

carolyn said...

Isabella Crane - that is such a wonderful name and I have to say she is a beautiful dress form and obviously so special because she was a special gift, lucky you.

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Isabella Crane is a beauty! And the name is perfect, what a clever daughter you have.
I am sure the mannequin was meant to be yours, you went to so much trouble to find her.
Have fun with her and have a great weekend,
Niki

annewithane65 (Kim) said...

Rosemary, I just wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog and posting a sweet comment about the pin given to me by my great aunt.

I've really enjoyed looking at your blog...you've posted some great pictures of your wonderful treasures!

The dress form is great...my dd wants one for her room. I love the name of yours...Isabelle Crane...it's perfect!!!

I certainly will be back to visit your lovely blog!

annewithane65 (Kim) said...

Ooops...I meant Isabella...sorry!

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Hello! I just found your blog and thought I would say hello!

I have the EXACT same dressform named Lily! lol I keep meaning to post her on my blog but never get around to it. My husband just does not understand the need I have for this girl in my house!

Have a great day! Heather

Robolady said...

I love Isabella, and she has a great name.

cinderelly said...

great story! i too, had a 'quest' for my dress form. (i named mine 'zoe'...i like 'firefly' and lenny kravitz, both have zoes!) i was looking on e-bay, and getting totally frustrated, and then the place i do alterations for let me buy one of the ones they had.

the feathered nest said...

Amanda is so clever! That's a perfect name. What are you going to do with Isabella Crane? Luv the banner - how did you make it?

Manuela

Jill said...

I had a dress form for years that looked very much like yours. I was clearing out stuff I didn't use and listed it on eBay several months ago. I sort of wish I had kept it! i didn't realise how hard they are to find.

Lisa said...

I love her! Miss Crane that is. Tell your lovely daughter that she's very clever although we expect nothing less seeing as your her Mom.
I like the banner too. How did you make that?? Are the step by step instructions coming soon?

Amanda said...

I'm glad everyone likes the name! I still think you need a pet though :) How about a kitten?!?!?

oldflowers4me said...

hello darling girl- your dress form is fantastic, at the momment in australia you could pay from $ 350.00 up to $ 500.oo , it all depends on how good they are, your world is very beautiful- hop skip and jump. love jo...

Carol said...

Isabella is an absolutely dream find! Congratulations to you!:D
If you come visiting me at my blog, you'll see that I have posted just yesterday about my dress form which a great friend gave to me as a gift. I'm so lucky too that since then I don't have to be jealous anymore at other bloggers gorgeous dress forms ;-) Nice to meet you btw! Carol x

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Its a pleasure to meet you, Isabella. :)

She's a beauty!
Mine is one of the adjustable dress forms. I like the kind that you found a little better.
I'm always keeping my eyes open for one like that.

Kimberly :)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

She is JUST perfect, and her name is a gem! I am so glad that you found her, they are usually soooooo really expensive!

She will be such fun, I love my girls, and would never sell them.

I know you will both enjoy each other.:)
Lidy

tongue in cheek said...

Can't wait to see the chic-dos that Amanda will sport!

Barbara said...

Hi! Rosemary - thanks for visiting my blog and I'm glad you enjoy my garden - there will be treats with the roses in the summer.
A few years ago my husband was transporting a dress form from my Aunts house. For a friend of mine - I do not sew. He was driving the 300 miles alone so put the form in the passenger seat and put his hat on top.!!

Carol said...

Love the dress form! Too cute, thanks for visiting my blog also. I'll be back to read yours in detail later!
Carol
http://ourreddoor.blogspot.com

Jerusalem said...

I just got a dress form recently too.. Haven't named her though... Will have to give it some thought - thanks for the inspiration!

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

I LOVE your dress form! I am in the category of those bloggers who still do not have one! =)

dawn said...

I love Isabella! Congratulations...

Daisy Cottage said...

Oh I am SOOOO happy for you about perfect Isabella! Just lovely! You lucky, lucky girl! I am still without - sniff..sniff.. - BUT you have one and that is WONDERFUL! Enjoy her, as I know you will!
xo,
Kim

Allison said...

I am so jealous of your dress form!!! It's so great, and I love the banner you made. It's so cute, especially up agains the valance on your window. I want a dress form too!!!! :o)

allie
www.mycozyhome.typepad.com