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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Welcome Home, Hannah!

What's It Wednesday #85
I'm thrilled to present to you my exciting new find, Hannah! I've sighed and whined over all the gorgeous dress forms I've seen on your blogs. Oh, the parties I couldn't attend, and the fun dress up challenges I've longed to participate in, too.

Now that's all in the past, since Hannah waltzed through the front door. I'd begged my friend Shelagh, who runs a thrift store, to sell me this dress form for over a year ago. She refused EVERY TIME I asked, and I asked a LOT!

But fortune was on my side last Saturday when I asked one last time, as sadly the store is closing. Not only did she say, “yes” (wait for it) she sold it to me for $25.00!!! I was over the moon.

The heavy iron base, all the stenciling and original sticker had me doing the happy dance! I couldn't wait to get her home.

I've had so much fun dressing her up with these old lace collars, pearls and some sparkly bling. I just love her!

Bring on the parties, this Cinderella's ready for the ball! Welcome home, Hannah!
Hugs,
Patti 

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111 comments:

Suzan Sweatman said...

Thanks so much for the party!!!
And welcome Hannah - it's nice to meet you :)
Have a wonderful week
OXXO

Doreen said...

What a great addition to your home! Time to play dress up...
thanks for hosting this week's party.

Doreen
http://altered-artworks.blogspot.com

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Incredible deal on the dress form! Thanks so much for the party.

Jeanette
Creating a Life

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Oh, my... Hannah is gorgeous! (And what an amazing price too) Thanks for the party, Patti! Have a great week :) Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

OMGoodness, your Hannah is just perfect and beautiful. I AM SOOOOO JELLY....... I have an Audrey but she is not quite as old as your Hannah. I so love my dress form and I am so tickled that you have one fo your very own!!! Have a ball with her. Hugs, Beverly

Lynnie @ Vintage Gal Style said...

Patti,

OMG I can't believe you got Hanna for $25, that is beyond a steal and you are one lucky gal. Thank you for hosting the party.

Lynnie

Tracey Steele@Breathing English Air said...

Hannah certainly looks very pretty all dressed up. I guess it is true that 'everything comes to he who waits!'

Denise Stain said...

I would love to get my hands on a dress form too. What a steal you got that for! Lucky you. :) Thank you for hosting another fun party!

Di said...

I love Hannah, you lucky girl!! Di@Cottage-wishes

chateau chic said...

Wow, what a score!! She's beautiful!! And of course you've dressed Hannah to perfection.
Thanks so much for hosting.
Mary Alice

xinex said...

I don't blame you for being so excited. She is a real find and a real beauty. Hello, Hannah!...Christine

Kathy Moreland said...

Lovely features! You are going to have so much fun with Hannah! She's a beauty! Thanks for hosting!!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for hosting!! What a great buy at $25.00!! She is just so lovely!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

Hannah certainly "dressed to the nines" for her debut! Have fun with your new party companion, Patti.
Debra

must love junk said...

Hannah is just gorgeous! And that's the steal of the century!
Thanks for hosting-love the features :)
Susan

Shelia Williamson said...

Oh, my goodness! Hannah is a beauty! I'm so happy for you and I can see it was meant to be. Look how gorgeous you've made her! :) I'm so sorry I missed last week and I wanted to wish you a happy bloggaversary! We were traveling. Has it really been two years? Time flies when you're having fun. Thank you so much for hosting your party each week.
You are a couple of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Hannah is fabulous! So glad you finally got her. Thanks for hosting the party!

Hugs,
Deborah

Salmagundi said...

Hannah is a beautiful addition to your lovely home. Sally

Julie Marie said...

Oooh Patti!... Hannah is just stunning!... I am so happy she was able to come home with you... and what a beautiful home she is going to live in amongst all of your exquisite collections!... she looks just fabulous, and I can just see you changing her clothes and accessories every day, I would be!... I can't wait to hear about when this "Cinderella" goes to her first ball!... and thank you so much for featuring my shabby Prairie canning jars... how very sweet of you, I am snatching one of your buttons for my sidebar... much love, xoxo Julie Marie Hello Paula!

Karen Doyle said...

congrats on your new dress form Hannah, she is a beauty and has found her perfect home. You dressed her so beautifully too!
Karen

Cathy said...

Love the dress form and think Hannah is a beautiful guest - thank you for hosting such a great party.....

bj said...

This is always such a fun place to party. :))
Hannah is a mighty pretty lady and I. WANT. HER. SISTER......
xoxo bj

shannon i olson said...

Thank you so much for the feature, I love your find, she is lovely, funny I just found a lady....somewhat similar, not near as grand as yours but I am working on her. Hopefully I can post her at next weeks party!

Jemma said...

Oh how I love Hannah!! I would so enjoy having her visit me in my home-what a find! Welcome Hannah!
Wonderful party and thank you oodles for hosting!
Happy Hugs,
Jemma

Tami Kenner said...

Hi Patti..joining in the party today! Thank you for hosting and may I say Hannah is stunning! She definitely found the right home.
xo Tami

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

She's stunning! Your persistence really paid off, what a deal. I love the way you dressed her up.

Chatty Crone said...

Welcome to Hannah.

Anne said...

I just fell off my chair.......you bought that beautiful mannequin for 25.00! Oh yes I would love to find a vintage one I can afford.Sorry to hear about her shop closing.Thank you so much for featuring my chandelier!And thanks for hosting too!
xx
Anne

Karen said...

Patti Hannah is a stunner, I'm looking for a dress form. I plan to put it in my bedroom. I'm sure my hubby will love it ...NOT! LOL.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I LOVE Hannah! I have been wanting one for so long. I almost gave in and bought a table top one new online and it was about $25! But I have to have a vintage one so I will wait to find a deal like you got! Thanks for the party....I look forward to linking up every week!

Patti@OldThingsNew said...

I adore your sweet Hannah! I've been wanting one of those for a long time too but my hubby just doesn't understand. Thanks for sharing Patti and thank you and Peggy for another wonderful party. Loads of blessings to you, Patti

Victorian1885 said...

Hannah is beautiful! Have a great week!

Cottage and Broome said...

Patti, I love your new Hannah! Sometimes patience payoff, a find for $25.00. You have dressed her beautifully, can't wait to see how you will style her in the future. Thanks for hosting, Laura

andrea@townandprairie said...

You are so lucky to finally add her to your collection for just $25. I've seen them go for over $350 over here. Lucky girl! Thanks for hosting your wonderful party!

sweetvintageofmine said...

What a beautiful dress form and better.....What a wonderful friend!! You were BLESSED! I had to chuckle at your response "over the moon"! I help put a vintage show together twice a year called......OVER THE MOON VINTAGE MKT! Thank you for my vintage camper being FEATURED! I will be grabbing that button! Blessings~~~Roxie

Trisha said...

Thanks for letting me join in!

~Trisha

Barbara said...

Thank you so much for hosting yet another terrific party!!! Wishing you ladies a wonderful week!
XO Barbara

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

The pearls!! Oh, the pearls! Just beautiful. And thank you kindly for the party link up.

Teresa said...

That's Miz Hannah for you!
She's too precious to be treated in a first name basis, you know. ;)
She's awesome. She was meant to be yours. One day... ALL Best things are.
Enjoy,
Teresa (who doesn't have time now for such amazing party you threw this week. will be back soon)

Curtains in My Tree said...


I am jealous even though I have 3 dress forms I don't have one like Hannah !!!!!jealous of the price also!!!!!!usually those are cheapest at $250.00!!!!!!to 600.00

oh well my day will come LOL
sigh



LOL xoxoxo

SizzleandZoom said...

What a great find Hannah is. I love how you dressed her up with the pearls and the lace. Beautifully done.

20 North Ora said...

Hannah is just gorgeous! I got one last year and have enjoyed her so much. Her name is Miss Begonia.

Judy

Bohemian said...

Hannah was indeed worth waiting for... and though I'm sad to hear your Friend's Store Closed {though I Hope it was for a good reason like Enjoying Retirement or pursuing another Dream}, what a Wonderful back end Story to how Hannah waited until just the perfect time {and certainly Price} to be yours! Good Things come to those with the Patience to Wait! I'm so Happy for you!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

NanaDiana said...

You lucky,lucky, lucky girl. $25? I hope you gave her a big old hug! Your dress form is a beauty and she is looking great all dressed up for the party- xo Diana

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Hanna looks gorgeous! Wow, almost like a gift sweet lady! Thanks for your sweet and kind visit. Thank you girls for the lovely party too.
Big hugs,
FABBY

Alessandra said...

Hannnah is just beautiful! I love very much the way you dressed Hannah...very romantic!
Kisses
Alessandra

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Thank you for the sweet comment OXO!

Oh my goodness! That's gorgeous! Especially love the way you dressed her. So fortunate to have such a sweet friend.

I saw one, that wasn't even as nice as yours, and more; I debated, but by the time I decided (it wasn't that long), it was gone!

I also love the camper pick. I saw that a few days ago and was enamored.

Leovi said...

Beautiful necklaces, beautiful photos, I like!

Susie said...

I love your new friend. It was nice the shop owner sold her to you very reasonably. I know you glam her up plenty...you have a very nice style. xoxo,Susie

Jennelise said...

She's a real beauty! I have seen quite a few and I have to say yours is one of the prettiest! I love how you have dressed her! Always lovely to join your party!
Jennelise xo

Poppy said...

Oh my, Hannah is an elegant lady dressed up in all her fineries! I'm so glad you waited for her...such a wonderful deal:)Thanks for another great party and for leaving me such a sweet comment. Have a lovely evening!~Poppy

Sarah said...

Oh, you lucky girl! Hannah is going to be the belle of the ball!

kitty said...

Gosh Patti, are you ever lucky to have Hannah at home with you! She is perfectly dressed up and makes just the right addition for you to create and decorate.

Self Sagacity said...

This is the place for me to see such romantic things.

Danice said...

Wow, Hannah is right at home now! I also was lucky in that a friend had gotten some old mannequins from a store that was closing, and graciously gave one to me. Dressing them up is so fun, plus they come in handy for sewing also :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Yeh! It is great that you finally got Hannah! You have dressed her up so nicely! Thanks a lot for hosting and enjoy the rest of your week.

White Lace and Promises said...

So glad you found me! Thanks for being my newest follower as I am now yours. Love, love the dress form. What a vintage lady you have there! And what is this Wednesday thingy? I think I've got to link up with you. I'm crazy about me some white!

Laurie Ritchey said...

Oh My! Hannah was worth the wait, and what a deal! She's a beauty, and I love the way you have dressed her. laurie

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Hannah is wonderful. What a super find. Thanks to so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Oh, I've been wanting one of those dress forms for ages! I am so happy for you!
Nancy

Kelly said...

I'm SO jealous! I would LOVE to have that dress form. I'm in awe over how little you paid for it too. In my home, I would leave it in its natural state. I do like how you dressed it up though. I'm sure you will have lots of fun with it.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Thank you so much for stopping by, Hannah is gorgeous even without the clothes, no wonder you kept asking!

Kadee Willow said...

Well, mercy! How in the world did you come up with such a perfect name for her? She's a beauty for sure and I'm thrilled that her new home is with you! These dress forms do get you thinking about what attire would suit them best. Fun days ahead for you!

Createology said...

All good things come to those who wait and Hannah is a dream doll. Your laces and pearls are perfect on her. Happy Dance the day away...

Pam said...

Hannah is one "fine lady". You are lucky to have her come "stay" in your home. I know she is excited to wear your pretties.

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Patti and Paula,
Patati i havé to tell you my daughter is smiling, laughing at your new lady Hannah....this is my daughters name as well.
She looks divine in her gown of beauty. Where do you fit all these wonderful treasures, it's never ending beauty takes our breath away.

Thank you sweet beautiful friend for taking the time to visit me and my simple whiteness :))

See you soon, I am off to visit some of your featured guest
Xoxo

Doré

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hannah will be the star of so many 'shows'. What a most wonderful addition to your collection and so very very vintage. Thanks for hosting.
Joy

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What!!! $25 for that fabulous form...it was meant to be yours. now you can come to the dress form ball next year....Err Hannah can come!

Carol

Debbie said...

It's true then that good things come to those who wait! I love this and know exactly what you mean about wanting one and missing out on blog parties. Hannah is totally worth the wait, though!

Barbara F. said...

I love Hannah, she is beautiful, and I enjoyed the features. Happy to link up with you, thanks for hosting. xo

Jeanne Baney said...

Thanks for the party! I love Hannah! What a great item to own!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear, dear Patti! HELLO!

You are SO fortunate to have found a mannequin of this quality for $25.00! I paid $15.00 for one of much lesser quality, that I ended up paper-mâchéing over to make it look vintage. But mine does not even have the sturdy base as yours. YOU SCORED!

Thank you my dear for coming by to visit. It is such a pleasure, after five years of blogging, to write, share, compose and connect with people all over the world.

Be well! Anita

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

She's gorgeous and you got her for an amazing price. Congratulations on your new family member!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, I'm so happy for you! You've already made your dress form perfect but I'm sure you'll have all kinds of ideas. It's perfect! Fun features, too! DREAM...how sweet! Hugs!

Susan Clayton said...

So glad I found your lovely post @ Share Your Cup Thursdays! Hannah look absolutely fabulous. Congrats!

Red Rose Alley said...

Patti,
The dress form is wonderful, but I think you made it even more special by dressing it up in the lace and jewelry and giving it your own personal touch. I really like these dress forms, and I keep telling myself I want to buy one soon. I will let you know when I do, as you have inspired me so.

Love,
~Sheri

Faye said...

Oh my, did you ever score on Hannah! She's perfect! Thanks for hosting!
Faye

lynn said...

hannah is fabulous, patti!

Allison @ The Golden Sycamore said...

I'm obsessed with dress forms! So glad you finally got yours! And what a great price!

Arani @ Add that Xtra in the Ordinary said...

Oh just love that dress form,and the way you draped it up in those vintage lace and pearls is simply fascinating.

hugs
Auro

Palomasea said...

Patti, dear...it's too bad about the closing of your friend's shop....
But I am happy for your beautiful Hannah...she has a loving home, and will be dressed in gorgeous style to boot!! ;) How fun!!

Thank you, sweet friend, for stopping by my place...always a joy to see you!!!
Have a blissful weekend!
Hugs,
- Irina

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

How beautiful and your persistence sure paid off! Thank you for linking up to the Inspiration Cafe's Bloomin Marvelous Link Party!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

She is gorgeous and I know you are thrilled to have her and dress her! Thanks for sharing with us at TTF this week.

Linda

janice15 said...

O Patti, Hannah's a dream..I been wanting one forever as well..I recently saw a new one that looked vintage on sale at the Beverly store here in San Francisco for a hundred on sale but unfortunately I had spend my amount for the month.. I really wanted it to.. Mom laughed at me Cause I kept talking about it..She said well stop buying tea cups and dishes ..lol she is just wonderful and I love the way you dressed her.. hugs for an amazing weekend and thank you for you sweet visit with love Janice

EnchantedBella said...

She is beautiful. I waiting untill I find one of my own. Hopfully soon.

Laura Turner said...

Thank you SO MUCH for the feature! So glad you liked my fish tale tag. I LOVE your Hannah!!! (And I must say that I'm a little bit envious.) My poor Cosette doesn't have near the aged grace of your Hannah, but hopefully her clothes and jewelry are just as fine. :-) We MUST have a party one of these days dedicated to all these wonderful "vintage" dress form girls. Think I'll do that this weekend Sunday! Would love for you to join.
Thanks again.
Laura from Sunday View

Pura Vida said...

can't wait to dig into these! I am so looking for a Hannah!

NYCLQ said...

O! M! G! What a FANTASTIC find!! And yes - it pays to be persistent... although sad to hear of a shop closing. Enjoy dressing Hannah for the holidays or season ~ or whatever your reason!

Thanks for sharing over at Chic on a Shoestring!

Lynda aka NYCLQ

Bente said...

Oh, Hannah is fantastic. Love how you dressed her up. Beautiful

Hugs

Tammy Woodcock said...

Your dress form is gorgeous with or without her pretties all adorned/ It's a vintage one for sure and you did so well giving her a fancy design. I like it very much. I'm having a giveaway if you would like to join in. Hugs. Tammy

lynn cockrell said...

Patti, I love your Hannah! She looks totally happy in her new home, too, all decked out in her finery. Your heart probably sang all the way home from the store. My dress form is a more modern, adjustable Dritz. I have used her a lot, what with constructing prom dresses and wedding gowns for my two girls, over the years. Since she is not used much any more, I have been thinking about making some sort of form-fitting cover for her, so she will look more like an antique. I have these thoughts when I see those that are so pretty, such as on your blog post. I might just have to do that! Thanks for hosting the great party. I don't participate in the parties much yet, mainly for lack of time, but I do try to visit many of the blogs and gain inspiration from them. I enjoyed meeting Hannah! God bless you!

Crystal Grandeur said...


Hi I am little late in saying thank you to you.A warm thank you for stopping by my posts always to leave your sweet comments.Your posts take me back to the time.Totally love the things what you do.Thank you Patti.love sujatha...:):)

Diane said...

I love Hannah. She is gorgeous and dressed beautifully!

The Tablescaper said...

I'm so happy for you! I'm sure you'll have lots of fun with her.

Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Shabby Marilyn said...

I!m looking for Hannah!s Sister for years, I will be patient
Like you, it pays off. Thanks for hosting, great post!

eileeninmd said...

Your persistence paid off, so glad you have Hannah now. And what a great deal. Have fun dressing Hannah. Great post, have a happy week!

June said...

Hannah is a real knock-out Patti and she found the perfect home with you. She will always look gorgeous in anything YOU dress her in!
hugs...

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Patti, Hannah is fabulous and you will have so much fun dressing her. Dress forms are kind of like Barbie's for grown-ups! Thanks for sharing Hannah at the Open House party.
Hugs,
Sherry

MY SHABBY FRENCH LIFE said...

So so great find !! Love the way you displayed her !! Really fantastic...
thank you also for hosting my French blog.

xoxo from PARIS

Joëlle

Jill Harrison said...

obviously - all good things come to those who wait. I love the way you have dressed her up. Gorgeous.
Have a great week. I am linking up to you through Mosaic Monday - but I think I will see what your party is about!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a bargain! Congrats! Hannah looks beautiful, love her new dress! I especially like the yellow rose!

Katherine

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Oh I have always wanted a dress form exactly like yours too! So glad for you! I'm going to have to travel for one, I'm sure. I sure have enjoyed your many visits to me! It's been a busy summer so far and not a lot of online time for me.

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

Oh my goodness - Hannah is exquisite! I'm a bit envious, I must say. I'm sorry to hear that the store was closing {that always makes me sad}, but your persistence paid off! And that price is wonderful!

I am following you back, and will be sure to link up to your parties when I showcase something on my blog.

Hugs from Oklahoma,
Meredith

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Hannah is so lovely and charming! AWESOME find! Y'all are going to have fun with her!

xo,
RJ

Robyn said...

Oh my, Hannah is perfect! I love coming to visit here because I smile and laugh and you never fail to brighten my day.

Thanks for sharing, Patti and Paula!

Hope your week is fabulous.

BeckyKay said...

That is a BEAUTIFUL dress form! I am very, very jealous!

(and that price! Lucky, lucky you!!)

Jann Olson said...

Patti, what a lucky girl you are! so happy that you finally got to bring her home. What a great price your friend gave you. Sorry that her store is closing, but I'm glad the dress form found a fabulous home! I have had a new one that I join the parties with. Just found an old one, not quite as cool as yours, but still happy with it. I paid $50 and thought that was good. See you at the next ball! lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Pamela said...

I love Hannah! She is divine!

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

Hannah is gorgeous! Such a beautiful dress form and $25??? Wow! I guess that great things come to those who wait! Love how you've dressed her! I know how you felt. I've wanted one for quite a while too!
Enjoy your new friend! Hugs, Leena

Sande Sivani said...

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Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I'm so glad you were able to bring Hannah home and dress her up. She looks lovely decked out in her lace and pearls. Thank you for sharing her with us.

Blessings,
Sandi

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