Sunday, February 10, 2019

... 'D' is for DUMMIE or DIVA? DISPLAYS, DRESS FORMS and MORE!

Sunday, January 27, 2019



**DISCLAIMER:  The items that I am presenting in this blog are not an advertisement or endorsements for their original intended use!  I am merely presenting bits of oddities, past cultures, and glances of eras-long-gone!**


With that said, 


"D" Is for...

I can't remember just when it started, but for as long as I can remember I have been impressed with the cool DISPLAYS people do with Mannequins/parts!
...and so my quest for a FULL Mannequin began...
 It started simply enough... a 'hand' here, an 'arm' there...

This was by no means going to be 'easy', on a strict budget (and mind you, this was BEFORE the days of 'On-line' MarketPlaces!!).  MAYBE if I got enough 'parts' it would eventually all come together??

'SIMON-HEAD' -
school art class pottery project

 The thrill of the adventures in finding each new 'DUMMY' has lead me to give each a significant 'Name' (for ease of reference!!)
'SARAH-HEAD' -
cosmetology prop, having an eternal bad hair day!
 Over the years, the more unusual the Display piece, the more it needed a 'home'...
'Miss PeaBody'
Have you ever seen one of these 1950's store clothes hangers??  There is such a wide variety - this 'could' become a collection in itself (alas, we have only found this design...)

'The Journey' has been a !FUN! added bonus to this whole 'quest'...
 I remember the day niece 'L' and I were doing a community sale adventure and stumbled upon 'Miss Laurel' (named for the road where purchased!)- A FULL size Dress Form w/ adjustable height iron base!

Since that day, a few others have joined Miss Laurel!
'Miss Kitcat' -
Upholstered torso on revolving wood base
All of these 'parts' have made for FUN Display inspiration, but the 'Real Dummie' was allusive.
~UNTIL~
BonWit Teller's store closing sale in 2000, when we rescued a poor, long-forgotten display mannequin, left in a pile of parts in a corner!  We brought her home, and soon she was relinquished to a box in the basement, having been deemed a 'FUTURE PROJECT'.  Name of project: Mrs. Bonnie Teller...
~FAST FORWARD TO 2015~
and Mrs. Teller is 're-incarnated' to Sesame Shimmer!
(you can read the full HISTORY here)
SESAME SHIMMER rocking the Summer '80s' Look!!
Sesame has been a center of conversation at MANY house gatherings, and has earned her keep as SalesModel of many of our on-line items
As to be expected, she keeps inviting 'friends' over to our house...  with any luck, maybe a few will find new homes!!

My latest 'DIVING' exploits have resulted in a 'population explosion' in our home...TWO pairs of twins - Miss Crane & Miss Tommi (FULL-Sized, albeit headless!!) and Miss Waters & Miss Loo (headless torsos!)
...and this 'DIVA' is on her way to a 'professional' hair appt. (hairdresser friend repaying a favor!!)

So, do we dare ask who is the Real 'DUMMIE' in this house?!!

BE WELL
&
en JOY!



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