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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Bonjour Edith

This is the final result of the pile of vintage French magazines and the mannequin... I've called her Edith because... well read on!
I tried to come up with all sorts of ways to avoid using the original magazines to cover her. I photocopied them onto tea-stained paper, I copied them onto thin paper, thick paper...but nothing reproduced the lovely soft colours and the texture of the originals in the right way. In the end I took a deep breath and just did it. Once I got going it was OK, I didn't use any of the covers and I only needed one and a bit magazines to cover her. Once she was done, I loved her; I had no regrets at all - hence the name!

With the left over bits from the second magazine I covered a series of 5 stacking boxes that I've had for ages and kept meaning to do something with.

By the end I was rather sick of being covered with glue and varnish so it might be best to move on for a while! Although... mind did start to drift to the pile of vintage copies of Practical Householder that I've been hoarding - maybe a little companion for Mme Edith, if I can find her male equivalent!


Saphy said...

Wow, she looks amazing! well done for having the courage to cut them up, it was worth it! the boxes look good as well.

Handmade and Vintage said...

Thanks Saphy, once I tore into the first page it was ok! I'm so happy with her, she does look lovely in my office!

Mummy Boo Bear said...

Oh my! I am soooooo in love with your mannequin. She is absolutley gorgeous! I can well imagine the dread in using your beautiful vintage magazines. But WOW! so worth the risk.

Thanking for poping onto my blog. Its lovely discovering new blogs. Good luck with the giveaway too!


Mummy Boo Bear said...


Just popping by to let you know that you won one of my hangy cushions in my giveaway!

If you would like to e-mail me with your address I can pop it in the post to you.