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Thursday, July 21, 2011

...Abuelo.

Last week I introduced Miss Lovely
to the blog world...



This week however I want to bring her back home,
and give the tutorial a more personal touch...

The thing about her is that she didn't always look sooo chic.

The matter of the fact is that 
I found her at a Thrift Store just a few weeks ago...
covered in dust
 and with a sticker that said $4.99 on it.

I have people asking me all the time
 "How do you always find 
such good deals?"

Well... I think it has something to do with the fact that I see things
not as they are
but as how they could become...

I believe I learned such a gift from my Grandfather..
He always used to tell me...,
" Desi, love is not blind... it just sees the best in us"


So trying to see the best in Miss lovely
 I first took away all the unwanted layers...

Second, I removed the ugly sticks from the base.



My original plan was
 to bleach the fabric... because I love roses.
Trust me I tried to do it BUT it didn't work... for some reason it wouldn't bleach.
My spontaneous plan B was to paint the fabric.
So  I did. First black...


and after ivory...
I loved how some of the back came through the lighter paint.


Third... It was time to put some of the original embellishments back...
They are so cute!

So are you ready  to see the transformation process...?


She went from Miss Lovely
to Miss Fabulous  ;)


 and from a forgotten shelf at Goodwill
to the front table at the entrance of my home...


...yep! she is lovely and she is wearing my grandma's necklace... How cute is that!

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Click HERE to see where I PARTY!


Tip Junkie handmade projects


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FROM HERE DOWN IS PURE HEART.

 
Many summers ago I got the opportunity to meet a gentleman
 that told me a story about  my Grandfather that I've never
heard from abuelo's lips before.
This story came back into my mind while working on this project...


{ Click HERE to keep reading }

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39 Comments:

At July 21, 2011 at 11:45 PM , Blogger susie said...

wow...your abuelo sounds like he was an extraordinary man. thank you for sharing... :)

 
At July 22, 2011 at 4:42 AM , Blogger KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

What an amazing find and lovely post. She is beautiful.
{I found your blog via your sewing space post on Ucreate - you have wonderful vision). Have a great weekend!

 
At July 22, 2011 at 5:36 AM , Blogger Smallgood said...

Beautiful redo. And a beautiful story, and not to discount it as happening because I can {entirely} believe it did, your grandfather must have taken a page out of Les Miserables. It's pretty much a real-life example of what happened with Jean Valjean and the Bishop.

 
At July 22, 2011 at 6:35 AM , Blogger Yvette said...

I love this redo and the story of your Abuelo. My abuelos are all gone now and this story brought a tear to my eye.

 
At July 22, 2011 at 7:24 AM , Blogger Colleen said...

Sounds like your grandfather was a true gift. And he certainly taught you a great deal. Your transformation is beautiful.

 
At July 22, 2011 at 7:43 AM , Blogger Deb said...

Loved the story...made me really miss my dad who was the greatest poppee to his grandchildren. I love your transformation of Miss Lovely into Miss Fabulous..we all could use a redo every now and then! Thanks for sharing.

 
At July 22, 2011 at 8:26 AM , Blogger Jaime said...

What a beautiful story!!

 
At July 22, 2011 at 11:40 AM , Blogger Katie said...

Your Grandfather sounds like an amazing man! And Miss Lovely looks just devine in your Grandmother's necklace!

 
At July 22, 2011 at 12:53 PM , Blogger Delaney said...

What an amazing transformation!

 
At July 22, 2011 at 5:48 PM , Blogger Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

I love her!! She is beautiful :) Your grandma's necklace is to die for...and I think I'll call my abuelo or at least send a hello I love u text :)

Lina
Fancy Frugal Life

 
At July 22, 2011 at 8:30 PM , Blogger Pamela said...

Super cute!

 
At July 23, 2011 at 3:59 PM , Blogger Tammy said...

What a great makeover! She's just lovely!!

 
At July 23, 2011 at 8:36 PM , Blogger I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

Oh my goodness I LOVE this! It's beautiful!
Hugs!
Jamielyn
I ♥ Nap Time

 
At July 24, 2011 at 7:17 AM , Blogger Claire said...

This is adorable-love that it greets you as you enter your home-and so special with your grandmother's necklace-you do have a great eye for what can become a beauty-I'm your newest follower-stop over to visit!

 
At July 24, 2011 at 1:58 PM , Blogger Rach H said...

so adorable! great new life you gave to her! if you have time to link up at my new link party, that would be awesome!!! its Once Upon a Weekend at www.familyeverafter.blogspot.com. Thanks!!!

 
At July 24, 2011 at 11:13 PM , Blogger Cozy Home Scenes said...

Oh, I see these dress form things all the time and turn them down because they are so tacky. Whoever designs the store bought versions must not have taste.

Yours is very pretty, especially with the choice of accessories you used. Thanks for sharing!

 
At July 24, 2011 at 11:48 PM , Blogger meijo's JOY said...

Absolutely lovely - less is more - you have proof it beautifully!

 
At July 25, 2011 at 12:31 AM , Blogger Jill said...

How gorgeous! Great refashion - she looks so chic now!!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

 
At July 25, 2011 at 6:57 AM , Blogger Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

she turned out so gorgeous!!! very sophisticated :)

 
At July 25, 2011 at 8:03 AM , Blogger Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

This is so cute! Thank you for sharing the wonderful story of your grandfather.
xo,
Sherry

 
At July 25, 2011 at 9:10 AM , Blogger B's Mommy said...

She looks proud! ;) Amazing makeover!!

 
At July 25, 2011 at 7:08 PM , Blogger Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy said...

So cute! A definite improvement. :) I would be thrilled if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional linky party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-link-up-party.html
See you soon!
~Macy

 
At July 25, 2011 at 7:45 PM , Blogger Anna said...

That is an amazing transformation! You really have a good eye for seeing things as they could be. I love your transformations!

Anna
www.askannamoseley.com

 
At July 26, 2011 at 2:47 AM , Blogger Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

What an amazing find! Lovely post! Your space is super chic and creative..love it:)
Hope to see you on my blog:)

 
At July 26, 2011 at 6:16 AM , Blogger NANCY LEFKO said...

LOVE her...she's so chic :)

 
At July 26, 2011 at 9:03 AM , Blogger Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage said...

Cute project! I've got something similar covered in cream and black toile. I hung chandelier crystals, vintage pearls, and tatting from it! Lovely!

Now Following!

~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage
www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com

 
At July 26, 2011 at 10:23 AM , Blogger Cherished Bliss said...

This is so cute! I love it! Thanks for linking up this week : )

 
At July 26, 2011 at 12:21 PM , Blogger marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love her, she is stunning. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

 
At July 26, 2011 at 5:51 PM , Blogger June@I will craft said...

Wow she really is Miss Lovely!

Great transformation.

 
At July 26, 2011 at 6:24 PM , Blogger Abby said...

Such a pretty transformation! Thats a lovely story...excellent point. Thanks so much for sharing

 
At July 27, 2011 at 6:54 AM , Blogger Bobbie said...

Love it! I am featuring it on check me out saturday highlights. It will be posted in a bit :) http://iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

 
At July 27, 2011 at 8:26 PM , Blogger Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Soo cute~ what a charming post! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

 
At July 28, 2011 at 6:22 AM , OpenID The Accent Piece said...

so creative! Great job :)
I'm the newest follower of your blog!

 
At July 29, 2011 at 7:34 AM , Blogger Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Oh my Goodness!! I love her! What an awesome transformation!!
Just found your blog and I am a follower!!

I will be back!

Lou Cinda

 
At July 29, 2011 at 7:56 AM , Blogger Deneen said...

This is great! Love these kinds of projects! I am a new follower! Would love for you to visit!
dreaming-n-color.blogspot.com

 
At July 29, 2011 at 11:11 AM , Blogger Jessica Nicely said...

This could not be cuter!!! Love, love, love it!! :) Looking forward to reading more of your blog posts! :)

 
At July 29, 2011 at 1:29 PM , Blogger Jessica Monte said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE! I am definitely coming back over here for more inspiration! I want to try something like this!

 
At July 30, 2011 at 6:46 AM , Blogger {nifty thrifty things} said...

Wow! What a great transformation! :) Love it, Desrée!!
Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!!
xoxo,
Vanessa

 
At July 31, 2011 at 1:19 AM , Blogger Bunny Jean said...

You saw the best in Miss Lovely just like your Grandfather saw the best in that young man. How nice that he shared that story with you.

xoxo Bunny Jean

 

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