O.K., I admit it - I splurged on myself this holiday and bought myself an antique mannequin.  Of course she is from France, and I have named her Minnette.

I chose this name from many French names because of her minute waist.  Can you believe that women used to be that tiny!

Anyway, as I have posted before, my childhood was less than perfect - and I really never had much of a chance to play the things little girls play; i.e. DRESS-UP.  So, I decided with this the new year I was going to embark on things I have not done -  thus - MINNETTE!

I change her outfits often with whatever fancies my spirit for that day.  Although it is not me wearing the outfits, it certainly allows me to express an artistic side of myself.

You might ask, where do I have her displayed?  You guessed it - right smack dab in my living room in all her splendor!!

She makes me smile - every single day.  Isn't that what life is all about?
Have a wonderful day, dear friends.


  1. Oh Josette sweetie...
    MINNETTE is just beautiful. I too would love to have a dress form to play with. I would stand her proudly in my dining room, and I had always thought that I would dress her in aprons. I just love her. Thank you for sharing with me today.

    She looks fabulouso today. Just fab. I love the touch of her shoulder bag. That really sets it off. Her jewelry is devine.

    Have a beautiful day. Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

  2. Oh, how beautiful she is! The two of you can come to visit me anytime.
    The door is always open at Lakewood,

  3. Good for you Jo!!! You deserve it (her) and to have fun!!! Life is too short not to!

  4. Such a beautiful thing to have in the corner and admire. Great idea!

  5. It's almost like having a friend come to play in your room. She's beautiful,
    Hugs and Love Suex

  6. She is so beautiful!


  7. Dear Jo,

    You are So Right ~ We Are Never Too Old......
    Minnette is Beautiful ~ I can tell She Has YOUR Spirit~ I am a bit Jealous, I so want a Minnette of My Own, I think I will add one to my list for this spring & summers flea marketing..... btw- the Necklace with the Crosses is Breath Taking.... I Love It All

  8. Hello Jo... oooh... Minnette is beautiful! I love her! I would put her right out in my living room too...I am such a firm believer in doing what makes you happy and makes you smile... yes, that's what life is all about... so happy you got her! xoxo Julie Marie

  9. Minette is one snazzy looking mademoselle! I think it would be fun to dress her up differently and often. I'd love to have one.

  10. She is a very big dress up doll even with her tiny waist.
    Have fun, but just don't start talking to her when no one is around. Lol.

  11. Oh, go ahead and talk to her!!
    I love that you do this and I would too if I had one. Question, you have the beautiful scarves, totes and jewels on her, any chance you put heels or some other form of foot wear on the floor under her? I mean, we *ladies* need an awesome pair of footwear to set off our outfit (O:
    Have fun!

  12. Minette looks like so much fun! I love the pretty brooches and necklaces on her. When I recently stayed in a Victorian Bed & Breakfast, there were mannequins in the living room and parlour. I am sure Minette is absolutely acceptable in yours! :-)


  13. No you don't have to answer all those questions. It really wasn't alot of fun. Just take the award and run!

  14. She is so pretty!!
    How fun to dress her up.
    I have one in my studio. I don't change her outfit too often. Her name is Isabella.
    Have a wonderful night!

  15. très joli!!!
    j'aime bien les pochoirs du Louvre.



  16. Oh what a glorious addition to your home, and to you. :-) I love it!

    And btw, 'Aunt Amelia' is very happy today, and she just has to share it. :-)))

    Hugs, hugs, hugs...

  17. Oh how I want a dress form. And I don't sew and don't have a shop so it would be ONLY for playing dress up!

  18. This is a beautiful concept, that proves it is never too late too start playing dress ups! I have always carried a massive amount of dress-up items in a large trunk where ever I move to (always adding to the collection), and my daughters and I all enjoy using them at various times!!


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