Meet Louisa. Louisa and I are keeping company these days. Her spot is in the living room by the French doors, my spot is on the couch across from her. I talk…she listens. I dance…she watches. I sing…she lets me. And like that. For much of the time now it is just Louisa & me around here. Every now and then I give her a hug. If she had arms (poor thing!) I’m sure she would hug me back.
This is a mannequin I bought at HomeSense on the weekend. I’ve been wanting one of these for quite some time and whenever I see one in an antique mall it is either much too expensive or it’s in very bad condition. A year ago I saw one in an antique store in South Carolina and I believe it was $300 which was a little too rich for my wallet. The woman was very nice, we talked about these mannequins and she offered to drop the price to $250, which was still a little more than I was ready to part with (considering there were other things I had hoped to find on that trip south). On Saturday I saw Louisa standing alone in HomeSense and her price tag was $70. Now we’re talkin’. I’m not saying you can put a price on friendship — you most definitely cannot do that. And while Louisa isn’t “old” and antique, she is exactly what I was looking for. My husband bless his heart, carried her around the store for me while I continued to shop.
Upon bringing her into the house I knew she needed to have something to wear (I have a vast collection of antique dresses and when I get to those in my tidying and clearing out I will choose one for her) and immediately to hand was an antique lace collar that I had purchased over the summer. I think she looks divine.
On another note…it’s been a week of change and activity here. I’ve been busy with “life” which means I haven’t been sitting down to blog or to read blogs or to do much over the internet other than the “Mish Mash” course I’ve been doing. I’ve been finding my feet again with everyone back to their routines and their lives and realizing that I need “more” in my own life which I am taking steps towards.
Every day is a gift…I enjoy opening each one.