First, I painted her with some Benjamin Moore 'Feather Gray' paint I had leftover from another project. I simply used painters tape to mask off her neck and hands while painting.
Next, I gathered some cheesecloth for her skirt. I wanted to use a nice ribbon with some pattern to gather the skirt. Although I was saving this printed ribbon (from PetiteMichelleLouise) for gift wrapping, I knew it would be perfect for this project.
I had some coffee-stained round paper doilies in my stash. I cut out the middle circle in one, then used the border to wrap around her skirt as added detail on her waist.
Next, I used the border of another doily to make a crown atop her head. I glued tiny silver stars around the rim of her crown. The stars were from a bag of 'fun-fetti' from the party section of the drugstore.
I cut out angel wings from pages of a vintage German/English dictionary, then glittered the edges.
My husband was chuckling at how much fun I was having dressing my 'doll', and my young daugher was very curious about her. If my Santos gets cold (it is a bit drafty in this old house), she wears a shawl fashioned from one of my crochet project remnants.
Here are her three 'looks':
Considering she represents a humble Santo ('Saint'), I think she prefers her unadorned look. I just couldn't help ornamenting her lovely grace.
She's come a long way from this ('before' pic), so I'll be sharing her at My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday:
You can visit www.santoscagedoll.com/history-of-santos-dolls to read a history of these dolls, and to view amazing reproductions & crowns. Also, if you want to see an amazing adornment of one of those dolls, visit Rosemary at http://www.ozmaofodds.blogspot.com/. Her muse is gorgeous!
Next time you're at a discount store, be open to the idea of taking something home and making it your own. You'll be glad you did!