The Able Grable…Paper Doll Decor at it’s Finest

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Doesn’t she look happy?  

A friend of mine was in Austin for a weekender.  While she was there, I received a phone call asking if I’d rather have Betty Grable or Vivian Leigh.  The answer was a resounding “GRABLE!”  No offense to Blanch DuBois, but Grable is aces in my book.  She returned with a wonderful set of vintage Betty Grable paper dolls.

I horded this treasure for three years, not certain what I was going to do with it.  Then we bought the Modage and the Modage had a guest room.  Considering that the Modage also needed art, I pulled Betty out of the dresser and enlisted her help.  I purchased two inexpensive frames from Ikea and raided my  fabric stash.  I had ear marked some fabric for throw pillows to match my aqua bedding, when it was my aqua bedding, before the Fella and I started co-existing in a domestic sense.  I had enough to throw together some accent pillows and to serve as my background for the “Able Grable DIY Art Project.”  Using the paper in the frame as a pattern, I cut two pieces of fabric the appropriate size and used spray adhesive to stick it to the cardboard backing.  I also pressed it to death so there would be no wrinkles.
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On these fabric covered boards, I laid out the Grables and a carefully curated collection of their paper fashions.  I didn’t want to attach her with any glue, in case I decide to swap out other outfits  in the future.  I gently laid the glass on her and hoped things would stick due to the frame’s innate pressure. 

 

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Ultimately I decided on the black and green Grable, with her slinky sliver ballgown and snowsuit.

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And Golden Grable with the cow girl costume and the cute little suit that looks like something out of How to Marry a Millionaire.

 

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She makes a very cheery addition, pinned up on either side of bed.