I’m having a GIVEAWAY… a pair of fingerless gloves for American Girl dolls…

I decided it was time to have another GIVEAWAY and thought I’d check to see when my last one was… I thought some time in December…no. So I checked November…no! Surely it must have been in October…still no! Okay, how about September… and still another no! The last Giveaway I had was on August 27th! It was for a tulle slip! I can’t believe it’s been that long, so this Giveaway is WAY overdue!

I’m a little late for Valentine’s Day, but I’m sure you can still use these… a pair of white stretch lace fingerless gloves for your American Girl dolls. I’ll give you a few choices and you can leave a comment (at the bottom of the post) or an email to me, (jeannewiedlocher@gmail.com) telling me which pair you would like to have if you are the winner. Your comment will enter you into the drawing. I’ll pick a winner tonight at midnight, Central time. (I’ve added a description in the bottom left corner on each picture. [If you click on the pictures, they will enlarge.]






I’m going to help my hubby with an electrical job at an antique shop today, so I probably won’t be able to answer your comments, but I promise I’ll read every one of them… I’ll be checking in just to make sure no one is having any problems…

Okay, so pick your favorite pair and leave a comment to get registered for the drawing… Have fun!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Want to see what you can do with Heart Buttons?

Well, there was no contest about yesterday’s post breaking a record… I had 343 hits yesterday! I don’t know what it was. Maybe my title? “I give you my Heart” …maybe you all thought it was going to be a mushy gushy post about something personal… and to think it turned out to be about heart fabrics. If you missed yesterday’s post, you can see it HERE. I hope you weren’t disappointed.

I hope you won’t be disappointed about today’s post either…it’s about buttons…heart buttons! It’s no secret I love buttons and I buy them as often as I can. I’ll admit it, I might be a buttonoholic! :o) But it’s a good thing. Whenever you need a button for something…you-probably-already-have-it-in-your-stash!

I went back to my older archives again and found some cute ways to use buttons instead of just for buttonholes. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I made a buttonhole for a button. Most of my buttons are for embellishing, so see, I do need lots of buttons, because “embellishing” looks best when a button is involved…especially a heart one!! :o)

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Starting with my littlest sweetie, here is 7 1/2″ Riley, by Helen Kish showing you her fun pastel sundress…



Bitty Bethany has her collar decorated with 2 red heart buttons…



One of my very favorite Valentine dresses, was this one shown on 14″ Wren Pistachio, by Helen Kish.



Bitty Bethany wore the first “Peach of a Valentine” dress I ever made…



Bitty Bethany’s dress in pink and black called for lots of pretty pink heart buttons…




If it worked for Bitty Bethany, why wouldn’t it work for Patsy?



As you can see, Bitty Bethany wound up with LOTS of dresses embellished with heart buttons. In this last one, she wears a purple and black floral print with sweet buttons sewn across the front. This was just a simple dress, but I just loved it on her.



Well, I hope this gave you some ideas for using heart buttons…thanks for looking!

I didn’t want you to think I had quit sewing. I’ve just had a busy weekend and didn’t get much time in my sewing room. The Dianna Effner Little Darlings dress will be up next. I’m toying around with the idea of smocking the fabric for their dress. I’ve realized there is no time for any more Valentine dresses and it makes me so sad as I love to sew them. But I’ll just turn my thoughts toward Spring and Easter dresses, okay?
Anyone object?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I give you my heart…

Heart fabrics, that is… I’m not a real big fan of novelty fabrics, but every once in a while a whimsical or novelty fabric comes along that I think is sweet enough to make dresses from. The dresses below only represent 3 different fabrics, but you’ll see, just like the white with pink flowers dresses that I showed a few days ago, (HERE) you can make them many different ways.

So in honor of Valentine’s Day which is sneaking up on me very quickly, I give you some “heart” dresses:

Molly said she’d go first…



Here’s Wren in her “heart” dress…

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Then we have Katie Effanbee…



Isabelle wears the same heart fabric as Janie, but in a different style..





This is the only Regency dress I’ve made using a heart fabric, but I thought it looked so pretty… What’s really pretty is the necklace Rebecca made for it… it was gorgeous!



DON’T FORGET…. Addy’s “Blue Ribbon Valentine” Dress ends tonight on Ebay. You can see it HERE, or click the picture at the right side bar. Thanks…

That’s all for today… Have a wonderful Sunday!
Blessings, Jeanne

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You’ve seen the fronts, but how about the backs…

I’ve shown you lots of dresses in every size and style,
You’ve even seen my models, the ones who rarely smile,
Necklines, and hemlines, and bodices galore,
There’ve been pink prints and red prints and so many more,
You’ve seen red headed dolls in bows and fancy hats
But have you ever stopped to think, I wonder what’s in back?

That was just a silly little poem I dreamed up to introduce today’s post. I know you can’t always judge a book by it’s cover, but you certainly CAN judge a dress by how it looks in the back. I try very hard to make the backs of my dresses look nice…buttons straight, edges lined up, hems meeting, bows tied nicely, etc. I thought I’d show you some backs of my dresses…

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See you “back” here tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

P.S. I’m glad so many of you liked yesterday’s post on restringing the American Girl doll’s legs. Thank you for your comments and emails. If you missed it, you can see that post HERE.

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