How do YOU celebrate Thanksgiving?

I have been thinking for a while about what I wanted to write as it got closer to Thanksgiving and this morning something popped into my head that I decided to go with. Instead of writing a post where “I” do all the talking… how about you tell me what your family does for Thanksgiving. You can leave your comments below, and if you read my blog posts through your email…the post where the title is in blue? You can just click on the title with your mouse, and it will bring you directly to my website so you can see all the comments below the post…and leave one yourself if you like. If you chose to leave an email instead of coming to my website, I’ll transfer them to the bottom of this post…

This will be fun for everyone to see how others do things… what traditions they follow, what recipes they use, how far in advance they plan their menu, how they set their tables, if they play any games, if you do it at “Mom’s” house or do your rotate where it is each year…and more… Inquiring minds want to know!!!

I know many of you will be cooking today, as I will be, but I’m still hoping you find a few minutes to let me know how you make your Thanksgiving Day “special!”

I’ll start:
We are having Thanksgiving Dinner at our house… and will (hopefully) eat around 1:00 a.m. It will be my hubby and me, our son Kristoffer, my mom, Sara, and her parents ( our dear friends from Columbia, South America). Rebecca will be missed at our table this year as she’s up north at her boyfriend’s Naval Graduation. (Oh, and of course, Reuben will get a paper plate on the floor with what my hubby thinks he’ll like!)

We are having a lot of food for only 7 people… Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, parkerhouse rolls, corn casserole, 7 layer salad, broccoli/cauliflower salad, sweet potato souffle, and Kristoffer is making his stuffing, a green bean casserole and a made from scratch cheeseball. I am making a 4 layer Chocolate Delight dessert and a crustless pumpkin pie. (My pie is done… and so is my chocolate dessert.)

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Do you think that’s enough food? Oh, and Alba and Edgar said they wanted to find something special to bring over too…so we’ll have plenty of food.

We will eat at our dining room table, on unfinished plywood floors, but still being very thankful to have our “fixer-upper” house to call home. My hubby will give thanks for the blessings we have had come our way this year and we’ll probably go around the table asking each person what they are most thankful for this year. It never gets old to me and even though I usually say one of the things I’m thankful for is my family, I still mean it every year!

I’m still trying to come up with a little game to play with my guests… it’s always fun to have a game or at least a little gift to set on or near their plate.

When dinner is over I give each person a container and tell them they can take home whatever they want. It’s always fun to see who liked what the best!

Well, that’s the shortened, condensed version of what we do around here on Thanksgiving Day! Now it’s your turn…

See you tomorrow, Happy “almost” Thanksgiving!
Blessings, Jeanne

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A Strike Out, a Suit, and a Suitcase…

Well, tonight I was hoping to have lots of things I could share with you from our trip today… but as it happened… the 4 fabric stores that I wanted to stop at… WERE ALL CLOSED! How could they? I wanted to check them out…2 were in one town and 2 were in another town about 30 minutes apart from each other… so, I came home without any new fabrics or trims. :o( …and they looked like such cute shops! (My hubby was all prepared to look at magazines in the car while I ran in them.)

We went to the Goodwill and I was searching for the perfect Christmas props for my 3 latest dresses…Nyssa, Eden and Ten Ping…and I struck out there as well… I walked out of there with nothing… HOWEVER, my hubby found a very nice navy suit coat that fit him perfectly… then he was looking for the pants and found them in a separate section… they are shorter than what he typically wears but there was about a 2 inch hem in them…so you know what that means… alterations time again! I looked the suit up online as we were driving home and it retails for $275! He got his for $5.85!!! cha-ching!

We got home after dark and I didn’t get started on Ten Ping’s dress set again until almost 8:00…so I don’t have much to show you, but hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to get it finished. I embellished her jacket with a little frayed flower and some black buttons. Then I made a sweet beret out of the same fabric as her jacket and when I sat it on her head, she actually smiled.. but I didn’t get a picture of it. I added the skirt to the bodice and think I’m going to add some hot pink tulle peeking out from the hem…

[If you click on the pictures they will enlarge.]




Oh, and Marilyn wanted to know what the suitcase strap looked like that I re-attached to Rebecca’s suitcase. I told you it wasn’t pretty… but it works. The hardest part was getting it under the presser foot and situated so I could push and pull it back and forth. I had to tug and tug and there may or may not have been some grunting going on! I put 2 layers of heavy denim in between where it ripped out of the seam and just stitched all across it. It’s probably sturdier than the other strap now…



Well, the sooner I get to bed, the sooner I can get up and have more time to sew… so night!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A small start on Ten Ping’s Christmas dress…

This was one of those days that it seemed like I got very little accomplished, but actually when I look back on my day, it was quite productive.
Normally we try to keep our Sunday’s pretty low key if we can and just rest and relax. But we are taking Rebecca 2 hours north of here tomorrow, to catch a ride with someone else, to go to a graduation. She had some “last minute” alterations for me… (don’t you just love it when that happens?)

Her dress needed to have the belt tacked down so it would stay at her waist…
The loops needed moved down to where her waist was instead of 2″ up on the side of the dress…
Then she had this suitcase she really wanted me to fix…the strap had come off and she asked I could sew it back on? It was a major undertaking and not necessarily a “pretty” job, but nonetheless, she got her suitcase and was thrilled!
She bought this little black suede purse and it had a silver zipper….that got stuck on 2 of the teeth…she needed that fixed…
She also had a ball cap that needed a new patch ironed on and tacked down in a few places…

Then I sold 2 skinny scarves this weekend, so those had to be packed up…

When it got to be around 7:00, my hubby began to wonder if dinner was going to be a “helpie selfie…” He took the hint and made stroganoff himself and even did the dishes when he was done. After dinner it was “time for me” and I turned my thoughts toward Ten Ping.

I had to come up with a tiny little jacket pattern and it took me several… I mean “several” times to get it right.


But after about 4 or 5 patterns and 4 or 5 tries, I was rewarded with this sweet little jacket. It’s lined with tulle so it’s really flexible and so so dainty!




I moved onto the dress and only got the bodice made but have the skirt cut out and ready to attach. I just need to get to bed though, so I’ll work on it “hopefully” when we get back tomorrow…


Just wanted to give you an update on Ten Ping’s Christmas dress…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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3 new Skinny Scarves in our Etsy shop…

I have been wanting to get the 3 Skinny Scarves that I made a while back, listed in our Etsy shop, but it seems they keep getting pushed on the back burner. When Cindy Rice talked about getting 12 inches of snow up in Northern Illinois, I was determined to get them listed before the end of the day. Since it’s cool, and turning colder, these novelty yarn scarves are the perfect accessory to wear and OH SO WARM! I wore a yarn scarf to the Thanksgiving Dinner last night… and was toasty in it!

Here’s BLUE: (if you think the yarn is too long for the tail, it can be trimmed off very easily to the length you like.)







PURPLE: (This scarf has no bling, but just ties around your neck in your favorite knot…)






REDS/GREENS: (this one is SO beautiful, but my pictures aren’t very good. It’s made from the prettiest greens and reds…Perfect for Christmas!)







The Skinny Scarves are made with usually 40-60 strands of yarns, novelty threads, fibers, etc. for a fun looking accent piece. Rebecca and I make them together and she does the “bling” on them…
They run $15.00 & $16.00 each with $2.00 shipping… I hope you’ll take a peek into our Etsy shop…click on the little square orange Etsy icon at the right side bar.

Oh, and for those of you who wondered what the corn casserole looked like… here’s mine…


See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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