How about a few brown print dresses?

As I was looking through some pictures today, I noticed a fair amount of them were featuring dresses made from brown prints. Brown paired with red or pink as part of the print design is one of my very favorites. I think you’ll be able to tell that when you see the pictures of the dresses I’ve put together for today’s post. I also think you’ll be able to tell that the Civil War dresses win out for the most brown designs! Hope you enjoy the picture show.




















See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Skinny Scarf Tying Tutorial…and an Antique China Doll revealed…

Yesterday I featured some Skinny Scarves that were listed in our Etsy shop for the American Girl dolls…(here). A few ladies mentioned they weren’t that good at tying scarves for themselves or their dolls, so I thought I’d show you 2 of the simplest ways to do it. I’ve also added an illustrated guide to help you in case you can’t figure it out from my pictures.

First is the European Loop…super simple but my favorite way to wear these yarn scarves. (sorry I did my scarf the opposite way shown in the illustration)








Here is the BT Standard way… I hope this helps…


Just keep trying… you’ll get it figured out!

I also added 4 new chunky ladies scarves in our Etsy shop. You might want to check them out… several of them are like the American Girl doll scarves. Hey, you and your doll could match!!

I also received a fun package in the mail from one of my blog subscribers! Kathie sent me some left over fabric that she used when redressing an antique doll for someone. It’s the neatest fabric… she thinks it’s silk. I just know it’s fun to touch. The black design is raised up like it’s flocked.




Kathie worked so hard and beautifully on the dress and repairing the dolls body, that I wanted to show you what she did and how it turned out.

kathies china doll head

kathies china doll body

kathies china doll new arms body

kathies china doll half body shot

kathies china doll full shot

Well done Kathie! Doesn’t this dress just look perfect on her doll?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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American Girl Skinny Scarves & a Short Story…

I really should have been sewing today, but I wanted to play…and play I did! I was trying to get the yarns that we use to make our Skinny Scarves organized.




We have a few ladies scarves listed in our Etsy shop and last night I made 4 new ones in pretty Fall colors. I will get them added in our shop soon. But today I was busy creating some scarves for the American Girl dolls. I looked on Etsy and didn’t see anything that caught my eye, so I got busy and made some like our ladies scarves.




These are really stylish around your dolls necks and it was fun doing a variety of colors, some braided, some not. Here is one picture of each of the scarves I made. They look a little “flat” in my pictures for some reason. In person, they are really a fun accessory and look like the real thing a young girl would wear. Hope you’ll take a peek in our Etsy shop when you get done with this post. You can click on the Etsy Icon on the right side bar just below “Connect with me.”








Do you remember my post about the black and gray Civil War dress that was listed on Ebay just a few days ago? (here) Well, the lady who won it sent me the most wonderfully creative story today and it was just too good to keep to myself. It was so much fun to read and I was truly blessed more than she’ll ever know.



A Short Story:

Elise walked hurriedly down the main hallway to answer the sound of the bell ringing at the front door. Upon opening it, a young man stood on the steps holding a large white box secured with white string. He bowed and held the box out for the young maid to receive. “A delivery for Madame Julienne LaPomeret.” he said. Elise smiled and clasped her hands together with excitement as she recognized the flaired signature of the name scrolled across the top of the box, “Madame Jeanne Marie’s House of Fashion”. It was the much anticipated black print dress designed exclusively for Miss Cherry Christiane! After thanking the young man and taking the box, Elise closed the door, returned to the parlor and announced the delivery to Madame LaPomeret.

Moments later, both women stood at the bottom of the white staircase looking up. Julienne called to her daughter. “C’est la robe! C’est la robe! Il est here!” Cherry came to the top of the stairs smiling and descended as quickly as she could. “Oh Mere’, je suis very excited.”

All three stood around the box as Julienne cut the string and carefully lifted the lid. Together they let out a gasp of exclamation as the white tissue was pulled back exposing the dress. They began talking all at once, touching the soft material. Julienne pulled the dress out, “Ooh, c’est beautiful. And look at the bonnet she proclaimed, “C’est magnificent! The detail of the petticoat and pantalettes was not overlooked in the
slightest by the three as Elise held the garments. Looking at Cherry, Julienne smiled and proclaimed, “Madame Jeanne Marie has once again created the most en vogue fashion for you, mon cherie. You shall enjoy wearing this and being the most talked about young lady in fashion during our grand journey to New Orleans this fall.”

Isn’t that fun? I loved it! Thank you_____!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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New baskets for my dolls….

This morning at church a dear friend handed me a bag and said, “Oh, I found something for you…” I could hardly wait to look inside and see what it was.


BASKETS! Mini Baskets! Mini baskets for my dolls! They are so adorable and little bitty! I just love the shape of the long red one. It looks big in my hand, but it’s really a dainty little thing.



I do have a drawer with some other ordinary baskets… many of which are larger…


but these little red ones made my heart beat a little faster. I am already imagining some scenarios in my head using them closer to Christmas…
Thank you Helen!

On the way home from church, I looked in the bag again and came up with today’s post…some pictures of my girls carrying baskets. Back when I had Felicity as my only doll, I used baskets about every other auction. Most of those pictures are no more… I guess I’ve deleted them. But I’ve discovered ANY doll can use a basket…sometimes they have fruit in them, sometimes veggies, sometimes flowers, sometimes fabric samples, and sometimes the best baskets were filled with Easter goodies. Here are a few of my pictures for a little “basket eye candy!”


















addy's tomato basket dress half 1

See, I told you I used baskets a lot!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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