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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!”

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See, I told you I used baskets a lot!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Royal Blue dresses and stunning blue necklaces…

One of my very favorite colors is Royal Blue. It’s usually stunning on anyone who wears it; blondes, brunettes and redheads. I love to wear it and I love to dress my dolls in it. Sometimes it can be hard to find it in smaller scale prints, so when I do, I grab them up. As I was looking through my pictures, I found a fair number of doll dresses made from it, so I thought I’d share a few of those with you today.

Rebecca, my “in house jeweler,” who makes the pretty necklaces for my American Girl doll dresses, had quite a few pictures of blue necklaces, so I’m including a few of them as well…along with one pair of royal blue fingerless gloves made by me. I hope if you’re in a “blue” mood today, these pictures will get you out of it. Enjoy!! You can see the necklaces that Rebecca has in our Etsy shop here. She’s has had a busy semester of college and hasn’t got as many in there as she’d like. She also has a few ladies necklaces in the shop too.

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Did you enjoy them?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Some of my favorite Sewing Quotes….

I love a good quote and if it has anything to do with sewing… all the better. I rounded up a few of my favorites and hope they bring a smile to your face, like they did mine.

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~ I’m a Fabricaholic on the road to recovery…JUST KIDDING…I’m on the road to the fabric store.

~ Proof positive that quilters are Athletes and Quilting is a sport…Quilting involves *Batting *Running Stitches *Pumping Iron *Rowing
*Rowing *Hunting (for fabric) *Hooping and *Ditching

~ You haven’t had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine needle while it’s running.

~ I sent my kid to college so I could store fabric in her room.

~ I’m just a few yards of fabric away from being featured on an episode of “Hoarders!”

~ You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy fabric…and that’s pretty close!

~ Sewing Truths: Fabric is so addictive it should be a controlled substance.

~ A clean house is the sign of a broken sewing machine.

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~ SHHH! Don’t tell my husband I planned this year’s vacation around the fabric stores I want to visit.

~ You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.

~ No one expects the stamp collector to actually mail letters with his stamps. No one expects the coin collector to use his coins in a vending machine for soda. So why does everyone expect me to use my fabric collection to actually sew something. I’m not a fabriholic; I’m a fabric collector!

~ I promise to use what’s in my fabric stash before buying anymore…unless there’s a sale, because you just can’t pass up a sale!

~ Asking a seamstress to mend is like asking Michelangelo to paint your garage.

~ “Sure, bring the whole family over! Susan’s working on a quilt, so bring your own food and dishes, and a folding table if you have one.”

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~ The only place where “housework” comes before “sewing” is in the dictionary!

~ I was sewing when sewing wasn’t “cool!”

~ She who dies with the most fabric wins!

~ When I die, I want my ashes scattered in the fabric store, so my wife will come visit me.

~ A GOOD friend shops for fabric with you. A TRUE friend helps you hide it when you get home!

~ Soft fabric, warm fabric, Buy it by the yard. Happy fabric, pretty fabric, Here’s my credit card.

~ Cinderella is proof that having friends who can sew will change your life!

Hope these quotes and sayings made you smile.
Do you have a favorite one? I’ll add it to my list.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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