The tiniest prints make the sweetest doll dresses…Riley Kish shows you how…

There is nothing so adorable as a tiny little print on a tiny little doll. When the scale of the print is in line with the size of the doll it just seems like everything works better. I have my fair share of itty bitty prints and have used most of them on Riley, a sweet little 7 1/2″ doll, by Helen Kish. Being so small, it was always a challenge to find that perfect print that would work for her. I thought I’d show you some of Riley’s outfits and we’d have a “Tiny Fashion Show!”











I hope you enjoyed seeing these little bitty dresses.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I’m off to the Wedding…and a few pictures of mine!

As you’re reading this post, I’m on my way to Pennsylvania for my niece’s wedding on Saturday afternoon. It is going to be so much fun as she’s having it in a barn…or course it will be decorated, and I can’t wait to see it all put together. I’ll make sure my brother takes lots of pictures so I can share some with you all.

I got a little melancholy thinking about Erin’s wedding and that got me to thinking about mine…almost 34 years ago! I looked through some of my pictures and thought I’d share a few of them with you. They were taken with a “film” camera and aren’t super clear, but I think you’ll still be able to see a few things from them. The pictures I like the most aren’t the few that we had taken by a professional photographer, but the ones taken by people and then given to us.

Before I got married, a few ladies had a bridal shower for me. I think there were 45 people there! I found these pictures and thought you might like to see what it’s like to play “Toilet Paper Bride.” We were divided up into groups of 2…one person was the model and the other was the designer. Each group was given a roll of white toilet paper and then a roll of some colored TP to use for accents or flowers! The designer had to come up with a dress using the 2 rolls, draping it on the model. Then they had to write up a description and we had a little fashion show. Each designer read her description with “flair” and I was supposed to pick the winner. It was so much fun and talk about laughs…we certainly had them!



About a week before we got married, a lady I worked with wanted to meet me at a fancy house she knew of…so she could take some pictures of me in my dress. She took a gob of pictures but I just picked out a few…



For our wedding, I made My dress and veil, my 2 sister’s bridesmaid dresses, the little flower girls pinafore’s, decorated their baskets, made the ring bearer’s tuxedo, the ring bearers’ pillow, and all the bouquets and boutineers, (except for my bouquet)….ALL in 2 months, while working 2 jobs! I was assistant manager at So-Fro Fabrics and I also did window displays for a fancy store in the mall.




Now see this little cutie on the right? That’s Erin… it’s her wedding I’m going to!


I hope you enjoyed a few of my wedding pictures. I don’t know what my schedule will be like or if I’ll have computer access, but I’ll do my very best to answer any comments you leave! I’m scheduling these posts ahead of time… so I can enjoy being with my family at the wedding!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Update on the Garden, Cicada’s, Puppies, and more

Almost a month ago I showed you some pictures of our garden the day we planted our plants. We’ve had a few ups and downs with the moles attacking the plants from the underneath side, the cowbirds from the top side and most recently the Cicada’s that have hatched and are everywhere! I thought I’d give you an update, as I’ve been too busy this week to get any sewing done. Preparing to go to my niece’s wedding is taking up most of my time, but I promise you when I get back in a few days, I’ll get back in my sewing room! (I’ve scheduled some posts for when I’m away, so you won’t even know I’m gone!)

If you click on the pictures, they will enlarge.

This was what our garden looked like on April 29th…



These pictures were taken today…



…and look real close… what do you see????



The Cicada’s are still around and are incredibly loud. The sound they make through the day is absolutely deafening when you are outside. It sounds like something from the Twilight Zone in our yard. We have lots of big trees and the more you have, I guess the more locusts you have making noise. My hubby had to come in and get some earphones to put over his ears the other day when he was mowing the grass. He said he could still hear their buzzing over the sound of the riding mower AND with the earphones on! That’s LOUD!

I was supposed to host a Bridal shower for a girl from Africa on June 17th. Now I’m not so sure it’s a good idea…we won’t be able to hear a thing each other says if they are still around then. I also learned today that the African girls are extremely afraid of bugs. Our yard is no place for wimps…so I may need to find some other place for it. They crawl up your back when you go outside, fly in your face and hitch a ride on your pants when you come inside. It’s just icky!

Here’s a close up picture of just one itty bitty branch on a big tree out my kitchen window…


Now multiply that by about 100,000!!!

As I was taking some pictures of the garden, I looked over at the chicken’s pen and noticed all the little holes in the ground, from the Cicada’s and thought, “You silly insects… don’t you know as soon as you come out of the ground, you’re going to meet your death?”


Our hens have been standing around in the pen, just waiting for one of these bugs to fly in. They sometimes jump 2 feet off the ground to catch one! Sometimes I see them shake their head…almost like a shudder… and so I’m guessing as that Cicada is going down, it’s pretty ticklish on their throats!


This morning Rebecca found an ad for some miniature Schnauzer/Terrier mix puppies on Craigslist. There were 4 male puppies and 1 female. The man sent me pictures and said we could see them this evening. My hubby hadn’t really said anything about getting another dog since his beloved Scruffy slipped away… but my daughter was trying to help and she thought this might be a nice Father’s Day present…with his approval, of course. When my hubby got home, I showed him the pictures and he said that wasn’t what he had in mind. I’ve realized that “we” (my daughter and I) can’t find the dog for him…it’s going to have to be him that finds it. It’s kind of like someone giving you a new dining room table… it might be nice and better than the one you had before, but it’s not the one YOU wanted… So, we’ll give him some room and let him find the puppy of his dreams whenever he is ready. I still thought I’d share these pictures of two of the little cuties…

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Well, I think that’s enough hodge podge for today. I’ll see you when I get back..and hopefully I’ll do a little “commenting” if I get a chance…so don’t forget to comment even though I’ll be gone… I’ll still be watching!!! Thanks so much everyone!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Fabrics from Thailand for Ten Ping or Lian…

My neighbor is a radiologist and periodically he travels to all parts of the world. Recently he went to Thailand and before he left he wanted to know if I needed him to pick up any fabrics for me? But of course!!! I showed him my latest acquisition…Ten Ping, and showed him how tiny she was and said if he found any fun little prints I’d love to have something from that part of the world! Well, I got those prints this evening and they are very nice. They came in a little bag from the shop Dara Thai Silk.



Oh boy…look inside at my goodies….


Each piece is 1/2 yard and the white one with the little blue sailboats is a full yard.




There were also some buttons, roses, gold rick rack and a tiny little elephant too…



Ten Ping likes her new little elephant… she’s calling her “Ellie.” I’m hoping my daughter Rebecca can make her a sweet little necklace to go with one of the elephant prints.



So I wonder which piece I’ll get to sew up first? Maybe Ten Ping will have an opinion on the matter….

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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