Friends helping me out once again…

It seems like every time I have an interruption in my life, a few of my readers bail me out with some pictures they’ve sent me… That’s just what happened this week… Linda, Susette and Kathie sent me some pictures, and while Thanksgiving is over, I think you’ll still enjoy them…

This sweet picture from Linda is of Susan and Molly breaking the wishbone right after the turkey was carved… sweet, isn’t it?

Susette was inspired by some of the ladies on my blog who were either sewing a Thanksgiving dress for their doll or at least getting their dolls ready for Thanksgiving, so she decided she could whip up a dress for Kit. She said it had cap sleeves, but she lives in California and said it might be in the 80’s on Thanksgiving, so it was okay! It turned out really sweet looking, Susette, and I bet Kit was thrilled!!! She said it’s actually a dark green and not blue, as it looks.

Susette also sent me a picture of a darling dress and purse and hat set she sent to her granddaughter, Riya, last year. Riya designed it and asked if grandma could make it… Why sure, but Susette said it was crazy hard to find the leaves for the front of the dress. In fact, she said she looked at hundreds of listings before she found them…

Kathie sent me some pictures of her girls all dressed up for Thanksgiving… get ready for some “adorable-ness!”

I hope your Saturday is full of fun and adventure! Did you go shopping on Black Friday?

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Thanksgiving Day #2 ~ with the Haitians AND Nigerians…

Today was pretty special! When I got up this morning, my hubby announced that we were going to have another family join us today. He helped them get a bed on Monday (they had been sleeping on the floor) and found out they weren’t doing anything for Thanksgiving. They are from Nigeria and I met them at the BIG Thanksgiving Dinner from church the other night, but I didn’t realize until they walked in the front door that they were the same couple. What’s a few more mouths to feed with as much food as we were having… His name is Wally (that’s what we call him) and her name is Ololade (pronounced “Oh-Lola-Day”) and they have a little 18 month old daughter named Flourish! We had a great time getting to know them better. They had already met Jean and Bithar (from Haiti) at church, so it was an easy mix today.

Including us, we had 6 adults and 4 kids and baby Gaterah! The food was just as delicious as yesterday and we had plenty! The big hit again, was the corn casserole! I thought I’d share a few shots from today!

Here’s the table before my company arrived…

Before anyone got here, I found Reuben on the couch without a care in the world… I though it was sweet…

It seems like my hubby ended up in all the pictures I took…

Here are some sweet pictures of Bithar and Gaterah…

My turn to hold her…

We had a really nice time and I think the kids did too… one of the things that warmed my heart was seeing the kids scoot around on my new floors in their socks… that never could have happened with the plywood floors we used to have. My hubby and I both noticed it!!!

Okay, now here are some other pictures from today… Rebecca bought Reuben a new Thanksgiving toy…a turkey… my picture isn’t too clear as he was licking his chops like crazy in anticipation of getting it… His tongue was going wild…

Five minutes later it looked like this…

…and five minutes after that picture, both ends were chewed off. I think he thought he was “supposed” to eat it!

Later in the afternoon my brother sent me a text… “Me after dinner!”

Then my sister, Deb, sent this picture of Wink…

Reuben didn’t quite know what to think of all the kids… he was in my hubby’s lap when I snapped this picture…

I hope your Thanksgiving was as enjoyable as ours was… We were blessed with new friends and stories and (probably 3 new pounds!!!) :o)

My brother is bringing my mom back from his house Friday afternoon and my sisters are coming in too… YAY… I can’t wait to see them, but we have some “business” to take care of while they are here… I’ll try to be around, but no promises…

Sorry, but no sewing for a few days…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Thanksgiving #1 with our Columbian friends…

Well, I survived Day 1 of our Thanksgiving feasts… and what a feast we had! We decided to have Thanksgiving 2 days in a row… on Wednesday we had our kids and Edgar, Alba and Sara (from Columbia) for a Thanksgiving dinner. I was in the kitchen most of the day and took just a few shots of what I was doing… Here’s the Corn Casserole…

Alba got dibs on the leftovers… (she was quite thrilled!!!)

Next is the Sweet Potato Souffle…

Kristoffer said “his name” was on the leftovers of it…

I made about 5-6 dozen chocolate chip cookies…

I remembered to take a picture of my table while it was all pretty…not fancy, but pretty… I found my tablecloth at Bed Bath and Beyond back in the summer in the clearance tablecloths…it had been $29.99…and I snagged it for $4.99. It’s really nice! JEANNE SCORES BIG!!!

Kristoffer brought over a homemade Red Velvet cake for dessert and it was wonderful!

My hubby and Alba rinsed the dishes for me…

…so it wasn’t too much work to get finished. I guess we should have taken a group picture, but we were too busy visiting… we talked about everything from the difference between lima beans and butter beans, how pretty Rebecca’s red hair was, which led us to talking about how fast each of our hair grew in a month, then we discussed recipe differences between the US and Columbia, we talked about them going back for a visit to Columbia in a few weeks… (it’s been 3 years since they’ve seen their family) and then Edgar had a fun time taking selfies with Reuben… it was non stop chatter for several hours… and I enjoyed every minute of it!

We’ll have our friends, Jean and Bithar and their 4 kids from Haiti over Thursday…

I’m ready… for Thanksgiving Day #2…Can you believe it? Nothing got spilled on my new tablelcloth!!! :o)

A dear friend, Leann, brought me this sweet wall hanging a few weeks ago…

It really says it all. I am blessed by SO many friends…ones who share meals with me and ones who share “coffee” with me in the mornings! I am thankful for you all!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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~ Christmas Snowflakes ~ Excuses for not getting it finished…

You’ll probably look at this dress and think, “that’s all she has finished on it?” But I have an excuse, and a good one too… I was rescuing a guinea pig from a young girls science class so he didn’t have to spend Thanksgiving break all alone! Now, isn’t that about the best excuse you’ve ever heard… and it’s TRUE too! Peanut, the guinea pig at Sara’s (my little Columbian friend) school, needed to be taken home by some student so he could be cared for over break… well, guess who volunteered? Yep, Sara… She couldn’t bring him home on the bus because the cage was too big, so her mom called me and asked if I could pick Sara up and bring Peanut and her home. After all, it’s not every day you get to transport a guinea pig, is it? So that was my first excuse for not getting more sewing done…

My second excuse was I was helping my hubby with his sawzall… he was trying to replace the switch and needed another hand. Can you tell what this means?

Me neither… (that’s a diagram of all the wires he was replacing)… so I was mostly there for “moral support” and “holding the flashlight” which is a VERY important job! :o)

My third excuse was we decided this morning that it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without friends coming over, so Wednesday evening (because my kids were off then) we are having them and Edgar, Alba and Sara over for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner… I was in the kitchen most of the day and probably will be tomorrow too… We are having Jean and Bithar over on Thursday for a Thanksgiving Dinner. I was doing things in double batches today… I made 2 double batches of corn casserole, and 2 Sweet Potato Souffles, plus did some prepping for tomorrow. This is my menu… Turkey, Corn Casserole (their favorite!) Sweet Potato Souffle, Green Beans, Company potatoes, Salad, Rolls, Kristoffer is making a Red Velvet cake and I’m going to try and make some cookies (in my spare time)… :o)

My fourth excuse was I had a zillion dishes to do from all the cooking I did… that took me quite a while.

Well, I guess you’d probably like to see some pictures now, wouldn’t you? I have the basic part of the dress all finished, it’s hand hemmed, and the snaps and buttons are sewn on the back.

I received the sweetest , daintiest, most delicate and sheer piece of embroidered batiste, (that I think must have come off a child’s dress), from Kathie a while back. I have wanted to use it on something special and I think Lian’s dress might be “it.” I haven’t cut it the right length because I wanted to make sure I was going to use it… before cutting into such a special piece of fabric. I think I’m going to make a sweet little pinafore for Lian’s dress. Then I’m thinking of having a separate lace belt that can be worn if the pinafore isn’t worn… just a thought…

Here’s one last look… I’m loving this color on Lian. Marilyn said something in her comments about Cranberries and Snowflakes…and as soon as I saw that I liked it, but I wouldn’t have enough spaces in my title on Ebay to include “Christmas” and “Red” (which needs to be added when someone is searching), so I just changed the Cranberries to Christmas… I think it works…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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