A pretty little dress for that pretty pink hat…

PLEASE NOTE:
My first dress for sweet little Noel is ending this evening on Ebay. She’s my newest little model, and stands just 10″ tall. This was my first dress for her, and she will be so sad to learn what happens around here… you model and then the dress will be sent off to some other little girl to wear… but *alas* your turn comes up again and you get to show off another pretty dress… it’s not too bad…

If you’d like to see her dress listing on Ebay, you can click on the picture at the right side bar, or you can click on this link that will take you to the listing…

~ Sweet and Petite ~

You’ll be happy to see what I’ve gotten done on the dress that goes with the pink hat I showed you yesterday. If you didn’t read the comments you might not know, but that fabric the hat was sitting on was the fabric I was planning on using for the dress. I’m not finished, as I’m sure you’ll see, but you can see how the set is starting to take shape.

The sleeves are puffed and heirloom lace was added to the elasticized edge. My favorite Swiss Batiste lace is sewn in at the waist and you can see the embroidery floss I’ve picked out… any guesses what that’s for??

I left the skirt about tea length and hemmed it by hand.

I forgot to take pictures of it, but there are 3 tiny red buttons on the back covering the hidden snaps.

The inside bodice is lined with a white cotton fabric and all the edges are whip stitched in place.

Here’s one last picture to hold you over till tomorrow… and hopefully I’ll have more to show you.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this little pink hat!

I had a super busy day and I never stepped into my sewing room until almost 10:00 tonight. I had finished something last night that I wanted to share with you, but I was also hoping to get something else finished…to go with it…didn’t happen! :o( I know, I know, I am sad just like you are, but hey, there’s always tomorrow…so we’ll see what Tuesday holds for me…

Okay, so here’s what I made last evening… a sweet pink straw hat decorated with pretty pink and red paper roses. Isabelle said it was her turn and she’s probably right… Lian piped up and said, “Hey, but I look good in pinks too…” I told her it was Isabelle’s turn and Isabelle looked at me with those brown eyes of hers and said, “Okay, can I put the hat on now?” Sure…so here she is…looking about as darling as a Little Darling can!

My lighting wasn’t very good but it is the prettiest pink straw…like what you’ll see on the fabric. I wish you could see it in person…it’s just so adorable. I keep picking it up and holding it in the palm of my hand… *sigh*

And what do you think was my inspiration for the hat? Why this pretty pink and red cotton print, of course…

Why so many pictures of the same hat, you ask? Because that’s ALL I have to show…

Maybe I’ll have more time in my sewing room tomorrow…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Book Review: How to Sell Your Crafts Online

I thought it was time we had a book review as it’s been a while since I did one! My friend, Ariel, whom I did a post on her Tsumami Zaiku, showing the hair ornaments she makes from folding fabrics and paper, (HERE), loaned me a few books back in December and as much as I wanted to get them all read and return them to her, I had more pressing things to do at the time. I read most of the way through them but realized not very far into the books that I wanted them for my own library. I was reading them slow, because I wanted to absorb what they were talking about. I ordered my own copies from Ebay and now have them in my possession.

This isn’t a book about sewing, like some of my other book reviews have been, but more a book about what to do with your sewing after you get your items made. It says it’s a step by step guide to Etsy, but the things discussed in the book can apply to Ebay and how your present things there for your listings.

I can’t say this is the absolute best book out there on the market, because, just to be honest, I haven’t read that many “books” on making your business better… I read lots of articles and blog posts about it, but not books. This one grabbed me right from the start though. I think it was how the author made it so easy to understand and he used his wife’s jewelry business for all of his examples.

If you click on any picture, it will enlarge.

The book is called “How to Sell Your Crafts Online” by Derrick Sutton. It is in paperback form with a very nice slick cover and has a copyright date of 2011. There are 196 pages plus an index.

Mr. Sutton gives many examples and has pictures to show you just what he is referring to and he has LOTS of links to things I didn’t even know about. As I was reading the book, it made me want to improve on this and fix that and work on this area and add this to my listings. I was very impressed with the book and found it a very good reference book. It’s laid out very well and covers SO many areas that I want to learn more about.

Here are a couple of chapter beginnings that you can get a feel for the way he writes.

I have had an Etsy store for 4 years and after reading his book it made me want to add my picture to my profile, and add the little section at the bottom of the page that tells more about how I do things, work on “branding” my things sold in my shop, and package them in such a way that shows who I am and what I’m doing.

It’s an easy read book, but also one that makes you want to take notes and change some things you might already be doing. I’m always game for improving things. It’s easily found on Ebay and I just checked…the lowest priced one is $3.96. I paid $3.97 for mine with free shipping!

I hope you’ll consider this book if you’re into selling… I really enjoyed it.

I made something fun and pretty today and hope to share it with you tomorrow… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Just a few Updates…

Wonderful News: My Corolle doll has a new mommmy… yes, Ingrid adopted her, so Chloe is going on a trip! :o)

Just a reminder: “Springtime in the South,” my lavender Civil War dress, ends this evening on Ebay. You can see it by clicking on the picture at the right side bar, or you can click HERE.

Here’s one of my favorite pictures of it. I shall miss this one!

One more thing: Several of you have been looking for a Tuesday’s Child doll like I was so fortunate to receive. I just saw one similarly painted like mine, listed on EBay…she has a red wig with braids… Here is the link for that listing. She does come from a smoker’s home… if that matters to you…

Boneka doll on Ebay

I will see you in the morning! Have a wonderful Sunday…and you ladies in California… keep your life jackets close by!

Blessings, Jeanne

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