Mostly a Wordless Wednesday…

My sisters and their hubby’s are here visiting this week so I’m going to have to do some simple posts as there is no time for sewing…(I did get the peplum and lace sewn on Nora’s dress, but that was all…) Maybe later on in the week I’ll find some sewing time.

Has it been hot where you are? It’s been dreadfully hot here and Wednesday the heat index is supposed to be around 105! I’m not a hot weather person… actually I can do hot weather; it’s the humidity that gets me. I got to thinking about all the doll dresses I’ve made and wondered which one I thought would be the coolest and comfiest to wear in this hot sticky weather… I instantly thought of one dress.

This is a doll I had at one time… Katie Effanbee, in her sweet gauzy outfit. A friend gave me this fabric and I remember searching for something like it for the longest time. It came from Florida and I never found anything even close to it… It is as delicate as a tissue and just crinkly enough to make it interesting. As you look at Katie in this reversible dress and pantalettes set, I hope you feel cooler!

Well, did the pictures cool you off?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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The SECOND SURPRISE in my box…

I hope you enjoyed seeing my new Little Darling yesterday… (HERE) If you can’t tell, I am totally smitten with her, but I promise I won’t showcase her every time I make something in the next few months…

So you know I waited over 3 years for my new Little Darling to arrive and during that time, Lana, (who painted my doll) and I talked several times on the phone… (usually I was asking her for an update on my doll…) Well, one time I was talking about a dress I had made for Ten Ping, and she wanted to know the name of the listing on Ebay…so I told her and she looked at it and gave me some kind compliments. But while I had her looking at Ten Ping, I talked to her about me doing a new faceup on Ten Ping… and I was asking her about what paints or chalk pastels to use, etc. I actually thought Ten Ping was a bit on the orangy side…and she didn’t have any definition to her lips… Anyway, Lana said she’d redo Ten Ping since it had taken her so long to get my Little Darling done. And you should see how pretty she is… Well, let’s just take a look…

First, here are some “orangy” pics to see if you can see what I mean…

Lana sent me a few pics and I did a little cutting and pasting side by side to show you the difference. I could hardly wait to see her in person…

It’s really nice to have Ten Ping back on my dolly shelf… her sisters have missed her… me too!

Here’s that sweet new face…She’s not a total “glamour girl” but I sure do love her lots now!!! When she was “on the orange side,” it was hard to get the right colors on her…now I think it will be fun to see what fabrics look nice next to her “new” skin tone! :o)

I asked Lana if she could make a lid line near her eyes to give them some definition…

She did it exactly like a picture I sent her and she also painted some extra eyelashes…

Lana told me one of her eyes was smaller than the other one so she cut it out a bit… Yikes…

She also got a sweet mani and pedi too…

Ten Ping noticed the tiny sewing machine and jumped in the chair… and said, “Mom, can you teach me to sew?” Sure Ten Ping, that’s why I bought it!

I’m thrilled to have my 2 new girls home!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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3 years, 2 months and 27 days of waiting…

Some of you ladies who have “one” of these, will probably remember me mentioning it before…and some of you won’t have a clue. It’s been a really LONG wait and I’m not entirely sure I would do it again, but it’s over as of today…
A box came in the mail… a box like this…

Anyone recognize these boxes?

Almost ready to show you…

It’s my new Little Darling… I’ve been waiting SO long for her… and she’s finally here! Here’s what she looked like when I took the bubble wrap off…

Look at this sweet face…

Another shot…

She was hand painted by Lana Dobbs, one of the ladies trained by Dianna Effner, to make them look like they have glass eyes, but they are painted… Aren’t they incredible?

Here is a full shot of her in a few poses…

I wanted a dark brown wig for her and Lana chose this one…it’s layered and very pretty and soft…

She has a sweet pedi and mani…

I have big plans for her and have saved back of piece of fabric just waiting for her arrival… BUT Nora comes first!

I have been thinking her name would be Emmie the whole time I’ve been waiting, but I’ll have to see if it fits her when I “call her.” :o)

I did the “happy dolly dance” when I opened up that box lid! I have her in the box right now and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened the lid just to see if she’s still as beautiful as I thought she was the last time…

I have another surprise that came in the box, that I’ll probably share tomorrow… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Another Saturday of Show and Tell…

This is beginning to get ridiculous me not being able to get any sewing done… I sure hope I don’t forget how to make doll clothes. I had every intention to get in there today…but my hubby asked for a haircut… (can’t put doll sewing before that). Then he asked if I could mend his socks…he’s only been asking me for about the last 3 weeks… so I had to do it… (can’t put doll sewing before that).
I had to take care of a phone problem at my mom’s and had to do it at HER house… (can’t put doll sewing before that). I had to figure out what I was going to give as a gift for a bridal shower tomorrow… I’ll show you below what I decided on…
The man called about us getting flooring (HALLELUJAH) and he’s coming in the morning at 8:00, so we had to clear out some stuff in our living room sweep the floors, get down any cobwebs, wash the windows, etc. It’s just the first step but I’m so excited!! I’ve been waiting and walking on plywood floors for 13 years!

I have the floor man coming out at 8:00 Saturday morning, then I have the bridal shower at 12:00 and I’ll have to leave it a little before 2:00 as we’re meeting Sara’s mom (my Columbian friend) for her birthday lunch at 2:00. I have a full day so there probably won’t be any sewing tomorrow either. I think this just might be the busiest week I’ve had in a long time… then my sisters and brother are coming in next Tuesday. In the middle of all this I do have some wonderful news… I have something very special to share next week… at least I hope I do! Stay tuned…

Okay, so now on to today’s show and tell… Today, in the mail, I received the most beautiful and delicate lace I may have ever seen… It is a black lace and so sheer and lightweight it’s unreal. Look at these pictures…

I placed it on top of a few different fabrics… just to see the effect. Thank you SO much ___________! I just love it!!!!!

Here we go again… remember a while back Rebecca said, “Mom, why can’t we just buy a gift instead of making something…?” Well, it happened again… I found myself looking at gift cards in Kroger and then my mind flashed to something that I thought would be more creative… Brownies in a Jar for my gift to the bride… They could be saved for some night when they both were craving chocolate and think how fun it would be to make them together! So I stopped looking at gift cards and went to the baking aisle… picked up some pecans and chocolate chips and that was all I needed…oops, I did buy her a new 8×8 pan to bake them in… I thought that might be nice… Two jars will be for the bridal shower and one will be for the birthday girl…

I’ve made them so often it’s pretty quick for me! Decorate the hang tags and then decorate them with some coordinating flowers…that’s the fun part… Here’s a peek at them…

…a side view so you can see the layers…

I did a post one time on making them, so if you’d like to see it, you can click “Brownies in a Jar.”

Marilyn wanted to know if I had any more vacation pictures from down at Deb’s… just 2 from an antique shop we went to…It was HUGE!

Well, I still have to get a few things done, so I’m sorry about nothing to show you on Nora… I’ll keep trying… :o/

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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