A few tidbits for everyone…

I get lots of emails… I mean LOTS of emails. I always love them but too often I get behind on answering them or even just acknowledging that I even received them. So…sometimes I just decide to put them all in a post and share them with you… Today is one of those days… I hope you find something that makes you smile today…

Linda found this little article on facebook but wasn’t sure how to send it to me, so she enlisted the help of Susette, who sent it my way. It was from 1949 and I think this might make everyone smile…

I loved it!

Joy (from CA) sent this next picture to me… she said this was written by a kindergarten student in a teacher friends class at her former school that burned to the ground in the Tubs Fire. Eight of her students lost their homes.

Susette sent me this wonderful link on sewing with faux fur…

Sewing with Faux Fur

Susette also found these fun little trash cans at her Dollar Tree store… she’s going to use hers for putting threads in… I guess this gives new meaning to “taking out the trash!” :o)

Linda sent me some fun pictures of her girls dressed up on their coats since we’ve been discussing coats lately… aren’t they adorable?

…and another one of the girls playing their instruments! Isn’t this the cutest thing?

Debi sent me this picture taken a few years back… but I wanted to share it…she said they were getting ready to watch the first episode of Outlander! Aren’t they beautifully dressed?

Charlotte Trayer sent a picture of what her Swap partner was going to receive from her… Look at those tiny mittens Charlotte made for someone’s Little Darling… wouldn’t this be a fun gift to receive?

Marilyn sent information on this special magazine… by Victoria Classics…isn’t it pretty? Did anyone get a copy of it?

Marilyn also suggested Addy might like this hairdo… just a little bit intimidating for me, I think…

Okay…that’s 10 pictures and one article to make you smile… I hope you did!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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  1. That hairstyle was not done by a pro — it’s the work of the daughter of a friend. She was finishing high school and wants to go into fashion and beauty. I think she should apply to the hair and make-up department for the next Star Wars movie.

    • Hi Marilyn,
      I think everyone is totally amazed at that hairstyle. I think it is truly a work of art!
      Thanks for sharing it…and the magazine too!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  2. Charlotte Trayer says:

    What a fun post, Jeanne! Love all the pictures–and that hairdo…Wow! I have zero talent with hair! Last time, I had my hair cut a bit shorter than usual when I had my perm, and my hairdresser suggested that “next time” maybe I should have it layered. Uh….no. Been there, done that, not a pretty sight! LOL Blunt cut for me, thanks! LOL

    Loved the sewing advice–I’m sure we all follow it to the letter, right?! Haha….

    Fun to see my picture, too. Those are little snowballs in front of the sled, by the way.

    Hope you had a lovely and restful Sunday!!

    • Thanks Charlotte,
      I once got a perm and it was so tight and curly I warned George that it wasn’t a pretty sight. I actually walked in his office with a paper bag on my head. He said, “oh, it can’t be that bad.” He was wrong… I got it cut 3 times that week, trying to get it cut off… it was awful.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures everyone, including yourself, shared! Thanks so much!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  3. It’s s much fun to see what others send to you, Jeanne! It makes us feel “special” and that it’s our blog too, but you certainly get the credit for putting it all together! Oh gosh, that sewing advice—-well, I can get the beds made and dishes done, but being all fixed up and powdered before sewing, who does that? I can’t believe that was written in my lifetime, which makes me feel a bit “old”!

    What a sweet and poignant note from the little girl in California that Joy sent.. I hope her dream comes true! I loved Debi’s pictures of her dolls, they are just perfect in every way! I bet that’s a job to dress them all so wonderfully!
    Charlotte’s little gifts for someone’s LD is just adorable! Great job on that Charlotte!
    Susette’s little trashcan is so cute, but do you notice the very pretty pin cushion nearby?
    That pretty tea set on the cover of the magazine look just like the toy tea set I have from my husband’s aunt that she played with, believe it or not!
    Those hairstyles, well, I just can’t imagine even thinking of how to do that! I’m floored!

    • HI Linda,
      I had to read that sewing advice several times to make sure I got it all…that’s certainly not the way it happens around here! :o) I’d never get any sewing done if I had to go through all that before stepping into my sewing room…
      Thanks for finding that Linda!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  4. Thanks to all who contributed the fun article and photos. It adds a bright spot to the clouds we have today.


    • HI Becky,
      We have sunshine today and temps in the upper 50’s, but also 24 mph winds…it’s whistling in our house… I’m glad I’m inside today! The wind is drying out the ground from all the melted snow…that’s good!
      I’m glad you enjoyed today’s post, Becky!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  5. I’ll start at the bottom.
    Wow, Marilyn, your friend’s daughter has a lot of talent of which my fingers escaped any in the gene pool. And I could become lost in that Tea Pleasures magazine.
    What great items in Charlotte’s swap. Those boots and jacket as well as the other fun items I’m sure were well appreciated.
    Love Debi’s group photo with everyone in the same era. What a great idea.
    Linda’s girls in coats pictures are adorable. What a lovely display. And all of the instruments. I wonder if they will be banished to the garage for playing too loud?
    I got half way through Susette’s fur article and decided that I needed to definitely take notes. That is great information. And the little trash can is so perfect. I need one too. Cute.
    Linda’s Singer Sewing Advice was so funny. But, then I thought, how relevant to me, sitting in front of the computer in my robe with uncombed hair. Hope that camera thingy isn’t on accidentally. Wait, dust my fingers with chalk? Lipstick and dress of which I have neither? That must be why I haven’t gotten any sewing done lately. 🙂
    Thank you Jeanne for sharing everyone’s stuff. Really enjoyed it.

    • HI Joy,
      I could get lost in that Tea magazine too… I think it was Charlotte T who shared a while back about a sewing magazine that was new to me, called Classic Sewing. I saw it at Joann’s but didn’t pick it up to look at it.. I think I might… I’m more into sewing than tea, but I do love all the pretties in that type of magazine. I used to love Victoria magazines… and I think it’s published by them.

      I loved your last paragraph… and especially your line about “that must be why I haven’t gotten any sewing done lately!” I loved it! Thanks for sharing!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  6. It’s so neat to see all the articles and pictures sent to you Jeanne. The hair design must have taken awhile to do, however the person doing it must know what she is doing. How artistic and perfectly neat. I’d have my fingers in knots trying to do that! LOL.
    The little garbage can is adorable and Susette is using it in such a clever way! And the Tea Pleasures – love it. Tea sets are a weakness of mine.
    Loved the Little Darling outfit and accessories! The sled and snowballs and snowman are adorable to accompany the outfit.
    I love it when someone sends in pictures of their dolls. Linda and Debi …thank you for sharing. Love the different coats on Linda’s girls and all the girls of Debi’s ready to watch Outlander. That’s one show or movie I’m not familiar with.
    And Linda, love the sewing machine helpful hints…I apply that to my doll room. I always feel the need to do chores or errands first but boy, when I go to the doll room, I’m dressed comfortably!! Usually got a good movie on to watch while I play.
    And lastly, that sweet little girl’s ” I have a dream wish.” How moving. Recognizing other peoples’ misfortune.
    Have a great Monday everyone!

    • HI Paula,
      I’m glad you found something in the pictures to smile about… I thought everyone could find something! :o)
      I wasn’t familiar with the show, Outlander, either…but if the ladies dressed like Debi had her dolls dressed, I bet it was wonderful to watch!
      I like to have movies on in my sewing room too.. it makes it more homey and I feel wonderful in my own little space… I bet you do too!
      Thanks Paula,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  7. Dorothy in PA says:

    Dear Jeanne,
    I love the reference to Dr. King. As you know we are celebrating his birthday this month and Black History month is in February so that is definitely timely. Ditto the African-American girl’s hair style. That is awesome. I don’t know too many people who could do that so the young lady must be very talented.

    I love, love, love the sewing tips. Now I know why I don’t sew. There are too many steps to complete BEFORE one even gets to the machine (smile). Oh, and my husband is imaginary, so I guess I am destined never to sew (laugh).

    And there was another reference to tea. Hmmmmm. I think someone’s girls are definitely going to be hosting a tea party this year (smile).

    I cannot believe we are three weeks into the new year! Wow!

    • HI Dorothy,
      I thought the sewing tips were the highlight of the post… I loved everything else, but those tips were just so adorable…and I’m sure they were meant to be taken seriously!
      Yes, tea parties… they might be seen a little more this year… I hope so!
      Thanks for enjoying the post, Dorothy,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  8. Anne Johnson says:

    What a wonderfully entertaining post today, Jeanne! There is a little something for everyone here, sent by several of your faithful readers–The Jeanne Marie Family, as we might call it!

    I love that you began the post with the 1949 clipping from Linda. It really made me smile (as I sit here with my bare face, in my leggings, sweatshirt and house slippers!). If I followed the advice given in that article, NOTHING would ever get done around here, let alone any sewing!

    I was also touched by the picture Joy sent of a young kindergarten student’s dream. The simple words were very heart-rending, and it had me recalling several moving experiences I had with students during my own teaching years. Little ones are always so honest and soul-bearing!

    I am continually amazed by the broad range of knowledge, talent and experience your readers display, Jeanne. I enjoy seeing their pictures and hearing their anecdotes. From sewing, shopping, traveling, cooking, history, fashion, art, and more — their contributions are very much appreciated (especially when they include lovely dolly pictures!), and today was certainly no exception.

    Thank you to all who share ideas and images with Jeanne that she can pass along to all of us, and thank you, Jeanne, for always giving us something pretty to see and interesting to ponder each day. I Dream of Jeanne Marie is much more than a doll sewing blog; it is a microcosm of life. Happy Monday, everyone!

    • HI Anne,
      I feel the same way about that sewing advice article… if I had to follow all those steps, I might as well fold up shop… sometimes I sew when I should be doing dishes, sometimes I sew when I should be sleeping, sometimes I sew when I’m in my jammies, sometimes I go to town when I shouldn’t, I hardly ever have lipstick on when I’m sewing, I don’t use have a dress on, and if visitors come over, I just have to say, “excuse the mess, I’ve been sewing!” That’s what works for me!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the tidbits today, Anne… I did too!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  9. Once again I’m late so I just have to second everyone’s Comments. I always enjoy them and learn so much from the Jeanne Marie Family. Thanks everyone for the pictures and Joy for sharing the little heartfelt note. The hairdo should qualify the young lady to be admitted to a fashion design school, if not as a student, to teach. Heavens, that’s amazing. You know I love mini tea sets, Marilyn. Darling Little Darling set.

    I got a perm like that one time and when I picked my son up at school, he didn’t recognize me. His friend said, “That’s your mom.” My son said, “No, it’s not.” I loved it because it was so easy to take care of. It really was in fashion at that time.

    I’m late because I was making a pattern for a Basque waist for a dress, not being able to find the one I’d already made. Finally finished it and then found the one I’d already made using as a base Butterick 6149 but making the V deeper. It’s not an easy exercise for me. It seems I often spend more time thinking about what I’m going to make that it actually takes to sew the dress. Never use a pattern as it comes from the envelope; make it difficult!

    • Now that made me laugh Susette! I do the same thing with patterns. Can’t leave it alone and have to make it difficult. 🙂

    • HI Susette,
      I am the EXACT same way too… you and Joy are copycats of me… I never read directions either… I pretty much know how things go together, so unless it’s a pattern with a zillion pieces or one I’m not used to doing, I just start in sewing. I bet you both are like that too.

      I think everyone’s had the “bad perm” at some time in their life… I’ll never forget mine!
      Thanks Susette, glad to see you are sewing!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  10. I’m obviously later, Susette. What a fun mixed bag today. Love the sewing article. It reminds me of when I stayed with my grandparents each year over summer vacation. While my grandfather was working during the day, my grandmother and I would clean, garden cook, bake, sew, crochet etc. Then about two hours before he was due home my grandmother would take a bath and put on lipstick before beginning dinner. After dinner my grandfather always did the dishes while we dried and put them away.
    Cute little trash can, Susette. keeps the threads contained well.
    Aww, don’t your dolls look sweet, Linda. I see they’ve been shopping at AG.
    What beautiful outfits your girls have on, Debi.
    What a cute outfit you made, Charlotte. A fun day in the snow is in store for somebody’s doll.
    Wow, what a hairstyle. That is one talented girl.
    Yes, I got a copy of the Victoria magazine. That magazine is a weakness of mine. It’s my favorite and I collect them all. It began when I was nineteen, but I didn’t find it for 10 more years. When I did, I was hooked. I have all the back issues, subscribe now, and buy the Special Editions. It’s always just so beautiful to look at. It’s the only magazine I save.

    • HI Laura,
      What a sweet and touching tribute to your grandparents! I loved that!
      I’m going to have to look for the magazine… I used to love it too.. I loved the classifieds too, in the back… some of them were for dresses that just melted my heart… so romantic and feminine… now I can’t wait to go to the store to look for it…
      Thanks Laura,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  11. What a wonderful post and a wall down memory lane. The article about what the lady of the house should do before she sits down to sew just is so for that generation. It was my mother to a tea but she couldn’t put a hem in a pair of slacks. But hair was always done (in a french twist with curls on top, her long (real) fingernails was always polished, make up on and a very ’50’s dress to do the housework with stocking and low heels. I kind of loved the era as women always looked like ladies and even men were dressed nicely. Sometimes I think as the fashion has charged we are more lazy to get “done up” or women look like slobs. Sorry ladies. But sweatpants, pj bottoms, leggings and such are not for outside. Okay..enough of that rant. lol. And back to the ladies of the ’50’s…..here I sit in my usual around the house outfit. Hair in pony, no makeup and a super comfortable nightgown. I live alone so nobody to impress and nothing is better than being comfortable.

    I love tea seats…have a large collection and me and my grandson (age 12) has tea parties all weekend. He would pick out the set and everything to make the table pretty.

    I hope the students dream comes true. Our home burnt to the grown when my children were babies and we were sleeping. This was back when smoke detectors weren’t in homes. So I understand how she feels.

    Wow! the girls hair is amazing. I had to look at it about five time. I am not a hair person except for back in my teens, fifty years ago, now it white and halfway down my back. A quick brush and in a ponytail and I’m happy. Make up if I leave the house is mascara, lotion and clear lipstick.

    Susette I feel your pain. But as those of us that sew know…never leave the pattern alone. You just have to tweak it a tad which ends up either a hot mess or making you wish you didn’t. Hopefully it works out.

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