I could have the BIGGEST dolly tea party…

A few weeks ago my hubby put in a new kitchen sink for a couple from church. A few days later they brought over her famous Korean Bolgogi as a thank you. Her husband and my hubby took a trip out to see the chickens and she came inside. I had one of my doll dresses waiting to be sold on Ebay, so I asked her if she’s like to see what I did…she was thrilled at my sewing room and especially my dolls. She asked lots of questions and was interested in the little pieces of furniture I used as props.

Well, Sunday she was excited to see me at church and said she had something to give me. She said her daughter was growing up and not playing with her dolls so much anymore and she hoped I could use these tea sets. They are a nice American Girl size and that rose colored tea pot is adorable.

The other set is a Precious Moments set.
It has the cutest picture on the pitcher.

It got me to wondering just how many tea set pieces I owned…so I got them all out and set them on a table top. The sweet thing is…they have ALL been given or sent to me! Look at all these pieces…

I could have the biggest Tea Party and I think I counted 16 cups, so lots of dolls could attend!

There are varied sizes of tea sets from American Girl size all the way down to Ten Ping’s size.

Just thought I’d share a few pictures with you… Tea anyone???

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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From Crinolines to Cars…

First of all… if you haven’t seen it yet, I did manage to get Rebecca’s Civil War dress finished and listed on Ebay Saturday evening. I ended up calling the set “Apple Butter Sweet,” which was suggested by Linda. From the moment I read that name, it started spinning things in my brain and I knew a little jar of apple butter would be involved. The story line evolved a little at a time until I finally liked how it all went together.
You can click on the picture at the right side bar to be taken to the Ebay listing, or you can click HERE.

Here it is…

I made her “apple butter” by using sienna acrylic paint and dropping a few squirts into these fun little glass jars I found at Hobby Lobby. They are very tiny and I don’t think they are too small for the American Girl dolls. They might be “considered” pints… :o) I rolled the paint around in the jar for a day and when it appeared to be sticking to the sides, I poured out the excess… and then glued the lid on tightly and added the blue ribbon!

The jars will work for a few different dolls… the 13″ Little Darlings and even tiny Ten Ping picked one up and said she’d like some apple butter too! :o)

I ended up making a boned crinoline out of some gauze fabric I had and it is very soft and lightweight… It works well at holding out Rebecca’s dress.

Sunday morning my hubby announced there was a Classic Car showing in Cape Girardeau, MO, and Rebecca decided she’d like to go if we went. (This makes 3 weeks in a row for us) We scrambled as quickly as we could after church to get on the road, but it started raining here. I mean REALLY pouring down buckets of rain. The radar on my phone said it was clear in Cape, so we called one of the antique shops to see what the weather was like there. They said it was 82 and hot! So we kept driving… hoping that the weather wouldn’t be bad at the car show. Well, the rain stopped on the way and just as we were crossing over the Mississippi River going into Cape, it started sprinkling… and when we found the car show it was still raining… SO… we dug out the umbrella’s and looked at the cars in the rain… But pretty soon it stopped and then it got hot again…

Anyway, there were many, many cars lined up the streets and down by the river walls. They went on for blocks and blocks… and the streets were even closed off for this event. Now, I don’t know anything about cars, except that I “like this one and don’t like that one…” but my hubby and Rebecca knew the years of the cars before they even saw the sticker in the windows. They had fun looking at engines and tires and the insides of the cars. I just went for the ride… :o) So, maybe you can show these to your hubby and see if he knows what kind they are… because I didn’t take notes when I was taking the pictures… You’ll be happy to know that I took 48 pictures and narrowed it down to 8! :o) This is a dolly/sewing blog, not a hot rod blog!

Here’s one of the streets blocked off…the cars went down as far as you could see… we didn’t go to the very end…

My hubby was explaining something to Rebecca in this picture… beats me what it was…I was just the photographer…

I know this is a Corvette!

Another teaching moment…

I don’t know how many trophies they gave out, but they had rows and rows and rows of them… Surely everyone got one!

Last week my hubby found their family tractor, and this time my hubby found his family’s old farm truck… this was the same year and make of the one they had… of course their’s wasn’t this spiffy!

Well that’s it for today… Crinolines to cars… hope you enjoyed it!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Three different dolls…

(Just a quick note… I DID get Rebecca’s Civil War dress set all finished, the pictures are taken and cropped, and I just have to get it listed on Ebay…I’ll do my best to get it on Saturday evening!)

I’ll be showing you three different dolls today. Two of the dolls are real… one just turned 4, and the other just turned one month old…

Let’s start with Gaterah… my Haitian friend’s new baby. I showed you a post on her when she was first born… (HERE)

I found out her name is pronounced Get Truh… only 2 syllables… with the accent on the first part… “Get” Truh…(almost like “truck” without the “ck” on it.) I had it wrong on that first day’s post. Anyway, she turned one month old on Thursday… I thought you might like to see an update of her…she is one living doll!

Bithar said she has just started smiling… I caught one!

Okay… MOM, WHO IS THIS LADY??? She’s scaring me!!! (photo session is over for her!)

The next doll I want to share with you is Esther… Gaterah’s big sister… only 4, but bigger than her! She had a birthday and I surprised her with a doll, like I did her sister, Deborah… My pictures aren’t the clearest… (there was lots of action in the room!)

She’s definitely got mom’s smile!

…her big sister, Deborah had to get in the pictures too…

The last doll was a poor little thing that Deborah brought out to me… She said Esther had marked on her with markers… and her hair was a total wreck.. I don’t know what it was supposed to have looked like… style wise…

I wondered if I could fix her, and asked them if I could bring the doll home to try to get the marks off. I was surprised myself at how sweet she turned out with a little scrubbing and a dolly wig brush… they had braided little tiny braids in her hair and I did my best to undo them… and put the hair in pig tails…

Here’s what she looks like now…

Much better, don’t you think? I’m going to have a little talk with Esther about not marking on her dolls anymore… :o)

Well, that’s my three doll stories… I hope you enjoyed them. They LOVE my corn casserole, so I doubled the recipe and made one for them… Bithar was so excited…no cooking!

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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My hubby had other ideas than me sewing this weekend…

Saturday my hubby asked me if I could help him stain his shed… it sounds like it should go fast, with two of us working, it’d be a snap right? He’s always just used Thompson’s Water Seal on it, but after 15 years it was starting to look pretty weathered. He decided we’d stain it this year… a Redwood color. First it had to be brushed off with a stiff brush to get the black spots and grime off it. We didn’t want to wash it because then it would have to dry.

If you click on any pictures they will enlarge.

Once we got going on the east side, it went pretty quickly, but the front was a pain…all the extra pieces of wood to make it “decorative” really got in the way and slowed us down. The side took over an hour BUT the front took almost 3 and 1/2 hours. I know… I know… and my shoulder knows too! We stopped after the front, as it was getting dark…Hallelujah!

Remember when my hubby trimmed our Mulberry tree and I was sure he pruned it back too far? This was it on April 19th, and here it is today! He does know what he’s doing… It grows back every year… just like he says it will!

We can’t get over how pretty the color is… it changed dramatically in looks!

SO… Sunday morning he woke up with another idea…however it didn’t involve work… it was a fun day. After church we left and went back to Cape Girardeau, MO, to the SEMO Fair. (South East Missouri) He had gotten a brochure somewhere and there was supposed to be chickens and rabbits dressed up in costumes and he thought I’d like to see them. Well, we raced as fast as we could, (obeying the speed limits, mind you…) and made it to the fairgrounds, only to discover you had to walk a REALLY LONG way around to the 4-H tent… I spotted a shuttle bus and saw other people walking toward it, so I called to my hubby, “Hurry and we can catch a ride down to the grounds.” My hubby can’t walk quite as fast as I can, so I beat him to the bus…Just as I was about there, the doors shut, but I was standing there at the door and the guy opened them up. I climbed aboard, and the guy goes…”Yeeessss?” I said, “Isn’t this a shuttle bus taking people to the fairgrounds?” Everyone on board laughed… He said it was a federal bus… We don’t know exactly what it was, or who was on it, but we’re guessing it was a “correctional” facility with workers on board…maybe they had to pick up trash at the fairgrounds…we’ll never know. My face may have been red as I backed off the bus, but my hubby’s was probably redder as he gathered his wife off the bus. He kidded me all day long and all the way home…

We huffed and puffed and made it to the tent just in time to see the winner announced… It turns out it was just for the kids in 4-H, and there weren’t that many participants. The chicken winner was a cowboy “get up” and the rabbit just had a hat and a a blanket on… Maybe it was a sombrero.. I’m not sure. Anyway, here were the winners…

There was also a winner announced called “Chicken Noodle Soup.” It wasn’t exactly a dressed up chicken.. but a little boy with a chefs hat on and 2 banty hens in a pot with some veggies on top… The little boy must have only been 4 or 5 and was standing on a milk crate…

They had a rooster crowing contest and a corn shucking contest and next door were a few animals… I took just a few shots… I thought this was a beautiful rooster and the rabbit caught George’s eye…

We went to the Arena and looked at the 4-H competition and saw the ribbons they won…

This quilt won Best of Show and Grand Champion (I think).

The things the kids made were displayed on a wall, sort of mixed up like… I’ve never seen a fair done quite like this…

This sweet little cake reminded me of one I did…

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(You can see that post HERE.)

…and look at all the red and blue ribbons on the canned goods!

My hubby kind of snickered and said, “I think someone’s mom helped with this one…”

The 4-H judges were still working on the entries for the sewing and needle crafts and it was going to be another hour before they were done, so we decided we’d have to move on.

As we were walking around, the smell was unbelievable… there were more vendors selling things here than I had EVER seen before at ANY fair… It was like this, row after row after row for as far down as you could see… We didn’t get a thing! :o)

Next we came to the tractors.. and my hubby was intrigued with the vintage ones…Have you ever seen so many red tractors in a row?

My hubby was trying to find the one they had on the farm when he was growing up…

In the middle of all the vintage tractors, they had a “People’s Choice” contest for the best riding mower! Seriously? I have no idea how many there were…. but LOTS!

He could hardly believe it, but he found the tractor like they used to have… and he had to tell me ALL about it.. how they hooked a belt up to that big thing on the side and used it for grinding hay and for a saw…(I think…my stomach was growling and my mind was thinking of food…)

It was getting pretty hot walking around, so we decided to leave the fairgrounds and see what else we could see… There is a neat Antique store downtown called Annie Laurie’s and we started there…We just looked but didn’t buy anything.

We went to a few places downtown and looked around…YEP…that’s my hubby…he found the “tool section” in this store…

I wandered around and saw some vintage wedding dresses…hanging up high…

…and I found a booth with lots of old catalogs and magazines and a few paper dolls, so Betsy and I visited for a while!

It was getting later in the evening and I finally said, “I’m ready to eat…” so we found a nice place and had a quiet dinner, and then headed home. My hubby said he just wanted to “extend” our time from the other day when we came… I was glad he suggested it. We had a wonderful day…

It wasn’t about sewing or dolls, but I hope you enjoyed it…Monday morning we are going to try and get those 2 other sides of the shed whipped… Oh Boy!!!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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