“I Love a Parade…” (said Molly)

Yep, that’s what I named Molly’s newest dress set listed on Ebay…”I Love a Parade.” You can see it by clicking the picture at the right side bar or by clicking HERE. I got a suggestion from Joy that it would be cute to see Molly pulling a little wagon in the parade filled with her dolls. Hmmmm…great idea Joy! I set off this morning in search of a wagon… after all, how hard could it be to find one? Well let me tell you… HARD! I looked all over and struck out and then decided if anyone would have one, Hobby Lobby would. They didn’t have a red wagon exactly like what I had in mind, but they had this very heavy, plaster-type pull cart. It was pretty ugly in the color it was, so I figured some paint could help that.


I used a red acrylic paint and painted the top part and then painted the wheels black. It dried pretty quickly.


I know it’s just a tiny bit small for the American Girl dolls, but if you position the handle close to her hand, it gives the illusion that she’s pulling it. I may have my hubby make me a different handle. I does work very well with my Dianna Effner Little Darlings so that’s a plus!

I found a few stuffed animals that fit in the wagon and thought it was too cute not to use in my listing…





I also found some small American flags and Molly got her very own flag as well…


Now you’ll love this… I found some fun netting in the clearance section of Joann’s and decided to go all patriotic for Molly. I made her a 1940’s NON-AUTHENTIC half slip from it. I just thought it was too cute to not use under this dress. It’s sort of the “bright spot” of this set… since the dress is Khaki colored. Molly flipped out when she saw what I had made her! The netting was sort of limp, so I used a layer of tulle underneath it to help hold it out better.



So that’s the in’s and out’s of my listing, “I Love a Parade!” I hope you like it…

If you missed the link at the top, you can see it again HERE.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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  1. Linda Doyle says:

    That’s a perfect sized wagon for Molly, Jeanne! I do have a Radio Flyer metal one for my dolls, and although it is really cute, I think it would be harder to get it in your pictures space wise. This little one just adds to the charm of the outfit! Just plain cute!

    Ooh, the petticoat! I would have loved to have one like that too! Looks like fireworks going on underneath her dress! Such a cute surprise to see that under a 1940’s dress, but hey, it’s 2016! Yes, it does make the dress stand out nicely and fits the bill!

    Everything is really growing now with all this rain we have been having, Everytime we turn around, the grass needs cutting! I’m still in a boot, so not able to do much outside yet, but hopefully soon. It’s getting better.

    • Jeanne W says:

      Thank you Linda, for your sweet compliments on Molly’s new dress set. This one was really fun to make. It always helps when things go together smoothly when making it!
      I think I would have enjoyed having a sparkly slip like this too when I was younger!
      Yes…the rain really keeps things actively growing!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  2. Hi Jeanne,
    That is perfect! It looks like a wooden crate that Molly industriously added wheels to, so I think it is perfectly in scale for her. What a fun parade she’ll have! You are so lucky to have found that. It seems whenever I am in search of something specific it cannot be found… anywhere, so many congrats to you! And, the slip is so, so cute, love it! Mollies everywhere will be fighting over this outfit!

    • Jeanne W says:

      Hi Cindy,
      I asked my hubby if he had anything to build me a little pull behind cart but he said he didn’t. The one I got seems to be working out okay…
      Thanks for your sweet compliments on her slip… I think I’ll make a few more slips to sell…
      I hope you get some sunshine soon Cindy!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  3. Marilyn says:

    All of this goes together so well. The wagon looks home-made, as if her father made it before he had to leave for the war. The animals fit perfectly. The flag is cute in Molly’s hand or in the wagon. I’m so glad you found that net. The dress is cute enough on its own, but I can see that the petticoat would be just what Molly would like — a sort of special secret that would make getting dressed up even more fun.

    As Linda said, everything is growing here too, but the snow presently covering the lawn makes a good excuse for not getting out to work on the yard. In a few minutes it will probably rain and the snow will disappear for a few minutes before it snows again. Tomorrow — at last, I may wake up to no new snow.

    • Jeanne W says:

      Thank you Marilyn,
      You always say the sweetest things about my listings…so thank you for the umteenth time!
      More snow? How can you stand it? I hope you get some nice weather soon…very soon!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  4. This is just soooo charming with how you’ve pulled everything together….dress, braids, bows, slip, wagon, flag….it’s is SO fun to read your blogs, no matter what you’re doing. Thanks for the happy spot each day.


    • Jeanne W says:

      Thank you Becky, I’m so glad you enjoy my blogs each day…thank you for your kind comments about Molly’s dress set.
      Blessings. Jeanne

  5. Molly’s dress is outstanding. She looks so sweet with the wagon and the flag. Reminds me, must pick up some new flowers for Memorial Day.

  6. Paula F. says:

    How darling Molly’s dress, wagon with passengers and flag are. So perfect for May. And her netted slip- oh my- so sparkly! I’d love one for me!! I agree with Cindy in that there will be many Molly’s wanting that dress. The wagon is adorable. You have such a good eye for finding neat props.
    Molly’s whole scene reminds me of our grade school’s ” end of the school year” parade. We all got flags to carry and we’d walk in the street as a parade would, to a park about a mile away to put on a concert. It was so much fun – it reminded me of the movie “Pollyanna” ( yes again) , as we had games set up to play and food everywhere. My favorite game was the fishing pole game, where you threw your fishing line over a canvas sheet and you caught a “toy”. Just like in Pollyanna.

    • Jeanne W says:

      HI Paula,
      Guilty as charged… I spend probably more time searching for props when I am out than just about anything else. I LOVE looking for little things… In fact the other day I was wandering around in a store, looking, and this man asked me what I was looking for… I told him tiny things to use as props for my dolls. He sort of laughed and carried on… I’m sure that was a new one to him…
      I was trying to think of a background scene too…but just decided to leave it blank… and use my few props.
      Thanks so much Paula,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  7. Susette says:

    I’m seconding every comment about Molly’s dress. You always have every detail taken care of and even things the rest of us don’t think of, although suggestions are great from your other readers.

    Going back a day or so, the Clematis vine is exceptional, and I love the trellis. It certainly has an Asian flare. Design by George wins again. Thanks for sharing your beautiful gardens. Your chickens are certainly in the Chick Ritz. Riya’s school invited the parents and friends at noon today to see the chicks that hatched in record numbers this year in the incubator at her school. Great fun!

    Again, Molly’s dress is absolutely great! Good luck with the bidding.

    • Jeanne W says:

      HI Susette,
      Thanks so much for your kind compliments, but I’ll ALWAYS welcome suggestions and ideas from my readers…
      Thanks for enjoying my outside yard tour the other day… It was fun to take some pictures of things other than dolls… What a fun thing for kids to see… baby chicks hatching at school… what a great idea… whoever thought of that should be commended…
      Blessings, Jeanne

  8. Ingrid B says:

    Hi Jeanne
    Molly’s new dress is so sweet, adding the flag was the perfect touch. Love the little red wagon too. I hope you are enjoying your Sunday. Happy May day to you : )


    • Jeanne W says:

      Thanks so much Ingrid,
      Happy May Day to you too…
      Thanks so much for your sweet comments about Molly’s dress set. She’s enjoying it as she knows that slip has to come off in a few days… :o(
      Blessings, Jeanne

  9. You are so talented! What an adorable outfit and the flag is so cute. 🙂

    So happy I’ve met you in blogland (and real life)!

    Happy day!

    • Jeanne W says:

      Thanks so much KariAnne,
      I’m glad you saw today’s post… as I don’t think Molly has ever looked “happier!” Maybe prettier, but not happier. She is right in her element pulling that wagon and waving her flag!

      I’m glad to have met you too!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  10. Happy May Day, Jeanne. When my daughter was young we made May Day baskets to give to family and friends and had a Maypole cake for dessert.
    Molly looks fantastic in her dress. I love her little wagon. Our hardware store had little red Radio Flyer wagons years ago and my daughter had one for her dolls. It allowed one doll to ride and one to pull it. I love it still and use it in displays. They also had a tricycle which I wish now so much I had bought as well. I love her confetti slip and her flag. i found a tiny doll sized Betsy Ross flag for Felicity last year.
    We had a bad thunderstorm an hour ago with hail, but now the sun is shinning brightly. Hope the weather is nicer your way.

    • Jeanne W says:

      Hi Laura,
      I got on eBay last night and found myself looking at wagons, but then I looked at the one I had painted and I think it will work for my needs just fine…
      May 1st swept up on me too fast… I was going to make a May pole and a fancy dress but somehow I didn’t get it done…Maybe next year… :o(
      I saw the little Radio flyer set last night with the tricycle on eBay… actually I saw 2 sets of them.
      The sun is shining here today and it’s actually been pretty warm… I’m in shorts right now and a tank top…and flip flops…
      I hope the sun stays out for you…
      Blessings, Jeanne

  11. Marilyn says:

    Two bids already. Congratulations!

  12. Charlotte Trayer says:

    The little wagon worked well with the photo, I think–after all, don’t kids sometimes go back and play with toys they played with when they were little? I think that’s what Molly did–she got out her wagon she used as a toddler, and filled it with toys!

    Love the sparkly petticoat, too–hope you bought lots, as I’m sure there are other dollies out there who would like petticoats like that!


    • Jeanne W says:

      Thanks Charlotte,
      Yes, that’s EXACTLY what Molly did… she raided her old toy box and found her childhood wagon… Perfect!
      I’m going to try and get some more slips made as soon as I can….
      Thanks so much,
      Blessings, Jeanne

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