Just look at this doll house!!!

Well ladies, I survived my 22nd year of hosting another Married Couple’s Christmas party. I wore my snowflake pin, Paula, and one of the ladies who came tonight recognized it from when I showed it on my blog post. She said it was much prettier than it appeared in my pictures. I totally agree! I wore it on a black velvet collared burgundy top that had black embroidery on it. Right before I left I snapped this picture of myself (UGH) in the bathroom… its not great, but you can see the pin… Thank you Paula…

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I only took 2 pictures of the table I had decorated, and its pretty dark, but maybe you can get an idea of what it looked like. I used a flash but it didn’t turn out very well. I set the table up like a big banquet table with everyone around it. There were 14 couples who came.

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We had a really nice time and played a game I called Christmas Auction. Paper money was passed out and every couple was given $8.00. I asked them 10 questions to see if they could earn a few more dollars. Then I had a bag full of gifts…lots of chocolate, girlie things and of course a few man things. They had to bid on the gifts with the money they had and were allowed to buy 2 gifts per couple. They had no idea what I would pull out of the bag next so they had to make a decision on whether they wanted “this” item or “wait” for something maybe better. It was a lot of fun and we laughed over the gifts and who wanted what… The food was terrific as always and then it was done…another couple’s Christmas party marked off.


I got a few pictures from Eileen with her Dianna Effner, Little Darling, Sophie, modeling the dress she won from me the other night. I thought she was just adorable in it, but I have to admit, I was intrigued at looking inside her doll house more…Oh my goodness, it is nothing less than DIVINE! When you see these pictures, I think you’ll agree. Oh, how I’m hoping against hope that my pictures aren’t sideways on ipads and laptops… like a few of them have been the last few days.

Eileens doll Sophie in velvet and lace dress

When I saw the second picture that Eileen sent, I was scrutinizing every nook and cranny of the rooms she’s created for her dolls. They are so well put together and something that every one of us would love to own… am I right? I love the piece of furniture she has her dolls in, don’t you?


Eileen’s pictures won’t let me enlarge them and if I try, they turn sideways on my computer. I’d LOVE to see some closeup shots of the rooms…(*hint *hint) :o)

Well, that’s a wrap… it’s beddy bye time for me…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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  1. Linda Doyle says:

    Jeanne, you pin looks lovely on your collar! So do you! It looks like the party was a success, and I certainly understand what the problems of photography are when trying to take pictures of nighttime displays with lights. Hardly ANY of my pictures of all the beautiful lights at Silver Dollar City we saw last week turned out to be more than brightly colored streaking blobs!
    Oh my goodness, Eileen’s dollhouse is just adorable! I wonder if that is a custom-made piece or something she found. And her dolls are the best dressed dolls I have seen in a long time! At least you know that the dress you made went to a VERY deserving home!

    • HI Linda,
      The pin went perfect on my velvet collar…dressed it up quite a bit… :o)
      The party was a success and now it’s back to reality for the rest of the year… clean up time!

      Isn’t that dollhouse just the sweetest thing. I’d be playing with it all the time…looking for new things to add to it, but she’s certainly got it filled up perfectly the way it is! I just adore it!
      Thanks so much Linda,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  2. Susette Willhite says:

    The pin looks lovely and so do you. Sounds like you had a lot of fun and so did everyone else.
    You may have known this already, but if you hold down the Control Key on the bottom left of the keyboard and click on the + Key on the far right once or twice, the page will enlarge. Then hold down Control again and click on the – Minus Key to get it back to normal size. I love the dollhouse and had fun exploring it. What a clever idea and all the details. It’s the size of the American Girl dollhouse but in a lovely piece of furniture. I’m glad that beautiful dress went to such a lovely home.

    I finally got up the courage to sew for Ten Ping but I did the same pretty complicated dress with the dropped waist, sash, bow, flower and puffy sleeves that I made for my granddaughter and her AG doll. I learned what 1/16th of an inch looks like and what a difference it makes. I won’t be reluctant to sew for her again.

    • HI Susette,
      Thank you for your sweet compliments… I’m not one for pictures…especially “solo” pics!

      I do know about the control and + and – key thing…but for some reason it won’t work on my ipad… I can’t wait to try and get it fixed… from someone (?) maybe my engineer brother when he comes home in 2 weeks…
      On my ipad if I try to do the – or + thing, it turns the pictures sideways. Always before on my ipad my pictures were nice and big and filled the whole screen up, but now the pictures are all different sizes…some about an inch big, some maybe 3″ big, and some regular size. The writing is all haphazard and down the sides with the pictures sort of scrambled all over the page… not sure what is going on… but it’s never done this before… I think something must be wrong with one of my settings.

      I’m glad you conquered Ten Ping’s dress… it’s not so bad once you get the hang of it, is it?
      Thanks so much Susette,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  3. You look so pretty in your photo, Jeanne, and the pin adds just the right amount of sparkle. It looks like your party was a success.
    That dollhouse is amazing! Stunning! Gorgeous! Wow!!! Eileen is one lucky lady… and to have all of those Little Darlings! They are all dressed beautifully for the holidays too.
    My dolls are all naked now, but they’ve had their fun modeling Christmas outfits for months now. They deserve a little break then it’s back to work.
    Have a great weekend, Jeanne!

    • HI Cindy,
      Thanks for the compliments Cindy…I’m not much for putting myself out there, but thought I would this one time… for Paula… it’s a beautiful pin!

      Yes, isn’t that dollhouse just the sweetest thing? It almost makes me wish I “collected” dolls instead of sewing for them… ..almost…

      Speaking of new dolls, I happened to see your new little Penny this morning… she is adorable…and I do mean adorable… she’s sure to see lots of modeling time from your pretty things… I love her looks and her chubby little body!
      Thanks so much Cindy,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  4. Jeanne, you look lovely and the pin adds a little Christmas/winter sparkle. I’ve always loved snowflakes (in any form) because they are all different and they’re one of God’s most magnificent pieces of artwork. I have a similar pin I wear on my coat lapel but took it off since I hardly wear my winter coat with the warmer weather we are having.
    Your party must have been a success. The game was a really neat idea. I can imagine how much fun it was trying to figure out if one should bid or not. I’m sure the couples all appreciate your hard work and ideas with such a fun party.
    Eileen’s doll house is beyond words. The details are wonderful. Each room is precious. The hutch on the 2nd floor is so pretty with the china. And her dolls are beautiful and beautifully dressed! Are they all Little Darlings? Two dolls look like twins. The outfit she won from you looks so pretty on her doll- who has long hair I’ve noticed. Thanks for sharing the pictures. I think it is so much fun to create scenes and doll houses. My new passion.
    Have a great day pretty lady! Sorry this is so long.

    • Thank you again Paula, for such a lovely pin. It is very pretty and I loved wearing it last night. Snowflakes are fun!
      We always have a fun time together no matter how many times we’ve done it before. Usually we have many more couples, but this year we had to choose a later date and between finals this week and school programs, it knocked out several of our couples.

      I knew everyone would enjoy seeing Eileen’s dollhouse. It almost makes me envious but in a good way! I’d love to have some little scenes set up where I could display my dolls like that, but since I sew for them…how weird would it be to have naked dolls in a doll house? Not too great… oh well, I’ll keep sewing…
      Thanks again Paula,
      Blessings to you,
      ~ Jeanne

  5. Jeanne, you looked lovely as you headed off to your party. The snowflake pin added just the right touch of sparkle.
    Your table decorations are quite festive. I love candles year round, but especially at Christmas. They make things warm and cozy.
    Oh my, Eileen’s dollhouse is wonderful. I keep looking at all the dollhouses people create over on AGPT and I would love to do one, or at least two boxes. I only have Caroline’s bed and Samantha’s desk as furniture and I want to make or get a table, but I would love to have more of the little accessory sets out on display more. My daughter has Kirsten’s original table and chairs and little cast iron stove. Maybe we’ll put things together. We have the dollhouse my grandfather made for my mom and her tiny furniture etc along the Playmobil dollhouse sets we added for my daughter, but doing it for an 18 inch doll is more daunting, but the end result is wonderful.

    • HI Laura,
      Thanks for your sweet comments for me and on the party decorations. I think I had 21 candles lit and it was very cozy at the table. I went to a yard sale and found 57 little square glass votive candle holders for $1.50 and it was great to be able to have so many candles lit last night!
      I’ve looked at the doll houses on AGPT too and sometimes just sit and drool over them. You sound like you have enough furniture and props to at least get started on a room or two… I think you should…
      Thank you Laura,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  6. Well, this certainly gives me an idea! I have an old dresser similar to Eileen’s house. I’m going to measure it later and see if it might make a home for my Ann Estelle group. Hers is wonderful.
    You are quite photogenic Jeanne. The pin and outfit are lovely.

    • HI Joy,
      I know what you mean about getting ideas from Eileen’s doll house…I’ve been thinking all day about what I could use…at least for a room or two for taking pictures in …maybe a bedroom or a living room… ???
      Thanks very much for your compliments…
      Blessings, Jeanne

  7. Kathie Welsh says:

    I was so happy to see (my favorite dress ever) that you have made in a spot appropriate for it! Looks perfect on that doll in that setting!
    Your Christmas dinner table looked wonderful! The candles set the mood and it looked lovely. What a nice thing to do for your friends at church…and you looked like the perfect hostess..the snowflake is just right for that collar.
    My Grandaughter gave me a BIG snowflake she made at school and it is so beautiful and so easy. I’ll send a pic and directions to you and you can decide if you want to share. A great Jan project

    • Hi Kathie and thanks for the compliments again… It makes me so blessed to know that the dress is so loved… :o)
      Sure I’d like to have a new snowflake project…I’m wondering if it’s the one I’m thinking of…
      Blessings, Jeanne

  8. Marilyn Grotzky says:

    The snowflake pin is perfect with that outfit. I wonder if you could make a white and cream skinny scarf and pin it to that. It would be lovely with all kinds of colors and all kinds of jackets, blouses, scarves, maybe even a hat. I think this is going to be a very useful gift.

    I was so happy to see that darling dress on that darling doll, who wears it perfectly, though I’m sure it would have been just as pretty on all the other dolls we know. The doll house is wonderful. I’ve sent the link to a friend who has put together several doll rooms in her house.

    • Hi Marilyn,
      I think this snowflake pin is something that I can use multiple ways… I like your idea of the scarf and pin it to it… :o)

      I think we were all drooling over Eileen’s doll house… at least a little bit…
      Thanks, Jeanne

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