Teaching your dolls to sew…

The other day I missed showing Susette’s roses when we were talking about flowers in our yards… I wanted to make sure I didn’t leave them out…aren’t they pretty? This is how things grow in California! :o)

I always wanted to find a little sewing machine for my dolls because I thought it would be fun to do a post about them learning to sew. I’ve seen the ones from the Queen’s Treasures, but they usually go for $50-$100…a bit too pricey for me. I’ve watched and watched for one to be on Ebay and finally found one a while back. It was $17.00… I was actually wanting to wait until I had a story line and a dress started for one of my little girls, before I showed it to you, but decided I would go ahead and let you see it. It is actually a music box and plays The Blue Danube Waltz. As it plays the needle moves up and down and so does the foot treadle. The one I bought is wood and not plastic, like some you find on Ebay. Just type in Sewing Machine Music Box and check the measurements if you are interested in one for your dolls! :o)

I knew it would just be for the small dolls of mine and Trixie got the honors of showing you how she looks sitting at it… I think Ten Ping might have to sit on a pillow when she sews…

Patsy didn’t want to be in the pictures because she was nude…oops, snapped one without her knowing it…

We found her a top… just a top… with undies… so we could finish this post without having to rate it R!

I had a little chair that worked pretty well with her sitting in it…

She’s a pretty good fit for it…

I will probably take off this blue and red scrap of fabric and change it out for a piece of what the doll is sewing on at the time…

Here are a few shots of the machine without Trixie in the pictures…

You can see the music box and the wind up key in this picture a little better…

Nora is still standing on my cutting table with pins still poking out of her shoulders…holding on her necklace piece… My day was crazy busy and the only time I sat down was to eat supper and then to do this post… It’s now 11:15 and I only made it into my sewing room to take pictures of Trixie at the machine. I’m hoping tomorrow might be a sewing day! I bet you hope so too… I’ll already tell you, Anne thought of the title for Nora’s dress…. “Victorian Elegance.” Isn’t that pretty?

I’ll see you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Jeanne’s Mobile Sewing….

I’m telling you, sewing is in my blood…it’s hard for me to get away from it, and I wanted to show you a few pictures of a project I finished for Deb the night before I left to come back home. Oh, by the way, thank you everyone, for carrying on even when I was mostly absent… I didn’t have much time for answering comments and wanted to thank Joy for that dance picture…it saved me again… :o)

Deb has a really wonderful stage piano and she wondered if I could make a cover for it, so little fingers wouldn’t be tempted to plunk on it and also save it from an untimely spilled drink. We went to Hobby Lobby and found a piece of decorator fabric that Deb liked and some ribbon trim to match it. It was pretty much a custom job so no pattern was involved! :o) We used an old sheet for the lining and she already had some batting for a little bit of padding across the keys. Then the decorator fabric for the top.

First we draped it across the piano to see which way we wanted the design to go… red design up or down… we decided up!

The sheet went on first, the batting next, and then the fabric on top… I bar tacked the top through all the layers to hold it in place and keep it from being too puffy…

I made box corners and finished off the edges by turning them up and stitching. Then the ribbon was added and it was the absolute perfect color. Lucy wanted to be in the picture too! :o)

Here’s a close up of the fabric…it’s really pretty in her living room…

I finished it up late Tuesday night… Deb sat and kept me company! Love my sister!

Well, that’s it… sewing follows me everywhere I go… I even fixed a coat pocket and a jeans pocket too! See, sewing is in my blood no matter what state I’m in…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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The sweetest little dancers…

I was too busy to comment yesterday, but I read all your comments. Thank you!!

I am on my way home and will be back in the sewing routine soon, but until I get home, here is one sweet picture, sent to me from Joy. Her sweet granddaughter, Landry, is on the far right…isn’t she adorable? The kids are now 4 years old and this is their dance recital.

If you click on the picture, it will enlarge…

I was trying to crop part of the background out of the picture and didn’t quite get the job done. When I tried to redo it, I wasn’t successful either…you can still see the kids just fine though.

I’ll see you tomorrow…
Blessings, Jeanne

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Shopping and Vegging…

Hi all,
Still down in Missouri visiting my sister but we’ll be coming home on Wednesday. We have done some craft projects and of course…gave some of our money to a few Springfield merchants…you know…shopping. :o)

One of my very favorite places to eat is Hu Hot, a Mongolian Grill where you go through a line, fill up your bowl with whatever you want for your stirfry dish, and then watch the guys there cook it in front of you…I snapped a few pics in case you’ve never seen one before…it’s such a fun place to eat and the food is always yummy!!!

I also went to one of Deb’s Hobby Lobby’s and look what I found…

Not just one, but two…

I know a few ladies hinted that they’d like to have one, so I can figure out how to do this…maybe sell them just as they are or finish them like mine…

I found some little red doll shoes that needed some “love”…

…and I couldn’t get out of the store without picking up 2 of these cotton plant sprigs…

Yep…that’s what we’ve done here…shopped and vegged…just like Charlie and Lucy…

Oh, for our entertainment tonight, we watched “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken,” starring Don Knotts. I hadn’t seen it since I was a young girl. We saw it at a drive in when my dad was still alive…
I have to tell you, we laughed ourself silly!!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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