“Southern Charm” for Addy is finally revealed!

Thanks for all your fun answers to my question for the Necklace Giveaway. I enjoyed reading everyone’s answers.

If I don’t let you know who the winner of the Necklace GIVEAWAY is first thing, you might not read the rest of the post; especially if you are the winner! I put everyone’s name on a piece of paper and shuffled them upside down.

Then I drew out a name… the winner of one of the necklaces is Paula!!

You can comment below and let me know which necklace you like or you can hit the “contact me” tab at the top and email me with your choice… Congratulations on winning! I hope your doll loves her new necklace!

Now, let me just celebrate for a moment the fact that I FINALLY have Addy’s dress listed on Ebay. I checked back in my notebook and I first mentioned “Southern Charm” on May 8th! MAY 8TH! That was 16 days ago!!! Sorry for the delay in getting it listed but I guess there were more interruptions in my life than I realized! I took the dress into my hubby’s office to show him and he guessed right away that it was a Civil War dress! That’s good! Then he said it was really pretty and might be his favorite one! My face smiled and so did my heart!!!

If you want to see her dress, you can click the picture at the right side bar or you click HERE and it will take you directly to the auction on Ebay.

The two things you hadn’t seen are the necklace that Rebecca made and the fan I decided on this morning. Rebecca’s necklace is a pretty glass necklace that picks up the colors of the dress fabric.

I tried my very best to use the battenburg umbrella that was sent to me, but I couldn’t for the life of me, figure out who to get it suspended up and behind Addy’s shoulder. I’m going to have to have my hubby build me a stand I think. That way I can drop it in the stand like an umbrella you’d see at a Farmer’s Market booth. Then Addy could be standing under the umbrella to stay out of the sun. Maybe by the time I get around to Addy’s turn again for a dress, I’ll have it figured out.

When that idea was exhausted, I turned to something I think Joy mentioned, a fan… I’ve made a few fans before and decided that’s what Addy’s accessory would be. I thought it went along pretty well with my outdoor wedding story. I took a length of lace and ran some machine basting stitches along the bottom edge and the top edge to hold it fairly even. Then I pulled it up at the bottom as tight as it would go, trimmed off the small end of it, zig zagged it in place, added the gold filigree piece, bent it to the back side and then stitched it in place with the rose beads. I did a little hand work to make it lie flat and turned under the ends. Then I added a bow and it was done! It slips under her hand and easily stays in place because her skirt is full enough to hold it in place.

Here are a couple pictures of Addy to hold you over until you click that link… :o)

Well, that’s the end of Southern Charm… at least from my end… now it’s up to someone else…

I wonder who will be next?????

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Let’s have that GIVEAWAY today…

My sisters stayed a few more hours (YAY) and there was no time to work on taking pictures of Addy’s new “Southern Charm” dress, but I’m hoping for some “picture time” Tuesday! Rebecca made a pretty necklace for it and I think I’m finally done with it now. (Addy has enjoyed her extra time in the dress, knowing that she’ll have to give it up soon…)

My daughter, Rebecca, also made some other necklaces for the American Girl dolls and that’s what my GIVEAWAY will be for today….in celebration of my 1000th post on Friday. If you missed that post, you can see it HERE.

My sisters and mom and I did a fair amount of shopping this week, and I got to thinking about what it is that I love to shop for the most… clothes wise that is. My favorite items to look for are 3/4 length sleeve cardigan sweaters… they can be prints or solids or even florals. I have several and can “always” use more. :o) I like the thinner sweaters made from the softest cottons.

SO… this time, to get in on the drawing for a free necklace for your American Girl doll, instead of just commenting and saying, “I like necklace # so and so,” why don’t you tell me, in the comment area below, or by email, (Contact Me), what is YOUR favorite clothing item to look for when you are out shopping. That is how you’ll be entered into the drawing for a necklace.

Okay, so here are the necklaces that you can pick from if your name is drawn out as the winner. You have until midnight tonight (Central IL time zone) to leave your comment and then I’ll pick a name. I’ll let you know tomorrow who the winner is. The ones that aren’t picked will be listed in my Etsy shop as soon as I get a chance.

If you click on any of the pictures, they will enlarge.

Well, that’s a lot to pick from and I hope YOU are the winner tomorrow!

See you then,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I thought there might have to be TWO Sunday’s in this week…

I’ve been having too much fun with my sisters and mom and thought I might have to pretend this was another Sunday, but I decided I could surely find “something” to write about.
We didn’t go to any thrift stores or antique shops or estate sales, so I don’t have any “treasures” to show you. We went clothes shopping and I’m certainly not going to show you our fashion show we put on. At my mom’s, we cleaned out closets and drawers and sorted through pictures, and even helped her spend some money on a new couch and love seat. We went to Panera’s twice, had salads most every day, went to Kohl’s, Macy’s, and TJ Maxx more times than I care to tell you. :o) Cindy mowed her grass while Deb and I baked chocolate chip cookies (without eating a single one!!!)
We scrubbed showers, did laundry, bought new groceries, and did crossword puzzles… and did crossword puzzles…oops…did I just say that? Well, let’s just say we did them every night… we can laugh and carry on over a silly clue like you can’t imagine…

My sisters took a peek at the chicks and I thought, “My goodness, that can be my post!” It’s not the best one ever, but it’s better than a “blank Sunday”- don’t you think? We’ll get back to sewing very soon… Rebecca never made Addy’s necklace… but she will…

Here’s Little Bit… still the littlest one in the bunch, but growing up somewhat…

(I’m really hoping she’s a she….please don’t turn out to be a rooster…)

The bigger hens are the first ones we started out with and the largest one in the second batch we got…

Here’s a group shot of them…

Now I want to show you this little one with the curly feathers. We haven’t figured out what kind she is… but she sure is strange looking. I think it looks like she has wood shavings for feathers. They go all the way down on her feet. Even when she was a tiny little chick, we noticed her wing feathers were sticking out…

She’s really different, isn’t she?

Well, that’s going to be it… My sisters are leaving in the morning and I’ll be thinking more about dolls and sewing than I have been for the last 5 days or so. Thanks for waiting…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Okay, now it’s MY turn…

Oh, my goodness, I never expected what you all wrote yesterday. I was expecting… “I like the sewing tips the best” or “I like it when you show a dress in the works” or “I like visiting with the other readers” or “I like looking at your archived pictures” or “I like your human interest stories best” but not what you all wrote. (If you missed yesterdays’s post, I asked “What do you like best about my blog/ or what keeps bringing you back to my blog posts?” You can see that post HERE…and the comments below.)

I was so humbled by your kind words and sweet comments and wanted so desperately to answer each one back but my company was here and I didn’t think it was very nice to head off to my computer and leave them in the living room with Reuben and my hubby. I have absolutely no clue how 2 1/2 short years could produce so many wonderful friends all around the world.

After reading all your comments 3 times myself and then once to my hubby, I wanted to share what “I” like about my blog.

First, I love reading what you have to share back with me about what I’ve shared… I LOVE to hear from everyone and get their take on things. I love it when someone shares something and then other readers comment on their comments. It’s nice when I’m busy and someone just “starts” something and you all jump on the bandwagon to chime in.

I love to see who will “have tea or coffee with me” each day… I DO notice if you are missing from “across the table.” I think we would have a very nice time if we ever got together… I MEAN ALL OF US!

I love how thoughtful you are to each other…and me… you really are the kindest group of ladies (and gents) I’ve ever known…

I love how you stick around and “see each doll dress through to the end” even when you don’t have that doll. You still give your opinions and thoughts on what I’m making.

One of my favorite things about my blog is how some of you share your knowledge with us. I’ve learned SO MUCH about SO many different things from many of you… book reviews, history of certain dolls, recipes you’ve shared with me, links to things you think are interesting and many other topics. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know it all about the dolls I sew for, so when someone shares information about them, I’m all ears.

I LOVE sewing and really enjoy sharing my creations with you… my blog is the perfect outlet for showing the dress from start to finish and then selling it. It’s fun that you sometimes watch the end of the auctions with me…it’s like I have a little cheering section all of my own.

I love sewing, but sometimes life gets in the way, or maybe not gets in the way… just sort of takes over for a bit, but you don’t seem to mind. That’s nice because sometimes I just can’t do sewing… (like the last few days with my sisters and company here.)

I love how you make me accountable in my sewing… I mean I can’t put out a shoddy product…TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE WATCHING ME! You challenge me to do things the very best way I can…. and take no shortcuts…even if it means ripping something out!

I’ve received some really wonderful gifts and cards and other blessings and I’d be very ungrateful if I didn’t say how much I loved them…thank you so much!

The prayers that you have prayed for my hubby and me and my family are one thing I can’t thank you enough for… I am truly blessed to have so many of you caring and concerned for us… well, that just made me tear up…

It’s nice to have such eager readers who think I know something they might like to know too. I’m really not that much different than anyone who sews. Maybe I have experience on my side a little bit more than some who sew, but I hope I never ever come across as a “know it all” because I certainly don’t know it all… I just love to share what I do know…

As you may have guessed, I’m writing this post off the top of my head, in no particular order… let’s see, what else do I love about my blog?

I love buying new fabrics and then having you to share them with. That’s fun!

I love sitting down at my computer and thinking, “Hmmm… what did I do today that I can share with everyone?” My life isn’t totally about sewing but it plays a big part… you make me think about new things and try new things and I research and study things that I might not ever give a second thought to if I didn’t have this blog.

Most of all, I just love visiting with each of you every day. It gives me a wonderful feeling inside to know that you are blessed by my small little talks we have each day. I couldn’t do what I do without you… well, I could, I guess, but it wouldn’t be much fun. You truly are dear friends to me and what a gift I have been given!

I wasn’t expecting what you all wrote, so I was a little hard pressed to come up with a reply back to you…tomorrow, I’ll probably think of a million other things I should have said, but I guess I’ll call it quits for now.

I did do a little sewing the last few days. Both of my sisters have new grand babies; Cindy has 2 new little grandsons and Deb has a new granddaughter, so I made them each a bib. I used to make hundreds of these and sell them at our local Farmer’s Market. They are machine embroidered and I used fingertip towels.

I don’t like posts without a single picture, so let’s do something about that…

(If you click on the pictures they will enlarge.)

Here’s a close up…

Well, now that you’ve seen a few pictures, I guess I can sign off for today.

Have a wonderful weekend
I’ll see you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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