Some of my “earlier” work… for Barbie that is… Part 1

It actually sounds a bit funny to say, “Here’s some of my earlier work…” like it should be something from a painter or a writer. But not to me… this is my earlier work of sewing. You know, way back when. When I was 8 or 9. Now don’t laugh… and those of you who think you can’t sew… there is HOPE and you’ll know that when you see my pictures.

I don’t know about you, but I was crazy in love with Barbie! I mean crazy for her. I even belonged to the Barbie Fan Club! Did you?

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She was the Lemon Swirl Ponytail Barbie and she was gorgeous to me! I still even had the tiny little 1/4″ bobby pin that went in her ponytail.

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I’m sure I played with her every single day when I was little. When I got a bit bigger, it was all about accessorizing… you know, things like making her a bed out of a shoebox, having pencils poking through the 4 corners, then putting the lid on the top and having a canopy bed! Anyone remember that? Of course you had to cover the shoebox with fabric and then make a bedspread and a sheet and a pillow. A ruffled piece of lace always had to go on the canopy part.

Then I progressed to cutting things out of catalogs and taping them to the closet doors… things like pictures for the walls, windows, lamps, fireplaces, etc. My sister and I could riddle a catalog to shreds and have it all taped to the closet door. It was fun and promoted lots of imaginative play. Seeing the need for more clothes, but having no money, I turned to making my Barbie clothes.

These Barbie and Skipper clothes that I saved have been in the back of my mind for a few years now, as I thought “maybe… someday” I might have a blog and show these to the world. Of all the posts I’ve done, probably none will be as personal to me as this one. Barbie was the doll that started it all for me. You should have seen the debate in my head as last Christmas I decided to sell my whole Barbie lot on Ebay. I knew my daughter was never going to be interested in my stuff and it had been just sitting on a shelf for years and years. You betcha I cried as I wrapped Barbie up in bubble wrap and placed her in the case, along with the rest of my gang.

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I am so very fortunate to have kept as many things as I did when I was first learning to sew. (I guess you could call it that…some things are hardly recognizable as doll clothes.) When I was very little I sewed for those 3″ Troll dolls… you know, take a strip of fabric, cut two holes in it, slip it around the trolls arms, wrap it to the back and safety pin it together, Viola! That was my very first sewing. Then I progressed to Barbie. These are “actual, untouched, stained, threads showing, not fitting, Barbie and Skipper clothes.” I guess I got an A for “Always trying!” They are mostly just fabrics with holes cut in them for the arms to go through. Then I progressed to making pants and shorts. Do you think those fit Skipper after I had spent an hour or so stitching them by hand? NO, I’m sure they didn’t, but did I stop trying? NO…and neither should you.

So let me share some of very early creations and then tomorrow I’ll share some of my “later” creations, when I was 8 to 10 years old.

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See you tomorrow for Part 2,
Blessings, Jeanne

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The WINNER is…. plus a few Black and Orange fashions…

Hi everyone,
I hope you are all as excited as I am to get this post today! I DID get my 50 subscribers plus 3 extras, so THANK YOU so much! Okay, I know everyone is scanning this post to see if they quickly recognize some semblance of their name somewhere on the page. So without further delay, my hubby drew out the name and the winner in this 2nd Giveaway is Shirley Elkins! You can email me or just leave a comment (right below the title) and let me know which prize you would like… the doll gloves/necklace set, the 3 little mini animals, or the white Swiss lace. Congratulations for being a subscriber and thank you EVERYONE for making this so much fun for me. I promise you there will be lots more giveaways in the future. I wish I could give you all a prize!

Could I just give you a few statistics about my blog? I started on August 1st and had 503 hits in that first month. For the month of September, I just finished off with 1617 hits. What a huge increase! Thanks for telling your friends about it. I’ve had hits from all over the world…but the farthest away was from Perth, Australia…10,920 miles away. 2 days ago I got a hit from Italy…my first from there. It’s mind boggling to think I’m sitting here in Southern Illinois writing about my dolls and people all over the world are reading what I have to say. I am so honored and so thrilled and am having way too much fun sharing with you. I hope I can continue to be a bright spot in your day as you read.

Okay… now that it’s October, I thought we could bring out some orange and black fashions. I have to admit, orange and black together isn’t a combination I have too many pictures of, but I hope you enjoy what I found to share. Pretty soon we’ll be into the Christmas season and I have LOTS in green and red, so just hang on…

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I know… Addy’s dress below isn’t “black” and orange, but brown and orange. I did sell it in October, so I hope that counts!

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Sorry, that’s it. I told you I didn’t have much. I asked my hubby if he had any “material” for today’s post and he told me he had 2 jokes…
How do you fix a cracked pumpkin? (answers under my name below…)
What was Noah’s favorite fruit?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

With a pumpkin patch!
Pears (pairs)

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Just another pretty face…

Over the years I have owned many many dolls; some have stayed and others have gone on to new moms. Sometimes I get to wondering how a doll is adjusting to their new home and I even get emails occasionally from the new owners saying my doll is fitting in perfectly with her new “sisters.”
As I was looking over some pictures today I was noticing just how pretty some of my dolls are and were. I thought I’d showcase some of their pretty faces so you could see that I wasn’t exaggerating. It was hard to pick just one picture from all the thousands of pictures I have, but here goes anyway….and I didn’t include every doll, just most of them…

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Ellowyne, Wigged Out Too! By Robert Tonner

Ellowyne, Wigged Out Too! By Robert Tonner

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Okay… that’s probably enough picture overload…

Something else… don’t forget ~ today is the last day to sign up to be a subscriber and get in on this GIVEAWAY. I’m doing the drawing
tonight at midnight Illinois time, (central) and tomorrow I’ll post who the winner is. If you need to see the post where I talked about it,
that post can be seen here.

…and one more thing… a year ago my hubby was diagnosed with bladder cancer and I won’t lie, it has been a roller coaster of a year. But the Lord has been faithful to us and the last 2 checkups have been good. Today was our 9 month post chemo checkup and we got another great report! I just wanted to thank the Lord publically and give HIM all the glory for being SO good to us! Actually what I’d like to do is go to the tallest mountain and just shout my lungs out…but I guess I won’t.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings Jeanne

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Vintage hankie aprons for Kirsten…

If there’s one thing I’m always on the lookout for when we go antique shopping, it’s vintage hankies. I am like a kid in a candy shop when I find a booth that has more than a few of them for sale. I get lost looking and trying to imagine and remember what fabrics I have at home that they would coordinate with. One of my very favorite outfits to make for Kirsten is a dirndl. A dirndl usually consists of a bodice, a blouse, a full skirt and an apron and they are very often colorful with many different prints and embellishments. I love to coordinate different fabrics and make them bright in the summer months and more elegant as the weather gets cooler. I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorites I’ve made for Kirsten over the years. While all of my examples might not be considered a true dirndl, I’m mainly featuring the vintage hankies so I hope you enjoy my pictures. …and again, some of them are from long ago, so my photography isn’t that swift…

This first one was probably my very favorite one…. I just LOVED it…

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…or wait, maybe it was this one…I loved the black against the rose hankie…

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Same hankie as above, but with a totally different look…

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Okay, I think we need to vote…do you have a favorite?

Oh, and don’t forget, Tuesday is the drawing for the GIVEAWAY…. you can read that post here to see the details and the prizes.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings Jeanne

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