New Eyelashes for Elin…

As I was going through the line at Wal Mart today I got a funny look from the guy who was checking me out… I guess I didn’t look like the type who would be buying false eyelashes. Well, actually I’m not… never worn a pair in my life, but I was buying them for one of my girls… my “girls”… you know, my dolls! I thought I would change Elin’s eyelashes… She’s my little 10” ball jointed doll, made by Iplehouse. She’s actually referred to as a BID; Baby Iplehouse Doll. There was nothing really wrong with her old lashes but they were a little sparse and she’s always looked sort of “sleepy” to me for some reason.

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I picked out a pair that I thought would be fuller but not too long. There are a gazillion different styles of lashes…the ones I got were $2.98.

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I gathered all the things I would need, white glue, tweezers, toothpicks, a new plug of Mack’s Silicone Earplugs (for holding in the eyes) and Elin. She looks a little afraid, don’t you think?

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The first thing I did was remove the old silicone and take out the glass eyes.

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Pull on the old lashes and they’ll just peel off.

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Measure the length of the eye opening with your tweezers and transfer that length to the box. You’ll be cutting where the mark is. (You’ll want to use the inside shortest length next to the inside corner of your dolls eye.)

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Take a small amount of glue on a toothpick and place it on the inside of the eyelid. Now this is the tricky part…take your lash and situate it in the upper eyelid part. It slides around and does all sorts of moving but it’s pretty forgiving…just keep holding it in place. It was hard to take pictures, while I was doing it, so there are no pictures of me doing it.

After I got one layer in, it still looked pretty much like it did when I started.

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So I decided to use another section of the lashes… the middle section. I cut it the same way and applied it the same way, only on top of the first row of lashes.

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It still didn’t look thick enough to suit me… so I decided I would go ahead and add the last section of the lashes to Elin’s eyes. I was beginning to wish I had just bought the thick lashes I was debating about at Wal Mart.

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When they were dry I used my fingernail through the eye opening and pushed it up to snug all the lashes together. After it dried a little longer I pushed the lashes up toward her eyebrows to curl them upwards a little bit.

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I know it’s hard for you to see the difference but in person it’s much easier to see. It is a subtle but nice improvement and I’m happy with how they look. Although one of her eyeballs is drooping… gotta go in and smoosh it up just a hair.

Here is the before and after pics again… Hope you can see the difference. Now I think she deserves a new dress!

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(If you’d like to see the blog post where I painted her from a blank, click here.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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GIVEAWAY coming soon…hurry up and subscribe…

I mentioned a little while back that I wanted to have another giveaway when I reached 50 subscribers. I’m almost there, so I’m just going to go ahead and pick September 30th as the date for the GIVEAWAY and hope I pick up those last few subscribers by then. I’ll have a drawing with all of the subscribers names and will announce the winner on October 1st. This will be fun because the winner will have a choice of what they can win…something for those of you with American Girl dolls or something for those of you with smaller dolls like the 13″ Dianna Effner dolls, or for someone who sews; I’ll even have something for you! You’ll have a 1 in 50 chance of winning!

Here are the 3 prizes you may choose from. I know it will be hard, but you can only pick one!

First Choice is this pretty NECKLACE/FINGERLESS GLOVES SET made in white, for your American Girl doll. The beautiful glass beads necklace is made by my very talented daughter and the gloves are made by me. I figured everyone could use a pair of white gloves and this sweet necklace!

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Second Choice is a set of 3 fun little animals for your smaller dolls… they are all miniature sized 2-4″ tall…

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Third Choice is one yard each of 2 different Swiss Embroidery laces. (2 yards total) Now this was tough… the scalloped lace on the bottom is my ALL TIME favorite and it was hard to let go… It’s been discontinued so that makes it even more special to me.

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So, if you aren’t a subscriber, you have until midnight (IL time zone) Tuesday, September 30th to subscribe… you won’t be sorry you did! I’ll announce the winner on the October 1st blog post. Thanks everyone!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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The Dolly Toy Box…

If you’ve ever bought anything from me in the past or you’re just a follower of mine, I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about The Dolly Toy Box! It’s a place where my dolls can dig around and find what they want to go with the outfit I’ve just created for them. I know if I let them, they would stay there all day looking and playing and hiding… but I thought I’d share it with you all. There are bears, and doggies, and tigers, and penguins, and rabbits, and kitties and all sorts of “wild things.” My girls love it and I thought you might too. No need to ask where I get them… I get them from everywhere… ebay, yard sales, variety stores, friends, etc… no certain place…just all over. (and this isn’t even all of them… I just used the littlest ones for my pictures…eep!)

Well, this is it…

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Lian wants to play “Vanna” and welcome you…

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Now she wants to know if it’s okay if she gets in…Sure, Lian, go ahead…

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Isabelle saw Lian and she got down off the dolly shelf and joined in…

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Oh my, lots of fun things to look at…

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Oh dear… who just dove into the pile, girls???

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Don’t worry, it’s just Patsy (Tonner)…she’s hoping she’s up next for a dress…

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Oh brother… and you wonder why I don’t get more dresses made?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A Few Fall Fashions From Forgotten Files…

My calendar says yesterday was the “First Day of Autumn.” Hmmmm…at 75 degrees outside, it’s a little warm to be considered a Fall day but I know they are coming. I love 75 degree weather! Hope it’s this nice where you are!
I got to thinking about Fall Fashions and decided I’d pick out a few outfits that my girls have modeled in the past that definitely say “Fall!” My photography skills were pretty pathetic on some of these shots…some of them were buried deep in the archives! Hope you can overlook that and still enjoy them…

Felicity starts us off way back in 2005:

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Josefina’s dress and vest was from 2011:

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Sweet Katie Effanbee’s Fall leaves dress was from 2005:

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Kirsten takes us back to 2009:

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Elizabeth is in an oldie from 2006:

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Bitty Bethany is looking pretty stylish back in 2010:

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Nyssa is showing the styles of 2010:

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Rebecca isn’t too far back in the archives from 2013:

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Riley and her kitty friends goes back to 2007:

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Kit is sporting a sweet dress and sweater set from 2006:

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Molly is in a suit that wasn’t dated… but it has to be at least 2006:

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And Julie (AKA Elizabeth) finishes us out in the year 2007:

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Do you have a favorite?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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