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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A dresser, a reminder, a compliment and a doll dress…

~~ I wrote a post day before yesterday about painting a dresser free hand and staining one for Rebecca…Here is that post if you missed it.
When I posted my pictures I couldn’t find the “after” pictures of Rebecca’s dresser. Well, I finally found them. Someone wanted to see her finished dresser. So here is the before and after of hers…
I think someone had turned the handles the wrong way, because when I put them on “this” way, they were much more comfortable to pull open.

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~~ Just a reminder that my American Girl “Civil War Charm” dress ends this evening on Ebay. You can go straight to the auction by clicking on the current auction picture at the right side bar. Hope to see you at the end!

~~ Everyone should be so blessed to have a brother-in-law like the one I have!! He made the nicest comments on yesterday’s blog post! Thank you very much Tom!

~~ Okay, now to something dolly related:
I managed to get a new dress for Ellowyne listed on Ebay and wanted to show you if you haven’t seen it already. It’s been quite a while since I sewed for Ellowyne and I can’t really tell you why. She is a gem to pose and has a wonderfully slim body that anything looks good on. Part of it is, I’m so drawn to “child-like” dolls and Ellowyne is a 19 year old Fashionista! I have to think a little bit harder when it comes to her. I’m not too hip on modern, young girl designs, but, as you can see a Regency dress doesn’t require too much thinking on my part, so that’s what we went with … and she looks pretty stunning in that blue dress! Hope you enjoy seeing a few pictures of her…

If you click on any picture, it will enlarge.

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See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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What almost kept me from selling my doll clothes…

The year was 2005, and I was selling my little girl’s dresses, my American Girl doll clothes and machine embroidered baby bibs at my local Farmer’s Market. It was grueling from April till November; being outside under a market umbrella and committing every Saturday from 7:00 in the morning until around 12:00 noon, when you finally were able to pack your things up and head home. It was extremely hot in July and could be freezing in November, but I sold on that parking lot, in the same vendors spot for 10 years. I was a member and had been voted in and actually did very well, but I was tired and it was stressful on my family. If I had a good week and sold 8 or 10 American Girl doll outfits and 2 or 3 little girls dresses and a half dozen bibs, I had to work extra hard through the week just to even get back to where I was. My family got the leftovers of my time.

I was ready for a change and a friend suggested Ebay. It would be nice to just do my selling from my home and even in my jammies if I wanted to. It was a VERY VERY hard decision to give up my spot at Market and I knew once I did, I would never be able to get it back as the waiting list was long to get in.

Once I made the decision to resign, I turned my thoughts toward Ebay but I was scared to give it a try. I studied the in’s and out’s of Ebay from November till February but it wasn’t until I saw someone else successfully selling doll clothes that I really felt I could do this. I decided to buy a Felicity doll and make some Colonial dresses and see what happened. But then the fear set in…. what if I failed? No, that wasn’t what I was afraid of. This is so silly, but I wanted to do my listings differently than anyone else…something that would set them apart. I wanted to tell a little story or give some kind of scenario at the beginning of my listings. For example, “Molly was having trouble with her Spelling words this week but Mother was helping her get “c-e-l-e-b-r-a-t-e” down pat…” or Felicity had to go to Tea Lessons but she didn’t want to… she wanted to go ride horses…” or “Addy was nervous because she had been asked to sing a solo in the church choir and she was afraid she would forget the words…” The stories would then tie in with the outfit I had made them.

What I was afraid of, was that I’d run out of IDEAS for my stories…doesn’t that seem silly? I had convinced myself that I only had a limited number of stories I could tell and then I’d be out of ideas and my dresses wouldn’t sell anymore! It was my slightly older (and wiser) sister who convinced me that I had plenty of things I could talk about… just use everyday things… I’d never run out. So I took her advice and started….that was in February of 2006 and I’m still telling stories… guess she was right. I’m so glad I listened to her!

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Sometimes even now, I’ll take a finished doll dress and show my hubby and he’ll say, “I think she looks like she’s going to grandma’s house to bake cookies…” How sweet is that?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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