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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Making a diaper guitar…

Sorry, ladies, no dolly talk today. My day was super busy from 9:00 this morning till late this evening, so I’m writing about something that I thought would just be fun for you to see…I’m glad I take pictures of everything. I’ll be back with dolly stuff next time.

My daughter had a baby shower to go to and wanted to make something special for the new mom to be. She combed the internet, through Pinterest and every other possible idea place and finally decided to make a “diaper guitar.” She knew the basis of her gift would be the onesie used as the focal point, and after searching diligently she finally found the perfect one. The dad to be is in a band and she thought this one would really put a smile on the dad’s face.

You can go online and google “diaper guitar” and find all kinds of tutorials, so I’ll spare you all the details and just show what we did.
But I’ll give you some basics just to point out what’s in the pictures. You’ll form the basis of the guitar with diapers held in a circle with rubberbands.

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After getting your diapers in 2 groups, you have to slide the onesie over them…it does help to have 4 hands!

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We took a strip of sturdy cardboard and wrapped a navy and white striped receiving blanket aound it, tucking in the edges and it worked out
perfectly to use clear rubberbands along it where the frets on a guitar neck would be.

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Rebecca wanted her guitar to look like an electric guitar so she put a slight angle at the top neck using more cardboard.

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I had a white sheer ribbon that was striped and when it was placed over the navy and white striped “neck” it looked wonderfully like the frets on a real guitar. A soft fleece blanket was rolled on the diagonal and placed around the whole onesie and held together in the middle with a piece of orange fabric that I happened to have.

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Rebecca found these adorable gray baby mittens that looked like sharks and the shark teeth looked just like the “keys” on a guitar. Looking pretty cute, huh? (she just gave the other mitten along with the rest of the diapers to her friend)

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A few buttons and ribbons were added and voila! Daddy’s Rock Star!

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Rebecca said it was the hit of the baby shower and the dad just LOVED it!

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Don’t forget about the Giveaway on Tuesday, Sept. 30th. You can read about that post and see the prizes being offered here.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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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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