Skinny Scarves and mannequins…

Guess what came in the mail today? Something I’ve been searching for for quite a while….a mannequin! She’s a beauty too. She’s just a torso and perfect for what we needed her for.


My daughter and I started making “skinny scarves” last year and mostly just gave them as gifts to our family and friends. They are made from a variety of novelty yarns and fibers and it’s so much fun to make them. You never know quite how they are going to turn out when you start. Each scarf has between 30 and 50 strands to it and they are really warm around your neck. I’ve won several lots of novelty yarns off Ebay and Etsy and have quite a few different color schemes that we can do.


I usually make the scarf and Rebecca makes the little “bling” part to each one. She’s able to use of one of a kind glass beads that she has and some novelty charms that she couldn’t use for anything else.

I tried listing a few last year on Etsy but we caught the tale end of Spring and missed out on the season for selling them. So, we’re jumping in right as the weather is turning cooler. This new mannequin will be so much nicer than what I tried last year. I had a size 3 toddler mannequin that I wrapped batting around and then put a bra on it and then tried to build it up and finally put a turtleneck on it. It always looked a little “off” to me.

Not anymore….with “Matilda” here, we’re back in business. I think she’ll be perfect and we can also use her to showcase Rebecca’s necklaces that she makes for women.



Here are a few examples of our scarves… and then the link to our Etsy shop at the end of my post. You can also click on the Etsy icon at the right sidebar under “connect with me.”







You can find our Etsy shop here.

We hope you’ll take a look.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Earlier Barbie clothes… Part 2

If you missed Part 1, you might want to read it here first.

I bet you think in this post you’re going to see a vast improvement in my sewing, right? Well, don’t hold your breath. What I’ve saved for today are some pictures of how my sewing became more focused on the details. Now, don’t laugh when you see my pictures, but just remember I was 8 to 10 years old when these were made and they are nearly 50 years old. I was positive I had some pictures of my Barbie and Midge modeling these outfits, but I’ve searched for hours in my photos and finally have given up. I only have one of my Barbie in the blue “Regency” dress. (That’s what I’m calling it… when I made it, it was probably a nightgown.)

If you click on my pictures they will enlarge… that way you can see those crooked stitches even better! :o)

Let’s start off with Barbie in that blue dress. My mom found me in cut up pajamas one day because I wanted the shirring from the elastic in the waistband of my pants for my Barbie dress. I was pretty little when I did this but not exactly sure of my age.

barbie dress



Now, let’s move on to this “lovely white” robe! White? That’s not white! Well, it was, and believe it or not, it was one of my very favorites I ever made. I don’t know why, but I think it was the way it “skimmed” over Barbie’s curves! Must have been….because that stitching isn’t doing anything for me! Ladies, just take a close up look at the way that lace is sewn on. See, there’s hope for ANYONE to learn to sew!



I think this was going to be a party dress for Skipper. Notice the lovely black velvet ribbon sewn around the hips….pretty crummy, isn’t it? Oh well, if you can overlook the stains and the way the back is much too narrow, you can see how I was starting to think a little more about the design of the dresses… not that my sewing had improved terribly, but if you use your imagination, maybe it was!


Oh, and how about this lovely number….a little color blocking going on. I remember making this one. I used the inside and the outside to create this look. The pockets were supposed to be the feature of the dress. Notice too, how crooked it is… that’s just the way it turned out. Oh well, do you think I’m getting better? Obviously this was WAY before I realized the inside needed to be as neat as the outside.



This one was pretty creative too… I quilted my own fabric and made this “adorable” robe for Skipper. Again, I added the patch pockets, only this time with lace.



…and finally, my grand finale! I thought this was my best Barbie outfit ever… I can’t seem to figure out why I thought that though. I made it over at my Aunt Evelyn’s house and still remember the day. I thought it looked exquisite on my Barbie, but I must have needed glasses back then, because there is a lot to be desired with it. Oh well, at the time, it was perfect!







So, those few pieces are the remnants of my past… my sewing past, that is. I went on to major in Clothing and Textiles and specialize in Apparel Design. I’ve come a long way, but it’s always good to visit where you came from occasionally. It helps you see how far you’ve come.
Hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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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?


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.



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.


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.









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…














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!


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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