Midge, Skipper and Tammy… did you have them?

My sister, Cindy, just shared some pictures of dolls she STILL HAS! I thought you might like to take a trip down memory lane with me…Cindy kept her Skipper and Midge things… I…unfortunately sold mine a few years ago… but it was my choice.

Cindy still has her “Welcome Letter” from the Barbie Fan Club…

This is a little booklet for her Tammy doll… and the dress shown in the picture…

I think it’s funny, after all these years (50+) Cindy admitted to me that she always thought Tammy looked a little creepy! I can see that!

She has couple of Midge’s dresses left…

..and a fur coat… I had this one, only in red with a black fur collar.

My mom made this dress and it’s funny, I still remember that fabric…

Here is her Skipper doll in the case. She has the most glorious head of thick blonde hair…I was always a little bit jealous of her dolls hair.

So I’m guessing if Cindy still has her things, I bet a lot of you do too… want to share what you still have of your childhood doll collection?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Today’s flowers brought to you by Linda!

Somebody always bails me out when I’m going out of town or super busy, by sending me pictures of something I can use for a post… This time Linda sent me some pictures of the lilies in her yard and they were just too pretty not to show… She has the typical lilies and two VERY pretty hybrids…

So let’s discuss the flowers you have in YOUR yard today…

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A baggie of “Show and Tell…”

Let’s see if you get this…

If you don’t get it… Nora is on “the back burner.” Want to know why? Because I’m heading out of town to visit my sister Deb and help her celebrate her birthday. My mom and I are leaving Friday morning and we’ll probably be gone until Tuesday or maybe even Wednesday. I guess it depends if we wear out our welcome.

I didn’t have anything new to show you on Nora’s dress as my day was full from morning till now…it’s 10:25 and I’m still not finished packing… My hubby woke up this morning and decided he wanted to go visit this showroom with all different flooring samples. Well, since we’ve been walking on crummy plywood floors for 13 years, how could I say, “Today? You picked today?” So I fit it into my schedule…somewhere between boiling eggs for my hubby and picking up my mom’s car so George can look it over before we go. There were the usual interruptions in my day… a friend needing advice on how to get her money out of paypal, since this was her first transaction, and she didn’t have a clue what to do, Rebecca needing a headband stitched up, a trip to the grocery store to get a few “snacks for the road” and of course, playing with my new haircut… 4″ shorter makes a big difference!

Somehow I managed to fit in burritos for dinner and get all my comments answered… and I even ran by the thrift shop to see if they had anything I “needed” for the trip…clothes wise! Well, nothing to wear, but just as I was about to leave, a tiny baggie caught my eye… Guess what was in it? LACE… but of course. It wasn’t your typical polyester or nylon lace, but a few pieces caught my eye. The baggie was taped shut but it was $4.00 and I decided to take a chance and see what surprises might be inside… I was actually pretty pleased with all the pieces except maybe 2 of them…

Okay, now this is for all you seamstresses out there… if you had seen the front and the back of this baggie, would have given it a second glance?

I opened it up and this is what was inside…

This big white rick rack is my least favorite… it does nothing for me…and will probably end up in a bag or box going back to the Thrift Shop.

I do like these 3 dainty little laces…

Here they are unrolled a bit…

I think this pink and white tatted piece is interesting…

These 2 white pieces aren’t quite my cup of tea, but I might use them on something sometime…

So that was my day… I better sign off so I can finish packing. Again, sorry about nothing to show on Nora, but she’ll be like Molly was a few weeks ago…happy to have extra time on the cutting table. My girls say it’s “the most important place in my sewing room!” :o)

See you tomorrow, I hope…
Blessings, Jeanne

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Nora is looking very Victorian…

I hope you weren’t expecting to see Nora’s dress completed… because if you were, you’ll be sorely disappointed… I am disappointed too! I had high hopes for today but they just didn’t materialize. I have 3 pictures to show you and trust they will be enough to get you through the day… I probably have the most time consuming part of her dress done… and I think you can start to see the style of it.

I showed Rebecca the necklace part I had and she’s pretty sure she can help me figure out a way to make it work…

This sleeve turned out perfect, but the other one I’ll be taking out and redoing it. I caught too much of the lace in it and they aren’t the same width and I noticed it right away…

There’s going to be a peplum and black lace will be on the edge of it.

I wanted to show you the pattern I found on Pixie Faire… (HERE) It’s a Dolls at Heart Designs pattern. Not knowing what direction I wanted to take Nora in, sometimes all it takes is looking at other patterns to get inspired… I was just scrolling through the dresses and all of a sudden a saw a new pattern I hadn’t seen before. I tried to go on and look at others but I just kept thinking of this one… so I went back to it, looked it over, envisioned Nora in it and hit the “buy it” button.

It’s a really nice pattern and was a pdf so I received it as soon as I downloaded it. I like that you don’t have to wait for them to come in the mail. Here’s another view of the pattern…

I cut it out just as the pattern said and sewed my seams at 1/4″ as stated, but my back barely meets, so I’ll either be putting loops and buttons on the back or adding an extension…

I think it’s a really pretty pattern and just might prove to be kind of versatile for a few different eras.

Well, I better get to bed… it’s been a long day…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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