Just a “little bit” of Valentine sweetness…

Don’t get too excited over my title…! I wanted so badly to get Molly’s slip finished but that didn’t happen as I was working in “both” kitchens! I worked with my hubby in the church’s kitchen this morning and this afternoon and evening I was working in my kitchen putting together some treat bags for my mom to give out to the residents where she now lives…

Here’s a look at momma’s treat bags…we’ll pass them out tomorrow. I put together 65 of them, with candy, chocolate chip cookies and my mint cookie bark…

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Here’s what it looked like at the church kitchen…It doesn’t look like anything has changed, but it has… my hubby only has one more outlet to put in and 2 to double check and “see where they go…” it’s a mystery he says!

This is the opposite wall… the cabinets were removed today…tomorrow I’ll start sanding the underside of the soffits… and then it will be almost time to put up the brick wall…

In other “news…” the “Ice Ghost” returned as we had melting of the ice, but it refroze… and Reuben wasn’t the least bit interested in it this time around the house.

In the middle of all this “icky-ness” I’ve been showing you… how about something pretty? A few years back I participated in one of the Valentine Swaps on the Little Darlings doll forum… My gift was Over the Top from Susan Scribner… and I thought I’d share it with you… My pictures aren’t the greatest, but you’ll still love it! I received everything you see in that sweet pink case… Isabelle was my only Little Darling at the time, so she graciously modeled it for me…

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It was all for my doll, except I received some chocolate too! :o)

I hope you enjoyed seeing those pictures. I don’t think I’ve ever shared them except when I posted what I had received on the forum years ago.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A Box, a Bluebird, and Blessings…

Thank you to my 4 new subscribers… Glenda, Eula Mae, Lynn and Kate! I’m so glad you have joined and hope you’ll make yourself right at home… my readers are wonderful and they’ll make you feel special…

I received a box in the mail… and I’m not sure how or WHO instigated it, but I LOVE it… Somehow, several of you must have gotten together and conspired to make me feel better by sending me this little gift… IT WORKED! I’m much better now and hope I’m almost back to normal.

This is what came… the sweetest box and I didn’t have a clue what was inside… It was about the size of a coffee mug, so I guessed that’s what it was… NOPE… not even close…

…a sweet little ceramic bluebird was inside.

He had a paper scroll rolled up that fit just under his feet in a slot. When unrolled, this is what it said…

There was a sweet card too…

Awwww…thank you ALL so much! I truly have the kindest readers and feel so blessed to know you all. You are such a part of my life now, I’m not sure I’d know what to do if I didn’t have this blog to talk to everyone! I’m going to put my birdie in my kitchen window, and think of everyone while I’m doing my dishes and cooking. When I see him, it will remind me of you and I’ll whisper a blessing over you all when I think of your name! Thank you for your sweet love to me!

Now, I have 3 “picture hints” for you… I thought I was completely done with Molly’s dress, but I forgot… I still need to make a slip!

I hope those 3 hints give you enough to go on till you see the final pictures!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Ahhhh… time in my sewing room!

My hubby helped someone put in a gas fireplace today so I stayed home and sewed! YAY! I got some done, but it’s kind of like the electrical work my hubby was doing down in the basement a few days ago. His work won’t be seen, but it’s necessary for things to be right upstairs. I did all the handsewing, the snaps were sewn on, the buttons were decorated, the hem was handstitched, and everything inside was tacked down. It’s all the stuff that doesn’t show but is necessary for my dresses to suit me! :o)

I tried to make the dress sleeveless, but the pattern I used had too big of an armhole opening, so I ended up putting a little short puffed sleeve in.

I had decided to make the jacket separate, as many of you suggested, but now the jacket won’t work very well, with the puffed sleeve, so I’m going to give a lacey vest a try.

Somehow I lost my full length picture of the dress, so the half pictures will have to do. The skirt is nice and full and I added a piece of the vintage eyelet lace I was blessed with a little while back.

The back of the dress has pink buttons and they are sewn on using my “flower” way… I love it when I can add these on a dress. Snaps are hidden underneath.

Yay! I’m going to have a dress ready for Easter fairly soon! I can hardly believe it! Still lots to do, but I’m getting there!

Have a wonderful weekend,
See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Nothing pretty and pink in these pictures…

I think I’m going to have to alternate my sewing days and my “kitchen makeover” days! I can’t seem to manage both… The good news is, we won’t be working on this kitchen forever! Which is a good thing, because I’m already pooped and the “fun” hasn’t even really begun!

Molly’s dress is still laying on my cutting table, exactly like it was last night. Sorry. We left early this morning to get some more done on the Sunday School house kitchen. It’s really in the ugly stage right now and when you see my pictures, you’re going to wonder if my hubby has a clue what he’s doing. I can assure you he does! Electrical work is nasty, dirty and messy. It seems to take all day to figure out the wiring for everything. It looks almost the same in the kitchen today as it did yesterday… except maybe there are a few more holes in the wall. He’s got a gas stove to put in, replace a light on the wall, a garbage disposal to put in, 3 outlets, a range hood to wire up, 3 light switches and 3 LED cam lights in the soffits. He’s putting them in with the wires going into the basement so if anything ever needs fixed or replaced, the wall doesn’t have to be ripped out.

Yesterday we picked up the oak cabinets and lined them up like they’ll be when they are “officially” put in. We needed to mark the walls for the lights and outlets and mark for the countertops.

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…then fast forward to today… what a mess!

We had to go to Lowe’s once today to get a few more things and on the way there I asked my hubby if this project was “overwhelming” to him? He said, “No… the plumbing and the electrical come easy to him…it’s time consuming and slow going, but not overwhelming.” I can’t imagine how to make heads or tails of it all… I just hold this wire and fish this one through this hole, and holler down in the basement when I see it coming through, and give my opinions on where the outlets should go… He has a plan and I’m sure it will all come together soon… it just looks like a disaster right now… (well, actually we swept the floor before we left this evening, so it looks better than this picture.)

All those holes were made looking for studs and fishing wires across the 2×4’s. I’m sure you already knew that, didn’t you? The 2×4’s are supposed to be 18″ apart, but they weren’t in some places and there were some “extra” 2×4’s laying sideways in a few places, causing us to punch in a few more holes…

The place where we bought the cabinets has a deal where you get free granite countertops with the purchase of cabinets. This is the one we picked out… I know it’s hard to see, but it’s really nice!

Here’s a pile of wires and pipes he got rid of down in the basement when he did the new wiring and the plumbing last week. I’m ready to get to the “pretty” part of this kitchen… :o)

Okay enough on the messy kitchen…how about something fun. I had to come back home to get something for my hubby and while I was home I walked Reuben around the house. When we got to the corner, this “ice sculpture” had formed from the water dripping off the roof of our house. Reuben growled and then barked his head off at it and was a little bit afraid of it, sniffing it…from a distance…

Well, that was my adventure on this Thursday… I hope your day was “equally as fun!” :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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