~ Christmas Snowflakes ~ Excuses for not getting it finished…

You’ll probably look at this dress and think, “that’s all she has finished on it?” But I have an excuse, and a good one too… I was rescuing a guinea pig from a young girls science class so he didn’t have to spend Thanksgiving break all alone! Now, isn’t that about the best excuse you’ve ever heard… and it’s TRUE too! Peanut, the guinea pig at Sara’s (my little Columbian friend) school, needed to be taken home by some student so he could be cared for over break… well, guess who volunteered? Yep, Sara… She couldn’t bring him home on the bus because the cage was too big, so her mom called me and asked if I could pick Sara up and bring Peanut and her home. After all, it’s not every day you get to transport a guinea pig, is it? So that was my first excuse for not getting more sewing done…

My second excuse was I was helping my hubby with his sawzall… he was trying to replace the switch and needed another hand. Can you tell what this means?

Me neither… (that’s a diagram of all the wires he was replacing)… so I was mostly there for “moral support” and “holding the flashlight” which is a VERY important job! :o)

My third excuse was we decided this morning that it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without friends coming over, so Wednesday evening (because my kids were off then) we are having them and Edgar, Alba and Sara over for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner… I was in the kitchen most of the day and probably will be tomorrow too… We are having Jean and Bithar over on Thursday for a Thanksgiving Dinner. I was doing things in double batches today… I made 2 double batches of corn casserole, and 2 Sweet Potato Souffles, plus did some prepping for tomorrow. This is my menu… Turkey, Corn Casserole (their favorite!) Sweet Potato Souffle, Green Beans, Company potatoes, Salad, Rolls, Kristoffer is making a Red Velvet cake and I’m going to try and make some cookies (in my spare time)… :o)

My fourth excuse was I had a zillion dishes to do from all the cooking I did… that took me quite a while.

Well, I guess you’d probably like to see some pictures now, wouldn’t you? I have the basic part of the dress all finished, it’s hand hemmed, and the snaps and buttons are sewn on the back.

I received the sweetest , daintiest, most delicate and sheer piece of embroidered batiste, (that I think must have come off a child’s dress), from Kathie a while back. I have wanted to use it on something special and I think Lian’s dress might be “it.” I haven’t cut it the right length because I wanted to make sure I was going to use it… before cutting into such a special piece of fabric. I think I’m going to make a sweet little pinafore for Lian’s dress. Then I’m thinking of having a separate lace belt that can be worn if the pinafore isn’t worn… just a thought…

Here’s one last look… I’m loving this color on Lian. Marilyn said something in her comments about Cranberries and Snowflakes…and as soon as I saw that I liked it, but I wouldn’t have enough spaces in my title on Ebay to include “Christmas” and “Red” (which needs to be added when someone is searching), so I just changed the Cranberries to Christmas… I think it works…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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My first Christmas dress of the season…

Well, sort of….it’s not entirely finished…actually, hardly started, but it’s going to be a sweet looking dress.

There were several things that kept me busy today, so sorry I never made it to your comments. It sounds like everyone is going to have a wonderful time whether they go anywhere or stay home. I love your traditions and the special things you all share with your families…thanks so much for sharing!

I guess you can see I got my computer fixed!!! I tried calling my satellite company and never could get through…so “who ya gonna call???” Kristoffer…that’s who!!! He helped me over the phone and I got back online!!! That son of ours is quite talented!!!

Would you like to see a few pictures of the first Christmas dress of the season? I asked who wanted the first Christmas dress and everyone shouted, “I do, I do,” but Lian just had a look on her face that won me over…it also helped that she looks so adorable in red!

I only have the dress cut out and the bodice and sleeves worked on. It’s pinned together but I hope you like it! I’ve had this snowflake fabric for a little while and think it’s so pretty. I was wondering who might end up with it… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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“Dolly Fever” is going around… I sure hope I don’t get it!

Do you have a fever? Dolly fever, that is? It seems some of you do, but really don’t care! In fact, you’re pretty excited that you do have it! If you’re new to doll talk, that’s what we say when someone gets to longing for a new doll. It’s pretty awful to have it, but sometimes it’s really wonderful when it ends well…most of the time with a sweet new doll to love! But there is NOTHING worse than having dolly fever and not being about to make it go away! Fortunately, for these few ladies, it did end well!

Charlotte T. received her new 13″ Dianna Effner, Little Darling, from Magalie. I’m not sure how long she had to wait on Magalie’s list for her doll to be painted, but I’m sure she’d tell you, “It was worth the wait.” Let me introduce you to Pearl! Isn’t she just adorable? I love her wig and that sweet little beauty mark on her cheek! This was a case of dolly fever that ended very well! Congratulations Charlotte! …and Well Done, Magalie!

Someone else is supposed to receive a new doll from Magalie too! Joy was thrilled to find out her doll, Margaret Estelle, named after her maternal grandmother, is supposed to arrive on Thursday. I bet both Joy and Charlotte won’t get much done except staring at their dolls today. Joy wanted her doll to look a little like her grandaughter, Landry, if possible… See what you think of these 2 beauties…

See how much fun Dolly Fever can be!!!

I have one more case of dolly fever to share with you. Marilyn got a bad case of Dolly Fever for Samantha… she found a real cutie on Etsy and is waiting for her to arrive! The funny thing was, Marilyn emailed me and told me she was “bad” and had bought another doll…a Samantha doll. She didn’t tell me the sellers name on Etsy…only that the seller had 3 Samantha dolls for sale and she got it for a good price.

Well, I had no idea how many Samantha dolls there were on Etsy, but I thought, somehow, someway, I’d figure out which doll was hers. I went to Etsy and there were over 900 listings, so I decided to put them in order of highest to lowest. I started at the top and sort of browsed through all the dolls, all the while asking myself, “now which one would Marilyn have bought?” I was glancing at all kinds of dolls and all of a sudden one jumped out at me! I opened it up and lo and behold, it had written below it…”Special Order, only for Marilyn!” I had found her doll on the very first one I opened up! She was so pretty and I copied a few pictures of her so you can see why Dolly Fever came over Marilyn so suddenly! :o)

Okay, so let me know if any more of you out there have gotten Dolly Fever. Normally, I’d say Fever, Fever go away, but when you have Dolly Fever it’s sometimes a wonderful thing! :o)

Hope you enjoyed this!
My hubby is having a biopsy on some spots found in his bladder today. We’d appreciate your prayers today!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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“Dainty and Demure” for 13″ Effner, Little Darlings ends this evening

This post is just a short reminder that my “Dainty and Demure” dress set ends this evening on Ebay.

You can see it HERE… or you can click on the picture at the right side bar and it will take you to the Ebay listing.

Blessings, Jeanne

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