~ Sisters in Blue ~ 13″ Effner Little Darling & 10″ Boneka doll sets FINALLY revealed…

My goodness, it seems like I have been working on this doll dress set forever! I guess maybe because there were 2 full sets to be completed and the fact that there was LOTS of handwork, made it seem extra time consuming… BUT, it’s all finished now, and even listed on Ebay. If you like, you can click on the picture at the right side bar, or you can see it by clicking HERE.

I debated and debated about whether to list the dresses separately or together. I thought if I list them separately and someone wants both of them, but misses out and doesn’t win the second one, I’m going to be getting an email begging me to make a dress like the one they missed out on. On the other hand, if I listed them together and someone only had one of the dolls, they probably wouldn’t bid on the dresses, so there goes a good sale for ONE of the dresses. So I was in a dilemma about what to do, but in the end I thought I’d take a try at selling them as a sister set and see what happened. Let’s hope it works. So I’ll do separate dresses and occasionally I’ll do sister sets, just to keep everyone happy.

So let’s see… I showed you the dresses, the hats, the slips, the thigh highs, so I need to show you the capelets and the bunnies.

I wasn’t sure when I drafted my cape pattern how I was going to close it… should have thought that through… But I figured it out…it’s just not that pretty on the inside. I need to work on that before I do the next one. I toyed with the idea of having a magnetic closing on the cape, because it’s a really tight small space just under the dolls chins. I thought if I could figure out how to make the magnetic ends catch, it would just be a matter of getting the ends of the magnets to touch and it would hold the cape shut. Well, the magnets were too bulky.

I thought to tie something that tiny under their chins would be a nightmare… so I thought maybe a snap might work best, but the wool felt is very delicate and I didn’t want the snap to tear the fabric. So in the end, I used a soft and flexible Velcro piece. It’s easiest if you wrap the cape around your dolls right shoulder, making sure you line it up straight down the front of the dolls body, hold it in place with your left thumb in front and your other fingers on her back. Then pull the cape around your dolls left shoulder and line up the top edges of the cape. It might take a time or two to get it right, but I got pretty good at lining up the stitching as well as the top edge. Press down the Velcro and it should stay in place.

If you click on the pictures, they will enlarge.

I was trying to find something “Eastery” for both girls and didn’t have time to paint any baskets white and decorate them… I thought a purse was too much…I didn’t have any light blue teddy bears…the girls wanted more than a sprig of flowers in their hands, so I looked in my “other” box of toys and found the bunnies Susette had sent me last year. I had a pink one and 2 light tan ones… PERFECT! I could make these bunnies work! I took the brown ribbons from their necks and replaced them with a blue and white ribbon. Much better.

Now the girls had everything they needed… and I was finally done… well EXCEPT for taking all those pictures and getting them sorted and in order for my listing… Here are some of my favorites… Hope you like the finished look!

If you missed the link to the set up above, here it is again… ~ Sisters in Blue ~

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Corolle doll for sale… (Chloe has been adopted!)

PLEASE NOTE:
If you hadn’t seen her, Noel is making her modeling debut on Ebay, showing off her new blue dress set. You can see the listing by clicking HERE, or click on her picture at the right side bar.

AND… my Civil War dress..the lavender one called Springtime in the South, ends Sunday evening. I may post a reminder on my blog on Sunday…

I finally got around to making something for the Corolle doll I showed you here while back. If you remember I found her and she had had a few snips of hair cut from the first 2 rows of her hair and so I figured out a way to salvage it by braiding it and pulling it over to the side and securing it with a permanent hairbow. It is nice and secure as I glued the braid down very carefully.

Well, I have been scouring Ebay for information on these dolls and found out she is Chloe…and was at one time a ballerina. She is from the Corolle company and the Les Cheries line. She is 13″ tall and made from a very nice vinyl. She has nice tight limbs and stands easily on her own . She may be able to share clothes with other similar sized dolls.

She smells wonderful as the Corolle dolls are scented with a vanilla smell. She really does smell lovely and fresh! I made a pair of white lace panties for her since she was nude when I bought her.

She has blue open and close eyes and her right eyelashes have been bent, but it’s not very noticeable when they are open.

She has one tiny pin dot mark on her tummy and one tiny red spot on her right shoulder. All of her fingers and toes are perfect.

Her auburn colored hair is layered and has not been cut. It is soft to the touch and can be left down or pulled up if you like.

I found a sweet aqua floral print fabric in my stash and made her a pretty Springy dress. It has a pretty piece of white cluny lace around the waist and I’ve added some glass beads as accents. White eyelet lace trims the bottom of the dress. I figured little hands might be playing with this doll, so I used a soft and flexible Velcro to close the back of the dress.

She will have to come to your house bare foot. I didn’t get any shoes made for her…

If you haven’t guessed, I’m putting this doll up for adoption for my blog readers first. If anyone on here is interested in her, I’m selling her for $24.00, including shipping. Maybe you have a granddaughter who might like her. Maybe you need her as a model for your sewing… or maybe you just need another doll… and WHO DOESN’T?

I’ll just keep a look out on the comments or on my email and whoever claims her first gets her. I’ll send you an invoice through Paypal to pay for her.

If she doesn’t sell in 2 days, I’ll put her on Ebay…

Thanks so much,
Have a wonderful Saturday,

See you on Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Just a reminder about my Christmas dresses ending tonight…

HI everyone and Happy Sunday to you…
This isn’t really a post… it’s just a friendly reminder that my Ebay auctions for the Christmas dresses shown on my 13″ Little Darlings are ending this evening.

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Christmas Joy (click the red name to see Lian’s dress set)

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Christmas Hope (click the gold name to see Janie’s dress set)

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Christmas Peace (click the green name to see Isabelle’s dress set)

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It has been a real treat this week seeing all three of my girls dressed up.

Maybe I’ll see some of you at the “Finish Line” tonight? :o)

See you in the morning,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A peek at Christmas Joy, Christmas Hope and Christmas Peace Little Darlings dresses…

I’ve been on the phone with Ebay for the last hour and a half trying to understand their new “listing format!” UGH… apparently it changed the end of September, since I listed my Christmas Rose Regency dress… just when I learn it one way they switch it up and change things around on me. I don’t list my things the “easy and simple” way… I used the Advanced tools format because I have a photo hosting program that lets me showcase my pictures in a bigger size. The lady who was helping me was lost and I was even “lost-er!” She hadn’t helped anyone who listed their listings using an outside photo hosting program. Finally between the two of us, we got one of the dresses listed. It’s 11:15 now and I should be heading to bed, but I’m going to try and get another one listed (as soon as I get done with this post) so I don’t forget how we did it. (The dresses aren’t active on EBay just yet…just scheduled to go on this evening.)

So for now I’ll just show you a few pictures of the dresses… I wanted to keep them a surprise, but I’m sure you WON’T mind, will you?

Here’s Lian in Christmas Joy… I had to shorten my title from Christmas Blessings of Joy on Ebay, because I added Betsy McCall’s name in the title and there weren’t enough characters…

If you click on the pictures they will enlarge.

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Here’s Janie in Christmas Hope!

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…and here’s Isabelle in Christmas Peace!

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Of course I’ll show you all three together…Awwww…aren’t they sweet?

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I did take pictures of Betsy McCall, but only in the red dress…so far…

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The girls dresses will go on Ebay tonight…if I can master the other two listings… I’ll add a side bar link and one on here when the auction becomes active.

Christmas Hope ~ Gold dress

Christmas Joy ~ Red dress

Christmas Peace ~ Green dress

So…do you have a favorite now that you can see all of them together?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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