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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Oh dear… I was bad… very, very bad!!!

PLEASE NOTE:
Just a quick shameless plug here letting you know that Felicity’s dress (seen at the right side bar) or seen HERE, ends this evening. It’s a one of a kind, so make your bids count if you are interested in it!

I was looking…or rather “browsing” on Ebay the other night. Actually I was looking at Caroline dolls… don’t ask me why, I just was. Underneath one doll that I looked at, there were a few other dolls that popped up in other listings. One happened to catch my eye. So I did what any other doll lover does, I stopped looking at Caroline and “chased a rabbit.” I opened up the new page with the new doll and noticed she had just been listed… my heart did a skip…she was pretty cute, a really good price, free shipping, she came from a smoke free home, and she only had one teensie weensie ink mark on her chin.
I used to have this American Girl doll…a #55, but mine looked terribly sleepy in her eyes and I didn’t even own her long enough to make her one outfit. Maybe I never got the lighting right on the doll, but she didn’t stay with me. I sold her on Etsy. I found the pictures of my first #55 doll and thought I’d show you…

Maybe it was just me, but I could only think of 2 words to describe her…sleepy looking.

I did find 2 other pictures of her with my #41 and Saige. I checked my notebooks and I actually bought all 3 dolls within a 2 week period. I must have been crazy!! This is a group shot back in 2013. Actually the #55 doesn’t look too bad here… Maybe it was my lighting…I was happy to see that I paid less for this new doll than the one back in 2013! That’s a plus!

Here’s another shot of her with Rebecca and Eden…

Okay, well enough from the past…This doll I saw last week didn’t look sleepy, so I thought I’d give her a try…she’s a very popular doll with collectors.

Well, she came today and she’s pretty cute… She has beautiful hair, and it’s very soft. I can imagine all sorts of hair styles on her. I wasn’t too smitten with her freckles and even looked into how to remove them. It doesn’t sound to hard to do. I may or may not remove them… I’ll work on that ink spot too. She has tight legs but I put her in a stand as I took her pictures so I didn’t have to worry about her falling over.

I’m a happy camper today…wanna see my new nameless girl?

I guess I need to make her something soon… right after I get her chin cleaned off… I’ll have to see what era she works best for…maybe just another modern girl besides Eden… They are close, but still different looking.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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For Your Sunday Viewing Pleasure…

Hi everyone and happy Sunday to you.

I did get Felicity’s dress listed on Ebay and wanted to let you know. You can see it by clicking HERE or click on the picture at the right side bar.

Here are a few pictures to make you smile…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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