THIS IS MY 1000th POST!!!

In case you didn’t know…when you want to emphasize something; like when you’re typing, if you use all caps, it’s the same thing as SCREAMING! (or so I’ve been told…) I’m screaming today because it’s my

post. I can hardly believe we’ve shared that many conversations together, but it’s true…we have. I must be terribly gabby to have written that many posts… :o) If you notice in my picture, I hooked a few of Rebecca’s American Girl necklaces together with those magnetic clasps she uses. There will be a GIVEAWAY next week, but I just couldn’t get it together with my sisters here.

I did think of something else, for now though… I was wondering, (and this isn’t a way for me to toot my own horn, really it isn’t) what is your favorite thing about my blog? I won’t even give you any examples, but I’d love to see what you like the most about coming here each day…

I’ve got more company coming in this afternoon, and I will be anxious later on to read all your comments! You can either leave them below or you can hit the “Contact Me” tab under my header and send them to me through email.

I’ll see you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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My favorite Father’s Day post …

My brother and sisters are leaving tomorrow and I’m already sad. It doesn’t matter how much time we spend together, it’s NEVER enough. Thank you for taking time to read and make comments each day even though you knew I was busy with my family. I’ll be back to sewing soon, so Kirsten’s dress will get finished as quickly as I can.

There are a few blogs I try to read on a regular basis and one in particular is my favorite. I sort of stumbled onto her by accident but just love the way she tells a story. KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms is a very gifted writer and she’s probably the only blogger I would read even if she DIDN’T have pictures… but she does, so it’s doubly wonderful!

She did a post a while back but I wanted to share it for Father’s Day. When I read it, it touched my heart and I hope it does yours! You’ll have to click the link to read it. ( I posted a link to this back in April so if you’ve already read it, I’m sorry…I just love this story!)

The Tree Whisperer

I didn’t get any responses that any men read my blog, but if they are reading today, Happy Father’s Day!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Paducah, Kentucky…here we come!

For the last 20 years or so, I have been going to the Annual Quilt show in Paducah, Kentucky. It’s only an hour from my house and it’s totally my cut of tea. Vendors selling the latest sewing gadgets, the newest fabrics are revealed, and you can find bargains on just about everything sewing related. The American Quilter’s Society, which sponsors the quilt show is the biggest and best quilting organization in the world! Believe me…IT IS!
Well, the Quilt Show “officially” starts tomorrow, but many of the vendors set up their little shops downtown hoping to snag those “early birds”…like me! There is plenty to see and buy and it’s almost as good as being there on the official starting day… but my hubby has Tuesday’s off, so we went today!

Since I had no time for sewing on the purple Regency dress, I thought I’d fill you in on where I went today and what I did.

First stop was at Hancock’s of Paducah… now this isn’t the Hancock’s Fabric that many of you know… This is the worlds largest Quilt store… 60,000 square feet of nothing but fabrics and a few notions… Talk about a seamstresses paradise… this is! It was started in 1952 and gets a little bigger each year. :o)

hancocks try again...

hancocks 2nd pic

hancocks pic 3

hancocks 4
(My camera just can’t capture a big room like this so I borrowed these pictures from

One of my favorite bloggers was going to be there introducing her new line of fabrics from Hoffman and I wanted to meet her… She is KariAnne Wood and her blog is called Thistlewood Farms. I absolutely LOVE her blog. It’s a home decorating blog but she writes in the most wonderful story telling way and I enjoy her posts every day. One of her recent posts was called The Tree Whisperer. She told about a special tree in their yard and what happened to it. At the very end of the post is a link to a video called “Gotcha” where her brother adopted a sweet little girl from China in January. They named her Mia Kate. I watched the video a few times and cried each time. Then I decided I wanted to do something for this little girl. I emailed KariAnne and just asked her if Mia Kate had a Bitty Baby doll? KariAnne told me, “yes, she did, and it looked just like her.” Well, I just felt compelled to make her dolly a new little outfit out of the purple and pink fabric that I’ve used for all my Asian dolls when they come to live with me… I did and then I took it to KariAnne. She didn’t know me from anyone else, but I introduced myself to her and when I said my name was Jeanne, she gave me a big hug. I gave her the gift for Mia Kate and she couldn’t get over it… It melted my heart… It’s a great feeling when you know you’ve done the right thing and listened to the right voice. I don’t have a Bitty Baby doll anymore, so I’ll have to show the “baby” outfit on Rebecca.. she looks a little silly but you can sort of use your imagination and imagine it on a baby doll…





KariAnne and I chatted for a little bit but she was very busy with people asking questions about her fabric line…which is very nice by the way! It was time to move on and see what kind of “damage” I could do in the largest fabric store in the world… I did a little…but it’s too late for me to take any pictures so I’ll have to show you what I got tomorrow…

Next stop was Quilter’s Alley… woohoo…another favorite shop of mine… and I did some damage there too… Yikes, did I! Small things add up when it’s Swiss laces… but it’s the only place around that carries them…

Then we went downtown to the historic district and hit some of the vendors shops and some antique stores. It was a beautiful day, around 75 degrees and it was nice just holding hands and walking the streets. We found a little bakery that had been in business since I think 1853! When we tasted their cookies we knew why they had stayed in business so long!





Every where you went, even in little cafe’s…there were racks with bolts and bolts of fabric on them.


When we left the downtown area we headed to a few “bargain” shops that we like… Top Quality Consignment, The Bargain Hunt and The Shed. They are those kinds of places that have a big turnover all the time and you never know what you’ll find… we didn’t find much…but it was still fun looking.

Before we left Paducah we had to hit one of my hubby’s favorite places… Harbor Freight Tools… he likes tools about as much as I like fabrics and dolls. He goes in the store and is in heaven like I am when I go into Hancocks… (or any fabric store for that matter!)

By this time we were starting to drag… our cookie was wearing off and dinner was sounding pretty good. It was almost 7:00 so we decided to go to a steakhouse called The Outback… Someone had given us a gift card for Christmas and we decided it was time to use it. Dinner was great and we were satisfied with a full tummy and a full day… so we headed home…

I barely got in the door when Rebecca asked me if we could get her ladies necklaces listed tonight…SURE, I said… so we worked on them and got the pictures all sorted and went ahead and listed 2 of them but still have about 10 to get in our Etsy shop… Maybe tomorrow…right after I get back from the Food Pantry… It never stops… :o)

I’ll get back to that purple Regency dress ASAP!

Thanks for coming along with me on my stops in Paducah, KY!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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How can you be a blessing to someone today?

I have debated time and time again about whether or not to share this special email I received from someone. It’s not really something you can learn from, but then again, maybe you can. It’s such a compliment to me but I don’t want you to think that I’m bragging on myself by what is said. It truly touched my heart Jeannie B, and thank you for taking time to write what you did and send it to me. What I like about Jeannie B’s email to me, is how she captured my heart outside of my blog life. I do stay very busy with my church and family and friends, and my blog is a side thing I do for fun…
Most of all, I want to be a light and shining example of a servant to this hurting world. I love being there for that lonely person or helping someone any way I can.
Last night we had a Welcome Students BBQ so my sewing went by the wayside. Sometimes that happens…lots of times that happens. So… I sew when I can and when I can’t… I can’t.

As you read what Jeannie B wrote to me, I hope you’ll think of someone you can bless today.

“Jeanne, I was thinking of you as I did my reading during my morning prayer time.

Last week you wrote on your blog that despite a sink full of dishes you were sewing a dress for Patsy. You seemed concerned about those dishes yet you wanted to write your blog. That was a real push-pull situation. Here is an observation I have made;

When you started to write your blog I believe it was intended to reflect your sewing skills and provide a forum to share your love of design and garment creation. Of course, you have totally achieved and continue to achieve that goal. However, something else is being created along the way. Your followers are seeing your heart and that of your husband, as servants of Christ through your church work. It is clear to anyone of us who is really looking through your words that giving to others is a key component of your everyday life. Whether it is to students at the college in town or making a skirt for the technical equipment at the church or working in the rain at the yard sale or to a child who desires to expand her natural talent for sewing…. you or your husband are there. You live a life of giving to others. There is a great lesson for all of us in this. Beyond what we need to do in life to make a living there is also room for sharing and giving. There is a need to step out of our private box and into the world where others have need or support in their walk in life. I see you and your husband has strong examples of this type of service to all God’s children. All the while I read your blog I am thinking of how I can do God’s work even within the framework of my world of care-giving of my husband. If I am only able to reach my own family {who are scattered} then I am making a difference.
Thank you for sharing your sewing skills but also for sharing the lessons of giving to others.

Jeannie B. in TX”

So… can anyone share how they are going to bless someone today? Big or small…a blessing is a blessing!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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