It’s Anniversary Number 3 for me…

Before I do today’s post, I wanted to let you know I managed to get Nora’s dress set listed on Ebay Monday evening. You can see it HERE, or you can click on the picture at the right side bar and that will take you to the auction. It ends Saturday evening. Here are a few pictures of it… in case you missed seeing the hints I gave yesterday…

I can hardly believe I’ve had this blog running for 3 years, but I have. I hit the “publish” button for my first post back on August 1st, 2014, and haven’t looked back. If you missed my first post, you can see it HERE. This is my 1064th post and when I add the numbers up… 365 days in a year x 3 years = 1095 days. I’ve only missed 31 days of posting in 3 years. The first 2 years I didn’t miss a single day…then I started taking Sunday’s off sometime last year. It’s hard for me to sometimes leave a Sunday post empty, especially when I have something listed on Ebay that’s ending that evening, so I’ll do a simple one just as a reminder…

The last comment on that first day was from Sissy and she told me she knew she’d love my blog. I responded and told her I hoped I had enough to talk about… I guess I have! :o) I still have topics on a list that I made even before I published my first post…

I have made SO many friends and sometimes I can’t believe how I have been blessed. You are the most generous, kind and thoughtful, sweet to one another, giving ladies (and 1 gent that I know of), that I could possibly know. You have so many encouraging words, bits of wisdom, knowledge of things I know nothing about, love and care toward me and my family, and it truly humbles me. I thank the Lord for the opportunity to share my love of sewing and other things with you and am amazed that somehow we connected and you love what I love too!

It’s been a while since we had a giveaway, and this seems pretty minuscule for a 3rd Anniversary giveaway, but it will have to do. I’ve had lots on my plate lately and still it’s pretty full, so I wasn’t able to sit and ponder about some way to really celebrate.

So, for this 3rd Anniversary giveaway, and to be entered into the drawing for the slip, think of 3 things you like about my blog, or what keeps you coming back for more, or even something you’d like to see more of…your comment will enter you into the drawing… It’s an “ANNIVERSARY DRAWING” so everyone join in. If you want, you can share your comments through the “contact me” tab under the header at the top…

I’ll draw out a winner Tuesday night, at midnight, and let you know tomorrow who won…

Thanks again everyone, for sticking around and mostly for your friendship…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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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!)

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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)

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(My camera just can’t capture a big room like this so I borrowed these pictures from ShadygroveStudios.blogspot.com)

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…

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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!

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

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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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