New, shorter lace fingerless gloves for the American Girl dolls…

UPDATE: I was at Joann Fabrics today and happened to see another fat quarter just like the girls dresses. It wasn’t there last week… I know some of my customers like to have matching dresses, especially with these smaller dolls. I have enough now to make another “sister” dress if you win and happen to want one! Just thought I’d let you know!

If you haven’t been keeping track, my “Spring Fever” dresses for both Noel and Ten Ping are ending this evening. My girls are still wearing them and I think “secretly” hoping they get to keep them. I’ve already had a talk with them and they understand… but they still don’t want to get undressed.

If you want to see the listings on Ebay, you can click on the pictures at the right side bar, or you can click on the links below…

~ Spring Fever for Noel ~

~ Spring Fever for Ten Ping ~

Here the girls are together in a sweet picture.

While my hubby was getting treatment yesterday, I was busy finishing some new lace fingerless gloves. I found a shorter white stretch lace and think these make the sweetest, dressiest gloves! I’ll show them on here first and if anyone wants them, I’ll go by the time on your comment or email to see who gets first dibs on them. I do have more lace so don’t worry if the pair you like disappears. They will be $8.00 a pair, plus $1.00 shipping. If they haven’t sold by the afternoon or early evening, I’ll probably list them in my Etsy shop. The price will be the same…

Here’s what I came up with…

Yes, I see it… the pink buttons are not the same on both gloves…one set of buttons is slightly farther apart than the other…I’ll fix it before sending them out!

Well, that’s my big contribution to today’s post!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Black Buttons and a Homeless Sweater…

Well, it seems that the black buttons on Nyssa’s dress were the favorite choice of most everyone. They were what I wanted to go with too. When Marilyn suggested some black sparkly buttons for the front, I thought, hmmmm…maybe that would be cute… But here’s what happened. This is my best laugh of the day!

I asked Rebecca if she had any glass black bicones in the tiniest size possible that I could use in place of a button. She said she didn’t…only clear. She said she might have red…and I said, “no, I needed black.”

Well, I could see things weren’t going in my favor, so I asked her to come look at the dress and show her what I was needing. When she came into my sewing room, she had changed and said she was going to Walmart.

I said, “Oh good, you can get some glass bicone beads for me.” Then I showed her Nyssa’s dress and how I wanted tiny black bicones to use like buttons on the white trim.

She said, “Mom, it’s just a cotton print so just use those little black buttons you have there.”

I kind of balked and said, “but everyone wanted a button with sparkle.”

She said, “But it’s just a simple cotton dress…not fancy enough for black sparkle.” Then she said, “Sparkle buttons on that dress would be like putting a rhinestone brooch on your sweater.”

Okay now here’s the part that made me laugh. I have this brown acrylic sweater that is the warmest, most comfortable sweater, and I wear it all the time when I’m just a little bit cool. It is SO ugly and pilled and has red paint on one sleeve where I painted a doll tricycle one time. Recently I left it on the end of my bed and Reuben got a hold of it and chewed off 4 of the 1″ buttons, even chewing a hole where one of the buttons was, that’s big enough for my thumb to fit through. Needless to say it’s about as ugly as anything you’ve ever seen and I actually call it my homeless sweater.(sorry) If someone comes to the door, I take it off… yes…it’s that bad. So when she said it’s like putting a rhinestone brooch on your sweater, I looked down at my sweater, and had to laugh. ( I promise I’ll get rid of it soon…)

So, in light of the dress not being “fancy enough for sparkle and just cotton” I’ll use the little black buttons.

Today I have a couple of sweet pictures from Linda… This is her Felicity in her darling nightgown. Doesn’t she look adorable getting ready for bed?

Joy received her Felicity in the mail too! She’d like some help identifying what year she might be from. I hope there are enough clues in her pictures…she wasn’t thrilled with her close up pictures, but maybe they’ll be good enough for someone to figure her out! :o)

Not much today, but we got all those gumballs raked up… well, “I” raked, my hubby carted them off…

He asked me when was the last time I’d shown you all “his” girls? For your “viewing pleasure” here they are eating a handful of popcorn he gave them…. their favorite!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Today is my 35th Wedding Anniversary…and NO teasing today…a dress revealed…

My hubby has decided to “whisk” me away somewhere just for the day, for our 35th Anniversary! I’m not sure where we are going, but I’m guessing it might be in a town where there are tools! Harbor Freight Tools to be exact! You know how he likes tools! And I’m going to let him look all he wants because he was so sweet to me at fixing holes in my sewing room walls, putting up new nights, hanging pictures, moving furniture, changing outlets, caulking holes, putting up new trim, fixing ceiling tiles, cutting down furniture, and lots more that I won’t bore you with. So yes, if he wants to look at tools, you bet I’m gonna let him look.

I’m so very thankful for the 35 years that we’ve been married and so very blessed to have such a dear husband. He truly is my best friend and we have lots of fun together. A few days ago he was reading me some jokes from one of his chicken magazines… the kids section… Here’s one of the jokes he read to me…

“What is a cannibal’s favorite game to play?” Swallow the Leader! I know, I know… oh brother!

He has a wonderful sense of humor but also makes me feel very safe and protected at the same time. I love him very much and thank the Lord each day that I get to spend with him. Today it will just be out of town! :o)

B-U-T… I have something else to share with you…something you’ll like better than me rehashing what happened in my sewing room. I have a dress to show you… Yes, it’s Rebecca’s Civil War dress dress…unfinished in the back, pins holding the hem up, and still lots to do to get it finished but I decided no teaser shots… I wanted to show you I had been busy on it… and it will be done as soon as I can…

My cutting table area and my picture taking area still need to be finished so my pictures taken against the goldish paneling in my sewing room aren’t the greatest…


I looked at both buttons that could be used as a brooch and decided this one was the best one. It was the one most of you voted for, but several of you liked the other one better. Somehow when I put them on the finished dress front, it was the button to use…


So while I’m off galavanting with my hubby, you can enjoy these few pictures of Rebecca and dream of what else will be included with this set! Since I’m not sewing on it today, you can send along any ideas you might have for it too!




See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A few more pics from my sewing room and Guess Who’s Next?

My hubby was in my sewing room talking to me about a few ideas he had for some things I still need. I think he knows what he’s talking about so I’m going to see what happens… [Never take light of what your “handyman” suggests!] I have just a few more pictures of things in my room and I’ll get on to some sewing… Oh, and I got my living room cleaned up…finally!

Someone asked about where my props were and I thought I’d show you where they ended up… in my blue stenciled cabinet… It’s nice and clean on the inside since I painted it white and things show up very well. It’s easy to see where things are.



The pretty little box on top of the cabinet holds my little girls patterns that I decided to keep and some ladies patterns of mine. I have tons of patterns to sell… in time I’ll get to them…


Something else I changed was how I store my flowers I use on hats… I used to have them in this kind of big cardboard compartmentalized box kind of thingy…
but now they are in a plastic container that has 8 sections… just enough for all my flowers… It has a handle and is very easy to move to the table when I’m working on a hat…



I also wanted to show a closeup picture of the piece I have on the wall behind my sewing machine. A few months ago when my hubby were out of town and at an antique shop, I found this section of the foot treadle on an old sewing machine. It’s cast iron and weighs a ton. I have 5 strong nails holding it up.. It’s actually NAILED to the wall. I didn’t want this baby falling on me EVER! You can see on the bottom where your heels would rest and then there is a kind of “foot looking” design, where your feet would rest and rock the cast iron piece back and forth making the machine go. I didn’t realize the left side to the rod was missing until we were on our way home… oh well, I liked it because it had what looks like a W in the middle of it… I’m probably thinking it belonged on a White sewing machine, but I liked it because it’s the letter my last name starts with!



When I’m standing in the living room, sometimes I think it looks like a covered wagon… anyone else see that?

I had to go to town today and pick up one thing I needed for something at Joann’s and when I walked in the door, I saw these very pretty decorative boxes… (on sale for 40% off I might add) and since the big one I have right now with my patterns in it is actually a Christmas one, I decided to buy a Fall one… well, not one, but 2…a big one and a smaller one. I transferred my patterns to it and think it looks very pretty against my newly painted wall.




OKAY…. BIG NEWS HERE… I HAVE DECIDED ON WHO WILL BE NEXT!!! It’s going to be Rebecca and she’ll be wearing a new Civil War dress! I think it was Laura who suggested it… and that’s what I had been thinking, so it kind of confirmed it to me.

I do need your opinion though.. I have 2 buttons that I could use for “brooches” and need to know what you think of them. The one on the left has a more pointed star or snowflake kind of look but it mimics the design in the fabric very well..the purple isn’t quite as bright as it appears in my pictures…
The other button is more greenish and picks up the colors very well too… so it’s pretty much just a matter of opinion… If you’d like to leave a comment about which one you like best, that would be wonderful…





So, here we go… my first dress in my new Sewing room. I can’t wait to get started…BUT… my sister from PA is coming in this evening and it will be a quick trip… just 3 days, so I won’t get much sewing done on it… but I wanted to let you know what WILL be coming soon!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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