Too Many Pictures…

Hi everyone,
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! We did…just us and the kids…and too much food! I’m used to cooking for bigger crowds at gatherings but the nice thing is, we have lots of leftovers now!!
We watched “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and just visited all day.

In the afternoon, Kristoffer started doing things on my new computer again. He had already transferred gobs of my pictures off my old computer, but I needed them moved to Picasa and I really hoped he could get them matched up with their name and date. AND he did it!!! Hallelujah!!

We thought all was well…UNTIL…we discovered my pictures from 2010 until now weren’t on there, so he worked until midnight trying to get them all transferred over. He had to get home because he has to work in the morning, but he said to leave the computer on to keep loading the pictures. (He didn’t want me to bother anything, so I’m writing this on my phone.) Kristoffer said he would come back tomorrow after work and get the rest of my files and pictures loaded!! The fun thing is, I think I saw some pictures going by that you haven’t seen!!!
You know what he kept saying to me??? “Good Grief, mom…you have SO many pictures!!!”
You know what I said? “It’s what I do!”

Maybe I’ll have everything all transferred over by tomorrow and can get in there and find some of those new pictures!

In the meantime, no pictures today, but you probably won’t notice, because everyone will probably be out shopping for next year’s Christmas gifts, won’t you?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Part 2 of my 2017 Doll Dresses in Review…

I know it’s Saturday and you might be scrambling around trying to finish up what’s on your Christmas lists, but I hope you’ll take time to peek at the rest of my dresses from 2017. If you missed yesterday’s post, you might want to go back and see it, as it was the dresses I made the first half of 2017. (HERE)

Let’s get started on what was happening in May. Kirsten was looking awfully sweet in “Pretty on the Prairie.”

My top seller of 2017 was this next dress set, being modeled by Addy. I called it “Southern Charm” and she certainly was charming in this one. I bought this fabric at a little quilt shop down in Cape Girardeau, MO, and after it had sold, and I was back at the shop, I showed the ladies that worked there, some pictures of it on my phone…and I’m not kidding, they ooooohhhed and aaaahhhhhed like nobody ever has before. They told me when I came back through Cape, to come on a Tuesday, because they would both be working and they wanted to see what else I would be making… :o) (Sorry for the picture overload on this one… I guess they weren’t the only ones who liked it!) :o)

“Blissful in Blue” was a beautiful Regency gown modeled by Elizabeth.

Now we’re getting into June and Molly is showing off a set that I had a lot of fun with. I called this one “The Babysitter.” I had fun redoing a little baby doll I found…

It’s Felicity’s turn again and she’s showing off “Colonial Rose.” This was another favorite of mine for the year…

Another new girl came to live at my house… Meet Nora in “Victorian Elegance.”

…and then finally, after a 3 year long wait for my doll to be painted, Emmie was finished and this was her debut dress… “Dainty and Demure.”

It’s Ten Ping’s turn again… this time with a “new face” by Lana Dobbs. Here she is in “Teddy Bear Tea Party.”

We are in September now and Rebecca is modeling a Civil War dress called “Apple Butter Sweet.”

Patsy Tonner was thrilled to be modeling a dress made form this pretty fabric. I called this one “Autumn Leaves.”

Molly takes a turn again and is in “Autumn Lace.”

We’re almost out of months AND dresses. Felicity gets the second to last dress of the year… This was called “Fall Fancy” and believe me, it was… I made a custom hat for it from straw and think Felicity looked darling in this set.

My last dress of 2017 was modeled by Lian, my 13″ Dianna Effner, Little Darling. Unbelievably, this was the only dress she modeled for me all year long… Here she is in “Christmas Snowflakes.” What a little sweetheart she is!

Okay, now that I’m officially out of dresses, you may go shopping! :o) I hope you enjoyed today’s…oops… this years dresses!

See you in a few days… If you’re leaving to go somewhere for Christmas, drive safely and have a wonderful time!

Blessings, Jeanne

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2017 Holly Dolly Fashion Show!

Hi everyone,
You are in for a real treat today… Normally, I’m the one showcasing my dresses from the past year, but today, there is something really special to see… I asked my readers to share a few of their dolls in their most favorite Christmas dresses… You didn’t disappoint! They are all lovely and I hope you enjoy seeing everyone else’s dolls in their Christmas finery!

I have to thank my daughter, Rebecca, for helping me with this… She even came up with the title… I think I’m rubbing off on her… She wanted to do a fancy presentation, but she was worried that some might not have the Power Point program, so we just decided to present it the way I usually post things. She had everyone’s pictures in a frame like the one you see at the beginning of the slide show… with the ornaments, and it was so pretty! I was imagining putting a Christmas song in the background, but that never was able to materialize. Anyway, I think you’ll enjoy everyone’s pictures. A few ladies sent a few more than two pictures and I was going to enlarge them and figure out which ones to use, but in the end, I just decided you all wouldn’t mind an extra picture or two from someone… So let the “2017 Holly Dolly Fashion Show” begin…

Most all of the photos will enlarge if you click on them…

Ingrid was the first one to submit a picture of some dresses, but she said she was behind in getting her dolls dressed for Christmas, so white dresses would have to do… (I’m sorry for Ingrid’s picture of her girls in the white dresses, being sideways on your phones and ipads… I don’t know why that happened to that particular picture. On my computer it’s right side up and so I decided to keep it that way…)

But a few days ago, she found a Christmas picture to send me… Thanks so much Ingrid… your girls are just lovely…

Charlotte Trayer sent a picture of Heather in a dress that she received from a Christmas Swap back in 2015. I’m pretty sure it was the Ning group swap… Yes, that’s Shadow Embroidery on the front…isn’t it lovely? Heather is also modeling the green dress…

Delaney is her second doll and she’s dressed in a swap outfit that Charlotte received in 2016. It’s an ornament “sweater” from Michael’s that had the back adapted to fit the dolls.

Dorothy King bought an Iplehouse BID (Baby Iplehouse Doll) named Elin, (like mine), but changed her name to Elyse. She’s beautiful, isn’t she?

Dorothy also wanted to share Charlotte Noelle, a Little Darling, by Dianna Effner, that she just received this month!

Linda said her 2 favorite dresses from American Girl were these… shown on Molly and Susan. Molly is in her green velvet dress and Susan has on Addy’s Plaid Tartan dress.

This next picture from Linda features Betsy McCall and Ivy. Betsy is in a darling crocheted dress and Ivy is in American Girl’s Sparkly Plum. They are standing in the bay window, by the small Christmas tree that Linda has in her bedroom.

Moving on, let’s see what Shara has to share…She sent me pictures of 4 girls in red silk smocked dresses… My Meadow 18″ Saffi, 14″ Avery, 11″ Tella and her Little Darling wanted to get in on the modeling too. Beautiful dresses, Shara! (I’m sorry, but Shara’s pictures won’t enlarge.)

Mary C just finished crocheting this outfit for her “unmarked French” head mold-Bleuette friend. It was originally a knitted pattern by LSdS for Bleuette, but since she doesn’t read French, she adapted the pattern and crocheted it! Nicely done, Mary!

Here we have Santa’s helpers from Sissy LIngle. She sent me a picture of Giggi and Patti, who are 10″ BID’s by My Meadow. They are helping Santa and look adorable in their Christmas rompers! Very sweet, Sissy!

Leigh made a matching dress set for her daughter, Melissa, and her doll, back in 1980. The dresses were a red calico print with a white eyelet pinafore on top… How sweet is this picture? Thanks Leigh!

It looks like Joy’s girls are doing some baking… and don’t they look like they’re having fun? I love this little set up Joy! Cute, cute, cute!!!

Kathie sent me these pictures of her 13″ Little Darlings around the Christmas tree. Oh, how beautiful they look!

Paula has some very pretty pictures of her favorite Christmas dresses… Trisha is in a red plaid with a black velvet bodice. (I’m flattered, because I made the two different (but same plaid) dress sets in her pictures.)

Paula’s second picture is of Quintessa in a red plaid dress with a black velvet capelet!

Shara wanted to share a few more pictures of a commissioned dress that she made last year. Eden is modeling a darling dress with a black velvet bodice and a net lace skirt, over taffeta. Just a hint of red in the form of a bow makes it look extra special… Thanks Shara!

Hanna Davis shared something I thought was very sweet. She didn’t have any pictures of Christmas dresses, but she did have one of a pink Easter dress. She went ahead and sent it and said, “We remember the Lord at both times!” How right she is! I loved it, Hanna!

Susette wanted to send along her favorite pictures of her girls in Christmas outfits… There are several dolls in her pictures and they all look so sweet! Look closely at her pictures so you can see everything! Susette said Molly’s apron is reversible and has a Valentines Day pattern on the other side. She’s wearing the American Girl Velvet Green Overalls under that apron. The girls are having a casual Christmas Party after a sleigh ride and snowball fight! The other girls are showing off their Christmas sweaters…she even made the tablecloths too!

April wanted to get in on the picture show and sent along these pictures… She’s waiting on a 2nd hip replacement and said she’s been out of the sewing loop this past year, but these are some of her past creations. I hope you enjoy them…

I hope you enjoyed “today’s presentation!” I did! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Yay for me…I have my first Christmas present done…

A few ladies mentioned in their comments how far behind they are in getting ready for Christmas… well, I believe I just might take the trophy!!! I’m not going to dwell on what can’t be helped, but rather be happy for the small things I have done that brought Christmas cheer to someone.
I took 3 bags of Christmas goodies to the clerks at the Post Office and they were overjoyed!
I left a bag of goodies for my mailman…he’ll be thrilled too! He’s such a good mailman, delivering all my dolls and boxes.
When I was at the Goodwill the other day with Bithar, she saw a baby crib and said she hoped it would be there for a few more days. Well, I told my hubby and he went the next day and got it…we delivered it to them today and they were beyond thrilled!

So, that’s what I’ve gotten accomplished toward Christmas…EXCEPT for my one present! It’s for my brother…well, it’s mostly for his boys…but he gets just as excited as they do.
I put together another “Cool Spoons in a Box” for them after one of my nephews asked the last time he was here, if I could do another box like I did last year for them… how could I not???

Here’s a look at last years box and the post, (HERE) if you’d like to read it.

I found lots of goodies for their box this year and remembered to include the maraschino cherries and hot fudge! Gotta have those two things to make a really good sundae!! All they have to do is supply their favorite ice cream!

I bought the beautiful box at Joann Fabrics… (60% off!!!) It is very elegant and I think Jennifer will like it.

I’ll have to see what kinds of things I can get accomplished tomorrow! :o)
Thanks for sticking around even when there isn’t any sewing! I had some fabric laid out and was hoping to get one more dress made before the end of the year, but that’s looking pretty slim right now… I keep telling myself, it’s just a season in my life, it’ll be over soon… :o)

Hope you’re getting a lot done!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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