Some random pictures and thoughts today…

In case you hadn’t guessed, I’ve been a little bit “stretched” lately and it’s not showing any signs of stopping!! My hubby and I worked at my mom’s house this morning and afternoon; sorting through things that needed to go to Goodwill, the trash, combined into the same area, and just lots of other jobs. Then we stopped by her new apartment and took her a few things… Today was her best day I think… she had her TV on and her apartment was pretty neat. She had lost her keys twice today, but it’s going to take some time for her to remember to get them when she walks out the door. I have to tell you this cute story… She asked my hubby if it was a sin to play Bingo. *smile* Someone had asked her if she wanted to play and she wasn’t sure what to do. She wanted to know what to do if money was involved. I told her I’m sure the prizes were probably candy or something like that. (and I found out it WAS candy that was given for the prizes!) When we assured her it was okay, she seemed like she was ready to play… I hope she does! :o)

After we left her place we came home and I had 45 minutes before I had to be at a friends house. She asked me to help her with the food preparation for the Staff Christmas party from church Wednesday night. We chopped up peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, grapes, kiwi, pineapple, carrots, celery, apples and more. We made fruit dip and bread dip and got the roast beef sliders ready to put together, we wrapped prosciutto around asparagus… and did a million other little tasks, so tomorrow night wouldn’t be quite so hectic. It was 8:30 when I got home…

My computer has been on the fritz lately and Rebecca was helping me figure out what I needed to buy… (I’m pretty sure it’s coming down the pike…) Kristoffer said he could build me one, but I don’t have time to wait on him to do it… I need one, like…yesterday! I want to make sure I have all my pictures transferred… that’s what I’m concerned about the most.. all my pictures.

So… that brings us to now… it’s 10:30 and I need a blog post…

I am very far behind in answering some emails from some of my readers and have had a few ladies email me pictures and guess what? I’m using them today… today’s post will be one with “something for everyone!!!” I hope you find something that makes you smile in all the pictures below… They did me… :o)… see?

The first pictures are from the winner of the Colonial dress that I had made for Felicity. This lady had just received an Elizabeth (Lizzie) doll and was thrilled to have this new “Fall Fancy” dress to put on her. I think Lizzie looks wonderful in it!

(If you click on any picture, it will enlarge.)

Joy, from California, sent me some pictures a while back too. The first picture surely had to hit close to home as she and her hubby had their car packed up and was ready to leave at a moment’s notice because of all the wild fires… Look what these Sonoma County people did in spite of losing everything…

Joy and her hubby have been going through old photos etc. at her husband’s parents old home. She sent a picture of this fabric store in Santa Rosa. She thinks it might be from around 1910 or so. Most of town was destroyed in the 06 earthquake so she’s dating it from that. Anyway, can’t you just imagine sitting on one of those stools while the employees laid out fabric to view. Joy told me she thinks laces are stored in all the little boxes. It’s a pretty incredible picture, isn’t it? Also note the gas lighting above.

I got this email a little while later from Joy with an update…
“So looks like that photo is a bit older than 1910 because I found a pic of the front of the store in the library archives and also found that the owner started the dry goods store in 1889. This was apparently only one portion of the store which also carried just about everything else. It was located across from the courthouse in the photo I saw. Courthouse and all of downtown was completely leveled in 1906. Just an interesting piece of history to me. ~ Joy”

Jenna visited my Etsy shop and bought a pair of white gloves with black satin bows for her Molly doll. She had a black and white scotty dog print dress and thought the gloves would complete the set… Molly looks pretty cute, doesn’t she?

Linda sent me some pictures from a trip she made to The Gardenland Express at Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis. Since Linda lives in St. Louis, she might take it for granted just how beautiful this is.. but for the rest of us who can only view it from your pictures, get ready to feast your eyes on some gorgeous sites!!! Linda, they are just fabulous pictures…

One of Linda’s pictures “accidentally” got in the mix… but I think you have some real talent there Linda! Maybe you could get a job at the Gardenland Express! I think your Christmas scene fits right in!!! I had to show it! :o) It’s her kitchen shelf…I was going to mix it in with the others, but decided to tease her just a bit!

Well, that’s going to be it for today… one of these days I’m going to actually make it back into my sewing room… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Elizabeth said, “Hey, what about all the Colonial dresses I’VE modeled?”

“Sorry, Elizabeth, I was laying in bed last night, when I realized I had more dresses from the Colonial era that YOU had modeled…” I thought it was only fair that I show everyone “her” dresses! I don’t think anyone will mind.

Let’s start the slideshow with Elizabeth as the center of attention!

This is one of my very favorite pictures on ANY of my dolls. I just LOVED Elizabeth’s long neck in pictures!

Whew! I think we are done with Colonial dresses… except to find out what happens with Fall Fancy! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A look back at my many Felicitys modeling my many dresses for her…

As I listed Felicity’s new Fall Fancy dress, I thought back at the many dresses I have made my 3 different Felicity dolls and thought you’d like to go back in time with me as we look at some of them…

I have a list of the dresses but sadly I am missing pictures of the first dozen or more. I wish I had pictures of them so you could see how I have improved in my sewing for her. I am the first to admit some of them are a bit lacking in Colonial realism… I was trying but hadn’t quite gotten it all together! :o)

these are the ones I’m missing…
Spring Splendor, Blue Beauty, Classic Colonial, Aqua Stripe, Graceful in Green, Colonial Charm Polonaise, Blue Polonaise, Green and Gold for Felicity, Burgundy Beauty, Simply Sweet Khaki, Christmas Charm, Radiant in Red, Green Apples for Felicity.

I thought I’d show you the dress and then zoom in on one aspect of it… maybe my favorite part of the dress…starting with my oldest dresses from back in 2007…

Okay, so now we’re all caught up to today’s dress…

Now, just from a learning point of view… what do you think I have improved the most on since I started making dresses for Felicity? I’m a big girl, I can take it… I LOVE constructive criticism… that’s how I improve… :o)

Or if you don’t feel you can say anything, perhaps you can pick a favorite… that might be just as hard to do… :o)

Thanks for being such great fans of my blog.. I’ve gotten some really nice emails lately and some new subscribers… Welcome all the newbies! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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The Giveaway Winners and Felicity’s “Fall Fancy” is Finally Finished!

There’s no sense in me putting anything here first but the names of the winners, because I know you’ll skip over anything that’s not Giveaway related… So without delay, there were 25 people who entered the Giveaway and weren’t the entries for favorite side dishes wonderful! It made me so hungry. Dressing/Stuffing was the big winner and there were probably a dozen different recipes represented for it!

Okay, okay… I put everyone’s name down and shuffled the pieces of paper…

…and then at the stroke of midnight I drew out the first name…

Bonnie Sullivan! I forgot to mention that whoever had their name drawn first would get the white pair and the second name would get the pink pair… I hope that’s okay with the winners… so Bonnie, I’ll send out the white pair to you…just send me your address! :o)

The second name I drew out was…

… Charlotte A. So you’ll get the pink pair… You can send me an email and I’ll get your pink thigh highs out to you as well.

Thank you everyone and a special congrats to our 2 winners!

I thought you might like to see a few pictures of Felicity’s Fall Fancy dress set that has “finally” been listed on Ebay.

I didn’t show the inside lining of her hat on my Ebay listing, but you can see it…

…and here is her reticule with the knots pulled to the inside of the casing…

How about a few pictures of the dress with the yellow linen panel to the backside…

Marilyn suggested we see the dress on a dark haired doll, so I chose Nora, my #55, to do the honors…

If you would like to see the listing on Ebay and read the story line for this dress set, you can click HERE, or click on the picture at the top right side bar…

Don’t forget, Ebay changed categories around and you won’t find my dress if you just type in American Girl Felicity, like you used to be able to do. You can type in American Girl Fall Fancy and it will come up, or you can type in American Girl Felicity Doll Dress and it will come up. Ebay makes us seamstresses who sew for the dolls list our things under “modern doll clothing” so it’s hard to find things sometimes…

Well, I hope you are as happy as I am about getting this dress set listed…It seems I’ve been working on it for a very long time…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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