I could have the BIGGEST dolly tea party…

A few weeks ago my hubby put in a new kitchen sink for a couple from church. A few days later they brought over her famous Korean Bolgogi as a thank you. Her husband and my hubby took a trip out to see the chickens and she came inside. I had one of my doll dresses waiting to be sold on Ebay, so I asked her if she’s like to see what I did…she was thrilled at my sewing room and especially my dolls. She asked lots of questions and was interested in the little pieces of furniture I used as props.

Well, Sunday she was excited to see me at church and said she had something to give me. She said her daughter was growing up and not playing with her dolls so much anymore and she hoped I could use these tea sets. They are a nice American Girl size and that rose colored tea pot is adorable.

The other set is a Precious Moments set.
It has the cutest picture on the pitcher.

It got me to wondering just how many tea set pieces I owned…so I got them all out and set them on a table top. The sweet thing is…they have ALL been given or sent to me! Look at all these pieces…

I could have the biggest Tea Party and I think I counted 16 cups, so lots of dolls could attend!

There are varied sizes of tea sets from American Girl size all the way down to Ten Ping’s size.

Just thought I’d share a few pictures with you… Tea anyone???

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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From Crinolines to Cars…

First of all… if you haven’t seen it yet, I did manage to get Rebecca’s Civil War dress finished and listed on Ebay Saturday evening. I ended up calling the set “Apple Butter Sweet,” which was suggested by Linda. From the moment I read that name, it started spinning things in my brain and I knew a little jar of apple butter would be involved. The story line evolved a little at a time until I finally liked how it all went together.
You can click on the picture at the right side bar to be taken to the Ebay listing, or you can click HERE.

Here it is…

I made her “apple butter” by using sienna acrylic paint and dropping a few squirts into these fun little glass jars I found at Hobby Lobby. They are very tiny and I don’t think they are too small for the American Girl dolls. They might be “considered” pints… :o) I rolled the paint around in the jar for a day and when it appeared to be sticking to the sides, I poured out the excess… and then glued the lid on tightly and added the blue ribbon!

The jars will work for a few different dolls… the 13″ Little Darlings and even tiny Ten Ping picked one up and said she’d like some apple butter too! :o)

I ended up making a boned crinoline out of some gauze fabric I had and it is very soft and lightweight… It works well at holding out Rebecca’s dress.

Sunday morning my hubby announced there was a Classic Car showing in Cape Girardeau, MO, and Rebecca decided she’d like to go if we went. (This makes 3 weeks in a row for us) We scrambled as quickly as we could after church to get on the road, but it started raining here. I mean REALLY pouring down buckets of rain. The radar on my phone said it was clear in Cape, so we called one of the antique shops to see what the weather was like there. They said it was 82 and hot! So we kept driving… hoping that the weather wouldn’t be bad at the car show. Well, the rain stopped on the way and just as we were crossing over the Mississippi River going into Cape, it started sprinkling… and when we found the car show it was still raining… SO… we dug out the umbrella’s and looked at the cars in the rain… But pretty soon it stopped and then it got hot again…

Anyway, there were many, many cars lined up the streets and down by the river walls. They went on for blocks and blocks… and the streets were even closed off for this event. Now, I don’t know anything about cars, except that I “like this one and don’t like that one…” but my hubby and Rebecca knew the years of the cars before they even saw the sticker in the windows. They had fun looking at engines and tires and the insides of the cars. I just went for the ride… :o) So, maybe you can show these to your hubby and see if he knows what kind they are… because I didn’t take notes when I was taking the pictures… You’ll be happy to know that I took 48 pictures and narrowed it down to 8! :o) This is a dolly/sewing blog, not a hot rod blog!

Here’s one of the streets blocked off…the cars went down as far as you could see… we didn’t go to the very end…

My hubby was explaining something to Rebecca in this picture… beats me what it was…I was just the photographer…

I know this is a Corvette!

Another teaching moment…

I don’t know how many trophies they gave out, but they had rows and rows and rows of them… Surely everyone got one!

Last week my hubby found their family tractor, and this time my hubby found his family’s old farm truck… this was the same year and make of the one they had… of course their’s wasn’t this spiffy!

Well that’s it for today… Crinolines to cars… hope you enjoyed it!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I need a name for this Civil War dress…any suggestions?

Well, the Alterations Lady (that would be me!), managed to get the problem fixed with Rebecca’s dress. I’m not exactly sure what happened… maybe the fabric stretched a little bit when I pressed it, or perhaps it had a wrinkle underneath it when I cut the bodice out, or maybe when I stitched on the lace it pulled it out of shape just a bit, but for some reason one shoulder was almost 1/4″ longer than the other side. You could see it best in last night’s picture….

It took a while to rip the stitches out and redo the sleeve seam, but I finally got it! Oh happy day!

Much better, don’t you think?

Then it was time to get all the snaps sewn on… There were only 3 sets in the back of the bodice and one on each sleeve, so I got by pretty easy on this dress.

I hemmed the dress by hand and tried to make it tea length where the pantalettes could be seen…

I used the same lace on them as on the bodice, and I decided to leave them plain so they could be worn with other dresses if the winner likes. My lace was only about 4″ wide so I made the top of the pantalettes out of a printed cotton fabric. I know they had drawstring waists in the Civil War undergarments, but with all the different sized waists on dolls these days, I decided to use elastic. It won’t be seen and will work for any doll.

Here’s one last look at the dress… Now I need a name for it to use on my Ebay listing and YOU ALL ARE SO GOOD AT THINKING OF NAMES… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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The shed is finished but the dress is NOT…

PLEASE NOTE: my brown and green handmade hats are ending this evening. If you want to check them out, you can click on the pictures at the right side bar or you can click HERE for the brown one, and HERE for the green one…

Well, everyone, I tried, but only one thing managed to get finished today…the shed! It is all newly stained and supposedly good for five years. ..I certainly hope so. I don’t relish the idea of doing that again. The only thing is, now my hubby thinks the chicken coop looks kind of shabby, so it might be next on his/my to-do list… (you can see where the Mulberry tree got a slight haircut!)

I had the evening to myself and skipped doing my dishes so I could spend some time working on Rebecca’s dress. I have the snaps sewn on the sleeve cuffs and I decided to add just a little bit of interest using some gray/blue embroidery floss and run it through the beading. Then I decided on the cameo for a brooch.

The back has another placket so the skirt doesn’t open all the way to the hem…it will have a regular finished edge all the way around. (It’s just serged right now.)

I kept looking at pictures and couldn’t figure out what was wrong, but something looked off on the dress… the white lace part.

I measured from the brooch to each side and it seemed to come out the same, but when I saw this picture, I knew what the problem was.

I took my tape measure and measured from the seam where the collar was sewn on to the sleeve seam, and there was the difference. You can see where I’ve marked it. It’s a little less than 1/4″, but it really stands out to me in that white lace. That sleeve needs to be moved in a bit… I knew something was wrong…but it will be righted. Here’s one last look before it gets sent back to the “alterations lady” for “repairs!”

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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