Teaching your dolls to sew…

The other day I missed showing Susette’s roses when we were talking about flowers in our yards… I wanted to make sure I didn’t leave them out…aren’t they pretty? This is how things grow in California! :o)

I always wanted to find a little sewing machine for my dolls because I thought it would be fun to do a post about them learning to sew. I’ve seen the ones from the Queen’s Treasures, but they usually go for $50-$100…a bit too pricey for me. I’ve watched and watched for one to be on Ebay and finally found one a while back. It was $17.00… I was actually wanting to wait until I had a story line and a dress started for one of my little girls, before I showed it to you, but decided I would go ahead and let you see it. It is actually a music box and plays The Blue Danube Waltz. As it plays the needle moves up and down and so does the foot treadle. The one I bought is wood and not plastic, like some you find on Ebay. Just type in Sewing Machine Music Box and check the measurements if you are interested in one for your dolls! :o)

I knew it would just be for the small dolls of mine and Trixie got the honors of showing you how she looks sitting at it… I think Ten Ping might have to sit on a pillow when she sews…

Patsy didn’t want to be in the pictures because she was nude…oops, snapped one without her knowing it…

We found her a top… just a top… with undies… so we could finish this post without having to rate it R!

I had a little chair that worked pretty well with her sitting in it…

She’s a pretty good fit for it…

I will probably take off this blue and red scrap of fabric and change it out for a piece of what the doll is sewing on at the time…

Here are a few shots of the machine without Trixie in the pictures…

You can see the music box and the wind up key in this picture a little better…

Nora is still standing on my cutting table with pins still poking out of her shoulders…holding on her necklace piece… My day was crazy busy and the only time I sat down was to eat supper and then to do this post… It’s now 11:15 and I only made it into my sewing room to take pictures of Trixie at the machine. I’m hoping tomorrow might be a sewing day! I bet you hope so too… I’ll already tell you, Anne thought of the title for Nora’s dress…. “Victorian Elegance.” Isn’t that pretty?

I’ll see you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Let’s have that GIVEAWAY today…

My sisters stayed a few more hours (YAY) and there was no time to work on taking pictures of Addy’s new “Southern Charm” dress, but I’m hoping for some “picture time” Tuesday! Rebecca made a pretty necklace for it and I think I’m finally done with it now. (Addy has enjoyed her extra time in the dress, knowing that she’ll have to give it up soon…)

My daughter, Rebecca, also made some other necklaces for the American Girl dolls and that’s what my GIVEAWAY will be for today….in celebration of my 1000th post on Friday. If you missed that post, you can see it HERE.

My sisters and mom and I did a fair amount of shopping this week, and I got to thinking about what it is that I love to shop for the most… clothes wise that is. My favorite items to look for are 3/4 length sleeve cardigan sweaters… they can be prints or solids or even florals. I have several and can “always” use more. :o) I like the thinner sweaters made from the softest cottons.

SO… this time, to get in on the drawing for a free necklace for your American Girl doll, instead of just commenting and saying, “I like necklace # so and so,” why don’t you tell me, in the comment area below, or by email, (Contact Me), what is YOUR favorite clothing item to look for when you are out shopping. That is how you’ll be entered into the drawing for a necklace.

Okay, so here are the necklaces that you can pick from if your name is drawn out as the winner. You have until midnight tonight (Central IL time zone) to leave your comment and then I’ll pick a name. I’ll let you know tomorrow who the winner is. The ones that aren’t picked will be listed in my Etsy shop as soon as I get a chance.

If you click on any of the pictures, they will enlarge.

Well, that’s a lot to pick from and I hope YOU are the winner tomorrow!

See you then,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Okay, now it’s MY turn…

Oh, my goodness, I never expected what you all wrote yesterday. I was expecting… “I like the sewing tips the best” or “I like it when you show a dress in the works” or “I like visiting with the other readers” or “I like looking at your archived pictures” or “I like your human interest stories best” but not what you all wrote. (If you missed yesterdays’s post, I asked “What do you like best about my blog/ or what keeps bringing you back to my blog posts?” You can see that post HERE…and the comments below.)

I was so humbled by your kind words and sweet comments and wanted so desperately to answer each one back but my company was here and I didn’t think it was very nice to head off to my computer and leave them in the living room with Reuben and my hubby. I have absolutely no clue how 2 1/2 short years could produce so many wonderful friends all around the world.

After reading all your comments 3 times myself and then once to my hubby, I wanted to share what “I” like about my blog.

First, I love reading what you have to share back with me about what I’ve shared… I LOVE to hear from everyone and get their take on things. I love it when someone shares something and then other readers comment on their comments. It’s nice when I’m busy and someone just “starts” something and you all jump on the bandwagon to chime in.

I love to see who will “have tea or coffee with me” each day… I DO notice if you are missing from “across the table.” I think we would have a very nice time if we ever got together… I MEAN ALL OF US!

I love how thoughtful you are to each other…and me… you really are the kindest group of ladies (and gents) I’ve ever known…

I love how you stick around and “see each doll dress through to the end” even when you don’t have that doll. You still give your opinions and thoughts on what I’m making.

One of my favorite things about my blog is how some of you share your knowledge with us. I’ve learned SO MUCH about SO many different things from many of you… book reviews, history of certain dolls, recipes you’ve shared with me, links to things you think are interesting and many other topics. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know it all about the dolls I sew for, so when someone shares information about them, I’m all ears.

I LOVE sewing and really enjoy sharing my creations with you… my blog is the perfect outlet for showing the dress from start to finish and then selling it. It’s fun that you sometimes watch the end of the auctions with me…it’s like I have a little cheering section all of my own.

I love sewing, but sometimes life gets in the way, or maybe not gets in the way… just sort of takes over for a bit, but you don’t seem to mind. That’s nice because sometimes I just can’t do sewing… (like the last few days with my sisters and company here.)

I love how you make me accountable in my sewing… I mean I can’t put out a shoddy product…TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE WATCHING ME! You challenge me to do things the very best way I can…. and take no shortcuts…even if it means ripping something out!

I’ve received some really wonderful gifts and cards and other blessings and I’d be very ungrateful if I didn’t say how much I loved them…thank you so much!

The prayers that you have prayed for my hubby and me and my family are one thing I can’t thank you enough for… I am truly blessed to have so many of you caring and concerned for us… well, that just made me tear up…

It’s nice to have such eager readers who think I know something they might like to know too. I’m really not that much different than anyone who sews. Maybe I have experience on my side a little bit more than some who sew, but I hope I never ever come across as a “know it all” because I certainly don’t know it all… I just love to share what I do know…

As you may have guessed, I’m writing this post off the top of my head, in no particular order… let’s see, what else do I love about my blog?

I love buying new fabrics and then having you to share them with. That’s fun!

I love sitting down at my computer and thinking, “Hmmm… what did I do today that I can share with everyone?” My life isn’t totally about sewing but it plays a big part… you make me think about new things and try new things and I research and study things that I might not ever give a second thought to if I didn’t have this blog.

Most of all, I just love visiting with each of you every day. It gives me a wonderful feeling inside to know that you are blessed by my small little talks we have each day. I couldn’t do what I do without you… well, I could, I guess, but it wouldn’t be much fun. You truly are dear friends to me and what a gift I have been given!

I wasn’t expecting what you all wrote, so I was a little hard pressed to come up with a reply back to you…tomorrow, I’ll probably think of a million other things I should have said, but I guess I’ll call it quits for now.

I did do a little sewing the last few days. Both of my sisters have new grand babies; Cindy has 2 new little grandsons and Deb has a new granddaughter, so I made them each a bib. I used to make hundreds of these and sell them at our local Farmer’s Market. They are machine embroidered and I used fingertip towels.

I don’t like posts without a single picture, so let’s do something about that…

(If you click on the pictures they will enlarge.)

Here’s a close up…

Well, now that you’ve seen a few pictures, I guess I can sign off for today.

Have a wonderful weekend
I’ll see you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Doll dresses you’ve never seen before… from 2007…

One of my readers, Barbara, emailed me a while back letting me know she had some pictures of my dresses from a long time ago. She said she loved them and had printed them out on paper and asked me if I would like copies of them? I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to see what I had made 10 years ago. They came a few days ago and were all from 2007. There were even a couple I had forgotten I had made. I wish I had the 2006 dresses…my first year of sewing for the dolls, but *alas* 2007 will be fun for today…

Want to see what Jeanne Marie was up to 10 years ago… You’ll see my first Addy doll, my first Kit doll, my first Kirsten and Samantha. Some of them you will probably have seen before, but see if you can spot the “newbies!”

Okay, let’s walk down Memory Lane…don’t forget, they are printed on paper and then I took pictures of them with my camera…so they aren’t super crisp. You can also click on them to make them enlarge…

So….if you saw these dresses on Ebay 10 years ago, which one would you have bid on? OR NOT?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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