A few Thanksgiving questions…

Please note*****
Charlotte Trayer brought something to my attention and I wanted to make it clear on here. She was reading the printed out recipe for the Sweet Potato Souffle I showed a few days ago, and noticed the 2nd to last line said “mix until mealy.” Actually that means the pecan and brown sugar mixture. That line should have come right after it said “mix all topping ingredients until mealy, and then sprinkle over sweet potato mixture.
The topping is sprinkled just on top and not mixed in with the sweet potatoes… I’ve been making this for years and never noticed that line. Just follow my pictures…

Something happened to my satellite internet service Saturday morning and we haven’t been able to get connected. I’m writing this on my phone, but I’m not able to do anything else.
I’ll call Monday morning to see what is going on, and hopefully it will be a quick fix, but in the meantime I’m just going to have to ask you a few questions.

So everyone, fill us in if you want… here are a few questions to get you thinking…

Are you going somewhere for Thanksgiving?

Who thinks they are traveling the farthest?

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?

Do you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade?

Who has their dolls dressed up in “Thanksgiving Attire?”

Can you recall a favorite Thanksgiving?

Well, that should be enough questions to keep you busy….
I hope things are back to normal on my end Tuesday morning…

See you then,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A sneak peek at Felicity in “Fall Fancy”

I’m not finished yet and there is still plenty to finish on Felicity’s dress set, but I thought I would share a few pictures of what it looks like now.

Here’s a look at the Caraco Jacket laid out flat…

I don’t like the way the gathers look on the yellow linen fabric…sort of smooshed under the point in the front. So I’m going to fix that somehow…

I’ve still got to finish the handwork on the sleeves, add the snaps in the back, hem the skirt, decorate the hat, make a petticoat to hold out the skirt, etc. So, I still have a ways to go before I’m done. We got out the hat and Felicity wanted to show you what it looks like with the dress…

Speaking of the skirt…I wanted to make it versatile, so with this one, it can be turned around with the yellow section to the back. It will look like it’s all one piece this way…Surprise, Surprise!

So that’s what I got accomplished today…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Did you ever long for a doll so much your heart hurt? (plus a small cabinet update)

First of all, THANK YOU again for all the absolutely wonderful comments you shared yesterday. (There have been a few more comments from ladies added. If you missed yesterday’s post or want to see the new comments, you can click HERE.)I was blessed all day long as I read them. Unfortunately, my hubby decided to go along with me looking at cabinets…(I thought it was just going to be me…), and it took us most of the day to go to the different places comparing prices… Every time we got in the car, I checked my phone and someone new had posted something… It was so much fun… I even had a lady from Singapore check in! Thank you Evelyn!…and SEVERAL other newbies!

I had my heart broken twice yesterday, as the first set of cabinets just wouldn’t work in our space… (well, I take that back… some of them worked, but many didn’t and there were plenty we’d still have to buy plus the counter tops didn’t fit at all, so those would have to be bought too.) Anyway, my hubby made the call, and said, “It’s not gonna work, honey…we can’t spend that much money on something that doesn’t give us everything we need.”

But as my heart was hurting, another set of cabinets came up on Craigslist, a little past St. Louis and I was “sure” I must be the first person to inquire about them (as I was stalking Craigslist about every half hour!) I asked a few questions and proceeded to call the U-Haul place to get the quotes for renting a truck to haul them home in… I was trying not to be anxious about them, but it was hard. Right after dinner, I got an email and they had sold within the first half hour… Apparently I wasn’t the first one to see them. *sniff* *sniff*

So this morning my hubby said he’d like to go with me and look at the unfinished cabinets in a few places around here. That way, we can arrange them just the way we want. It seemed like a good idea and we got lots of information. We even looked at new stoves and counter tops too! AND… we also decided to buy a piece of laminate counter top that is very pretty. (Nothing like getting the cart before the horse…) My hubby found it in the sale section of Menard’s and it was more than half off. it was the one I liked the most and I can use it to determine what color of paint I’d like to paint the cabinets.

I realize you can’t tell anything about it, but I still had to show you…It’s called a high resolution Laminate counter top, which is supposed to be a better grade and thicker. This particular one had some little speckles in it that make it sort of glisten… not like glitter, but just very pretty.

We decided we could go ahead and use it on the one set of base cabinets on the left side of my kitchen. That way we could see if it went with the floors, if we liked the color and if it seemed too busy. Our old counter top on those cabinets just sat on top so this was a matter of taking that old crummy aqua with gold speckles off and putting the new on one… It has one tiny split in the back splash corner of it, that is barely, and I do mean barely… noticeable. The picture makes it look very big, but it’s actually only about an inch long in reality. When we were looking for what was wrong with it, we had to ask someone at the store why it was marked down. Hey, we can live with a tiny little flaw like that. What we saved will buy another cabinet! :o) My hubby is going to put some super glue or caulk on it to keep it together. I bet you can hardly see it… Okay… enough on the cabinet update…

Okay, now onto to today’s post…

Just like my title says… have you ever longed for a doll so much your heart hurt? Perhaps you were on the tail end of a closed out edition. Maybe the doll you wanted was a limited edition and they are all sold out. Maybe it is a doll that is just out of your reach monetarily! Maybe you don’t have any more room for another doll. Did you promise your hubby…”NO MORE DOLLS” but then you found this one that you just had to have…if only you could find her?

I’ve been there. When I saw Nyssa for the first time somewhere online, I was smitten like you can’t imagine. I mean I fell hard for her. She was a limited edition of only 87 dolls world wide, so you can imagine the kinds of odds that were stacked against me. It was practically impossible to think that I was EVER going to find a Nyssa doll (by Kaye Wiggs). Somehow, unbelievably, I found one… and she even came from Kaye herself. I made up this goofy poem about how I was pining away for a Nyssa doll and posted it on a doll forum. Kaye saw it and ended up selling me one of her personal dolls… so I’m a big believer in miracles.

Well, one of my readers… Judy Howard, saw a picture the other day, of my Katie Effanbee, “Mommy’s Garden Party” doll, and she said it was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. She’s got the “fever” bad and I would like to help her out if we can. I have LOTS of ladies who read this blog and thought maybe, just maybe, one of you might have this doll and might want to sell it to her… She didn’t ask me to do this, but ever since I saw those words of hers… “love at first sight” I haven’t been able to get them out of my mind. She even gave her email address in a previous comment if anyone wanted to contact her. Since everyone doesn’t see the comments I thought this was the least I could do for her… if you have one, you can email me and I’ll get her email address to you.

When I was “crazy sick” to find Nyssa, I combed the doll forums where she was shown and couldn’t get enough of her. I looked at every picture I could find and just stared at her….again, “until my heart hurt!” If you aren’t a doll lover or collector, you absolutely will think we are nuts, but we aren’t… we’re just in love!

So Judy, these pictures are for you to enjoy and tide you over till you find yours…

Have a wonderful Saturday everyone,

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I’ve been seeing LOTS of orange & black lately…

Everywhere I look there is orange and black… in the clothing stores, at Hobby Lobby, in Kroger, down town in the windows… everywhere EXCEPT my closet. I do have LOTS of black but I looked and I only have ONE tank top in orange… that’s it. I’m not an orange person! :o) Are you?

I have received a few favorite “orange and black” pictures and thought I’d share them… and then I’ll share “my” favorite orange and black photos.

Susette sent me this picture of a (ceramic, I think) pumpkin she made years ago and also she knitted (her ONE AND ONLY knitted item) the pumpkin head scarecrow. They make cute table decorations, don’t they?

If you click on the pictures, they will enlarge.

She also grows these long stemmed pumpkins… aren’t they the neatest looking things?

Molly is lookinq quite casual as she waits for some pizza!

I can’t remember if she told me this was Molly or Samantha… (I think it’s Samantha) dressed up as a witch. She doesn’t look very scary to me…

Thanks Susette!

Linda’s girls have been raiding the costume trunk, I think… look at the costumes they came up with… (I’m sure Linda had nothing to do with dressing them! Ha!)

Can you guess who is behind these beautiful green eyes?

How about this angel?

Here are a couple more…

Here is also a doll house Linda decorated…

Linda also sent me a picture of her hutch decorated for Fall…

I don’t have one orange thing out for a decoration… Oh wait, yes I do….

Okay, now it’s my turn to share my favorite orange and black doll dress… How many of you already know which one I’m referring to?

Yes, it’s this one… modeled by my 13″ Dianna Effner, Little Darling, Lian… I don’t think she EVER looked so sweet as she did for these pictures… (sorry for the picture overload, but I just LOVED them all!)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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