~ Christmas Snowflakes ~ Excuses for not getting it finished…

You’ll probably look at this dress and think, “that’s all she has finished on it?” But I have an excuse, and a good one too… I was rescuing a guinea pig from a young girls science class so he didn’t have to spend Thanksgiving break all alone! Now, isn’t that about the best excuse you’ve ever heard… and it’s TRUE too! Peanut, the guinea pig at Sara’s (my little Columbian friend) school, needed to be taken home by some student so he could be cared for over break… well, guess who volunteered? Yep, Sara… She couldn’t bring him home on the bus because the cage was too big, so her mom called me and asked if I could pick Sara up and bring Peanut and her home. After all, it’s not every day you get to transport a guinea pig, is it? So that was my first excuse for not getting more sewing done…

My second excuse was I was helping my hubby with his sawzall… he was trying to replace the switch and needed another hand. Can you tell what this means?

Me neither… (that’s a diagram of all the wires he was replacing)… so I was mostly there for “moral support” and “holding the flashlight” which is a VERY important job! :o)

My third excuse was we decided this morning that it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without friends coming over, so Wednesday evening (because my kids were off then) we are having them and Edgar, Alba and Sara over for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner… I was in the kitchen most of the day and probably will be tomorrow too… We are having Jean and Bithar over on Thursday for a Thanksgiving Dinner. I was doing things in double batches today… I made 2 double batches of corn casserole, and 2 Sweet Potato Souffles, plus did some prepping for tomorrow. This is my menu… Turkey, Corn Casserole (their favorite!) Sweet Potato Souffle, Green Beans, Company potatoes, Salad, Rolls, Kristoffer is making a Red Velvet cake and I’m going to try and make some cookies (in my spare time)… :o)

My fourth excuse was I had a zillion dishes to do from all the cooking I did… that took me quite a while.

Well, I guess you’d probably like to see some pictures now, wouldn’t you? I have the basic part of the dress all finished, it’s hand hemmed, and the snaps and buttons are sewn on the back.

I received the sweetest , daintiest, most delicate and sheer piece of embroidered batiste, (that I think must have come off a child’s dress), from Kathie a while back. I have wanted to use it on something special and I think Lian’s dress might be “it.” I haven’t cut it the right length because I wanted to make sure I was going to use it… before cutting into such a special piece of fabric. I think I’m going to make a sweet little pinafore for Lian’s dress. Then I’m thinking of having a separate lace belt that can be worn if the pinafore isn’t worn… just a thought…

Here’s one last look… I’m loving this color on Lian. Marilyn said something in her comments about Cranberries and Snowflakes…and as soon as I saw that I liked it, but I wouldn’t have enough spaces in my title on Ebay to include “Christmas” and “Red” (which needs to be added when someone is searching), so I just changed the Cranberries to Christmas… I think it works…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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My first Christmas dress of the season…

Well, sort of….it’s not entirely finished…actually, hardly started, but it’s going to be a sweet looking dress.

There were several things that kept me busy today, so sorry I never made it to your comments. It sounds like everyone is going to have a wonderful time whether they go anywhere or stay home. I love your traditions and the special things you all share with your families…thanks so much for sharing!

I guess you can see I got my computer fixed!!! I tried calling my satellite company and never could get through…so “who ya gonna call???” Kristoffer…that’s who!!! He helped me over the phone and I got back online!!! That son of ours is quite talented!!!

Would you like to see a few pictures of the first Christmas dress of the season? I asked who wanted the first Christmas dress and everyone shouted, “I do, I do,” but Lian just had a look on her face that won me over…it also helped that she looks so adorable in red!

I only have the dress cut out and the bodice and sleeves worked on. It’s pinned together but I hope you like it! I’ve had this snowflake fabric for a little while and think it’s so pretty. I was wondering who might end up with it… :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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