A Little Eye Candy from Anne…

HI everyone,
We made it home from the 100 mile yard sale and had a nice safe trip! We didn’t make it the whole 100 miles… we never have… but we probably went 40 miles. It was a long day and I have my fitbit tracker letting me know I walked a lot of steps… 11,335 so far…that’s 4.75 miles, which doesn’t seem like too terribly many, but it was in the car, out of the car, in the car, out of the car, up a hill, through the gravel, to the next house, to the next garage. It was warm but we had a nice breeze most of the day, mixed with a few sprinkles…I am exhausted so I know my hubby is. He didn’t get out of the car as much as Rebecca and I did, but he was quite the trooper! We ended the day with a nice dinner at a great Mexican restaurant and I even have “lunch” for tomorrow! I am too tired to put together a post on the things I found, but I’ll do that soon… right now all I can think of is a shower and my bed…

We saw Joy’s new Dianna Effner, Little Darling, Libby a few days ago. If you missed seeing her, she’s worth checking out HERE.

I also knew Anne had received a Little Darling recently too, but couldn’t find the pictures she sent me. I asked her to resend them and thought I’d share little Miss Isabella Jayne with you today. You’ll be pleased to see Anne’s sweet cutie in some of the prettiest and sweetest dresses! Isabella Jayne was painted by Magalie and I don’t think Anne had to wait too terribly long for her. Anne named her middle name after her best friend, Jayne, whom she has been friends with since 2nd grade!!!

This is the outfit she arrived in when Anne opened her box. It was made by Magalie and isn’t it sweet on Isabella Jayne?

I think this next pink outfit must be a skirt with interchangeable tops…see what you think…

This is one adorable blue and pink smocked dress… so dainty looking! One picture with her teddy and one with her hat!

Two pictures here too, one with a hair bow and one with a hat!

Anne, I hope Isabella Jayne has enjoyed her 15 minutes of fame here today! What a true Little Darling she is! Thanks for letting me share her!

Don’t forget about Addy’s Civil War Dress, “Southern Charm,” listed on Ebay and ending Sunday evening. You can see it HERE.

See you Monday morning,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Let’s see if you like any of these Civil War dresses…

Breaking news: Joy just received the proof picture of her new doll. That means her new Effner Little Darling doll will be mailed very soon and she can’t wait! She’s been waiting for about 1- 1/2 years for Joyce Mathews to paint her. Look at this picture… the doll is a knock out…I mean drop your chin, gorgeous! I forgot to ask Joy if she had already thought of a name for her…

(Anne also sent me pictures of her new doll and I searched and searched but can’t find her pictures… Anne, if you read this, maybe can you send them to me again?)

My hubby started it! He said he thought this new “Southern Charm” Civil War dress was his favorite so far. I mentioned in my blog that he’d said it and several of you agreed with him. I was doing my dishes this evening and wondered if you could be persuaded to like another “Civil War dress” any better? I looked through my archived pictures and probably have more Civil War dresses than any other style. Several of my dolls have been my Civil War models, as you’ll see below.

(If you’re new here, the “Southern Charm” dress we are talking about can be seen HERE. or click the picture at the right side bar.

I thought I’d show you several of my favorites and see if you still agreed with my hubby! Some aren’t really fancy, but they have a special place in my heart.

I guess by now, you realize I like making this style dress… this is the 3rd one I’ve made…

This was a group picture, but I love all three dresses equally… :o)

See you tomorrow,
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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