A Pink and White post…and a touch of velvet…

Thanks so much for the “Welcome Back” wishes… I missed you all!

Yay!!! She made it back in her sewing room again…not for very long, but long enough to get this cut out and arranged. This was supposed to have been Molly’s Valentine dress, but my getting the flu has now changed this into Molly’s soon-coming Easter dress! :o)

It’s one of those dresses where you’ll have to use your imagination again. It will look pretty cute, I think, if everything goes the way I think it should…

Here are a few pictures to get those imaginations moving….:o)

The plan is to make the dress with the white collar…and have the jacket as sort of an overlay jacket. It will all be one piece but look like two. There’s not much to photograph when this is all I have…so here’s another shot!

So how about a close up…

…and a little closer still…

Molly doesn’t know if she likes it yet because she hasn’t gotten to try it on yet, but I assured her that she’ll like it…

Just for something extra….
Linda sent an email of a cake recipe for a Red Velvet Cream Cheese Bundt cake… It looked so beautiful, I decided to pass along the recipe. I think she was going to give a red velvet box cake mix a try instead of doing the cake part from scratch…

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Bundt Cake Recipe

Thanks everyone,
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Part 2 of my 2017 Doll Dresses in Review…

I know it’s Saturday and you might be scrambling around trying to finish up what’s on your Christmas lists, but I hope you’ll take time to peek at the rest of my dresses from 2017. If you missed yesterday’s post, you might want to go back and see it, as it was the dresses I made the first half of 2017. (HERE)

Let’s get started on what was happening in May. Kirsten was looking awfully sweet in “Pretty on the Prairie.”

My top seller of 2017 was this next dress set, being modeled by Addy. I called it “Southern Charm” and she certainly was charming in this one. I bought this fabric at a little quilt shop down in Cape Girardeau, MO, and after it had sold, and I was back at the shop, I showed the ladies that worked there, some pictures of it on my phone…and I’m not kidding, they ooooohhhed and aaaahhhhhed like nobody ever has before. They told me when I came back through Cape, to come on a Tuesday, because they would both be working and they wanted to see what else I would be making… :o) (Sorry for the picture overload on this one… I guess they weren’t the only ones who liked it!) :o)

“Blissful in Blue” was a beautiful Regency gown modeled by Elizabeth.

Now we’re getting into June and Molly is showing off a set that I had a lot of fun with. I called this one “The Babysitter.” I had fun redoing a little baby doll I found…

It’s Felicity’s turn again and she’s showing off “Colonial Rose.” This was another favorite of mine for the year…

Another new girl came to live at my house… Meet Nora in “Victorian Elegance.”

…and then finally, after a 3 year long wait for my doll to be painted, Emmie was finished and this was her debut dress… “Dainty and Demure.”

It’s Ten Ping’s turn again… this time with a “new face” by Lana Dobbs. Here she is in “Teddy Bear Tea Party.”

We are in September now and Rebecca is modeling a Civil War dress called “Apple Butter Sweet.”

Patsy Tonner was thrilled to be modeling a dress made form this pretty fabric. I called this one “Autumn Leaves.”

Molly takes a turn again and is in “Autumn Lace.”

We’re almost out of months AND dresses. Felicity gets the second to last dress of the year… This was called “Fall Fancy” and believe me, it was… I made a custom hat for it from straw and think Felicity looked darling in this set.

My last dress of 2017 was modeled by Lian, my 13″ Dianna Effner, Little Darling. Unbelievably, this was the only dress she modeled for me all year long… Here she is in “Christmas Snowflakes.” What a little sweetheart she is!

Okay, now that I’m officially out of dresses, you may go shopping! :o) I hope you enjoyed today’s…oops… this years dresses!

See you in a few days… If you’re leaving to go somewhere for Christmas, drive safely and have a wonderful time!

Blessings, Jeanne

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Some “Extra” Easter pictures…

Easter came too quickly for me this year and once I realized just how close it was, there wasn’t enough time to get all my pictures in. So, I decided even though Easter has past, I’m still going to share some of my pictures… first a few from Linda and Susette and then I’ll share mine…

Linda dressed her girls in their Easter finery and they do look adorable! Take a peek…

If you click on any picture it will enlarge…

Susette decorated her table in a very “Easter-like” way…

She took a cute picture of her grand kids, Riya and Krish… and said she still thinks Riya believes in the Easter bunny…sure looks like it!

How about some marbelized eggs from Italy and the other ones are from Kenya…

She certainly has me beat with her green thumb… look at this stunning Iris!

…and one last picture of her new Easter house mixed among her other houses on her patio…

Okay, now it’s my turn… I was very blessed by many of my readers here on this blog… First let me show you a few cards…

Look at this card…it has a sweet little girl with her skirt made from a hankie… I think an outfit using it is in order… there was a little note on the inside saying it was fine to do so… :o)

Seems to me like the chickies have overtaken the bunnies this year… :o) Look at this adorable chick… the reader said it was for George… in honor of his new little baby bantam chicks… I might have to “babysit” it in my sewing room… :o) It looks almost real, doesn’t it?

It even came with a little booklet showing lots of other animals that can be bought…

Oops… a bunny sneaked into my post… look at this sweet pincushion…

And one last gift… a sweet pillow called “My Prayer Garden” with all kinds of little charms and the prettiest stitching…

I almost have no words to adequately say thank you to my readers who blessed me so much! What wonderful and charming and heart felt gifts I received. Thank you very much and may the Lord bless you many times over for how sweet you have been to me and my hubby. If I left anyone’s out… please forgive me… sometimes I get something and I know right where I want it to go… so I put it away… and may have missed it…

Well, I finished my alterations…(which I don’t really do…)…it took me 8 hours to fix this dress and now I’m wondering about her bill… my least favorite part of the whole thing… (well, maybe not this time… it was a big job!)
Anyway, I’m done with it and will deliver it to her and then it will be back to dolly dresses! YAY!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Some “Belated” Easter tidbits!

Thank you for all the sweet Easter wishes you lavished upon me yesterday! I was very blessed by them. If you happened to miss “MY” Easter card to you, you can see it by going to yesterday’s post and then clicking the link I provided… ~ Wonderful Easter ~

I needed to make something else for the picnic our church was having after our Easter service this morning. Having already made a meatloaf, I wanted something “fun” to take. There are these chocolate no-bake cookies that I make all the time and thought I could do something with them. This time when I made them, I added a couple of Brach’s Jelly Beans while the cookies had just been scooped out and were still warm and soft. I sort of squished them down into the cookie so they’d stay put. So I called them my bird’s nest cookies. (We actually ended up not staying at the picnic, as my hubby wasn’t feeling great, so I have no idea if they went over well or not…) I snapped 2 quick pictures of them, so you can at least see them…

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

Next I wanted to share something Hannah, (my niece’s daughter) made for school. (Hannah is the one I made the little flower girl dress for). She was in a competition at her school and was supposed to make a Peeps diorama… Hannah made hers and called it “Away in a Manger.” She didn’t win, but she made the newspaper! Woohoo Hannah!

Now let’s get a little more personal… my brother was sending some Easter pictures from “LONG” ago back and forth to us yesterday and I thought I’d share some of our early 1960’s Easter’s. (no laughing allowed!) I’m not sure which makes me laugh more… the grin on my brother’s face or the placement of the red bow in my hair…
It’s funny, but I still remember the feel of these dresses…they were a jersey fabric and slinky is the best way I can describe them. I LOVED mine!

(I’m not sure what’s up with the dates below some of the pictures… unless Easter came in “August” in 1965!)

May 66

We have called this the “cake hats” picture for as long as I can remember…

Aug 65

Here’s one of Cindy and me, when we lived in Texas. Cindy was looking down so I better give her another shot…

Aug 65

…and here is my sweet little sister, Deb, all decked out in navy and white…

May 66

It was fun seeing them again. Does anyone still wear gloves at Easter??? Inquiring minds want to know!

Last up, I have some new pictures of the baby chicks.. although they might be considered toddlers now. They are in the “ugly stage” as my hubby calls it…

I did get some pictures from some of you and will probably post them tomorrow. I have to alter a bridesmaid dress for someone and won’t have any time to sew for my dolls, so look for more Easter pictures tomorrow. You’ll want to see them.

Well, I’m signing off for today. I hope had a wonderful Sunday and didn’t eat too much chocolate!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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