~ 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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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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First Glances!

DON’T FORGET… Molly’s purple dress set ends this evening on Ebay. (Marilyn reminded me…) You can see it by clicking the picture at the right side bar.

We’ve had a few ladies receive new dolls the last few days and it got me to thinking about what it was like for me when I received one of those boxes with a doll inside. Generally, you know it’s coming because you either “ordered it yourself” (ha!) or you got an invoice from the artist who painted your doll, letting you know she was done and she’d be shipping her soon. There is just something so exciting about walking out to your mailbox and seeing a large box with a return address that makes you want to scream. Or maybe the mailman comes to your door and delivers a box… one you’ve been waiting for for a long time… or maybe you are gone and the box is left on your doorstep, (heaven forbid!) until you return home to find it.
Most of the time, I’ve had wonderful experiences when I opened up those doll boxes… It’s usually like the clouds part and a ray of sunshine beams into your house. You pull back the tissue paper and see for the first time, that sweet face that you have anxiously been waiting to see! Her eyes meet yours and you pick her up and say something like, “Yes, Yes, Yes!” or “Oh, Oh, Oh!” That’s the way it usually goes. Then you keep checking her all day long to see if she’s still as pretty as you remember she was the last time you looked at her.

If you’ve been blessed with a doll recently, CONGRATULATIONS! If you haven’t, may it happen to you sometime in the future!

Here are a few of my first glances…and just like my daughter, Rebecca, when you get that one special doll, it’s hard to wipe that grin off your face….

I didn’t take a picture of Isabelle in her box… I HAD to get her out. I know this sounds silly, but I think she looks younger in these pictures than she does now. I’m sure it’s because her hair has sort of straightened a little bit. She was the one I couldn’t stop saying “Oh, Oh, Oh” to!

I won Janie, another 13″ Dianna Effner, Little Darling, off of Ebay. She had been listed for 3 weeks in a row and I sent the lady (Joyce Mathews), an offer and she took it. Her hair was a little ratty, but I thought it was sweet on her. Her original name on her certificate was Helen, but I changed it to Janie.

When I received Emmie, recently, I had waited over 3 years for her, so I was VERY anxious to see what she looked like. It was truly love at first site with her too!

Joy sent Betsy McCall to me and she was a fun surprise box to open up. I hadn’t seen one this size in person…

I was smitten with the little 10″ Boneka dolls and amazingly Carolyn found one and bought it, knowing I was looking for one, and then emailed me and offered it to me for the price she paid. I was absolutely thrilled with her when I opened up the box…

Last of all, I’ve had 2 surprises with Ten Ping, my tiny little 8″ girl. She came from Lone Star Dolls in Texas, and was made by Ruby Red Galleria. I just thought she was adorable, and loved how she could be posed. The only thing I really didn’t care for about her was her orangish complexion.

Fortunately, I was able to send her to Lana Dobbs, and she repainted her with a much prettier skin tone. When I opened up the box the second time it was an incredible feeling of love for her. She was perfect now! Lana sent me a picture of her first and I had to compare her old face with her new one…

When I opened up her box for the “second time” I was pleasantly surprised and VERY pleased…

Well, those are just a few of my “happy” moments with my dolls… I hope you’ve had a few of those too!

I hope you have a wonderful Saturday and I’ll see you Monday…or maybe tonight at the “finish line” of Molly’s dress. :o)
Blessings, Jeanne

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