A Day Trip & a few “Treasures” to share…

This morning my hubby woke up and said he’d like to take a trip…just for the day. I think he overheard a friend telling me about a new fabric place about 50 minutes from where we live. You can imagine how surprised I was! He didn’t have Chemo last Tuesday, so he’s had about 12 or so days to recover and he said he felt pretty good… good enough to go on that trip. He has Chemo tomorrow, (Tuesday), and he won’t feel like doing anything for the next few days, so he wanted to go.

We got ready in a hurry and arrived at our first “destination” in Cape Girardeau, MO. This new place was called RM Coco and I found out it’s been here for 12 years or so… I have never heard about it but the girl who “showed me around” said they didn’t do any advertising so I guess I wouldn’t have. It was a home decor outlet place, but they had some stuff I could use. There were big long tables with fabric remnants on them and bolts along the side of the walls. The bolts were priced…very cheaply, I might add and the pieces on the table were sold by the pound… ONE dollar a pound!!! Here are a few pictures.

I saw so many fabrics that would have made the most gorgeous pillows…they were already cut into the squares, so pillows would have been a snap to make! Even my hubby noticed them. He was helping me dig through the piles and found a few things I loved. Several of the pieces I found were silk with embroidery on them, and silk dupioni was found in the bottom of the rolling carts…that’s what my hubby dug down and found. I also found a few novelty pieces..that might work for something… bonnets, or capes, or vests, or hats… not sure but at $1.00 a pound, I could take a chance.

When I was all finished, the lady weighed my things… 3.15 pounds… and it cost me a whopping $3.40! Cha Ching! I loved it and will definitely go back again! Here’s a picture of what I found there…

Next we went to a farm store so my hubby could look at some chicken “things.” They had the cutest baby chicks and he couldn’t resist, but he knew it was too hot for them in the car if we did other shoppping. So we decided we’d come back later…

We went to a favorite antique shop of ours and I made another huge purchase… $2.44 on some lace… the navy one is really nice…cotton and vintage.

It’s a fun store and I took a few pictures while there…

Anyone need a Veronica or Betty doll?

How about a Susan doll? Does anyone recognize her?

We hit one more fabric shop, The Golden Needle, and I wasn’t too bad there… I did hit the clearance bolts… 50% off… and this is what I bought there…

…a close up…

…and 3 fat quarters…

We had a nice dinner at Olive Garden, and used a gift card someone had given us at Christmas…

Then it was time to head back to Bucheit’s and pick out some little chicks… I”m not so sure they enjoyed the ride home in the back seat…

When we got home, Rebecca opened up their little barn to see what we had bought…

We picked out 4 more little Bantam chicks. They are straight runs so we’re not sure if they are hens or roosters, but we’ll find out soon enough. One of them is a little bigger than the other 3. There are 2 golden colored ones and I picked out the little black one… she is the tiniest thing… I need to get a picture of her in my hand or by a ruler. It was so cute… I saw the larger one had her feathers spread over the others and they were all asleep.

The two Bantams we bought about 4 weeks ago were a little too big for the tiny ones we brought home today, and wanted to peck on the little ones, so now we have 2 boxes in our living room… they had to be separated.

Such is the life of a girl named Jeanne Marie, who’s married to a guy named George, who’s name means “farmer.” :o)

I hope you had a wonderful day… we did!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A short Saturday POST revealing the fabric you liked MOST…

Happy April Fool’s Day! I have a story that I think will put a smile on your face first thing this morning…

Back in the days of the Mattel Cabbage Patch Kid craze it was usually very hard to get one for the kiddies. A radio station (I don’t know where) announced that Mattel was going to get Cabbage Patch Kids out to the people of this particular city. The plan was that they had to go to the football field of the local university and wait. An airplane would fly overhead and the dolls would be dropped onto the field.

People were supposed to hold their credit cards up so that a photographer with a telephoto lens in the airplane could get the credit card numbers and charge the price of the dolls to the recipients’ accounts. People actually showed up, waving American Express cards in the breeze.

April Fool’s on those poor silly people…

First of all, I’m sorry I didn’t get your comments answered yesterday… my time was not my own again and it is now 12:07 and I’m just now getting to my post. It was just one of those days… BUT, I did read all your comments and your emails and I appreciate your thoughts and how you all think things through…

Just to let you know…the violets fabric won out and I have gotten started on Willa’s dress. I’m not taking a long time on this one because I want to get one more special dress made before Easter…but more on that later… :o)

I managed to get the bodice and the sleeves completed on Willa’s dress… and she does look very pretty in this fabric.

Now, it’s imagination time again… Here is the cluny lace I plan to use and the flowers are just laying on her waist… the skirt has been cut out but not gathered up yet…

Won’t Willa be sweet looking in this?

I’m really liking the height on my new ironing board… boy, 2-3″ makes a huge difference… and the iron is nice too. I’m giving it a work out…

Well, that’s all for today…sorry for the short post… I have a birthday picnic I was getting ready for and didn’t have time for any other news…

Have a wonderful Saturday and Sunday and I’ll see you first thing Monday morning…

Blessings, Jeanne

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Much Ado about Molly…

Before we talk about today’s upcoming dress… don’t forget about Nyssa’s red dress.

It ends this evening on Ebay and fits 17″ ball jointed dolls such as Kaye Wiggs’ Nyssa, Layla, Miki, Talyssa, etc. You can see the listing by clicking on the picture at the right side bar or you can click HERE and go directly to the listing.

Okay… now let’s see who guessed correctly… The new dress is going to be for Molly…but of course, ANY doll can wear it! :o) I tried to get more done, but this is all I could manage for today. It’s very sweet and such a delicate pink…not a bubblegum pink, but a soft, barely peachy pink and looks nice next to my Molly’s skin. I have a long way to go, but I finished some of the areas that take the most time… centering the decorative straps, making the collar and getting it stitched on, and then adding the lining to the bodice.

Okay, now this next picture and the one after it, will require you to use your imagination. I’ve laid out the pieces and it will be up to you to see if you can visualize what it will look like in the end. The trim is vintage… but I’m not exactly sure how old it is… it’s very sweet though. I think the buttons will work…I’ll see, but they might be a little bit too pearlized to suit me. The pink ones had too big of a shank on the back and they stood out too much from the straps. I bet I have more buttons than any person who reads my blog, and yet, I can’t find any that match the pink in the trim… SURELY I won’t have to go BUY some!

Kinda hard to imagine…isn’t it? I guess I better keep working…

Well, that’s it for me tonight…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Seven Saturday Snippets to Share…

I took a time out today! I just did what I wanted! Ever have one of those days? They’re nice! BUT… when it came time to write a post, I thought, “what can I share?” I just decided to cover some random subjects today…

Subject #1
A box came in the mail yesterday… a box of diamonds! Well, actually that’s not exactly true… it’s a box with diamonds on the front… does that count?

When I opened it up, it was the sweetest little sundress for Betsy. It includes the dress, bloomers AND a pair of shoes.

Sweet Anne, one of my readers, found it on Ebay and thought Betsy would like it. Well, Anne, she does! She’s thrilled that she doesn’t have to stand on the dolly shelf naked like all the other girls. :o)

Oh, I almost forgot…it came with a headband too, but Betsy said she already had a red bow in her hair.

As I was putting it on her, I noticed something… look closely and you can see narrow pieces of this tan stretchy fabric used UNDER the red shoulder ties. I’m sure it was put there to keep the red from fading on your doll. How ingenious! I loved that idea!

Here’s the bloomers!

We’re practically having a heat wave here in Southern Illinois lately. Today it was 63 degrees! I think Betsy could go outside in this outfit and be fine! No winter coat needed on this 20th day of January!

Thank you Anne… that was so sweet of you! Betsy thanks you too!

Subject #2
Back in December I showed you a gift I received from someone and the boxes they were wrapped in were just unbelievable!

This person sent gifts for everyone in my family and even a graduation present for Rebecca! There was hot chocolate for George and I after our days at the “Spa” and this little angel I wanted to show you. I think she may have made her, and she brought me joy in December.

In two of the boxes were these marble like rocks that were quite heavy. They are about 2″ square. One had Hope on it and the other had Peace on it. I put them on my buffet and see them every time I walk by. I just love them and wanted to thank that very special person! We all felt very loved by your gifts!

Subject #3
A few days ago, when Joann Fabrics had some kind of sale… I picked up 3 new fabrics… 2 are reddish…so that counts for Valentine’s Day and I think I’m allowed to buy them since I’m a seamstress and sew for dolls, aren’t I? One was a blue print and I think it’s a nice print for possibly a Civil War dress. I liked it. Here are the fabrics…

Which leads me to…

Subject #4
Nyssa was having a talk with me the other day and asked me if I loved her? I told her, “yes, very much,” but she didn’t believe me because she reminded me that she didn’t get one single dress made for her last year! So Subject #4 picked Subject #3… if you get my drift!

Nyssa said this would make a lovely Valentine’s dress for her…and I said, Okay…I’ll try!” I put a dark wig on her and the blue in her eyes picks up the tiny blue flower in the print.

So the fabric in Subject #4 leads me to…

Subject #5
I have very few patterns that I’ve drafted for Nyssa and so I was looking for something new that I could just take off and SEW…and BOY did I find some. I have a friend down in Texas who makes beautiful patterns for the MSD dolls. (Mini Super Dollfie) Her name is Marsha Trent and she has a wonderful shop on Etsy called Trentsation. Here’s a link to it. She is one of the few pattern designers who makes what I call “normal” dresses for dolls. So many of the patterns for Ball Jointed Dolls (BJD’s) are fantasy, fairy, raggy, or all lace concoctions. That’s fine for some people, but I like regular dresses when I sew and that’s just what Marsha gives.

Trentsation

I had the hardest time trying to decide which pattern I would like. I looked at them all, and really got a feel for how they went together. If you want to see some spectacular sewing, take a look at her things. They are all top stitched so incredibly well, it’s amazing!

So anyway, I decided to pick these 2 patterns and hopefully Nyssa and Hope might get a dress or 2 or 3 this year. It’s nice that Marsha has done the work for me and I can just sew them up! Thanks so much Marsha!

Subject #6
I’ve got 3 really pretty pieces of purple fabric in my stash and when I saw this spray of small lavender and purple flowers I had to have them. I love the long skinny flowers as they work really well with a ribbon tied around them and the dolls can carry them pretty easily. Someone will be getting a purple dress in the near future…

Subject #7
Rebecca, my daughter, got a job! Yes, she did! At the hospital here in town! She’s going to start out as a cashier in the cafeteria and do some food prep and her boss wants to cross train her to take the carts up on the floors that have the dinners in them for the patients. It’s not her “ideal” job, but she’s happy to have it knowing it will give her experience, which is what she needs if she goes on for an internship. She also knows this a way to get her “foot in the door” so to speak! We are very thankful and happy for her! I don’t really have a picture for this one, so how about I show my new favorite picture of her again…where she was a bridesmaid last year…

Won’t she just be the cutest cashier???

Well, that’s all the Saturday Snippets I could round up for you today!
Have a wonderful Saturday and I’ll see you on Monday!

Blessings, Jeanne

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