Mostly a Wordless Wednesday…

My sisters and their hubby’s are here visiting this week so I’m going to have to do some simple posts as there is no time for sewing…(I did get the peplum and lace sewn on Nora’s dress, but that was all…) Maybe later on in the week I’ll find some sewing time.

Has it been hot where you are? It’s been dreadfully hot here and Wednesday the heat index is supposed to be around 105! I’m not a hot weather person… actually I can do hot weather; it’s the humidity that gets me. I got to thinking about all the doll dresses I’ve made and wondered which one I thought would be the coolest and comfiest to wear in this hot sticky weather… I instantly thought of one dress.

This is a doll I had at one time… Katie Effanbee, in her sweet gauzy outfit. A friend gave me this fabric and I remember searching for something like it for the longest time. It came from Florida and I never found anything even close to it… It is as delicate as a tissue and just crinkly enough to make it interesting. As you look at Katie in this reversible dress and pantalettes set, I hope you feel cooler!

Well, did the pictures cool you off?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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See if you can envision this next dress….

I won’t give too much away, but some of you are P-R-E-T-T-Y smart cookies and just might figure it out. I had too many phone calls today trying to figure out something for my mom…so I didn’t get much done besides cutting it out. As you can see I’ve given you a “laid out shot” of the dress…but it’s pretty hard to tell what it might look like.

This is going to be for Nora and here is a shot of her with the bodice piece next to her skin. I think it’s pretty on her.

I had a yellow fabric out, nope…a purple one, nope, a black and rose print, nope… and a white fabric, nope… I needed some inspiration as I’d been away from my sewing machine just long enough to get “cold” with my sewing… I found a new pattern that I’ll share with you maybe tomorrow… and I think you’ll like it…

I have this black lace that will work on the sleeves…

I’ve had this forever and I think if I can get it to work, it will be used…

There are several ruffles and I can’t wait to work on it…

Since I didn’t have much to show you, I pulled out a few more pictures that Barbara sent me a while back. They are photocopies of dresses I made that she liked and sent to me. They aren’t super clear but I think you’ll be able to enjoy them. These are all from 2007 (10 years ago!!!) and they should be new to everyone…unless you happened to be the winner of one. I could look them up in my notebooks but it’s late and I thought I’d just show the pictures…

Here is a dress for Samantha that is similar to another one I made, but it is slightly different. Once again, she was so new I didn’t have any shoes for her…

I bought a stained Samantha Meet dress off Ebay once and took it apart for a pattern…this was my version of the gray and burgundy plaid dress…

Molly’s suit was so beautiful and bright in person. It was a chocolate brown featherwale corduroy with hot pink dots in it. Her blouse was hot pink and had little tufts in the fabric.

Kit looked pretty in this color, but that’s about all I can say… I think “my camera added 10 pounds to her body!” :o)

Actually, as I was looking at this dress on Kit, it became more and more familiar to me, so I did a little searching in my archives and found that it was originally made for Katie Effanbee, so Kit must have just been trying it on for some reason… it’s the only picture I have of her in it. Here it is on Katie.

Well, I hope just knowing I’m back in my sewing room is enough to keep you interested and wanting to come back… I’ve been away from my sewing and I’ve missed it… I hope you’ve missed it too! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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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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