Nora is looking very Victorian…

I hope you weren’t expecting to see Nora’s dress completed… because if you were, you’ll be sorely disappointed… I am disappointed too! I had high hopes for today but they just didn’t materialize. I have 3 pictures to show you and trust they will be enough to get you through the day… I probably have the most time consuming part of her dress done… and I think you can start to see the style of it.

I showed Rebecca the necklace part I had and she’s pretty sure she can help me figure out a way to make it work…

This sleeve turned out perfect, but the other one I’ll be taking out and redoing it. I caught too much of the lace in it and they aren’t the same width and I noticed it right away…

There’s going to be a peplum and black lace will be on the edge of it.

I wanted to show you the pattern I found on Pixie Faire… (HERE) It’s a Dolls at Heart Designs pattern. Not knowing what direction I wanted to take Nora in, sometimes all it takes is looking at other patterns to get inspired… I was just scrolling through the dresses and all of a sudden a saw a new pattern I hadn’t seen before. I tried to go on and look at others but I just kept thinking of this one… so I went back to it, looked it over, envisioned Nora in it and hit the “buy it” button.

It’s a really nice pattern and was a pdf so I received it as soon as I downloaded it. I like that you don’t have to wait for them to come in the mail. Here’s another view of the pattern…

I cut it out just as the pattern said and sewed my seams at 1/4″ as stated, but my back barely meets, so I’ll either be putting loops and buttons on the back or adding an extension…

I think it’s a really pretty pattern and just might prove to be kind of versatile for a few different eras.

Well, I better get to bed… it’s been a long day…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Treasures in an Antique Mall…

On our way back from the Memorial Service, we went through this tiny little town and stopped at St. Mary’s Antique Mall. The way “I” remember it…my hubby had the idea to stop before I even remembered it was there… but when I hear him tell it, it was “all” my idea… :o) It doesn’t matter too much whose idea it was, it was a nice place to stop. It’s a huge mall for such a tiny little town…77,000 square feet and over 450 booths. Maybe the best paying job in town is to have a booth and sell your wares. :o) It goes on and on, row after row, until you almost get sick of looking at all the stuff… but we walked down every single aisle and at least glanced at every single booth.

Here’s an idea of how big one aisle is…

There were lots of things to look at, but since this is a dolly/sewing blog (or at least it’s supposed to be most of the time…), I thought I’d just show you pictures of things related to that…

I found lots of racks with doll clothes made from vintage fabrics. Some of them were really cute…

Of course I had to stop at the vintage hankies and at least take a peek…

…and of course, I had to look at the lace collars too…

The booths are generally set up pretty neatly in this mall and not too “flea markety” if you know what I mean. It’s easy to just skip those booths if you run across one…

There was a booth with old christening gowns and slips and skirts, almost all in various shades of white. I did find a pretty skirt/slip that had the prettiest cotton lace on it. It is made of the softest cotton fabric and was sewn with the tiniest stitches. It is snow white but I had to distort the color of my pictures just a bit so you could see the details. There is so much lace on it and it will go a long way toward decorating dresses… It was only $16.99, so I “had” to buy it…

…and we got all the way around the store and were almost ready to leave when I spotted a booth that made wool penny rugs. They had rolls of wool felt and that’s what I use to make many of my doll hats, so I picked up 6 colors to add to my stash…

It was a lot of fun looking at things from the past, but sometimes it made me feel old… seeing things called antiques that I remember using or having… Oh well….my white lacy slip and wool felt made me smile… :o)

Oh, and one more thing… just in case you didn’t believe me…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Answers to your questions and comments…

A few days I was out of town and didn’t get your comments answered… I can’t always get to them, but wanted to on this day because there was some discussion about things I wanted to answer… The post was this one… It’s Time to Play Catch Up… I decided some answers were needed…

Charlotte ~ I’d like to see the bobbin lace making in person and I bet I’d be awestruck… that is unbelievable how she can remember which thread goes where… I was totally impressed.

Marilyn ~ It’s funny, but Little Bit IS and ALWAYS WAS the loudest chirper in the whole bunch!

Linda ~ We found 4 baby chicks in a big galvanized tub at our local farm store. The guy in charge had no idea what breed the chicks were but for, (I think) $2.69 apiece, my hubby decided to take a chance. They may have just been all the odd balls left and thrown in one tub…

Susette ~ About Max… it’s a good thing to have a dog that doesn’t have bad breath! I remember when you told me about Max chewing off Ten Pings arm… I’m like you; if Max is a Mini Golden Doodle, I can’t imagine a full sized Golden Doodle!!!
A larger yard means more work than a smaller one like you have… or maybe not! You can create works of art in yours!!! :o) We can just have shorter grass!

Charlotte A ~ We’ve had tomato plants that were as tall or taller than my 6’4″ hubby before! :o)

Joy ~ The hens will start laying eggs at about 5-6 months, so we have a few months to go. I did take some pictures at the Antique Mall we stopped at and will share them soon.

Paula ~ We hope the chicks are all hens…but a few roosters may be in the mix… we should know soon. Too bad for them… :o(
While we were gone, Rebecca said she saw a hummingbird out in my flowers, so I hurried and hung my feeder up for them. I did see one hummingbird at the feeder, but just one. I may take it down and change the water in it… maybe it tastes funny or something. They should have flocked to it by now…

Anne ~ We have 11 big hens in one pen and 12 smaller hens in the back of the shed with a separate pen. George says it’s just about time to thin them out so he’ll be picking his favorites and selling the rest at a swap meet.
Our “Botanical Gardens” needs to be mowed very badly! We have lots of white clover flowers everywhere!

Kathie ~ No, we didn’t order the chicks from a hatchery this year like we usually do… they came from a local farm store. The first 4 we knew what they were, but the rest were anybody’s guess. As far as that mulberry tree goes… I seriously think every year he’s cut it back too far, but it still manages to leaf out like it did this year and proved me wrong again.

Laura ~ Oh, your poor, poor Yorkies… being dressed up and having to prance around for you and your sister…where are the video cameras when we need one? Little Bit IS the smallest Banty hen my hubby says he’s ever seen. They tend to run on the small side, but not usually this small.

Ingrid ~ Thank you for your sweet words about tears and laughter. We did have both on this trip and some since we’ve been home.

Linda ~ I’m having all kinds of fireworks out my window tonight. I bet you are too! Our tomatoes were Early Girl, Big Boy and a bush one that I can’t remember the name of, and then the cherry tomato plant. I guess you DO love tomatoes!!! That’s the way George is…he could eat them at every meal!

Marilyn ~ One of Larry’s sons put together a slide show of his dad, with 2 of his favorite songs, and it was shown at the service. When we all got back to Gloria’s house, everyone wanted to watch it again. This time Zach was there at the computer and could stop and start it at the click of a button. We could watch a picture or two and then stop it so Gloria could tell us where it was taken and what they were doing. It was hard to watch again, but we all sat there glued to the TV.

Anne ~ I don’t take the wigs off of my shorter haired dolls, like Lian and Ten Ping, but I do change my wigs often on Janie. When she is getting a new dress made, I try on the wig to make sure it’s the one I want to use with the outfit, but then I take it off during the trying on period. When I get closer to it being done, I put it back on.
You can sort of part the hair down the back and move it out of the way to snap or button the dress. I’ve never made or bought anything for my girls that went over their heads. You can also leave the wig on but turn the dolls head to the side or all the way around so the hair is hanging down her chest area. This way it’s out of your way for snapping or buttoning your dress.

I also use Nexcare (I think that’s the name of it…) tape…sort of a flesh colored, stick to itself adhesive tape that I wrap around Nyssa’s head to help hold on her wigs. Just wrap it above her forehead and above her ears. It helps keep a wig in place. I like Monique Gold wigs too… actually any synthetic mohair wig is my favorite. I’ve bought from Monique, Kemper, and Jpop. I do have a lot of wigs, but the synthetic mohair ones feel the nicest and have the best look to me.

Another site I use for wigs is Audrey’s doll gallery. Here is a link to her business… Audrey’s She offers wigs from Monique, including the Gold Collection and she offers Kemper wigs… I’ve bought both. I like to find a wig and then search for it on the doll I’m thinking about getting it for. I’ve had pretty good success with just finding no-name wigs on Ebay and restyling them. I know everyone doesn’t feel comfortable doing that, but I’ve gotten some cute wigs that way for really low prices.

I haven’t checked out the boneka shoes site yet, but I have a couple of boneka shoes and they ARE really nice.

Okay, I don’t like to do a post without a picture, so I went outside and took a few pictures of my dinner plate hibiscus.. it just began blooming and looks so pretty, and YES, those flowers are as big as my dinner plates…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Did I miss the memo about it being Christmas????

(This post was written Monday night.)

I received a box today. Another box. From another one of my dear readers. Surely it must be Christmas and I forgot to turn my calendar page over! The mailman pulled up in my driveway today and had a pretty good size box to hand me. I thought for sure it was something for Kristoffer or Rebecca again. But I saw my name on the box in big letters before the mailman ever handed it to me… Oh my goodness…what is this and what’s going on? I am the most blessed blogger on the planet… I’m sure of it! Even if I’m not, I sure do feel like it. Thank you so much _______!!!

Well, I know you’re just as anxious as I was to see what was inside… so let’s take a peek…

The box was packed to the top…

First we have to read the card… okay, now everybody say Awwwww…. :o)

Some fabric and the prettiest organdy pastel embroidery…

How about this furry poodle… I think she’s right about the American Girl dolls getting this one…

Here is another vintage lace to add to my stash.

She even sent some Mixed Berry Jams for my hubby… let’s hear that Awwwww again… :o)

Here is a little blow up flamingo for my Effner Little Darlings. I’ve seen these on Ebay but had no idea they were so cute in person. She said to punch two holes in the middle plastic part for their legs to go through… isn’t this sweet… Joy, I might have to get some “swimsuit sewing advice” from you!

This is a whole roll of sweet soft lace that will make pretty slips! I love the scalloped edge…

Now you probably could have guessed it, but my favorite thing is this lacy collar…it’s definitely vintage…all cotton and so beautiful!!! I think my heart may have skipped a beat when I saw it! My hubby even said, “Oh wow!” when he saw it! It will be hard to cut into it, but I’m sure I will… it will make a wonderful bodice on some very blessed dolls dress! Just look at this… I took several pictures!!!

There were lots of little flowers and laces and bows and trims and velvet flowers for my doll hats… Oh my, be still my heart!

She even included something for my little Columbian sewing friend, Sara!

Here’s a picture of it all together. I’m sure I missed the memo about it being Christmas…

Thank you SO much, ________! What a wonderful box of goodies you blessed me with! I am so humbled by your kindness and I TRULY was surprised!

Everyone start thinking about who you want to see up next…

I’ll see you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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