Sorry, another pictureless post…

When I chatted with you last night, I was so excited that Kristoffer was retrieving my pictures from my external hard drive in order to transfer them to “the right places” on my new computer. I went to bed at 1:00 a.m. this morning and my computer said it still had 7 hours to go to finish loading my pictures.

I had to wait all day for Kristoffer to come over so he could finish things up…but he found a few more folders with pictures and documents in them and wanted to make sure they were included.

I couldn’t believe it when he got all the pictures/documents into one file called “Pictures.” Now it was finally time to copy them all onto my new computer. He got it started and then he and Rebecca decided to go see a movie. I watched as the number of pictures and documents kept going higher and higher…until it finally stopped…at 2,229,547 items!!
Now, I’ll say it myself, “Good grief, that’s a lot of pictures!”
I’ve been sitting here at the computer for almost 3 hours, reading a book and keeping an eye on things. It’s at 41% now so I’ll probably go to bed soon…and tomorrow it should all be over!!! YAY!!

I don’t have any pictures again today, as I’m writing this on my phone again, but JUST WAIT….I’ll have all my pictures soon and can hardly wait until I can share some new…or maybe “old” doll dresses with you… hold on just a little bit longer!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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2017 Holly Dolly Fashion Show!

Hi everyone,
You are in for a real treat today… Normally, I’m the one showcasing my dresses from the past year, but today, there is something really special to see… I asked my readers to share a few of their dolls in their most favorite Christmas dresses… You didn’t disappoint! They are all lovely and I hope you enjoy seeing everyone else’s dolls in their Christmas finery!

I have to thank my daughter, Rebecca, for helping me with this… She even came up with the title… I think I’m rubbing off on her… She wanted to do a fancy presentation, but she was worried that some might not have the Power Point program, so we just decided to present it the way I usually post things. She had everyone’s pictures in a frame like the one you see at the beginning of the slide show… with the ornaments, and it was so pretty! I was imagining putting a Christmas song in the background, but that never was able to materialize. Anyway, I think you’ll enjoy everyone’s pictures. A few ladies sent a few more than two pictures and I was going to enlarge them and figure out which ones to use, but in the end, I just decided you all wouldn’t mind an extra picture or two from someone… So let the “2017 Holly Dolly Fashion Show” begin…

Most all of the photos will enlarge if you click on them…

Ingrid was the first one to submit a picture of some dresses, but she said she was behind in getting her dolls dressed for Christmas, so white dresses would have to do… (I’m sorry for Ingrid’s picture of her girls in the white dresses, being sideways on your phones and ipads… I don’t know why that happened to that particular picture. On my computer it’s right side up and so I decided to keep it that way…)

But a few days ago, she found a Christmas picture to send me… Thanks so much Ingrid… your girls are just lovely…

Charlotte Trayer sent a picture of Heather in a dress that she received from a Christmas Swap back in 2015. I’m pretty sure it was the Ning group swap… Yes, that’s Shadow Embroidery on the front…isn’t it lovely? Heather is also modeling the green dress…

Delaney is her second doll and she’s dressed in a swap outfit that Charlotte received in 2016. It’s an ornament “sweater” from Michael’s that had the back adapted to fit the dolls.

Dorothy King bought an Iplehouse BID (Baby Iplehouse Doll) named Elin, (like mine), but changed her name to Elyse. She’s beautiful, isn’t she?

Dorothy also wanted to share Charlotte Noelle, a Little Darling, by Dianna Effner, that she just received this month!

Linda said her 2 favorite dresses from American Girl were these… shown on Molly and Susan. Molly is in her green velvet dress and Susan has on Addy’s Plaid Tartan dress.

This next picture from Linda features Betsy McCall and Ivy. Betsy is in a darling crocheted dress and Ivy is in American Girl’s Sparkly Plum. They are standing in the bay window, by the small Christmas tree that Linda has in her bedroom.

Moving on, let’s see what Shara has to share…She sent me pictures of 4 girls in red silk smocked dresses… My Meadow 18″ Saffi, 14″ Avery, 11″ Tella and her Little Darling wanted to get in on the modeling too. Beautiful dresses, Shara! (I’m sorry, but Shara’s pictures won’t enlarge.)

Mary C just finished crocheting this outfit for her “unmarked French” head mold-Bleuette friend. It was originally a knitted pattern by LSdS for Bleuette, but since she doesn’t read French, she adapted the pattern and crocheted it! Nicely done, Mary!

Here we have Santa’s helpers from Sissy LIngle. She sent me a picture of Giggi and Patti, who are 10″ BID’s by My Meadow. They are helping Santa and look adorable in their Christmas rompers! Very sweet, Sissy!

Leigh made a matching dress set for her daughter, Melissa, and her doll, back in 1980. The dresses were a red calico print with a white eyelet pinafore on top… How sweet is this picture? Thanks Leigh!

It looks like Joy’s girls are doing some baking… and don’t they look like they’re having fun? I love this little set up Joy! Cute, cute, cute!!!

Kathie sent me these pictures of her 13″ Little Darlings around the Christmas tree. Oh, how beautiful they look!

Paula has some very pretty pictures of her favorite Christmas dresses… Trisha is in a red plaid with a black velvet bodice. (I’m flattered, because I made the two different (but same plaid) dress sets in her pictures.)

Paula’s second picture is of Quintessa in a red plaid dress with a black velvet capelet!

Shara wanted to share a few more pictures of a commissioned dress that she made last year. Eden is modeling a darling dress with a black velvet bodice and a net lace skirt, over taffeta. Just a hint of red in the form of a bow makes it look extra special… Thanks Shara!

Hanna Davis shared something I thought was very sweet. She didn’t have any pictures of Christmas dresses, but she did have one of a pink Easter dress. She went ahead and sent it and said, “We remember the Lord at both times!” How right she is! I loved it, Hanna!

Susette wanted to send along her favorite pictures of her girls in Christmas outfits… There are several dolls in her pictures and they all look so sweet! Look closely at her pictures so you can see everything! Susette said Molly’s apron is reversible and has a Valentines Day pattern on the other side. She’s wearing the American Girl Velvet Green Overalls under that apron. The girls are having a casual Christmas Party after a sleigh ride and snowball fight! The other girls are showing off their Christmas sweaters…she even made the tablecloths too!

April wanted to get in on the picture show and sent along these pictures… She’s waiting on a 2nd hip replacement and said she’s been out of the sewing loop this past year, but these are some of her past creations. I hope you enjoy them…

I hope you enjoyed “today’s presentation!” I did! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Some random pictures and thoughts today…

In case you hadn’t guessed, I’ve been a little bit “stretched” lately and it’s not showing any signs of stopping!! My hubby and I worked at my mom’s house this morning and afternoon; sorting through things that needed to go to Goodwill, the trash, combined into the same area, and just lots of other jobs. Then we stopped by her new apartment and took her a few things… Today was her best day I think… she had her TV on and her apartment was pretty neat. She had lost her keys twice today, but it’s going to take some time for her to remember to get them when she walks out the door. I have to tell you this cute story… She asked my hubby if it was a sin to play Bingo. *smile* Someone had asked her if she wanted to play and she wasn’t sure what to do. She wanted to know what to do if money was involved. I told her I’m sure the prizes were probably candy or something like that. (and I found out it WAS candy that was given for the prizes!) When we assured her it was okay, she seemed like she was ready to play… I hope she does! :o)

After we left her place we came home and I had 45 minutes before I had to be at a friends house. She asked me to help her with the food preparation for the Staff Christmas party from church Wednesday night. We chopped up peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, grapes, kiwi, pineapple, carrots, celery, apples and more. We made fruit dip and bread dip and got the roast beef sliders ready to put together, we wrapped prosciutto around asparagus… and did a million other little tasks, so tomorrow night wouldn’t be quite so hectic. It was 8:30 when I got home…

My computer has been on the fritz lately and Rebecca was helping me figure out what I needed to buy… (I’m pretty sure it’s coming down the pike…) Kristoffer said he could build me one, but I don’t have time to wait on him to do it… I need one, like…yesterday! I want to make sure I have all my pictures transferred… that’s what I’m concerned about the most.. all my pictures.

So… that brings us to now… it’s 10:30 and I need a blog post…

I am very far behind in answering some emails from some of my readers and have had a few ladies email me pictures and guess what? I’m using them today… today’s post will be one with “something for everyone!!!” I hope you find something that makes you smile in all the pictures below… They did me… :o)… see?

The first pictures are from the winner of the Colonial dress that I had made for Felicity. This lady had just received an Elizabeth (Lizzie) doll and was thrilled to have this new “Fall Fancy” dress to put on her. I think Lizzie looks wonderful in it!

(If you click on any picture, it will enlarge.)

Joy, from California, sent me some pictures a while back too. The first picture surely had to hit close to home as she and her hubby had their car packed up and was ready to leave at a moment’s notice because of all the wild fires… Look what these Sonoma County people did in spite of losing everything…

Joy and her hubby have been going through old photos etc. at her husband’s parents old home. She sent a picture of this fabric store in Santa Rosa. She thinks it might be from around 1910 or so. Most of town was destroyed in the 06 earthquake so she’s dating it from that. Anyway, can’t you just imagine sitting on one of those stools while the employees laid out fabric to view. Joy told me she thinks laces are stored in all the little boxes. It’s a pretty incredible picture, isn’t it? Also note the gas lighting above.

I got this email a little while later from Joy with an update…
“So looks like that photo is a bit older than 1910 because I found a pic of the front of the store in the library archives and also found that the owner started the dry goods store in 1889. This was apparently only one portion of the store which also carried just about everything else. It was located across from the courthouse in the photo I saw. Courthouse and all of downtown was completely leveled in 1906. Just an interesting piece of history to me. ~ Joy”

Jenna visited my Etsy shop and bought a pair of white gloves with black satin bows for her Molly doll. She had a black and white scotty dog print dress and thought the gloves would complete the set… Molly looks pretty cute, doesn’t she?

Linda sent me some pictures from a trip she made to The Gardenland Express at Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis. Since Linda lives in St. Louis, she might take it for granted just how beautiful this is.. but for the rest of us who can only view it from your pictures, get ready to feast your eyes on some gorgeous sites!!! Linda, they are just fabulous pictures…

One of Linda’s pictures “accidentally” got in the mix… but I think you have some real talent there Linda! Maybe you could get a job at the Gardenland Express! I think your Christmas scene fits right in!!! I had to show it! :o) It’s her kitchen shelf…I was going to mix it in with the others, but decided to tease her just a bit!

Well, that’s going to be it for today… one of these days I’m going to actually make it back into my sewing room… :o)

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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