I received an early Birthday present…OH BOY, did I ever!

The other day we found a HUGE box on our front porch… I was sewing at the time, but never heard anyone drive up. My hubby actually found it and it was a box with a picture of one of those cushy “bed chairs” that you can use when you are in bed. His brother, Larry, actually had the same exact bed chair so we thought Gloria had sent it to us. My hubby was kind of excited, until he saw the paper doll wrapping paper and knew it must be for me. :o( We never looked at the return address until then.

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I pulled it out of the box and it was heavy… and wrapped SO pretty. There was an envelope with a card in it… so I opened up the card first… and it was so beautiful, it would have been enough by itself. Here is the card… handmade…mind you!

It has a bendable part to the back so you can prop it up like this… and enjoy it even more!

There was a wonderful note written to me from the maker, and I’ll share about her in a minute, but just look at what was in the box, study the details and see if you can guess what it is before I show you…

Have you guessed what it is yet? If you can’t figure it out, it’s an “Inspiration Board” and Anne, (one of my readers) made it for me…

You REALLY should click on this picture to see it all in one shot! It’s amazing!

She sent me the nicest letter and told me she’s been working on it for quite some time and just kept finding more and more things she wanted to add to it. It has the most glorious laces, and little post card type plaques, paper dolls, a tiny Betsy McCall book, thread, yarn, buttons, appliques, and so much it’s just incredible. I was flabbergasted and overwhelmed at her gift. It’s heavy duty and even has a hanging strap on it…

She said it was for “taking apart and using the things on the board,” but it’s so pretty, I might have a hard time doing that. There are burlap criss cross pieces that most everything is tucked under so they are easily removed… It’s all done in peachy/pink colors and it is just gorgeous! I can’t imagine how long it must have taken her to make this… it is extremely well made and is over an inch thick…quite substantial and very professional looking on the front AND BACK!

As I’m looking at these close up pictures of the board again, I’m realizing I don’t have adequate words to say thank you to Anne! It is an incredible gift and will definitely make turning 61 easier… I’m not exactly sure how that works, but it will!

It’s such a nice gift… maybe Anne has inspired you to make one, even on a smaller scale for someone you know… it could be an inspiration board on anything… use your imagination! Anne certainly used hers!

Thank you Anne… and thank you again! Once definitely isn’t enough. I am humbled at your generosity and love that was put into this!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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“Dainty & Demure” Revealed! ~ Calling all 13″ Effner Little Darlings

Well, this little dress didn’t take too long to finish, did it? It’s listed on Ebay now, so I’m calling “All Little Darlings” to take a peek! (Well, actually their mommy’s!) :o)

You can see it HERE… or you can click on the picture at the right side bar and it will take you to the Ebay listing.

Emmie and I had a very nice photo shoot and if you haven’t seen any pictures of her yet, you’ll see what I mean when I say she is very photogenic. I had over 100 pictures that I had to whittle down to 26 for my listing and it was HARD! There was hardly a bad picture in the bunch. I just had to pick the best of them all. That’s probably overkill for a listing, but I just didn’t want to eliminate any of them… sorry…

Her thigh highs are just like the ones I make all the time… from little girls tights, so they “look” like real tights… They just slide up your dolls legs very easily.

Emmie’s dress fabric was so soft it needed a boost to hold it out a little bit. One of my half slips worked perfectly!

Her dress had one slight problem… the fabric was so delicate and soft, when I pressed the neck and armhole on one side, all of the ribs in the dimity fabric apparently shifted so the dress ended up with just a slight ripple of extra fabric across the front bodice. When you look at it, you probably won’t notice it, but I did. It’s about 1/8″ too wide, but when her jacket is on, you can’t see it…The armhole stands a little bit away from her arm on one side and that bugged me, but there was absolutely nothing I could do about it, unless I wanted to start over… I discovered this on my final pressing of the dress… ugh!

See if you can see what I mean…

Her jacket went together pretty smoothly… I ended up adding some extra leaves around the pink roses this afternoon. The roses looked like they were just floating on the felt and I thought some leaves might help.

I wasn’t sure if the brown hat would show up with her brown wig, but I think it looks pretty sweet with this dress set. I got a little nervous toward the end of making the hat. It takes about 5 yards to make these little straw hats and that’s what I had…or at least that’s what I had ordered. I didn’t measure it before I started, but after wrapping and wrapping and wrapping it around and around the mold, I only had 5 inches of the braid left over. WHEW! There wasn’t even enough to add the little ruffled edge that I like to add to the brim. But I made it… thank goodness!
I already had the turquoise paper roses and the pink flowers so I didn’t have to buy anything to decorate it with… I just used what I had.

You can see her little teddy bear. I added a silk ribbon bow around her neck and then some glass beads…

Here are a few more pictures of the full set…

If you missed the link above for the Ebay listing, HERE it is again…

Well, that’s it for another dress..and now Emmie has made her debut! I think she’s a keeper!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A few clues about Emmie’s dress…

I’m totally finished with Emmie’s new dress set
But seven small clues are all you will get,
Come back tomorrow and see it revealed
In all of its glory ~ I think you might squeal!

That’s all for today… use those imaginations! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Felicity is liking “Colonial Rose” very much…

YAY! I made some real progress on Felicity’s dress today. It’s coming along nicely and the more I finish, the more Felicity likes it. Can you see why? She looks fabulous in this rosy color! (I think I’m going to call the color Rose.) It really brings out the softness of her coloring. There’s a surprise about it? Can you guess it before I reveal it? Here are a few hints in the way of pictures…

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I used vintage lace on the sleeve ruffles…

Okay, did you guess what the surprise is?

It’s not a one piece dress…it’s actually 2 pieces. There’s the skirt section, which actually has enough body to stand out like this on its own without a petticoat underneath…

…and the bodice with the apron attached…

Doesn’t it look like it’s all one piece?

Here is the back with tiny buttons…

I think Felicity looks lovely in this and it’s not even finished yet… here’s one more look…

I guess I’ll see what I can get done on Friday…this one has come together pretty quickly considering I was visiting with my family part of the time too! :o)

I hope you’re liking it…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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