Let’s have that GIVEAWAY today…

My sisters stayed a few more hours (YAY) and there was no time to work on taking pictures of Addy’s new “Southern Charm” dress, but I’m hoping for some “picture time” Tuesday! Rebecca made a pretty necklace for it and I think I’m finally done with it now. (Addy has enjoyed her extra time in the dress, knowing that she’ll have to give it up soon…)

My daughter, Rebecca, also made some other necklaces for the American Girl dolls and that’s what my GIVEAWAY will be for today….in celebration of my 1000th post on Friday. If you missed that post, you can see it HERE.

My sisters and mom and I did a fair amount of shopping this week, and I got to thinking about what it is that I love to shop for the most… clothes wise that is. My favorite items to look for are 3/4 length sleeve cardigan sweaters… they can be prints or solids or even florals. I have several and can “always” use more. :o) I like the thinner sweaters made from the softest cottons.

SO… this time, to get in on the drawing for a free necklace for your American Girl doll, instead of just commenting and saying, “I like necklace # so and so,” why don’t you tell me, in the comment area below, or by email, (Contact Me), what is YOUR favorite clothing item to look for when you are out shopping. That is how you’ll be entered into the drawing for a necklace.

Okay, so here are the necklaces that you can pick from if your name is drawn out as the winner. You have until midnight tonight (Central IL time zone) to leave your comment and then I’ll pick a name. I’ll let you know tomorrow who the winner is. The ones that aren’t picked will be listed in my Etsy shop as soon as I get a chance.

If you click on any of the pictures, they will enlarge.

Well, that’s a lot to pick from and I hope YOU are the winner tomorrow!

See you then,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Like father, like daughter…

It’s a good thing many of you tell me you enjoy reading my blog posts even when they’re not about sewing or dolls or something related… because this post isn’t about any of those… it’s about my day but it does have a happy ending… maybe we’ll do sewing tomorrow…

Rebecca has been looking for a car since she started working at the hospital… something more reliable and newer than her little red sports car… (her 24 year old sports car, mind you…a Nissan 240 SX). She wanted a Nissan Exterra or a Pathfinder or something like those sporty SUV’s you see everywhere. Well, she found one online a few days ago and she and her dad were going to check it out today. It was 2 hours away from us and I wasn’t sure I would feel like going, but I decided to go anyway. It was a long trip and we actually had a good time in the car. There was lots of flooding halfway between the place and where we live so we had to make a detour that took another hour…so the place ended up being 3 hours away… ugh!

INSERT: My mom called me when we were on the way and said she needed some groceries… and a hamburger! :o) I hadn’t been over there in 7 days since I was hit with the crud. I told her I’d bring her some stuff when we got home…and I did! I just got home from there…

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We got to the car dealership finally, and took the Chevy Blazer for a test drive, and then Rebecca had to decide…”Is this really the car you want to spend your money on?”

Well, how about we look it over real well, dad… I just couldn’t resist! (I later showed her the 3 pictures I had taken and she said, “Are those going to end up on your blog?”) But of course!

Right there in the middle of the dealership parking lot, they both got down on their backs with a flashlight and were looking under the car for things… you know… car things that you’re supposed to look for! :o) I’m not sure if they found what they were looking for…

I only took 3 pictures today… well, only 3 that turned out… we were traveling too fast over the bridge to capture how high the water level was and the fields just looked blah in my pictures, so I’m using my 3 “good” pictures for this post… my 2 favorite people who work on our cars..

Rebecca can hold her own when it comes to working on cars.. she changes her own oil, spark plugs, tires, fixes broken door locks, changes headlights, fixes twisted seat belts that get stuck, changes wiper blades, does bondo, has painted her own bumper before, changes out her blinker lights, tints windows, and probably a few other things I’ve forgotten…

Maybe there’s something to spending so much time with her dad, laying on her back and holding up that flashlight! Ya think?

She ended up getting the car for $1600 less than what they were asking… OH…she’s also good at researching what she wants and then negotiating! Of course while the salesman went to ask his boss about the last $900 she wanted off, her dad and I prayed for the price she wanted.. when he came back… she got it!

Don’t you just love a happy ending?

Maybe I’ll have something to share tomorrow that Addy will be happy about! We left at 10:00 this morning and it’s now 11:00, hence the “human interest” post! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I took Rebecca outside today for a photo shoot…

I took Rebecca outside today for a photo shoot…and it didn’t help! :o( I have decided this color turquoise just DOES NOT want to be photographed! It is the strangest thing. SOOOO…. I have decided the winner of this set will have to buy it BLIND… and just trust me that it’s the prettiest color you can imagine. It really is…

I’ll go ahead and show you the pictures I took outside, but again, it’s not the right color either. It was cloudy when I took the pictures, which is supposed to capture the best colors… NOT! Part of the problem is, my camera isn’t picking up the details in the print. It’s one of those very clear printed prints that is very precise. It looks like mostly leaves, but there are little flowers in there that don’t show up very well… As much as I adore this fabric, it sure has given me some headaches over the pictures taken…

Here we go with “turquoise shade number”… uh… I forget… 10? 15? I took pictures in 3 different places… on my hubby’s truck; sort of up high, by a big quartz rock in our yard and by my front door…

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After I took the pictures outside, I couldn’t wait to get inside and “see” how they looked on my computer. Disappointment stuck again.
So I decided to give up…the color is what it is…

I decided to take a close up picture of Rebecca’s necklace so you could see how pretty it is “all the way around.”

My younger sister, Deb, surprised me with a visit this weekend, so I’ll be busy with her and my mom! I LOVE sister time!

Have a wonderful Saturday and I’ll see you on Monday!
Blessings, Jeanne

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~ Timeless in Turquoise ~ is A-L-M-O-S-T ready…

Before I show you what I accomplished on Rebecca’s dress, I wanted to remind you that Willa’s Easter dress, “Easter Surprise,” is ending tonight on Ebay. You can click on the picture at the right side bar or you can see it HERE. It will fit any of the 14″ Wellie Wishers by American Girl. I hope you’ll take a peek…

I was so hoping to get this dress finished, but there weren’t enough “sewing hours” yesterday for me… however… it’s ALMOST finished. I hate to show something half completed, but I’d say it’s more than half done, so we’ll go ahead and take a sneak peek…is that okay with you?

Okay, since last time I managed to get her thigh highs finished… They won’t show but every new Easter dress needs new socks or stockings…

I added the clip to the back of her hair bow so it’s ready for your dolls hair. (Just between you and me, I may re-tie my bow…)

I wanted the skirt to flare out just a little bit like most 1900’s dresses did, so I added my slip to the dress this time. I used a white lace and gathered it up to a piece of tulle and then stitched that to the underside seam of the band. It’s lightweight, doesn’t add any bulk and yet, it gives the skirt a little more feminine appeal.

I spent most of my time on the sash, gathering 2 sections of fabric to make it appear shirred up a bit. I had some vintage mother of pearl buttons and secured the right side of the sash to the dress… the left side laps over the back side and attaches with hidden Velcro. I then added 2 more buttons on that side.

I think it looks good from all sides and even the back.

This is a close up of the side…

…and all buttoned up and snapped in the back, it looks like this…

Rebecca (my Rebecca) showed me the charm she’s going to use for her necklace… let me just say #it’sgoingtobePRETTY!!!! I told her I needed it no later than 8:30 tonight… Let’s hope she makes it.

I decided the name for this one is going to be “Timeless in Turquoise.” I still have plenty to finish, but I wanted to let you know what was happening on it…

I guess I’ll see you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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