~ Christmas Snowflakes ~ Excuses for not getting it finished…

You’ll probably look at this dress and think, “that’s all she has finished on it?” But I have an excuse, and a good one too… I was rescuing a guinea pig from a young girls science class so he didn’t have to spend Thanksgiving break all alone! Now, isn’t that about the best excuse you’ve ever heard… and it’s TRUE too! Peanut, the guinea pig at Sara’s (my little Columbian friend) school, needed to be taken home by some student so he could be cared for over break… well, guess who volunteered? Yep, Sara… She couldn’t bring him home on the bus because the cage was too big, so her mom called me and asked if I could pick Sara up and bring Peanut and her home. After all, it’s not every day you get to transport a guinea pig, is it? So that was my first excuse for not getting more sewing done…

My second excuse was I was helping my hubby with his sawzall… he was trying to replace the switch and needed another hand. Can you tell what this means?

Me neither… (that’s a diagram of all the wires he was replacing)… so I was mostly there for “moral support” and “holding the flashlight” which is a VERY important job! :o)

My third excuse was we decided this morning that it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without friends coming over, so Wednesday evening (because my kids were off then) we are having them and Edgar, Alba and Sara over for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner… I was in the kitchen most of the day and probably will be tomorrow too… We are having Jean and Bithar over on Thursday for a Thanksgiving Dinner. I was doing things in double batches today… I made 2 double batches of corn casserole, and 2 Sweet Potato Souffles, plus did some prepping for tomorrow. This is my menu… Turkey, Corn Casserole (their favorite!) Sweet Potato Souffle, Green Beans, Company potatoes, Salad, Rolls, Kristoffer is making a Red Velvet cake and I’m going to try and make some cookies (in my spare time)… :o)

My fourth excuse was I had a zillion dishes to do from all the cooking I did… that took me quite a while.

Well, I guess you’d probably like to see some pictures now, wouldn’t you? I have the basic part of the dress all finished, it’s hand hemmed, and the snaps and buttons are sewn on the back.

I received the sweetest , daintiest, most delicate and sheer piece of embroidered batiste, (that I think must have come off a child’s dress), from Kathie a while back. I have wanted to use it on something special and I think Lian’s dress might be “it.” I haven’t cut it the right length because I wanted to make sure I was going to use it… before cutting into such a special piece of fabric. I think I’m going to make a sweet little pinafore for Lian’s dress. Then I’m thinking of having a separate lace belt that can be worn if the pinafore isn’t worn… just a thought…

Here’s one last look… I’m loving this color on Lian. Marilyn said something in her comments about Cranberries and Snowflakes…and as soon as I saw that I liked it, but I wouldn’t have enough spaces in my title on Ebay to include “Christmas” and “Red” (which needs to be added when someone is searching), so I just changed the Cranberries to Christmas… I think it works…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A new winner and an old post…

Well, that certainly was fun for me…seeing which dress you thought I might like best from my 4th of July dresses. But what was more fun for me was seeing which ones you all liked the best. Everyone likes different ones for different reasons. Some of you almost guessed right…but a few were “spot on!” I had 6 ladies who commented or emailed me and picked the one I would have chosen…It was Lian’s dress. I had a lot of fun making that one and always think of it when I think of patriotic dresses. I put the ladies names in a drawing…

and drew out a winner…

Congratulations, Susette! I’ll get your prize out right away…

I did a post on Lian’s dress and the making of it on June 19, 2015 and called it “Minnie and Me in Red, White and Blue.” I’ll copy it here so you can see how I did it… everyone always asks me about those stars.

I did it! I got a Fourth of July dress made for one of my dolls! I’m thrilled and hope you will be too!

Every so often I do a set with one of my “mini” Minnie Mouses and I decided to put her with this very patriotic dress set for the Dianna Effner, 13″ Little Darling dolls. It was so much fun creating this one but it took me f-o-r-e-v-e-r to decide how to do the “flag” design on the bodice. I’m serious…we’re probably talking 2 1/2 hours trying different ways with the buttons… a firework exploding, a flag straight across, a conglomeration of the various sized stars, a star using the stars, a spray with the stars, random stars just dropped on the bodice. I even got Rebecca involved in helping me figure it out. I should have taken pictures of all the various ways I tried them. In the end, this is what I ended up with. 28 buttons…yes…count them…t-w-e-n-t-y e-i-g-h-t! I hope I got it right! I think I did!


When I finally decided to put the stars across the bodice in rows like a flag, I had to figure out some way to make them straight. It was too tedious to stitch them on freehand and get them even. I decided to run a row of basting stitches across the bodice in a wavy pattern parallel to each other…then I sewed them on just above the stitching line. When I was done I gently removed the basting stitches. I think it’s pretty cute.



The bodice is made from the vintage navy dotted Swiss fabric that I got at the yard sale. It’s nice and soft and is lined with white fabric on the inside. The buttons on the bodice were actually an afterthought, so the threads do show on the inside, if that matters to you. I tried to be as neat as possible though. Tiny red buttons close the back and are covering hidden snaps.



Lian’s skirt is made from a red and white striped cotton and white eyelet peeks out from underneath the hem.



A little tam was what Lian wanted to wear with this set…I like it cocked a little bit sideways, don’t you?


The tiniest little Minnie Mouse is being clutched very tightly by Lian…it’s my last red one and I’m SO sad!




Don’t you think YOUR doll needs this for her 4th of July dress?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

So that was the post about Lian’s dress. I hope you enjoyed it a second time… :o)
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Can you guess “MY” favorite “Patriotic” doll dress?

Well, it’s probably obvious to you, there won’t be any 4th of July dresses from me this year. I’ve been kind of behind on things for a while now and as I was working on Felicity’s dress, I realized I’d have nothing to offer you this year.

However, I do have dresses from the past and thought maybe I’d show them to you and see if YOU could pick my all time favorite dress from the ones shown… We’ll turn this into a little contest. I’ll show you all the doll dresses I’ve made representing the 4th of July, and you can pick the ONE you think is MY favorite. Let me know in your comments below or in an email to me… (use the Contact Me tab under my header.) Then I’ll see if anyone gets it right. All those who guess it right will be entered into a drawing and I’ll then draw out one name and announce the winner tomorrow. If you don’t know the dolls name, just do your best to describe the dress. It’s for a prize! :o)
You’ll have until midnight, Monday night, Illinois Central time.

So let’s see those dresses…there are 32 to pick from so take your time…and if you want to see them larger, just click on them.

Also, remember you’re just voting for the “outfit”… not the quality of the picture…some of my older pics are pretty pathetic!

Do you think you know which one is my favorite? Guess and see if you win!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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ONE doggie birthday, TWO dolly wigs, THREE webinars & FOUR jars of pickles

I’ve been busy and I wish I had more to show you… but these pictures will have to do. We’ve had something every single day of this week and we aren’t even done yet.

ONE doggie birthday… Yesterday was Reuben’s 2nd birthday. My hubby didn’t realize it when we got Reuben, but he was born on the exact same day that our dear Scruffy died. Isn’t that unbelievable? When my hubby discovered that on his registration papers, he was all teary eyed and told me he just knew Reuben was the one he was supposed to have. He did get a few extra treats yesterday…

If you click on any picture, it will enlarge.

Here was his first day with us…

I didn’t think he was EVER going to leave the toilet paper alone…

One of our messes after a doggie haircut…

TWO doll wigs… both of Noel’s wigs came in the mail yesterday. I am pleased with them both, although I almost wish I had bought the 5/6 size in the red one…it’s a LOT of hair for such a little face, but I’m not even sure a size 5/6 would fit her head… I think it might. This is a size 6/7 from JuJu’s Dolly Mall. It’s pretty cute on her though and will probably look better with her new blue hat.

The second wig I bought was just one of those sausage wigs that are terribly out of style, if you ask me. I wanted a brown one to match Isabelle’s dark hair when she does a sister set with her. This wig isn’t quite as dark as Isabelle’s but it will have to do.

I did a little styling on it and made it look a little more fashionable! She’s pretty sweet looking in it.

THREE Webinars…I don’t have any pictures to show of this, but Sarah, my webmaster for my blog, sent me some information about free webinars that had to do with businesses and crafters. I have watched 3 really good ones and have learned a few things that I need to start working on in my business and especially my Etsy shop…poor thing…it’s been so neglected. I’ve taken 3 pages of notes and need to put some of the things into action!

FOUR jars of pickles…Today is actually my hubby’s birthday and he wanted pickles! Can you believe that? Pickles! He wanted the ONES I had made before… “Linda’s Pickes” to be exact. It isn’t necessarily Linda’s recipe, as you can find them on Pinterest and the web, but Linda sent the recipe to me, so I call them Linda’s pickles. I made 4 jars for him…(doubled the recipe) and it takes 24 hours for them to “set” so they’ll be ready today for his birthday! What a thing to ask for on your 59th birthday…

They are SO good and so easy to make… I thought I better share that blog post again where I tell you how to make the pickles. You can find the post from June 17, 2016, below…

Pickles for Pop

Well, that was my day. I hope you accomplished more than I did.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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