I did some sewing…but not for the dolls…

My day was so full, I just now (11:06 p.m.) remembered your comments… I read them, but it’s too late to answer them. Well, I could, but I’ll just add some general comments here. Many of you said you saw dresses you had never seen before. Sometimes that even happens to me. I run across a picture of a dress that I had totally forgotten about.

Several of you commented on the ivory colored dress on Felicity. That is an embroidered silk dupioni and it was made back in June of 2008…my early days!

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I looked it up in my notebook and was almost positive I had made it for a customer of mine. She wanted to surprise her best friend. But I saw in my notebook that it sold for $36! Yep…that’s $36! I hope the lady who I thought hired me to make it reads this and can set me straight on the story. I was positive I received the nicest thank you card from the lady who got it. I probably still have that card somewhere. She couldn’t believe it when she opened it up! Maybe I sold this one and my customer begged me to make one for her… maybe that’s the story…

As I look at it, Felicity’s hat was pretty big…

She needed a hat with a much smaller crown. So I looked at my archived pictures again… and lo and behold, just below those pictures, but 5 days later, are these 2 pictures… of the exact same dress with a much better hat.

Maybe I thought the hat was too big and asked the lady to wait until I found something more reasonable for Felicity… I just can’t remember the story…it was 9 years ago…

So what did I sew on today? MY CURTAINS for the living room. I don’t know why they took me so long to make. I started them a few days ago and thought I could whip them out in about 2 hours… well try TWO DAYS…and then some! I think it’s because the fabric is like a kleenex. Seriously, it is very delicate. It wasn’t really hard to sew, but it was hard to keep straight. I just wanted 2 simple panels to hang down from the rod at the sides of my window. I made about a 3/4″ header at the top to give just a little bit of a ruffled look, but not too much.

I used my steamer to get the wrinkles out of the curtains… the left side was done, but not the right…

I wanted them to be sort of breezy but not blow every time someone walked through the living room. There is a weighted chain covered in white cotton that I picked up today and added to the hem. You just slide it from the end opening of your hem and attach it at one end to keep it in place.

This is what they look like now… I took a panoramic shot of my living room so you could see it. I still can’t believe it took me so long to make what you see… I should have just left them dangling over the rod… but I wanted a lining in them…

When I was at Hobby Lobby today looking for the weighted chain…I decided to look for ideas for something to cover the top part where my blinds are. I don’t like seeing the top edge of the blinds. I want to find something to cover up that area when they are scrunched up and out of the way. I want something decorative to go across the area just in front of the blinds. It needs to be about 110″ long and maybe 5 or so inches wide. I’d like something cut out, or decorative, maybe something like a wrought iron trim or filigree work, only lightweight. This was the best example of what I’m talking about… something not quite this wide or heavy looking… more dainty… just enough to hide the top area of the blinds all the way across.

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These are a few things that caught my eye at Hobby Lobby.

This was a wooden shelf but it was only about 2 feet long. If it had just been a panel of the woodwork, and they had several, I would have attached them together on a board somewhow… I really like this and it would cover up the tops of the blinds.

I looked in the decorative trim and loved this piece… it wasn’t quite wide enough and it was $24… a bit pricey for my budget.

I went to the wood cut outs and found these cute pieces…but nothing was long enough or could be put together… but I like the lacy look of that box on the bottom.

I texted Cindy about what I was thinking… and our texts went back and forth with all kinds of ideas….cardboard cut outs glued to a board and painted, stencil a board, use joint compound to build up a design and then paint it, use wood cut outs and paint them, use lace and glue it down and paint it… paper mache, use lace and rub joint compound over it to make a raised design, find a roll of embossed wallpaper border in a floral design and put that on a board… I thought about cutting out fabric and gluing it to a board and then painting it cream and then highlighting it. There are many different ways it could be done…

I just want a decorative piece of “something” to hide the tops of the blinds…especially when they are pulled up…

My curtains at the sides are just for looks… they weren’t wide enough to go all the way across. (you can see how far they come together in the one picture where I’m steaming them.) I thought about just adding a skinny rod and having some thin curtains behind the ones at the side and just slide them shut at night, but there isn’t enough room to hide them behind the curtains I just made…

I’ll figure out something…but that’s what took up my day…

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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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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Charlie and Bluebie

Now that’s a title for you, isn’t it? Any takers as to what it means? No? Well, I’ll tell you. My sister, Deb, and her hubby, Mike, are here visiting and they are the PROUD parents of a new dog called Charlie. Let me tell you…he is a sweetheart! I’d like to give Charlie his “15 Minutes of Fame” on my blog! :o)

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They got him from a lady at their church who wasn’t able to keep him anymore. He’s pretty big, being a standard poodle, but he’s very gentlemanly and so obedient! He’s 6 years old and pretty close to the size of a small pony… just kidding, but when he runs outside it’s almost as if he’s galloping!

I’m pretty sure he has Deb wrapped around his sweet wagging tail. His eyes are the prettiest GREEN, and they just pierce right through you when he looks at you. I’m not sure who loves each other the most… I think it’s a tie!

Anyway, we took him outside to play with his toy, “Bluebie.” (Blue Bee) As we threw it around in the yard, I noticed some of his stuffing was coming out and I said, “Hey, I can fix that…and I just might have something for a blog post if you let me.” So I did. I got a needle and thread from my mom’s sewing stuff and stitched Bluebie up. (I’ve had a little practice with a FEW of Reuben’s toys!) Here was Bluebie before and then an after shot.

Yep, my life is one big needle and thread episode, don’t you think? One day doll dresses, the next day car panels, and the next doggie toys! So even though this isn’t about Felicity’s dress, it is about sewing…

Hope you enjoyed it…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I am too pooped, so here’s an old post…

We got home a few hours ago, but I realized I am more tired than I thought I would be. The visit with his very sick brother, and all the emotions that go with that, the drive home, dishes left in my sink from when we dashed off on Tuesday, and the realization that I need sleep more than anything… in MY bed, instead of on an air mattress, is telling me I need to play hooky tomorrow…

I wanted to do a post, but I have nothing to show, so I pulled a post from the past… This was actually my 2nd post… on August 2, 2014. I remember when I started my blog, I told myself, “Make it all about sewing and dolls and stuff like that!” So on day 2 what did I do? I wrote a post about sewing in the most magnificent way possible…a huge water slide “thingy.” It’s an alterations story I’ll never forget…

I called this post, “My Biggest Alterations Job Yet!” and I hope you don’t mind reading it again…

Yesterday I was on the computer when I heard my hubby come in the front door and it sounded like he was dragging something inside. I kept on with my computer work and forgot about the noise I’d heard. It was quite a while before I went into my sewing room, but when I did, it looked like he had deposited a huge parachute on the floor…
“What’s this????” I asked.
“Oh, it’s one of those blow up slides with a pool…” he said with a grin.
“And what’s it doing in my sewing room?” I asked with not so big of a grin.
This time with a smile…“Oh, I told them at church you could probably fix it. It’s something for the kids to play in for VBS (Vacation Bible School) next week. There are a few tears at the seams where it’s leaking, and I know how you love a good project!!!”

Not to be beaten by a blow up slide and pool thingy…and knowing that it was unusable the way it was, I rummaged through my threads and found the Sun Guard thread I had used when I replaced all the screens in our
(bargain $300) pop-up camper. (…another story…)

We decided it was too big of a job to do inside, so my darling hubby set up a card table outside in the backyard, carried out my sewing machine, and set up a sewing area for me. He turned on the air pump to blow up this monster, so we could determine what was the best way to tackle this huge undertaking.

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Well, to cut to the chase, there were S-E-V-E-N areas that needed fixing… and they were major leaks. Someone before me had tried to GLUE the thing back together, but that didn’t work. I had 2 small scraps of the blue material that were about 8” x 3” which were pretty ratty looking. I threaded up the machine with a denim/jeans needle and my hubby was deemed the “holder” as it was very heavy. It was pretty tricky to get it under the feed dogs of my machine and stitch up the areas that were leaking. I sewed an area and then we’d have to blow it up to see if it fixed the area that was leaking… we must have done that 5 or 6 times… sew it up, then blow it up, sew it up, then blow it up. It’s not my finest work to say the least, but after about 2 hours we got it all patched.

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Most of the patching had to be done on the outside… like taking the two edges, holding them together, stitching them together and then folding and stitching a piece of the patch fabric around the rough edges. It worked… and we were so proud… we huffed and puffed getting all the air out of it and rolled it up and put it in a large plastic tub. Hallelujah!!

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This should be the end of my story, but NO…
My hubby carried the tub to the garage and plopped it in front of his workbench… You’ll never believe this, but as he dropped the tub down, it happened to catch a crowbar, which ripped a new 4” tear in the backside. UGH!

He almost cried as he came back out to tell me what had happened. Actually after we both had a moment of groans, we laughed…I sat up my sewing machine again on the card table, this time, just outside the garage and proceeded to fix that one final rip! I told him maybe we should wrap it all in bubble wrap to protect it until Monday when it will be set up!

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Okay, do I win the prize for the largest alteration? If not, tell me your story…

Blessings, Jeanne

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