~ Teddy Bear Tea Party ~ for Ten Ping is listed on Ebay…

I’m sorry I didn’t get your comments answered until late in the evening. I was going back and forth trying to get pictures of Ten Ping in her new dress and helping my hubby with a flooring project. I was trying to be the good wife and didn’t want to put my sewing ahead of helping him…so the comments were the last to be taken care of…

We’ve had this cold air return register right smack dab in the middle of our floor, between the kitchen and the dining room, ever since we bought our house. We’ve lost buttons and coins and screws and probably other things I’ve forgotten, down it. My hubby wanted to move it over to the edge of the wall instead of being out in the middle of the floor. He found a new register in a bronze like color at Lowe’s and asked if I could live with it… it was $5.00. I sure can!!! That hole in the corner hasn’t been like that for 13 years…it’s had another piece of wood on top of it, but it was always as ugly as all get out!

If you click on any picture, it will enlarge…

The floor is a disaster and the duct system had to be worked out underneath the floor, in the basement, before we could move the register… take about icky looking… but soon, it will be pretty, we hope! You can see the glue marks on the wall in the kitchen from when we peeled the aqua colored tiles off the kitchen walls. Another icky picture…

The people who had the house before us didn’t care one bit how things looked, just so long as it worked… well, I’d like things to look a little bit pretty, so we redid it! It’s not done yet, but it was a big start. A great big thank you to my hubby for his hard work today…

Down in the basement, my hubby had to extend the duct work from the the cold air return register in the middle of the floor (right end of the duct work), to the new “closer to the corner” spot upstairs… (left side of the pipe). It’s almost 11:00 p.m. so we are calling it a day!

We also made a trip over to my mom’s house to see what was wrong with her riding mower… a belt had slipped off and my hubby got it back on. Then he shoveled a big pile of mulch she had sitting in her grass and put it around all her trees… MAN, can that guy work… and he’s not even 100% still. I don’t think he has a lazy bone in his body… or his mind!

So while he was working, I was helping him but I was hoping against hope that I’d be able to get Ten Ping’s dress listed on Ebay. I had somehow managed to get my pictures taken, but they had to be sorted and cropped and then my listing done. It takes a while when you do it the way I do!

Miraculously, I did manage to get her dress set listed and made up a cute story to go with her dress. I hope you enjoy it… If you’d like to see the listing, you can click on the picture of Ten Ping at the top right side bar, or you can click HERE. It’s called “Teddy Bear Tea Party” so that should give you a few hints about what’s going to be happening in my story line.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures… I’ll try not to give away too much from the listing…

Ebay has changed the way things are listed in the different categories. It would be nice if you were searching for an American Girl doll, that you could just type in “Felicity” or “Addy” along with the words “American Girl,” and anything that had those words in it would show up. But if you make clothing for the dolls, Ebay now will only let you list under the “Clothes and Accessories” categories. If you list your outfits in the “American Girl” category, Ebay will pull your listing. So if you think you are seeing everything there is for (Felicity or any doll) when you type in her name, you aren’t. It’s the same with other doll categories too. BUT, I have discovered, IF you type in the word DRESS along with the dolls name, the sellers who sew for the dolls, will have their listings pop up… SO… if you forget what the name of Ten Ping’s dress set was called, type in Ten Ping Dress and my listing should come up… Hope that helps somewhat…

My sister, Deb, is coming to visit Thursday, so I don’t know what tomorrow’s post will be about…

But I’ll see you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Ten Ping’s “second” Debut dress is finished…

I can’t believe it took me all afternoon and evening to get Ten Ping’s dress set finished…but it did. When I look at this tiny little purple dress, that is no more than 5″ long, and the slip that has a waistband that would fit on my wrist, and the thigh highs that would slide over popsicle sticks, and felt shoes that could set on the end of 2 of my fingers, and her hat that could sit atop a golf ball, I wonder how did it take so long?

First let me just look at this sweet face one more time… If you missed that post, Ten Ping was repainted by Lana Dobbs a little while back and this is her first dress with her new “face colors!” If you want to see her “original look” you can see that post HERE. I think she looks BEAUTIFUL now! Her skin tone was changed from being too orangish to a pretty soft pink color.

Here are two before shots and then the new look…

So what took me so long today?

To finish her dress, I had to sew the lace onto the bottom and then hand hem it… then finish off the edges. Then press.

Three sets of snaps and 3 buttons were sewn on the back. I should have straightened out my buttons before I took this shot… they look crooked…

Her slip was made from a purple tulle and it became a little wild, so I had to serge it and make it a little shorter… I think it looks cute on her tiny little body…

A pair of teeny tiny thigh highs were made.. seriously they could easily slide onto my pointer finger, I think…

I couldn’t remember which of my pattern pieces I used for the shoes AND the hat…so it was trial and error for a little while as I figured it out…A tiny bow was made for her hat, with some beads on it as well…

I need to tighten up the straps on the shoes, so that will have to be redone…

Ten Ping wanted her bear to have a ribbon around her neck, and some beads, so I did that too…

So, that’s why it took me as long as it did… I hope you approve! I didn’t get it listed on Ebay, but I will as soon as I can… maybe Wednesday evening… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Guess who got a new dress on the day of the Eclipse?

Well, it turned out that Carbondale, Illinois, made it on the national news… We’ve been in the news before today with the events leading up to the eclipse, but nothing like today. The only problem was it looked mostly like a dud of a day for the eclipse from the Saluki Stadium. The clouds moved in just at the last few minutes and kept most of the people in town from seeing the total eclipse except for the last 10 seconds or so. There were 14,000 disappointed people in that stadium.

Well, I’m glad I didn’t go into town, because out where we live, about 2-3 miles from the stadium, I saw the eclipse perfectly…and I must say, I got a little caught up in it. I found myself going outside and checking every few minutes as the sun started being covered by the moon. I took some pictures of my gazebo in the same place each time to show you what happened here.

Here are a few pictures from about 15 minutes out…

…about 10 minutes to totality…

…a little over 4 minutes to totality…

…almost there…

TOTALITY…

When it reached totality, I decided to take a couple pictures of it with my camera…

And then almost as fast as it got dark, it started getting light again…

It turned out that there were lots of people in the area, but they were just spread out all over Southern Illinois. I’m sure they will give estimates in the next few days, but my hubby was in town and he said it got very busy down town with lots of people walking around. He was helping at our church hand out bottles of ice water… he said they must have handed out over 1000 bottles. They had bought 55 cases of water. It was in the mid 90’s today but the heat index was between 105 and 107.

The Ozzie Osbourne concert was held outdoors and I heard on the news over 12 people had to be carted away on stretchers for heat related problems…
The traffic was a little busy as everyone was leaving town. I didn’t hear anything bad on the news so I’m hoping things went as smoothly as the town had hoped…

When it was all over, I went into my sewing room and gave myself a talking too…

“It’s time to make a doll dress and do a dolly post!” So I decided I would show off Ten Ping and her new faceup! Lana Dobbs repainted her face and I just love the new pinky colors instead of the orangish look she had before… (She came from Lonestar Dolls in Texas…and is a Ruby Red Galleria doll.) I had the hardest time trying to pick the right fabric for her. It was as if everything looked wonderful on her but I wanted it to be perfect for her new look. We finally decided on a purple scrap that I had…mostly because Ten Ping had already raided the Dolly Toy box and found a purple bear she liked… So, I hope you like what we’ve gotten done so far… it’s not hemmed, and no snaps on the back yet, but you can see the start of it…

We did a quickie photo session at midnight, and this is what she looked like…

Here’s the bear she found…

She’s a real sweetheart now, isn’t she?

Well, I’d like to think that I can get it finished tomorrow… let’s hope so!

See you then,
Blessings, Jeanne

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The SECOND SURPRISE in my box…

I hope you enjoyed seeing my new Little Darling yesterday… (HERE) If you can’t tell, I am totally smitten with her, but I promise I won’t showcase her every time I make something in the next few months…

So you know I waited over 3 years for my new Little Darling to arrive and during that time, Lana, (who painted my doll) and I talked several times on the phone… (usually I was asking her for an update on my doll…) Well, one time I was talking about a dress I had made for Ten Ping, and she wanted to know the name of the listing on Ebay…so I told her and she looked at it and gave me some kind compliments. But while I had her looking at Ten Ping, I talked to her about me doing a new faceup on Ten Ping… and I was asking her about what paints or chalk pastels to use, etc. I actually thought Ten Ping was a bit on the orangy side…and she didn’t have any definition to her lips… Anyway, Lana said she’d redo Ten Ping since it had taken her so long to get my Little Darling done. And you should see how pretty she is… Well, let’s just take a look…

First, here are some “orangy” pics to see if you can see what I mean…

Lana sent me a few pics and I did a little cutting and pasting side by side to show you the difference. I could hardly wait to see her in person…

It’s really nice to have Ten Ping back on my dolly shelf… her sisters have missed her… me too!

Here’s that sweet new face…She’s not a total “glamour girl” but I sure do love her lots now!!! When she was “on the orange side,” it was hard to get the right colors on her…now I think it will be fun to see what fabrics look nice next to her “new” skin tone! :o)

I asked Lana if she could make a lid line near her eyes to give them some definition…

She did it exactly like a picture I sent her and she also painted some extra eyelashes…

Lana told me one of her eyes was smaller than the other one so she cut it out a bit… Yikes…

She also got a sweet mani and pedi too…

Ten Ping noticed the tiny sewing machine and jumped in the chair… and said, “Mom, can you teach me to sew?” Sure Ten Ping, that’s why I bought it!

I’m thrilled to have my 2 new girls home!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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