First Glances!

DON’T FORGET… Molly’s purple dress set ends this evening on Ebay. (Marilyn reminded me…) You can see it by clicking the picture at the right side bar.

We’ve had a few ladies receive new dolls the last few days and it got me to thinking about what it was like for me when I received one of those boxes with a doll inside. Generally, you know it’s coming because you either “ordered it yourself” (ha!) or you got an invoice from the artist who painted your doll, letting you know she was done and she’d be shipping her soon. There is just something so exciting about walking out to your mailbox and seeing a large box with a return address that makes you want to scream. Or maybe the mailman comes to your door and delivers a box… one you’ve been waiting for for a long time… or maybe you are gone and the box is left on your doorstep, (heaven forbid!) until you return home to find it.
Most of the time, I’ve had wonderful experiences when I opened up those doll boxes… It’s usually like the clouds part and a ray of sunshine beams into your house. You pull back the tissue paper and see for the first time, that sweet face that you have anxiously been waiting to see! Her eyes meet yours and you pick her up and say something like, “Yes, Yes, Yes!” or “Oh, Oh, Oh!” That’s the way it usually goes. Then you keep checking her all day long to see if she’s still as pretty as you remember she was the last time you looked at her.

If you’ve been blessed with a doll recently, CONGRATULATIONS! If you haven’t, may it happen to you sometime in the future!

Here are a few of my first glances…and just like my daughter, Rebecca, when you get that one special doll, it’s hard to wipe that grin off your face….

I didn’t take a picture of Isabelle in her box… I HAD to get her out. I know this sounds silly, but I think she looks younger in these pictures than she does now. I’m sure it’s because her hair has sort of straightened a little bit. She was the one I couldn’t stop saying “Oh, Oh, Oh” to!

I won Janie, another 13″ Dianna Effner, Little Darling, off of Ebay. She had been listed for 3 weeks in a row and I sent the lady (Joyce Mathews), an offer and she took it. Her hair was a little ratty, but I thought it was sweet on her. Her original name on her certificate was Helen, but I changed it to Janie.

When I received Emmie, recently, I had waited over 3 years for her, so I was VERY anxious to see what she looked like. It was truly love at first site with her too!

Joy sent Betsy McCall to me and she was a fun surprise box to open up. I hadn’t seen one this size in person…

I was smitten with the little 10″ Boneka dolls and amazingly Carolyn found one and bought it, knowing I was looking for one, and then emailed me and offered it to me for the price she paid. I was absolutely thrilled with her when I opened up the box…

Last of all, I’ve had 2 surprises with Ten Ping, my tiny little 8″ girl. She came from Lone Star Dolls in Texas, and was made by Ruby Red Galleria. I just thought she was adorable, and loved how she could be posed. The only thing I really didn’t care for about her was her orangish complexion.

Fortunately, I was able to send her to Lana Dobbs, and she repainted her with a much prettier skin tone. When I opened up the box the second time it was an incredible feeling of love for her. She was perfect now! Lana sent me a picture of her first and I had to compare her old face with her new one…

When I opened up her box for the “second time” I was pleasantly surprised and VERY pleased…

Well, those are just a few of my “happy” moments with my dolls… I hope you’ve had a few of those too!

I hope you have a wonderful Saturday and I’ll see you Monday…or maybe tonight at the “finish line” of Molly’s dress. :o)
Blessings, Jeanne

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~ 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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