Did you ever long for a doll so much your heart hurt? (plus a small cabinet update)

First of all, THANK YOU again for all the absolutely wonderful comments you shared yesterday. (There have been a few more comments from ladies added. If you missed yesterday’s post or want to see the new comments, you can click HERE.)I was blessed all day long as I read them. Unfortunately, my hubby decided to go along with me looking at cabinets…(I thought it was just going to be me…), and it took us most of the day to go to the different places comparing prices… Every time we got in the car, I checked my phone and someone new had posted something… It was so much fun… I even had a lady from Singapore check in! Thank you Evelyn!…and SEVERAL other newbies!

I had my heart broken twice yesterday, as the first set of cabinets just wouldn’t work in our space… (well, I take that back… some of them worked, but many didn’t and there were plenty we’d still have to buy plus the counter tops didn’t fit at all, so those would have to be bought too.) Anyway, my hubby made the call, and said, “It’s not gonna work, honey…we can’t spend that much money on something that doesn’t give us everything we need.”

But as my heart was hurting, another set of cabinets came up on Craigslist, a little past St. Louis and I was “sure” I must be the first person to inquire about them (as I was stalking Craigslist about every half hour!) I asked a few questions and proceeded to call the U-Haul place to get the quotes for renting a truck to haul them home in… I was trying not to be anxious about them, but it was hard. Right after dinner, I got an email and they had sold within the first half hour… Apparently I wasn’t the first one to see them. *sniff* *sniff*

So this morning my hubby said he’d like to go with me and look at the unfinished cabinets in a few places around here. That way, we can arrange them just the way we want. It seemed like a good idea and we got lots of information. We even looked at new stoves and counter tops too! AND… we also decided to buy a piece of laminate counter top that is very pretty. (Nothing like getting the cart before the horse…) My hubby found it in the sale section of Menard’s and it was more than half off. it was the one I liked the most and I can use it to determine what color of paint I’d like to paint the cabinets.

I realize you can’t tell anything about it, but I still had to show you…It’s called a high resolution Laminate counter top, which is supposed to be a better grade and thicker. This particular one had some little speckles in it that make it sort of glisten… not like glitter, but just very pretty.

We decided we could go ahead and use it on the one set of base cabinets on the left side of my kitchen. That way we could see if it went with the floors, if we liked the color and if it seemed too busy. Our old counter top on those cabinets just sat on top so this was a matter of taking that old crummy aqua with gold speckles off and putting the new on one… It has one tiny split in the back splash corner of it, that is barely, and I do mean barely… noticeable. The picture makes it look very big, but it’s actually only about an inch long in reality. When we were looking for what was wrong with it, we had to ask someone at the store why it was marked down. Hey, we can live with a tiny little flaw like that. What we saved will buy another cabinet! :o) My hubby is going to put some super glue or caulk on it to keep it together. I bet you can hardly see it… Okay… enough on the cabinet update…

Okay, now onto to today’s post…

Just like my title says… have you ever longed for a doll so much your heart hurt? Perhaps you were on the tail end of a closed out edition. Maybe the doll you wanted was a limited edition and they are all sold out. Maybe it is a doll that is just out of your reach monetarily! Maybe you don’t have any more room for another doll. Did you promise your hubby…”NO MORE DOLLS” but then you found this one that you just had to have…if only you could find her?

I’ve been there. When I saw Nyssa for the first time somewhere online, I was smitten like you can’t imagine. I mean I fell hard for her. She was a limited edition of only 87 dolls world wide, so you can imagine the kinds of odds that were stacked against me. It was practically impossible to think that I was EVER going to find a Nyssa doll (by Kaye Wiggs). Somehow, unbelievably, I found one… and she even came from Kaye herself. I made up this goofy poem about how I was pining away for a Nyssa doll and posted it on a doll forum. Kaye saw it and ended up selling me one of her personal dolls… so I’m a big believer in miracles.

Well, one of my readers… Judy Howard, saw a picture the other day, of my Katie Effanbee, “Mommy’s Garden Party” doll, and she said it was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. She’s got the “fever” bad and I would like to help her out if we can. I have LOTS of ladies who read this blog and thought maybe, just maybe, one of you might have this doll and might want to sell it to her… She didn’t ask me to do this, but ever since I saw those words of hers… “love at first sight” I haven’t been able to get them out of my mind. She even gave her email address in a previous comment if anyone wanted to contact her. Since everyone doesn’t see the comments I thought this was the least I could do for her… if you have one, you can email me and I’ll get her email address to you.

When I was “crazy sick” to find Nyssa, I combed the doll forums where she was shown and couldn’t get enough of her. I looked at every picture I could find and just stared at her….again, “until my heart hurt!” If you aren’t a doll lover or collector, you absolutely will think we are nuts, but we aren’t… we’re just in love!

So Judy, these pictures are for you to enjoy and tide you over till you find yours…

Have a wonderful Saturday everyone,

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A Sunday Reminder about “Autumn Leaves” for Patsy Tonner…

This is just a reminder (before I forget), that Patsy Tonner’s dress set, ends Sunday evening on Ebay. If you’d like to take a peek at it, you can see the listing by clicking the top picture at the right side bar, or click HERE.

Have a wonderful Sunday,

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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“Autumn Leaves” for Patsy Tonner, is alive and active on Ebay…

Once I got the dress that was supposed to be for one of the Effner Little Darling’s taken apart and sized down for Patsy, things just seemed to “Fall” into place. Everything went smoothly after that. Well, that is after I redid the embroidery work on the front… It previously looked like this…and I didn’t care of the gold circles. In person they really were too flashy.

So I took that all out and made it look like this…

I finished a slip for the set…

…followed by a pair of Thigh Highs in a sweet lacy knit…

I like her hat the best. This is the first time I’ve done a two-toned hat…and the colors were “spot on” if I do say so myself! I used some tiny dried flowers that Cindy had sent me in little basket and I cut out the wool felt leaves to embellish the hat.

I did make one little mess up on the hat. It doesn’t show and it won’t affect anything about the set, but I’ll tell you how I goofed. Normally I make my hats and take them off the hat mold as soon as I’m finished winding the braid round and round the hat. I then let them air dry. It was late last night…actually this “morning”…it was after 1:00 a.m. when I finished this hat and I decided I would just let it dry on the mold. Well, I guess the glue that was squished out between the rows of braid, had no where to go, so it just stuck to the inside of the hat. It’s all glossy now, and sort of speckled like.

The glue isn’t loose, and doesn’t flake off, but it’s stuck on and just looks shiny on the inside.

I have one small scrap of the fabric left and I may try to see if I can’t make a hat liner and glue it to the top of the hat…just up to the coral colored brim rows…

I was sort of sick when I peeled the hat off the mold and saw the glue residue left behind…Oh well, guess I won’t do that again…

Here are a few more pictures of the set…

The little Teddy Bear was something Patsy found in the Dolly Toy Box.

I listed it on Ebay and you can see it by clicking the picture at the top right side bar or you can click HERE.

If you just type in Patsy Tonner on Ebay, it won’t come up under her listings… (it’s an Ebay thing), but IF you just add the word “Dress” to your search, it will show up with all the other Patsy listings… (Patsy Tonner Dress)

I hope you like the final look of this dress set. It is VERY pretty in person!

I did something I don’t normally do. I put a Buy It Now price on the listing… that price just popped into my head and I decided to give it a try… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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This was supposed to be an Effner, Little Darling dress …and Janie is upset!

I had this wonderful green with colorful Fall leaves print that I showed you a while back. I had gotten it down on one of our trips to Missouri and there was only a fat quarter of it… (18″ x 22″) My plan was to make a dress for Janie to model with her red bob wig and it was going to look adorable on her. I found the pattern I always use for my Little Darling bodices… cut out the dress very carefully, as I only had a limited amount of it… I lined the bodice, added the sleeves, made sure the cuff was the right circumference to go over her spread out fingers and around her upper arm…

…and then I tried it on Janie…

…but for some reason, it didn’t go on very easily… it wouldn’t even meet together in the back…

Oh, crumb… I checked and somehow I mistakenly picked up the wrong bodice pattern piece. I used the one for 10″ Patsy Tonner. But now the sleeve cuffs are too big around on Patsy, so you know what I’ll be doing tomorrow… ripping out! UGh! I can salvage it, and it will look cute on Patsy, but it shouldn’t have been this way.

Janie is all upset, because she wanted the dress, and I have no more of the fabric… she said, “Yea, but what about my red wig? This fabric was supposed to be mine!” I told her we’d find something else to go with her red wig…

So here is a look at what I’ll transform this dress into for Patsy.

I plan to make her a little straw hat using both of these braids…

Well, it’s late and I better get to bed so I can get started ripping out these sleeve cuffs in the morning light…

Janie is pouting and Patsy is singing… such is the life of a dolly seamstress!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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