I really need to get outside of this house for about a week pack away my sewing machine cut the shop lights off and pretend that a sewing machine does not exist. Wishful dreaming huh?
Here is what I have been working on....Remember this doll I did earlier I made a pinafore for her to wear
I think she turned out great I wish you could get a better feel of this. I all she needs now is a couple of dolls to hold. This is the one that reminds me alot of myself when I was a younger child. I call her Penny. Now I know you remember this oneI wish I had a way of taking better pictures. I removed her head rag and added more hair along with a crocheted scarf. Now this is another one of course you remember her
with all that said let me now introduce to you
Jane Serepta “Jennie” Dean (c. 1852-1913)
to find a job and save her family’s farm. Formerly enslaved, she and her father Charles both strove to improve their lives. Charles had learned to read and write, and so had Jennie, even though she had just two years of formal education in the new Freedmen’s Bureau school. Charles was trying to buy a small farm when he died
suddenly. Jennie determined to help her family hold onto it. She found domestic work for prosperous whites Washington, D.C., and a supportive black community there in 19th Street Baptist Church. Not only did she
secure the farm, she financed her sisters’ educations. On visits home, she evangelized and organized Baptist missions that became full churches. Some survive today. Troubled by the lack of educational opportunities for black children, she encouraged schools in the churches. In the 1880s she conceived and campaigned for the Manassas Industrial School for Colored Youth. She raised money among local black and white
people as well as northern white philanthropists. The school opened in 1894 and eventually educated over 6,500 students on a 100-acre campus. Jennie Dean remained active on the managing board, fundraiser, and
supervising the women’s dorm until her death in 1913. One who knew her observed, “She taught that life is a privilege as well as a responsibility and that birth or origin have but little bearing on success or failure if the
will to help one’s self is cultivated and encouraged.” Today, besides a memorial at the original campus, an elementary school there bears her name.
I met a man name Marcellus Dean the other day and this was a relative of his. The story just touched me so I had to make a doll after her. Her hat is a little too yellow I may antique it a bit to tone it done some. I am pleased how she turned out. And finally, this next doll is a work in progress but I am going to take suggestions on what to name her.
Once I am done with the shows and a couple of orders guess what? I am going to have a giveaway! But it will only be open to followers and if your out of United States I need to look into it more I am not familiar with mailing outside of the United States and Canada. I am sorry for those of you who do follow me and live outside of these areas. I still have a few more dolls to make and the rest to finish my first show will be on the 28th that is just around the corner. I leave you with a group shot lol too funny and it still not all the dolls but a few of them waiting on me to finished them up. Patience ladies I will be with you all in a moment
Peace and Blessings