Happy Easter from the Chi-bunny

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This is my sweetie pie baby, a 4 year-old tri-color chihuahua.  He is such a little guy, fits right into my daughter’s Easter basket.  I was so proud of him for being such a good boy while I took about a hundred pictures trying to get “the” shot.

Happy Easter!

Scroll Saw Studio: AKA Garage

Cindy Rice:

I love working with needle and thread, my paint and paintbrush. My brother, on the other hand, can create beauty with a saw and a tiny piece of wood! Both my brother, Dave, and his wife, Heather, are down-to-earth, creative, and very giving people. I love them dearly. I want to share with you their latest creative endeavors. I am blown away by all of things that they make, all carefully by hand.

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Handcrafted Jewelry

Dave and his jigsaw have been creating again! I wonder how many different kinds of arts and crafts we will create? But alas, here is one more craft to add to our bag of tricks: Jewelry cut with a scroll saw!

Wooden Jewelry

I have received these as gifts from the scroll saw studio (aka garage) for a while now.
Left to right: lotus flower for my birthday; heart for Valentines Day; endless knot for our anniversary . . . well you get the picture. I am amazed at all the detail in wood craftsmanship. I have been touched by each one especially since I am the wife of the creator!

The pendants are now in our Etsy store along with all the other art and crafts!

Symbols and Their Meaning:

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Something New for my Little Darling, Gina

I have been wanting to knit and embroider a dress for one of my larger dolls for quite some time.  My Little Darling, Gina, was the recipient of this very special dress.  I made it just for her which has made her so happy!


I decorated the high waistline with pink and lavender bullion stitched roses and rosebuds.  The embroidery goes all the way around to the back of the dress.  I dyed silk ribbon and fine English cotton cluny lace in shades of  pink.  Silk bows decorate the sleeves and back of the dress.  More ribbon is woven through the eyelet at the hemline.  Underneath the hemline is the pink lace and gathered soft lavender tulle.

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Tiny very pale pink glass pearls buttons march all the way down the back of the dress and easily pass through the tiny buttonholes.

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Gina says that this dress makes her think of spring time and flower gardens.

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I used the same size needles for this dress that I use on Amelia Thimble’s dresses.  I didn’t want the dress to be too airy and it’s not.  It is very substantial, no see through.  I quickly counted the number of stitches it took to make this dress because I was knitting for a few days and I was curious.  Any guesses?

There are about 13,000 stitches that make up this dress!

Izzy is “All Dressed Up”

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And… she has places to go.  Lots of visiting with her friends, that is.  Izzy is such a social butterfly.

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Here she is sitting on the arm of beautiful Bella by Bo Bergemann.

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And here she is snuggling up with Sugar on Bella’s lap.  Denver Doll Emporium has a Pukipuki Sugar available just in case anyone would like their own little sweetie pie.

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Puppy gets a hug from Izzy too.

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I found this thin rayon jacquard ribbon at Vogue Fabrics last spring.  It is the perfect band for these tiny hats, don’t you think?  For more information on this set please visit my website.

Pukipuki’s Spring Garden

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Pukipuki my dear Puki,

How does your garden grow?

With gentle rain and golden sun,

She has blossoms all in a row.

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Just in case it isn’t obvious yet, I LOVE flowers.  One of my favorite places to visit is the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  In fact, I wish that I lived across the street from the gardens.  I am sure that I would spend more time there than not.  I could see myself finding a bench (always in a different spot) and knitting and embroidering away the day.  Sigh…  It really is a beautiful place with so many different gardens.  If I tried, I could not pick out a favorite spot.  Sigh, again…  If you ever visit Chicago and love gardens you might want to add this to your “places to visit” list.

Soon our spring bulbs will start to bloom here in northern Illinois.  Pukipuki has gotten a head start on her gardens.  They are blooming along the hemline of her mint green and sky blue knit dresses.  Teeny tiny daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and grape hyacinths are everlastingly in their glory on these dresses.

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Sugar’s tiny pots of tulips were brought back from Amsterdam by my sweet husband.  Aren’t they cute?

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Sugar takes such good care of her pretty tulips.

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For more information on Pukipuki’s dresses please visit my website.

New Dresses to Welcome Spring

Yeah!  It is officially spring.  We made it through the worst winter in recent memory.  I am so, so excited for warm air, spring breezes, flowers, and lots of sunshine.

To celebrate spring I’ve made five new dresses for Amelia Thimble and Izzy.  Each is knit with hand dyed fine lace weight baby alpaca/silk in the palest shades of pure color, no neutrals here.  Each dress has a different type of hat/headband.  I’ve left one without for those little girls with a hairstyle not suitable for hats.  And, of course, colorful floral hand embroidery adorns each dress.

I hope you enjoy the dresses and the new season.

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For more information on these one-of-a-kind dresses for Amelia Thimble & Izzy please visit the Available page on my website.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

No, I don’t have a speck of Irish heritage in me and I look awful in the color green, but I couldn’t help but get into the Irish spirit this year.  My Pukipuki, Sugar, is here to spread St. Paddy’s Day joy to you all.  By the way, I think she looks beautiful in the color green.

This past week I spent quite a bit of time learning some new techniques and discovering some new sites.  I practiced a new lace pattern, discovered Craftsy, listened to a new knitting podcast, and perused Ravelry and Pinterest for knitting inspiration.  As a result, I found this adorable Blythe hat pattern from Maggie at Parasol Doll and knit up my version for Pukipuki.  Thank you, Maggie.

Sugar wanted to wear her new outfit while looking for all things lucky and Irish.  My little charmer found her own lucky charm.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Patience & Izzy’s New Sister Set

Patience and Izzy are feeling so sweet and rosy in their new coordinating outfits.  Patience and Izzy’s cardigan, sweater dress, and hat and are knit in fine lace weight baby alpaca/silk yarn.  It is very soft and has a nice drape to it.  I hand dyed the yarn for Izzy’s set to pick up the blue in Patience’s floral print dress.  Patience’s hat is crocheted in three natural fibers with a brim that can be worn up or down.  The dress’s fabric is a fine cotton print from Japan and features the prettiest pastel flowers and ribbons in pinks, sky blue, green, and yellow.  I used hand dyed silk ribbon and fine English cotton cluny lace for special touches in this coordinating set.

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