“Pastels in the Garden”

My Linda Macario’s Penny is excited and thrilled to show you her new springtime sweater dress.  We had a very quick outdoor photo shoot yesterday.  I had on my long down coat, but poor Penny was quite cold.  Ah, a career in modeling can be quite uncomfortable.  Anyway, Penny is fine today; she didn’t catch a cold, so all is good.

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Our lilac phlox is blooming.  It is so pretty!

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For Penny’s first bamboo sweater dress I tried to mimic the colors and embroidery pattern of “My Favorite Roses” which I just finished for the Little Darlings.  I do love pastels… A LOT!  Since Penny is quite a bit smaller than the Little Darlings the knitting of this dress was much quicker, so Penny should be the lucky recipient of many more bamboo sweater dresses.  She hopes so anyway!

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Once we got inside Penny stopped shivering and relaxed into the photo shoot.

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“Pastels in the Garden” will be available for sale tonight at 7:00 pm CST, to U.S. and Canadian customers.  I have been having problems with my website refreshing itself immediately for some customers, so you can now go to my website to view the page and see more photos and specifics about this outfit.  To be fair, I will not accept emails or contact forms for purchasing this ensemble until 7:00 pm.  And, please also only send a request once.  This ensemble will be sold to the first email or contact form that I receive at 7:00 or later.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me ahead of time.  Thank you!

“Patsy in Pink”

Well, finally… Patsy gets some attention around here.  Her last outfit was a Christmas ensemble!  Poor girl!  She is so patient though, not a peep or a complaint out of her.

Since Patsy has waited so long and shown such patience, I picked out one of my favorite (and hers too, I think) pink fabrics for her.  I used this fabric last year for Gina here.

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As you can see, this girl loves pink.  Look, she’s wearing Penny’s Boneka white leather shoes.  They fit perfectly with this outfit, and look oh, so cute!  I love it when the girls share.

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Patsy’s hand knit mohair/silk sweater shows off two mirrored image rose motifs in soft colors to coordinate with the dress.

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The sweater can be worn open or buttoned up with the little pink bead buttons.

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Patsy’s crocheted wide brimmed hat is made with three different fibers:  bamboo pink, a finer warm white cotton, and a pure white cotton.  The brim is edged with the bamboo pink to give a ruffly effect.  I happened to have another print from the same fabric collection, so I used it to make a band for the hat.  The mohair rose is crocheted as is the bamboo green leaf.

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On Instagram I show this bracelet being made using my iPhone and the time lapse effect (wish it really went this fast!).  Click here if you’d like to see my video.  Also click here to see a time lapse video of Patsy being posed for her photo shoot.  FYI, I don’t think you need to have an Instagram account to view my photos and videos on Instagram.

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Patsy’s “Patsy in Pink” ensemble will be available tonight at 7:00 pm CST.  Check the “Shop What’s New” page at cindyricedesigns.com.

It’s Twofer Thursday!

Alas the week is nearly over… already, and I haven’t gotten either of these new ensembles for the Little Darlings available yet.  So, I’m offering them both at the same time.  Yippie!

First up is “My Favorite Roses”, a lilac sweater dress ensemble.  I picked my favorite pastel colors to embroider these roses.  Aren’t they yummy?  Both Lucy and Gina are here to model this sweater dress ensemble for you.

Bamboo sweater dresses are the perfect knits for warmer weather which we all are having, or wishing for at this time of the year.  This is the fourth bamboo sweater dress that I’ve made for the Little Darlings.  Last year I made one in natural, pink, and white.  If you want to reminisce about those sweater dresses you can click on the names of the colors.

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Next up, is “Spring Beauty”.  I love this little cardigan so much better now.  I feel that all of the motifs are well balanced with each other and each one is a nicely composed bouquet.  Yay!  If you want to see how it used to look go here.  This sweater is knit with lace weight baby alpaca/silk yarn.  It is VERY soft!  I made the neckline a bit wider with a lace pattern edge.

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Gina is modeling “Spring Beauty” for you.  I took advantage of our beautiful pink magnolia bush in bloom for a few photos with Gina.

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“My Favorite Roses” and “Spring Beauty” will be available Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm CST.  Check the “Shop What’s New” page at cindyricedesigns.com.

Daffodils, Magnolias, and…


This is daffodil season here in northern Illinois.  They are blooming prolifically alongside the roadways and in gardens.  Last week, on the way home from picking up my daughter, I took a little detour to see if this roadside garden of daffodils was blooming.  It was!  Isn’t it gorgeous!  I snapped a few pictures to show you this glorious garden of daffodils.

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I thought there was only one variety blooming here (basic yellow), but on closer inspection saw tiny daffodils and cream/yellow varieties as well.

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This was my very own little clump of daffodils ten days ago.  Ugh, snow!  Luckily, the snow didn’t kill my daffodils; they are fine and still blooming.

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We are starting our second week of springlike weather.  So happy, happy, happy!  It is finally spring and oh, so wonderful outside.  These are my daffodils today.

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Truthfully, I think they liked getting snowed upon.  They are still doing great ten days later.

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The magnolia bushes didn’t like the cold snap much, but luckily they were just starting to bloom, so we didn’t lose many blossoms.

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And, here is a photo from about a month ago that has nothing to do with daffodils or magnolias, sorry, but I wanted to share it anyway.  When I was with my mom in January she gave me this puzzle.  She saw it at the store and thought of me as it depicted many of my favorite things.  Even though I am busy making things for our dolls, I finally had to put it together.  It is the last (material) gift she gave me.  Thank you, Mom!

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I hope you all are having a great start to this new week.  I know some of you had snow over the weekend, sorry about that.  I hope it melts in a flash, so spring can come back… and stay!

Bye for now!

Which Photo Came First?

I took these first two photos today.  Can you tell which one I took first?  Look closely… it seems obvious, but it’s not what you think.

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Which one did you guess?

Here’s a close up photo of the sweater (the little pink one in front) that I embroidered a couple of days ago.  Do you see anything wrong with it?  I don’t think that I was having a very good day when I worked on it and didn’t notice how far off the sides were from mirroring each other.  I realize that hand made things aren’t going to be 100% perfect, but the more I looked at this sweater the more I knew I had to redo one of the sides; one motif took up a LOT more space than the other side took up.

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So, the less compact motif is already ripped out, and I think I will be doing coordinating motifs, not mirrored motifs, on this sweater.  I am thinking two smaller motifs to balance the larger one.

You’ve already figured it out by now… the second photo is the first one taken.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  We are in for a very springlike weekend– yay!

Bye for now.

“Peaches and Cream” for Penny

My Linda Macario’s Penny has a brand new ensemble to show you.  This teeny tiny peach rose print on a pastel yellow background looked perfect with Penny’s coloring, so this little 8-1/2″ (22 cm) imp was the lucky recipient of an outfit made with this fabric.

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Penny’s “light as a feather” tiny sweater is hand knit with mohair/silk lace yarn.  I dyed it light peach to pick up the pretty peach roses in the dress’s print.

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I thought a little beret would look cute on this little one, and it does.  Penny’s beret is hand knit with natural colored merino lace yarn.  A peach silk bow, wool felt embroidered leaf, and rose charm add embellishment to the beret.

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Penny says, “Thank you so much for visiting!”

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“Peaches and Cream” will be available tonight at 7:00 pm, CST.  Check my  “Shop What’s New” page at cindyricedesigns.com.

A VERY Hard Week

It’s been a very hard week indeed!  This past week I lost my mom.  For years she’d been fighting a very brave battle with that horrible disease we call cancer and finally couldn’t fight it any longer.  For her, this entire year has been agonizing.  While I am grateful that she is free of her suffering, I miss her terribly.

In addition to this being a very hard week, today is the two month anniversary of my dad’s passing.  I guess you could say my family has had a doozy of a year and we’ve only seen the first quarter go by.

I believe I got my love of dolls from my mom.  From a very early age I have the sweetest memories of my dolls; I think they were linked to so many happy times shared with my mom who was usually so busy keeping house, cooking, and taking care of a large family.  My mom gave me my first Barbie doll when I was three years old and she must have spent countless hours making clothes for my doll because she made all of my Barbie doll’s clothing and I had a lot!  I specifically remember waking up one morning and seeing my doll modeling a beautiful new dress made from one of her old dresses.  I remember the day she handed me a new Midge doll for no reason.  And, I remember wanting a Crissy doll so badly when they were brand new.  I got one for Christmas that year and an entire wardrobe for her made by my mom.  So, yes, when I think of dolls those memories that include my mom are at the forefront.

My mom was my first sewing teacher, and was very good at it even though it wasn’t her passion.  I believe I was only 7 when she entrusted me to run her sewing machine.  I have no idea what I managed to make at that age, but it started my love of the craft and probably became my very first activity that I was passionate about.

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It was so hard finding a photo with my mom and I from years ago; she was alway so busy.  My uncle (her brother) caught her here with me giving his new son a bottle.

And, here’s a photo from not that long ago when she shared my happy day with me.  This photo seems like it was taken yesterday and she was younger than I am now.  Oh my goodness, how the years fly by…!!!

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I love you Mom!!!  I’ll miss you every day!


A “Happy Day to You”

This is what I am wishing to all of you today.  A day filled with no worries, sunshine, and all good things.  Don’t we all need a day like this?

I made this last ensemble for the Little Darlings just because… just because the multi colored polka dots made me happy.  The happy feeling I got from these polka dots set the theme for this ensemble.  Of course Lucy, with her big smile, got to model this one.

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Aren’t these the prettiest colored polka dots!

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Lucy’s prettily colored lace shrug is hand knit with Peruvian Highland wool in a color called Lady Slipper.  The magenta ruffly edging is made with magenta mohair/silk lace.  Both of these colors are found in the polka dots.

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Rosy colored satin ribbon and a pearl necklace add more pink to this happy ensemble.

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Lucy is holding a tiny hand made banner to remind us all to be happy, just in case we forget.

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Lucy is ready to spread the joy.  Who’s ready for a “happy day” party?

“Happy Day to You” ensemble will be available tonight (April 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm, CST) on my “Shop What’s New” page at cindyricedesigns.com.

“Daisy Chain” Garlands

Did you make daisy chain garland crowns when you were young?  I remember daisies growing prolifically in the fields and along the sides of roads, but never did turn them into a garland.  Those were the days before (way before) Google, so I never knew how.  Here’s a Wikihow tutorial that I found.  It looks pretty easy.  Maybe this is the year to try it…

Gina’s new ensemble features a cotton print filled with daisies.  The colors are casual with a feeling of being out in the country.

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Of course my original idea was to make Gina a daisy chain garland for her hair, but the daisies were too large and over powering for this delicate miss, so I went with a single daisy and ribbon to make a hair tie.  I like this look much better.

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I found this speckled porcelain sprinkling can at a thrift store and snatched it up.  It is the perfect accessory for this ensemble, don’t you think?

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Gina can also hold her bouquet of daisies separately.

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I found the charm for Gina’s necklace in my stash–a little sprinkling can with a heart!  Seriously, how perfect is this charm for this ensemble!

I knit Gina’s “light as a feather” mohair cardigan to fall slightly below the waistline of her drop-waist styled dress.  I picked up the colorful pastels in the dress print to embroider a set of mirrored image floral motifs on the bottom corners of the sweater.

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Gina’s “Daisy Chain” ensemble will be available tonight, March 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm, CST.  Check the “Shop What’s New” page at cindyricedesigns.com.

“A Party in the Rose Garden”

I know it will be at least a couple of months before there are any rose gardens in bloom here in northern Illinois, but I know there are places where roses are in bloom.  BTW, I am so jealous.

While creating Gracie’s new ensemble I let my mind wander… imagining rose gardens where picnics, leisurely walks, and garden parties are going on underneath the blue spring sky.  Doesn’t that sound lovely?

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Before I had Kaye Wiggs Gracie and Talyssa dolls, I would have had to pass on this fabric because the scale seemed too big for the smaller dolls.  I find the most colorful prints are usually too large for the Little Darling sized dolls.  This fabric reminds me of a vintage pillowcase; it is so soft and colorful, in a pastel kind of way.  I wanted to make use of all of the pretty pastels, not just the pink, so  I picked out the mint green, yellow, and blue by adding ribbon, charms to the bracelet, and a selection of blossoms for a bouquet to this ensemble.

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Shrugs, by design, are nice because they allow the entire dress to remain the focal point.  Gracie is wearing my “fun to knit” lace shrug.  I’ve made this shrug often enough to have memorized the lace pattern and notice when I forget a yarn over or to make a PSSO, so now I can say it is fun.

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Gracie’s crocheted hat is perfect for wearing in the garden.  The brim can be worn a variety of ways–one side up, one side up and the other one down, etc.  I used the dress fabric to make a band around the crown and knit a rose and leaf for further embellishment; I also added a tulle bow.

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I’ve made Gracie a delicate little pendant out of very fine silver-toned chain and a glass pearl drop.  She loves her whimsical and fun charm bracelet adorning her delicate wrist.

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Gracie’s “A Party in the Rose Garden” ensemble will be available tonight (March 29, 2016) at 7:00 pm, CST.  Go to the “Shop What’s New” page at cindyricedesigns.com.