Is it too soon?

Is it too soon to be “Dreamin’ of Summer?”  Amelia Thimble doesn’t think so, and I agree with her.  Why not start dreaming, if only just a little bit, about lush flower gardens, picnics in the grass, outings to the beach, or catching some rays by the pool?

Tiny Amelia Thimble whispered in my ear that she is dreaming of a summer garden party, and she is awaiting her very first invitation of the season.  Being the life of every party, I am sure it will arrive soon.

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For more information on Amelia Thimble’s “Dreamin’ of Summer” dress/hat set please visit my “Available for Sale” page on cindyricedesigns.com .

Gina is “A Vision in Pink”

I use pink for my doll ensembles SO much, but I think this new set for the Little Darlings is the pink-iest to date.  I made the crocheted hat and purse to originally go with her last outfit see here, but as sometimes happens, it just didn’t “work”.  I often ask my daughter’s opinion and she agreed with me and added that these two pieces looked a bit like 1920s fashions and suggested a drop waist styled dress.  Originally, I thought a white dress, but then I got in a new order of fabric and saw that this pink floral rose print would be so much prettier than white, and, although this outfit looks sweet without a sweater, a super soft light as a feather pink mohair is the icing on the cake to finish off this decadent delight.

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The tiny lace rose is hand made with the same fine English cotton cluny lace used on the dress’s skirt and the crocheted hat.  I added two knotted loops of rayon ribbon for the leaves and sewed a little pearl onto the center of the rose.  Fiddly to make, but well worth the effort as it is so tiny and delicate to look at.  I’ve started adding little thread belt loops at the side seams to help hold the ribbon ties in place.

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For more information on “A Vision in Pink” please visit my “Available for Sale” page on cindyricedesigns.com .

Little Lady in Lilac

I’ve never dressed Millie in anything purple or lilac and I really like her in it, don’t you?  To me, she looks like a southern belle all dressed up for Easter, a Sunday outing, or even a garden wedding.

When I started making this outfit for Millie I thought I would have to keep the color palette to purples, but I noticed that the roses had the lightest of pinks in them.  I found that pink went beautifully with the sweater so kept it as my primary embroidery color.  I used the pale pink again for the ribbon tie, purse, tights, and hat.  It really warms up the lilac color and livens up what could have been a monochromatic ensemble.

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For more information on “Little Lady in Lilac” please visit my “Available for Sale” page on cindyricedesigns.com .

What a Difference 10 Days Make, Part 2

What happens when you don’t listen to the weather forecast for days?  Surprises that’s what and not the kind that make me smile.  The first words out of my mouth as I was pushing back the curtains in my bedroom were, “Oh, no!!!!!!!”  Who would’ve thought?  The crocuses were blooming so nicely.  It’s been gradually warming up.  Spring arrived two days ago.  The street cleaner came by on Saturday to clean the gravel off the sides of the road.  Who would’ve thought?  All these positive springlike things were taking place.  Snow was not on my radar except maybe to see it in December, which is 9 months from now.  But, Mother Nature likes to surprise us, doesn’t she?

Once again, here is the view out my studio window.

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I think it is supposed to snow all morning long and it will stay cold so will not melt right away.  Someone please give me some springlike news.  I feel like I just fell down the rabbit hole.

Blue Skies and Pink Roses

What a glorious day this would be!  Imagine a garden filled with your favorite pink roses and the most wonderful scent of roses filling the air!

My perfect pink rose garden would include every imaginable shade of pink from the palest “barely there” pink to the darkest “almost red” pink.  I would have English Roses as well as Hybrid Tea Roses.  I love both of these rose types.  What kind of pink roses would fill your perfect pink rose garden?

Patience has a new outfit to show you and it’s filled with pink roses!

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Patience found a little bunny hopping around her rose garden.  Look at how friendly he is.

For more information on Patience’s “Blue Skies and Pink Roses” spring ensemble please visit my “Available for Sale” page on cindyricedesigns.com .

A Shower of Roses

As we move towards April I am aware of the chant, “April showers bring May flowers”, and I always think to myself that it’s the “April showers” bit that I wish we could leap right over to get to the good part, the “May flowers”.  However, we need the rain to wash away the winter grime to make everything outside shiny and new.  Of course the rain helps to restart the growth on the trees and plants too.

As I finished embroidering this sweater for the Little Darling the little rosebuds trailing down the sweater reminded me of a spring rain shower, one that is gentle and warm, and (my favorite part) with the sunshine following close behind.

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For more information on “A Shower of Roses” ensemble for the Little Darlings please visit the “Available for Sale” page on cindyricedesigns.com .

What a Difference 10 Days Make!

 This first photo was taken on March 3, exactly 10 days ago.  We were in the midst of a snowstorm.  I’ll admit it was very pretty at the time.  But…

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look at it now.  We’re heading towards 60 degrees today.  SO, SO happy!  I feel like I am in a foreign land after so many days of very cold temps.march melt 869There’s still some snow hanging around, but barely.  It really feels like spring is on the way.  :)

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This is now my view outside my sewing room window.  Our swimming pool is still looking quite icy cold, but at least we can see it.

In the last day or so the snow has melted and left behind the very first signs of spring, crocuses and daffodils starting to grow into their spring “gloriousness” .

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Hope you’re starting to see the beginnings of spring too.

Oh Where, Oh Where is Spring?

While I cannot say it is totally springlike here, we are moving towards it.  Over the last 4-5 days we have lost lots of snow with above freezing temps and lots of sun.  Large areas of grass are starting to appear and they’re sort of green…well, in some places!

Update:  I wrote this post this morning and as of now (the evening) it seems like there is less snow and more grass showing.  What a huge difference a day makes!

No sign of bulb gardens starting in northern Illinois yet, though.  For a preview of what is to come, a beautiful bulb garden is in full bloom on Pukipuki Sugar’s dress.  And, the best part is that it is an everlasting reminder of our fleeting spring flower gardens.

Sugar has embroidered tulips in three shades, yellow daffodils, tiny grape hyacinths (yes, they smell like grape), and the ever fragrant hyacinths in purple (blue), white, and pink.  In our previous house all of these bloomed in my garden every year.

What will be blooming in your spring garden?

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Pink tulips, daffodils, multi-colored hyacinths, and grape hyacinths are blooming all around the hemline of Sugar’s dress.

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For more information on Sugar’s dress/hat set please visit the “Available for Sale” page on cindyricedesigns.com .

Some Tiny Easter Pretties

Easter and spring dress sets continue to be made here in still snowy northern Illinois.  This week I embroidered some of the most feminine and Easter-y dresses yet.

Usually I start with the dresses and then make a hat or cap to finish off the outfit.  This time I made the hats first (no idea why, just happened that way) and I then designed the dresses to match.

I started by knitting a pink dress to match the white hat with the pink embellishments.  Initially I thought this would end up being primarily a pink and white set.  After embroidering a pink rose I thought the dress needed lavender.  I embroidered the lavender rose and then the idea was born to make a pastel rainbow of tiny roses in Easter egg colors encircling the waistline of the dress.  I’m very happy with how colorful the dress turned out.  It is definitely Easter-y, isn’t it?

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The next hat was very similar to a set I made last spring titled “All Dressed Up”.  I adore this thin jacquard ribbon and wanted to use it again for a new set this year.  The brighter pink I used for the rose embroidery is an exact match to the cotton I used for the hat.  Then I added a very light pink for the outer rose petals and a rosebud.  I matched the green in the ribbon for the embroidered greenery on the dress.  And lastly, the pastel pink roses needed some tiny white baby’s breath to complete this most delicate look.

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Fore more information on either of these two new sets for Amelia Thimble please visit my “Available for Sale” page on cindyricedesigns.com .