“Vintage & Rosy” for the Little Darlings

Yes, it’s me again with another ensemble to show you.  I was so busy with creating new outfits during the last couple of weeks; I was on a roll and didn’t take the time for photography, so here they are almost all at once.  Sorry, I hope you don’t mind. :)

Here is my Little Darling, Gina, in a one-of-a-kind 1970s inspired ensemble.  This is one of my favorite floral prints.  It reminds me of the 1970s, but without the orange, using pink instead.

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Here’s a picture of my best friend and I right before our 8th grade graduation, long, long ago.  This is the dress that I thought of when I saw this floral print.

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I also used this print to make an ensemble for Patience, but hers is in a brighter colorway.  You can see it here.  The colors in Gina’s ensemble are more muted, so this would be perfect for wearing into the fall season too.

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The bullion stitched embroidered roses, hand dyed rayon ribbon, tiny thread bows, and a few bugle beads add lots of rosiness to this ensemble while the English cotton Cluny lace, fine thread crocheted ballet slipper shoes, and whitish flowers in the fabric add that warm white/ecru vintage feel.  I love the touch of blue in the print and brought that out with a few colonial knot embroidered flowers and the heart dangle on the bracelet.

The crocheted ballet slipper shoe tops are made with very fine thread.  The Little Darlings have the cutest shaped feet and ankles, so these hand made “tinies” show them off.   The roses on the slippers are hand made out of the lace with a bit of rayon ribbon and a seed bead added.  The extra lace rose and the pink crocheted rosebud on Gina’s wrist are separate, so they can be tied anywhere: hair, over waistline ribbon, wrist, etc.

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“Fit for a Princess” is Something New for Talyssa

I was looking back at the last outfits that I’ve made for Talyssa and saw that she needed something softly colored.  For some reason I tend to make her brightly colored ensembles, so I looked through my fabrics and found something soft and sweet for her.

fit for a princess 164I must admit that I love her in these colors.  I think she looks like a little princess, don’t you?

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Her little lace shrug is knit with wool/angora yarn.  It is oh so soft and yummy!

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This ensemble required a “princess touch”, so I added a dainty pearl headband.

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For holding her treasures there is a crocheted drawstring bag with a pearl, silver tone rose bead, and pink crystal dangle to sparkle and catch the light.

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fit for a princess 167For more information on Talyssa’s “Fit for a Princess” ensemble please visit my “Available for Sale” page on cindyricedesigns.com .

“A Midsummer’s Garden”

As we head into summer our gardens will be at their summer’s best.  Are you ready to enjoy this special time of year?

My Little Darling, Gina, has donned a summery ensemble to wear while meandering amongst the flowers and maybe picking a few too.

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a midsummer's garden 039Gina’s pure white bamboo lace sweater is embroidered with its own mirrored garden motifs.  They coordinate with her summer dress which is in a palette of cool summer colors.

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The little crocheted ballet slippers add a magical touch to this ensemble and show off the Little Darlings’ sweetly shaped feet.

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“Garden Wishes” for Millie

When I think of pretty summer colors I think of pure semi-bright color and this print is full of those shades.  The grass green fabric background is so fresh—perfect pink, light blue, lemon yellow and pure white add to this lovely summer palette.

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garden wishes 931Millie’s cropped cardigan is knit with pink bamboo yarn and embroidered with two mirrored image bullion rose motifs.

garden wishes 2 980Millie’s set of flower hair ties gives a fun and quirky look to this summery outfit.  They can be tied in pigtails, braids, or in sections of hair.

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garden wishes 952For more information on Millie’s “Garden Wishes” ensemble, please visit the “Available for Sale” page on cindyricedesigns.com .

“Lavender Rosy Garden”

I am someone who loves the purples–lavender, lilac, violet, purple, plum, orchid, mauve (although I got burned out on this last color in the 1980s) and I am someone who loves roses, so this new ensemble for the Little Darlings practically created itself.  Just kidding, of course.

Jeanne, at the blog, I Dream of Jeanne Marie, started creating a yummy lavender dress for American Girl dolls a couple of weeks ago and looking at her pretty lavender outfit got me itching to make something in this shade right now too.

a lavender rosy garden 905I have this rose fabric in four shades and two of them are purples.  This rose print reminded me of my grandma’s pillowcases that she always used.  I wrote about that hereHere is Patience’s rose dress made from this fabric in a red violet shade.  This lavender print is a bit bluer than Patience’s ensemble.

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a lavender rosy garden 917It was a bit tedious getting both rows of lace to line up perfectly, but I am happy I took the time to get it perfect.  The double rows of lace make this ensemble dressier, I think.

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“Strawberry Picking”

Strawberry picking is so much fun even though it is a lot of work filling those baskets to the top. But maybe that’s because too many strawberries get eaten before making it into the baskets.

I haven’t been strawberry (or blueberry, or raspberry, or apple) picking for years and years and years.  It was always something that I enjoyed doing when my daughter was young.  For sure, it is an educational experience for the little ones.  They get to see how the berry needs to be a blossom first, and then with the help of bees, will start to become a strawberry.  They see the color changes it goes through before it is ready to be picked and eaten.  And, if they eat one before it is ripe, they can taste the changes too.  So very interesting…

Here in northern Illinois/southern Wisconsin the strawberries aren’t ready for picking .  They are just about ready, but not quite yet.  Maybe we’ll get out to pick a few this year.  This is where we go to pick our strawberries.

I got a bit nostalgic while creating this outfit for Talyssa, so I retreated to our photo albums to find when we last went strawberry picking; it was 2003!  My daughter was dressed in her strawberry top and pink shorts from Gymboree.  I don’t remember being so “event coordinated,” if you know what I mean.  Oh, and I had on a top that perfectly matched her shorts.  Sheesh!  At least my husband wasn’t wearing pink.

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strawberry picking 822It was fun creating the little accessories to go with this set.  The little strawberry is a mini stuffy with beads and a crocheted top.  Talyssa can hold the berry by the loop.  The crocheted basket will hold the strawberry too.  I had the strawberry charm in my bead drawer waiting for the perfect fabric.  Those little aqua bead blossoms matched the blossoms on the fabric oh, so nicely.

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The tiny berries worked perfectly in bullion stitch embroidery on the sweater.  I embroidered them in pink and red to match the dress.

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For more information on Talyssa’s “Strawberry Picking” ensemble, please visit my “Available for Sale” page at cindyricedesigns.com .

“July’s Favorite Colors”

Maybe it was because I was a July baby that made me love wearing red, white, and blue so much.  When I look back at childhood photos I find so many summer pictures of me in these colors.  I remember specifically asking for sailor dresses and red, white, and blue swimsuits.  Honestly, I think I was obsessed.

Here are a couple of photos of me on my 2nd birthday and my 8th birthday wearing red, white, and blue sailor dresses.  I loved ’em!


1968-166-dWhile this isn’t a sailor dress it is a red, white, and blue ensemble that my Little Darling, Gina, is modeling for you.  I couldn’t pass this fabric up—red, white, and blue in my favorite theme, floral, no surprise there, right?

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For more information on Gina’s “July’s Favorite Colors” ensemble, please visit my “Available for Sale” page at cindyricedesigns.com .

“Red, White, & Cherries”

Patience is showing off her patriotic side in her new ensemble, “Red, White, & Cherries”.  Tuesday was a picture perfect kind of day here in northern Illinois so we took to the outdoors for Patience’s photo shoot.

red, white, and cherries672I crafted a fun hair tie to bring to life the cherry motifs on Patience’s dress.  I crocheted around lightweight pearl beads so the cherries would hold their shape, added a crocheted leaf, stems with the crochet thread, navy silk bow and a length of fine crochet to use as the tie.  Patience seems to be enchanted.

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red, white, and cherries 650I used pure white bamboo thread to knit Patience’s sweater.  Some cobalt blue Czech glass crystal beads from my stash made the perfect buttons.  I embroidered tiny red work cherry motifs around the bottom of the sweater.

red, white, and cherries675Patience had the idea to pretend that the apple tree was a cherry tree to further the cherry theme.

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It was a bit breezy, but the photo shoot was going smoothly until I turned my back on her for a second…

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…and Patience starts to climb the apple tree.  “Hey Patience, where are you going?”

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red, white, and cherries720I see London.  I see France…  (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

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“Summer Sweet” for the Little Darlings

The abundance of fruit, flowers, and vegetables makes summer the sweetest time of year for our senses.  There is always something new to be seen blossoming or something new to be tasted in the garden.  And, of course, there are always the wonderful scents filling the air.

I believe that this time, right before the summer season actually starts, is the best time of all.  It is all before us, yet to come, and at this point summer seems endless.

I just finished a very summery ensemble for my Little Darling, Gina.  The print on the fabric depicts fanciful fruits and little white flowers on a perfectly pink background.  I thought that the little fruits could pass for cherries or plums.  I couldn’t make up my mind which I liked best.

And… the little lace shrug that I knit last week found its dress!

summer sweet 544I loved the tiny daisy-like blossoms, so I repeated this shape for Gina’s hair ties and on her ballet slippers.  The magenta pearl centers match the magenta colored fruits very nicely too.

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summer sweet 533These Effner girls have the cutest little feet and legs that look so adorable in crocheted ballet slippers, so I couldn’t resist adding a pair to this ensemble.

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summer sweet 600For more information on Gina’s “Summer Sweet” ensemble please visit the “Available for Sale” page on cindyricedesigns.com .

Talyssa’s Got Something New

And, here she is to show you her new summertime ensemble!  I hope you like it.

floral-ly fun 567I have to share with you the name of the collection this print came from; it is called Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille.  Isn’t that the cutest name?  So, yes, I was thinking of yummy marmalade quite often throughout the making of this ensemble.

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floral-ly fun 557I knit Talyssa’s cardigan in natural colored cotton/Modal yarn, so I could use all of the beautiful color in the fabric for the embroidery.  Bullion stitched petaled flowers in three shades of coral, colonial knot golden centers, tiny opalescent seed beads, and kiwi green bullion stitched leaves create the artwork for the sweater; mother-of-pearl beads make the perfect buttons.

I used natural colored fine bamboo thread to crochet Talyssa’s cap.  Unfortunately I didn’t have crochet cotton that matched or coordinated with the embroidery thread, so I tried something new and crocheted the flower decoration using the actual embroidery thread.  It worked beautifully and gave the flower a pretty sheen.  I am so happy that it worked.

floral-ly fun 560My one and only skein of kiwi green bamboo thread was the perfect color to crochet Talyssa her very own drawstring purse.  (I talked about the demise of my favorite bamboo thread here.)  Her purse opens up, so she can add her little treasures.  Hanging from the bottom of the purse is a little hand made beaded tassel.

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For more information on Talyssa’s “Floral-ly Fun” ensemble, please visit my “Available for Sale” page at cindyricedesigns.com.