“Springy and Delicate”

After many, many springlike days winter weather returned on Friday.  We woke Saturday morning to a light dusting of snow and temperatures that were well below freezing.  Brr!  Saturday remained cold, and reminding me that it is still indeed February.

I cannot remember ever seeing crocuses blooming in February, but this year I did!  What a wonderful surprise they were!  They started blooming (always the yellow first) last Wednesday.  Since it’s getting  warmer again this week, the violet and white crocuses should quickly follow their yellow friends out into the world.  Spring flowers make me so happy!

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In my studio, the “making of spring” also continues.  Here is my Little Darling, Gina, modeling my last February ensemble.

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Isn’t this the most precious print?  It is so shabby chic and in my favorite shade of blue.  This was one of those ‘order immediately before it’s sold out’ fabrics.  I fell so much in love with it that I also purchased it in pink and yellow.

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Gina’s cardigan is knit with mohair/silk lace yarn.  Lace panels on each front, the sleeves, and center back add to the delicate-ness of this cardigan.  The mirrored rose bouquets are embroidered at the neckline and bottom hemline.  I brought rosiness to the button band with pastel pink glass pearl buttons.

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I finally bought some wool roving to make little needle felted accessories with.  (I received a needle felting pen and mat for Christmas.)  I’ve watched some You Tube tutorials, so had a general idea how to needle felt, but I was just having fun and experimenting while making this bunny.  To my surprise, he came out looking like a bunny!  Gina claimed him as her own and told me all she needed was a basket to put him in.  Of course, dear Gina!  I made a flat shaped basket (like my flower cutting baskets) so he could sit in the basket and be seen.  He’s not perfect, but cute, I think so anyway.

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“Springy and Delicate” will be available tonight (February 27, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

My little Kaye Wiggs Millie is patiently awaiting the next spring ensemble which will be hers!  I think it will be in the pink colorway of this same print.  I was looking at her album of outfits and she seems to be missing a pink dress.  She has had a lot of ensembles made with prints that have ivory backgrounds, and not one print that is predominately pink.

Thanks for stopping by today, my friends.  Enjoy the week!

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7 thoughts on ““Springy and Delicate”

  1. Ingrid B

    Hi Cindy,
    Here in Western NY the same weather issues… I was so keeping my fingers crossed for the mild weather to continue. I too love seeing the spring flowers, it signals summer isn’t far behind.. can you tell winter isn’t my favorite?! lol
    That sweet little felted rabbit is adorable. I enjoy seeing all the pretty outfits you make, each one is a little master piece.You truly are a very talented lady! Stay warm and enjoy those flowers!

    Hugs
    Ingrid

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    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Thank you, Ingrid. What a nice thing to say! I’m glad you enjoy seeing my outfits as I enjoy sharing the photos with you. Gina is hanging on tight to that bunny. She isn’t in a sharing mood this morning. I might have to bribe her with the promise of another. lol!
      Anyway, we’re warming up again with dreariness, but possible snow mixed rain tomorrow. I hope it is beautiful today where you live.

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  2. Joy

    Your crocus photo is worthy of a place on the front page of Better Homes. Just lovely.
    I too love this blue fabric. And I can see Gina does also as well as the sweet bunny and special basket. The sweater has such a nice decorative stitch on the front and sleeves too. What a noteworthy set.
    Frost here again but clear and sunny. Yay. Must get on the weeds…

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    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Ha, ha, Joy. You’re so sweet though, thank you.
      I am having the hardest time getting that bunny in a basket away from Gina. She’s very sad this morning. Maybe I should set aside a bunny making day, so everyone gets one. Today, though, some pattern writing and knitting as I write the instructions.
      I’m sure you’re so happy to see the sunshine. Weed pulling, yuk, not fun! It’s supposed to get into the 60s today, but that temp comes with dreariness. Spring really feels like it’s arrived.

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