Author Archives: Cindy Rice

About Cindy Rice

My wonderful husband, my beautiful daughter, and I live in northeastern Illinois with our sweet chihuahua boy. For as long as I can remember I have loved dolls and making things. I got my first Barbie when I was only three years old! My mom sewed for my Barbie dolls and taught me how to use her sewing machine when I was only seven. I cannot believe she let me near that needle, but she did. Not having enough money for my clothes habit in high school and college led me to start sewing all of my own clothes. There were so many fabric stores around back then and fabric was so inexpensive. I would wait for the 99 cent pattern sale and go crazy. Sewing for myself continued well into my 30’s. (I even made my wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses.) Shortly after I got married I left my full time graphic design position and started designing cross stitch patterns. I called my company “The Lilac Studio” and sold my botanical patterns at trade shows, through distributors which sold to retail shops, and mail order. My most popular pattern, “A Bouquet of Pansies” sold 5000 copies and won a J&P Coats Golden Needle Award! I was also featured in various cross stitch magazines and designed special projects for the magazines. When my daughter was born I didn’t have the time needed to cross stitch and design patterns all day long so I let my pattern design business slip away. And then I started discovering dolls again and I now had an excuse to start buying them. The only problem was that they were for my daughter and not for me. I soon discovered all of the adult collectors out there and decided I would be one of them. I started small at first, collecting Mattel Kelly dolls. Soon I collected over 100 Kelly dolls! After Kelly, I discovered Helen Kish’s Riley and Tonner’s Ann Estelle. I have since learned to knit doll sweaters and love an excuse to knit so most of my doll outfits include a sweater and/or hat. I love creating miniature outfits for dolls and enjoy sharing them with others. Currently I create doll ensembles for the Kish Chrysalis series (I love Bethany), Dianna Effner's Little Darlings, and Wilde Imagination's teeny tiny Amelia. I am adding a Bo Bergemann Designer Dream Doll to my collection soon and so look forward to costuming her!

Dress Sets From My Tinies Closet

A giant hello to you all from my tiniest girls, Amelia Thimble and Izzy.

They have some news for you today.  Amelia and Izzy will be offering their new dress sets up for sale tonight.  They’ve had fun modeling them for you, and now would like to share them with their tiny friends.

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We’ve been busy little bees working on these for quite a while now.  It’s been almost a year since I’ve made these tiny dresses, and I must say I enjoyed working on them once again.  Below are some in progress photos.

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In progress . . . and the two collaborating a bit.

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The modeling has begun.

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The final photo shoot of the dresses.  Each girl got a chance to model two dresses.

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The 2-piece dress and hat/headband sets will be available tonight (September 20, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

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I hope you all have a wonderful day.

 

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“Do You Want to Color?”

Hello to you all!  Now that it is mid September all school children should be back in the classroom.  I know a lot has changed since I’ve been in grade school, but children still spend time coloring, right?  They must, if a box of crayons being on the school supply list is any indication.  By the way, I think that new box of crayons is the most exciting school supply!

I have quite a few memories of coloring in school, especially in first grade.  Coloring is actually one of my only memories of first grade.  My teacher would line up piles of mimeographed (remember those?) coloring pages on top of the heater.  We were to start by coloring a page from the first pile, turn that in when finished, and then go on to the second pile, etc.  I’m sure we actually learned something in first grade, hope so anyway.  Since I LOVED to color when I was young, that is probably why I remember coloring and not the math or science lessons.

My Little Darling, Lucy, has a new coloring book and crayons, and a brand new fall outfit to show you.  I showed you a peek at this ensemble last time.  In case you didn’t see that post, you can go back and read it here.

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Lucy’s coloring book contains pictures of things from her backyard.  Those butterflies, snails, bumblebees, birds, feathers, and flowers are also pictured on her blouse.  Her “beeswax” crayons coordinate with her ensemble and have their own crayon box.  (The coloring book and box of crayons are hand made by me.)

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Lucy’s pinafore jumper is hand knit and made to look like a vintage jumper (probably) from the 1970s.  You can see that one here on my Pinterest board.  Lucy’s is made with a slightly muted sky blue (wool, nylon, Donegal) tweed yarn.  Two bullion stitched and beaded butterflies flutter on the skirt.

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Her blouse bodice is lined with hand stitching; the sleeve seam allowances have been double turned and hand hemmed to produce an inside garment completely free of raw or serged edges.

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Lucy also has a pretty blue rayon ribbon for her hair, cozy tan/white striped cotton tights, and a butterfly charm bracelet.

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“Do You Want to Color?” will be available tonight (September 11, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

Here’s a question to ponder, what was your favorite school supply?

Wishing you all, my friends, a peaceful and beautiful day.

 

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