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“Dainty Darling”

Hello all, from grey and wet northern Illinois.  I heard yesterday that we’re having a wetter than normal spring, no surprises there.  Anyway, I’m all for pretending the sun is shining brightly. 🙂

Without further ado, here is my Little Darling, Alice.  Alice wears a sunny yellow dress made out of one of the Little House on the Prairie 2016 prints from Andover.  This print has a formal colonial look to it rather than a country calico look.  This style of print must have been intended for “Sunday’s best” dresses.  I’ve used two other prints from this collection; these were dark calicos.  You can see those two ensembles here and here.

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I highlighted this sunny yellow ensemble with the warm pink shade found in the roses.  Pink can be seen in the crocheted rose hair decoration, drawstring bag, bracelet, bows on the shrug, and waist sash.  Doesn’t pink look pretty with the yellow?

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Here’s a close up shot of Alice’s tiny accessories.  The tiny hanky is made with cotton lawn, has a fringed edging, and is folded and pressed into a classic triangle.  (Just like my grandma taught me to do.)  The hanky fits into the drawstring bag, which has lots of room for extra pretties.

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Alice’s shrug is like a whispery soft spring breeze. It is knit with lace weight mohair/silk, and is dyed to a light ecru.  It has tiny pink bows on the edges of the sleeves.  I’ve also hand dyed the rayon knit tights to a light ecru.

Where do you think Alice is headed in her new ensemble?

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“Dainty Darling” will be available tonight (May 24, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me today, my lovely friends.

My Darling is a Little Miffed With Me!

No, not my hubby darling, thank goodness, but my Little Darling, Lucy.  My sweet, smiling Lucy, who never gets upset over ANYTHING, was a wee bit upset with me this morning.  It has to do with her latest ensemble that she helped to design.  Hence, the title, “A Darling’s Choice”.

Here’s her beef with me; I only gave her lilac blossoms, not pink also.  “That’s hardly a choice”, she says.  And, she’s absolutely right.  I got busy right away correcting this issue.  After all, I want her to be happy again.

Now, she really has a choice, pink or lilac.  And now, I must giggle because she cannot choose either and is choosing to choose both of them.  It really is her choice, isn’t it?

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If you’d like to read more about this ensemble it’s on my website, cindyricedesigns.com.  Oh, and this OOAK for the Little Darlings is still available (sold) if you’d like to add it to your dolly’s closet.

I hope you all have a lovely day.  After two absolutely YUCKY days, the rain has stopped and the sun is in and out.  I’ll take it.

Thanks for stopping by my friends. ❤