Category Archives: Needle Felting

“Little Frosty”

Millie, my Kaye Wiggs 11″ BJD, is here today to welcome the new week and say hello to you all.  Millie is not minding the frosty weather we are currently “enjoying” in northern Illinois one bit; after all, she is dressed for it, and has a little buddy who was made for this weather.

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Millie wears a dress made out of a teeny tiny snowman/Christmas tree print.  This cotton print is from Japan.  French cotton lace that looks like tiny snowflakes edges the hemline.

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Millie’s cardigan sweater is knit with a beautiful pine green merino/silk lace yarn.  Bright red holly and leaves are hand embroidered on the cardigan’s front panels.  Bright red glass bead buttons add to the festive feel of this cardigan.

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Millie’s cute hat is knit (in the round) with a heavier weight of the same type of green yarn.  I added a wide border of “fur” trim in baby mohair/silk lace yarn.  Just for fun, and because Millie’s personality called for it,  her “fur” pom pom dangles from the top of her hat with a couple of bright red jingle bells completing this fun hat.  Can you hear them jingling?

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Little Frosty is needle felted with wool and hand made by me.  He wears a tiny elf hat (knit in the round) that matches Millie’s.  Another bright red jingle bell can be found on the top of his hat.  His features are created with Delica and seed beads which have been carefully sewn on to give him the perfect look.  A tiny yarn “scarf” is looped around his neck.

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Millie’s other accessories include a red wool scarf with mohair fringe, bright red rayon tights, and a minty striped bracelet with a heart and bell dangle.

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“Little Frosty” will be available tonight (November 13, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

I hope all of you have a great start to the week!  Enjoy!

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“Frosty Festivities”

Hello everyone!  It looks like I picked the perfect day to start my Christmas/holiday doll ensemble release.  It’s cold and frosty here in northern Illinois which makes me feel quite festive on this morning.  We even had snow flurries yesterday, and the sky looks like it could send us some more today.

Since my 10″ Boneka sculpted by Dianna Effner doll, Rose, is the new girl it seemed appropriate that she should kick off the festivities for 2017.

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Rose wears a teeny tiny snowman and pine tree print (a Japanese cotton) dress with French lace trim.

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Her embroidered merino wool cardigan is embroidered with classic Christmas colors and clear “icy” seed beads.  Her black bead (Czech glass crystals) buttons mimic the snowmen on her dress.

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Rose’s hat features a wide “fur” brim.  It is in red wool with a Christmas green pom pom.  The skinny scarf is also made with the same green wool.

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Rose’s ensemble includes Chip (pictured on the left), a needle felted snowman.  She has named him Chip because he is always chipper and ready to take part in holiday festivities.  Chip wears a tiny hand knit red merino/silk elf hat.  The hat’s tassel and his “scarf” are made out of the same yarn as Rose’s scarf and pompom.  His features are seed and Delica beads which are carefully sewn on with needle and thread.

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Christmas green cotton tights and a red/green “minty” bracelet complete Rose’s new look.

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“Frosty Festivities” will be available tonight (November 11, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

Have a great day!  Thank you for visiting with me. ❤

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Wet Outside, Cozy and Warm Inside

Since Sunday, here in northern Illinois, we are “enjoying” a different weather experience.  After a week of glorious sunshine and temps, it’s been quite cool and wet.  However, there is a silver lining.  It’s the perfect kind of weather to start up a fire in the fireplace, make some homemade soup, and craft with wool.

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On Sunday I made a pot of vegetable soup.  I used what I had on hand:  white beans, yellow split peas, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, zucchini, onions, garlic, and thyme.  It all went into my soup pot with vegetable bouillon, water, and some salt.  One and a half hours later we had yummy soup which will last us for a few days.

I topped my bowl of soup with plain whole milk Greek yogurt, my favorite “sour cream”, and parmesan cheese.  In case you’re wondering, it was very good. 🙂

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I started building my snow people yesterday evening.  I stuck with it, and ended up with a dozen of them!  I can’t wait to bring them all to life.

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My favorite place to work on days (or nights) like this is right in front of the fireplace.  The little table that my Mom had in her house is the perfect height for working.  I will also put my June Taylor Cushioned Quilter’s Square ‘n Blocker board on it when I am embroidering or hand sewing; it’s rigid and creates its own table top.

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Wherever you are, rain or shine, warm or cool, I hope your day has a silver lining too. ❤

By the way, does anyone know the name of the tall plant with variegated leaves in the photo below?  Thanks.

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