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In Progress Around Here

The first week of January has, of course, flown by! ¬†With my daughter still home (by the way, I love having her home; I am not at all complaining, just mentioning it. ūüôā )¬†I am not getting as much done as I normally do, but I am making some progress on a sweater dress for the Little Darlings, and also writing a pattern as I go.

I finished up the embroidery on the sweater dress yesterday, and got the buttons sewn on.  I chose a pink wool heather since I needed some pink in my life after all the red and green Christmas colors, and before that, autumnal colors.   The very subtle shades of lavender and warm red in this pink heather make it a yarn choice that I go to again and again.



This is the only piece of the ensemble completed. ¬†I’m still trying to decide on either a headband or beret.

Right now all three of my Little Darlings are clamoring to model this ensemble for me.  Hmm, I wonder whom it will be . . .

On another note, yesterday was a day of putting away Christmas and making an “Unthanksgiving Dinner” to get rid of extra Thanksgiving ingredients that have been hanging around in the freezer and pantry. ¬†The end result¬†was so much like a real Thanksgiving dinner; the only thing we didn’t have was a pumpkin pie!



My daughter turned her dinner into a healthier version with turkey (no gravy) and a zucchini sliced like¬†spaghetti. ¬†She uses a spiralizer to make her “zucchetti”.


Even though it’s great to get the house back in order, it’s sad to put all of the decorations away. ¬†The house seems so dark without the Christmas tree lights twinkling in the living and family rooms. ¬†We do leave the strands of ¬†white lights around the kitchen bay window; I enjoy them very much on these dark days.




Sigh . . . I cannot wait until next November when we do it all again.

I hope you all are having a great weekend.

Thanks for visiting!  Bye for now!


It’s Christmas Eve!

I hope you all are having a beautiful Christmas so far. ¬†My little family is all together and we are enjoying each other’s company. ¬†Right now my husband and daughter are making a pizza for dinner while I am writing a quick blog post to all of you.

I took a few photos of our Christmas tree and some of the ornaments hanging on our tree.  They are always so pretty and magical with the Christmas tree lights hitting them.




This is my favorite cross stitch ornaments. ¬†I designed and made it for the¬†1999 Just Cross Stitch’s Christmas Ornament issue. ¬†I¬†remember being thrilled when I saw my ornament as one of the cover ornaments.


We have many vintage glass ornaments that have been in the family.


My husband brought back the Royal tara china snowman from Galway City, Ireland two decade ago.  I have a Santa too; they are special to me.


And our little tree that sits on the vintage drum table in our living room. ¬†I have a lot of my mom and grandma’s ornaments on this tree. ¬†My grandma loved pink ornaments!


Pizza is done!  It smells delicious!

I wish you all a magical Christmas!  Anyone else having a Christmas Eve pizza?

Bye for now!


“Catching Snowflakes”

Catching snowflakes was easy peasy this weekend as they fell practically the whole weekend long. ¬†I think we got about 4 inches on Saturday night with another 8 inches or so on Sunday! ¬†It’s a white winter wonderland out there, and I am VERY happy to be warm and cozy inside my house.

I finished up Lucy’s new¬†ensemble yesterday, then we¬†had our photo shoot. ¬†I definitely wanted to use the snowy landscape as a back drop. ¬†I brought out my studio light for front lighting. ¬†It was perfect . . . and quick‚ÄĒmy favorite kind of photo shoot.



Lucy’s eyelet capelet has 7 panels which are perfect for embellishing. ¬†I’ve embroidered different snowflake compositions on each panel using mohair/silk yarn for snowflakes, white pearlized seed beads for tiny flakes, and clear seed beads for ice crystals.


Lucy’s vintage-styled headband earwarmer uses two strands of lace yarn to give it more thickness. ¬†Each side is embellished with an aqua blue snowflake and matching seed beads.


The little muff hand warmer is the perfect size for Lucy’s hands, and is also embellished with an aqua snowflake. ¬†The bracelet is incorporated into the muff as a handle. ¬†You can see Lucy’s prized snowflake memento charm. ¬†She will always remember this magical pre Christmas¬†snowfall.



Lucy’s “Catching Snowflakes” ensemble will be available tonight (December 12, 2016) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

Have a great week everyone!

Bye for now!