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“The Gift of Learning”

Wasn’t it fun learning, or even teaching the ABC’s?  I don’t remember learning them, but I remember teaching them to my daughter.  We got lots and lots and lots of fun books from the library.  Yes, fond memories.

Gina says she already knows them, but there are some students in her class that are still learning them.  “G is for gift, and g is for Gina”, says Gina.

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Gina’s jumper is knit with navy heathered Peruvian Highland wool.  There are flecks of hot pink and green in this yarn.  The slightly flared skirt has decorative decreases to form soft folds before the fitted ribbed area.  The wide shoulder straps button and unbutton, but do not need to be undone for dressing.  The floral embroidery at the hemline is mirrored on the right and left side.

Polka dotted and striped bows in rose, blue, and yellow are sprinkled on this Japanese cotton fabric used for the blouse.  Gina’s school blouse’s bodice is lined, double turned seam allowances/hems on the sleeves, and hand stitched facings are what you see on the inside of the blouse, no raw edges at all.  It is finished like my dresses.

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The felt bag is hand made by me to hold Gina’s classroom gift to her teacher.  Gina has been asking me to teach her embroidery, so the embroidery on this bag was her first project.  Not bad, eh?  The flash cards were found at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com.  I resized them to be the proper scale for Gina.  They include every letter of the alphabet, and are printed on card stock, and carefully cut out.

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Gina’s other accessories include a bow pendant, Made with Love bracelet, hair bow, and cotton tights.

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“The Gift of Learning” will be available tonight (August 27, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

Thank you for visiting with me today, my friends.

 

 

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“Ready, Set, Autumn”

Are you ready for autumn?  Maybe I’m not, but Lucy sure is!  She is wearing a new design made for her and her sisters.

I’ve been in love with this vintage knit pinafore jumper ever since I saw it quite awhile ago.  Isn’t it adorable, as is the little model!  *sigh*  The photo looks like it’s from the 1970s, but I cannot find any definite information about it.  I haven’t forgotten about it though, and really wanted to see one of my Little Darlings dressed in this style.

Here’s my miniaturized take on the knitted pinafore jumper.

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Lucy likes this new look so much that she has picked it for her back-to-school outfit.  In addition to wearing a special outfit, the children always bring a little friend for show-and-tell.  Lucy’s friend is “Miss Friendly”, named for her tiny, but sweet smile.  Lucy says Miss Friendly’s cuteness will help her make new friends.  I think she’s right, don’t you?

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Miss Friendly is needle felted out of wool roving by me, in my studio.  She has black Delica bead eyes and embroidered features.  She wears a bow out of matching yarn and a heart dangle that matches the heart on Lucy’s bracelet.

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Lucy’s pinafore jumper is hand knit out of Peruvian Highland wool in a heathered warm rosy pink.  The suspender straps really button with buttonholes, but do not need to be undone for dressing.  The back has tiny pearl beads all the way to the hemline.  Only the first three open with buttonholes for dressing; the others are sewn in place.  The jumper is embroidered with coordinating blossoms underneath the ribbed band and at the hemline.

The 3/4 length sleeve blouse is made with a pastel cotton floral print.  The bodice is completely lined; no raw or serged edges are visible on the inside.  The facing is hand sewn, and the sleeve seams are double turned and hemmed by hand.  To prevent added bulk, the blouse closes with snaps above the jumper only.

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Lucy’s seamless beret is knit from my beret pattern, and is made from wool/angora yarn.    A little embroidered motif decorates the front and a two-color tassel decorates the top.

Lucy’s accessories include a necklace and bracelet, which are made out of 14k gold-filled findings.  Underneath her jumper is a pair of ivory cotton tights.

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“Ready, Set, Autumn” will be available tonight (August 14, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

“A Lovely Blossom”

Hello everyone.  First of all, can someone pretty please send me some sunshine.  I am having a hard time waking up on this wet and dreary day; I just cannot seem to get going this morning.  Ugh!

I finished up another ensemble for Gracie . . . again.  I must say she is quite enjoying all of the attention she’s been getting lately.  All of this modeling is perfecting her look, practice makes perfect.  Some days her beauty takes my breath away.  *sigh*

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Gracie’s new dress was made out of the final colorway I purchased of this print.  If you’d like to see the others again, here are the links.  The first was Gracie’s “Beauty and Blossoms” and the second was “Happiness is Pink” made for Patience.  I almost put this fabric away for later, but my pink mohair/silk lace yarn somehow got placed next to this piece of fabric.  I heard the angels sing, that’s how beautiful the yarn and fabric looked together.a lovely blossom 555

I did something a little different for this shrug.  To make it extra lacy and delicate I went up a needle size and still used one strand of yarn.  It is extremely “light as a feather”!  Because the shrug is so delicate, I made the dress’s neckline wider, so the bodice would be more delicate, also.  The look is really pretty on Gracie, no?

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I concentrated on the cool pink for the accessories.  I had to dye the two laces and cotton Lycra for the tights, but I had another perfect yarn for the hair decorations.  I discovered this blossom charm in my stash.  The sparkly stone in the center is the most perfect shade of pink for this ensemble.  The basket I found at a thrift store; I’ve been unable to part with it, but it went so well with this set that I decided to let it go.  (The pink flowers on it are just perfect.)  All in all, this ensemble was a LOT of fun to make, and even though there were a lot of steps to it, it came together painlessly.

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Gracie’s “A Lovely Blossom” ensemble will be available tonight (April 27, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.