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Happy December!

It’s December!  Yay!  I almost enjoy these casual days preceding the holiday week more than the holiday week itself.  Almost…

I’m still not sure how it’s December already but the calendar tells me it is.  I am making a promise to myself this year that I will enjoy each and every one of these December days of Advent, and not succumb to any feelings of stress.  Easier said than done?  I hope not.

I have finished with Christmas doll ensemble making for this year.  My final sets will be in my little online shop Sunday night at 7:00 pm CST.  Here is a little preview for you.

Lovely and sweet Rose (Boneka/Effner) has a second festive set to show you for the year.    She is dressed in a cotton Japanese print dress with English cotton Cluny lace hemline edging.  A cardigan hand knit in merino/silk lace yarn with bullion heart and lazy daisy neckline embroidery keeps her toasty warm.  A Peruvian Highland wool stocking cap adds the necessary merriment to her look.  And Rose has a gift for you, a tiny Christmas tree with a mother-of-pearl heart for the tippy top.  Won’t you accept Rose’s gift this season?

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Did you know that Amelia Thimble fits in perfectly with 1:12 dollhouse miniatures?  Here she is on an ornament with Ivy from Warm Heart Bears.  They’re just a wee bit adorable, don’t you think?

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Amelia Thimble is spreading holiday cheer by jingling her jingle bell whenever she feels like it, which is quite often, I might add.  Between her and Sugar jingling away, my studio has never sounded cheerier.

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Ivy reluctantly gave Amelia Thimble back her Santa hat; after all it’s part of this hand made set.

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The jingle bell comes with the set too.  It fits over Amelia’s hand and will not easily slip off.  If you’d like to knit your own tiny dress for your Amelia Thimble or as an ornament, here is the link to the pattern.

Sugar (Fairyland Pukipuki) is looking mighty adorable this year too.  Sugar is pulling a miniature sleigh filled with all kinds and colors of jingling bells.  If you need a bell this year, Sugar has one for you.  Sugar’s ensemble includes her sweater dress and Santa hat. BTW, the jingle bell at the tip of her hat clings to her magnetic palm.

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Here is a photo from a previous year just so you can see how much Sugar and Amelia Thimble love one another.  (Sugar also fits in well with miniatures and Christmas ornaments.)

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Wishing you all a sweet start to December!  Enjoy, my friends!

“Holiday Hugs” for Rose, “Merry Li’l Elf” for Amelia Thimble, and “Jingle All The Way” for Pukipuki will all be available Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

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Going Forward and a WIP for Sugar

I woke up this morning, Sunday, and started to reflect on things.  My little world has gone through many changes this year, and I feel I need to change (and grow) along with it, in some way at least.

I believe in giving back, and there are many ways to do that.  Mind you, I have put in my fair share of volunteer work, and donating money to various organizations, but I want to do something different; to give back utilizing the talents God has given me.  As with everyone, he has given me my talents for a reason, and I love what I do, so much.

So here I sit wondering how to give back while, at the same time, utilizing my talents.  A few ideas have started trickling in . . . small steps, hopefully in the right direction.  I am working on some ideas, and I hope some of them will pan out.  I’ll keep you informed along the way.  Don’t worry, I will still be doing what I love to do, creating for our dolls.

Meanwhile, I continue to downsize.  I will continue have things on my tag sale page and on eBay (a couple auctions starting tonight) before they head on over to Goodwill.  I don’t know how long I will keep eBaying and tag saling; I may get tired of the whole process and simply donate it all.  It takes a considerable amount of time (time taken away from creating), to photograph, edit photos, add them to my website or eBay, write descriptions, then pack and ship.  Although, I’m not sure Goodwill is the right place to donate boxes and boxes of new dolls though.  Does anyone know of other donation sites?  I’d appreciate some suggestions.

Back to dolls!  I worked on an elbow-length sleeved sweater dress for Sugar (Pukipuki) yesterday.  The style is super cute and fall-like, but I am not sure I like the way her arms can’t hang straight down due to the bulk under the arm.  What do you think?  Really, I’d love to hear; I can’t decide.

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In the photo below, you can see how her right arm can get closer to her body (I have her left arm further out on purpose).

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Don’t forget, please let me know of any donation sites you’d recommend, thank you!

And, thanks so much for stopping by for a visit! ❤

“Heavenly Hydrangeas”

I love hydrangeas!  I cannot grow them, but I love them all the same.  I see hydrangeas blooming in neighbors’ yards seemingly without any extra care or attention, and they are so BEAUTIFUL!  They don’t even want to grow for me, much less bloom.  I did have one hydrangea??? grow for me, but the blooms were so tiny and not at all hydrangea-like, so I question whether it was a hydrangea or not.  And, the fact that it actually grew leads me to believe that it was mistakenly marked as a hydrangea and NOT a hydrangea at all.  Oh, well. . . maybe one of these days I’ll get lucky.  I surely won’t give up!

My daughter brought home a couple of cut hydrangea blossoms for me the other day.  The blue color reminded me of a dress that Sugar has been wearing for a couple of weeks now.  I couldn’t decide on the embroidery to get it finished, so it waited for me to be inspired.

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Aren’t the blossoms gorgeous?  And don’t they match Sugar’s dress perfectly!  They were just the inspiration I needed.  Sugar is one happy little Pukipuki.

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Clusters of colonial knots worked perfectly to give the feel of a hydrangea bloom.  Since I love both pink and blue hydrangea blooms equally, I decided to use both of these colors along with white in my embroidery.

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“Heavenly Hydrangeas” will be available tonight (July 7, 2016) at 7:00pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.  You can find more information on this set at that time under the “Shop What’s New” tab.

Bye for now!