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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.

“Petite Treasures”

Look what Gina found in the garden?  A little nest was resting on the ground; it had fallen from its perch in a nearby tree.  Gina and I will put it back safe and sound so that mama bird can continue on with her role as mother-to-be.

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Gina’s new dress is made with a cotton Japanese floral print in the yummiest of color palettes:  pinks, blues, and yellows.  The hemline is prettied up with a border of ivory French cotton scalloped lace.  An ivory satin ribbon ties around the waistline.

The capelet and beret are made with sky blue Peruvian Highland wool yarn.  The capelet is knit in a lace pattern to give it a delicate look.  It can be worn with the opening in the front or back.  Tiny pink roses are embroidered all the way around the hemline.  The beret is embellished with a handmade matching ivory satin ribbon bow and an embroidered pink rose.  I think the beret looks cute when worn at a jaunty angle.

The tiny nest is filled with two sky blue eggs and coordinating blossoms.  (Gina insisted on adding her magic touch to the nest.)  The contents are kept in place with hot glue.  Clear jewelry elastic loops are tied to each side of the nest to act as handles.

Hand dyed pastel pink cotton Lycra® tights and a beaded bracelet (with a very cute bird charm) complete this ensemble.

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“Petite Treasures” will be available tonight (May 11, 2016) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

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