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“Miss Cookie Elf”

Good morning!  Are you smiling this morning?  If not, Lucy can help you with that!

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My happy Little Darling is here to model her new ensemble… and she’s got a little bag of cookies for you.  And I promise these are calorie free. 🙂

Lucy’s dress is made with a simple cut out cookie print.  Hearts and stars are printed on a linen-like printed textured cotton.  I wanted to add some color and sparkle to this dress, so I outlined with embroidery random heart cookies in one of two shades of red, and gave the center of some star cookies a decoration of a golden iridescent seed bead (sewn on).  Delicate scalloped English cotton Cluny lace peeks out from the hemline.

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Lucy’s deep red cardigan sweater is hand knit with lace weight merino/wool yarn.  Embroidered around the neckline is a one-color decorative leaf/vine/berry design.  Mixed amongst the embroidery are the same beads (sewn on) as used on the dress.  The sweater can be left open or buttoned with coordinating glass pearl beads.

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A small knit lace motif has been added at the shoulders and the back of the sweater.

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Every helper elf needs a Santa, stocking, or elf cap.  Lucy’s Santa hat is hand knit in the round with wide stripes in both bright and deep red, a coordinating taupe-ish heather, and natural colored Peruvian Highland wool.  A multi-yarn pompom and gingerbread cookie button decorate the tip of this Santa hat.

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Lucy carries a bag filled with coordinating cookie shapes.  It is tied off with cotton thread.  Underneath it all is a pair of deep red rayon tights, and on her wrist is a bracelet with a heart dangle.

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“Miss Cookie Elf” will be available tonight (November 16, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

I hope you all enjoy your day! ❤

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“Do You Want to Color?”

Hello to you all!  Now that it is mid September all school children should be back in the classroom.  I know a lot has changed since I’ve been in grade school, but children still spend time coloring, right?  They must, if a box of crayons being on the school supply list is any indication.  By the way, I think that new box of crayons is the most exciting school supply!

I have quite a few memories of coloring in school, especially in first grade.  Coloring is actually one of my only memories of first grade.  My teacher would line up piles of mimeographed (remember those?) coloring pages on top of the heater.  We were to start by coloring a page from the first pile, turn that in when finished, and then go on to the second pile, etc.  I’m sure we actually learned something in first grade, hope so anyway.  Since I LOVED to color when I was young, that is probably why I remember coloring and not the math or science lessons.

My Little Darling, Lucy, has a new coloring book and crayons, and a brand new fall outfit to show you.  I showed you a peek at this ensemble last time.  In case you didn’t see that post, you can go back and read it here.

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Lucy’s coloring book contains pictures of things from her backyard.  Those butterflies, snails, bumblebees, birds, feathers, and flowers are also pictured on her blouse.  Her “beeswax” crayons coordinate with her ensemble and have their own crayon box.  (The coloring book and box of crayons are hand made by me.)

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Lucy’s pinafore jumper is hand knit and made to look like a vintage jumper (probably) from the 1970s.  You can see that one here on my Pinterest board.  Lucy’s is made with a slightly muted sky blue (wool, nylon, Donegal) tweed yarn.  Two bullion stitched and beaded butterflies flutter on the skirt.

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Her blouse bodice is lined with hand stitching; the sleeve seam allowances have been double turned and hand hemmed to produce an inside garment completely free of raw or serged edges.

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Lucy also has a pretty blue rayon ribbon for her hair, cozy tan/white striped cotton tights, and a butterfly charm bracelet.

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“Do You Want to Color?” will be available tonight (September 11, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

Here’s a question to ponder, what was your favorite school supply?

Wishing you all, my friends, a peaceful and beautiful day.

 

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Third Try at Writing a Blog Post

I keep starting and stopping, and then deleting the whole post.  I just can’t form a cohesive sounding post.  So, please forgive me if this seems a mess.  I really wanted this to get this one finished, and at least get a “hello” out there.  So hello, and Happy September to you all!!!

This past week was quite a slow week for me; weed allergies and wrist pain slowed me down, and made me feel quite tired and lethargic.  For me, the end of summer is the worst time for allergies; as soon as we have a frost I feel better.  As for my wrist, it is still painful, especially the day after I have been knitting.  I am going for a nerve test this next week to see if carpal tunnel is the problem.  If it’s not the nerves, maybe it’s tendonitis or bursitis.

Yesterday, I finished another jumper pinafore ensemble, which was mostly complete at the beginning of the week.  However, I managed to spend an entire day creating the little coloring book, and then many more hours on the little crayons and the box.  I used to be  more proficient at Adobe Illustrator.  Use it or lose it as they say, and I’ve lost a lot over the years.  The end result is what makes it all worth while, though, and I am happy with how it turned out.  I’m glad I stuck with it.

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Here’s a sneak peek of Lucy in her new ensemble.

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Lucy’s jumper has bullion stitch and beaded butterflies embroidered on it.  They are fun to make, although a bit fiddly.  The number of wraps to make the larger half of each butterfly’s wing is 30!

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 This is the third pinafore jumper I’ve made, and it isn’t the last before the pattern will be released, sorry.  I made some changes to the back placket, and the changes need to be tested first.  These pieces require a good bit of knitting, and with my wrist acting up, it may be a little while before the pattern is ready.  Plus, I think I need to knit something different just for a change.  I’ve also been toying with the idea of making a set of little dresses for Amelia Thimble or Pukipuki.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for stopping by.  Bye for now.