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“Sweet Summertime”

Yay!  It’s time to celebrate summer!  June has been nothing but warm, or hot, and sunny, sunny, sunny!  It seems like we’ve had more blue sky days this month than we’ve had all year.  It sure is glorious seeing the sun shine all day long!  I hope you’ve been as fortunate with sunshine as we’ve been, here in northern Illinois.  If not, I’ll bottle some up, and send it to you.  (Don’t you wish that could really be done?)

My Little Darling, Gina, is here to celebrate summertime with you.  She is dressed in sunny yellow, flowery pinks, and of course, blue sky blue.

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The cotton Japanese print I used for this dress is both pastel and bright, perfect for summertime.  I originally made a deeper aqua cardigan for this dress, but thought the sunny yellow accessories were a better choice.  The dress is decorated with warm white English cotton Cluny lace and hand dyed soft yellow hand made silk bows.  A matching silk ribbon sash ties around the waistline.

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The knitted lace capelet, crocheted headband and drawstring purse are made with buttery yellow bamboo thread.  (Please excuse Gina’s messy hair; it’s a very windy day.)

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The lightweight capelet features lace stitches all the way around and closes with a pearl bead and loop.

The drawstring bag is decorated with a bright pink resin rose and hand beaded sepal at the rose’s base.  Inside is a fringed hanky made out of white cotton lawn and folded into a triangle.

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Gina’s headband is crocheted with tiny pearls and ties at the back of her neck.

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“Sweet Summertime” will be available tonight (June 11, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

“Blossoms for the Bees”

We’ve had so many bumblebees buzzing around our garden this spring.  I love watching the fuzzy little guys, and how they almost disappear inside trumpet-shaped blossom.  I don’t have any snapdragons growing in my garden this year, but I have in past years, and they really do disappear inside these blossoms, so cute.

Keeping with the bee theme, Gracie is wearing a dress covered in trios of bright blossoms which are on a subtle hexagon honeycomb background.

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Gracie’s dress has a wider neckline which looks pretty with shrugs.  The hemline is embellished with cotton tatting lace that I applied by hand.  The lace was a gift, but I am guessing it is vintage and handmade.  The circles on the lace look perfect with the circle-shaped flowers, and the lace’s color matches the fabric exactly.

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Gracie’s yummy lace shrug is knit with lace weight merino wool in red violet heather.  It has a crocheted shell edging.

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I thought a hexi-shaped purse would be so cute with this ensemble.  This one is made with two crocheted granny hexagons and a leather strap.  It can be worn cross body, over the shoulder, or wrapped around Gracie’s hand.  Inside the bag is a little bouquet of flowers.  There is even a little extra room for other found treasures.  In my stash I had one bumble bee button.  He found his way onto Gracie’s granny square blossom.

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Gracie’s hair decoration is made by hand with three colors of crocheted merino wool blossoms which pick up the colors in the dress.  I’ve added a little green merino wool leaf and a handmade organza bow.  It slips in place with a handmade wire bobby pin.

Anklets, panties, and a bracelet complete this summery ensemble.

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Gracie’s “Blossoms for the Bees” ensemble will be available tonight (May 30, 2017) at 7:00pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

Take some time today to watch the bumblebees!  Thanks for visiting with me today, my lovely friends.