Monthly Archives: May 2014

Butterfly Kisses in the Garden

My Little Darling, Gina, and I had our photo shoot for this ensemble outside in the garden.  It was a very breezy, but beautiful day.  This tiny little butterfly seemed quite taken with Gina.  It flitted and fluttered and tickled her nose.

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The Flowers are Finally Blooming!

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I love flowers so much and wanted to share with you some of the beauty happening here in northern Illinois.  I spied a tiny patch of violets growing off the side of the road while out on a walk today.  Well, it’s been so long since I’ve seen a violet that I just had to stop and pick a small bunch.  They needed some company in their vase and our purple phlox just started blooming.  They make great neighbors, don’t you think?  And… they are soooo pretty and sweet smelling.  While I was at it, I grabbed a pair of scissors and snipped some blossoms off of our pink magnolia tree.  They have a slightly grape fragrance to them and are so sweet to look at.  I love bringing a bit of nature inside.

“Softly Spring” Ensemble for Dianna Effner’s Little Darlings

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Gina is back to modeling for me and is as happy as can be.  I’ve been working for a while now on this very involved 8-piece ensemble for the beautifully sweet Little Darlings.

I am so happy with how this mohair/silk lace hand knit sweater turned out.  It is knit from the top down, then I added lace edgings with a 3 needle bind off.  I wanted the scalloped edge of the lace edging, but still wanted to make the sweater from the top down so this was my solution.  Lots of math involved as the lace had a specific number for the pattern and then the sleeves and body had to be the exact same number of stitches as the edging that would go with it.  Yikes, I could feel the burn as my brain worked on this one!

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I encircled the eyelet neckline with lots of delicate hand embroidery; roses in pinks, some blue and yellow golden flower clusters, and pretty green for the meandering stems and leaves.

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After I completed the sweater I was able to see the kind of dress that I thought would be pretty with it.  I found this very soft washed blue cotton chambray in my fabric collection.  I added some tucks to the skirt along with a rose bouquet motif and white tulle that barely peeks out from underneath the skirt.  I repeated a smaller rose bouquet motif on the bodice just under the strap on the opposite side to balance the embroidered motifs.  The entire dress is lined in white cotton lawn with all of the seams enclosed to make the dress beautiful inside.

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A low back and angled straps show off these dolls graceful arms, pretty back, and slightly sloping shoulders so well.  I love how Dianna sculpted the body of these dolls, so graceful and elegant.

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I added a crocheted drawstring purse with a cotton voile hankie (embroidered with the L.D.’s initials), some crocheted ballet slippers, a bracelet, bow headband, and panties and the ensemble was complete.

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