This Past Week & A New Dress for Millie

I’m so glad that last week has passed.  Here in northern Illinois, we had such dreary weather practically the whole week and then horrible storms Thursday night.  Mother Nature even managed to deliver more rain to us yesterday.  I felt my mood going downhill with each progressing day last week, and it was affecting my creativity.  I felt like I was going through the motions of creating without any excitement towards my work.  Today was a blessing, warm and sunny…*sigh*.   Finally!!!

I got outside today to see how spring is progressing around our house.  It is slow, but there are some new things to see.  Most notable is the color of the grass—a beautiful emerald green—thanks to all of the rain we got this past week.  Other lovely happenings outside include the magnolia trees starting to bloom, the crocuses finishing their blooming, the daffodils starting to bloom, and the teeny tiny buds becoming visible on the bushes.  It’s a wonder to observe the changing seasons.

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tulips 657

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I love knit dresses, even in the warmer weather.  This past week, I adapted Millie’s wool dress pattern for knitting with a lighter weight bamboo.  The first try came out too long and not flared enough, so I made some small changes and tried again.  This time I got it right; it fits her shape perfectly.  She is such a cutie pie!  I finished her outfit today and took the pictures.  Since I still had Izzy and Amelia Thimble’s rose garden dresses, I was able to get the three BJD girls together for some photos, and boy, do they look precious together!

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spring's sweetheart 583For more information on Millie’s “Spring’s Sweetheart” ensemble, please visit my “Available for Sale” page on (after 7:00pm CST on Sunday, April 12).  Amelia Thimble and Izzy’s sets are available for sale right now on my “Available for Sale” page.

2 thoughts on “This Past Week & A New Dress for Millie

  1. Jeanne

    HI Cindy,
    Oh, I hope it stays sunny where you are… we can’t let you get in the doldrums because of the weather… heaven forbid if it causes you to lose your creativity! We couldn’t stand that!
    I knew before I even looked to see, that Millie’s sweet little dress would be sold! And it was! It is adorable and with your two little ones beside her, what a picture that is!
    I love the lace added around the hem of the dress…very feminine looking! It looks like you got that “flare” just perfect to me! I like looking at the one picture where you have your stuff all spread out on the table.. those kinds of pictures draw me in to see what you’re working on.
    Lovely post, too, with all your flower pictures.
    I hope you have lots of sunshine this week. We got up past 80 today! That’s “summer” weather, not Spring!
    Have a wonderful week, Cindy,
    Blessings, Jeanne

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      We had a beautiful and sunny weekend, but back to dreary today. I guess if I had to pick I would pick a nice weekend over a nice week days so everyone who goes to school and work can enjoy it. I need to remember that April showers bring (one of my favorite things) flowers.

      Wow! You surpassed 80°!!! That is indeed summer weather.

      Thanks so much for your sweet comments on Millie’s new dress. I am itching to make one for the Little Darlings too. Don’t know what it is about tiny knitwear; I love it so!

      Enjoy your week, Jeanne!


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