Monthly Archives: May 2015

“Summer Sweet” for the Little Darlings

The abundance of fruit, flowers, and vegetables makes summer the sweetest time of year for our senses.  There is always something new to be seen blossoming or something new to be tasted in the garden.  And, of course, there are always the wonderful scents filling the air.

I believe that this time, right before the summer season actually starts, is the best time of all.  It is all before us, yet to come, and at this point summer seems endless.

I just finished a very summery ensemble for my Little Darling, Gina.  The print on the fabric depicts fanciful fruits and little white flowers on a perfectly pink background.  I thought that the little fruits could pass for cherries or plums.  I couldn’t make up my mind which I liked best.

And… the little lace shrug that I knit last week found its dress!

summer sweet 544I loved the tiny daisy-like blossoms, so I repeated this shape for Gina’s hair ties and on her ballet slippers.  The magenta pearl centers match the magenta colored fruits very nicely too.

summer sweet 530I found beads to mimic the magenta and blue bunches of fruit, so I made a little fruit charm for the bracelet.

summer sweet 525Another daisy-like motif is found on the necklace and a bit more magenta is added at the waistline with the help of an organza ribbon.

summer sweet 533These Effner girls have the cutest little feet and legs that look so adorable in crocheted ballet slippers, so I couldn’t resist adding a pair to this ensemble.

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summer sweet 600For more information on Gina’s “Summer Sweet” ensemble please visit the “Available for Sale” page on .

Talyssa’s Got Something New

And, here she is to show you her new summertime ensemble!  I hope you like it.

floral-ly fun 567I have to share with you the name of the collection this print came from; it is called Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille.  Isn’t that the cutest name?  So, yes, I was thinking of yummy marmalade quite often throughout the making of this ensemble.

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floral-ly fun 557I knit Talyssa’s cardigan in natural colored cotton/Modal yarn, so I could use all of the beautiful color in the fabric for the embroidery.  Bullion stitched petaled flowers in three shades of coral, colonial knot golden centers, tiny opalescent seed beads, and kiwi green bullion stitched leaves create the artwork for the sweater; mother-of-pearl beads make the perfect buttons.

I used natural colored fine bamboo thread to crochet Talyssa’s cap.  Unfortunately I didn’t have crochet cotton that matched or coordinated with the embroidery thread, so I tried something new and crocheted the flower decoration using the actual embroidery thread.  It worked beautifully and gave the flower a pretty sheen.  I am so happy that it worked.

floral-ly fun 560My one and only skein of kiwi green bamboo thread was the perfect color to crochet Talyssa her very own drawstring purse.  (I talked about the demise of my favorite bamboo thread here.)  Her purse opens up, so she can add her little treasures.  Hanging from the bottom of the purse is a little hand made beaded tassel.

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For more information on Talyssa’s “Floral-ly Fun” ensemble, please visit my “Available for Sale” page at

“Rosy Soft Spring” for the Little Darlings and My Lilacs

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This new ensemble that I just completed for the Little Darlings was meant to go with this lace shrug that I started last week.  Here it is in progess.

wip 5-14-15 349And here it is finished.  I love it so much.  Lace knitting takes a lot of concentration, but the stitches are so pretty.  I couldn’t wait to get a dress made to show off this brand new shrug.

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lace shrug 478Are you wondering why Gina isn’t wearing the shrug with her new dress???

rosy soft spring 507I picked out a simple fabric and spent time embroidering a motif on the bodice and skirt, but when put together I found that the pure white shrug did not go with this fabric that has an off white ground.

Back to the drawing board or knitting needles.  *Sigh*.

I reworked my cardigan pattern to make it into a wide open bolero style sweater so that the embroidered bodice would still be front and center and Gina’s shoulders would stay cozy.

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rosy soft spring 490Gina always looks pretty in pink.

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So, now I will have to find something else to go with the white lace shrug.  I have something in mind.  I hope it works out this time.

Our second variety of lilacs are finally in bloom.  They can be seen from our family room window.  These blossoms are very pale lilac in color and the sprays are quite miniature.

lilacs 465However, their scent is not miniature!  They perfumed my sewing room all week long.  Aren’t they pretty?  I finally discovered the way to make cut lilacs last for days in a vase.  Here’s what worked for me:  shave off the bark that will be in water.  (I used a steak knife on these thin stems.)  I put very hot tap water in the vase and as soon as the bark was removed I put the stem in the water.  I don’t know how many years I have been trying to get lilacs to stay fresh in a vase.  I think I tried everything from hammering the stems to recutting the stems under running water, nothing worked except this…finally.

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I hope you all had a great week!

For more information on Gina’s “Rosy Soft Spring” ensemble visit my “Available for Sale” page on .