“A Party in the Rose Garden”

I know it will be at least a couple of months before there are any rose gardens in bloom here in northern Illinois, but I know there are places where roses are in bloom.  BTW, I am so jealous.

While creating Gracie’s new ensemble I let my mind wander… imagining rose gardens where picnics, leisurely walks, and garden parties are going on underneath the blue spring sky.  Doesn’t that sound lovely?

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Before I had Kaye Wiggs Gracie and Talyssa dolls, I would have had to pass on this fabric because the scale seemed too big for the smaller dolls.  I find the most colorful prints are usually too large for the Little Darling sized dolls.  This fabric reminds me of a vintage pillowcase; it is so soft and colorful, in a pastel kind of way.  I wanted to make use of all of the pretty pastels, not just the pink, so  I picked out the mint green, yellow, and blue by adding ribbon, charms to the bracelet, and a selection of blossoms for a bouquet to this ensemble.

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Shrugs, by design, are nice because they allow the entire dress to remain the focal point.  Gracie is wearing my “fun to knit” lace shrug.  I’ve made this shrug often enough to have memorized the lace pattern and notice when I forget a yarn over or to make a PSSO, so now I can say it is fun.

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Gracie’s crocheted hat is perfect for wearing in the garden.  The brim can be worn a variety of ways–one side up, one side up and the other one down, etc.  I used the dress fabric to make a band around the crown and knit a rose and leaf for further embellishment; I also added a tulle bow.

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I’ve made Gracie a delicate little pendant out of very fine silver-toned chain and a glass pearl drop.  She loves her whimsical and fun charm bracelet adorning her delicate wrist.

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Gracie’s “A Party in the Rose Garden” ensemble will be available tonight (March 29, 2016) at 7:00 pm, CST.  Go to the “Shop What’s New” page at cindyricedesigns.com.

8 thoughts on ““A Party in the Rose Garden”

  1. Catherine

    I love this delicate and refined set! The fabric is beautiful! Gracie is very elegant!
    Have a good day!
    Friendly yours,

  2. Joy

    What a sweet little Gracie. The classic shrug just makes the whole outfit.
    And yes, we have roses here in northern CA. That is if you can find them with all of the weeds. Spent this morning trying to make a start in the yard. There is a little titmouse making a nest in it’s usual spot in our Catalpa tree. He/she makes a lot of noise because the neighbors cat is stretched out on our deck in the sun.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Joy,
      I thought of you and your roses when I wrote my post. I’ll take the weeds if it means I can have roses too. We don’t have titmice here in Illinois. I looked up a photo of them; them have a little crown like cardinals. Sometimes the tiniest birds make the loudest noises… Hope you have a beautiful day today.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Wendi and thank you. I couldn’t decide on one color, so because I had all the colors in ribbon, went with one of each. Hope you have a nice day!


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