Daily Archives: August 20, 2016

“Apple Orchard Darling”

Hi all!  Happy Saturday to you!  It’s early morning here in northern Illinois, and it’s gray and dark outside (a storm is approaching), but warm and cozy inside.  I love the fleeting bit of time “before the thunderstorm”.

Yesterday I showed you a few photos of my two Little Darlings in their apple themed ensembles.  This morning I’d like to show you Lucy’s, “Apple Orchard Darling” in more detail.

Here’s my smiling #3 sculpt Little Darling by Helen Skinner.  Doesn’t she have the sweetest face?

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This fabric caught my eye because of the 1930s shade of green used for the greenery.  I love this vintage green!  It’s like the green used for jadeite.  The bits of pink in the print were an added bonus; I had the perfect pink pindot to use for an accent.

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I custom mixed and dyed the wool for Lucy’s sweater.  I wanted a pastel shade of the green, so the red embroidery and greenery would pop.  I love the soft pastel green—it’s so much fun to “invent” my own colors.  Bullion stitched apples line up along the bottom of the sweater’s front sections, and pink and off white blossoms float along the neckline.  Both side mirror each other.

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I love Lucy’s apple leaf hair ties.  They’re a fun accessory for her pigtails.  A pop of red was needed, so I knit Lucy a scarf.  It can be worn multiple ways.

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The little apple picking basket is crocheted with hemp cord for a rustic feel.  The shape of the basket fits Lucy’s hand nicely and the loop fits over her thumb.  (A clear elastic band placed over the handle and doll’s hand will secure it, just in case.)  The basket is filled with a juicy red apple, flower blossoms, and paper leaves from the apple and maple trees.  It is early in the apple picking season, the flowers are still blooming and the leaves are still green. ❤

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Lucy’s “Apple Orchard Darling” ensemble will be available on Sunday (August 21, 2016) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesign.com.  Please check the “Shop What’s New” page at that time for more details.

The storm is here!  It’s coming down in buckets!

Bye for now, and thank you for visiting.