“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.

6 thoughts on ““Apple Orchard Darling”

  1. Joy

    Another foggy morning here. But, it usually burns off around 10 so it should be nice later on.
    Love all of the little details on this outfit. I too like the vintage 30’s colors.
    We have decided to go back up to the cabin again tomorrow and finish with the water heater details. A few more tweeks and it should be a go. Getting a bit tired of the 3 hour trip one way though. Perhaps we can stop in Sacramento at the native American museum. That would be a treat.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      I hope you ended up having a nice day and that the water heater problem is all solved. I don’t enjoy long car rides either, although a 3 hour trip doesn’t sound that far to me anymore. Hmm, wonder why.
      Thanks for you compliment on Lucy’s dress ensemble. Hope you have a nice Sunday, Joy.

  2. Catherine

    Lucy has a very sweet face! She is really lovely!
    Her ensemble is very adorable and I love the sweater with beautiful embroideries.
    Her basket is very cute too!
    Here it rains a lot, but the sun comes back tomorrow and remains for several days!
    Have a good week-end!
    Warm regards.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Thank you, Catherine. Lucy might be my favorite Little Darling, although I don’t like to have a favorite. She does make me happy though. These apple print fabrics that I’ve been working with got me in the mood for apples. I had to buy a bag at the grocery store last week. 🙂 I hope the sun is out in France today. Here, it is cloudy, again this morning.

  3. Marian

    Dear Cindy,
    I don’t comment on every one of your posts. Why? Well to be honest they are all wonderful little works of art. However, you frequently out do yourself and Lucy’s outfit is an example of that. The fabric, the color of her cardi and those amazing hair ties just blew me away. You really do continue to grow in your art and I am ever so grateful that you share.
    P.S. I too am the mother of an only. I know your pain and your joy. Hang in there, before you know it weddings and grandchildren will be you concern.

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