“Toasty Warm Holiday”


It was quite a nippy morning when Millie and I had our photo shoot last week.  Doesn’t she look toasty warm in her fuzzy hand made knitwear.  She even has a little muff hand warmer, lucky girl.


Did you have a muff hand warmer when you were young?  I had one in white (most likely) rabbit fur when I was quite little.  It had a little fox face on it which mesmerized me.  To satisfy my curiosity, I went looking on ebay to see if I could find a muff like the one I remembered.  This is what I found!  I think I remembered correctly.

Millie’s muff is hand knit, and  her bracelet is attached as the handle; it can dangle from her wrist.

Her dress is made with the same botanical holiday print as I recently used for Gracie’s “Holiday Botanicals” ensemble.  Gracie’s was in a different colorway, a deep red background.  You can see that one here.  I think I like both colorways equally?



Millie’s vintage-looking headband cap is extremely lacy looking and made to just covers the tips of her ears.   A tiny bit of leaf embroidery and red tassels decorate the cap.


The “light-as-a-feather” white mohair/silk sweater is embroidered with mirrored poinsettia motifs.  The sleeves are more generously sized and give more of an outerwear look.  The sweater closes with deep red glass pearls.


Millie’s tiny gem of an ornament is made with an olivine AB bicone crystal and mother-of-pearl beads.  A hand made red organza (matches dress sash) bow and hang tie is sewn onto a metal jewelry ring.


I made Millie a teeny tiny white silk bow that I’ll include with the ensemble.  It is too tiny for a clip or crocheted tie, so I attach it to her hair with a red tipped straight pin stuck parallel with the wig cap.  The little bow in their hair reminds me of the actress, Rose Marie, (from the Dick Van Dyke show) that always wore a bow in her hair.  BTW, Rose Marie is 93, and she has a Facebook page!


This one-of-a-kind “Toasty Warm Holiday” ensemble made for Kaye Wigs “illies” or Millie, Tillie, Lillie (11″ BJDs) will be available November 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

9 thoughts on ““Toasty Warm Holiday”

  1. maureenrose7

    You are just amazing! Your work is so detail and simply magical! And thank you so much for the link to the fox face muff. What fond memories you just brought back for me. Now Im gona go look on ebay for mine too! XO!

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Aww, you had one too! I’m not sure why the memory of this stayed with me so clearly, but it did. Thank you for the compliment on my work. However, the dolls do a lot of the work by looking so cute. Have a great day!

      1. maureenrose7

        I was just out on the porch the other night with my hands tucked in each opposite sleeve of my jacket and thought I wonder what ever happened to my muff?! hahaha! your work is truly each a tiny masterpiece! its incredible! 🙂

  2. Catherine

    Millie is absolutely beautiful with her new ensemble!
    I love the nice sweater!
    Have a good afternoon. It rains a lot here.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Catherine. I’m sorry it is so rainy in France. Usually our weather is almost the same. However, we are having one of the sunniest Novembers, lucky us. It’s a beautiful autumn this year. Millie and I say “thank you very much”! I hope you are having a nice day.

  3. Joy

    I too had a muff! White, probably rabbit fur, but mine had a doll face on the front. Loved that thing.
    Milly looks so cute in her outfit. Love the hat and muff. Bet she does too.


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