In Progress Around Here

The first week of January has, of course, flown by!  With my daughter still home (by the way, I love having her home; I am not at all complaining, just mentioning it. 🙂 ) I am not getting as much done as I normally do, but I am making some progress on a sweater dress for the Little Darlings, and also writing a pattern as I go.

I finished up the embroidery on the sweater dress yesterday, and got the buttons sewn on.  I chose a pink wool heather since I needed some pink in my life after all the red and green Christmas colors, and before that, autumnal colors.   The very subtle shades of lavender and warm red in this pink heather make it a yarn choice that I go to again and again.



This is the only piece of the ensemble completed.  I’m still trying to decide on either a headband or beret.

Right now all three of my Little Darlings are clamoring to model this ensemble for me.  Hmm, I wonder whom it will be . . .

On another note, yesterday was a day of putting away Christmas and making an “Unthanksgiving Dinner” to get rid of extra Thanksgiving ingredients that have been hanging around in the freezer and pantry.  The end result was so much like a real Thanksgiving dinner; the only thing we didn’t have was a pumpkin pie!



My daughter turned her dinner into a healthier version with turkey (no gravy) and a zucchini sliced like spaghetti.  She uses a spiralizer to make her “zucchetti”.


Even though it’s great to get the house back in order, it’s sad to put all of the decorations away.  The house seems so dark without the Christmas tree lights twinkling in the living and family rooms.  We do leave the strands of  white lights around the kitchen bay window; I enjoy them very much on these dark days.




Sigh . . . I cannot wait until next November when we do it all again.

I hope you all are having a great weekend.

Thanks for visiting!  Bye for now!

8 thoughts on “In Progress Around Here

  1. Catherine

    The embroidery is beautiful!
    All Christmas decorations are stored in cartons in the attic!
    The room seems empty now!
    Have a good week!
    Friendly yours,

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Catherine,
      I am slowly getting used to our darker and empty rooms again. The fireplace in our family room helps to make one room feel cozy. I hope your week is going well and the sun is shining in France.

  2. Lana keeling

    Your sweater is so beautiful. I agree totally with you once the Christmas tree is down its nice to have it over for the year but it’s seems so dark and all the excitement of the holidays are gone, but when it rolls around again next year we are anxious for it all to happen again. Have a great week.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Lana and thank you. We are getting used to having all of the pretty lights and glittery things put away. Luckily, we have a fireplace which helps to warm the cold and dark winter nights. I hope you are having a great week!

  3. Joy

    Some LD is going to be very happy with that lovely dress and accessories. Perfect for quickly arriving Valentine’s Day as well as just around the corner, Spring!
    Our leftovers evaporated from the freezer some time ago. Yours looks so tempting. Yum. Bet it is better than dorm food eh? A friend is driving her daughter back to school today. They are on quarters so school starts in again tomorrow.
    Loved seeing your vintage ornaments. Nice pic of your pup enjoying the sunlight. Great idea to leave the lights in the bay window. We still have our lighted giraffe in the living room. Been so rainy, didn’t want to haul him to the other house in a wet truck.
    Nothing but rain around here. It’s melting the snow in the sierra and causing runoff flooding. River won’t crest up there until next week so we can drive 3 hours up and see if we have a mucky cabin or not. Not looking forward to that.
    Knitting is two steps forward and then all the way back again. Way too tight for cast on so am working on that. Finally bought some end thingys for the needles and some markers. Good day to work on knitting as they have advised everyone to stay home. Lots of flooding but not here fortunately.

  4. Gail Schuster

    Thank you, Cindy, I look at your designs and handiwork and love them ALL!

    Each time I feel like I’ve just had a good visit from a friend with similar creative interests! I look forward to your next creations and the fun that goes into your descriptions.


    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Gail and thank you!!! You are so sweet and kind to say those things. I love what I do, but working at home can be a bit isolating and lonely especially for a workaholic. Knowing that I have internet friends that “get” what I do and genuinely enjoy my creations make it 100% better. Thank you for letting me know how you feel; I so appreciate it! I hope you’re having a great start to 2017.

  5. Cindy Rice Post author

    Hi Joy,
    I hope everything is okay by you. I haven’t been watching the news, so am not up on what is going on. I’ve been too busy enjoying my daughter’s company to keep up with anything. I’m hardly doing anything creative either. This is the last week she’ll be home. The 4-5 weeks FLEW by!!!
    I hope your knitting is progressing. It sounds like you are learning.


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