Hello To You

I don’t have anything finished to show you; I simply wanted to say hi, share a few photos, and let you know what I’m working on.  I have a very optimistic “to do” list for today, so this will be short.  Whenever I feel things are taking too long to get finished I bring out my pad of paper and break down, into steps, what I hope to get done in a given day.

Today, I plan on finishing a dress for Patsy/Ann Estelle.  The skirt is all gathered and pinned to the bodice; I just need to sew the two pieces together.  Then, I will hand stitch the facing, sew on the snaps and buttons.  Next, the sweater needs to be sewn up at the underarm and I’ll weave in the ends.  I really want to complete the embroidery for the sweater.  Not sure that will happen, but it’s on the list.

As for my weekend, that involved bringing my daughter back to school.  My “baby” is all tucked in at college to begin her second semester.  I guess it was easier leaving her there this time than in August.  But, it was still by no means easy!  I’m not sure it will ever be easy.  I keep telling myself that to miss her so very much means that I love having her around so very much, a blessing that is.  Yes!

We are still in the thick of dreary weather.  Yesterday morning we had freezing rain which, thank goodness, turned to rain as the temperature warmed above freezing later in the day.  We are experiencing temps this week which are warmer than normal for this time of year.  Yay!  We even had a thunderstorm during the night!  It sounded like springtime!


This was taken yesterday morning.  I’m glad the bird feeder was empty; those icicles look dangerous.


There’s nothing like orchids starting to bloom to lift the spirits.


In my studio Tulah is still playing Barbies, and has adopted a little chihuahua.  We’re currently working on names for her poodle and her chihuahua.  She’s quite an indecisive little doll.


I think I’ve shown you this doll (pattern here) before as I’ve made her years and years ago.  She is made from a free pattern by Emily Martin (Black Apple).  She is a calming presence in my studio, always relaxed with a little smile on her face.  Dolly is all decked out in a Big Ann Estelle scarf and a crocheted rose brooch by Alla Koval (My Little City Girl), both also made years ago.


This crochet hook set was a Christmas present, and I can’t wait to use them.  They are the tiny sizes for use with crochet thread.  I’ll use them for crocheting flowers, purses, and other accessories.  Those handle colors are ❤ !


Sitting around my studio is a beret for Patience which never got used (yet, anyway) and Little Darling fingerless mitts.  This fabric is something I purchased late summer (I think) and can’t wait to use.  It’s not Liberty fabric, but that is what the prints remind me of.  Sorry, I can’t remember the name of the collection.  I am sure it’s a Japanese fabric though.

Well, I had better get to work on my list!  I’ve enjoyed chatting with you today.  Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Thank you for visiting!  Bye for now.

7 thoughts on “Hello To You

  1. Joy

    Such a fun post today. Just what I needed. We’ve been having some foggy dreary weather, and rain is coming back tomorrow for days ahead. Your feeder pic explains the weather perfectly. Love it. I’ve been looking at new feeders, ours is about toast, and decided on the very same one you have. It is similar to our old one that is about to hit the ground next time a blue jay lands on it. Bad birds!
    I think one of my mother’s old orchids is about to bloom. It is outside if you can believe it. Been below 30 too.
    My poor little Tulah gets no play time at all. Poor thing. Guess I should pay more attention to her.
    Doesn’t Black Apple have cute things. Hasn’t she written some books too? Your girl is so sweet.
    Those crochet hooks, wait, I can’t even see the hook! Definitely a two pair of readers activity for me.
    And the fabric, lush! Love them all, and am looking forward to seeing Ann/Patsy’s new outfit.
    I’m feeling much better now after all of the eye candy today and knowing that our little cabin is dry and secure.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Joy,
      I am glad your cabin is a-ok, what a relief! I hope the weather report was wrong and you got some sun yesterday, and maybe today too. For us, a no to both days. Actually we haven’t seen the sun since Saturday, so today is the 5th sunless day in a row! But, it’s warm for us; it’s winter, can’t have it all. I think Emily (Black Apple) is more of an illustrator than doll maker.
      We’ve found the bird feeder platform on the ground a few times. It’s the raccoons here, don’t like them at all. All in all, it’s a nice sturdy feeder. Ours is still empty, bad me. Enjoy your Thursday, Joy!


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