“Sweet Summertime”

Yay!  It’s time to celebrate summer!  June has been nothing but warm, or hot, and sunny, sunny, sunny!  It seems like we’ve had more blue sky days this month than we’ve had all year.  It sure is glorious seeing the sun shine all day long!  I hope you’ve been as fortunate with sunshine as we’ve been, here in northern Illinois.  If not, I’ll bottle some up, and send it to you.  (Don’t you wish that could really be done?)

My Little Darling, Gina, is here to celebrate summertime with you.  She is dressed in sunny yellow, flowery pinks, and of course, blue sky blue.

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The cotton Japanese print I used for this dress is both pastel and bright, perfect for summertime.  I originally made a deeper aqua cardigan for this dress, but thought the sunny yellow accessories were a better choice.  The dress is decorated with warm white English cotton Cluny lace and hand dyed soft yellow hand made silk bows.  A matching silk ribbon sash ties around the waistline.

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The knitted lace capelet, crocheted headband and drawstring purse are made with buttery yellow bamboo thread.  (Please excuse Gina’s messy hair; it’s a very windy day.)

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The lightweight capelet features lace stitches all the way around and closes with a pearl bead and loop.

The drawstring bag is decorated with a bright pink resin rose and hand beaded sepal at the rose’s base.  Inside is a fringed hanky made out of white cotton lawn and folded into a triangle.

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Gina’s headband is crocheted with tiny pearls and ties at the back of her neck.

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“Sweet Summertime” will be available tonight (June 11, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

8 thoughts on ““Sweet Summertime”

  1. Joy

    Oh that Gina! She looks beautiful. Love her pearls and capelet as well as her summertime dress.
    Glad you are having nice weather. Good here too, only not as warm as usual which is nice.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi, Joy! First of all, thank you for sharing Libby in her new bathingsuit. I think you’re going to have a hard time keeping that girl out of the water!
      Gina and I say thank you for the compliment on her in her new ensemble. She does love those colors!
      It’s still nice here. This whole month so far has been sunny, just crazy, but I’ll take it. Summer has finally arrived, hot and humid.

  2. Terrigirl2017

    Gina is so pretty!! I love the floral print and sky blue. the lacing near the hem line is so lovely , and the silk ribbon sash is too perfect! The headband and purse finish the outfit off nicely. I would love to celebrate summertime with Gina too, I need to find my prettiest dress though. Have a great day Cindy, Hugs, Terri xoxo.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Thank you so much, Terri! I love this print too. That pastel blue is one of my most favorite colors! Gina says a definite “yes” to a garden party.
      Saw you had some storms go through MN. We missed some last night which were in the Milwaukee, WI area. Things are starting to get crispy around here.
      I hope your week is off to a great start!

  3. Susan

    Your attention to detail never ceases to amaze me – the crocheted headband with pearls, the drawstring purse, the hand dyed ribbon. So much love and attention goes into everything you do and it shows. She is absolutely beautiful.
    We’re having crazy weather here in NY. On Tuesday we were wearing heavy sweaters and today it’s 93 degrees! Happy to hear you’ve been having lots of sunshine – good for the soul. xo

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Thank you so much, Susan! These little dolls do get spoiled, that’s for sure. It’s so much more fun making things for them; they seem to look cute in everything, and like everything I put on them too. lol
      Wow! You ARE having crazy weather. It’s about time summer temps have started, right? Not sure if the 90s are normal for you though. For us, the 90s are considered hot, but quite frequent throughout the summer. It’s still sunny here! Yay!
      I hope you enjoy the rest of your week, Susan!

  4. Marian

    I hope you know how much I admire your work. This sweet little outfit is no exception. While simple, it is also quite amazing. The headband, purse and hankie are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. Marian

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi, Marian! Thanks so much!!! What a nice thing to say; it warms my heart! I’m glad you enjoyed seeing Gina’s new ensemble. She is already wearing something new I am working on. She’s a busy girl lately. I hope you have a great “rest of the week”, Marian.


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