Monthly Archives: August 2017

“Autumn Glow”

I am noticing that the light is changing as summer winds down and autumn approaches.  The temperature/hue of it seems warmer, more golden, cozier, softer.  Do you notice it too?

The fabric I used for Patience’s new dress reminds me of the change in the light.

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Patience’s cotton dress is made with a warm pink/muted salmon Japanese fabric.  The roses are in a deep ivory with fine warm rusty brown shading.  The skirt is embellished with ivory English cotton Cluny lace.

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This fabric is still very much in the pink family as pastel warm pink accessories look perfect with it.  Patience’s crocheted mesh drawstring bag is made with warm pink cotton thread.  The bottom of the bag is decorated with an ivory resin rose bead.  I hand beaded a sepal around the base of the rose with coordinating Delica beads.  The bag opens and closes with self handles.  Inside her bag is a fringed edge cotton lawn hanky pressed into triangles.  The bracelet is made with the same Delica beads and a smaller rose than the one used for the bag.  Patience’s hand made headband is an asymmetrical cluster of blossoms/pearls sewn onto a warm pink length of crochet.  Ivory tights complete the accessories.

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Patience’s hand knit cardigan is made with lace weight merino/silk yarn in ivory.  Coordinating and mirrored motifs are hand embroidered on the front.  The cardigan can be worn unbuttoned or buttoned with ivory glass pearl beads.

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Patience’s “Autumn Glow” ensemble will be available tonight (August 20, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST,




“Putterday” Saturday

Yep, that about sums up the day.  I puttered around the house doing this and that.  One little thing I did this morning was some straightening in my studio.  I found a few things that I no longer need, maybe you do?

The following three photos show those things.  They are free to a good home if you pay the cost of Priority shipping + PayPal fees (to US addresses only).  You can guesstimate the cost of shipping;  I added the weight of the item on the photo.  First come, first served for these.  Send me an email (if you have my address), or fill out the contact form on my website.  You’ll need a PayPal account, so I can send you an invoice for the shipping and PayPal fees.

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Clothes and shoes have been claimed.

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Ribbon still available.

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While I was inside destashing and straightening, my husband did some pruning of our shrubbery.  I thought the magnolia branches were so pretty, such a shame they should all end up in the fire pit.  I added them to my cranberry colored hurricanes on the buffet.  Not sure how long they’ll last in the house, but they look nice now.  Hopefully, I didn’t also bring in bugs.

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I also snapped up a few boxwood branches; I know these will last for weeks and weeks in water.    There’s nothing like real greenery brought inside the house, is there?

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My daughter and I planted these tiny succulents on my birthday last month.  (I haven’t killed them yet.)  I purchased a moisture meter so that I won’t overwater them.  This pot of succulents reminds me of her, and something we did together on my birthday. ❤

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I’ve been having wrist pain on and off this year, beginnings of carpal tunnel, I think.   Knitting and using the keyboard make it worse, as does sleeping.  Yes, I said knitting (perhaps my favorite thing to do)! 😦 I’m not sure what I’m going to do about that yet, but I purchased a slanted laptop stand to make using my laptop more ergonomic.  I’m also sleeping with a brace on my right hand.

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I’ll have Patience’s new ensemble to show you tomorrow.  The pattern for her cardigan will be ready a day or two later.

Bye for now, my friends.


“Ready, Set, Autumn”

Are you ready for autumn?  Maybe I’m not, but Lucy sure is!  She is wearing a new design made for her and her sisters.

I’ve been in love with this vintage knit pinafore jumper ever since I saw it quite awhile ago.  Isn’t it adorable, as is the little model!  *sigh*  The photo looks like it’s from the 1970s, but I cannot find any definite information about it.  I haven’t forgotten about it though, and really wanted to see one of my Little Darlings dressed in this style.

Here’s my miniaturized take on the knitted pinafore jumper.

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Lucy likes this new look so much that she has picked it for her back-to-school outfit.  In addition to wearing a special outfit, the children always bring a little friend for show-and-tell.  Lucy’s friend is “Miss Friendly”, named for her tiny, but sweet smile.  Lucy says Miss Friendly’s cuteness will help her make new friends.  I think she’s right, don’t you?

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Miss Friendly is needle felted out of wool roving by me, in my studio.  She has black Delica bead eyes and embroidered features.  She wears a bow out of matching yarn and a heart dangle that matches the heart on Lucy’s bracelet.

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Lucy’s pinafore jumper is hand knit out of Peruvian Highland wool in a heathered warm rosy pink.  The suspender straps really button with buttonholes, but do not need to be undone for dressing.  The back has tiny pearl beads all the way to the hemline.  Only the first three open with buttonholes for dressing; the others are sewn in place.  The jumper is embroidered with coordinating blossoms underneath the ribbed band and at the hemline.

The 3/4 length sleeve blouse is made with a pastel cotton floral print.  The bodice is completely lined; no raw or serged edges are visible on the inside.  The facing is hand sewn, and the sleeve seams are double turned and hemmed by hand.  To prevent added bulk, the blouse closes with snaps above the jumper only.

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Lucy’s seamless beret is knit from my beret pattern, and is made from wool/angora yarn.    A little embroidered motif decorates the front and a two-color tassel decorates the top.

Lucy’s accessories include a necklace and bracelet, which are made out of 14k gold-filled findings.  Underneath her jumper is a pair of ivory cotton tights.

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“Ready, Set, Autumn” will be available tonight (August 14, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST,