This Week

Hello to you!  I hope you are staying healthy, happy, and busy… at home.  I’ve been finding that it really isn’t hard to fill the days spent at home.  My daily, or almost daily, activities are feeding/walking the dog(s), walking me, exercises to keep my back pain free, meditating, cooking/baking, chores, more puppy playtime.  And then if I still have energy I will get some knitting or doll ensemble creating accomplished.

I finished the cardigan that I’ve been working on for the Kaye Wiggs MSD girls this week.   The embroidery needed to be finished and then the underarm seam sewn up.  I like to leave it open in case I want to add some embroidery to the sleeves.  Lastly, I added white pearl buttons.

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 I can’t decide what to make for the ensemble’s headpiece.  Thinking about that…  I have some pastel rosy colored rayon knit for the panties and thigh highs.  I could sew those next while I am deciding on a headband, hair ties, or a hat.  Sorry about the harsh lighting on the photos.  It has been really dark outside.  I had a halogen floor lamp lighting up my work.  The lamp doesn’t produce the prettiest photos.

My daughter and I started a joint coloring project last week.  Now, she is busy, busy, busy with online classes, so I finished it up today.  I titled it “Rainbows of Hope”.  We all need lots of that these days, don’t we?  I noticed one of my neighbors had a large sign with the word ‘hope’ in her front window too.  We are all in this together.

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Earlier today I looked through my stuffed animal and felt books.  I snapped a few photos of the pages that grabbed my attention.  I thought I’d share them with you.

These felt cuties would be perfect little toys for our dolls.  They are tiny and flat-ish to easily slide under a dolly arm.  The ‘Mushroom Girl’ is my favorite.

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‘Tis the season for lots of little birdies.

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‘Tis NOT the season for Christmas, but some of these can be made appropriate for springtime or get a head start on Christmas making.

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This book contains more tiny felt animals.  My favorite project is the bunny rabbit wearing a dress.

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I am drawn to “Sew Me, Love Me” because it uses recycled materials… and they have clothes to make for them.  What fun to make an animal with its own wardrobe, and using bits of your old things too!

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The following are needle felting books.  The pieces are adorable, don’t you think?

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‘Little Miss Crafty’!  Do you see yourself in her?

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My girls saw ‘Little Miss Crafty’ and want me to make them each a dolly of their own.  Maybe a tiny rag doll with floppy arms and legs–one that is huggable.  Wouldn’t that be sweet?

I hope you (maybe) got a spark of inspiration from my books.  Thank you for browsing along with me.  I enjoyed going through them with you.

Northern Illinois is expecting some bad weather tonight.  Please pray for us, or send us positive thoughts, that no one loses their homes or lives or family members.  I don’t know if we humans can take any more bad things happening all at once.

Have a great week–stay safe! ❤

7 thoughts on “This Week

  1. Joy

    The MSD outfit is lovely. And I might add as are all of the lovely things you make..
    I just finished my recycling project such as it is. Definitely needs some more creative touches of which I’ll have to visit Pinterest. Looks like now I’ll be forced to clean at least the dining room. Ha ha.
    I love the photos from your felt books. Thank you so much for sharing. So many fun ideas. I like the Chi and the Mushroom Girl too. Right before our shutdown, I picked up some felt to make a dolly for the dolls. That rag doll is a great idea. I think I’d like to work on something different as the peep bunnies I’ve been making are getting a bit tiresome.
    So hoping your weather changes for the better. Be thinking of you and family.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi, Joy. Thank you so much! You’re so kind.

      Isn’t it fun to recycle our old clothing, fabrics, supplies, etc. ? I have a basket full of felt too. I should get into it and make something(s).

      It seems that with all this time spent at home our homes need to be neat and clean. There’s no running away from them now.

      I think we all in IL escaped the nasty predicted weather, thankful for that. Thank you for thinking of us. Today it is super windy, cloudy, and kinda cold, but I’ll take it. At least it is safe weather. Tomorrow hoping for some sunshine–been a number of days.

      Take care, Joy. ❤

  2. Martha Adam

    Enjoy reading your blogs and get an idea of what you are doing in your part of the world. Like to see what you are making and this time you have shown me the back of your embroidery. And how neat you make it!!

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hello, Martha. Thank you so much, and thank you for commenting. It is always nice to hear from you all.

      Oops! I didn’t realize I was showing the back of my embroidery–totally overlooked that–glad it wasn’t too bad.

      I hope you have a very nice week ahead. ❤

  3. Terrigirl2020

    Hello Cindy I think we are slowly getting used to our new normal. It is good that you and keep busy. The cardigan is beautiful with the embroidery! You will come up with something creative for headwear. The coloring project is gorgeous! Thanks for the look through you’re fabulous craft books . It is 40 and sunny here today, take care, Terri xo.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi, Terri. Sorry for my delay in writing back. The worries of the world have taken over my brain I think. Your are right, though, we are all getting used to the new normal. It just takes some of us longer–like me.
      I’ve made progress on the ensemble in this post. It is now completed and even photographed. I’m not sure what to do next…
      I hope you had as beautiful a week as we’ve just had. The temperature and wind speed changed drastically from day-to-day, but the glorious sun–well, it was out every day! Cannot beat that!
      Happy Easter to you and your family, Terri! ❤


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