Category Archives: Beads

“Happiness is Pink”

Does pink mean happiness for you?  It does for me—especially when it’s in these vibrant shades.  But, who am I kidding?  I think I love every single shade of pink!  Really, every single one!  I’m tickled pink (sorry, just had to say it) just thinking about the endless shades of pink.

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Upon finishing Patience’s ensemble the other day, I noticed that our pink magnolia tree was still in bloom.  It makes the prettiest backdrop (this was Patience last year) for Patience when she is dressed in pink.  Unfortunately, the wind was blowing like mad; I didn’t dare put her down, but was able to take a few photos while keeping her safe.

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The print I used for this dress is another “must buy right away” print.  It reminded me of Liberty of London prints which I love, love, love!  This particular fabric is in the pink colorway.  (Gracie was wearing the purple colorway last week.  And, Gracie will be wearing the blue colorway too, lucky Gracie.)  Are you counting?  I bought all three colorways!

The hot pink mohair/silk lace yarn in my stash went perfectly with this print, which was exciting since I don’t get to use it often.

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Three different shades of pastel bullion stitched embroidered roses dance around the neckline of the sweater in a random pattern.  I kept the pearl buttons the same value as the yarn so as not to compete with the embroidery.

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Hand dyed silk ribbon in the perfect shade is used it for the crocheted beaded headband, waistline sash, and colorful bouquet.  Light pink hand dyed cotton Lycra® tights complete this pink ensemble.

By the way, Patience picked this bouquet just for you!  Isn’t she a sweetheart!

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“Happiness is Pink” will be available tonight (April 23, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!  Bye for now!

Gracie’s First Outfit

My new Kaye Wiggs MSD, Gracie, has her very first ensemble to show you…finally, sorry for the delay, but here she is now!  First of all, I am very happy to say that the only adjustment I needed to make from Talyssa’s patterns were for the length of the skirt, yay.  The two girls are thrilled to be able to share clothes.

For Gracie’s first outfit I picked out a favorite print that I used last year for Patience.  I also had this print in the pink color way and a tinier coordinating print.  You can see those outfits here, here, and here.  If you’d like to read the blog posts from those outfits they are here, here, and here.

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Gracie is wearing a Kemper Raven mohair wig in blonde (8-9) and her original dark brown glass eyes.

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Gracie’s sweater is knit with a pima cotton/Modal® in sport weight.  The Modal gives the yarn a slight silkiness.  Two mirrored image rose bouquet motifs are hand embroidered to coordinate with the dress.

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I wished that the crystal beads I used for the buttons were a bit larger, but they went so well that I decided to use them anyway.  I added more “buttons” than I would have if they had been larger.  They are a very pretty champagne colored AB rondelle shape and added a bit of lightness and sparkle to the sweater;  the sprays of white/ecru colonial knot flowers seemed to pop a little more with these beads.  These crystals are so pretty that I used them for the basket’s tassel and Gracie’s bracelet too.

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Gracie’s light blush pink headband is crocheted with beads, Czech crystals and seed beads; it has a luxurious weight to it because of the weightiness of the beads.

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Gracie is a larger doll, so I was able to make a more colorful bouquet for her Victorian styled basket.  The bouquet is removable and can be held by itself as if the flowers were just picked.  A clear band holds the stems together.

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“Roses for my Beauty” will be available for sale Monday night, March 7, 2016, 7:00 pm, CST.  Go to my “Shop What’s New” page at cindyricedesigns.com.

“Sunshine Day” for the Little Darlings

Since sunshiny days are so difficult to find this spring, I made a new ensemble for the Little Darlings that is filled with the warmth of yellows and pinks.  It’s sure to brighten your day as it did mine while I was making this set.

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The photo below highlights how delicate my mohair/silk lace sweaters are.  It is especially difficult to embroider on such an open knit as the embroidery threads easily show through to the front of the sweater.

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(The lemon yellow/pink roses remind me of strawberry lemonade.)

I had the perfect colors of bicone crystals in my stash (thanks to my sister’s bead destashing last summer) to use for the bracelet; pastel blue, yellow, and pink match perfectly and add a bit of sparkle.  I also found a pastel yellow Swarovski crystal butterfly that matched the bicone crystals and used it for the end of the purse’s dangle.  Since there isn’t a heart on the bracelet I sewed a pink heart to the inside of the purse to show that this ensemble was made with love.

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