Category Archives: Beads

Christmas & Candy Canes

Red striped candy canes as we know them now have been the official Christmas candy since about 1900.  (Before this time they were solid white.)  But only recently, it seems, every company has a candy cane variation for their products i.e.,  Candy Cane Oreos, Ghirardelli peppermint bark, Starbucks drinks (too many to list), Dairy Queen Candy Cane Chill Blizzard, etc. etc.

Since all of the above will ruin a diet here is my Little Darling, Gina, modeling a no calorie version starring the candy cane.

Doesn’t she look yummy?

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For more information on this “Candy Canes for Christmas” ensemble for the Little Darlings please visit my “Available for Sale” page at .

So, what are your favorite treats in candy cane flavors?

Fall?…No… It’s Still Summer!

Fall is right around the corner…!?  No, say it isn’t so!  I think it was just the Fourth of July yesterday.  (thinking about it…)  Oh no… that was almost two months ago.  Yikes.  Where did our summer go?

I do like fall, I really do.  Here in Illinois autumn is usually still feeling warm and usually sunny.  So, no complaints with fall (autumn).  It’s the season that tries to slide in unnoticed right after fall, (and sometimes even before fall has finished up it’s time in the spotlight) now that’s the one that I don’t particularly like and that’s saying it nicely.  Anyway… (I’m not even going to think about that bully of a season right now.)

I’ve been creating some things for fall, but not too fall”ish”.  Don’t want to dive right in when I can get by with simply dipping my big toe in, right?  And, I’m not quite ready to let glorious summertime go.

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First up, is a new ensemble for our favorite Effner Little Darlings.  It is colorful yet with a muted palette goes beautifully this time of year.  Gina’s floral print cotton dress is reminiscent of the 1970’s with it’s folksy feel and the 1980’s with those large cabbage roses.  The muted shades of rose, blue, yellow, green, and white are on a ground of chocolate brown.  See, a fall palette can be quite colorful.  The lace cardigan is hand knit out of fine baby alpaca/silk in a rosy pink tonal colorway.  Tiny Delica seed beads knitted into the sweater add sparkle amongst the lace panels.  Pink glass pearls button up the sweater, if desired.  Gina’s cap is a slightly slouchy style with a hand made tassel.  Both the sweater and cap are hand embroidered, with rosebuds on the sweater and a rose on the cap.  This fall”ish” ensemble is finished off with rosy hued pastel cotton knit tights, a bracelet with a cloisonne bead and metal heart charm, and a white cotton lacy sash that ties in the back.

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Another lace panel is on the center back of sweet Gina’s cardigan.

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 Next, is a dress/hat set for little Amelia Thimble and Izzy which I call “Tiny Bit for Fall”.  Aster colored colonial knot clusters, warm pink bullion rosebuds, and straight stitched fall grass decorate this hand knit oat colored mohair/silk set.  The tiniest pink satin ribbon bows are sewn onto the dress and hat for some extra “pink”.

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For more information on these new ensembles, please visit my website.

It’s Starting to Feel a Lot Like Christmas…is Right Around the Corner

My little Amelia Thimble has been very, very busy lately.  I have a handful of tiny “Christmasy” dresses made and she has had to model all of them.  I must say that she did a very good job, looking as cute modeling the last dress as she did modeling the first.  After Amelia’s job was done I told her that it would be a good idea to lie down and take a nap.  She is such a little thing after all.  However,  my dear tiny Amelia wanted to chat with the new girl, who isn’t much bigger than she is.  More on the new girl later…

Here is my first set of dresses.  They are all knit out of super kid mohair/silk lace weight yarn.  This yarn is so soft and fuzzy.  I love it, but the fuzziness of it requires some patience when embroidering on it.  I found myself always pulling those long mohair strands out of my embroidery.  Grrr!  Well worth the bit of aggravation though, don’t you think?

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This trio of super kid mohair/silk dresses all have holiday themed embroidery.  The pink dress is embroidered with a large red poinsettia at the waistline, mint green evergreen boughs, and clear seed beads.  The lilac dress is embroidered with smaller poinsettias in pink and red.  I added clear seed beads to this dress also. I think they give an icy effect to the embroidery.

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I love this shade of blue.  I know blue isn’t typically a Christmas color, but it seemed to work as a holiday dress when embroidered with holly.  I just had to add some pink roses too.

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I hope you enjoyed this tiny taste of the upcoming holiday season.  For more information, please check my website.

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