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This and That for Saturday!

Hi all!  Did you have a nice Groundhog Day?  Yep, he saw his shadow—another 6 weeks of winter.  I’m betting winter will extend past that 6 week mark, maybe 10 weeks!  What do you think?

My husband and I spent yesterday evening watching the movie “Groundhog Day”.  It was filmed in a nearby town that we frequently visit.  We had fun trying to pick out the filming spots and what is there now.  The filming probably took place in 1992, so things have changed.  My husband is really good at spotting the areas, not me so much.  The bed and breakfast that  Bill Murray stayed in was recently sold.  In case you are curious as to what it looks like you can see that here.  I don’t believe they filmed inside, but definitely outside.  I think it operated as a bed and breakfast for a while, but not sure what it is currently being used for.

This little orchid blossom is just opening this very morning!  She’s itty bitty, and is one of three buds on a short stem.  This is my last remaining phalaenopsis orchid plant. 😦  I must say that that’s a very good reason to visit a somewhat local orchid greenhouse.  It’s huge (4 acres!) and makes you feel as if you’re on a tropical vacation.

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My stack of cowls is growing.  I just finished the white one.  My next cowl will be the Bobble Cowl by Joji Locatelli.  It is much longer than these three, so will be on my needles for awhile.  I want to dye a skein of fingering weight merino single ply in a very light tonal or barely there gradient.  Sorry dollies, I know this skein was meant for you.

As for dolly stuff, I will be embroidering today.  See, I’m all set up and ready to go.  Once I get started I will be fine—no more procrastinating.

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Oh, one more thing… I didn’t start out collecting doll books, but as you can see it is turning into that.  I don’t think I can pass up a book with the word “doll” in the title or a doll illustration on the cover.  “House of Dolls” just arrived last week, and is my tiniest book yet.  A few of these books have been recommended by some of you.  Thank you!  I’ve enjoyed them all very much and reread them often.  Any more suggestions? 🙂

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I still have to share my heart sachets with you.  Tomorrow, I will try.  This post is already all over the place.

Wishing you all a great Saturday!

Thank you so much for spending some time with me today. ❤

New Doll Books

I love childrens books, and books about dolls are even more of a treat.  I had some books on my Christmas list and received them all!

books 747 books 764I think The Best Loved Doll by Rebecca Caudill is my favorite of the bunch, but I love them all.  I may have read this book as a child, but I am not sure.

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kitty's new doll 759Kitty’s New Doll by Dorothy Kunhardt is a sweet story featuring cats as the main characters.  I love the colorful watercolor-like illustrations.

kitty's new doll 760 kitty's new doll 761 kitty's new doll 762In the end Kitty picked the most simple doll that would lead to the imaginative play.

the lonely doll 751The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright has actual photographs of a doll and teddy bears in different settings.  Two of my blog readers mentioned this book last year and the photos sparked a memory, so I put it on my wish list.

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And, lastly is The Magic Nesting Doll by  Jacqueline K. Ogburn.  Laurel Long’s beautiful illustrations make this fairy tale about nesting dolls magical.

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Bye for now!

“Ivy and Holly”

Last December I wrote a post about my favorite doll books, one of them being The Story of Holly & IvyYou can find that post here.  I LOVE this story, and even now while writing this blog post, this book is open in front of me.  The illustrations are so cozy and sweet, and the story is absolutely endearing about a beautiful Christmas doll who finally finds her girl.

After I completed this ensemble for my Little Darling, Gina, my daughter commented on how she was reminded of the doll, Holly, in Holly & Ivy.  Even though Gina isn’t dressed the same or even have the same color of hair she does seem like a modern day Holly.

Here is sweet Holly illustrated by Barbara Cooney.

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ivy and holly 615Gina’s sweater is hand knit out of mohair/silk lace yarn.  I embroidered two mirrored image Christmas bouquets at each top corner.

ivy and holly 619The tiny stocking is crocheted with merino/silk lace yarn and can hold the little bouquet or other treasures.

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ivy and holly 635For more information on Gina’s “Ivy and Holly” ensemble please visit my “Shop What’s New” page at cindyricedesigns.com .