Category Archives: Doll Dresses

Penny Wraps Up the Year

The end of 2021 is upon us, and no, I cannot believe it, can you?

Penny (by Linda Macario) is wrapping up the year by showing you her holiday ensemble, my last make of the year. She is dressed warm and snuggly, and a good thing, too; we have snow coming tomorrow–the first measurable of the season. We’ve all been waiting… It will be magical!

Doesn’t Penny look warm dressed in “Homespun Holiday”? She wears a wooly cardigan and pixie hat along with rosy heather tights. The dress is sewn with one of my favorite holiday prints, “Under the Mistletoe” by Anni Downs of Hatched & Patched. I love the many primitive motifs and the palette of muted colors the designer used in this print. In 2015 I used this same fabric to make my Little Darling, Gina, a holiday ensemble. Here is a link to that ensemble’s post if you’d like to see more photos. Even though this fabric is probably impossible to find now Anni has a Christmas collection coming out in May which looks like there might be some cute prints included in it. Also, more pictures of her fabric here.

So as we wave ‘so long’ to 2021, Penny and I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year! Have a safe and enjoyable New Year’s Eve, too! Do you have exciting plans? It’ll be pretty quiet here by me.

Love 💖 from my girls and I. xoxo

Patience “Cute and Quirky for Winter”

Hello! I hope this post finds you happily enjoying the weekend. It is Saturday morning here and all is good.

Patience received a new holiday ensemble this year and she has been eagerly waiting to show it to you. She is also eagerly awaiting that first snowfall. Other than some very sparse flakes, that didn’t stick, we’ve not had any here in northern Illinois.

Patience’s cute snowman print dress features rows of colorful snowmen. This cotton print fabric by Lori Holt (Cozy Christmas, Riley Blake Designs) also came in a pink and blue background color way. I liked the sunny yellow. There are some sellers on etsy that have this print if you are interested.

Patience wanted black coal buttons for her “snowy” cardigan which is knit out of mohair/silk lace weight Aloft. She wanted to be like her little snowman. The coal buttons are actually black beads (I had exactly four!) that I found in my stash.

Patience’s three scarves are knitted four stitch i-cords decorated in a variety of ways. The green one reminds me of how our golden retrievers’ fur would get after walking in the snow. It was so silly to see balls of snow dangling and jiggling from their legs and chest. It never seemed to bother them at all.

This little snowman is needle felted with merino fiber. His features are sewn on with seed beads. His scarf matches one of Patience’s and is a 2-stitch i-cord. The earmuffs are made with purchased pom poms and a strand of wool yarn–all sewn on.

And, as you can see Patience is NOT letting him go! She can keep him forever and ever… he’ll never melt!

Do you have any snow yet? Like Patience I’m still waiting for that first magical snow.

Sending you warm December wishes. I’d love to hear what you’re up to this weekend!

My First Holiday Ensemble for the Fashion Friends

Hello to you! Welcome to this the second week of Advent. Today I have my first holiday ensemble for the Ruby Red Fashion Friends girls.

This is for my girl, Bella. Here she is to model it for you.

Her dress is made out of a festive botanical print–white poinsettias, red berries and multiple shades of greenery. I dyed a strip of cotton lace to add another pop of red. Bella also wears red tights and a red ribbon sash.

Bella’s hand knit cardigan is made with two strands of lace weight yarn held together while knitting. (For me, holding two strands of lace weight yarn will equal one strand of fingering weight.) One stand is merino and the other fuzzy mohair/silk. I embroidered tiny botanical motifs in coordinating colors sprinkled on the front of the cardigan. Bella’s cardigan buttons are red glass pearls.

Bella’s wreath is a purchased miniature which I embellished with a tiny deer, flowers, beads, and tulle bow. Bella can’t wait to hang her wreath, however, she is having a difficult time deciding where she wants it to go. Decisions, decisions… I’m sure she’ll figure it out.

How are you doing during this second week of Advent? After a week filled with appointments last week I have this week pretty open to spend at home. It’s time to start wrapping presents and making more cookies. My daughter and I made my grandma’s kolacky cookies yesterday. They’re one of my favorites and I haven’t had them in years. They are yummy, yummy, yummy!!! It’s slim to none that they’ll make it to Christmas.

Thank you for stopping by to visit with me today. Sending you warm hugs 🤗 and wishes for a comforting and peaceful week. 💚