Category Archives: Lucy

“Summertime Smiles”

Do you believe it is the end of August???!!!  Wow!  It’s been a good summer weatherwise in northern Illinois–we’ve had lots of hot and sunny days–lots of beautiful weather to smile about.  I hope you’ve had the same.

I recently finished a summery ensemble for the Little Darlings, and I want to share it with you.  Lucy (painted by Helen Skinner) is modeling “Summertime Smiles”.  We had a relaxing photo shoot in the backyard under the trees on one of those beautiful days.

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The creating of this ensemble started with the fabric.  I found this summery floral in my stash and wanted to use it immediately.  The graphic blossoms are in shades of bright pink, golden yellow, light aqua blue, and kelly green–all favorite summer colors of mine.

Lucy’s dress features tiny tatting lace hand stitched the the hemline.  A thin bright pink satin ribbon ties twice around her waistline.  Her dress is completely lined with white cotton lawn and all raw edges are enclosed within the lining.

Lucy’s knitwear is knit from hand dyed merino wool in bright pink.  Her lace shrug is knit in a simple lace pattern with a crocheted shell edging.  The beret is knit with my beret pattern and embroidered with coordinating flowers.

White cotton anklets, a colorful bracelet, and a two-flower bouquet complete the 6-piece ensemble.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest make for the Little Darlings. Thank you for visiting.

Next up, are one or two apple orchard inspired ensembles.

Enjoy the week!  Take care and stay safe.  Sending you virtual hugs! ❤

 

The Past Couple of Weeks

Hello to you from rainy, rainy, rainy! northern Illinois.  The rain has been coming down since last night.  It’s still warm at the moment, but we are in for a big change later on today.  So the rain will stop, but then it will get cold!  Cold like we haven’t seen for many months.  Not ready!  This temperature drop will seem like a slap in the face.  OW!

These past couple of weeks have been beautiful though.  I’ve been getting outside most days for walks in the sunshine and to simply enjoy nature.  We have quite a few forest preserves around here and also some quiet roads.  Last weekend I visited one of the nearby forest preserves.

At one point on the trail it was an open expanse as far as the eye could see.

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The colors of fall are showing up in the plants, but not yet the trees (except here and there).

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When I have portable work and don’t feel like staying at home to do it I like to visit nearby coffee shops; this one is so cute.  It has 5 rooms with tables and chairs in each.  I think I previously showed you a photo when my daughter and I spent a Friday afternoon here. My favorite room is this south facing room with these big windows.

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Here is a look into the main room while I was working on my knitting.

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And here is another room off of the room I was in.  The doorway to the left shows a room for the little ones.  There are lots of toys in there.  I’ve never seen any children using it; perhaps they are here at different times.

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The dress I was knitting while at the coffee shop is now completed:  knit, blocked, buttons added…

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… and Gina modeling it.  Here’s a sneak peak from my sewing room this morning.  I want to add a little more embroidery (it’s at the hemline) and a pretty red ribbon around the waist.  I have the perfect little accessory for her to hold; I’ll show you later.  Both girls still need tights and I want to come up with an accessory for Alice.  So, these two ensembles are almost completed.

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Now, I must go get some rest.  I’ve been fighting a cold all week (my husband brought one home from traveling over a week ago!).  I thought I had succeeded in not catching it, but no.  Today I know I am definitely sick.  At least the weather matches my symptoms!

I hope you are well and enjoying beautiful weather where you are.  Thank you for stopping by, my friends. ❤

Happy Saturday to You!

Hello to you!  It’s so nice to be back talking to you after only a couple of days.  I’d love to make this a habit…  When I last wrote we were having strong storms daily and very humid weather.  After much rain throughout the week, we woke yesterday to many of the streets flooded in the Chicago area.  My daughter is now commuting to a nearby (sort of) college and had to take some alternative streets; she allowed extra time.  While out on my walk, there was flooding where I’d never seen it before.  This morning, however, it’s a different story–there is a definite nip in the air; I think we’ve maybe started the transition between summer and fall.  Truthfully, I’m not sure I’m ready, are you?

Some exciting (for me) news is that last evening, I added my first (since February of 2018!) one-of-a-kind doll ensembles “Blossomy Sprinkles”, to my available pages.

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Here is a little slideshow of the photos I took of this ensemble.

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I now host my website through WordPress, not GoDaddy, so it’s a bit different finding the sales pages.  I hope it’s not too confusing.  The individual pages will highlight if you bring your cursor to the Available tab at the top of this blog.  Click on the ensemble’s title and you’ll be taken to the sales page.  To purchase, please fill out the contact form (like before); I will get your form promptly emailed to me.  Because of the high cost of international shipping and insurance it is still my policy to only ship within the U.S.  My apologies to all my international friends.  I appreciate your understanding, thank you.

I know I haven’t talked too much about this, but in case you were wondering, my health and healing journey has kept me away for so long; I am now well.  It is so good to be back, creating and sharing with you.  I don’t think I will be creating doll ensembles with the same vigor as I was doing before, but I will try to have new things to show you on a somewhat regular basis.  Also, if you enjoy seeing ‘in process’ photos and/or photos from my regular ‘ole life please let me know and I will include more of those types of photos and posts.

I thought this comparison would be fun to show you.  Lucy is on the left modeling “Blossomy Sprinkles” and Alice is on the right modeling “Flower Picking” from 2016.

And, the little cardigans…

And now, the dresses without the cardis…

Hope you enjoyed those.

Have a super Saturday my friends!  And thank you so much for sticking with me throughout my long journey!

Oh, almost forgot to mention–I will try to be back tomorrow morning with photos of Gina modeling her new ensemble.