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. 💚

Gracie is Feeling Some “Snowflake Magic”

Ah, the magic of the first snowflakes of the season. In my opinion there is nothing quite like them. Those beautiful bits of white fluff dancing in the air and then floating to the ground. We’ve had a few instances of snow–although nothing that stuck, but the beauty of those first flakes gave me a feeling of peace and hope.

My Kaye Wiggs Gracie is loving this time of year too. She is dressed for the season in a cozy winter ensemble. Her Nordic inspired dress print features lots of delicate snowflakes on a festive red background with a crystal looking waist sash. Her pine green cardigan is knit out of merino/silk yarn. It is decorated with snowflakes and matte gold sequins and crystal beads. The buttons are matte gold Czech crystals. Her beret is made with the same type of yarn, but in its natural color. A red/green pom pom sits at the top. She wears ribbed tights to keep her legs toasty warm.

The contrast of rustic matte gold mixed with icy and sparkly decorations appealed to me when designing this ensemble. Gracie’s bracelet features a bit of gold with crystal Delica beads and a crystal snowflake charm. She is carrying a crystal snowflake ornament with matte golden bells. I wonder which tree she will add this ornament to…

I’d say that fall is slipping away here in northern Illinois. The trees are mostly bear and many days are hovering right around freezing. Today we are having fall clean up done for us which is so nice. We have so many leaves that collected in piles around our house and in the ground cover and bushes. 🍁 They are being blown out and mulched into the lawn or picked up. I am thankful for the help!

What are you up to this weekend? Shopping? Getting ready for Christmas?

Sending you all happy late fall (or spring 🌷) wishes! Enjoy! 🤗❤️