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Penny is Popping in to Wish You…

Penny is popping in to wish you “Springtime Joy” . . . even though springtime feels miles away at the moment.  We are getting our first snowstorm of 2017 tonight!  It’s been a mighty strange winter around here.

So, for me at least, I need to pretend that spring is here, and Penny is helping with that.  Here is Penny in her new ensemble with her baby bunny, Spring.

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You can see what a caring and gentle pet mama Penny is to little Spring.  They bonded immediately!  Spring is another needle felted bunny made by me.  She is made with wool roving, has red violet Delicate bead eyes (sewn on) and a pink embroidered nose.

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Penny’s new spring ensemble features a floral cotton dress in cool shades of rose, blue violet, and grey and a background the color of whipping cream.

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Her hand knit sweater is knit out of rosy colored mohair/silk lace yarn.  Two different rose bouquet motifs are embroidered on the front.  I picked the blue violet out of the print to highlight with a hair ribbon, waist sash, embroidery, and bracelet.

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Penny’s “Springtime Joy” ensemble will be available tonight (March 12, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com

“Springy and Delicate”

After many, many springlike days winter weather returned on Friday.  We woke Saturday morning to a light dusting of snow and temperatures that were well below freezing.  Brr!  Saturday remained cold, and reminding me that it is still indeed February.

I cannot remember ever seeing crocuses blooming in February, but this year I did!  What a wonderful surprise they were!  They started blooming (always the yellow first) last Wednesday.  Since it’s getting  warmer again this week, the violet and white crocuses should quickly follow their yellow friends out into the world.  Spring flowers make me so happy!


In my studio, the “making of spring” also continues.  Here is my Little Darling, Gina, modeling my last February ensemble.


Isn’t this the most precious print?  It is so shabby chic and in my favorite shade of blue.  This was one of those ‘order immediately before it’s sold out’ fabrics.  I fell so much in love with it that I also purchased it in pink and yellow.


Gina’s cardigan is knit with mohair/silk lace yarn.  Lace panels on each front, the sleeves, and center back add to the delicate-ness of this cardigan.  The mirrored rose bouquets are embroidered at the neckline and bottom hemline.  I brought rosiness to the button band with pastel pink glass pearl buttons.


I finally bought some wool roving to make little needle felted accessories with.  (I received a needle felting pen and mat for Christmas.)  I’ve watched some You Tube tutorials, so had a general idea how to needle felt, but I was just having fun and experimenting while making this bunny.  To my surprise, he came out looking like a bunny!  Gina claimed him as her own and told me all she needed was a basket to put him in.  Of course, dear Gina!  I made a flat shaped basket (like my flower cutting baskets) so he could sit in the basket and be seen.  He’s not perfect, but cute, I think so anyway.


“Springy and Delicate” will be available tonight (February 27, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

My little Kaye Wiggs Millie is patiently awaiting the next spring ensemble which will be hers!  I think it will be in the pink colorway of this same print.  I was looking at her album of outfits and she seems to be missing a pink dress.  She has had a lot of ensembles made with prints that have ivory backgrounds, and not one print that is predominately pink.

Thanks for stopping by today, my friends.  Enjoy the week!

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all of my readers who celebrate this blessed day.  Easters in northern Illinois are “iffy” when it comes to the weather.  In years past we’ve seen snow, rain, cold temperatures, and the “not very often” perfect day.  This year will be quite chilly, I’m afraid.  We will definitely need those Easter bonnets and spring coats.

To help you get in the Easter-y mood I pulled my Easter photos from years past.

Amelia Thimble’s 4″ friend, Izzy, is looking very springlike in her Easter finery.

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Amelia Thimble wearing “Easter Roses”, an ensemble I made last year.  It looks like she found an Easter egg for her teeny tiny basket.

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I also made Easter bonnets for the tiny girls last year—that was fun.

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Amelia Thimble thinks her bunny would look cute wearing her bonnet.

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One year Patience found some eggs on an egg hunt.

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Amelia is giving her doll sized stuffed bunny a hug.

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Talyssa also loves to hug the bunnies (and bears dressed as bunnies).  You can see the size difference in the two dolls with these photos; they are hugging the same bunny!

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One year Gina got her very own Easter basket.

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And, here is my real life Easter chi-bunny from 2014.  Isn’t he a good boy?

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This year my studio bunnies (my favorite 2016 bunny props) are here to wish you a Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter!  Would love to hear how you celebrated or will celebrate the day.