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A New Dress for Alice

Happy Monday, friends!  July is well underway and summer weather has finally arrived here in northern Illinois.  I’m not sure what took it so long this year, but nevertheless, I am happy it has arrived.

My Little Darling, Alice, has a new dress for these beautiful summer days.  This buttery soft sweater dress is knit with Aunt Lydia’s bamboo crochet thread.  The bamboo fiber makes for a very soft dress with lots of drape–not stiff in the least.

I embroidered a few free form floral motifs on the front of the dress–nothing too measured and precise.  I kept the look free flowing and made up the composition as I went.  Free and easy is perfect for this relaxing time of year.

Here’s a photo I previously posted when I started the embroidery–outside on the most perfect weather day.  I got almost all of it done that day, and finished it up this weekend.

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Isn’t Alice beautiful?  She is painted by Nelly Valentino.  I love her brown eyes and warm coloring.

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I have decided to keep this dress for my Little Darlings’ closet.  They get to keep so few things that I make…  (Thank you for understanding.)

I hope you all have a great week with beautiful summer (or fall) weather.  Thanks so much for visiting with me today, my friends.

 

 

Summer is Here!

Happy Summertime my friends!  It doesn’t quite feel like summer yet, but our calendar says it is.  We still continue to have lots of sunless and rainy days.  Now that summer has begun I hope the weather improves.  Today looks promising, finger crossed…

Tuesday was a perfect day to be outside–no wind, no rain, some sun (not too bright), and warm temps.  Since posting pictures of color inspiration for my yellow Little Darling sweater dress I have been struggling to find genuine desire to actually do the work.  The weather on Tuesday was exactly what I needed; it was a pleasure to work outside.  I didn’t finish the dress, but it’s almost there.

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An organic farm near us sets up their stand on Friday afternoons.  Last Friday they had put together these peony bouquets mixed with lupines and a white allium.  The peonies smelled wonderful!  The entire bouquet lasted a week, and is still giving us a bit of magic–the smaller peony buds have started to open.

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Yesterday my husband and I visited the Chicago Botanic Gardens… yes, again.  I wanted to see the roses in their first bloom… and they were blooming like crazy.  There were roses, roses everywhere–all varieties and all colors.

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The English Walled Garden was as peaceful and beautiful as always.

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The fountains, which had not been going the last time we visited, were now serenading us and adding to the sights and sounds here.

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This hydrangea was growing around the tree you can see in the photo above.  I thought it was interesting.

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After walking through a few of the gardens we had lunch in the cafe.  I ordered an Ancient Grains Bowl; garbanzo beans, quinoa, cranberries, broccoli,  farro (I think), fresh spinach, and poppyseed dressing made up this yummy bowl.

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Well, the day still looks promising here in northern Illinois.  That’ll mean two days in a row of relatively sunny weather–must be a new record for 2019!

I hope the sun is shining where you are.  Enjoy your day!  Thank you for stopping by.

Happiness is Yellow–Choosing Embroidery Colors

Hello! ❤

In my last post I showed you my newly knitted and blocked yellow sweater dress for the Little Darling dolls.  Usually, I have a print fabric that guides my embroidery thread colors.  This dress, having no print fabric to go along with the ensemble, is open to whatever embroidery colors I choose.

I looked through past knitwear made with this same yellow thread (Aunt Lydia’s Bamboo Crochet Thread) and found some palettes that looked inspiring to me.  I was surprised to see the dresses are all tiny ones.  Hmm…  I guess I had it in my head to ‘save’ this sunshiny yellow bamboo thread because it is now discontinued.  Well, that’s no fun!  I hereby vow to ‘use it up’ and make sweaters or sweater dresses for each of my girls (dolls) who wants one.

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“Tiny Bit of Sunshine”, 2013

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“A Sunny Day”, 2015

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“Golden Sunshine”, 2014

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“Fall Sunshine”, 2013

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“Pretty Autumn”, 2013

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“Sunshine and Rosebuds”, 2016

And here’s one made for Patience–no embroidery, but love the fabric’s color palette, very summery.

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“Sunshine & Posies”, 2015

So, which palette(s) is/are your favorite(s)?  I’d love to know…