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“Feelin’ Peachy” This (Almost) Spring

Do you believe we’ll be starting a new season in 11 days? It’ll be springtime here where I live in northern Illinois. If you are starting autumn that is a wonderful season as well. But here it’ll be spring… and, oh spring you are my favorite!

The warmer days after a cold winter are pure bliss, and all the surprises coming up in the garden are well, wonderful surprises. And we’ve already received some of these gifts. We have had a couple of days that have gone over 60° and my crocuses have started blooming. It seems early this year being that it is still early March, but so appreciated after the -24°F windchill on Valentine’s Day. It’s hard to believe that was less than a month ago!

My spring welcome committee continues to grow. Bethany has received the latest spring ensemble. It’s been so long since I’ve made anything new for Bethany. Before I received my first Little Darling (Christmas 2012) Bethany got lots of new things to model.

Here is my blonde Bethany modeling “Feelin’ Peachy” for you.

Bethany’s rose floral dress is a print by Robert Kaufman from the Margeaux collection. I’ve had it in my stash for about four years. Alice received a new ensemble made from this fabric in 2017. You can see her here. Scalloped cotton lace peaks out from the hemline and a rayon ribbon sash tied around the waistline is the perfect color to add some brightness to this pastel ensemble.

Bethany’s soft and warm cardigan sweater is made with hand dyed merino wool. I dyed it in a very pale peachy pink. This yarn has become my favorite to dye and use for doll sweaters. It is Knit Picks Preciosa in fingering weight. It is a one-ply yarn which makes it a little bit fuzzier and cozier than a plied yarn. I embroidered two coordinating rose motifs on the front and added glass pearls for the buttons. I think Bethany loves it!

Bethany’s accessories include a crocheted pearl headband, rayon knit tights, and a crocheted mesh drawstring purse. She carries three little Easter eggs inside. The mother-of-pearl heart dangling from the bottom shows that I made this for her with love! 💖

I have a new YouTube video from the past week showing this ensemble in progress.

Isn’t Bethany a beautiful doll? I think she is just perfect.

How is March shaping up in your area? Did it come in like a lion or a lamb?

Sending you hugs and wishes for beautiful days ahead! 🤗💐 Thank you for stopping by.

Look What’s Blooming

Look what’s blooming in my winter garden! It’s Alisha in her new ensemble. Doesn’t she look sweet? I love these colors on her, rosy mauves and sage/mint green.

I dyed the merino wool for her cardigan in a pale cool mauve. I love the snug 3/4 length sleeves on her–they highlight her graceful arms and hands. Fluttery rosebuds are embroidered on the cardigan. (I started embroidering with fully opened roses and it was too heavy looking.)

I have a new studio vlog video on YouTube. If you like you can watch and see what else I’ve been up to these past days in February.

Wishing you, my friends, a ‘love-ly’ Valentine’s Day weekend! I appreciate all of you! Thank you for reading my blog and watching my videos. 💖

Hello To You

I don’t have anything finished to show you; I simply wanted to say hi, share a few photos, and let you know what I’m working on.  I have a very optimistic “to do” list for today, so this will be short.  Whenever I feel things are taking too long to get finished I bring out my pad of paper and break down, into steps, what I hope to get done in a given day.

Today, I plan on finishing a dress for Patsy/Ann Estelle.  The skirt is all gathered and pinned to the bodice; I just need to sew the two pieces together.  Then, I will hand stitch the facing, sew on the snaps and buttons.  Next, the sweater needs to be sewn up at the underarm and I’ll weave in the ends.  I really want to complete the embroidery for the sweater.  Not sure that will happen, but it’s on the list.

As for my weekend, that involved bringing my daughter back to school.  My “baby” is all tucked in at college to begin her second semester.  I guess it was easier leaving her there this time than in August.  But, it was still by no means easy!  I’m not sure it will ever be easy.  I keep telling myself that to miss her so very much means that I love having her around so very much, a blessing that is.  Yes!

We are still in the thick of dreary weather.  Yesterday morning we had freezing rain which, thank goodness, turned to rain as the temperature warmed above freezing later in the day.  We are experiencing temps this week which are warmer than normal for this time of year.  Yay!  We even had a thunderstorm during the night!  It sounded like springtime!

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This was taken yesterday morning.  I’m glad the bird feeder was empty; those icicles look dangerous.

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There’s nothing like orchids starting to bloom to lift the spirits.

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In my studio Tulah is still playing Barbies, and has adopted a little chihuahua.  We’re currently working on names for her poodle and her chihuahua.  She’s quite an indecisive little doll.

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I think I’ve shown you this doll (pattern here) before as I’ve made her years and years ago.  She is made from a free pattern by Emily Martin (Black Apple).  She is a calming presence in my studio, always relaxed with a little smile on her face.  Dolly is all decked out in a Big Ann Estelle scarf and a crocheted rose brooch by Alla Koval (My Little City Girl), both also made years ago.

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This crochet hook set was a Christmas present, and I can’t wait to use them.  They are the tiny sizes for use with crochet thread.  I’ll use them for crocheting flowers, purses, and other accessories.  Those handle colors are ❤ !

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Sitting around my studio is a beret for Patience which never got used (yet, anyway) and Little Darling fingerless mitts.  This fabric is something I purchased late summer (I think) and can’t wait to use.  It’s not Liberty fabric, but that is what the prints remind me of.  Sorry, I can’t remember the name of the collection.  I am sure it’s a Japanese fabric though.

Well, I had better get to work on my list!  I’ve enjoyed chatting with you today.  Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Thank you for visiting!  Bye for now.