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Christmas Ensemble Availability Dates

Hello, from frosty Illinois.  Boy, we had a good frost last night.  It’s sooo cold here, but it’s very pretty too.  When I look out my windows I see blue sky, frosty white grass, trees of red, yellow, orange, and yes, some are still green.  I don’t think our magnolias will ever give up their green leaves.  I don’t know what they’re thinking! 😮

I spent the last two days getting my 6 Christmas ensembles ready for market.  It was a lot of work, but the majority of it is complete.  It’s a peaceful feeling to have weeks and weeks of work all wrapped up.  I’d love to sit and breathe it in, but I cannot wait to start on something new!

I have decided to offer one ensemble every evening for 6 days in a row.  They will start on November 11 and go through November 16.  The time that the sales page will be live on my website will remain unchanged at 7:00 pm CST.

Here is the order, so you can plan, if you’d like.  As a reminder, I’ll also send out a blog post and Facebook post in the morning on the day each one will be available.

November 11:  “Frosty Festivities” for Rose (10″ Boneka by Dianna Effner)

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November 12:  “Christmas Wishes” for the Little Darlings.

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November 13:  “Little Frosty” for Kaye Wiggs ‘illies’ (Millie, Tillie, Lillie)

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November 14:  “Classic and Cozy” for the Little Darlings.

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November 15:  “Christmas Snow” for Patience.

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November 16:  “Miss Cookie Elf” for the Little Darlings.

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All my girls say “thank you, with ❤ ” for taking the time to admire them in their finery today.  (I do, too, of course!)

I hope you all have a beautiful day!

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In Progress and Special Days

It’s been a strange month, or it feels that way, as far as my makings go.  I haven’t had one new thing to show you all month, and we are 3/4 of the way through!  I’ve not been idle, however.  I’ve been working away on Christmas/holiday ensembles.  So far, I have two for the Little Darlings completed with another two in the works for them.  My 11″ Kaye Wiggs Millie is getting something, and of course, my new 10″ Boneka Rose will get a holiday dress too.  After that, I am planning on making something for Patience, Puki Puki, Patsy, and Gracie.  Fingers crossed that I don’t run out of time.

09-24-17 595Here is my pile of Christmas/holiday fabric and holiday colored yarn.  I am NOT! buying any more fabric this year since I bought more than I could use last year.

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In progress . . .

I desperately wanted to add these bright foil lined red beads to the white lace; they picked up the bright red edge in the ribbon perfectly.  The only problem was that all of the seams on the dress were sewn up, and I didn’t want stitching to show through to the lining.  With care, I was able to keep the hand stitching thread between the lace and lining.  I am knitting a fuzzy mohair/silk sweater for this dress in pure white.

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I finished the hand sewing on Millie’s dress this morning.  Do you also feel like you get bonus time when you get up in darkness and get right to work?  I got Millie’s dress 100% done early this morning:  hand sewing, snaps, buttons, and belt loops.  Yay!  This dress is made out of a tiny snowman print, and Millie would love one of those needle felted snowmen that I made last year.  I actually want to take a day next week and make a “bunch” of them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy hubby and I celebrated our 25th anniversary on Monday.  We spent the day in downtown Chicago at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Any works of art with sewing catches my eye.  This painting from around the year 1900 depicts Renoir’s 4-5 year old son sewing.  I guess it was the fashion for young boys to have long hair.  It’s gorgeous, isn’t it?

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Afterwards, we stopped at a restaurant called Cindy’s.  The balcony overlooks Millenium Park, Lake Michigan, and parts of the city.  You can see “the bean”, entitled Cloud Gate, above my head.  (Everyone here calls it “the bean”.)  You can also see some of the trees with their leaves changing color.  Everything still looks (and feels) pretty summery.

Today is my hubby’s birthday.  We’re hoping to include our daughter in “present opening” via FaceTime.

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I hope you have a nice weekend!  Thanks for visiting with me today.

A New Arrival This Evening

It’s been 16 months since a new doll has come to live in my studio.  It wasn’t intentional, I simply wasn’t tempted by any dolls.  That is, until September 25, when I got an email from Happily Ever After.  What a surprise!  They were now selling Dianna Effner sculpted 10″ Boneka dolls.  It took me about 15 minutes to choose one, and get mine ordered!

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Rose arrived today, much sooner than expected, and I must say that there’s nothing like a new doll to bring a smile to my face.

She was snuggled in this padded cotton bag with an appliquéd heart and metal eyelets for the ribbon drawstring.

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Although not hand painted, Rose is as cute as the Little Darlings, but smaller.  She’s such a tiny, petite thing, simply adorable.

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I introduced Rose to Ivy, a gift from Carolyn at Warm Heart Bears.  Since they are both the new kids, they have something in common, and have become fast friends.

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Rose has yet to meet her Little Darling cousins.  She’s a little worn out from her travels.  I’ll save those introductions for another day.

Bye for now!