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Bella Has Been “Mushroom Hunting”

2022, as is autumn, seems to be fading fast. This morning it is snowing here in northern Illinois–and will continue on and off until tomorrow morning. *sigh* I never feel ready for the first snowfall. There are always a jumble of phrases going through my head. Mostly I hear “n-o-o-o-o not yet–too early”, or something silly like that. Last Thursday I was out for a walk in shorts and a tank top (and was still very warm), and the begonias were still blooming. *sighing again*

Anyway,… on to sweet Bella (a Ruby Red Fashion Friend) who has been pestering me to show you her brand new fall ensemble. She may have snuck out mushroom hunting, so I apologize if she has soiled her dress. 😉

Bella’s knitwear is made with the softest silk yarn. It is a little hard to knit with, so I only purchased it in this one color–and also it was quite pricey. But, oh, the luxury! Bella loves it! It is a now discontinued yarn from Knit Picks, Diadem Fingering (50% Baby Alpaca, 50% Mulberry Silk) in the Pearl Solid color way. Maybe you have some in your stash?

I crocheted a gathering basket out of 10lb. hemp cord. It is rustic and gives the effect of an authentic basket. Bella has gathered a few interesting mushrooms. They have been knit with fingering weight wool in coordinating colors and embellished with various beads.

Bella’s dress fabric is one of my all time favorite prints. It’s so cozy, colorful, and mushroom-y. I find mushrooms very interesting… The fabric is from 2015–“Faraway Forest” by Lizzie Mackay by Blend. I previously used this fabric for a Little Darlings ensemble in 2016. You can see that post here.

Bella and I are wishing you a great day. We are making a conscious effort to enjoy the beautiful “white stuff” happening outside. What do you see outside your window? Please say hello. I’d love to hear from you❤️❤️❤️!

Gina is “Ready for Fall” — Are You?

It’s a NO from me!!! The way this year is flying by winter will be here any second now. And it’s no secret that I am NEVER ready for that season. How do you feel about winter? Is it anyone’s favorite season out there? I am in awe of you if it is. It seems to be the longest season, so is a great choice if it is.

Okay, that’s all the talk about winter that I can handle right now. Back to Gina who is prepared for that first crisp day of autumn. Her ensemble colors are in a muted fall palette: peach, blue, yellow green, palest pink.

Gina’s fully lined dress is made out of a moody and warm colored print (Ambleside by Brenda Riddle Designs). The floral shapes remind me of different mums which are just starting to bloom here in northern Illinois. Silk ribbon in peach and blue tie twice around the dress’s waistline. Cotton eyelet decorates the skirt’s hemline.

Gina’s bracelet is made with the tiniest glass pearls and blue seed beads, a stone heart (rose quartz?) and peachy crystal butterfly. It is strung on stretchy jewelry cord which makes it easy to slip on.

Gina’s cardigan and beret are knit out of hand dyed merino wool lace weight yarn. If you’d like to knit a cardigan like Gina’s I have a new pattern for it. The pattern is written with line by line instructions to easily follow along with when you are knitting.

Gina picked out a teddy bear to accessorize her new fall ensemble. I embellished her a tad because Gina wanted her to coordinate. She has a scarf knit in matching yarn, a silk ribbon bow, and a cute heart charm. Isn’t she sweet?

Gina and I hope you love her new fall ensemble. She is the first of my girls to be ready for fall. Do you have any fall preparations started yet?

Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend if you live here in the U.S. If not, enjoy the weekend wherever you live. Sending hugs 🤗 from my sewing room filled with my tiny girls. They’re all blowing kisses to you right now…😘❤️💕💖

“Flower Garden Stroll” for Gracie

Hello, friends! I hope you are enjoying spring (or fall). It is going by oh, so fast. I just returned from a trip to Georgia to visit my sister. I hadn’t seen her in 2-1/2 years! We had a wonderful time together catching up. The last time I saw her she treated me to the first Downton Abbey movie and now I treated her to the new one. What timing, eh? Has anyone else seen it yet? We really enjoyed it!

Anyway, on to dolly things… Gracie (my Kaye Wiggs MSD sized BJD) is the guest of honor this month. She is thrilled to show you her new summer ensemble that she will wear for many flower garden strolls. And, she’ll bring along her tiny flower gathering basket too.

Gracie’s cotton dress is in beautiful summer colors: pink, warm red, golden yellow and sky blue. It has a bit of white cotton lace at the hemline and rosy pink grosgrain ribbon tied around her waist.

Gracie’s cardigan is for chilly mornings and is embroidered with florals that coordinate with the dress print. The cardigan can be buttoned up if the wind blows a little too hard.

Gracie’s gathering basket is crocheted with white cotton and has a braided handle. A tiny butterfly appliqué has decided to land on the handle. The garden has already provided Gracie with a colorful selection of flowers to bring home to mom.

Gracie has a matching ribbon tie for her hair. Pastel rosy pink cotton knit anklets and panties (embroidered with a tiny flower) complete the ensemble. Gracie’s summer ensemble was made with love and includes a bracelet with a pink heart charm.

How are you doing? Have you been making anything new, or are simply enjoying the beautiful days? Enjoy the rest of the weekend and holiday if you are in the U.S.

Sending hugs to you from Gracie and I! 🤗❤️