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The Past Couple of Weeks

Hello! How are you? I hope you are doing well. All is well here with the days flying by at the speed of light.

I have started a couple of new ensembles for the Little Darlings–apple themed. I only have a small stash of apple fabrics, so had to pick from what I have used before, which is fine. I don’t mind using up what I have.

Progress from two weeks ago.

I am making a red sweater coat for the blue fabric and a mohair cardigan in blue (to match those cute little flowers) for the pink. I finished the red first and am glad I tried it on before sewing up the underarm seams and weaving in the ends. Look at how big it is on Alice! Is she shrinking? lol

I’ve heard this happening to knitters–your gauge changes over time. I guess mine did just that. I thought I noticed in my last two cardigans that they seemed a little roomier, but they still fit nice, so I didn’t think twice about it. It really shows up in this style though, and with this type of yarn. I first thought I’d need to find a bigger doll to wear the sweater coat, but then I thought I could save it by ripping out rows. It seems like the biggest size problem is in the length and not so much in the width. I’d think it’d be both. Anyone know why that is?

I’ll be working on these two ensembles this week and hope to have more progress to show you soon.

Other news… I received a couple of embroidery books for my birthday in July. They are both beautiful additions to my library! I love looking at floral embroidery–such beautiful hand made gems that make my heart sing.

If you need bullion stitch inspiration then “A-Z of Embroidered Motifs” is for you. It’s chock full of motifs created with this stitch. This is the stitch I use to create the roses on my cardigans. I have an album created on Flickr that contains all of my floral embroidered pieces in case you’d like to see them.

by Country Bumpkin

There are 28 pages dedicated to bullion roses in this book! In addition to detailed visual instructions for creating bullion stitches there are instructions for other flowers, foods, nursery motifs, animals, and Christmas motifs.

My second book is a newer book titled “Embroidered Country Gardens” by Lorna Bateman.

This book is dedicated to flower gardens using a multitude of embroidery stitches. She also includes instructions for garden gates, archways, baskets, birds, bird feeders, a birdbath, insects, gardening tools, watering can, old-fashioned lady gardener. She has a dozen projects as well as showing you how to build your own embroidered garden. If you love gardens you will find this book inspiring.

We visited the Chicago Botanic Gardens last weekend. It’s so wonderful to be able to visit again. We went once in July and again in August (last weekend). I took a ton of video on this visit and made a little movie in iMovie showcasing the sounds of water there. It’s not complete as we didn’t get to every garden, but it shows some of the water gardens and the relaxing sound found there. If I can figure out how to get it on You Tube I can share it with you. I will let you know.

Did you have a nice weekend? I hope so! It’s hard to believe it’s September! Thank you for visiting.

WordPress has changed their editor, so I apologize in advance for any weird things going on in this post. I have just now learned the bare minimum to get this post made. It’s so hard learning new things…*sigh*

First Week in August

Happy Sunday to you from sunny, hot, and very humid northern Illinois.

I’ve kept busy this week, but not sure where it all went to, which is probably the norm for me–the weeks rush by.  I had to look at my planner to see what it is that I happened to accomplish, or not accomplish this week.  (I guess I did enough.) 🙂

I finished my blue ensemble for the Little Darlings.  I am calling it “Summery Blue in the Garden”.  Here are some photos I took of Gina modeling it.  Thanks to all who helped me with my fabric choice.  I think you all picked a winner!

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Another finished project this week–the second sock to complete a pair.  I also started another second sock that will complete another pair.  At one point I had four single socks completely knit (not much use to us).  I have two complete pairs and two singles left to work on.  My ‘four pairs of socks’ project is getting there.  This yarn is so bright; there’s going to be some colorful feet walking around here soon.

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I also knit a shrug and beret for my next Little Darlings ensemble.  The beret is knit from my beret pattern.  The shrug (sorry, no pattern) is knit in a simple lace stitch pattern with a crocheted shell edging added once the underarm seams have been sewn up.  I’ve made lots of these in the past for the Little Darlings and the MSD sized Kaye Wiggs girls.  They seem to love them!

If you’d like to see more ensembles that feature shrugs here is the link that connects you to all my blog posts that were saved with the ‘shrug’ tag.  FYI, there is a group of words in the right sidebar (scroll down past my pattern covers and social media icons) where you can click on a word and see all of the blog posts that were saved with that tag such as shrugs.  The larger the word the more posts there are saved with that tag.

 

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We had a wedding in the family yesterday.  My nephew married his college sweetheart.  She is a sweet and beautiful girl whom we welcome into our family with open arms.  We are so happy for them both!

I hope you’ve had a fantastic week and wishing you a great week ahead.  Thank you so much for visiting with me today!  How was your week?  Any plans for the one coming up? ❤ ❤ ❤

Turning One and WIP

Hello!  I hope your week is going great!

Thank you for all the comments and votes to help me choose my next doll dress fabric.  Not only did it make my decision super easy, but it also got me excited to start creating it.  I was amazed at how one of the four fabrics was the winner by far.  That was fun!

The floral print on the lower left was the winner.

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I was eager to start sewing , so over the weekend I got the dress completely machine sewed.  Yesterday I hand sewed the lining and added the snaps.

My Little Darling, Lucy, is the first to model this dress for you.  Sorry about her messy hair–she was busy playing with her sisters when I pulled her away for a dress ‘try-on’.  (lol)  I’d like for Gina to try this on too.  I think cool colors may be her thing more than Lucy’s.

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Those blue flowers in the fabric match perfectly to this mohair/silk yarn.  I don’t have many fabrics that match this yarn, so choosing this yarn for the dress’s cardigan didn’t require much thought.  I liked the lilac too, but I’ve been able to use that color more often.

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I used my Light Cardigan pattern for the sweater and knit the cropped version with short sleeves.  It was a very quick knit.  I started it one evening and finished it the next day.

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Today I started embroiding the cardigan.  Since it is darker than the dress I am embroidering the roses in very light shades of blue, violet, and green to balance with the light dress.  I think the light colors of embroidery will keep a summery feel to the sweater.

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More birthday news this week!  Our chihuahua puppy is no longer a puppy.  He turned one on Monday.  We baked a dog friendly pumpkin cake (used our muffin top pan), frosted it with plain yogurt and decorated the top with fresh blueberries.  We sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him then both dogs enjoyed a little piece of cake which took them 15 seconds to wolf down. 😮

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We couldn’t get the ‘one’ candle to relight (we reuse our candles)–the wick broke off, so had to search for another.  We don’t usually allow our dogs on the table, but this was a special occasion. 🙂

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I’ll keep you updated on the progress of my new ensemble.  It’s moving along nicely.  Yay!

Take care of yourselves, my friends!  Thank you for visiting. ❤