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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Anticipating Baby Ansel
Friday night gave our community an opportunity to welcome the anticipated Ansel. Due right around Christmas time we enjoyed showering him with gifts. Ansel's grandmother is my dear friend Brenda. Only weeks ago she was enjoying a flea market in Paris when she ran across an antique childs sailor suit. She took a picture of that suit. At the shower she remarked that it had been suggested she make a similar suit for Ansel, then she whipped out her digital camera and showed me a picture. The french garment was red and sleeveless but otherwise very similar to this one..which I already had made before she even went to Paris!!! Made of a colonial blue gingham, the collar is white pique and the trim is a beautiful navy braid. I can hardly wait to meet little Ansel. Congratulations to all-
I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother. My journey into the enchanting world of classic children's clothing began when my first child, a son, was born in 1982. We welcomed a daughter and another son in the following 6 years. They were my inspiration learn English Smocking and to utilize the embroidery my grandmother had taught me when I was 6 years old. Through the years I have taught countless women Embroidery and English Smocking techniques. In addition I design and create custom garments which I sell to individual clients and in my Etsy shop. I am deeply inspired by old world techniques and materials. My main source of inspiration is the children who wear my designs.