Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Snickerdoodle is turning 3!

One of life's great joys is being a grandmother. For me it is bittersweet since my granchildren live so far away. I am sad that I won't be able to see her twirl in her dress for the first time but with her Boppa will. He arrives late in the evening on her 3rd birthday. I will make sure the camera batteries are charged and ready so he can snap the moment for me! I mentioned this little sweetie in an earlier post. This dress completely fits her personality.

I used Summer Blooms from Australian Smocking & Embroidery issue #87 as my basis. The sleeves on the original dress did not fit my vision so I just added a puff sleeve. I also made the cuff about 1/2 the size of the original. This lovely cotton print is as light as a spring breeze. All smocking was done using DMC stranded cotton and the bullion petals on the flowers as well.

 Recently, I acquired this vintage rick rack and the color was perfect!. Happy birthday little one.....Noni loves you!

Friday, April 9, 2010

An Adoption Story

No pictures with this one, as of yet, but I wanted to share a blog with you. My dear friend Brenda is becoming a grandmother again thanks to the generosity of an Ethiopian mother. Brenda's daughter Anna, whom I have known all her life and I smocked something for her as a baby, is in Ethiopia right now meeting her new daughter. Anna & Kelly already have a charming 4 year old boy who is at home, anxiously awaiting his new baby sister. I invite you to read their sweet story and to follow as it unfolds- and, as you read, to be praying for this family. Thanks- blessings- Karen