Friday, February 26, 2010

a berry sweet gift {birthday party dress}

I love birthdays, I love hand embroidery, and I love vintage designs. So what do you get when you combine all three? Major cuteness!

I should be saving these photos until AFTER the little pumpkin's birthday, but I can't help myself I'm so excited about her outfit and all the love that went into it that I just have to share...and journal a little bit about it too so that when I FINALLY get around to printing our blog book it'll be recorded for Grace to read about one day.


So let me begin with the piece that started it all:

My good friend Angel of TaDa Creations made that sweet little apron as a gift for Grace! Three years ago when Grace was born our lives crossed paths when I bought a dress Angel designed and from there we became friends. I'd say 90% of the cuteness in Grace's closet came from Angel - he, he, he. She's one talented designer, a loving mother and wife, and most importantly one of the nicest, Godly women you'll ever meet. She's got a super fun blog too - check it out HERE, you'll love it! When the package arrived, Grace was awestruck. She flashed me one of those sweet, sheepish, I'm-so-excited-I'm-about-to-start-jumping-up-and-down smiles I love so much. Then she said, "I looooooove it. It's my favorite. Thank you!" in the sweetest southern drawl you'll ever hear. So from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU ANGEL!!!

Now, she can't just wear an apron and nothing else, right? So in comes Noonie to the rescue! She made THE sweetest dress for Grace to wear.
I. LOVE. IT!!!
And Grace said she's ready to wear her strawberry dress and "twirl, twirl, twirl until I'm dizzy". This was another one of those "I have a project for us, mom!"...and then my only contribution to the sewing: these cute little buttons. THANK YOU, THANK YOU NOONIE!!! We will cherish this dress forever! Cheesy as it may sound, I LOVE that her birthday outfit was made by hand with so much love by such special people.

And finally, a few little details...sort of like the icing on the cake. I LOVE how sweet these little piggy tail bows turned out.
There's just nothing cuter than little girls wearing piggy tail bows...except maybe little girls in knee socks :)

And I'm over the moon happy with two super great deals I've scored lately. I lucked out and found a pair of brand new red puddle jumpers in Grace's next size for just $15!
We love puddle jumpers around here!

And then, I found a pair of my most favorite Target sandals ever for just $1.75 on ebay!!! This is my fourth pair to purchase - that's how much I love them :)

So we're all set. Can't wait to see the little pumpkin dressed up in her sweet birthday outfit...now, the turning 3 part? I'm in no hurry for that one. My little baby is turning 3! Where did time go? *sniff, sniff*

6 comments:

Jenn said...

it is all absolutely adorable! she doesn't need the extra help being cute...but she'll definitely be the cutest strawberry out there!!

Jenn

Virginia said...

You are so right. LOVE is what it is all about. I'm looking forward to Grace wearing her birthday dress and apron and twirling, twirling, twirling...
All my love, ALWAYS,
Noonie

Amanda said...

You should check out PinkandGreen Mama's Etsy shop...she has a Very Berry Felt Strawberry house that would be a great gift for Grace's party or even to use as a decoration on the cake table, etc...so cute! And only 18.00

Angel said...

You are SO welcome! I loved making it for her. You two did an awesome job on her dress. I can't wait to see it all put together on her big day.

I LOVED hearing about her reaction! What a little cutie pie she is. She will definitely remember her 3rd Birthday and all the special little details.

Oh, and I'm so jealous of your shoe finds!

Amber said...

I found your blog through Angel(which is such a sweet person!). I was just looking at some puddle jumpers for my daughter for spring/summer and saw this post. Of course, I haven't found the great deal you found but was wondering if these shoes do in fact run a half to hole size small. I thought you might know since it looks like you have bought a few pairs :) Also, I adore strawberries and can't wait to see the finished SSC bday party!

Jessica said...

Thank you ladies for all the sweet comments!

Amanda~ Such a cute little house. Problem is now I want the blue one too :)

Amber~ Thanks for stopping by and Welcome!

In my opinion, PJs run a whole size small (the T-straps Grace wears anyway; the mary janes run about a 1/2 size small).

I found the $15/pair at a local sale, but usually I have good luck buying from ebay seller kellysfuntreasures. PJ T-straps normally retail for about $42 and she sells them for about $30-$32.

One last thing, if you do buy some, be sure to spray them with the leather protectant spray (Walmart, etc.). That really makes them last longer :)