I fear being redundant, and therefore sounding insincere in saying this. BUT...I have been so completely touched and moved by the emails and words of kindness I've received in days' past, particularly from those of you who were moved to write after hearing the CraftSanity podcast. What I've received from you is nothing short of beautiful and lovely and amazing, and I thank you -rather inadequately, I know - but I do so thank you. I wish for a way to respond in kind to your energy sent my way, but I do fear that time will not allow for that to happen. Email is a bit of a struggle I have at the moment, and so I just hope for understanding about that. Thanks, friends.
Having our birthdays so close together means that the celebration rolls into a four-day-long party. So much fun. I still cannot believe that my little baby girl is two. Really, now, two?! But she is - and she is so very clear about that fact. My sweet, strong babe. I'm going to stop myself from going on (and on) about her fabulousness here, but I did write it all down in a birthday love letter to her. The baby books' may not be up to date (did I even start one for her?), but I'm hardcore about my birthday love letters.
This is Adelaide's birthday party dress, which thankfully, she loved and actually wanted to wear - even if only for a few minutes of the day. The dress is from Ottobre Autumn 2006, with Joel Dewberry and Heather Ross fabrics. It was my first Ottobre pattern try - and it went okay. The pattern-tracing was easier than I feared (find your color, find your number, stay focused), but the pattern-instructions were a bit more sparse than I thought. Around about the fourth time I ripped out the zipper and neckline, I remembered the Ottobre Yahoo Group. I did see that the group has some helpful tips for individual patterns. I also think it might be a pattern 'language' you sort of get used to - making the next one even easier. I hope, anyway, because I really do think the pattern is quite cute. (I wish I had a picture of the back - with the sweet ties at the waist, and zipper up the back. But I don't, and now the dress is covered in cream cheese frosting and in a heap of laundry. Sorry.)
When I finished I was disappointed to think I had made yet-another dress too big for her. And then her birthday morning arrived, she tried it on and oh my - she really is that big. Two years old, after all. Oh my, oh my.