Thursday, September 18, 2008

Work of Love

The pictures today are the ones I meant to post yesterday, but didn't get them transferred from my home pc to work, so I'm posting the better ones today.

I also crocheted the little bonnet you see with the daygown. The pattern was in an old Leisure Arts magazine I have.

Will from Teensy and the Boys and Spoon by Spoon asked yesterday if I had made the daygown. Yes, I did. From start to finish. I smocked for my youngest daughter and am now smocking for my three grandchildren and family members. I've been sewing since I was about 10. My mother started me sewing by allowing me to hem flour sack dishtowels.

I also have a smocking machine, called a pleater. Couldn't get by without it.
This is my nephew and wife who we got to spend some time with last night. They are a really sweet young couple and we have embraced Amanda into our family.

They didn't know we planned the small family shower, so it was a surprise. We ordered our food, and while we waited, they opened their gifts. They say timing is everything, and just as they opened the last gift our food came.
We had great fried catfish(no place but in the south can you find such good catfish). And this place is noted for their hush puppies. They are the best I've ever tasted.
They also have pickled green tomatoes on the menu and they are really good too. We were all full and happy when we left. We probably won't get to see them again before the baby is born, but we'll see them in the spring for sure.
PS. I heard Ryan, Eric's younger brother and about to be grad from college, got his hair cut. We had teased him about it when we saw him in May. He said he would have to get it cut before he started looking for a job, so he was going to let it grow while he could.
Have you had a good time with family recently? If so, share with me.
Have a good Thursday. Love one another.


Laura ~Peach~ said...

wow what a beautiful gown and cap... I may have to comission one from you when we find out what this baby is.... Thats just BEAUTIFUL!

Lisa J said...

I have not heard of a "day gown" but think that is one of the most beautiful articles of clothing I have ever seen. I love...LOVE smocking, nearly anything smocked looks beautiful on a baby. I have several items I kept from when my kids were little. That will be a treasured item forever for that new to be family.

#1daughter said...

Ryan had to get a haircut and get a real job. Heh Heh

I ate way to many 'shut up dogs' last night. Paying for it today.

Flea said...

That's so BEAUTIFUL! You do incredible work. :)

Sage said...

Absolutely beautiful! What a treasure for that young family. What fabric did you use? It looks like the perfect dress or gown to be used for a baby's baptism or christening day. I am in awe of you! If you wanted to do so, you could make a fortune making and selling those gowns. Beautiful!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

Ohhh I was very unclear wasn't I??? My SON and his Girlfriend/Fiance are pregnant ...the baby is due the end of April first part of May... we will know more next week when she goes to the dr. She is about 7 weeks we think !~
HUGS Laura

Robbin with 2 B's! said...

Shirley your work is so beautiful, and I can tell it is appreciated for how special it is by the pictures.

Will said...

My grandmother made quilts (lap quilts kind of) for all three of my babies. She and I have been pen pals sine I left for college, over 15 years ago, and I have every letter she wrote regarding the quilts progress. I think this correspondence and the actual quilt will make for a great memory. You can appreciate a labor of love in the article bestowed upon you, but that love is all the more evident when you hear the words, written, of the one who created it as they tell of it's creation.

She gave all of her grand kids a quilt when they graduated (I'm the only grandchild to have a college degree) so I was able to coerce two quilts from her. When I told her I was going to pursue my Master's Degree she said, "NO QUILT!" She's nearly 93 so I didn't push the issue.

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