Fifteen years ago today, at 10:19 am, my first daughter entered the world. All 8 lbs, 7 oz. of her. After three boys, I wasn't going to believe it until I saw it. In fact, I even took a boy outfit along with me to the hospital, because I wasn't willing to totally believe the ultrasound. Afterall, they make mistakes, don't they? But then, there she was. The nurses cleaned her up and presented her to me, and she had a little, pink bow in her hair. I'll never forget that. PINK. I could hardly believe it. Here was the little girl I had always dreamed of.
Needless to say, she was treated like a little princess. Her brothers loved her (at least until she got older and started getting into their stuff!) I sewed before she came along, but once she was here, my sewing really kicked into high gear. Frilly dresses, ruffles and lace. This was also when I learned how to smock. I discovered a magazine called "Sew Beautiful", which is full of heirloom smocking and sewing projects for children. I was hooked. I HAD to learn how to smock. So I taught myself. My very first smocking project for her was an Easter bonnet. The stitching was far from perfect. But oh, how proud I was of that bonnet. I made a matching coat, too, all out of light pink corduroy. I sewed a lot pink that first year! I sewed for my boys also, but there just isn't as much you can do for them. They did get a lot of flannel pajamas, though.
This must be the "new" fifteen. I can honestly tell you, I never looked this good when I was that age. I was a "late bloomer", awkward and gangly. I didn't have a clue about fashion, or how to make my hair look cute. I was horse-crazy, so I'm sure I cared more about how my horse looked than how I was dressed.
This girl has style, poise, and confidence. Not sure where she got that from, 'cause it didn't come from me. It took me a long time to acquire those attributes, and I'm still not 100% sure of myself!