Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Garden Tea and a Giveaway



My boys were at church camp last week, so I had planned to have lots of special girl time with my daughters. Surgery last Wednesday put a kink in those plans, but it was really important to me to share teatime with Mary Ashley and Emma the day before my procedure.



I wanted to go into surgery with my mind full of beautiful memories rather than fears.



With tea parties in mind, I made pillowcase rompers for the girls using a pattern from Whimsy Couture. You might remember the casual rompers I made for the girls last year, shown here. This summer I wanted to make dressier capri-alls using some of the heirloom techniques I have learned this year. 


I chose white fabric and tatting for the rompers and pink satin ribbon for the ties.


Extra details like pin tucks and bullion roses made the rompers look more special. I added 20 sweet pink roses to Mary Ashley's romper, but did not have time to complete Emma's before our tea party. I am hoping I will feel up to working on hers during my "down time" this week. 

 

Doesn't Emma look precious?

 

Our tea party followed a four-hour pre-op appointment, so I decided beforehand that we would pick up food for our picnic tea party.

 

Mary Ashley suggested we pick up sandwiches from a favorite sub shop, and that was fine with me. I really enjoyed taking time out of a busy day to share lunch with my sweet girls. What special memories we made that day!



If you love this pillowcase romper pattern as much as I do, you will be thrilled to know that Whimsy Couture is giving away three sewing tutorials to readers of A Little Loveliness. Leave a comment below to enter, and I will announce the winners Friday.


50 comments:

faithful love said...

They are adorable! I am going there now to check it out...I have a grandson, but many grand nieces...so I am determined to make a pillowcase something this summer!!! I bought the lace edged pillowcases, in king size and I am hoping I can make one for my tiny preemie grand niece who is 3...I adore your kids clothes...so refreshingly simple and comfie...thanks for sharing...

Free Pretty Things For You said...

what BEAUTIFUL memories!!
your girls are too precious!
i need to go check them out!!
XOxO
Keren

Mariel said...

Your girls look so sweet! I have a little girl myself and I would love to see her in a pillowcase romper..
Thank you so much for sharing!

Lori said...

What a great memory to create. I hope you are storing your favorite outfits from your girls. I wish I had kept more. Cutest rompers ever.

Glenda said...

What a beautiful day with your girls! I love the rompers and would love to make one for my granddaughter.

Elisabeth Rose said...

I'm glad you are doing better after your surgery! I have 5 kids (one just 3 weeks old) and love sewing and tea parties, too! The Whimsy romper pattern is so cute!

Jan said...

Such a special day and sweet memory to make with your daughters! As always, your sewing is wonderful!
Hope your recovery continues smoothly.

Rach said...

What a beautiful tea party set up. The rompers are darling.

Kristi said...

The rompers are so pretty. Please enter my Mom for me. I can't sew a lick, but Mom is very good at it. She would love a chance to have some tutorials!

Robyn said...

The rompers are gorgeous! Glad to know that you're feeling better and that the surgery seems to have been a success! Continued blessings for a speedy recovery!

Creations By Cindy said...

Love the rompers. Your pictures are always so beautiful! Thanks for sharing a little loveliness with us! Be blessed. Cindy

craftmom said...

oh how adorable! I would love to make one of these for my daughter. I am hoping you have a speedy recovery and that your mom does well also. Multiple myeloma is such a dreadful illness.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures of your little Princesses! You are such a special Mommy. I think you are amazing thinking of every little detail when it comes to making wonderful memories for your family.

You don't have to enter my name because I am sad to say I don't sew. I just wanted to comment.

Take care, Debbi

The Quintessential Magpie said...

How precious, Melissa!

I hope you are feeling much, much better today.

Thinking of you and sending you love across the miles...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Anonymous said...

I so enjoyed looking over your "tea party" photos! First of all, your girls are just beautiful.
and the pillowcase rompers are adorable! What a great idea for something frilly, yet simple, for little girls.
I know you will cherish your sweet
memories of time shared with your girls, and I hope you are taking it easy from your surgery and have a speedy recovery.
Happy Summer!
Francy

Dorothy said...

these are too cute. Would love to win. Thanks

Anonymous said...

How sweet! Please enter my name for the give-away. Thank you!

Clara

Jennifer said...

I hope you are feeling much better today! I love your blog it makes me so happy! I always tell everyone about your blog as well.

April Allen said...

Those are Beautiful! Would love to win!!

GrammaGrits said...

How precious the rompers are! I have granddaughters who would love them. Praying you are healing well following surgery!

Cherished Treasures said...

What precious children you have !!! Just Love your version of the romper. I have made pillowcase dresses before, but have never seen a pillowcase romper. Please enter me in the drawing for the pattern. I would love to try my hand at this sweet design. Best wishes, Carol

pfarmwife said...

Sweet tea party. I'd love the pattern.

Warmly,
Stacey

Deanna said...

Darling outfits for your sweet girls!

God bless,
d from homehaven

Josiah's Mom said...

Being a christian lady myself, I'm so glad to have happened upon your blog! What beautiful little girls, and oh the fun of a tea party! I have a little boy, so I'm not expecting to do much of that in the future (he's only 4 mn. old), but maybe I'll have a little girl one day that will enjoy them!

The sewing room said...

Such sweet memories with your little girls it is what life is all about.I am quite amazed at this little outfit how lovely.I hope your surgery has gone well.

Hugs Pat

Michelle said...

What a precious memory! The outfits are adorable. I must make one too.

momaof4 said...

So cute, my daughter would love it!

Julie A. Cox said...

These are so precious! I would love to make one for my daughter.

Brenda said...

You have such a way with photography. Your blog is a blessing to visit each day. What lovely memories your tea parties are making for the girls. Love the rompers.

Goosegirl said...

What a lovely tea party! Your daughters are beautiful and I love their rompers. My little one has tea parties often, as in daily. However, we usually do not wear white as things become too often "tea-stained" by accident. She would love me to make her a romper like this. Thank you for the chance to win. I pray your procedure goes well for you and that you heal quickly.

Sherri said...

The pillowcase clothes are absolutely adorable!

cynicalspinster said...

What a lovely tea party. I am in love with those rompers! I have 5,7, and 8 year old girls that would look darling in matching sets.

Mrs. Dunbar said...

What an amazing gift and those rompers are sure to be passed down for generations.

Lisa said...

What beauty! Your girls, the precious gift of time with you and the lovely outfits. Wishing you a speedy recovery from your surgery!

Barbara Ann said...

My dear daughters would look so lovely in these. I learned to make the rosettes years ago but had forgotten about them. I think I will attemp these for my two darlings.

Barbara Ann@mrsdarling61@hotmail.com

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Your little girls are darling! And so sweet and beautiful! The pillowcase rompers you made for them are precious and really suite them. They must have had a wonderful al fresco tea party!
Here is praying that you will be better in no time!
Blessings and prayers,
Yvonne

Patsy said...

Read you blog everyday, when you have no new entries, I enjoy rereading the older post. Love your sewing, and tablesettings. Recipes are wonderful and share them with many relatives. Your talents are awesome. Thank your so much for sharing your talents and family memories with all of us. Prayers go out to a speedy recovery, for you.

chelle said...

Those are just precious but your girls are more precious when I was first reading your post I was thinking oh please tell us about the rompers. Praying your surgery will help with your pain.

Wendy Schifflin said...

These are the sweetest little rompers ever. I love the little girl touches. Been looking at the pictures and trying to see how they are made. I would love to make one for my little girl. Beautiful! Found your blog back in the spring. My children are the same ages as yours - I feel like we're southern friends. I'm from the south - we're a military family - moved away and are back again - love this tour in the south and have enjoyed sewing sweet little southern clothes for my little one. Have prayed for you and your family. May God continue to bless you.

Wendy

Leslie said...

I have never left a comment before, but enjoy reading your blog all the time. I absolutely love to sew for my little girl! The pillowcase romper pattern is so sweet! Thanks for such a cute idea.

Aunt Honey said...

I love the little rompers. Will have to make one to put in my grandbaby hope chest!

hilary said...

Your girls are so precious. The rompers are so sweet. What great talent you have!

A. Smith said...

I don't think I've ever seen a blog whose name matches so well to exactly what you post. Pure loveliness. You're so inspiring :)
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Teresa said...

Oh what precious memories you made with your sweet girls and the rompers are absolutly precious!!! Praying that all is well with you and your family. Please enter my name into the romper tutorial give away.

Suzanne said...

Beautiful rompers! Beautiful posts! I have been praying for you and your family:)
Suzanne in Ohio

MamaBug said...

Hoping you are feeling well after your surgery. Your family is beautiful....as is your blog and your beautiful sewing.....I am off to check out this pattern....I am just beginnging to make some things for my little girl and these are right up my alley!

DreamgirlLisa said...

Those little rompers are just absolutely precious, I would love to try them for my little nieces. Beautiful work!

Grand Pam said...

I hope and pray that all is going well with you and yours. I would love to have the tutorial for I have six grandaughters and a seventh one on the way. God bless you and little girls. Just think I'll get to make seven smocked Easter dresses.

Sugar Petite Designs said...

The rompers and the girls are so beautiful!!

shop tienda erotica said...

This can't work in reality, that is exactly what I suppose.

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