Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A New Skirt for the Birthday Girl

"A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend." ~ Author Unknown

We had such fun planning Mary Ashley's Birthday Craft Fair. Several of her best girlfriends joined us Saturday for an afternoon of lunch and crafts, and what memories we made! In upcoming posts I will be sharing our menu, decor and crafts. But first I wanted to share a few photos of the birthday girl.

I wanted to make a special outfit for the party, and a tiered ruffled skirt seemed the perfect way to incorporate some of our party fabrics. Find this pattern from La*tee*da*kids here. I purchased the floral Tanya Whelan fabric from the Delilah collection here from My Heart & Sew. The polka dot and chevron fabrics are from Beth's Heirloom Sewing in Wetumpka. I will be sharing more details on the flower in Mary Ashley's hair in upcoming posts.

We gave our crafty girl the biggest surprise of her life on her birthday: her very own sewing machine! Mary Ashley was so excited she could hardly contain herself. We gave her the machine before we sat down to dinner, and she was so excited as we joined hands that she shook my hand all through the prayer. She was so eager to get started that we sewed a simple project together that very night. We planned to use her machine during our craft fair, so I will be sharing an adorable project in an upcoming post.

After the party, Mary Ashley sat down to write her thank you notes. When she shuffled through her completed stack, she surprised me by delivering one addressed to "Mommy." Oh, my heart.
Dear Mommy,
Thank you for the sewing machine. I will have and love it always. But not more than you. I love you ssssoooo mmmmmuuuuuccccchhhhh.
Love your little 9 year old girl, Mary
May she always stay this sweet!
"A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart." ~ Author Unknown



Lori said...

She will be always that sweet! No matter what.

it"s me said...

How sweet! She is such a pretty girl. She really favors you. Love the skirt!

Rach said...

She is the sweetest. I see you two having a lot of quality mom and daughter time in the future making craft projects!

Ella said...

So So sweet!
I love the skirt. I made so many of that style skirt, including a matching baby one out of scraps. She loved it too & wanted to wear it again the next summer.
Mary Ashley is lucky to have a sewing machine already at age nine. You are lucky to have her as your daughter.
Looking foreward to reading more about the party.

Cindy said...

I am SO excited to see the rest of the fun party ideas. I love to sew and craft and my daughter is starting to enjoy these things, as well!! This skirt is adorable....I just made a bright pink corduroy skirt (3-tiered like this) for my daughter and we just mentioned how cute it would be in a cotton.....looking forward to seeing all the other crafty things the two of you have done!! Wish I were your neighbor and could come craft with you!! :)

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Lea said...

Oh, that brought the biggest smile to my heart! Lovely birthday celebration for a lovely girl.

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