I can picture my mother's face as she describes the new white sandals she received each Easter Sunday. Growing up surrounded by the Black Forest, spring was still bitterly cold on 10 Rocky Lane, and her new sandals would trek through the snow dampening her eyelet socks on her
twenty two mile walk to church.
As she grew older she would hand sew her own dresses using styles seen in borrowed German fashion magazines. My mother, always the fashionista, gets lost in a train of thought when painting a picture for me of her creations. I have always been envious of her impeccable taste and eye for fashion. I can only imagine her dresses in my head. When we immigrated to the United States she left behind her sewing machine, her dresses, and any photos documenting her hard work.
What I can do now is use my imagination for inspiration.
This year for Easter, I desperately wanted something special for the girls that they could hand down to their own daughters. An heirloom. Yearning for some touchable memories of my own I wanted to secure something for my daughters. So, in this day and age, I logged onto my laptop and exchanged dozens of emails with a sweet cyber-girlfriend about little girl's dresses, fabrics, styles, buttons, and designs of hand smocking. What do you expect from a busy mommy
blogger? My fancy sewing machine has been gathering dust ever since the new Target broke ground.
The outcome? Beyond my wildest expectations. The girls will be wearing matching hand smocked, ankle length, pink cotton sateen dresses with enormous tie bows in the back that were lovingly sewn and smocked by The Good Flea (whom sometimes blogs about her hobby and I begged her to take on my project). My son will be wearing a matching pink button down from Target.
Thank you dearest Flea for becoming a part of our permanent family history. My daughters will always remember that one Easter Sunday when their mother forbade them to eat any chocolate bunnies. It was totally worth every stinking penny and many many many more. I owe you and my dentist husband thanks you.
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