Thursday, April 26, 2007

For the Loveliness of Cheryl

Taking a bow

(Please click on the picture for the handiwork detail!)


I could hardly believe my eyes when I came home to find the loveliest, most delightful package at my front doorstep this afternoon. Opening it up, revealing two exquisite dresses made by a beautiful, dear friend, brought me to tears. What a wonderful surprise this was, for me and my girls. We put the dresses on instantly and I watched as my daughters twirled and skipped and bowed all through the house and in the yard. It seemed they knew there was something extra special about these dresses, even before I told them they were made by the hands of a friend!

Cheryl, they are beautiful. I love the colors and the prints, the gorgeous smocking, and the lace on the sleeves. They are truly special. I really can't thank you enough for such a generous gift.

With much love, much gratitude, and God's heavenly blessings on you,

Your friend,

Kristen
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22 comments:

Michelle Halpin said...

OH! Those are gorgeous!! Pea green with envy!!! ;)

Cheryl M. said...

Thanks for the pics - they do fit well - I was concerned about the length. Enjoy them!

Matilda said...

I love the little bow with the impish expression! They are so cute!

Margaret in Minnesota said...

The dresses are as beautiful as the seamstress.

The little people in the dresses are pretty wonderful as well.

Julie said...

Sweet and beautiful!

Suzanne Temple said...

OOOh, they look great! What sweet pictures!

Karen E. said...

What beautiful girls in beautiful dresses! I LOVE the little curtsy -- it looks like she's tipping her hat to you, Cheryl.

Thanks for sharing such a sweet exchange.

Jane Ramsey said...

So sweet!

Angie said...

Just beautiful!!!

scmom said...

Doesn't every mother go weak at the knees at smocked dresses? I cannot imagine the talent it takes to make such perfect stitches. Beautiful!

Mimi said...

So beautiful! I Love the bow particuarly!

Beth said...

Wow! What beautiful dresses!! And those girls are gorgeous ;-)

Cheryl M. said...

Kristen, I can't stop looking at these pics of your precious little girls...and that bow is so cute - Gianna looks amused as her baby sister bows for the camera. :) Ladies, I think you'll agree with me that Kristen's precious babes would look as cute in paper bags! :)

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!!

As someone who (back in the days when I had time) loves to smock and sew, I can tell you that those dresses were a true labor of love! Only the wonderful Cheryl would do that! How incredible!

You and those girls are worth it, that's for sure!

Love, Alice Gunther

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

Stunning - all the way around!

Dresses, girls and seamstress!

J.C. said...

Kristen, these are so special! And the pictures! I actually remember Cheryl mentioning sewing for your girls in a comment a while ago. Wow, I had no idea... Cheryl, these are lovely! I have a little smocked number my now deceased grandmother made for my firstborn--I wish I could learn how... Thanks for sharing your respective gifts, ladies!

Ma Beck said...

Wow - how beautiful your girls are - they just complement those gorgeous dresses!
:)

erin said...

That is just too sweet! Thank you for stopping by my blog--what a lovely family you have. Blessings!

Portia said...

Kristen, your girls are lovely! How blessed to have such wonderful friends!

I found you through my sister's blog (Nutmeg) and I am finally de-lurking to a) tell how sweet your daughters are, and b) ask what type of rose is that behind Gianna? With the yellow centers out to orange/pink tips? We inherited a bush exactly like it, and it has been driving me crazy to not know what it is!
God Bless!

FloridaWife said...

Wow!! Those dresses are indeed beautiful and Cheryl has done a magnificent job!

Kristen Laurence said...

Thank you, everyone, especially for the compliments on Cheryl's beautiful handiwork. Do go over to her blog for pictures of more of her exquisite creations. Now that I've held her work in my own two hands, I can tell you that the intricate detail cannot be captured in a photograph. It is very special, and must be guided by the angelic! Thank you again, dear Cheryl.

Portia, I have a "French Perfume" hybrid tea (appropriately named), but you could have one of about three different varieties. If you don't own a gardening book on roses, I bet you could find your very rose online (heirloomroses.com is a good site). Thank you for stopping by.

Kitchen Madonna said...

Gorgeous handiwork. They are well loved.