Julie wanted to make Olivia something special to give her for her birthday. She had received a sewing book for Christmas that included patterns and instructions for making a dress. She asked me to help her make Olivia a dress for her birthday. We began in January! About once every week or two we would meet in our sewing room, close the door, set the timer for one hour, and get to work. I have found that sewing in one hour increments is a good idea. Any shorter than that does not allow enough time to make much progress, and any longer just leads to tiredness and frustration (since I am not an expert seamstress). So, we made the dress--one hour at a time. I lost count at how many sewing sessions we had, but I am thinking at least six.
Julie was so proud and happy to give Olivia her labor of love!
Olivia modeling the dress
Leah, Me, Sam, and Clay, all watching Olivia open her presents.
Yes, that is a pacifier in Sam's mouth!
Clay worked hard on a handmade gift for Olivia too. He carved a spoon out of cedar wood from our yard. Leah and Sam made Olivia cards, and Leah spent some of her own money to buy Olivia some felt.
Holding the spoon that Clay crafted
Most of Olivia's gifts had a craft theme--that girl loves handwork! She got yarn, felt, crochet and felt instruction books, and a couple of other fiction books. We also gave her 9 yards of fabric so that she could make an Indian sari! She has been asking for this for some time now.
one of the crocheting books
a bag full of yarn and the sari fabric
Olivia with her birthday cake
It was a great day!