Actually, it started off with a sweater.
A sweater that I ordered, panicked, cancelled, ordered again got it, cried a bit because I am way too short, or way too something, to pull it off, returned it.
But then I found the jacket.
At the Red Dot Boutique no less.
To get all Tim Gunn on you it was my inspiration piece.
What guys don't realize is that girls think about things like photo shoots for months and months and months. I have been dreaming/ planning/ wishing for a full year.
When you know that you have a date planned with
and I NEVER look like this.
Drew has some sort of magic in her camera that I want to bottle up and slather all over myself every morning. Then market it and be a trizillionaire.
I had planned on making all of the girls dresses.
Until I came across Lulu's at a craft fair.
It is from Tidbit.
It was as if it had a neon flashing arrow above it screaming
THIS IS MADE FOR LUCY!!!
So next came Halley's dress.
Why I continually think that I can conquer patterns is beyond me.
This one nearly sent me over the edge.
Tears and words were involved.
About halfway done I simply ignored the directions, folded it up and finished it the way that made sense to me.
Crazy, pattern hating, me.
My mom rescued me and made the button holes. I am still to scared to attempt those. They are on my list of goals for 2010 along with zippers.
I may never attempt the same pattern again, but I am pretty stinking happy. Believe you me, that dress will get so much wear. As soon as Halley grows out of it, it will be Lucy's. Then Janey's. Then I may just have to have another girl. Or two.
Last was miss Janey's dress.
I made her a really cute one with this pattern.
But it was just that. Simply cute.
It needed to be cute plus a little bit more.
Lucky me spotted this cheetah number in my friend's garage.
I know. Garage. The horror.
Quickly I begged to borrow it.
What I didn't tell her is that I plan on borrowing it forever and a day.
I want to eat it. Or at least hang it on the wall.
I love me a good animal print.
Halley's hat is from Noodle Noggins.
I first saw it on Hissyfits blog and fell in love.
Cutest beanies out there.
I could buy a dozen.
Lucy's headband is a true testimony to the lengths my husband goes to tolerate my ideas.
He asked where I got the peacock feathers and this is what I told him:
"We went to Irvine Park, chased a peacock and snatched feathers from it's tail."
He totally believed me.
It was completely plausible that I would load up the kids, drive thirty minutes, pay the $5 entrance fee and stalk wild peacocks.
Because when you live with a crazy person you believe that they would actually do something like that. Thankfully, Michael's sells peacock feathers. If not I might really have taken a trip to the park.
When Drew joked that she wanted a claw foot tub or a canopy bed my first thought was... claw foot tub. We are in fact remodeling our master bath soon, so why not get a tub early, right?
Well, here in California claw foot tubs do not grow on trees.
Houses have no history.
Just almond colored fiberglass.
But in my mind, my crazy person mind, I totally thought it would be possible to not only find one, but trick some youth group kids into carrying a insanely heavy iron tub into the wilderness.
Told you. Crazy person.
But fancy that!
There was not a single claw foot tub on Craigslist for
under $25. Not a one.
So canopy bed it was.
Three cans of Rustoleum Key Lime later and I was in love.
The creepy white eyelet polyester canopy that it came with had to go.
Enter pom pom trim.
Or dingle balls.
Whatever you call them.
They are fabulous.
Speaking of having more girls, I think I might have to have one.
Just for the simple fact that I want to use this bed in our house.
I am obsessed.
Also in love with my second quilt which finally came back to me after an extravagant extended vacay at the longarm quilters. It arrived literally just in time for the shoot.
This precious pillow held by Miss Janey's edible hands is from Little Bit Funky. Everything about it makes me smile. Perfect, just perfect.
In fact, everything about the day was perfect.
Drew is so relaxed.
My girls absolutely adore her.
Even if she didn't reward them with gummy bears they would love her.
She makes every minute you sit in front of her lens a good one.
I never felt like a dork.
I feel like a dork every single minute of every single day.
I hate, hate, hate to get my picture taken.
But she makes it easy.
She makes it seem totally normal to be sitting on a bed in a field while your friends walk by with their dogs.
She captures memories.
She makes memories.
She makes what should be the hardest day of the year for our family our favorite day.
We love her.
She's looking to travel a bit this summer for vacay and family sessions. Leave her a little note begging her to come to your hood. I am pulling for Alaska. Mainly because I really want to go. I'll bring the bed! Just saying.
Thank you Drew.
You are so wonderful and beautiful and you truly make our lives so much better.
We love that you are part of our story.