October 24, 2016
Happy Monday! Let me start by saying thank you for all of the kind comments last week. I am truly grateful for your support!
I thought it would be fun to share a little more about myself and my love for children's clothing that goes WAY back. Yep, even further back than 1982 (remember, I said don't do the math, lol. You can read about that here). Anyway, my first true memory about loving children's clothing involves my grandma, Flora. Isn't that an awesome name? I never hear it anymore.
My grandma was a true southern lady. She always wore her jewelry, had her hair and make-up done, nails painted, and loved to talk to everyone (and I do mean TALK). We couldn't go anywhere without Grandma talking and talking and talking some more to the people we met--it did not matter if she knew them or not. She always had the time to have a friendly (and LONG) conversation.
(Side note--almost seems like a lost art, doesn't it? We're all so rushed these days. Where we're all going, I'm not sure. #weneedtolearnfromourgrandmas)
Here I am with my grandma. There's a lot I could say about this picture. Apparently, I was a student, lol. My hair--well, let's just say I could write an entire blog post on that haircut, right mom? #imstillbitter And if you look closely at my hand, you'll see I've accessorized nicely with rings. #girlygirl #always
For Christmas, when I was right about that age (6 or 7, I think), my grandma bought me a collection of newborn baby dresses for my doll. I...WAS...THRILLED. These weren't doll clothes, mind you. They were the real deal. True baby dresses with ruffles and smocking and bows. I don't think there was a happier girl on the planet that Christmas morning. What I would give to still have those dresses....#mydadthrowseverythingaway #notkidding #justaskmymomandsisters
When working on my Christmas collection this year, I thought back to my childhood and drew inspiration for some vintage-inspired pieces. This dress reminds me of the Christmas dress I wore when I was about 3 years old. I love how it incorporates both smocking and embroidery. And, I'm not sure there is anything sweeter or more classic than a little girl wearing white at Christmas. #lovelovelove
And then this smocked bubble was inspired by a vintage rocking horse ornament. Fun, right? I was so pleased with how the smocking plate turned out. Just what I envisioned!
If you've made it this far, thank you for reading! I think you deserve a piece of chocolate or something. How about a little secret instead? #notasgoodaschocolate #iknow #andimsorry
See that smocked rocking horse bubble? A matching smocked bishop is coming! It wasn't part of my original Christmas Collection, but when customer requests starting pouring in, I made a last minute decision to add it. Look for it to make it's debut in early November. When it hits the website, it will be in stock and ready to go! #yourethefirsttoknow
I hope you'll join me back here next Monday. In the meantime, do you have a favorite Dressie Jessie Smocking Christmas piece? I'd LOVE it if you'd leave a comment and let me know. Or, comment if there's something different you'd like to see in the future. I'm all ears!
October 24, 2016
Grandma loved dolls, too! She handmade clothes for my dolls, including a real mink coat & hat! And, we’ll try to forget that haircut :) Your hair grew out beautifully! It’s hard to pick a favorite since I love them ALL, but maybe Give Thanks and Joy!
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October 15, 2018
Shortly after Dressie Jessie Smocking began, my eyes and heart became open to the beauty of international adoption. My life has been blessed beyond measure as I watch this community of families open their hearts and homes to orphans around the world. (And to me, that's what they are...a community. The love and support they show one another is the most beautiful thing. It truly is).
May 31, 2018
January 15, 2018
Dressie Jessie Smocking began in May 2015 as a small idea based on a big dream. I had no idea what was in store, and when I look at where we are today I am completely humbled and grateful. Not only do I get to do what I love, but Dressie Jessie Smocking has allowed me to connect with people across the world in ways I would have never imagined.