New Year's Eve Sweater and Skirt GIVEAWAY!!!! CLOSED.

January 22, 2009

Yes, I know New Year's Eve was 22 days ago BUT I had been working on this in December when I got sidetracked. I hope you'll understand.

These photos were taken with my BRAND NEW used digital SLR. Oh, you don't know HOW long I've been wanting one of these. Probably before they were even invented. And now, I finally have one!

But is it everything it promised to be?

Yes....and more! Oh, so much more.

Taking photos of Lily has never been easier! Oh, did I just give away the surprise? Yes, it's Lily behind the silver balloon. And boy, she goes a mile a minute. There's no stopping her somedays. Keeping her from becoming a long blur in photos has been a painfully frustrating challenge. Now, with shutter speeds of 1/350 of a second (indoor shots) she's as frozen as the ice on the windshield of my car.

Did I mention it's freakin' cold here?

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But I digress, the sweater....

I saw a post on Oh Happy Day about a j.crew sweater that a fellow blogger had tried to replicate. I too fell in love and attempted my own version. I have to admit, though simple, the time it took to make each of the flowers was terribly tedious. I wouldn't want to make another one every again.
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To make each flower just cut about 35 petals in varying sizes with a silk or silk-like material. Take each one and fold it in half. Thread each folded petal on a string. When all petals are on, tie the end of the string to the beginning and voila! You have a lovely floppy flower. I'd recommend cutting the petals all together. I took five pieces of fabric and cut seven varying petals at once. It still takes what seems like an eternity to complete.

tree lightingThe skirt was a little easier. I used a shimmery duponi silk. I cut the fabric to hang to lily's ankles for a more formal look.

To be honest I wish I had one for myself.

When I'm holding my new camera I feel just like a real professional:) It's heavy and feels important in my hands. I imagine my camera laments over having such an amateur owner. Maybe that's because when we're in public it tries to pretend we're not together. What's that all about?

There was one disappointing drawback that I wasn't aware of. That being, only newer digital SLRs have live view. Something about mirrors and sensors. Was I the only one who didn't know that? It's taken some adjusting but I think I've gotten the hang of it.

Now, I'm thinking about all the cool extras I need. That is, a cool remote control for taking photos in front of the camera. A cool telephoto lens for taking extra blurry photos. A super cool speedlite, so my pictures don't look as if a nuclear bomb just exploded in our faces.

tree lightingNeedless to say, we had a fun photo shoot. Lily desperately wanted to help decorate. So I allowed her to punch the holes in the stars. Her favorite part was running through the silvery wonderland. And with my super cool camera I have about a hundred more photos of her mid-dance.

I would say that this outfit would fit a 3T-5T:)

new yearsLast day for posts is Monday 2/2/09 Winner will be announced Wednesday!

As usual, if you would like a chance to win this dress just link back to this post. If you have any questions see the "questions and answers" link to the right. If you use blogger just use the "create a link" link at the bottom of this post. If you don't use blogger, that's fine too. Just create a link on your page as you normally would and I will see it using Technorati.

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107 {comments}:

Kristal said... Best Blogger Tips

This is darling!! Congrats on the new camera! I thought your old pictures looked great. Did you do the tree lighting frock give-away? I've been checking for a while and I can't seem to find who the winner was. I hope it was me!

KEK said... Best Blogger Tips

Although, my child is much too small for this. Your sewing truly inspires me. I hope who ever wins this will have a magical time!

Chrisy said... Best Blogger Tips

What a stunner!...Both your little one and the clothes!

Yasmine said... Best Blogger Tips

Your daughter is adorable! I love the blurry photo with the balloon up front and your daughter in the back! I love this outfit-your very talented!!
Ive created a link here:

Karen said... Best Blogger Tips

That may be the most gorgeous thing you have EVER made. Please, please, please (man upstairs) PLEASE LET ME WIN THIS!

Karen said... Best Blogger Tips

Sorry - just wanted to let you know I linked - I just couldn't get your link button to work for me - but it's here:
Just want to make sure I am following the rules - I love this oufit! Thank you!

Nuts To You! said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute! I am not sure that I would have the patience for those flowers!

janil said... Best Blogger Tips

I've created a link!!!!

Thanks for the chance!!!! It leaves me brethless!!!!!!! And I'm sure my daughter would love it!!!

Cheilita said... Best Blogger Tips

GORGEOUS! I tried to make some of those flowers after you showed me how to do it the other day and I stopped at 2. Tedious indeed! The finished product looks so choice! AND what of this new camera!? What kind did you get!

♥ meninheira ♥ said... Best Blogger Tips

It's the first coment? :)

I linked you here:

jennie said... Best Blogger Tips

linked you up!!

Stunning as always...

Itworksforbobbi said... Best Blogger Tips

Oooh, I'll have my fingers crossed until the giveaway! (which is hard to do while typing!) I've got FOUR DAUGHTERS - 3 of which would have a chance to wear this. Like I said...fingers crossed!

Myshell said... Best Blogger Tips

You have done it again! Not that I am the least bit surprised. I have created a "GrosGrain Spotlight" in my blog's sidebar. I hope this counts for a link back...and I hope to win this very pretty little Roxie would love the girly-ness of it. Cheers to all!

Kathya said... Best Blogger Tips

Just let me tell you that creations are wonderful. the LOVE the ruffles on the blouse.
Please dont count me in the give away because my kiddo is only 21 months and i really want other moms to have more chances.
but i just needed to tell you that the outfit like so beautiful. :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so cute. My daughter is the perfect size and I would love to win. We would have to make an excuse to go tot a fancy dinner or chucky cheese. That's considered fancy right?

Cynthia said... Best Blogger Tips

Simply beautiful! So happy you are back!

The Rays said... Best Blogger Tips

I have created a link for your giveaway. This is absolutely beautiful!!


A pretty nice little Saturday said... Best Blogger Tips

There are ZERO little girls in my life to appreciate this, but I just had to comment on how these pictures are so fantastic and inspirational. I am certainly inspired to dream of having a little girl to party with one day!

Ruhammie said... Best Blogger Tips

So simple, elegant and fun! Maybe my little bun in the oven can wear it someday...since I don't think my son would want to. :)

Ryan & Cynthia Clan said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG - I love this. It is so elegant and fun! One of your best creations yet. I hope this one finds it's way to me!

Just posted a link on my blog:

Lip Smacker said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh this is beautiful! I would love to see this on my adorable niece, it's just what my Sister-in-law would pick out for her!! I have added a link to my blog:

Thank you!

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

How beautiful! What talent.

Kim :) said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous! I'm linked :)

Karin said... Best Blogger Tips

I've created a link!

I`s wonderfull, and so sweet.

Big Hugs Karin

Hanna in the Hizzzouse.. said... Best Blogger Tips

The flowers look like they were tedious.The hard work will pay off when I finally win and my little girl parades around in it like nobodies business.Teehee. My fingers are crossed.

Hanna in the Hizzzouse.. said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't know if my comment went through, so I will just let you know I am in LOVE with this Jacket and skirt, too cute.

Vone said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the outfit and all your designs. Your very inspiring.
I have given you a Kreativ Award on my blog.

S.L.P said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love a tutorial on how to complete those flowers and how you sewed them on. I love the sweater!

matilde* said... Best Blogger Tips

oooh!!!it´s simply magical!!!very beautiful photos and precious the dress...she really looks like a princess!!!a golden kiss from Spain and congratulations for your blog, it´s delightful!!:-)*

Andrea said... Best Blogger Tips

You never cease to amaze me! I love your work and someday I will be all that you are and be able to make super cute stuff!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said... Best Blogger Tips

How sweet!! Congrats on the new camera. I would love one of those. Your daughter is adorable in your photo shoots! You guys always look like your having so much fun.

Becky said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful! But I can't imagine my 3-year old wearing white!

Superdumb Supervillain said... Best Blogger Tips

Schmancy! Roo would love it.

MotherToMany said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your creations but I was wondering how long you were going to continue selling or giving away product after the CPSIA law becomes enacted on Feb. 10, 2009?

Wil you be going out of business or are you waiting for more information? Will you be able to comply with the new laws to continue?

I just don't want to see Grosgrain die. :(

jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

wow its realy pretty just like all the things you make please enter me in for this thanks

Carli said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked you to my page! THis is sooooo adorable and I would love to own it. You are so talented!

michele cabiness said... Best Blogger Tips

I've been following your blog for a few months, I love your stuff and this outfit is to die for. It would look great on my 4 year old, then later on my two year old, then again on my newborn! I created a link, Hope I win!!

Elana Kahn said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! This outfit is SO gorgeous and would be perfect for when my daughter gets to be big enough. I can imagine her wearing it to a wedding. I linked back to you from my blog!

Just be...... said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely, Lovely!!! Those flowers are tedious , but a girls got to do what a girls got to do...
The photo shoot is one of my faves so far.
And as far as the CPSIA Etsy has a very informative dialogue going on right now.Plus you give everything away so you're in a different category (the "she's so unselfish ) one.

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Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely dress! so simple and complicated at the same time. Hope to have luck.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG! This is so cute :) I have an angel of my own that would fit this!

I posted a link on my blog -->

What kind of camera did you get? The photos are wonderful.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said... Best Blogger Tips

very cute- you are so talented

Rebecca Ramsey said... Best Blogger Tips

It's so pretty. Kathleen, you always amaze me!

Caren said... Best Blogger Tips

i love getting to see the pieces from the kitchen table made into such a darling ensemble! ; ) and your pictures? i can't believe you got such great shots with the regular digital! they're all wonderful but i really love the 'party aftermath'. i've got to break my camera out. oh, and i'll be setting up my online site soon. hopefully tonight!!

ReminisceHeirlooms said... Best Blogger Tips

Simply stunning. Your daughter is a beautiful girl. Lovely sweater! :) I just found your blog and I am sure I will become a regular.

Angie Monson said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my little Chloe would look perfect in this little number... So hoping I win!


AngiDe said... Best Blogger Tips


i created a link!

la verdad oculta del ser said... Best Blogger Tips

I've created a link!

Thanks for the opportunity! It's beautiful you put a link on my blog


Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I've added this to my blog, The Chic Bargainista™,

Its adorable! Just beautiful!!

Bekah said... Best Blogger Tips

Linked ya!

I am sooo in love with this and secretly wish I was a tiny little person so I could wear it! Is it bad that I am going to be jealous of my daughter when she gets to twirl around in it (which I know she'll do)? :)

Rebecca said... Best Blogger Tips

The "model" has as much to do with making this spectacular as your creativity did in producing it. Wouldn't my niece love this????? Your photos are wonderful. Maybe you can give some tips in taking good what look like professional runway photos.

Anja said... Best Blogger Tips

Love you photos!!! You have magical hands - for sewing, for decorating, for taking photos...
Best wishes from Slovenia

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I created a link for this lovely creation! I, too, wish it were MY size!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I create a link to this lovely fairy clothes' ! so wonderful ! I created a link on it on my blog here : so I hope I am still entered in the contest ? I joined technorati today but I don't understand all ! I'm so sorry ! My english is so bad ! I'll be crossing fingers !

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

ohhhhh I don't see my comment ! so I writte again. I hope that the link I just create today is OK ? I'll be crossing fingers to win ! so beautiful clothes ! I love your creations
You can see the link on a post I've just made it
thanks a lot
I'm so sorry my english is not so good ! I'm a french woman

nanja said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness. baby girl(grandaughter) is due in April. Hard to believe that one day she'll be wearing these cute type of clothes! Would love to save this for her. Thank you!
Created a link:

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

"Au fan des chichournes",c'est un peu compliqué car je ne parle pas du tout l'anglais. Je trouve vos créations superbes. Je vais de ce pas (ou plutôt de ces doigts!) mettre un lien direct sur mon blog dans la partie "lien d'ami" et parler de vous dans mon article du jour. Bizzzzzzzzzzzzz JOe

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Bien jolie petite fille dans une bien jolie tenue !!

superkatt said... Best Blogger Tips

your dress is wonderfull, your daughter looks like a winter princess...
I don't have any blog but I loved to play to your giveaway I will cross my finger...

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful dress of princess ! I love it.. Bravo...

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

what a beautiful dress of princess... I love it ! Bravo

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

oh its beautiful, my daugter would love it!!!
have a nice day!

Ervallou said... Best Blogger Tips

Je viens de découvrir votre site.
Puis-je participer pour gagner cette magnifique tenue ?
Je m'en vais voir le reste de vos créations...

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Very Cute!!! Would love to win!!

The Linabooty's said... Best Blogger Tips

I created a link and am crossing my fingers!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

A wonderfull dress!
Une robe merveilleuse!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Very beautiful clothes!! You are very creative, congratulations!
Luck to all.

Caren said... Best Blogger Tips

i made a grosgrain ad for my page - i hope that's ok! it's not directly to your merch i can change that if you want. let me know if you have another vision for your link, i was just having fun with my blog. : )

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips

So beautyful girl and dress.
My little 3-years will love this, please pick me :)

Kim said... Best Blogger Tips

I saw this in Oh Happy Day as well. You've executed it beautifully, as usual! Have fun with your new digital SLR! :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

The dress is wonderful but your pictures are just amazing! I'd love to win the game for my own Lily .. I know she's a little bit young (nearly 2 years) but it would be a magical time ... So let's try and thanks for the lovely blog..

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Ashlynn {mamabear} said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute as always - made the link on my own blog days ago. I am jealous of the new SLR - I wanted one but couldn't bring myself to do it. Pictures make a different - maybe I need to just do it!

crzylady said... Best Blogger Tips

PERFECT for a princess :) Just found you today through Loobylu and posted a link on my blog

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh how I want it--and as a "professional photographer" --you are terrific:)

Mimi Elise said... Best Blogger Tips

SO CUTE! does it come in my size? :P

Nadia said... Best Blogger Tips

oh, that`s soo pretty!!

I have a new nikon d60 and it doesn`t have liveview`s nothing to do with old camera`s the guy told me why..but I forget LOL.

Gina said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it!! I just stumbled upon your blog and it is fantastic!!


Linda said... Best Blogger Tips

my username is iulswart and my email is

I just posted my comment a moment ago.

Jody said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful as always. My grandaughter would look like an angel in this!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

bien mignon tout ça!

les fées, chanceuses?

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips
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Somer said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, I love this. I wish it came in my size. I posted.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

C'est trop joli...Je connais une petite fille du même âge qui adorerait porter cette magnifique tenue!

Tara said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked to my blog. Oh, how I would love to have this! It is breathtaking!!!

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

It's so lovely!

Come check out my 2 giveaways and see where I posted about yours!

Art Nest said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Kathleen...I just wanted to pop in and say Hello~ I showed my photographer husband your 'new' pics...he wants to know what kind of camera...he shoots with a Canon something or other...
I love this new outfit~

Art Nest said... Best Blogger Tips

That is what my husband uses, he loves it! Ours is about 3 years old...
Good to hear from you!

Ritzman said... Best Blogger Tips

Oooh! nice camera! Nice outfit!

skt said... Best Blogger Tips

super cute and frilly.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness, my Miss Payton would look so cute in this. What a beautiful little model you have.

Giovana said... Best Blogger Tips

So pretTy!!! My DD would love it.

Thanks so much for your generosity.
God bless

green girl said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it. It's fabulous. I certainly don't think I have the patience for the flowers, but it turned out beautiful.

Helios Design Studio said... Best Blogger Tips

love this! You are so generous! his is so much fun!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so incredibly lovely! Wow!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I created a link for this lovely creation !
so cute !

Eema-le said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG, that set is gorgeous. I would love to have this for my daughter. She would be SOOOOO excited about it.

Clear Pink said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful sweater. My girls would love it.

DeCaires Family said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful! I have two girls who would adore this and a camera waiting to snap pictures!

Mélanie said... Best Blogger Tips

terrific! i'm going to put a link right now!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

just in case, here is the link:

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Your blog is new to me and I don't want to leave, ever!! I LOVE everything you've made for Lily and Molly - I am so inspired (I sew "un peu"). I can't wait to see what you do next!

Heather Rice said... Best Blogger Tips

That is such an adorable little set! I love it! I hope I win it for my niece!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

c'est vraiment trop jolie. félicitation

Hana said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow!! I LOVE it! It is so beautiful and as a seamstress I can imagine the time that went into creating it! I'd love to see my little girls, Halle & Ella, dancing around in it. I made a special post on my blog just for this giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

...oh, the photos are great! I don't have an SLR yet but hoping to get one w/in the next month or so. I can't wait!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

That is a beautiful sweater! It looks like couture. I want one for myself!

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