Thursday, March 1, 2012

Ruffles & Blossoms & Tea

When I was a girl we always got a new outfit for Easter. I remember well that early pleasure of a new fancy dress. The chiffon and delicate fabrics weren't the most practical choice for the picnics our Dad used to take us on after. What seemed like a fine and sunny day in town would have a different character in the breezy countryside. And I remember more than once shivering through the delights of an egg hunt and spring outing.

These days I find a lot of pleasure in dressing up the little girls in vintage white, and always hunt for bigger sizes now that they have grown. This, my most recent find, is about a size five. Still too small for the three tall eight-year-old grand-daughters to wear. But just right for the tiny ones to grow into.

We have our teas on the lawn. There's always a stash of sweaters to throw on in the changeable weather. Some of the little girls beg to play dress up, and others will pass. We dream of having a flowy tent with a pink stripe awning set up all summer. It's fun to be the biggest girl dreaming at the party!

Welcome to March!
Wishing you sweet dreams of spring!


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Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

I am jealous. I've never had a special Easter dress. Actually, I didn't have many dresses at all. Reading your post was like dreaming. I am glad those girls have you in their lives. Happy March to all of you!

Karen said...

Your dishes are so beautiful! I really enjoyed your post.
Ladybug Creek

Judy said...

jacqueline: I can just imagine the little girls in those white dresses. I remember getting a new pair of black patent leather Mary-Jane's for Easter. My mom would polish them with vaseline. Happy March Day...Judy at GoldCountryCottage

Heaven's Walk said...

I can remember getting a new Easter dress each year, too, Jacqueline, and sometimes even a hat! :) Such sweet memories! I love your photos of the darling little ruffled dress. Something about ruffles..... ♥

xoxo laurie

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Jacqueline, your post is so soothing. Your words took me back to when I was a little girl and I always got a new outfit for Easter. That little white dress is adorable and of course, I love your pink teacups! Have a wonderful weekend.


Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

My Mom dressed my little sister and me in matching dresses, hats and gloves.

Oh your post brought me right back.

Each and every picture and text was delightful.

The pink floral teapot and teacups are stunning.

Happy first day of March!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

What a sweet post, Jacqueline. As the mother of two daughters (never really wanting a son), I love this! However, I've surprised myself by "taking to" my now-2-year-old grandson ... and looking forward in the next few weeks to grandson #2. No granddaughters, and oddly enough, I'm not even missing them. I have officially fallen in love with little boys, but the sweetness of your words and pictures brought back such wonderful memories of my two once-little girls. Thank you!

Anne said...

I remember getting a new Easter dress too.We did this with our daughter until she grew a little older.She is now 12 and no more is the Easter dress or Easter bunny :-(.

Tricia said...

What wonderful memories. I can just picture what you're talking about in my mind. I don't ever recall ever getting a special dress for Easter, not that it would matter anyway, it's usually still cold here at that time of year and I probably would've had to wear a coat over it anyway :)

Lynnie @ Ramblings from Vintage Gal said...

oooh & I remember the sweet pastel shoes, like orange sherbert, ballet pink, lime green, they were cute as a little girl but you wouldbn't get me wearing orange shoes again!

Bella said...

Hi J,
I loved dreaming of spring with you and your new ruffled dress is a beauty! Spring always makes me think of the same, Easter dresses, I loved picking one each year, and the little gloves, this must be where the glove obsession began!

Deserae said...

Your new little white dress is so pretty! I would love to be a little girl and get to wear such a pretty dress and have a tea party on the lawn :o)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

So glad March is here. Thought of you yesterday when I went to visit Richard at My Old Historic House..his laundry room wss full of brown transferware.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

How sweet that you buy these beautiful dresses for your granddaughters! We have a few "party" dresses for our "balls" but I may think of adding some of these, because I LOVE them! And that pink china with dogwoods (is that what they are)--it is BEAUTIFUL! I'd have a VERY hard time passing that up if I ran across it. Your tureen appears to be beautiful too, judging from the handle and lid. Your newest follower; I hope you'll visit back and follow?

jeanetteann said...

We always got new outfits at Easter too. Such a lovely celebration.
The light shining through your lovely soft voile dress makes it surreal. Lucky granddaughter.
Pretty tea set too.
xx jeanetteann

All Ways Designing said...

I'm all for dreaming!! BIG, too! Everything looks lovely.

Please stop by, I'm running a Give-Away - take a look! :)


Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Mustn't forget the little white gloves!

I thought of you today when I was looking at some vintage white baby clothes at a local shop. Do you photograph the girls dressed all in white for Easter? I can almost see your table all set with some dainty china teacups and the little ones gathered 'round.

Myszka said...

Beautiful roses and this china is so so sweet!

Divina Chita Brasil said...

Lovely dishes!!!

Curtains in My Tree said...

I loved getting a new Easter dress when I was a child, one year we could afford it and I got a hat & gloves also

I absolutely love your tea cup with the roses on the handle i have never noticed one like that before

I love the precious white dress, I want one like that don't you ?

Mimi said...

Very romantic.

Haworth said...

New Easter clothes were always such a treat as a child! My grandchildren like to play dress up, too, and it's great fun to find hats and feathers and dresses to buy for their "play trunk".

pbrenner said...

I loved getting my Easter dress each year. I remember the year my father took me shopping for it. I couldn't decide which of two that I liked best, and he let me get BOTH of them! My mother made almost all of our clothes, so it was a fabulous treat to get 2 new dresses at once!

I love your pink china - can you share what pattern it is? I've never seen anything quite like it, and I'm sure tea tastes much better in pretty china :-)

Thanks for a beautiful blog, just what I need to put me in a wonderful mood for the weekend.


Nancy said...

Jacqueline, you took me back to my childhood and the new Easter dress my mother bought me each year. Usually pink. Complete with little white gloves and new mary janes. I just can't say enough about how wonderful your blog is. You inspire me. I've started a new blog A Joyful Cottage and I've got a great giveaway of my husband's artwork. I hope you can stop by. I'd love your critique. Warm regards and keep inspiring us with your lovely photos and gracious prose.

Bente said...

The china is beautiful and of course I love the roses.

Have a great weekend

Hugs Bente

On Crooked Creek said...

How well I remember...the organza dresses (they were scratchy and made you itch), the lacey gloves, the hats (with that elastic strap that stung your neck), the ruffled stockings and the white patten shoes!!! Some years there were new rain coats and umbrellas!
Jacqueline this post hit all my favorites...roses, ruffles, and rabbits! Although I missed SNOW this year, I will welcome Spring, dear friend!

Michaela said...

Beautiful porcelain ! Michaela

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Lovely post. Your words took me right back to easter as a child. I would also always get a new little dress and new maryjane patent leather shoes. Wonderful memories.
Your tablecloth is so pretty and perfect with your beautiful china. I look forward to seeing your little granddaughter wear that sweet little dress when she grows into it.
I hope you are having a great weekend.

Sherry said...

Gorgeous details to highlight for spring! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

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