|Lexie and Jenny's Valentine tea party|
Yesterday the prize arrived in the post all the way from Canada just in time for Mothering Sunday today. Heather's note to me explained that she had noticed that the dress and hat were a little soiled, but gentle hand washing would remove any dirt, so I carefully washed the dress and hat in a mild solution of clothes washing powder, followed by the little jacket (just in case the colour ran, which it didn't). I laid them out on a towel near the radiator and by the evening they were dry. I trimmed off a couple of stray threads and stitched a small section of the hemline which was falling (possibly from having been washed). My younger daughter wanted Jenny to wear the outfit first, but I decided it had to be Lexie (because in the photo gallery I chose from it had been modelled by Jenny).
This morning my daughters woke me with Mothering Sunday cards (in England we always celebrate this during Lent, which is the traditional time for this celebration of mothers day), cereal and tea, so once I'd had breakfast my younger girl helped me put Lexie in the outfit. Tiny buttons are always difficult to fasten, but we managed it. This evening I put Lexie on my new bedroom bookcase with the Mothering Sunday cards in front of the LM Montgomery books for some photos. Somehow she looked very serious until I brought her best friend into the photos, then her cheekiness returned.
|Lexie looks serious in the Sailor outfit|
|Lexie in the new outfit with the Mothering Sunday cards made by my daughters|
|Jenny and Lexie with my Mothering Sunday cards|