The food has been eaten and the gifts are unwrapped. Christmas day was filled with lovely moments and memories that we'll enjoy in our minds for many years to come.
I must confess, I was especially excited to give the grandgirls their gifts that I made for them. Oh the fun I had working with ribbons, lace, flowers, rhinestones and toule. Yards and yards of pretty toule to make their fairy princess tutus and wands.
For Lilly, I alternated teal, powder blue and white toule interspacing white grosgrain ribbon and satin rosebud flowers on the tutu. The wand uses the same toule and more flowers, clear "diamond" rhinestones with the wand base (a dowel) wrapped in white satin ribbon. I kept thinking of a line from the song "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music that says, "girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes."
For Alexis, her tutu had to be pink and purple. Alexis loves everything pink and purple so I alternated pink, purple and white toule and interspaced it with pink satin ribbon and pink flowers. Her wand is made with the matching toule and flowers with 1/8" satin purple ribbons and purple rhinestones to sparkle and cast her fairy dust from. *smiles*
After a yummy Christmas turkey dinner it was time to open their presents. Lilly is almost 15 months old and especially loved the wrappings and bags and running in her poofy tutu.
We got the biggest kick out of watching Lilly toddle around in her beautiful plaid dress with a tutu on top. She seemed quite proud of her ensemble she was wearing.
Alexis will be 4 years old in a couple of months. How have the years gone by so quickly since she was a wee one like her baby sister? Miss Alexis is a multitalented girl who can go from wearing a helmet and knee pads to carrying a princess wand in a blink of an eye.
I had decided to make the tutus for the girls in the fall when I saw the tutorials on youtube and Pinterest. They are so simple to make! REALLY! They are. And, if you don't sew, no worries there. They do not require sewing. The supply list is short:
Elastic cut to the length of the child's waist measurement
Hot glue gun
and then as many embellishments as you wish.
For the wands I had Grandpa Paul cut two dowls about 18 inches long. Then I wrapped them with ribbon, added ribbons and flowers and gemstones and at the top created a toule poof from the scraps from the tutu.
I hope you enjoyed a wonderful day that has left you with memories to enjoy throughout the new year to come.
Until next time,