For this post, you're going to have to use your imagination... ready?
(Imagine 4 charming children- cousins, in fact- ranging in age from nearly 4 months to just past 10 years, all in a row, smiling and sporting coordinated Ts, each one appliqued with the initial of their first name.)
Did you see it? Because the only way you will get to is in your imagination...
Over Memorial Day weekend, we went to Pittsburgh for a mini family reunion. My 96 year old grandma lives there, along with my mom's sister and brother-in-law. My cousin (their daughter) was going to be in from sunny CA with both of her little ones, and so we seized the opportunity, along with my mom, to see everyone at once. Another cousin flew in as well- we ended up down just one as my only other cousin was too sick to make it :-( We ended up with my grandma, 2 of her 4 kids, 3 of her 4 grandkids, and all 4 of her great grandkids together over the weekend (plus several inlaws)! VERY cool indeed.
Being me, I decided the great grandkids simply HAD to have special matching shirts for the occasion of their first meeting. I got 3 Ts and a onesie, all in different colors, and picked just the right fabric to use to make the initial of each kid's first name on their shirt. Doggie pawprints on turquoise for Annie, camo on green for Henry, guitars on navy for Noah, and sweet heather ross matrioshkas on purple for Celia. I got all 4 letters done with 48 hours to spare. They weren't as perfect as they were in my head- are they ever?- but they were done, dammit.
And there ended my plan of adorable ensemble photos. I had forgotten how tricky the under 3 set can be- especially when out of their time zone by 3 hours and missing their dads... Everyone did indeed wear their Ts, but we never managed to get everyone awake and/or cheerful at the same time. Ah, well. It's the thought that counts- and the fun the kids had all together. And the Ts came out well enough, don't you think?
A for Annie
H for Henry
N for Noah
And now you'll have to use your imagination one more time, to picture the adorable Miss C in her purple onesie- I managed not to get a single photo where you can see the applique!
Working on these didn't make my whiplash flare up too much, so perhaps I'm mended enough to get back to sewing for real. Stay tuned!