The Joys of Christmas Present

First off, the Nevada City Winter Bizarre yesterday was so much fun! I am working on a post for that to be published very soon. In the meanwhile...

On Friday the kindergardeners had a sweet spiral walk at school. It's how Waldorf celebrates the season, with a candlelit, evergreen lined labrynthine walk to celebrate the Solstice and the shifting balance between light and dark. Mycie wore her special Christmasy coat again. The weather has reeeally been cooperating for fun holiday wear, as opposed to heavy raincoats and layers of grey wool. The hat, like the coat, was thrifted this last summer.

As was this li'l elfin dress! Velvet & lace, framing her sweet face like the new NEW haircut she was given in her time away from me last week. She looks so much like I did at that age now. Oh and please allow me to introduce Rose Vine, Mycie's Little One. Little One's, who are crafted to resemble each individual child and who are taken care of by that child, are an integral part of Waldorf philosophy.

I took the opportunity to wear my beloved Gunne Sax dress, which only comes out at Christmastime. I love it so much, and I love my mama for gifting it to me three years ago. More velvet & lace- after all, 'tis the season.

Here it is unencumbered by the sweater, taken a few years ago on another glorious winter day. This shot is by far my most viewed on Flickr. (I gotta do my hair like this more often...)

Walking home from school we saw these overripe, blood red hawthorne berries reaching toward the sun on bare-branched trees. As a lover of all things hawthorne tree, I couldn't help but snap a shot.

The next night we went over to Adam's brother David's house for some early family holiday time. Adam and David's mother was visiting from San Diego, and their brother Jon was up from Sacramento with his wife Jenna and their darling girls Caroline (3 years old) & Lucy (4 months). Mycie and Caroline are fantastic playmates and always have so much fun together. Especially when David & Jon hoopty-rig an entirely new kind of sleigh ride for them to enjoy.

A Prairie Winter (or, When the Tea Party Meets Etsy)

For the 27th time in the last few years I present to you... my new favorite dress! I peeped it on Etsy last week and simply had to break my self-imposed No Buying Till Preschool Is Out And We Have Extra Spending Money ban. And it was well worth it.

We were supposed to check out Mycelia's next year kindergarten this morning, but it was snowing too hard. She made it through the lottery and is headed for a childhood of FREE Waldorf education!!! But these photos weren't taken today, they were actually taken two days ago, just hours after taking the rainy photos in my last post (with an all-important post office delivery in the interim!).

I got the dress from RogueRetro on Etsy. The shop owner Amanda and I got to talking and through a random sequence of subjects she ended up sending me this link to footage of when she was on the Glenn Beck show. You see, she thrifted a Revolutionary War outfit that his mom had sewn for his dad back in the day (she lives in Seattle and he grew up nearby), and sent it to him without asking for anything in return. So he flew her and her darling daughter Ella out to New York and had her on his show. I'm not the dude's biggest fan (nor is she) but I really enjoyed watching this. As will you. (And I just dare you not to be inspired by Amanda, who is kind-hearted, hard working, and very successful. My purchase was her 3,000th sale! And she has made 39 more sales in the 5 days since!).

And this, my dear hearts, is the most perfect dress on the planet. I love me some soft pink, I adore me some white eyelet, and I crave me some maxi length. The bodice is my favorite. As you all ladies probably know, finding a perfect bust fit can be quite a challenge. For me, especially in the sweltering summertime, I really prefer to be braless. Obviously, this is not doable with a lot of dresses. All of my favorite vintage summer prairie style dresses insist upon my wearing my most uncomfortable strapless with them. But not this li'l darlin'! The back is smocked, ensuring proper fit. And the front material is thick enough and perfectly shaped. I'm in heaven.

Or I will be. When I can wear the dress like this, without the sweater and without the boots and without freezing my ass off. While driving my child to a school that upholds all of my values and ideals but is not draining my pocketbook. So that I can buy more dresses like this. And wear them. Or sell them. To make more money to buy more. So I can post 27 more new favorite dress blogs!