Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Frogs, Owls and Blessings

Today is my Dad's Birthday! Happy Birthday Frog! ... Yes that's my dad's nick name. You can read about it here. My dad is an amazing guy. A career in the U.S. Navy meant that he was often gone for months at a time. Even so, I was "daddy's little girl" and I knew that always, if he was home or away. Being the only daughter in the middle of two boys could be frustrating to a girl, especially when we were voting for what TV show to watch! It could also be pretty wonderful and that it was most of the time.
When I was tiny my dad called me his "sweetie pie" and I repeated, "I'm daddy's Wheetie Pie". To this day, I still sign my notes and cards ~Love, Wheetie Pie.

My dad has many talents and attributes. I admire his strength, integrity and compassion just to name a few. He always made me feel safe when I was a child and he knew the answer to EVERYTHING. I'm still learning from him even today just by the life he leads.
Happy Birthday Wishes to you, Dad!

Now, on to the Owls. Remember the skirts I made recently for my little granddaughters? I had appliqued little t-shirts with birds and witches hats on them for Halloween.

I wanted to make the girls another top that would match their skirts. I love the black fabric
with the owls on it and I had enough left to cut out some of the pieces to applique.

Today I ironed the fabric appliques on the shirts and tomorrow I'm going to sew them on (part by machine and part by hand) and embellish them with beads and buttons ( my favorite part).
Addie's Shirt

Ella's Shirt

I have the neccessities now to make "Blessing Mix" a little goodie I share in November to friends and neighbors. Stay tuned, tomorrow (or the next day) I'll put it together and post the verse.


stacey said...

I love the nicknames you guys come up with. Your family seems so close! Those owls shirts are going to be so cute. Can't wait to see the finished product.

stacey said...

P.S. Don't forget to post about that Blessing Mix!

The Chrissy Herself said...

I am so into that applique look! I have seen it a number of places (anthropologie being one of them) and it so great! I will have to think of something I can make as well...

Thanks for all the great ideas, Kelley!

Annemarie said...

Your dad is such a great man, and was always so good to my family. He will always be known as my favorite Bishop!

The shirts are so, so CUTE! You are very talented, my friend!!

I'm excited about the blessing mix! I've been the lucky recipient before, but lost track of the verse that came with it.

Holly and Brad said...

How cute..."wheetie pie", I love that story...makes me wish I was closer to my dad.

I can't wait to see your blessing mix recipe. I love all of the ingredients and am always trying to think of ways to thank my phenomenal friends and I might have to copy you and pass along this little treat. Can't wait!!

Diane said...

I love that picture of your dad. He has such kind eyes and a nice smile. I really enjoy both of your parents, they are great people and they have passed it down the line.

Kelley, you've done it again with those appliques! I can tell you are having fun with these little outfits! The girls look so cute in them that I made it my screen's wallpaper.

I hope we will get the blessing mix recipe :)

Heather said...

I really love your mom and dad! I always remember your mom as my energetic YW pres. and your dad as our sweet Bishop!

Those shirts are the CUTEST!! I am so obsessed with cute owls and you found some cute ones!

Soooo excited to read about your blessing mix!

Marci said...

The owl shirts are SO cute! I'm glad the girls will get to keep wearing their skirts even though Halloween is over now! Thanks :-)!

monstermash said...

I love theose owl shirts. That was really neat to learn a little about your dad.

sewpink said...

Please show the finished product. I want to see the shirts all "embellished". So cute!
I love that you are so close to your dad.

sewpink said...

I forgot to tell you. I love your ETSY store. It will be fun to see what you put in there. You are one busy woman!

Christina Bambina said...

Brother Partridge .... I guess there are too many words to say about him - I'll cut it short to what a wonderful man. I too remember him as a loving bishop, I was very young but I have a good memory, but I think most of the credit go to him for alway being soo sweet and kind. I loved having your family in the ward. oh and PS: what a great picture of your dad! Please say hello to both your mom and dad from me and my mom.

Kayley said...

I loved your post about Frog's bday. And I love that top picture of him! Mom those owl shirts are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute. I can't even stand it! I agree with Chrissy- you've got me trying to think of something like that for "big" people :) I've been feeling especially craft lately for some reason.