Monday, April 13, 2009

SHOW & TELL Time

There comes a time in your life where a family member will embarrass you. I feel the time has come to embarrass Anna. ( I'm not trying to embarrass her but I'm sure the public attention will do just... sorry Anna) She is my almost 15 year old, beautiful, timid, random, non stop talking rambler, who does have a lot to say! She is great to have along on car rides when you need someone to keep you awake. When Anna has little to say then I know that she is up to something.

So it was just that, up to something that inspired me to blog about her. The Children's Place and TwitterMoms have teamed up to create a fun contest for moms to show off their kid’s style. (I could win a $50 gift certificate to The Children’s Place just for entering!)
This is perfect timing for me because, Anna, just made her own dress for Easter.
Anna had some sewing lessons last fall by a dear member of our Church. We bought her a sewing machine and dear Maggie taught her how to use it. Then about a year ago, Anna took a 4H sewing class on how to make PJ bottoms. She did great and they turned out really neat! That was the last time she had out her sewing machine. The dear machine has been in her closet, hiding and calling out to Anna to bring her out to play with her for a year.

Last Tuesday Anna secretly brought out the little machine to play! Her door was shut and no one was allow to enter. Everyone wanted to enter to see what was going on! She let her twin, Naomi, in on what was happening. Naomi shared with us that all was well and she was "making something" and wanted to surprise us! Anna did let me in on what was going on. She was making something but didn't want me to know or see just in case it didn't turn out the way she wanted.
So after a few days of everyone trying to get into her room, Anna appeared to me in a beautiful dress! This momma had tears in her eyes and joy in her heart! (Just for the record I can cry at most anything...happy, sad yep that is me) She explained to me how she made the dress. She also said that it wasn't "perfect yet" and showed me whatelse she needed to finish. What amazed me the most about this dress is that she just took her knowledge and created something new. She didn't have a pattern. She didn't go out and buy any for this dress. She used what she had on hand. She just let her little self create! What a joy when you can do just that!

By Saturday night she was just that! Finished and ready to go to Church on Easter Sunday wearing her new creation! I bragged and told friends to go see Anna and her new dress. She showed it off timidly.
I did ask Anna if she was going to go into Fashion Design. I don't think that she will but she can create an orginal anytime she pleases! We are her family and are all very proud of her!

71 comments:

Stan Lemon said...

The dress look beautiful! It's VERY cool that she made that on her own!

revalkorn said...

That's so cool! She certainly looked better than Mark. Maybe she can make something for him, spruce him up a bit.

Kristi Stephens said...

That is so great! I've always wondered what it would be like to come up with a dress all on my own, but would probably never have the guts to try it. Way to go, Anna! Hope you win the Children's Place gift card - that would be nice! :)

Malacandra said...

Oh, great! With all this attention, she'll probably never make anything again! - Dad

Jennifer said...

Yeah!!! I am so glad you posted pictures.
Anna you are amazing! You did an excellent job on your dress. I can't believe you just learned how to sew and then you went and did this all on your own. That is so cool!
What a beautiful family.
Smile!

Karen said...

Awesome dress! Way to go Anna. :-)

Stacia B. said...

This is such a wonderful story of such a very sweet family! Impressive dress and creativity! Really wonderful...glad you shared with us!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Wow, I am impressed! That is beautiful! Wish I could sew!!!

Blessings,
Melissa

Naomi said...

Wow, that is really great! Keep it up, Anna...

Anonymous said...

way to go anna. now i know where i can go if i need a new look or some helpful hints on how to make my own. hope you all had a blessed easter.

Marc Melvin said...

Very impressive Anna! Making our own clothing is a skill that has been, sadly, nearly left behind when anyone can go and buy clothing (just like everyone else has) that involves no effort or imagination on the wearer's part. But Anna has something which is not only beautiful, but which is unique and which truly reflects on her wonderful personality.

Lisa Tavis said...

How creative! I would say she if very fashionable! I love twittermoms too!

Jenn said...

Lovely girl in a lovely dress! ;) So fun to just make it up! :)

Michelle said...

She is very talented! I love the dress!

Presbytera said...

I am so very impressed by the design and the execution of it! The sky's the limit for her!

Anonymous said...

great job, anna! i'm impressed that you came up with that all by yourself. i don't think i could make a dress even if i had a pattern!
Karin

@spaceisgood said...

I love the blog. dress looks great.

Anonymous said...

Great job anna.. Very nice, dress looks good on you. Maybe you can make a dress for naomi and emily. I wish i could sew as good as you.....Lynn

Amy Ellen said...

what a creative gift your anna has! thank the Lord for that blessing on her life : )

great to "meet" you.

ae from HealthBeginsWithMom.com

Sara P. said...

Wowza girl! You made that without a pattern? I don't even think I could make one with a pattern or a sewing machine. You should make them and sell them.

mm1985 said...

What a beautiful dress! Anna, you have been given a special talent, to create something without a pattern! I hope you will continue to make more beautiful clothes. Maybe you could surprise your twin with something :-) I hope you are not embarassed by all of this attention, enjoy the moment!

Faith said...

YAY!!! Go Anna! That's beautiful!! (And here I am looking at an "easy" kids' pattern trying to figure out if I'm brave enough to attempt my first real sewing project... maybe Anna has given me the inspiration!)

Susieqtpies said...

Thank you all for your fun comments!!! It is obvious we have had comments from people who know that Anna is a twin! lol Thanks so much!

Lotzastitches said...

Beautiful dress!

TwinHappyJen said...

Oh what a great dress... especially knowing that she made it herself!

Lissa said...

Wow! I love the blue straps and the way she used the lace/ribbon. What kind of fabric is the white? I was wondering if it was prone to fraying. Welcome to the world of creating what you see in your mind! It's a blast.

Lissa (from Loopers)

Joanne WIley said...

Very beautiful and creative! Can you make my daughter one?

Monique said...

Great job Anna! Very impressive indeed.

Monique Miller

Anonymous said...

Was this for homeschool that you made the dress? Like home ec class? How fun that you could do this. What is 4 H?

Kathy Graybill said...

Anna, Your dress is beautiful! I always knew how talented you were.

Andrea said...

Anna - how creative you are!! I am thirty and just learning to make things for my children and I definately need a pattern lol. I think this is a great talent from God - keep your eyes open for ways to use it to bless others through him.
Love in Christ,
Andrea

Lorrie said...

cute dress, when i was in girlscouts we sewed our uniforms before we went on our trip to toronto.

Muthering Heights said...

She did a wonderful job on the dress!

Maddy Lincoln said...

Yes I embarrass my children all the time. Anna don't be embarrassed. Be proud of yourself! Use your talent to serve others.
Oh and I love the Children's Place store!

Donna @ Way More Homemade said...

Awwww! She did a great job! Am I to understand that she designed it herself? Hello, next design star!

You should totally link this up for my new Mama Braggin' Monday post starting next week.

Sandy Rathorne said...

Aww! What a cute story! She made that on her own? That does take talent! Good job! Be proud not embarrassed!

Lindy Palaice said...

HI! I'm in 4H. Are you submitting this for a project? You better! Good luck.

FaithGirl said...

HI! Thanks for putting my button on your blog! I like your blog. Its very cute.
(By the way, I like that dress!)
LOL
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Anonymous said...

What a lovely dress.

Susieqtpies said...

Thanks again for all the wonderful comments!

Anna Buetow said...

FYI This doesn't embarrass me. You failed in your attempt. ;)

Alex Matthews said...

Great job Anna! You are a fashion girl! I bet you have been secretly sewing for years and selling on ebay.

Marie N. said...

Beautiful job! How very creative :)

Peggy Williams said...

I've read all these comments....when is the star going to share her sewing tips and pattern to this cute dress??? Love it young lady!

Kristy said...

Love the dress! The fabric looks so great for Spring and Summer. My daughter would wear something like this, for sure. Awesome!

Anna the Not embarrassed. said...

You guys.. What's the word, are awesome! haha Thanks for the comments. This doesn't embarrass me at all. ;) It wasn't too hard. Mom makes it sound difficult. It was a really long skirt. I didn't want it to be a skirt. Made it into a dress by adding straps. Easy lol. :D

Susieqtpies said...

Dear Anna the not embarrassed .... I don't know how hard it was because I didn't make it. You don't think that it was hard because you were able to make it! lol Anyhow you failed to mention the details that you added ... the blue stripes in the skirt .... you added that ... the straps... you sewed them and crissed-crossed them in the back. You had a beautiful zig zag sewing line on the straps. Like I said...i'm your mom but I was blown away that you put this all together! I'm proud of ya!

Marty Becnel said...

Homeschooler RULE! What a Fab job! I taught myself to sew. You have an one and only dress! You rock!

Becca Sunstein said...

Anna you are very talented! Keep up the great work.

Kati said...

Wow! What a talent! I couldnt work a sewing machine to save my life. Good Luck with the gift card!

Susan Storm Smith said...

Great post about a great young lady. It is so encouraging to see young people with enough self confidence to be creative and take risk. Kudos to mom and dad for inspiring their daughter to be a risk taker. Love the dress, so young and spunky!

jenny holiday said...

Yo go Anna!!!!!!! Seriously CUTE design!! Love it!! Cannot wait to see what she does next!!

xoxo Jenny Holiday

Marianne Born said...

Anna you did a super job. I can only imagine how proud you must feel with this great accomplishment. Way to go and I hope you create something again really soon.

Marianne

John Drosendahl said...

That is great! None of my girls are very interested in sewing...yet.

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Mar&Em said...

you did good wow its beautiful

Molly Green said...

Very pretty! I'm impressed

Cindy Lewis said...

Great job! So do you win the $50 gift certificate at Children's Place? Maybe they want your design? Very impressive!

Andrea Beckett said...

How fun! Maybe you could offer sewing classes yourself to the younger girls. I"m always looking for older girls to mentor my daughter. Good Luck!

knitandpurlgrrl said...

Gorgeous!!!

Lisa Bradshaw said...

HOw wonderful!

@EllaJo08 said...

Very Cool!!

Jane said...

Cute. :)

Margaret Williams- twitter said...

Rock on girl! Are you going to sew something else? Good luck.

Karen said...

YOU Won the Ruth Beechick giveaway. I emailed you. :-) Congrats!!!

Karen @ Lil Momma's Haven

dianne - bunny trails said...

That's so awesome!! What a beautiful dress. You have a very gifted daughter.

Pat and Alex said...

ALL of the Buetow girls are incredible! We love them all, and we miss them all very much. Alex needs a new dress this summer....we have a sewing machine, but her Mom does not know how to use it. Any chance of coming to Louisville for a few weeks and giving us some sewing lessons? We love you all! Pat and Alex

Ashley Franklin said...

yes you should give sewing lessons to little girls. My girls love it when older girls show them how to do things! GOod luck

Laine Mitchell said...

How fun!

Jennifer Gamertsfelder Buetow said...

Jennifer Gamertsfelder Buetow at 9:44am April 29
Her Dress is AWESOME!!!! Way to go! I am proud of her! What a gal!

Aunt Jenny said...

your dress is way cool!

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