Easter always brings fond memories of growing up in my small and rural home town of Colusa, California.  We bought new hats and tailored new dresses made every year.  Dinner at Grandmas house, followed by the egg hunt in the yard, then at our church.  As I grew older and had my own family, new outfits for my three sons and a new elegant hat and dress for me, followed by brunch at my best friends house or our house with lots of kids, food and champagne.  Always sunny smiling times in San Diego.

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Diana and Chad

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Diana with Chadwyck,Kyle and Maxx

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Chadwyck and Kyle

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Fred, Chadwyck, Kyle, Maxx and Diana

Now my sons are grown with one granddaughter so far and two graddaughters locally with my new husband, so we are attempting to start a tradition of the the Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch after.  Think may be me going by myself to church, if I get everything ready the day before for a simple brunch the day before.

Hoping my son will send photos of my granddaughter in her new dress, hat and holding her basket and pray someday they will live closer, so we can help the tradition grow.  For now, I love making them dresses and stuffing Easter Eggs.

Hope you all have a loving and happy Easter!


Jammies for Granddaughters

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Finally having granddaughters, it is such a joy to make fun things for them.  Last week I made four nighties in flannel for my three granddaughters.  I remember when I was young and my mother and I would go shopping in San Francisco after the summer.  I would have worked all summer and saved every penny.  Having about $1000 to spend, our first stop would be the Lanz shop on Maiden Lane.  There I would buy my first winter nightie and one year, the year before going to college I bought the most beautiful black dress and coat with gold buttons.  Wish I could find such a nice one now.

Making these for my granddaughters reminded me of that loving experience and of then hoping and praying I would get another one for Christmas.  To this day I love Lanz nightgowns.  They bring back cozy nights of sitting in front of a real fireplace snuggled up and reading a great book.  My dad making popcorn in the fireplace and all of us enjoying the time together.

No more real fireplace, so maybe the nighties, made in the style of Lanz nighties will bring fond memories to my three beautiful granddaughters in the future.  Think I better find some nice Christmas flannel to make three more for a Christmas surprise.

Jammies for Granddaughters