Speckless by Heidi Hengel. She has her own wood 'pins' that she uses to make her lace. I used a size 35 wood knitting needle to make my lace. Heidi's easy to follow steps, complete with pictures, really helped me and I wanted to point anyone her way who might like to learn this stitch. So pretty!
Now, for something completely different, I attended my niece Ava's 6th birthday party last Sunday and, as usual, my sister Carol (Ava's mother) pulled out all of the stops. The theme was 'A Fashion Show' and the guests, along with Ava, modeled outfits on a runway built by Ava's dad and a friend. Carol made all of the decorations and the food including the fashion doll cake and the cupcakes.
|The tables set for the party.|
|Cake and cupcakes|
Included in the activities, before the 'fashion show' began, Carol had set up three different 'stations' for girls to 1) have their nails painted, 2) have makeup applied and 3) have their hair styled by three lovely girls who were all part of 'Salon Ava' -- yes, my sister actually embroidered that on their aprons with her sewing machine.
|Ava having her hair 'done' at the hair station.|
|A guest having her nails painted.|
There were also tables set up with flower shaped sandwiches and cheese doodles for the party-goers to have for lunch. And, there was a candy table with tiny cardboard purses for each girl to fill as she liked with the various candies on the table.
|The 'fill-your-purse' candy table.|
|Big Brother Sam as Emcee|
|Ava's Runway Sign|
|One of the guests strutting her stuff.|
|Finally! Time for cake and cupcakes.|
|Ava opening presents.|
|Mommy helping Ava read the cards.|
|Big Brother Ben wondering, 'How did I get here?'|