My mother just purchased a new Bernina Sewing machine for herself and she kindly passed down her old Bernina to me as an early birthday gift. It's in terrific shape, and I am very excited because I have been dreaming of making matching "Mommy and Me" dresses for my 3 little girls and me. The only problem is that I have almost completely forgotten how to use a sewing machine; as it's been 20 years or more since I've used one. Uggh! Well, Mom and I decided it's time for me to re-learn, so we went to the fabric center and I purchased enough varied material to make three different sets dresses and a skirt for me to match each set. My mother, Maya, and I worked for one full day together on the first set of dresses and my mom spent an additional day alone finishing them up. She even made purses to match the little girls dresses! What a treasure these hand-made clothes are to me! One set down and two sets to go - see a few pictures of set one below.
Also, when Annika was first born (5 and 1/2 weeks ago) I was also given a gorgeous hand-knit dress made personally for her by my friend Jen Swartzentruber.(She's also a homeschool Mom of four children). Honestly, what is as precious as a baby girl in something so soft and lovingly made especially for her? See picture below (that's Leah's hand (her two year old sister) in pic as well):