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Tuesday, 12 February 2008
I have always had a deep fondness for the Old Shaker song Simple Gifts the lilting melody and simple message. It evokes childhood and happy times.




Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come round right.

Today's mail brought Rowan a new dress from Barb of the Sunburnt Geoduck on Hyena Cart. Custom made with room to grow (it is made with a soft stretchy cotton and I expect Rowan will be wearing this for the next two years!), this dress is hand dyed in a lovely low water immersion rainbow.

But it isn't just pretty. This dress *twirls*. I mean, really twirls~ the fabric has a nice weight to it and it really swings! Rowan put the dress on an hour ago. She is downstairs with the sitter and I can still hear her giggling, twirling, falling and shouting with delight in her new dress.

It isn't very often that a child (or an adult!) responds with such glee and physical action to a piece of clothing ~ but this simple little dress has something special, it is artfully and lovingly made and it suits Rowan perfectly. It is the exact accessory she needed to turn and twirl in her little valley of love and delight!

2 comments:

April said...

Wow, that dress is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I love the twirliness, and the colors! Hmm, Abbie's birthday is next month, I wonder if I could get one?

Oops, kidlings are up. Just wanted to say what a great blog you have! And I may not always get the time to comment, but I'm definitely here reading. :-)

Lori said...

Thanks April~ Barb who made the dress is a sweetheart and it is even better in person!

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