3.2.10 It’s more than just a countdown, it’s an amazingly cool date and happens to be the day my precious friends, Julie and Danny White, welcomed their newborn daughter into the world.
Elle Alexis White
Time: 6:41 pm PST
Weight: 8 lbs. 10 oz.
Length: 21 inches
A couple of months back, with Julie’s due date sneaking up on us, I planned a very special surprise for her and the new baby…a beautiful handmade handkerchief bonnet. Attempting to make this new Mama-to-be swoon, I incorporated some special pieces into the bonnet: lace from her wedding gown, fabric from my maid of honor dress, and ribbon from her mother’s wedding bouquet. Swooning yet?
With some help from my mom and grandmother, I was able to craft my very first bonnet. I just fell in love with its sweet simplicity.
This handkerchief bonnet was handmade especially for you! It carries with it many special pieces of the past:
1. The lace flower was taken from the material used to create your Mommy’s wedding gown bodice. This special wedding gown was hand sewn by your sweet Great-Grandmother, Jo Nix.
2. The ivory satin ribbon was taken from the wedding bouquet of your beautiful Grandmother, Phyllis Johnson.
3. The pale blue flower was made from a piece of the dress that Aunt Krista wore in your Mommy and Daddy’s wedding.
On your special day, many years from now, simply snip a few stitches and can carry with you this very special heirloom. Know that we all love you so much… even before you were born.
All my love, Aunt Krista
Photos by KHJ
Before I got married, my mom presented me with my very own handkerchief bonnet. This bonnet was given to me by her best friend, Julie Brandaeu, when I was born. Sadly, Julie was murdered in a court house shooting several years ago and I cannot express the new meaning that this little handkerchief now holds and with what honor I had carrying it on my wedding day. Having already been given a vintage hanky from my grandmother, I pinned this handkerchief bonnet under my dress and wore it as my ‘something blue’, as it had a little blue ribbon sewn on it.
Knowing the love and sentiment that accompanied my bonnet, I wanted to give my best friend a special keepsake for her new baby to one day cherish, perhaps a family heirloom in the making.
Jules – sending all my love to you on this very special day.
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