Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Little French…and Girls in Sweet Dresses…

Good afternoon, my friends!

What a gloomy day we’re having here…where has the sun gone?!  Oh, well…the roses look beautiful in this light, so it’s alright!

Just a few things to share with you today…I’ve been busy having fun with my daughter who finished school last week…one more day for daughter number 3, and then summer’s in full-swing!

First, a little card…


Isn’t she sweet?!  The image and sentiment are from a new stamp set from Crafty Secrets called Bonjour Merci…so many fun French sayings and sentiments & images, including  this adorable little girl, of course!


Just used my watercolor pencils for coloring…a little bit of Dazzling Diamonds on the flowers and butterfly, Platinum Stickles all around, lace, ribbon, buttons, and we’re all done!


This image reminded me of a few pictures I have of little girls in pretty dresses which I thought I’d share…

Smith (75)

Me, about 1966…in a cute little dress my grandparents brought me from their trip to Germany…

Karen with ball

My mother, Karen…about 1942…

Shirley with kitten

My mother-in-law, Shirley—very excitedly holding a little kitten—about 1934…

Velda about age 2

My grandmother, Velda…about 1917…

Sarah Mariah Follett, 4 yrs. old, about 1870

My husband’s 2nd great-grandmother, Sarah Mariah Follett when she was 4 years old, about 1870…

-Lois Pratt Hunt-gr. grandmother of Ida Smith Church_edited

My 3rd great-grandmother, Lois Pratt Hunt, in the 1840’s…

Hope you enjoyed this small window into little girls and their dresses through the last 160 years…!

One more thing to leave you with…a sweet little birthday card given to my mother by a friend when she was a young girl…


(Double-click to enlarge!)

Hope you have a most wonderful day….see you soon with something new…


  1. that is just the cutest card and I love the photos!

  2. The card is adorable. I love the old photos - isn't it amazing that there is a photo of an ancestor taken in 1840?? Amazing.

  3. I so love pictures of little girls in sweet little dresses! These old pictures are so very precious too! Love the card so much..the black/white check with blue, so cute! :D

  4. It's always amazing to me that folks have photos that go back so's a real gift to be able to see them, for you and us..thanks!

  5. I just LOVE your old photos!!! You are so fortunate to have the ones of the great grandparents! Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Hi Julie, I love your photos going way back of little girls in their dresses, they are all so sweet! You look darling, and I love your little tricycles in the background in the photo! Your French card is beautiful! xoxo Julie Marie

  7. wow, julie! what a great post. your new stamps and artwork are sweet as always.

    the really old photos are so interesting. i wonder if they were wealthy because they had portraits taken. how lucky to have these real treasures and names! so cool.


  8. Adorable little girls! Each one so precious in her own way. Don't you love the changes in clothes? Even the look of the children seem to change. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Your creation is of course adorable but the family "dress" photos are REMARKABLE!! Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful family images ... I'm always thrilled to meet more of your family! WONDERFUL! Have fun ... rain or shine!!

  10. What a sweet card. Thank you. You are certainly blessed to have a family that has taken such care to keep and pass on family photos!!

  11. Love the old photos and how lucky you are to have them!! REally! How nice to just be starting summer vacation. I kind of miss those days!

  12. What a sweet card. And I love all your family photos. I especially love the one of you MIL with the kitty, I have one of my daughter just like that.

    Hope you have a beautiful week!

  13. I just love the little girls in their sweet dresses...priceless!!

  14. What a great collection of family photos connecting you all through your dresses across time. I like it :)

  15. Oh so sweet..I love little girls in party dresses..and your card is amazing! Hugs. xoxo

  16. Hi Julie! I LOVE your card! You do such beautiful work! I'm just not very good at card making, and wish I was.
    And I love all the sweet little girl pics. How fun!

  17. Hi Julie,
    Love your:Vive la vie, so sweet, and the colours -blue with the black, beautifull.
    And love the little girls photoes ,too,they are so darling.
    HGugs Dorthe

  18. So much goodness here this morning Julie! I Love the newest card you have created. (No surprise there as I love all that you do!) Loved the pictures of all the little girls. You are so blessed to have these old family photos! I Just know you and your girls will have a lovely summer together! Hope you have lots of wonderful adventures to share with us!! I am sending love and hugs and Happy Summer wishes!! xxoo

  19. Awe! What a darling image Julie & I love her bright blue dress :)

  20. Julie, great post! Your card is very beautiful. The set of colours is distinctive and I love it:)
    The colletion of photos is impressive!
    Have a nice day :)

  21. Hi Julie

    The sun has deserted us here in the Uk as well, it's really been quite cold the last few days and shows no signs of impovement.

    I had been making similar comparisones with some of my new Penny Black stamps and how they remind me of old family photos.

    B x

  22. I so love the combination of blue, cream, and black - your card is delightful!! Love the French phrases set, too, what a great idea. It was so fun to look at all the lovely little dress-clad girlies in your family throughout the years - they would make such an adorable little mini-album (along with some dressy pics of your own girls too!). Have a wonderful day!

  23. What a lovely stamp set! And all of your photo memories are beautiful! Such a sweet collection of little gals! Hope you find the sun soon, have a super day.

  24. Julie, It is time for the "Yes, We have no more Baggies" song! I always sang this on the last day of school knowing there would be no more school lunches to pack for the next two months! Today's card is such a treat to go along with the wonderful little girl photos. I too had a little German dress that I wore from the age of six until 14! It got VERY short, but darn I loved that dress! Enjoy your summer start! Elizabeth

  25. Julie, How wonderful to have all these family photos going way back. Its amazing!
    Your card is as sweet as can be. Have fun playing with your girls all summer. I see lots of crafts in the future!

  26. Adorable photos! That card is soooooo beautiful! Love the use of black and pale blue together!
    Have a wonderful weekend with lots of sun!
    Hugs Hanne

  27. Such sweet photos - somehow i really love old pix, they have a special charme.

  28. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the photo of you in that new perky dress! The way you are standing there all bowed up is just adorable!!! So stinkin cute my friend!

  29. Wow! All those sweet family photos of girls in dresses dating back to the 1840's. Amazing! I especially love the one of Lois. It surely is not coincidental that you married a man whose family has such treasured family photos to share too. Love your pretty card! Best wishes to you for a fabulous weekend. :) Tammy

  30. I adore anything FRENCH, Julie. Your cards are so so cute with these sweet little princesses!
    Hugs for a grand weekend. xx

  31. What a sweet card and the photos are too cute!
    So sorry it takes me so long to get over to see you...LIFE : )

  32. i just love those pictures. such history. the card is adorable.

  33. your blogs is beautifull, i like these pink flower border around, which gives a pleasant look.