Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gretel and the Gunne Gift

About a month ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find a package at my door from the lovely and ever-charming Amy Merrick of An Apple A Day. I had almost forgotten her long ago mentioning a certain ebay-acquired Gunne Sax sundress that she thought might work out better for me!

The package within the package was almost too pretty to open, but I was pretty excited about what was inside...

Thankful for the Gift of Gunne

It turned out to be nothing short of a dream dress... velveteen lace-up bodice, ribbon-trim, tiny floral calico print... quite a lovely specimen indeed!

I'm so thankful to Amy for her generosity and beyond flattered that she even thought of me. As such, Thanksgiving seemed a fitting day to debut the dress. We spent a lovely afternoon with my family over at my sister's house, catching up and eating way too much... you know, the usual.

Cozy Cardi

Though we did get some sunshine, it was anything but sundress weather, so layers were definitely in order. It has been all kinds of COLD around here lately.

Pockets :)

Gotta love those hidden pockets! Amy, my gratitude abounds :)

If you've never crossed paths with An Apple A Day, I highly recommend doing so. Amy's posts are always beautiful with wit and charm to spare, and lately she's been posting the most wonderful photos of her travels through Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam with her sister. They've been filling me with wanderlust in a big way!

Hop on Gretel

In other news, Clover's love for all things Gretel has not waned. This was a Gretel-inspired outfit from last week.

Fairy Tales

Over the weekend, she pulled this book of fairy tales out of my vintage children's book collection. I had forgotten that the story of Hansel and Gretel was in there.


Of course, she then wanted to recreate the Gretel outfit in the book.

Gretel and Hansel

And how many extra mom-points would you say this Hansel get-up is worth?... 'cause I'm thinkin' quite a few.


Not to be type-cast though, remember her interest in The Little Match Girl? Well, after watching this Disney short a few times...


Yup, you guessed it. It's amazing the little details she pays attention to, like the socks with no toes, she remembered that, I didn't. Though the best was when she got into character and then proceeded to warn me in all earnestness: "Mom, if I talk to you right now, it will ruin my performance."

I was like: "Ruin your what?" Her reply: "my performance." Though it's even funnier when she actually says it because of her tiny voice and the way she pronounces it "puhfoamance". Yeah, that one totally cracked me up.

27 comments:

Cel said...

I cannot say enough how adorable Clover is! She has such a wonderful imagination, what a lovely little girl. :) She looks so cute in the first photo, just clinging to your hand. And you're such a great mom dressing up like Hansel! That Gunne looks wonderful on you, at first I didn't even realize you had a long sleeved shirt underneath it haha...

Manja said...

Oh that dress that you got is wonderful and I love how you wore it!

Your little Clover is truly amazing! I used to love the story of the Little Match Girl but it is just so sad.

Emerson Merrick said...

Yay! Perfect thanksgiving dress, so happy you liked it!!

You and Clover are breaking my heart, as always.

Milla said...

Dear Hansel, your performance is fabulous and earns you many a mom point. Maybe in the shape of gingerbreads...
Gretel's performance on the other hand, well, suffice to say that her method is on par with Brando.

Also that dahlin' dress reminds me of this dress:
http://violetfolklore.com/2010/02/a-super-sunny-gunne-gift/

Now you and Amber can match in our blogger meet-up, non?

mrs.H said...

That dress is absolutely beautiful, and the wee little "Gretel"... too precious for words.

Van said...

So cute, I love all the thrifty costumey outfits. And wow, that package really is too pretty to open.

I cannot watch the Disney short of the little match girl without tearing up, it's heartbreaking. (outfit is cute, though!)

Shallow Mallow said...

Such a sweet little packet and the dress looks like it was made for you! Absolutely lovely! :)

Young Gretel looks ready to take on any witch :)

moonshinejunkyard said...

WOW WOW WOW. clover's imagination just blows me away, what a doll, that kid's going places! and you make the most dashing hansel ever. this little post was a pure treat, your mother daughter costuming antics never fail to delight!

Andrea said...

she's too much, I don't know how you get anything done with that little cutie always thinking up great ideas & costumes!

Teenysparkles said...

What a treasure you have in that daughter of yours. She certainly has a flair for all things costumey and make believe. What an inspiring little mini! And i totally laughed with you as Hansel, you did well mommy. The Gunne dress is divine on you, fits you perfectly - style and size wise. take care from one mum to another mom.
x

StickyKitten said...

I love your new gunne sax dress! It's gorgeous and looks excellent with the layers! Clover is too cute, you guys must have the best time playin dress up!
p.s. I left you an award on my blog!

Bee said...

omg, i love her. what a fun little girl she is. your hansel outfit is freaking awesome. major mom points. did you see the picture i posted a few days ago on my blog of me dressed up like a little peasant girl when i was about clover's age?

flaming hag folkwear said...

that gunne is terrific, and the means by which it came to you make it even better!

bonus points awarded, though may i say, it's a pretty cute outfit!

i love that photo of clover looking out the window, as well as her cold little toes. what a treasure to have such an imaginative little creature in your brood.

p.s. my poor neglected gunne blog is badly in need of an update...can i use your pics/story?

Sadhbh said...

WOW, what's not to love about this post?? The dress is amazing on you (love Amy's blog) and your Mommy-Daughter dress-up is making me grin! Clover is incredible - what an imagination?! And you make a fabulous Hansel! I can't wait for my little twinnies to get to that stage and we can dress up too:)
P.S. I've been following your blog for an age, but this could be the first time I've comented....

Chloƫ said...

what a pretty gunne! and that picture of you and clover is fantastic. she's such a dedicated little artiste! i love it. :)

Karen/Small Earth Vintage said...

Now THAT is a Gunne Sax I could love! I'm not really a huge Gunne Sax fan, generally (maybe partially due to their popularlity when I was young--you *had* to have a GS dress when I was in 8th grade), but I really love that dress. You and Clover look adorable in *all* your outfits!

Tera said...

WOW! Her performance, that is soooooooooooooooooooo cute!!!! I checked in as I have been sort of gone then busy with life backlog when I returned but I did tell friends and family at Thanksgiving dinner all about Gretel and I wondered if she had kept that up. Oh she is the cutest girl ever!

Now your dress, wow! I love Amy's blog and it's through her I found you. You look GREAT in that gorgeous dream dress for sure!

ABIGAIL NY said...

Cute and very Scandinavian feel to it!

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anne said...

well... this post is just filled with all kinds of wonderfulness!

first off, the gunne dress is absolutely amazing missa! what an incredible gift. it fits you like a dream.
secondly, the gretel and little match girl outfits are too sweet. oh clover, you are just too cute for words :D and yes, you get major mom points for the perfect hansel outfit. nice job!!!

sally said...

what an adorable little clover you have! she is toooooo much! so creative and sweet. can't wait to see what outfit miss clover comes up with next!

and your new dress is incredible! totally a thanksgiving dream.

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

The details in that dress are amazing. Love it! Clover's outfits are always the prettiest too. When she is older she's going to love all her photos of her cute outfits! I'm sure!

Andrea said...

As you know, I love fairytales! Amazing post, Missa :)

Karima said...

i love absolutely everything in this post!

Toosdai said...

clover is killing me! what a creative spirit, a lot like her mama.

Jocelyne said...

wow, this is killing me you two are just the cutest ever!

Nicky said...

hahah- holy moly you two are cute!!!! That is a super creative and cute Hansel wardrobe and your little Grettle is giving me a cavity already!!!

Violet Folklore said...

7 million mom points at least.

Okay, Mycelia and Clover are going to loooooove each other!

Missa. That dress. Is the finest Gunne of all time. It is the same floral print and velvet bodice of my Xmas Gunne dress, only mine is frumpier with long sleeves.

sigh