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tea time

i woke up from the haze of adjusting back to new york time to find myself in the wednesday before thanksgiving. feasts, decorations, turkey dances at school, frenzied but fun food preparation at home filled the day. then thursday came. more preparation, a subway ride to the west side to catch the last 20 minutes of the parade (perfect- when we first arrived there was a marching band completely obscured by the 1/2-block-deep crowd ahead of us, no giant balloons in sight.. but there were plenty of street vendors selling very average sized balloons all around us. ruthie, on my shoulders; "ooooh! there sure are a lot of balloons! look at that princess balloon! oh i love these balloon parades, mom, i love it!" then the pilsbury doughboy poked his head around the dakota and blew her mind. then, just minutes later, to a wildly cheering crowd santa-- the REAL santa-- showed himself. eve; "the REAL santa came to visit us just to make us thankful?! he came early? so totally awesome."), return home, grab the food, grab the kids and, cleverly avoiding most traffic, arrive in the suburbs to spend a dreamy day in a house full of friends and insanely delicious food. i love thanksgiving.

the few next days brought sleepovers with family, our third round of fairly severe colds for the season, december, and me sitting and sniffling and behind on everything. but through the haze of jetlag and head cold i am so very happy to be home and so very happy to give my thailand report as soon as i can gather myself and my photos. 

until that magical day, i'll share some photos that the talented photographer, kelsey foster, took of the girls back in october. the moment kelsey contacted me about possibly setting up a shoot with the girls in some of the clothes i've designed for them, i was giddy. her photos are lovely and she is just the right amount of sweet and easy going. watching her patience with the girls - who were ridiculous that morning - was entertaining and endearing. also, the fact that i'm pretty sure she saved charlie from getting trampled by waiters at least three times makes me especially fond of her. 

kelsey chose the roebling tea room for the shoot. a great choice. the food was fresh (which made charlie happy), the light was beautiful (which made the girls happy- sunshine!) and the place was virtually empty until the moment we began to make our way out (which made me happy. especially in the moment when charlie was yelling and writhing in my arms, ruth was writhing on the floor because i took a drink of her juice and eve was running along the bench at full speed). 

kelsey, thank you again! meeting you was wonderful and the pictures are beautiful and so fun. 


all images property of kelsey foster. all clothing designs property of katie did.

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does this perhaps mean a book or patterns is in the works?
you are so talented, thanks for sharing.

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterelka

welcome back! Beautiful girls = beautiful photos.

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

wowee zowee! Dazzled indeed. Thank you for sharing these--I've been thinking about getting the Carefree Sewing for Girls book you'd mentioned a while back. I'm completely smitten with the blue (green?) dress. Is it from that book?

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenny

oh god they are just adorable, i love their little outfits!!!

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterali

They are gorgeous. They look absolutely beautiful and the photography captures them so well.

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSunni Standing

what kind of shoes are those that ruth is wearing when she's standing on the bench? those are so cute (not nearly as cute as your daughters tho!) and I would love to get a pair for my own daughter. Thanks!

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermay

I love these pictures of your girls. Beautiful. Do you know what pattern you used for the gray dress with the buttons down the back? Would you mind letting me know? Did you design it? Its stunning.

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle W.

jenny and michelle (and maybe others?):
these dresses were all made from my own designs and my own patterns. i promise i'll always mention the pattern number/book when/if i post something i've made from someone else's pattern.

i wish i could help you out with the shoes- eve pulled out the fabric lining to the insole several years ago so i have no idea who makes them. i do know they were a french company and i know i paid a small fortune for them at pomme (pommenyc.com) in brooklyn. a purchase i don't regret. eve wore them, ruth is wearing them and charlie will wear them too when the time comes.. they were, after all, little oxfords meant for boys..
you can try bu & the duck- another amazing but pricey shop in nyc. they don't have an online shop but perhaps would be helpful over the phone- they usually have an amazing selection of boys oxfords to choose from.
good luck!

December 9, 2009 | Registered Commenterkatie

katie, you are so sweet for saying all those nice things-thank you! i had so much fun with you guys! hope you all are staying warm and healthy!

December 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkelsey

Thanks! I'll give those places a shot.

December 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermay

Your photos are much better. ITS good to see a fresh perspective. nothing like home.

x kym

December 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkym

gorgeous all around!

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie

Such FUN outfits and photos!

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAJ

beautiful clothes, as always. I'm impressed how you matched the stripes on the one little dress (I'm sorry - I get your little blondies mixed up!). I love when you show the clothes you make.

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMargo

so perfect.

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjones

Such cute girls, clothes, and pics! I would totally wear any of those dresses.... hint hint. Love your blog <3

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Gorgeous photos, adorable outfits, beautiful children. They beg to be seen in a book of patterns, don't you think?

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPiapie

I absolutely adore this blog and I already loved Kelsey Foster so the two combined are a match made in heaven. I can't wait to read what happens next!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna Sullivan

Can you please tell me where you got those navy tights ??

Adorable girls, clothes, everything ;)

Keep up your fantastic talent !!

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSHB

Dear Katie,
I live and breathe for moments when I can find something so simple and so beautiful to inspire and move me, thankyou. Would you mind if I add some of these pictures to my blog (I have a tag called "Beautiful Thoughts" where I write about what inspires me...and you did) with a link directly to your blog? You´re already on my "Favourite Blogs" list, but I would still like to share a bit more of your beautiful work! Gracias!

December 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia

Breathtaking images. And what beautiful daughters. Great colors, light, outfits.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Katie..truly and deeply love these dresses...they're so fashionable :) I specially looove the grey and purple one...I really wish you have those patterns for sale :)

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLia

hello, I am really lucky to find your blog.
well, your girls have amazing look.
if I can be a mother like you, I am sure that my baby will be happy ^^
Thanks to show your lovely life for ramdom reader.
I really got some happy virus from you

December 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlow sky

The shoot turned out fabulous! The clothes fantastic, the expressions adorable and the backdrop perfect.

On a side note: OH THANK YOU for helping me feel better about my three.. I totally get the tantruming second because mama took a drink of MY drink, the screaming third writhing in a mama grip and the getting away with whatever first because mom only has two arms routine. Thanks for the breath of fresh air..and I totally empathize! :-)

December 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlaskanAndi

Hi Katie!
I commented on your beautiful creations weeks ago..and now after Christmas and a quick trip to the beach I´m finally sending you the outcome of all that inspiration I mentioned! Thanks again! Feliz 2010! Clau
click here (hope this works, with me, ya never know):

January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHand Made Con Amor

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