Thursday, March 20, 2008

It's here - the first day of spring. It said so on the calendar and even in the garden. I spied my first rosebud from the kitchen window.The calendar also tells me that Easter is almost here. I have done no decorating this year. The box is still safely tucked in the rafters . . . next year. Instead I picked a polish the color of jelly beans and decorated my toes. The first day of spring cooperated enough to let me walk barefoot through the backyard.
Festive nail polish is a far cry from the work my mom used to do to ready me for Easter. This photo is from 1963 and I had just turned 3. The dress is a very pale blue (no past tense because it is here in the house, tucked safely away in the cedar chest.) The slip is made from tulle and was itchy as all heck. I remember the terrible time I had with those silly gloves - always wanting to put more than one finger in slot. Such a struggle. And what is up with that thing on my head?!?!
It was worth all the itching and pinching when I got to hunt for eggs or have some chocolates before lunch. But I do think that this is photographic evidence of why my wardrobe consists of jeans and t-shirts now that it's all up to me.

41 comments:

Beth said...

Happy first day of Spring! Our roses are just about to pop too. My mom has pictures of me dressed up like that too, ugh! My favorite attire is jeans and t-shirts and sneakers!

Jacquie said...

You have roses. I'm so jealous. It's wonderful that you have this dress in the photo. A true treasure! Happy Easter!

Susie said...

Happy First Day of Spring!!
Love the painted toes :)
What an adorable picture of sweet little you..I remember those head things. They were tight and they hurt (at least mine always did!)
Hope you have a great Easter. This weather is so beautiful!!
xo

Diana said...

Libby, your photograph brought back such memories. I had the scratchy petticoat, too. It made the skirt of my dress stand out, but boy, did it itch! I remember always having a hat and new patent leather shoes for Easter. My gloves were white cotton, I think. When did we stop wearing gloves?

Your roses are beautiful. Spring is not that far along here, alas!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Happy Easter, I just looked down at my toes I must go and renew the polish, yours look lovely....you are a cutie...Enjoy your first day of spring.

yellowfarmhouse said...

Happy first day of spring - that rose is a pretty site and your tootsie are so festive with that springy color. Isn't it a hoot to see how our mothers went all out and what we would wear. I remember the dresses with the Easter bonnet and usually a new pair of patent leather shoes and anklets and of course the big basket full of goodies. Thanks for a sweet memory.

Happy Easter - Karen

Marilyn R said...

What a beautiful rose! We have snow predicted for tomorrow - ugh! No walking barefoot here yet!

Linda said...

We also had a glorious day here in OK, love the painted toes. Now that sure is a cute photo. I can remember the days of dress's with layers of netting, gloves and always a hat. I'm with you, give me jeans and a t-shirt any day.

Carole said...

Yeap, the calender says it's spring! I don't know that you'd want to walk barefoot in my yard. Good luck finding the grass underneath that snow! lol Your tootsies would be cold! ;o) I think hunting for eggs is an American thing. We never did this in Canada! We did have chocolate bunnies! ;o) Enjoy your beautiful day! Love the rose! Hum... maybe, just maybe I have some crocuses coming with some grape hyacinthe. I'm going to have to check tomorrow morning! ;o)

kjquilts said...

Awwww, you were so cute! Love your polish and the rose is beautiful.

Jeanne said...

Loved the Easter picture, the rose and your toes! I think I'll try to reach mine tomorrow with some red polish. *s* I remember the Easter dress and hat days of my youth, too.

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

Ahh roses..... I am months away from that sadly. Love the cute tootsies. I didn't decorate for Easter this year either! I don't even know why. Maybe because it is so early this year and I just haven't given it much thought. Oh well, next year!

Wendy said...

Awww what a sweet little girl ready for finding eggs. I love the rose, it's way to early here to see even any buds. Wonderful colour nail polish for the first day of spring.

Quilt Memories said...

Beautiful little Libby and beautiful dress. Too cold here for roses or bare feet, but hopefully soon.........I AM READY FOR SPRING!!!!J
Happy Easter

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Happy Spring!! Love the cute photo of you. Love the hat!!

Carin said...

I had very simular outfits until I was like 12! Thanks to my grandma.
Happy Spring!

May Britt said...

Not very much spring in Norway. It's snowing here today.
You look so cute on that photo :)

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Happy Easter, Libby. Your dress,hat and gloves evoke similar memories for me. That rose is gorgeous~ the hope and promise of longer, warmer days to come.

Carol said...

Amen! Amen! Amen! and that is why I too love jeans and a T-shirt...oh but what wonderful memories go along with those darn itchy, prickly dresses.

Diane said...

Ah, the quintessential 1960's Easter outfit! Sounds like many of us wore it. Remember the lace trimmed anklet socks and patent leather shoes with matching purse? Inside was a cotton hankie (for show, not for blow) and a penny or two. Maybe those itchy slips, pinching shoes and tight hats (with elastic chin straps) were meant to prepare us for the girdles, high heela and clip on earrings our mothers wore. Happy Easter, Libby!

McIrish Annie said...

Your grass is green! My grass is still brown and ugly. Spring has definitely not reached the East Coast yet. I also skipped the Easter decorations this year. I don't like when Easter comes in March!

But I do remember those gloves, hats, and patent leather shoes. We all got new outfits for Easter. I'll have to dig up some of those photos! Have a Hoppy Easter!!

Karen said...

You sure looked cute in your Easter finery!
Roses are my favorite flower. Thanks for posting the picture of your first for the year.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

The rose is beautiful! I do not have luck at all with roses. They always and I do mean always wound up with a disease and look awful...

Painted toenails are just so fun and the nail polish stays on so much better than on ones fingernails!

Darlene said...

Beautiful rose - definitely a sign of Spring!

Cute painted toes!!!! Another sign of Spring. LOL

Oh, my goodness I have pictures of me in that same garb - what was that thing on our heads??? LOL And, now it's jeans, pullovers and flip-flops (much to my mom's dismay). LOL

Finn said...

Hi Libby, happy first day of spring and Easter Week to you also *VBS*
Love the pic of the 'little' you...adorable! I'm sure the dress is just gorgeous, and you are lucky to have it.
I remember those scratchy, puffy slips all too well. I was a teenager in the days of the poodle skirts...the more underskirts the merrier..must have at least 3 on to be respectable...LOL. Wow...what a time that was!
I'm a jeans or sweatpants and t-shirt gal these days too. Bare foot if possible and no jewelery.
Love the rose bud and the bright toes. Hugs, Finn

Judy said...

I had this white straw hat and I got a new dress each year and a new ribbon to match the dress went on the brim of the hat.

Linda_J said...

Cute, Libby--even if your momma did dress you funny, LOL. Did you do that to your princess girl too? Hats and gloves used to be big so maybe that is why the bonnet atop your head?

Actually I think I could post a picture quite similiar to that actually at age 4, I believe. My maternal grandmother sewed--a lot--and made my outfit. I'll dig it up and scan it.

Chookyblue...... said...

nice to see the first rose for spring......catching up on a few posts and love the dresden plate you are working on......

Mar said...

Happy Easter, I have pic of myself somewhere decked in yellow.

Dawn said...

YOu wouldn't be walking barefoot today. We had a huge snowstorm! another good 8 or so inches!

Lisa Boyer said...

My mother turned me into a jeans-wearer using the same torture devices your mother did! Did she also cut your bangs to about 1/4 inch long? And make you sleep with foam hair rollers the night before? And remember the days before "cream rinse" (conditioner) after shampoo--the comb-outs of wet hair being so painful? Then...after all that hair torture...you had to wear a stoopid hat anyway??? Yikes! No wonder we turned!

Guðrún said...

How fantastic for you to have the first roses. I love that photo of you.

MammyT said...

Hello to you and Happy Easter. I found your link at LBPSews today. I'm in the 4 Seasons quilt swap, too and was happy to find you. It looks as though you are an extremely talented and experienced quilter. I'll enjoy seeing yours develop. I'll be posting a photo of my work in progress later today and would love to have you see it.
Nancy

katelnorth said...

Well, you are a little older than me (8 years) but my childhood wardrobe suffers from similar crimes against fashion... I don't blame you for sticking to jeans!

Glad to hear I am not the only one who didn't manage to get any Easter decorations out this year - I have some, but I didn't even think about them until about yesterday - just too early, I think...

Happy Easter anyway, decorations or not.

Karen said...

You were so cute, Libby! Happy Easter!

julieQ said...

Happy Spring! Yep, I bet we were all dressed up like that in our childhood. cute! Happy Easter!!

Perry said...

that rose is really gorgeous. I will be glad when something blooms around here, but first I have to clean up my beds and put some annuals in there. I adore the picture of you when you were young. It is so sweet.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Spring, a beautiful thought over here!
Your spring swap is coming along nicely, I always love your colours.
So, I also thin the Dresden is cute and I am very enthusiastic to run straight to my sewing room to start cutting up plaids for that post and rail, but as you are the first visit on a bloglines catch up of 458 I had better resist the temptation!
Have a great easter,-I love the outfit-gloves! Tracey

Stephanie said...

I have a photo of me at just under 2 years old, with the frilly dress and the slip and bonnet--none of which seemed to bother me much--until you look down and see I had removed shoes and socks! lol

Happy spring!

Stina said...

Lucky you to be able to walk barefoot...oh I´am envious of you!! For me painted toes are summer...so I love them...;D
Hope your Easter was joyful!! I have to admit..I didn´t decorate for easter this year too...;D...maybe next year

Rose said...

I remember those Easters in the late 60's and 70's too. I loved them because it was the one time of year when we got new dress clothes. My mother would put our shiny,new, paten leather shoes in our dresser drawer, all wrapped up in the box. I would sneak into my room and close the door behind me. Then I would tip toe to the dresser to open the drawer. I'd barely open the box, just enough to let the scent of the new shoes out. Then I would sit there beside the drawer and sniff until I heard someone coming up the stairs. I never dared to take the shoes out and try them on, I was sure my mother had them wrapped just so and would know that I had disobeyed her. Ha! I was such a chicken. She never said I couldn't smell them though so I didn't think I was being naughty. But I must have felt naughty just the same since I snuck around to go as far as I did. LOL!