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Dearest Muffie... I mean Charlotte,
Those pictures are priceless! I love the jacket too. I've seen it before, was it in one of your books? Your girls will definitely want that for their future little ones, who wouldn't!
Taylor is probably smiling down on you celebrating his birthday.


This is a really sweet post, Charlotte - I hope you were comforted by the presence of your children on Sunday.

(And can I just say that a glass of wine and the 'publish now' button are a dangerous combo? I know this to be true!)


What a lovely post and beautiful pictures, i adore those little dresses. A perfect heirloom for your girls.


Sweet story remembering your brother. THank you.


What great memories! I am sorry about your brother, truly. It's heartbreaking to lose a sibling. I am glad you found such fond memories this Sunday.

Mrs. Staggs

Oh Charlotte, I do so know what you are feeling today. My sweet gentle giant of a stepbrother passed away a few years ago when he was only 48. We all still miss him so much. I don't think it ever goes away, that feeling that your life will never be quite the same, but like you I have memories that are wonderful and I'm so thankful to have had him in my life for as long as I did. Since I was 10...he was truly my big brother and welcomed me with open arms into his family.
I love the cherry dress. I have a wonderful photo of me wearing a favorite dress when I was little. I wish that my mom had saved it, but being an army wife for so many years, she didn't hang on to many things like that. All those moves tend to change one's attitude towards such things I guess.
I rembember this beautiful sweater that you've made from a couple of places. I've always loved it!
You're in my thoughts sweetie. Cheers and here's to the next election! xoxo


Thanks for this Charlotte. Both the interesting history of the cherry dress, and beautiful, bittersweet memories from your own close family.
It is always a joy to read your blog.


I was just thinking about that article today. I need to paint that dress for Easter. And I love that jacket, Muffie!

Angie Grimm

I think Muffie fits your perfectly :-)
Great post. There is nothing like a frilly dress to make a girl feel pretty whether she is one or one hundred and one!

Angel Jem

I love the jacket. I saw it a few years back in a Mary engelbreit book and, I'm ashamed to say, always planned to make one for Baby. Baby is 5 now, and still no jacket, but this might be the year I do it... she looks so cute still & suits red so I'm going to take the plunge over the summer & make her a unique coat!

Daisy Cottage

I'm just now reading this Charlotte and I am so sorry to hear about your brother ~ thank you for sharing about him with us. The pictures of all of you are so precious ~ and the dress and jacket just charming. I enjoyed hearing about their "story". ((hugs))

jungle dream pagoda

What a bautiful post! How I love your chery clothes story,I just posted about sweet vintage dresses I put my own girls in! That little jacket,wow!
PS love the banner!

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