Friday, February 13, 2009

Love

indie.dressing

Tell me how I could have let this skip out the door without journaling the fabulousness of the combination here? Indie dressing at its best. This is what childhood was meant for. She is happily in charge of her clothes. Every day. As a matter of consequence and preference you will not find a spit-shined child in this house. They just look happier like this. We do brush her hair, honest, it just looks like that again really fast. I can find 1000 things I love about this photo- the messy perfection, the proud grin, the twinkle in her eyes (not to mention of course she stands on new studio floors which I love, and in front of new built in studio shelving which I love-more on that next week), but of course mostly, I love her.

creative.consequences

Theme-appropriate for her party at pre-school today are the Valentine tights, naturally. A perfect pairing with the painted-on boots. And a wrinkled Bo-Peep skirt? Yes. (where is that iron?)

my.valentine

Sigh.

What was I saying?

Oh yes, love. I love the beard. Adore, is perhaps a better description, so as not to overuse the word and render it meaningless. Because I really love the man suffering through having a beard for me. He must kinda like it, or I can guarantee it would've been gone weeks ago.

Find a million things to love, and have a Happy Valentines Day! xoxo, AM

86 comments:

  1. this by far one of my favorite posts you have ever posted.

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  2. A Mom after my own heart! You should see the crazy things my 6-year-old puts together, and I love every single outfit. I take it as a sign of creativity and self-expression - both of which are things that this grown-up is hoping to learn from her child.

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  3. Praying for love and joy...always. And blowing thousands of heart shaped kisses your way!..

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  4. Anna Maria-- I love YOU!!!! I love that motherhood is such a celebration of the uniqueness of each of your children to you! I love that you can love that scruffy beard!!! You always make me look at life with a smile on my face! Happy Valentine's Day Sweetheart!!!

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  5. You are so blessed :O) Thanks for reminding me that I am alos blessed. Happy Valentin's Day. Danielle xox

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  6. What a great post. Your daughter is beautiful, and there's nothing better than those self-styled outfits on a little girl. I have an 8-year-old who has a strong sense of fashion herself. :)

    And -- I have to say it -- your husband is gorgeous. Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

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  7. lol!!! I have pictures of my daughter (now 19) in outfits like this and she doesn't like to look at them. "MOM, how could you LET ME LEAVE THE HOUSE WEARING LAMB CHOPS SLIPPERS AND A PLAID SKIRT!?!" And the real question should be, "How could I not?" You loved that outfit and were happy wearing it. You would have thrown a fit if I had told you otherwise so I let you express yourself and now you are a better person for it. :)

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  8. Your daughter's outfit is great - you can tell she's so proud of herself!

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  9. I love every part of this post. Fantastic!!!

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  10. your family is absolutely beautiful, and the outfit and un-brushed-looking hair is absolutely perfect.
    beards are the best.

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  11. it is so cute the clothing combos our kids come up with. and they wear them so confidently. happy valentines, she's adorable.
    barbara brown

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  12. You brought me a smile.

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  13. Love the beard too!! And your daughter is so happy in that photo- that's one to frame and hang on the wall.

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  14. Lolly's1:08 PM

    Love the picture! My daughter's hair gets this way 2 minutes after it's brushed so you're not alone!

    And, I love the study hall skirt. Is it hard to follow the pattern? I can totally relate to having troubles understanding patterns.

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  15. This post just made my day.

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  16. AM--

    Every member of your sweet family is so adorable. I love seeing your updates!!

    Have a nice Valentine's Day!
    Shannon

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  17. Love your blog! LoL and that girl of yours is so adorable! I remember those days...made me smile and think about my own kids at that age. But now I do have a three year old granddaughter to re live all of that with-yea!
    Your hubby looks charming-you are a very blessed girl!
    Have a wonderful weekend~Smiles~Tam!

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  18. Just made my first Bo-Peep skirt last night and it has been twirling around my house all day. I *love* my little winker bean and her Bo-peep skirt. Another one for big sis on the cutting table for nap time...

    Thank you for a lovely book.

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  19. I LOVE that you let her dress herself!!! 22 years ago I let my baby girl start dressing herself and at 24 she is one of the most clever people I know!! Keep up the good work! BTW she now loves your fabric.......

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  20. wow, your husband is gorgeous!

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  21. HOLY CRAP! Your hubby is a total babe! I say this because I love it when people tell me my hubby is a babe. I think you're great! Happy Valentine's day!

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  22. I LOVE that little spot of blue paint she has on her shoe!! Your studio looks great! Can't wait to hear you tell us more about it!

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  23. I used to babysit for a little girl who would dress herself in the morning, in outfits highly reminiscent of this. I just had a sweet sweet sweet baby boy, maybe someday there will be a girl... happy valentines to you!

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  24. My daughter, now 22, went to a high school where large numbers of girls dressed like this most every day. I grew to love it on girls of any age, and miss those mix and match looks running around here. (if I could only find those darn tights in a bigger size!!!)

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  25. Ms. Dale5:36 PM

    This picture of her is about my favorite of all times.
    Is she happy with herself or what? And the boots
    with the paint on them just add a touch of class to
    an already well dressed little girl!! Another great gift
    you are giving your children..freedom to choose and act on their own decisions!! And I love the beard too!!

    Ms. Dale in Ms.

    p.s. Loving my new Good Folks!!

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  26. Sweet outfit...sweet post...Happy Valentine's Day!

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  27. I love her outfit. I wouldn't change one thing. I have five daughters and I always let them choose their own clothes... And each one of them has their own style. lol

    And I"m crazy about a beard too! Well..not on me of course. But my hubby wore a beard until it turned very gray. Then he felt... old. So he shaved it.

    Have a great Valentine Weekend!

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  28. You have a beautiful family.

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  29. Anonymous8:20 PM

    Speaking of love i think the hubby loves the picture-taker,it shows in his eyes!The preschooler,too, too cute. I wanna give her a squeeze!I eagerly await my first order of ann maria horner sketch book fabric.In Rose. Im afraid i wont allow myself to cut it when it gets here,just look!I have only just discovered you,i feel so behind! economy dictates one thing at a time,sigh,i want it all!Blessings,Rosa Miller

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  30. My goodness your man can take a person's breath away! He sure is handsome!
    Your little one...oh my goodness again! She is just adorable. And the outfit...I. LOVE. IT. Do you know I used to get chastised from family because I allowed my girls to pick what they wanted to wear? I felt they had great taste in fashion, my in-laws, not so much...Oh well, my girls are independant young women now and still choose wisely how they wish to dress!

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  31. I love this post! (Pun intended.)
    I love your little one's spunk. I have many pleasant memories of some of my daughter's favorite outfits - interesting combinations. She is 7 now and is starting to fall into the more predictable fashion sense of her peers. But I saved that blue clown top with the red, yellow, and green bows that she wore at least once a week when she was four. It makes me smile every time I look at it! :)

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  32. Its nice how appreciative you are of your husband - an early valentine - so sweet

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  33. I know what you mean, I love a man with whiskers! Boy do I wish I were 22 and could wear that skirt, but I will just have to admire it from afar,,,it is so cute!

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  34. She is an absolute doll. Everything about that photo is perfect!

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  35. You made me smile at 4:32 am :)

    Love her posture -- she is oblivious to that little belly sticking out there -- she's gorgeous.

    May God continue to bless your beautiful family.

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  36. What's not to love about that outfit and that grin!!!! Perfect!

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  37. Wonderful! Happy Valentines Day. :)

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  38. Oh my...I'm so glad to know that I am not the only one who lets their little ones dress themselves!!! As for the hair, we have that exact same problem here. Three girls with crazy hair 5 minutes after I meticulously comb it every day! I keep thinking that the elementary school is going to think I'm a bit of a slacker :)
    Happy Valentine's Day!!!

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  39. To reiterate all that was already said above. . .wonderful post. Yes, THAT is what childhood is about and it is so forgotten in so many homes these days. And. . .now I see why your children are all so beautiful, with both of your genes how could anything be less than perfect? God bless.

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  40. ladybird3:10 PM

    Love this post! She is perfection. Equally perfect is my gorgeous good folks fabric - it arrived today and it is even more beautiful in person. It's the most scrumptious valentines day treat. Besides of course, my sweet (bearded) husband. I adore him too.

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  41. Anonymous3:12 PM

    I don't ever comment on your blog, though I love it and I'm a regular reader!, but I have to say that your little girl is identical to my own 6-yr-old ... who went to school yesterday with brushed-messy hair, heart tights, and her Bo Peep skirt, of which I make now to go with every season. The only thing different were her cowgirl boots that light up ... I have to admit, they make the outfit. (http://www.sheplers.com/kids/childrens_cowboy_boots_sizes/053342.html?Source=Froogle&color=41&CS_003=2113742&CS_010=053342)
    Hope you have a nice love-filled day!

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  42. My four year old went to kindy in something similar this week (although that gorgeous skirt would have been much nicer than dead floral bike pants LOL) Thank you for reminding me that looking like that is a rite of childhood - and it is okay not to iron LOL

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  43. Love the picture of this sweet little girl! The fact that she is feeling so good about her choices so young fills me somehow.
    I'd like to have that confidence myself! She is obviously comfortable in her skin. That's always a good thing!

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  44. hey sweet thing. mr. handsome does scruffy- nice!
    been thinking of you because i am doing a sugar snap giveaway but i couldn't resist adding your fabrics to it, since our lines look so amazing together. have you seen our fabrics together? nummy.
    xoxoxoxo

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  45. So, so awesome. This makes me really miss being a preschool teacher! *sigh*

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  46. See, this is what I really treasure about your blog. It's never about perfection, never about ego, even though amazing talent and creativity abound here. It's always about seeing all the little joys in daily life, appreciating each person and their own unique style. It's about thankfulness, laughter and . . . well, it's all about . . . love!!

    Love all you guys!!!

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  47. I love this---she is adorable--it made tears come to my eyes and made me laugh at the same time. This is what childhood should be about!
    cathi

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  48. Your daughter is adorable! She definitely takes after her mom.

    Give me a man in a beard any day. My DH grew a beard for me. He's only shaved it once in the 10 years we've been together. That was when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004. He always said he would shave it if they won. He hasn't shaved it since.

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  49. Boy, does that girl have her Dad's eyes or what! She is beautiful (he's not too bad either), and if it makes you feel better, in a strange similarity, my 7 year old grandaughter has the same boots with GREEN paint on them!

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  50. Anna - the combination and the style has ultimate attitude. So much so, that I think this should be the title page of your next book!! :)

    What a cute grin and what gorgeous indi accessories. You'll find quite a cult following on Silkfair.com if you can list your items there - guaranteed!

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  51. This is how I think littles should dress!! Why stifle their self expression when it doesn't hurt anybody? I love seeing the crazy things my daughter puts together and figure she'll have to grow up much too soon. This is a wonderful post.

    PS Your hubby is very handsome.

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  52. Did I miss the post behind the story of the beard? I've got some re-reading to do.

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  53. I love seeing what kind of outfits my kids will put together. My daughter loves indie clothing. And it is so her style. Hope you had a fabulous Valentine's!

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  54. I'm so glad you let your little girl go with whatever she's feeling that day. My mom had a hard time with it I think. I think she's put together a fantastic outfit there. A very early Betsey Johnson!

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  55. I love it! The boots and the tights definitely add a nice finishing touch. I have a toddler. This is what I have to look forward to!

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  56. jenny9:20 PM

    This photo is definitely a framer! My youngest is almost 3 and she is dressing herself now...never matches...totally cute! I LOVE it when my husband grows a beard!

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  57. Not that I want to actually trade, but my Hubby loves his beard and I don't. Good thing I still adore the man!

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  58. i love her dress sense all that colour!!! :D

    Bless isnt he sweet, i go through phases sometimes i like the beard look then others i beg and i mean BEG BF to shave it off lol, and thats one of the things i love about him, he puts up with me :D

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  59. My middle child would love that skirt. She likes fun, wild colors.

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  60. Hi Anna M! I have a funny memory of my daughter Carmen at that age...I dressed her in some corduroy pants, a little hippie dress I had made her and some darling tights and her cutest tennies for a cold day and a friend of mine said, isn't it cute when they dress themselves like that? I thought hmmm, oboy, I giggled to myself and she is 20 now and I do believe she is still the most adorable sweetie girl I have ever seen (and now with violet streaks in her hair for fun! love is always the answer! Enjoy your day. Pam in Chico

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  61. Oh the photos my mother has of me in just such get up. LOL My "fashion sense" has been a constant source of merriment in the family.

    I must concur with loving the beard. My own hubby has one by my decree as well (for years now) and it's curses on him if it ever gets shaved off!

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  62. I've never seen my husband without at least a few millimetres of beard... now that I think about it.

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  63. Anna -
    The photo of your daughters outfit radomly pops in my head and makes me smile. Oh how I miss those days!
    Gotta love the tights with hearts for valentines day!

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  64. What a beautiful post and wonderful pictures!!

    :)

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  65. I recently found out I'm having a girl, and I must admit that one of the things I am most excited about is dressing her for a while and then watching lovingly as she chooses outfits for herself. This is adorable!

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  66. In all the ways I am not the perfect mom...I succeed in this area. My little girl puts together the cutest outfits that she is so proud of. She is always wearting tutus, leggings, sweaters, wigs...I think you get the picture. We have left many a days with outfits that my mom would never have let me leave the house in. She always has the biggest smile.

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  67. OK, seriously, I have her little twin living here with me! LOL! I have so many pictures of my Maddie's little outfits -boy can she come up with some. Just yesterday I was taking pictures of her in my newest dress pattern to post on my blog, and she *had* to wear hot pink rubber boots with butterflies on them. *Had* to. Luckily everyone thought it was a great idea! LOL! They all liked the boots with the dress! Who knew?? Maybe we are raising another generation of designers!

    xoxo,
    Samantha

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  68. I LOVE your little cutie's outfit too! THAT is an awesome picture of a kid with a great personality! What a neat human being she must be. Thanks for the fun post.

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  69. She's adorable. My girls dress themselves also and it makes for some fantastic "why didn't I think of that" moments.

    Oh, and the boy there is pretty swell too, the beard is fab.

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  70. Heather5:25 PM

    O.K. so after that outfit shot I have to confess. My 3 year old loves skirts. She had been begging me to make her some. Since she had a typical 3 year old body (more tummy than hips), I had been resisting. They always end up way below the belly with a nice expance of tummy showing. She finally gave up on me and "made" her own skirts. I found her dressed in one of her favorite dresses with one of her favorite long sleeve shirts over the top. When I asked why she had a shirt on over the dress (this was this past summer) she said it made her look like she had a skirt on even though she did not have any (hint, hint). I gave in and made her three simple skirts. I don't know my I waited (besides the belly); skirts are so much easier than dresses to make!

    Since I have been away from your blog (just had #9 recently) I am excited to hear that you are expecting!!!!! Kids are so precious. All of them. All ages.

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  71. I cannot wait to see photo's of your new studio. I adore you and your work. Keep it coming. Wink.

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  73. Your little girl's outfit combination is sooooo adorable. I can't believe how cute she looks!

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  74. Anonymous6:30 PM

    Anna Maria could you please make a line of children's clothing? pretty please?

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    http://agulhaetricot.blogspot.com

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  76. Just made my first bo-peep skirt and it was loads of fun. I'm really enjoying your book!

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  77. Anonymous11:53 PM

    Anna Maria, I'm working on my 1st project from 'Seams to Me' and I'm having so much fun making the bo peep skirt for my niece, she's really excited about it too! Thanks for always inspiring. God Bless You
    ~Sarah

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  78. I asked my husband to grow me a beard for Christmas and even though we were both surprised at how much white hair he had, he got so many compliments from women AND men and I looooved it. He didn't. But he did it for me anyway. Sign of a good man, that.

    You've got a cute one. ;-)

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  79. Anonymous1:19 AM

    aaaa

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  80. Did you ever post about the shelving? It looks amazing! Looking for ideas for my sewing room. :)

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