Sunday 27 November 2016


"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2016."

The Queen of Hawaii and her Royal Fashion Designer

To begin, let me just say that my girls do have toys, they just preferred to spend the day, as they do most days, playing with paper, scissors, toilet paper rolls, and the stapler.

We spent Saturday evening at the theater watching a fantastic performance of Cinderella, and Bridget woke up the following morning bubbling over with inspiration and excitement. Before Steve and I were even out of bed, both girls were in the basement - Bridget hard at work designing and making dresses, while Claire was the ever-patient model, attending fittings as needed. Throughout the day, all wardrobe essentials were created: dresses, shoes, purses, bracelets, anklets, crowns, headdresses, skirts, shirts. There was a battle gown, a traveling crown, and a jewel festival outfit. And it was all made out of paper and stapled together. The girls had the best time - "a great day" - and were even planning what else to make while getting ready for bed. The headdress with the toilet paper rolls was so iconic that it got both Steve's and my vote as our favorite creation of the day. The imagination and creativity that pours out of these girls just amazes me and I often wonder where it will lead; I am excited to watch and see.

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