What a beautiful first day of winter it was! This shortest day of the year got its fair share of sunshine, anyway, which was just wonderful as we were out and about.
Millie and I walked up to the top of the trail to watch the sun set and to mark in our memory the exact spot where we last saw it before it disappeared behind yonder hill. Then, we headed home for we both had our work to do.
Millie's job is to watch the deer when they come every evening to graze in the front meadow And, just in case one should get brave and venture into the yard, she there's to give it a friendly little chase.
And, my work for the day was, in part, to wrap the last of the Christmas presents. The final two were the granddaughters' doll dresses. One of the sweet little sewing room dolls offered again to model one of the new dresses. ( There's another one in blue, but we didn't get a picture of it.) I added ruffles over the shoulders this time and just love this new look. I had seen one made like this in a picture of a dress my mom had made for me when I was a girl. I attached the ruffle to an inside facing, of sorts, which I brought to the outside and stitched.
Tasha Tudor once wrote, "When people take the time and care to make presents they give, they put into the gifts not only the materials needed, but also a part of themselves." I couldn't agree more.