This is what is considered a CAS card… meaning “Clean And Simple”. I don’t do a lot of them but I have a daughter, Megann (youngest of the three), who does not do “fussy” anything. She was the person I had in mind when I made this card.
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It is always hard for me to reconcile this fact because, when she was very young, she liked all things lacy and girlie. Once, when she was about four years old, my girls and I were clothes shopping together. Megann kept pestering me to come and see something she wanted (apparently, very badly!). She kept trying to drag me into the baby girl’s area and I knew for a fact that this was not the department for her (which I told her repeatedly to no avail).
I’d learned long ago that, in the end, it’s usually a good idea to pay attention to the details of what your toddler is trying to tell you when all you are hearing at the time is “blah, blah, blaaaah!” so I finally stopped and went with her to see what she was being so adamant about.
Well, there was one sheer cotton batiste slip that had a very deep ruffle at the bottom with cotton lace trim around the neck, arms and bottom. It had pin tucks down the front with more lace inserted under them. Several little satin bows with pink crocheted flowers were sprinkled here and there on the slip.
Mind you, it was a 2T size… but Megann was very tiny for her age. So tiny that in order to get pants long enough for her, I had to take in the waist a good bit to keep the pants from sliding right off of her hips. I always had to get panties for her with the layers and layers of ruffles on the back because they helped keep her slacks from falling down. These were usually just made for baby girls to wear under their fancy little dresses but they worked.
When I asked why she would want this slip, she said it was a shirt… not a slip. Then I looked at it with new eyes. Sure enough, it had the baby-doll, lacy look that was all the rage with the older girls, including me, to wear with their jeans! My little girl was way ahead of her age group when it came to the fashion scene! A slip like that, worn as a shirt, was the only thing that approached the “look” at the time for a girl her age. And you can bet we got that slip/shirt and she got “oohs” and “aahs” whenever she wore it. Sooo creative! I always thought she’d be a fashion designer; never even considered a dental hygienist.
I’ve never really gotten used to the style she has grown into over the years; almost all dark colors and very plain. One load of laundry, no special handling or fancy laundry stuff and “plunk” she’s done! Not a bad system but I still see her as my little fashion diva. It really annoyed her that well into her twenties, I was still grabbing sparkly, lacy things off the rack and saying how perfect it was for her. Or, worse yet, getting it for her birthday or Christmas! It’s been a hard habit to break!
I’m hoping this card is a happy medium. There is some sparkle, I admit it, but it is actually fairly simple. Don’t you think so?