Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Project DOTT

For my birthday this year, my darling, creative friend Tasha gave me a little ticket tucked inside of a pink gingham bag that she embroidered the message "for you" on.  The ticket read "This ticket entitles you to one Day on the Town, complete with antique shopping, a trip to MaryJane's, a picnic, and anything else you wish!
Snuggled next to the ticket was a gift certificate to the MaryJane'sFarm shop.  The stage was set for an epic, sublime, project DOTT.

Dresses were sewn for the occasion, (everyone else thought mine was simply this year's 4-H project, but I knew better;) matching millinery concocted, hair coiffed, and hamper stowed.  (Stowing a picnic hamper is the most romantically whimsical activity.  You should try it.)

To do the thing properly, one really must have a private photographer.  A chauffeur  is an added nicety.  So Tasha's brother marvelously agreed to act in both capacities, and did a splendid job of it.  We are indebted to you, Alex.  Or James.  You acted the part to perfection. 

Going to the fabric store is always a treat.  Today, it was a cinematographic experience.  
Swishy frocks, best friends...

...and the most luscious grey plaid flannel.   

 Next up, Wiggett's Antiques - a very wonderful place.  Coincidentally, it's where I first met Petrov...

The most beautiful book room also resides there, filling me with alternating euphoria and despair as I peek at price tags.

Enter MaryJanesFarm shop!  This little place is so adorable, and the decor, consisting of MaryJane's own collection of antique finds is absolutely fabulous.

Then, as we walked back to the car lot...

This gentleman with a most charming accent paused to exclaim; "Ladies!  You are so beautiful - may I please take your picture?"
We assented, and while he set up his phone camera he continued; "I ask you.  Where will you find such beauty?"  Turning to our escort, he intoned, "Young man, don't fool yourself.  You will never hold a candle to them."

Back in the car, we died.
It was the highlight of the day, and I am forever thankful to that charming gentleman for his kindness and gallantry.

Then, to crown all, a picnic on the historic downtown green!  My hamper (also acquired at Wiggett's), was the perfect accessory.

A picnic!  Yay!

The menu consisted of homemade scones (yours truly), delightful sandwiches, vanilla creame soda, and a half-round of cake which our escort selected as befitting his voracious appetite.

The cake was titled "Sock It To Me Cinnamon Pudding Cake".
Why?  I'll tell you.

I don't know.

Brother & sister
Yes, that is a raccoon in the middle.  It seems I am not the only one to find fabulous furs in the basement of Wiggett's - and Jeff here was fully intact with a mounted head.  How could one pass up such a deal?
Alex asked himself that same question as we picnicked, and on discovering the answer, we made a detour back to the basement to claim the coveted prize.  He (Jeff) rode on the dashboard all the way home, his paws clinging to the windshield and his beautifully mounted head grinning at fellow motorists.

The befitting end to a Day on the Town, Tristan and the Classy Lassies style.

Project DOTT will forever be a monument to carefree, inspired, stylish insanity.


  1. That was the best day ever! Period.
    I'm so thankful for you, Kellie.
    Your loving friend,
    P.S. Someday, let's do a DOTT, but without getting all dressed up. And without pictures, just shopping and a picnic, of course!

  2. P.S.S. I'm still cracking up over "the guy". LSHICB! =D

  3. What a sweet post! :) This looked like such fun. BTW, your hair was so lovely.

  4. Aw! That looks like so much fun! What a fun thing for you two to do together. :D

  5. Oh my! It looks like you had such a wonderful time! What a fun idea to have a personal photographer along. I bet you both felt like celebrities or something. :)

    Aren't friends a fabulous blessing?

  6. Kellie and Tasha you both look beautiful and so happy. What a wonderful day you had. Your dresses are so beautiful too what talented farmgirls.
    Again thank you so much for sharing.

  7. Thank you, all, for your sweet comments!
    Tasha, I concur. Let's do it soon!
    Amanda, Thanks! I'm hoping to get some hairstyle tutorials here soon -including this one! And Eyebright, they are indeed. I am so blessed with my real-life friends, not to mention all of you lovely, like-minded ladies I've "met" through blogging!

  8. My friend sent me this post...what a wonderful 'step back in time'! Love the dresses, hats...everything! I can see you had a real nice time...how sweet of your brother to do the honors!
    Love the story of the gentleman...Thanks for sharing!

  9. It looks like you had a lot of fun! I love your dresses! By the way, I've awarded you "One Lovely Blog" on my blog! :D

  10. Aww... such sweet fun!

  11. This looks amazing! Why didn't you invite me?? lol.

    What a great time it looks like you two had! The pictures are just lovely!

  12. HOW FUN! What a lovely day on the town, and you ladies did look lovely! I always love seeing your style!

  13. I just now saw this post....

    As so many others have said, you girls looked beautiful (really classy, elegant and totally feminine) and like you had a good time. The pictures marked, "Edith and Margery" really do look like they're from 1945! Treasure your friendship, girls; it's a rare thing (but you probably know that).

    The Gallant Gentleman bit is priceless! :-D

    God bless,
    ~"Wild Rose"~

  14. What a fun day! Sounds like you had an awesome time! And I absolutely LOVE your dresses! So gorgeous!

    The Middle Sister and Singer


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