24 March 2009

Birthday Wishes and Old Timey Dresses

First of all, thank you so much for all of the birthday wishes yesterday. I'm still rackin' my brain, trying to figure out how you all knew! It was a very good birthday as far as birthdays go. I spent the day eating homemade carrot cake, wandering around the thrift store, having lunch downtown with my boyfriend, getting a massage and just generally taking it easy. A perfect day really.

And to top off my perfect day, I received the most perfect gift. My mother (hi Mom!) sent me my great-grandmother's silk flapper dress. It's the most beautiful dress, made even more special since it's truly a family heirloom. I love all the little details - the delicate pleats across the skirt, the handsewn snaps on the shoulders, the pretty lace collar. It's much too delicate to wear (I think I might try to put it on just once to take a photo) but it will look so nice just hanging on the wall where I can gaze at it every day. Untitled-1

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday Jennifer! Your mom's gift is really something to treasure :}

Unknown said...

Wow, that dress is gorgeous! Happy belated birthday!

Lauren Goddard said...

Oh my, that dress is incredible. I hope your birthday was magical.

x x x

Jessica said...

the dress is truly beautiful! my mom gave me a 30s suit from my great-grandmother that i might be too afraid to ever wear. it really is extra special to own something that's been passed along! happy belated birthday!

kater said...

Ooh happy birthday! :D

That dress is just divine! Lucky birthday girl :)

FutureLint said...

beautiful! Happy birthday!

Secondhand Stella said...

Happy birthday! You are one lucky girl... that dress is amazing!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a gorgeous dress. A total treasure! So neat for it to be a family heirloom, too. That makes it even more special. Hope you had a fun birthday!

kerri said...

the most magical birthday i have ever heard of

svenskaussie said...

What an amazing dress, the lace is stunning. Happy Birthday SJ : )

Kelley Anne said...

That's fantastic, sounds like a great day. My mom's best friend is in her 80's and the last time I was home invited me over to go through her closet. She gave me some great things in my size, but one of my favorites is a delicate cotton 50's housedress that's too small. Its nice to have around to remind me of Barbara...so basically, I know what you mean. Happy belated birthday! (and I hope today was just as great:)

Unknown said...

I didn't know about your birthday.
I hope it was a magic day, full of friends, happiness, health and vintage clothes! =)

xx

devaneante said...

Happy birthday Jennifer ;)
A wish you a lot of good things and a fabulous day ;)
The dress is beautiful!!

Oni said...

oh youre so lucky my mom doesnt save any of her old clothes so i have to go searching for them


im actually giving away two of my finds over on my blog.
http://highlandandponce.blogspot.com/2009/03/giveaway-march-april.html

Eyeliah said...

I did not know it was your birthday, Happy Birthday! That dress is some stunning wall art.

alissa said...

what a meaningful treasure! thats a great birthday gift

Anonymous said...

This dress makes my knees weak!!! I've often thought about displaying some of my favorite unwearables on the wall but I have cats and well...you know.

Rebecca said...

Well I didn't know it was your birthday, but happy day-after! What a beautiful dress. I have a couple of dresses from the 20s from my great-great-aunt, and I love just having them.

Josephine Frances said...

Happy Birthday! That dress is so lovely, you are so lucky!!

Lexie said...

that dress is so lovely! my grandmother hangs antique dresses in her sewing room. so pretty.

Jezmine Blossom said...

hey sally, been reading ur blog for like (as long as I can remember), just wanted to wish u a *happy belated birthday* dear, the dress is awesome..

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Sally Jane! The dress is to die for and you are one lucky girl to have it!I read your blog for a long time, but never really comment here, so I just want to say hello and tell you how much I admire your personal style. Hugs&kisses from Poland

Hannah said...

Oh.. that's absolutely beautiful. The colour!

Unknown said...

I love this dress - so so pretty!

monika said...

what a beautiful dress! your grandma had great taste!