I adore family heirlooms. The history, the stories, the meaning of it all! I just can’t get enough. Today, I was going through my closet and pulled out this lil’ treasure while memories came flooding back to me. I made this christening gown for my daughter to wear when she was four months old. I spent a lot of time finding the perfect pattern, material and then sewing up the special garment for my lil’ baby girl. I added meaningful embellishments, like the heart pin that was my grandmother’s, the tiny gold buttons that I had used for my wedding and then topped it all off with a bonnet that my grandmother had made for my dad’s own christening when he was an infant. I am so glad that I took the time to make this gown for my daughter as I think it makes it that much more special and can be passed down to my daughter when she has children of her own. In the meantime, I will enjoy it every time I open my closet while envisioning how my lil’ Lily looked like a tiny porcelain doll wearing her gown, how proud Michael and I were to show her off and baptize her,and the memory of her Great Great Aunt holding her just before turning 100.