August 2008

Month: August 2008


Checking In

I hope the long Labor Day holiday weekend finds you all well. I’m just a bit sad to wave goodbye to summer, but I LOVE autumn…truthfully, I enjoy every season (except maybe that dreary spell between Valentine’s Day and Easter).

I’ll be spending the weekend keeping up with my family and working on some new christening styles as well as a few upcoming changes and new features for this blog. Any suggestions or comments? Let me know!

Mariana Christening Silk Gown

Your Baptism Gowns: Baby Amber Felecia

Melody sends her comments:

“I just wanted to write you and thank you all so much for making my daughter’s baptism such a beautiful and memorable occasion. My daughter Amber Felecia wore your Belle gown, it was absolutely breathtaking.”

Note: our Belle gown is no longer available, but our Mariane gown, pictured above, is similar.

Roast Chicken

Summer Barbecue with the Crew

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a daily basis with many beautiful, smart, talented, hard-working women (and a lone man–my brother Kendall). One Small Child is a team effort–it takes a lot of hands to create, package and ship our products.

We had a little ‘get together’ the other day, and I brought my trusty camera along so I could give you a peek at most of the movers-and-shakers around here. This is the second year of a new company tradition: our summer chicken-in-the-barrel party (we cook our chicken a little bit differently than the recipe on the link…but the main concept is the same, and it is to-die-for yummy). So, without further adieu, meet the crew:

We really had a nice time, the evening was calm and warm, the food was great, the company was fun, and we finished with this:

Lucy Lace Christening Gowns

Your Blessing Gowns: Baby Eva Josephine

Beautiful Eva Josephine’s mother, Teresa, kindly sent her comments:

“I really love your website and all your products, everything is very beautifully done.  With my first two daughters, I purchased gown preservation supplies from you for their blessing gowns, which were made from my wedding gown (daughter #1) and my mother’s wedding gown (daughter #2).  Daughter #3, Eva Josephine, was a surprise, and I was out of wedding gowns to remake, so I was very happy to be able to order the beautiful “Lucy” gown for her.  It was a gorgeous, fluffy fantasy dress!  She looked like an absolute doll in it, and everyone loved it. 

Thanks for the great service and the beautiful and reasonably-priced gowns and other outfits.”

Mitchell + Ryker Baby Boy Wedding Suits

The Perfect Christening Tuxedo

Little white tuxedos have long been a favorite for christenings, baptisms and blessings. They’re dressy, they’re masculine, and there’s just something about a tiny version of menswear that makes people stop and say, “Awwwww.”

I’ll be honest. Tuxedos for babies are not always easy to design, sew, or wear. They’re fairly complex in construction, and most suits for babies are designed exactly like their bigger counterparts, with a shirt, a vest or cummerbund, pants, and tie. The problem is: that’s a lot of stuff to fuss with on a squirmy little guy (especially a newborn). A shirt hanging out the back of my baby’s pants just isn’t quite the look I’m going for in a formal setting. Know what I mean?

Over the years, we’ve worked hard to produce our own version of the christening tuxedo…it’s taken a lot of making and tweaking and changing and updating, but I think we’ve finally got it! Our Ryker christening tuxedo is constructed of gorgeous polyester shantung…crisp and pristine white with a subtle silk-like texture. It’s trimmed with soft, lustrous matte satin. It’s intended to fit little babies (most imports are sized so big that the smallest suits fit in the 9-12 months size range, but our tuxedo is available in sizes newborn through 12 months.)–so we left out the vest and cummerbund. The best part: the shirt is constructed as a bodysuit, so no shirt-tails sneak out the back of the pants. Ever. It’s made here in the U.S.A., and it’s one-of-a-kind. Our tuxedo comes with a traditional bonnet, which can be substituted with a trendy beret at your request. Bottom line: It’s a suit sure to please all of baby’s loved ones.