Bonnet, Monograms and Chicken Soup

What does this baby bonnet

have in common with chicken soup?

Christmas Day.  Because all I did on this joyous holiday was make the bonnet, eat chicken soup, nap and cough.

Christmas 2012 was not at all what we planned or expected.  Bob and I both were sick (and still are), so the day was spent with just the two of us at home, eating chicken soup rather than Christmas goose and green bean casserole.

We missed the candlelight service, the squealing grandchildren unwrapping gifts, the love and laughter  shared with family and friends.  But there was plenty of time to ponder the miracle of Christmas, to quietly read the Christmas story, to watch spectacular holiday concerts on tv and to count our blessings.  It was a different yet very meaningful celebration.

Instead of making pumpkin pie, I made this bonnet. The fabric is pink Swiss flannel, lined with batiste.  The ribbon rosettes and ties are from a reel of antique silk grosgrain, which has been stashed away and used sparingly.  A matching but pretty much disastrous daygown was constructed earlier and is complete, except for the smocking.  That soft garment is packed away, to be retrieved for stitching while we await the birth of this precious baby.

Since most of my bonnet patterns are smocked, I had  to scramble to find one  that suited my mood.  I found this in Debbie Glenn’s Victorian Treasures book.  Lace, pinstitch and machine embroidery were substituted for the padded scallops and hand embroidery on the brim and crown.

The brim is machine embroidered, except for the French knots, with room for a monogram—if the parents ever get around to choosing a name for the babe.  They are fairly certain her first name will be Vivian, but for a single syllable middle name they have resorted to polling their facebook friends.  My but it’s a new world!  So I await the full name for a tiny oval shaped monogram.

It’s funny that we usually think of 3 letters for a monogram.  “Mono” means one.  Out of curiosity, I went to Wikipedia and found  this.

A monogram is a motif made by overlapping or combining two or more letters or other graphemes to form one symbol. Monograms are often made by combining the initials of an individual or a company, used as recognizable symbols or logos. A series of uncombined initials is properly referred to as a cypher (e.g. a royal cypher) and is not a monogram.[1]

Whew!  I’m glad I got that sorted out!  It appears that some of the illustrations in the Monogram Wizard ads are not technically monograms! I wonder if they know.

It’s time for more chicken soup and maybe a nap.   I’ve got to beat this misery before Baby Girl (due any day now!!!) arrives.  Just how much chicken soup, hot tea, and fresh oranges must be consumed before a cold bug is drowned?


Nana Fun

While on a playdate with a friend, 7 year old football fanatic Robert was talking about how much he would like to go to the Sugar Bowl to watch his beloved Gators play.  His friend’s mother suggested he might do some chores and earn money to go to the game.

“I don’t like to do chores,” Robert said.

“So where do you get spending money?”

“The tooth fairy.  I’ve got a mouthful of baby teeth so I am counting on her for cash.”



13 responses to “Bonnet, Monograms and Chicken Soup

  1. Here’s to hoping you are up to snuff as soon as can be!!

  2. Hope you are feeling better ! My Christmas week has been about the same as yours althought you have been much more productive ! My mom and chicks were at our home to celebrate Christmas Day and I was in bed coughing and sniffling. Are we allowed a do over ?? Wishes for a healthy New Year !

  3. Thanks for your good wishes, Jeannie. I finally cut out your sweet Baby’s First Daygown. I LOVE the little messages and Scripture on the patttern pages! So sweet and inspiring. It’s like having a friend right there in the sewing room encouraging me. Thanks for such an easy, lovely, personalized pattern.

  4. I hope you feel better soon, Lindsay! Even sniffling and coughing in bed, you must have been happy to have your loved ones in the house. A do-over would be great, but scheduling the original celebration took negotiations and arrangements similar to the talks in the Mideast! I don’t think I’m up to another planning session. Get well!

  5. If they are taking suggestions for one-syllable middle names we have 3 from our family – Lynn (mine), Lea (my daughter’s) and Grace (our granddaughter’s). Or they could go with all that new babies embody – Joy!!! Wishing them Happy hunting!

  6. Merry Christmas my sick friend. I’ve been Monogramming for 26 years for people and shops and never looked that up …. I’m a cypher-grammer!!!

  7. My vote for the grandbaby’s middle name is Leigh, as in Vivien Leigh who played Scarlet O’Hara. Okay, so it’s also my middle name so maybe I’m a little biased! I hope you’re feeling much better.

  8. Janice, I sure hope you are feeling better! We had two of the four of us sick for Thanksgiving this year and missed a whole family reunion. Ugh! The bonnet is just beautiful (like everything you do). I am looking forward to seeing the matching daygown. Did you know that on page 4 of the first of the Sarah Howard Stone books that she describes the components of the ‘modern baby layette’? She says to have 6 polycotton daygowns, 6 batiste daygowns, 6 drawstrings gowns, two fancy dresses, etc., etc., etc. That is a LOT of baby gowns! That doesn’t include the sacques, kimonos, bonnets, diaper shirts, blankets, etc. Goodness! Are you laughing?

  9. June Mellinger's

    Can I be a Facebook friend? I say if they insist on one syllable and you have been so involved, how about Vivian Jane or Vivian Jayne? Its not Janet but its cose enough. Let me know if I get in the running:).

  10. Ooooh, I’ve always liked the name Jane. It reminds me of the sound of a bell. Thanks for the suggestion–I’ll send that on to the “committee.” Gheesh1 The baby’s due date is today and they are still pondering? I had names ready a week after the positive pregnancy test–a full 7 months before my children’s births. No baby monograms–or cypher grams— for this little one. Good to hear from you, June. Yes, let’s be official fb friends!

  11. I’m new to your website, and am enthralled. Pictures and commentary are so pleasant!
    I have been looking for a pattern for a little boy’s Eton jacket. My youngest grandson is now 3 yrs. and I don’t think he’ll cooperate too much longer (nor will his father allow “girl” clothes much longer.) I had a pattern about in the early ’70’s but cannot find it. That was quite a few moves ago. At any rate, any help will be greatly appreciated. Nanas unite!! (or is it untie?)

  12. Welcome, Pat! I’m so happy you are enjoying the posts. Chances are very good that I have a jacket pattern for you, but I’m up to my eyeballs desktop publishing my 7 yo grandson’s book, Football Frenzy. Tomorrow (Tuesday) for sure I will check the pattern box. FYI, Chery Williams had a pattern for that jacket. That’s the one I think I have but I will let you know tomorrow. Grandsons are such fun to sew for–patterns are harder to come by but it is so rewarding to see them looking like little gentlemen. My youngest, and probably last, dgs is 4 1/2 so I won’t be needing this pattern–if I can find it! More later….

  13. Pat, I’m sorry to be so slow to respond. I do not have the Eton jacket pattern, but did find one for sale here at Chadwick Heirlooms. I hope this helps and that you can keep that little guy looking like a classic little gentleman a little longer. Please send pictures! I love seeing what readers have made.

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