Bees for Bea


This is longed for and long-awaited baby Beatrice, whose name means “she brings happiness.”  And she surely has!  Our church, family and friends prayed long and fervently for her safe arrival into the loving arms of her adoptive parents.

The afternoon of her baptism a few Sundays ago, friends hosted a barbeque for the entire church and other family friends in Beatrice’s spacious country back yard.

This sign greeted guests.


Did I mention that the theme of Bea’s nursery is Winnie the Pooh? Can you tell?


Of course, it was HOT!

I made the smocked bee sundress for Bea, complete with bloomers and a hat. She is  tiny, born 2 weeks early at just 6 lbs. Even the newborn size is huge on her. But babies grow and there is still plenty of steamy summer weather left here in central Florida.  It should fit her soon.

Using black on such a tiny baby gave me pause.  But there is no way around it when you are dealing with bees.  The picot edged bias softened it a little but I much prefer white or pastels for newborns.

At the top of her hat sits an adorable little bee which I found on the facebook Smocking DeStash site.  I bought 20 because I knew there would be many opportunities to use them for Baby Bea.


This country barbeque in a huge yard with pet goats and chickens was just the sort of fun children love. Still, they needed a few special activities. So while they were eating I discreetly hid bees all around.

With the children gathered I told them to look closely at the top of Bea’s hat.  Then I explained that when I made the hat with the bumblebee on top, the rest of the of the hive escaped! I needed their help to capture 18 runaways.  Off they went on a bee hunt.

Then one little 5 yo rushed back to me asking, “The bees are not real, are they?”  Reassured, he was back on the prowl. There was a prize for the most successful bee hunter.

Another fun activity was guessing how many honeycombs were in the jar. The guesses ran from 15 to 10 hundred.  A lot of thought went into their guesses.


The winner came away with a jar of breakfast cereal with a $1 bill in a ziplock tucked in.   That’ s big bucks to these little ones.

Bless her sweet little heart, Bea slept through the entire afternoon, waking just for a bottle and a diaper change.  She was passed around to scores of open arms awaiting their turn to hold her.  Whatever, she slept.




Her wonderful mama was teacher of the year this past school year. Her daddy is equally awesome.  She is a lucky little girl.


Sewing for babies is such a joy.  Because neither of her grandmothers is living, I have been chosen to serve as her official Nana!!!!!  (I would have thrown out the all other applications if I had to!)  So now I have a wee one to baby sit,  to sew for,  to see and hold at least every Sunday. Hurrah!!!

I have lots of garments planned and a few things finished for Baby Bea.  Stay tuned to see her new church dresses.



10 responses to “Bees for Bea

  1. What a charming outfit on a beautiful baby! Adorable bees. I love that you are now her grandmother. Isn’t that just the best?!? So happy for you all!

  2. Thanks, Karen. I was so pleased to be asked. So now I am her Nana. When I told 13 yo grandson Robert Charles all about it, he chuckled, “Great! I have a new cousin.” Beatrice’s mother was suddenly taken ill with a kidney stone and hospitalized for 4 days. Thankfully, she’s fine now. Friends took over one day but for the other 3 she was alllllll mine! 3 days of baby snuggling…. holding a precious little miracle.

  3. This is absolutely adorable! I have a particular affection for bee themes, because my oldest daughter’s name is Melissa, which translates from Greek to “honeybee.” You may not remember, but a few years ago when you had a closet-cleaning sale, I purchased a similar little outfit that you had made from white pique and yellow gingham. It was trimmed with black rickrack and machine embroidered tiny bees. I have saved it all this time, but Melissa’s first baby is a chubby, smiling boy! So the little bee outfit is still inspiring me, and waiting in the wings in case he has a baby sister someday.

    It is such a joy to see pictures of baby Beatrice – what a blessing she is.

  4. Nancy, I do remember you and that little bee outfit! Congratulations on your chubby, smiling little guy. I’m sure he is a delight for you. I’m flattered that you bought the bee dress for your grandmother hope chest and feel certain that you will have a little grandgirl for it soon. I might be making another just like it soon for little Beatrice.

  5. Bee-u-ti-ful!

    (And the outfit is pretty cute too!)

  6. Absolutely adorable!! I love this post!! What a way to welcome in Beatrice. It’s so cool that when she’s a teenager (do I need to explain that?) she can go back and SEE how much she was wanted and loved!
    This is awesome and I am so happy for her parents and will continue to pray for them!

  7. Terri, you are so right about her being so wanted and loved. I find that these blog posts are almost like a journal. My grands always love to look back to see what I made for them, many of those projects have long since been forgotten. We all need to take pictures of our projects to share with reciptients to show later how much they are/were loved.

  8. Thanks, Sandra. She was so little then. Even cuter now.

  9. Deborah ford

    Hi can I purchase from you my grandaughter is 2 and my daughters only girl.

  10. Debra, this little girl must bring you and your daughter so much joy! I’m sorry but I don’t take custom orders, as I am too busy sewing for my own granddaughters, including little Bea who is now almost 2 years old and Vivian Rose who just turned 7. I highly recommend Patti Walsh for custom made smocked and heirloom garments. You can contact her at her facebook page Merediths Closet. I hope you find just what you are looking for.

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