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{52 Dresses}

After 13 years of raising sons, I never thought I’d have a daughter. I was a mother to 3 boys and I loved it! Life with boys is never dull; they are funny, messy, and noisy.

When Miss B joined our family it was as if our whole world tilted and shifted (but it is still just as funny, messy and noisy as ever). She scooped up our hearts and holds them in her little fist. Every day she brings light and laughter into our home. Her ability to charm with her smile and miniature glasses and raspy voice knows no bounds. We are putty in her hands and we love it.

Having a daughter opened a whole new world when it came to clothing. For 13 years I had shopped solely in the boys sections. Finally I was able to step over into the land of ruffles, pearls and pink.

I had an idea last year just after she turned two. I realized that she had never worn the same dress to church twice. Dresses were too much fun to collect and she had a closet full of them. Plus with really talented friends like Jana from J. Marie Designs, she was never without something new and pretty to wear. And so I embarked on this project I called {52 Dresses}.

I would photograph her each week in a different dress over a year’s time.

What an experience. It was joy from beginning to end. I can’t believe how much she has grown and changed in just 52 weeks.

I’ve compiled the year’s worth of images. Each capture reminds me of the moment I took it and it makes me smile. Any photographer (or parent for that matter) will tell you that getting a 2 year old to sit still and smile isn’t the easiest task. There were weeks she drove me crazy and weeks I drove her crazy. There were weeks I was out of town and Jake had to step in. One week both Jake and I were gone and our 11 year old son Josh took the picture. It became a weekly ritual for the whole family to get Miss B to sit still and smile. What a great year!

I was a little sad that the last 5 weeks of the project all our household goods were packed up and on their way to Clearwater, Florida and we weren’t able to use the vintage chair for the end of the project. But I have to say that I sure love the Florida beaches and sunshine!

Some of my favorite vendors for dresses are:

J. Marie Designs
Fun4Me2
Playful Princesses
Petals and Gowns by CLKeerins
Modest Goddess
Hanna Andersson
Matilda Jane
Persnickety Clothing Company
Mini Boden

While we were packing for our move to Clearwater, Florida, I had to decide what to do with all the dresses. Miss B’s closet was over flowing and something had to be done. I asked for suggestions and the response was wonderful!

Many suggested I make a quilt out of the dresses. Unfortunately, there was no way I could have done that. I just could not cut up all those beautiful dresses, even for a wonderful keepsake. I grow too attached to clothes for that. (I’m weird that way.)

I considered saving all the dresses to give to Miss B so that she could do a similar project with her daughter someday. That idea stuck around for a while.

Then during a conversation with my sister, Becky, she suggested I send the dresses to my mom and dad who are serving a mission for our church in Johannesburg, South Africa. Surely there is a need for little girls there to have a dress to wear to church on Sunday.

That was it! That was the perfect idea for all these dresses that I just love so much. I knew that was the answer because my heart was filled with joy at the thought. So we set to work packing all the dresses and shoes and accessories that went with them. (With a few exceptions – I kept the Disney princess dresses from Playful Princesses and I sent a couple dresses to my niece who is just younger than Miss B.)

I’m hoping that in a couple months I will have the opportunity to visit my parents in Johannesburg and help pass out the dresses myself.

What now? I plan on continuing the project. This year I’ll be working with more small businesses who make clothing so that I can share their talents with you. I’ll be doing giveaways with many of the dresses too! So make sure you check in with me weekly starting next week, July 1st!

You’ll find all the latest updates on my Facebook page.

If you like the idea, please “share” on Facebook and “pin” to Pinterest! Thank you!!

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June 24, 2012 - 8:35 pm

Michelle Monson - I enjoyed waiting to see what little Miss B would be wearing each week and to see her adorable face! And what a wonderful idea to donate the dresses!

June 24, 2012 - 8:45 pm

Nova - It was exciting to follow the 52 dresses update. I’m going to miss it. I was a follower! Time flies. I’m so glad I got to meet you, Ms. B, and the rest of the family! Enjoy Florida!

June 24, 2012 - 8:50 pm

Amy Earle | Simply b Photos - Thank you Michelle! It has been so much more fun that I could have imagined!

June 25, 2012 - 9:22 am

Amy Earle | Simply b Photos - Thank you Nova! It was wonderful meeting you too!!

June 25, 2012 - 12:19 pm

camille Duckworth - Love it Amy!!!

July 1, 2012 - 5:29 pm

Cheryl Ekstrom - What a trip, Amy!! I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the progression!! What a fitting end to donate the dresses!! Thank you for sharing the journey!! Looking forward to seeing Miss B each week!!

July 29, 2012 - 10:17 am

ana {bluebirdkisses} - I love this project and the dresses! what a super sweet thing to do and such a great cause.

November 6, 2012 - 7:51 am

Traci Walsh - Love Love Love

November 14, 2012 - 5:16 pm

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