Wow! Thanks so much for all the wonderful emails and comments about "Clara's Dress"! Many of you requested to see photos of the original dress that I made for Abby last Christmas. We took these photos at a very special location right down the street from us. Lucky us, Santa has a satellite office right here in Williamsburg and he visits quite frequently. Evidently, he really loves the weather here and it's a nice little get-a-way from his home at the North Pole. Sadly, the day we went to take these photos he wasn't in, but one of his helpers told us he had to rush back to headquarters because the elves were unhappy and were threatening to go on strike if Santa didn't comply with their wishes. It was rumored that they were demanding additional milk and cookie breaks throughout their workday and they also wanted more comfortable shoes! Abby was a little sad that Santa wasn't there as she was really looking forward to having a chat with him to let him know how fantastic she had been and she also wanted to remind him how badly she wanted a kitten for Christmas. I have to admit, I was secretly thrilled that he was out for the afternoon. We had a great time visiting anyway and Abby signed his guestbook and I snapped a bunch of photos. So, here is the dress that started it all . . .