Early in June this year, I had a conversation with my daughter.  It went something like this…..

Child- “Hey, Mom, your Mini-Me is going to a summer camp!!!”

Me-     “That’s great, I remember you going to camp.  She is going to have so much fun!!! “When is she leaving?”

Child-  “In about two weeks!”

Me-     “Great, does she need anything?”

Child-  “No, I got it all taken care of, thanks though.”

Me-     “Okay, great!”

         .!!!!!!…………………..FAST FORWARD 2 WEEKS……………………..!!!!!

Child-   “OH, Hey, Mom, your Mini-Me leaves Sunday.  She needs something simple for a “Disney Princess Ball” they are having at summer camp.  Can you throw together a cape or something to go with her princess wand.?”   

Me-   “(((((!!!!!! WHAT!!!!!!)))))”

The Princess and the frog

Do you honestly think I would just throw together some old stinkin’ cape or just any ole thing for my Mini-Me to “represent” me at a “Princess Ball”.  If any of you have any idea the stakes on the table when you are 9 and headed off to a “new-to-you” summer camp.  What goes through your mind at the thought of all the other girls wearing those gorgeous cheap “STORE BOUGHT” costumes and here you come in with some pieces of fabric thrown together.  That is a bad look on our craft.  There is no way!!!! Absolutely, no way I would allow her to go down in flames like that!!!  I had to do something, right?

the princess and the frog
I had to go all out, I had to let it be known that I am GrandMa….not to be mistaken for having the time to do for others, yet no time to really concentrate on my ONLY grandchild’s costume.  Oh, no, a statement must be made.  Who out there knows what I mean?  Who out there, knows what its like to WANT the best and know you can make it?  I took the picture of the dress and Mini-Me and I went shopping for all the parts.  

She actually made sure I got the colors correct.  I just made sure the fabric was proper for the outfit.  JoAnn’s Casa collection always is there for these type of costumes.  They always make sure the right colors are in stock for the Disney princess costumes.  

I did manage to pull out all the stops on this one and even create the petal layers on the front bodice and add trim to all the edges.  Although, I did run out of some of my trim on some areas.  But, who would notice that part, unless I told them.  She was so very happy with this outfit, that her mom cried when she saw it while I was sleeping.  Since, I did stay up all night Saturday working on this one.  Only to take a short catnap Sunday morning at 6am until Mini-me was able to try it on before driving the two hours to camp.  

I do think, I earned probably a ga-zillion Grandma Browny points on this one here, both from my daughter and my mini-me.  

I, just might be more proud of this than I am my own makes.  I was beaming with pride when she twirled……here in this video:  “Princess Tiana Twirls”.