I like surprises. This is something that I've only realized about myself in the last couple of years...but I do...I like a good surprise. In this day and age of instant technological gratification, you have to work to be surprised. Think of how hard it was to navigate the world just to NOT find out Olympic results before the coverage was shown in the evening. The fact that The Man, my sweet, sweet friend Kathie (the creator of the dress), my children, her children and so many of my close friends never spilled the beans over the months that Kathie worked on this dress is so precious to me. This was my (surprise) birthday gift last month, and it is as close to perfection as anything on this earth for me. Kathie has combined all of my favorite things in one place...my family, my kitchen, beautiful fabric, and BASEBALL. She and I (and our significant others) share a deep, deep...almost crazy-loca (speaking for the women here) abiding love for the America's pastime. She worked this love so seamlessly (har!) into my dress, and it's so incredibly 'right' and beautiful, that if I look at it too long, I can get a little emotional. I wish you could see it in person, because really, the photos just don't do it justice. Of course, if you are around the ATX, you might just see it in person, since I seem to find a reason to wear it every other day. You can see more of Kathie's work here.