Monday, April 18, 2011

Under the Sea - a girl turns 3!

My oldest girl was born 3 years ago, and my life has not been the same since. She has a flare for the dramatic, is independent (sometimes stubborn), kind hearted, compassionate, and funny. She loves pupdogs and dressing up, drawing, singing her own made up songs, and dancing to "muskick". She make my life wonderful and I have had so much fun watching this precious child grow up. It goes too fast.

To celebrate my sweet girl's 3rd birthday, we had an "Under the Sea" themed party this weekend. She loves all things princess right now and decided on Ariel for her party this year. (And I was secretly happy that we didn't have to have all pink decorations!)

We ordered the cake and it was well worth it! Not having to bake the day before the party freed me up to do other stuff like clean and decorate. And Cella was amazed and delighted with her Ariel cake!  

Cella and her friends played a fishing game where the children caught fish (with magnets) with small wooden fishing poles. Then everyone took a turn hitting the pinata!

We had lots of fun.
Happy Birthday Cella! Mama loves you!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Mermaid Costume

My big girl turned 3 today, and I've been working hard on her present, a mermaid costume. This years theme is "Under the Sea" (as in Ariel from The Little Mermaid). This child LOVES to dress up. I put that in caps because seriously, she wears a costume or accessories anytime we leave the house. And I don't fight it, because honestly if I could wear a costume everyday I would too.

The complete Mermaid ensemble - skirt, crown, and top.

I didn't use a pattern, I just sketched it out and made it up as I went along. For the skirt I made scallops out of the tulle (using this tutorial) and attached it to an underskirt of green broadcloth so it would feel good on her skin. The bottom part of the skirt was stuffed with tulle scraps and painted with green glitter fabric paint.

up close skirt
 Instead of making a bikini top (like the one Ariel wears), I created my own version.
(Those of you who know me well, know I would never put my 3 yr old in a hoochie crop top.) I bought a tank top from Walmart and added ruffles made out of old onesies. I dyed them pink because Cella loves some pink, and then added a felt starfish on the shoulder for some extra pizzaz.

I was actually a little nervous when she was opening her presents, for a moment I thought she might not like it. Thank fully that was not the case. She was so excited she started taking off her clothes on the spot so she could put it on right away.  
This is one of the few pictures I got of the whole outfit, but she wore it for the rest of the day. And tonight when I was putting her to bed, she said mama "thank you for sewing this skirt for me." 

 I would sew anything for that baby girl.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

First Iris of the Spring

I spotted our first Iris of the spring blooming in the garden the other day and took a quick snap. 

I love the springtime.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Snapshots from NYC

For an early birthday present this year, John and I went to New York for a long weekend. It was amazing....I can't believe it was my first time and I'm almost 31. Here are a few of my favorites...

seeing the statue of liberty for the first time
the bright colors of chinatown
and the markets with food i've never seen before
the awesome store window displays
walking through central park

 the MET and the Guggenheim - i love museums!

 the architecture and art of the MOMA, especially this staircase

the awe-inspring cathedrals

walking around late at night with my favorite person
And a few other favorite things from NYC:

*Seeing Wicked on Broadway, what an amazing show! I would've posted pics, but they wouldn't let me take any because the set is copyrighted. 
* Strolling the Highline

*Eating delicious food.....oh how I miss really good restaurants!
*Having my first celebrity sighting was Mo Rocca - he is so awesome, I was excited and John thought I was a big goober.

We had so much fun, just us together, without the kids. But, man, when we got back we were so happy to see our babies' faces!!
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