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Claire Bear is turning 1!

Hi my lovely readers! Hope your week is going well so far. Today, I come to you with some shots of Claire that I took a couple of days ago. I can't believe that on the 19th she will be one years old! It seems like she just arrived! Claire on quilt 2

I loved using this vintage yo-yo quilt as my backdrop! It's like a field of multi-colored flowers. :)

claire on quilt 3

I shot these upstairs in the hallway where we have a skylight directly overhead. It gave me great even, natural light.

claire on quilt 5

claire on quilt 6  claire sit up 1

claire sit up 2

claire sit up 3

She is actually wearing her sisters tank top...so she is swimming in it but I love the lace edges and it happened to be within reach so I figured, what the heck?

claire sit up 4

This one is a bit blurry so forgive me but I had to include it because...well...that grin is just too cute!

claire big smile

I will be sure to capture more photos at her birthday party!

Much love to you all!

xo,

Ivy

Face painting...

Okay, I had to share all these beautiful painted faces from Grace's b'day party...they are too cute! Such lovely princesses were in attendance! Of course, the birthday princess decided she didn't want her face painted! Perhaps, she felt it would have detracted from her tiara...who knows? I thought it best not to argue with her. She seemed to just love watching her friends have fun.

Her pre-school set up the most gorgeous tea room for her. Unfortunately, I forgot my bounce flash so the photos turned out terrible. So sad. Instead of looking at my blurry photos (I have SO much to learn!) let's take a peek at this gorgeous princess tea party...wow...

Do you have some birthday parties to throw this Spring and Summer? If so, head over to Kara's Party Idea blog for more of these stunning images!

xo,

Party idea images via here.

Birthday Party

I know I didn't post yesterday and I'm super late today but I have good reason. Grace is turning five tomorrow (I can hardly believe it) and it's been a whirlwind of activity! We have family in town, a party to throw...two actually, if you count the family gathering and tonight, her Nana and I decorated and loaded up bags of goodies for all the little girls that will be in attendance at the Princess themed festivities tomorrow. We wrapped up presents and laid out her party dress with a new pair of perfectly shiny, white patent leather shoes. Too cute! I think I've done everything on the list...so why do I still feel flustered? oh well. Let's hope it goes well! I will be sure to take lots of pics to share with you! Okay, off to bed...this princess needs her sleep too! Hope all is well in your world! Sweet dreams.

xo,

Image via here.

Valentine's Day Cards

Grace is thoroughly excited that V-day is just around the corner. Everyday she comes home, goes straight to her craft table and draws a million hearts in every shade of the rainbow. As she rushes by me in a blur of pink and white, I ask, "What are you doing?" She puts yet another Valentine day card on the fridge and says over her shoulder, "Mommy, I'm getting ready! Don't you know that it's Valentine's day soon!"

The girl just can't get enough of those hearts.

So, here's what I usually do for the Valentine's day exchange in her classroom...the night before, I drag myself to Walgreens, buy the super commercial Valentine 24 pack , usually with some sort of Disney princess on it...grab a bag of Hershey's kisses and call it a day.

Does it get the job done? Yup.

Is Grace excited about her generic Valentine cards? Yup. (You could put a Disney princess on an old shoe and she'd like it!)

BUT... is this method creative? Does it show that I want to be involved? well....not so much. For a busy mom, this works great...but since I'm not really that busy...I think I could do better right? I mean, I didn't go to four years of art school for nothing. So this year, I have decided that we will be making our Valentine Day cards. Me and Grace. Our little project. So, I'm sure you are wondering what we are doing? Well...right now...I have no idea. So I went on a hunt for inspiration!

I love the idea of cutting out hearts from fabric scraps. The quilting shop near us sells baskets of scraps for just a couple of dollars.

With Grace's cupcake obsession we have no shortage of these liners. A little glue and some pretty hearts and voila! Easy!

I just adore this idea! Get some cute stamps, a black ink pad and a stack of paint swatches! Just ignore the strange looks at Home Depot...

So sweet. I don't have a sewing machine but I think you could tape the edges too. Pretty tape would work even better!

Tracing her hand is one of Grace's favorite things to do so this one would be right up her alley! Nice personal touch.

If you are just not feeling the crafting vibe this year...forgo the store-bought cards for these really cute free printable Valentine's....

Click here for the download link.

Do you have any Valentine traditions? Whatever you do for V-day...have fun and indulge in a little chocolate!

xo,

Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5