You Are 2

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Oh, what a weekend it was. Amelia's little party was truly wonderful. She had such an awesome time, and so did we. Yesterday was her actual birthday, and the three of us drove out along the old highway to Multnomah Falls for lunch, then came home and made lasagna and had cupcakes for dinner. She insisted on wearing her party hat at all times. It was a perfect day (except for the couple of times she snapped the elastic from the hat against her cheek and started bawling). She went to bed an hour or so past her bedtime, and had no nap all day. She is a partier!!!

So many toys, so many beautiful presents from everyone. Andy and I worked on ours for most of the summer — that's turning into such a sweet tradition for us. Andy's mermaid (from this pattern) — it was an epic experience. He worked on it every lunch hour for two months, and pretty much every waking free hour he was home. I tried to help him with a little bit of it and the hook was so small and the yarn so shreddy I seriously thought I was going to scream every time I picked it up. I truly don't know how he did it. He also made her a crocheted Clover doll. He is incredible. The mermaid's name is Ethel Shirley. She'll get her hat and her life-ring for Christmas. :) The doll I got for her was one I'd been coveting for years (from Happy to See You) — major splurge, couldn't resist. I made the beddy-bye-basket from this pattern (more or less, I had to add a lot more rounds because my yarn was thinner), her dress from this pattern, her nightgown from this pattern, and her sweater from here. I made the pillows and mattress and little quilt for the basket just out of some little pieces of fabric and trim that I had. Naturally, she is vaguely indifferent to both of our dolls. Naturally, Andy and I both prop each of our dolls up in front of her several thousand times a day. "I think she likes mine better." "No, she likes mine better." "No, mine." Etc. Her birthday dress and pinafore I made from a 1972 Simplicity pattern, #5277. I used a brown vintage calico I had, and some Liberty Betsy Ann in gray for the pinafore. I have to take pictures of the totally rad play food my sister Susie made for Amelia. It's incredible, and I will find out where she got the patterns, too. She also received some other really excellent presents I will photograph, too.

I had the best time over the past few weeks gathering ideas for her party. The balloon/lantern collection is ubiquitous, but oh boy did it please a two-year-old who went out for a walk with her grandma and came home to find it suddenly and magically floating above the dining-room table on Friday afternoon. That was cool. Andy and I made it together, and it was so much fun to do. Once it was up we decided it needed something distinctly "2"ish. He cut the number out of a thick piece of styrofoam, and then I covered the edges with fabric tape and the front and back with glued-on fabric (I just traced the styrofoam number and cut out the fabric — super easy). Her cake I copied from this adorable cake that I just couldn't get out of my mind (I think I pinned it ages ago). I used this cake recipe and my mom's frosting recipe (I call it Cloudburst Frosting). One of the best parts of the day was the rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday to You" sung by all of us just before she blew out her candles — it really sounded like a chorus to me; it was truly awesome — and she looked around in complete wonder and delight at this big, bustling, beautiful family, fabulously doubled in size with her amazing birthfamily. All love. We are all just so blessed in this. I also loved watching her feed her little deer some coffee out of a wee teacup after the party as we sat quietly together and played and talked. Oh, how I love it all. I absolutely love it. Two. The best two years ever. Darling, wonderful, greatest girl. I love you so.


Happy, Happy Birthday to Amelia, to you, to Andy. :) You is all still a miracle! xo

Your cakes are always the most charming things - a very Happy Birthday to The Girl!!

Wonderful looking party. What a lucky girl your adorable daughter is. Your hubby sounds like a keeper. One question-are you self taught or did you learn from mom or someone else. Wish you would respond in future blog

Both your hearts must sing - just beautiful x

She was truly engaged in all of these pictures. I especially love her sharing tea with the deer. She is so thoughtful in both meanings of the word. She is truly blessed with her large family and lucky to know all of it. Andy by the way is an unsung hero for her - his mermaid is so adorable.

Happy 2nd birthday, beautiful Amelia! You have such amazing, creative, loving parents. I love reading this blog and about your family life. Blessings to you all! xoxo

*gasp* *sigh* absolutely beautiful. pictures 'party 19 and 21' are sooo cute. what fun.

How is she two already?? What a glorious birthday weekend for her and for the two of you! And what a treat to see the gorgeous pictures. I always mourn the passing year and enjoy the next one even more than I thought possible. Enjoy the next year in the journey!

Happy Birthday Amelia! Enjoy your new year, sweet and sassy little one.

The picture of Amelia gazing at the balloons is just precious. And the cake with the animals wearing party hats and the wee hedgehog? Omg - I love it! What an amazing birthday party.

K Silvestro says: October 15, 2014 at 07:14 PM

Happy, happy birthday to Amelia! Wishing her continued love and joy across the miles from New Hampshire. I'm in love with the figurine set-up on the cake--so perfect and miniature.

Many Happy Returns, Sweet M! This is truly the happiest corner of the web; a joy to visit. :)

Andy made her mermaid? I'm continually impressed with you and your husband! What an amazing thing for him to make sweet Mimi! I've been admiring those dolls for awhile now but had not seen the mermaid. Sooooo cute! It's taken over my favorite spot which was previously held by the mushroom boy. Happy birthday to your darling girl. I can hardly believe she is already 2. It seems as if she just arrived and already she is 2 years old. Wow! Time does fly far too fast. I'm one year out from sending my oldest off to college and I feel like he was Mimi's age just yesterday. I want to freeze time so badly right now. Thank you for sharing her birthday weekend with us. :)

Oh that every child (and every adult!)have such celebrations on their birthdays.

I can feel how full your heart is - you seem to enjoy every moment of your life and that's just as it should be. It looks like Amelia's birthday weekend was a smashing success. Love the details that went into that beautiful cake and I love the picture of Andy with his little girl. Blessings to you all. Susan

Happy Birthday, precious girl!

Happy Birthday Amelia!!!

The first picture of her under the balloons is priceless! Thank you Alicia & Andy for allowing your readers to feel a part of this very special occasion...I can't believe she is two already!!!

So hard to believe she's already two! Looks like an absolutely lovely day. Those green boots are fabulous and the pictures of the deer and the cup made me all teary for some reason. Just precious!

Awww. So, so special. Such beautiful photos of a wonderful day.

Oh what a wonderful way to celebrate 2 - I love the lanterns, they look pretty magical to a grown up, they must be amazing as a toddler! And I love both the dolls; it's a golden rule of parenting that your littlest ones will be perfectly indifferent to the handmade present you poured hours into but I bet they'll be the ones they keep and treasure when they're a bit bigger - at least I really hope so!

Ah...Happy Birthday Mimi! Precious baby girl! Alicia, watching the 3 of you grow together is just beautiful! It only gets better and better watching babies grow up. I see Andy in her so much. Interesting how that works. Mother Nature has a way. Yes, she does. You are beautiful. Oh, and my girls said they want to babysit her some day. ;) Guess I'm getting braver leaving comments here. I just adore you. xo Jen

What a fun, beautiful, colorful day! Who wouldn't enjoy a birthday party like that. Wow! I have to say that she is definitely Andy's "Mini Me" -- she looks like his clone. :)
Every outfit you make for her is adorable, and I wish my granddaughters were still little enough to sew for them. You make me want to start making some winter jumpers for myself. What a talented family you are. Happy Birthday to Ameila! Oh, and the tiny animals on the birthday cake! That is priceless -- and feeding the little deer is worthy of framing. Thanks for sharing.

what a sweetie! happy birthday!

Happy birthday 2 yr old! It's all so adorable..that cake is beyond cute..I want one for my b-day. A. giving the deer tea is so sweet..and, great work on the handmade dolls.

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.