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.


That photo of her looking up at the balloons! Melts my heart!

Okay - died from the cuteness of the deer and the teacup - absolutely died. Two is so great - they are just so THEMSELVES, full-on no holding back - it is glorious.

Love, love, love! The first pic is amazing! Love your gifts to her! So sweet!

Laura from Sacto says: October 16, 2014 at 08:18 AM

I love the picture of Amelia giving her deer a cup of tea! And of course the picture of Daddy and her looking up together. You take the best pictures. They make me want to move to Oregon. Thank you for sharing!

many happy returns of an excellent day. she looks more like andy (or maybe it's vice versa) every day.
still laughing about the dolls. i hope you too have all the fun in the world playing with them.

that would be you two, too.

What a beautiful party for a beautiful little girl! Everything looks amazing! Thank you for sharing these great ideas!

This is just the sweetest post ever. Happy Mimi's Birthday to all you guys!!:)) The cake and the lanterns made me warm all over. Love you!! xoxoxo

Completely and utterly precious!

It has been so fun to watch her grow these past two years. What a sweet party you all had. My favorite photos are the ones of her helping the deer to drink some coffee. She seems so intent on the whole process! Wishing you all many future blessings and adventures. Thanks for sharing them with all of us!

Happy Birthday Amelia ! Wonderful Family ! Friendship of the France Mamifleur

Wow how lovely! Your words and photos brought a happy tear to my eye...I am so happy for you all. Happy 2 Birthday to you all x

Happy Birthday Amelia!!
Looks like she had a great party, love the decoration and cake you made her!

Happy Birthday, Amelia! You are growing up to be such an amazing little lady! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful party to celebrate your special day. You are a beautiful gift of sunshine to this world! *hugs* :)

You totally rock at birthday parties Alicia. And that mermaid of Andy's is absolutely amazing. I love the photo of the two of them together, and the one of you and her. It looks like the very best of times. Happy birthday sweet little girl. CJ xx

TWO!!! Big, beautiful two year old girl! Congratulations and that cake is outta control!!! :)

So fun! What a lucky girl, what lucky parents!

Happy Birthday, Mimi!

Michael Payne says: October 16, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Andy got the mermaid done! it looks great. Impressive! We went to the beach for Larry's B-day. Visited family in Tillamook and got hammered by rain in the coast range. I swear it rained two inches as we passed over the Wilson. It was wet up there. But, the sky cleared off, the sun shown and we did a quick stop out at Oceanside. The tide was coming in but it was beautiful. Windy but beautiful. Good to see you guys had a great time at the Falls. We had fun at the party, good food, great conversation, lovely time. Then had a nice visit on Wednesday at the coast. Looks like it didn't rain on your "Parade" either. You get your pumpkins? LOL

Am I the only one who wants to know why the mermaid's name got changed from Ethel to Shirley? And Clover Photobombs! And the cake almost killed me with cute (I still have to make your Cloudburst frosting!)

Thanks for sharing your happy day with us (and happy #2 Miss Mimi!)

The cake toppers blew my mind! Thank you for sharing a magical two days.

Happy birthday, little Princess! It looks like you guys had just as much fun (if not more) than little Mimi. Always the case for me. :)

Lovely, lovely, lovely! Happy birthday to your little girl:)

Wow - that cake! Happy Birthday!! 2 is a fantastic age, I hope you all enjoy it. Love to you and yours, Bx xxx

Happy Birthday, Little Mimi. So fun to watch you grow up surrounded by so much love. Best wishes from Kansas.

Oh my heart overflows. 2 already! The normal advice, enjoy it while they're little, they grow so fast- is totally inappropriate for you because I can tell from reading on here that you and Andy soak up every bit of enjoyment from it, and then some. That party looked perfect, the cake is wonderful, and so precious and homey and sweet that I must duplicate it in February, when I have three daughters' birthdays to celebrate. A very happy 2nd year to Amelia, and to her lovely parents, and thank you for sharing your lives with us.

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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.