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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.

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It seems impossible that Mimi is two years old! Just seems a wee bit ago that she arrived. What a lovely loving birthday she had, and you can see that she loved it. :) I am secretly hoping that Andy will make me a mermaid doll too..... my birthday isn't until June, so there's time.... I love to visit your family here at the blog. It makes me happy!

Sweet little Amelia will soon realize the most previous "birth" day present she received was you both as her parents!

Darn typos...Of course what I meant to type was:
Sweet little Amelia will soon realize the most precious "birth" day present she received was you both as her parents!

A-so-lute-ly pre-cious. God bless. Thank you for allowing us to peek in.

Great minds think alike! I know you don't know me, but I stalk and am in love with your blog. This is the first time I have commented, but I just had to because I made the exact same cake for my daughter's 4th birthday in June. I saw it online and had to do it. So many little details and so much fun, but I love your dishes and the little dusting of sprinkles. I pretty much directly copied the one in the picture. You did a great job on it!

Oh my gosh. The animals in party hats. The mermaid. TWO! Happy second anniversary of being a mama!

That second photo! All so beautiful. Happy birthday Mimi!!!

Suzy O'Brien says: October 16, 2014 at 05:43 PM

Completely gorgeous. Especially loved the Bambi being given a cup of tea

Happy Birthday Amelia. What a beautiful family you have!

Happy, happy Birthday to your little sweet one. You are a precious family. I love all that you do. You are so talented, creative, and are full of joy for your blessings. Wonderful!! I was thinking about what I love about all your photos and all your posts, and it is the fact that it seems everything is "Enchanting". Your photos of your sweet little girl, your home, and the nature that you enjoy around you are enchanting! Thank you for letting us,share your world. xxoo. JO

That little sweetheart is changing so much the last bit. Her face is a little less babyish - more toddler like. I hope she has a wonderful year of more adventures, lots of love and growing.

Happy Birthday, Sweet Mimi!

Carolyn Dietrich says: October 16, 2014 at 09:16 PM

She is so adorable. I love, love, love the doll and the mermaid doll. Love seeing her giving the deer a drink. The cake and decorations were so great. Loved the expression on her face as she gazed up at the ceiling. Lovely, lovely party for a lovely, lovely girl. Bless you all. I love your blog and seeing her grow up.

Aunt Janet says: October 17, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Happy 2nd birthday to Amelia and to your happy family. Love the pics of her playing with her little deer. <3

Kristi Shreenan says: October 17, 2014 at 05:27 AM

Happy birthday, sweet Mimi! What a wonderful gathering of all that is good in your family's life.

That cake is the best thing. Just the best. Happy birthday to your sweet girl!

Awesome party scenes - happy days to you all

Perri Williamson says: October 17, 2014 at 01:57 PM

All I have to say is...THE CAKE!!!!!! I'm not easily impressed.

How perfect - every bit! My daughter was perplexed by the doll I gave her for her 2nd, also. The doll I slavishly spun all the yarn for her hair and knit her clothes. Yup! She is 4 now, and only picks it up to strip it naked and use its clothes on her stuffed animals. {sob}
Happy birthday, sweet, sweet Amelia!!

happy birthday Amelia!! love from Pehr (your birthday twin)xxx

I have anticipated this day so mush and all your lovely pictures didn't disappoint me at all....I think I was squealing right along with Mimi!!! Love her decorations and her viewing them....the cake a wonder in it's own and her with the deer...priceless!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!!! Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!!!

Happy birthday wishes to a gorgeous little Mimi xx

Cecilia Fraser says: October 18, 2014 at 03:43 PM

Alicia
I am so sorry to bother you with this request. Is there anyway you can get me the sweater pattern? I went on the Etsy pattern for the sweater. It said it is unavailable. I of course, would be glad to pay you.
I just love the little sweater, as I do everything you do. I love your blog, have been reading it for quite a few years, before Amelia. I have been so happy for you. Sad to say, Tues and Fri are the highlights of my days , to read your blog. My daughters and granddaughters, all read and enjoy your blog.

Thank you
Cecilia Fraser

Happy, happy birthday sweet Mimi xxx

Happy Birthday to your beautiful little girl and thank you for sharing her first 2 years with us. She is a blessing to so many! And what wonderful parents and family she has!

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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 aliciapaulson.com

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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.