we celebrated claire’s second birthday saturday morning with an extra special brunch for our extra special girl. we were lucky enough to have our close friend, mike, capture the day for us (he is amazing!!). i think claire enjoyed the party, she really loves being around people. however, i made the mistake of adjusting her special diet a few days prior, which always makes her sleepy as she adjusts. needless to say, she wasn’t as active as usual that day. but it was still a beautiful celebration of her. she also collected about $300 to donate to blood:water mission at her lemon:aid stand. i think she would be so happy that her day was used to help others. so many people have prayed, served, loved on and aided us since claire was born. it is only fitting that we do what little we can to forward that love on and honor our daughter’s life in the process.
below is the brunch buffet table. it included mini quiche, lemon whoopie pies, pineapple bars, banana bread pops and fruit cups. the banners are from the fabulous tomkat studio.
we also set up a lemon:aid area with information on blood:water mission and lemonade favors for the guests. (and a hunky guy is posing by it for you.)
here’s the birthday girl.
and her beautiful hands.
here’s our other little baby enjoying the party.
here’s some pictures featuring my pom madness. believe me, this is only half of it.
we also made little jingle bells to ring after we sang the happy birthday song. if you know claire, she LOVES bells!
and just a couple more pictures our claire bear.
we love her so.
i remembered that i promised to post more of my everyday loves, a promise i have seriously failed at. i have been so forgetful lately to photograph all the little things i create, discover or bake on a regular basis. i pinky swear that i am going to try so much harder to document and involve you in those things. deal? over the holidays, i made a huge effort to embrace my crafty side and make many things myself. one project i jumped into was taking a plain, unfinished wood tray from michaels and transforming it into a pretty place to display trinkets, eat breakfast or sort papers in your office. it is a very versatile and super easy DIY and i hope you like it!
buy an unfinished wood tray (michaels, about $4) and paint the sides inside and out with a craft paint.
cut scrapbooking papers to fit the bottom of the tray. i first laid a sold color in the bottom and ran my fingers along the corners to form a crease, then i just trimmed the paper along the crease to fit perfectly. rocket science, i know! then i added a patterned paper, did the same crease trimming method but then cut it into three sections so some of the solid paper would show through in stripes.
remove the paper from the bottom of the tray and coat it with a thin layer of mod-podge (available by the glues at any craft store) then carefully lay your paper back into the tray, you will get lumps, try to smooth them out as best you can but don’t freak, it only adds to the character of the tray.
then coat the top of the paper with 2 thin layers of mod-podge. wait for it to dry between coats. i then coated the entire painted sides of the tray in a layer of mod-podge too. it gives it a shiny, finished look and is easier to keep clean than a matte paint finish.
(so easy a cave man can do it! yes, adrian even did his own tray. quite beautifully. notice how he holds the brush like a drum stick? love.)
ta-da! instant pretty tray! (yes, i made the felt flower pin too. info coming on another post soon.)
while browsing around at the expensive baby boutiques, i kept seeing cute little frames perfect for claire’s nursery shelves. only problem was those cute little frames cost over $40 each. i decided to expand my crafty talents and see if i could create them myself. all it took was $4 white frames from target, a glue gun, scraps of ribbon and some buttons. here’s my results, what do you think? i have to say, i’m pretty happy with how they turned out. oh and that one photo is of claire licking adrian’s scruffy face, it was hilarious!
after months of bed rest/hospital/nicu craziness it’s been great to have all of us at home again and begin our new life as a family. now that we’ve entered the fall season (which in phoenix simply means ‘less hot’) we would like to sit outside in our backyard to breathe in the fresh air. also, it’s football season and when i grill i like to leave the door open so that lily and i can come and go as we please.
there’s one problem with this scenario: bugs. we can’t leave the backdoor open for too long before another fly enters the house and we busy ourselves chasing them for the next few days. then just the other day i discovered a new ant colony in our backyard. annoying.
one solution to these problems is to just buy some pesticide and get it over with but we’ve been trying to tone down the use of chemical products around the house. also, with claire’s array of medical concerns we certainly don’t want to add any more harm. i also like do-it-yourself projects because of the challenge and cost savings. so i googled around and found eartheasy, which is a site that promotes ‘ideas for environmentally sustainable living’. i found this article that gave me some options for our ant and fly problem…
ants – “Trace the [ants] back to their point of entry. Set any of the following items at the entry area in a small line, which ants will not cross: cayenne pepper, citrus oil (can be soaked into a piece of string), lemon juice, cinnamon or coffee grounds.” it’s a trap!
flies – “Use mint as a fly repellent. Small sachets of crushed mint can be placed around the home to discourage flies.” i might use their custom flypaper instead but i’m sure this method smells better.
i will definitely try a few of these options so we can enjoy the outside again. i’m not going let flies ruin by football/burger experiences anymore!