Life in Photos, Little Style

LITTLE STYLE :: Aveline’s First Birthday – Handmade Felt Feather Birthday Crown, Stuffed Plush Toy Bunny, and Gluten-free Chocolate Cake

Handmade felt feather crown - Feathered birthday crown

Aveline’s birthday yesterday was such a lot of fun! I can’t believe she’s a whole year old. We had a quiet little party for her, just Josiah and I, since our families are millions thousands of miles away — but it was joyous and beautiful and so full of laughter. (She even got to FaceTime and talk with both sets of grandparents!)

And can I just say I’m really happy with the way her feathered crown turned out? Even if the feathers did keep flopping over. I’m hoping to make a different birthday crown for her each year. My mom made us special birthday hats when we were little, and I thought it was the best thing ever.

What are your favorite birthday traditions — either from your childhood, or for your own children? I think it would be great to make a new handmade toy for her each birthday as well!

Oaxacaborn - First Birthday - Handmade Kawaii Plush Toy Creature

Oaxacaborn - First Birthday - Gluten-free Chocolate Cake

Oaxacaborn - First Birthday - First taste of cake

Oaxacaborn - First Birthday - Close up of baby taking bite of cake

Oaxacaborn - Baby birthday cake

Oaxacaborn - First Birthday - Baby in highchair eating cake

Oaxacaborn - First Birthday - Cake Crumbs

Oaxacaborn - First Birthday - Pink first birthday candle

Oaxacaborn - First Birthday - Cake crumbs on IKEA Blames high chair tray

P.S. Here is the gluten-free chocolate cake recipe I used.

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Life in Photos

LIFE IN PHOTOS :: Corners of our Home at the Start of 2012: Instagram Snapshots

I’ve been busy this month cleaning, sorting, and de-cluttering — a really great start to 2012! Here are a handful of snapshots from around the house, snagged from my Instagram feed.

View from our bedroom, looking out into the living room. Taken the first night back in Florida after Christmas vacation

This is the cozy view through our bedroom door, looking into the living room. I took this the first night we were back in Florida after Christmas break.

I really want to leave these lights up forever. It's always so sad when they're taken down after Christmas.

I think I’d like to keep these lights up forever. It always seems so sad and dark in January when the lights are packed away.

Top of my dresser with London grid art via TexturedINK on Etsy. I need to pick up some frames so I can hang these prints!

The top of my dresser –the amazing London grid art is from TexturedINK on Etsy (and I won it via a giveaway on the Happy Interior Blog!) I really need to pick up some frames. I’ll have to post some additional photos once I get the art hung properly.

Seriously, is there anything better than salsa?

I mean, really, is there anything better than salsa? I’ve been eating it with every meal lately.

Working on the first Japanese-inspired creature of 2012. This will be in the shop later this year. The first one is for Aveline's first birthday!

I worked on this little Japanese-inspired creature over the weekend. Aveline will get this particular one for her first birthday (which is on the 19th. THIS MONTH. Ahhhhh!), and I’ll list subsequent ones in the Oaxacaborn shop. (Did you see the kawaii plush I made her for Christmas?)

A rare cool fog which makes me miss the California coast like crazy.

This morning’s rare and heart-breakingly beautiful fog made me miss the California coast something awful. Someday, someday.

Just got these three strands of beads in the mail from Nakate Project. LOVE this cause!

And oh yes, last by not least, my new Nakate Project beads. I love that purchasing these beautiful necklaces helps women in Uganda eat properly, put a roof over their heads, send their children to school, and start small businesses. (P.S. Right now the ENTIRE Nakate store is 50% off when you use the code NEWYEARSALE.)

Full disclosure: Yes, I am the Systems Administrator for Nakate, but I’m not being compensated in any way for my posts about them. I talk about Nakate often because it’s important to me, not because I have to. :)

Handmade

HANDMADE :: Kawaii Plush Creature – Bear Monster with Open Arms

Well, someone must have put magical elf sprinkles in my coffee after all, because I finished the little plush creature I was making. (Just don’t ask about the 137,421 loose ends on the four-color striped cardigan, ok? Especially don’t ask whether or not the sleeve sections ended up being the right size when I went to piece them all together.)

But back to the creature. I went on a cute and pink overload making this (my first one ever), and you know what? I love it.

Kawaii Plush Creature - Bear with Open Hugging Arms with Heart 2

Kawaii Plush Creature - Rosy Cheeked Felt and Crochet Bear

Kawaii Plush Creature - Detail on Felt Ear

Kawaii Plush Creature - Blanket Stitch Pink Felt Heart on Crocheted Palm

Kawaii Plush Creature - Bear with Open Hugging Arms with Heart

Inspiration

unexpected colour-coordination from anthropologie, ikea, urban outfitters & more

Anthropologie Latte Bowls - Urban Outfitters Plushy Owl - Ikea Thread Set - Studio Gear Star Dust Powder - Pumpkin Patch Infant Newborn Girl Sweet Pinny - Anthropologie Fleur-De-Lys Tumbler in Chartreuse

as i was sorting and putting away some of my lovely Christmas gifts, i found it quite delightful how all these items were unexpectedly colour-coordinated! aren’t they just so pretty?

1-anthropologie latte bowls
2-urban outfitters plush owlet
3-ikea sy sewing thread set
4-studio gear star dust shimmering powder
5-pumpkin patch sweet pinny
6-anthropologie fleur-de-lys tumbler

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