Oct 17 2014

42-52 Those eyelashes…

Project 52 ‚Äď A portrait(s) of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 42: ¬†Those eyelashes…

13 months

Fun fact: Before I had Lucy, I had very nice eyelashes. ¬†After I had Lucy, well…they are sad. ¬†And Lucy? ¬†She has these crazy lashes.

This was taken (obviously) at bath time. ¬†I was holding up her rubber ducky and dropping it in the water. ¬†The anticipating of the duck dropping was almost too much for her! ¬†Oh…and…those little teeth. ¬†I mean really.

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Oct 10 2014

41-52 Waking up is hard to do

Project 52 ‚Äď A portrait(s) of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 41:  Waking up is hard to do

12.5 months

My little ray of sunshine (ha!) just after waking up from her morning nap.

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Oct 3 2014

40-52 bedtime routines

Project 52 ‚Äď A portrait(s) of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 40:  Bedtime Routines

12.5 months

We have been absolutely horrible at bedtime routines with Lucy. ¬†I attribute that to the first 6 months being so uncertain, that it was really difficult to establish routine. ¬†Lately I’ve been trying to work on that though. ¬†She doesn’t get the fuzzy robe and slippers after every bath (because it’s just an extra step that we don’t need) but every now and then it’s fun to cozy up in them. ¬†She was very fascinated by the slippers and preferred to hold them rather than have them on her feet. ¬†Babies in bathrobes are just the cutest, am I right?

Oh, and how is it possible that there are only 12 weeks left of the year? ¬†I have yet to do my October review because we’ve had quite a busy week. ¬†October has really snuck up on me! ¬†I can’t believe it’s my birthday next weekend and I haven’t been annoying the whole family about it for weeks already! ¬†What is wrong with me?!

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Sep 25 2014

39-52 Spaghetti Face

Project 52 ‚Äď A portrait(s) of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 39:  Spaghetti Face

12 months

I’ve realized that I have a lot of pictures of Lucy eating, so it’s kind of ironic considering how little she actually consumes. ¬†But we keep trying every day. ¬†Yesterday we saw some success with spaghetti! ¬†I mean, who doesn’t like spaghetti? ¬†She finished a pretty good amount of it and only started throwing it on the floor 15 minutes in. ¬†I call that a success!

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Sep 21 2014

We Love Lucy: A first Birthday Party

The first birthday has come and gone! ¬†We are very thankful (that it has come and gone) but also for the many people that came and celebrated with us. ¬†I always said that birthday parties would be small and simple but we really felt in this case we needed to do something special to thank all the people that have helped us in the last year. ¬†What better way to thank people, than to load them up with homemade sugary treats? ¬†If there’s one domestic ability that I am confident in, it’s my ability to make fabulous desserts, so a dessert party was obvious. ¬†Since Lucy basically still doesn’t eat, I wasn’t worried about really making things that were baby friendly because she would just throw them on the ground anyway!

My “theme” (if you can call it that) started from a print that I made that is in Lucy’s bedroom that says “I love Lucy”. ¬†We used the hashtag “we love lucy” when instagramming when she was first born and going through hospital stuff, although I stopped because a million other people used it too. Because Lucy is also a heart baby, I loved the idea of incorporating hearts into it. ¬†I picked a colour palette of pink, red and gold (although the pink, as per usual, took over).

The weather was perfect–if not maybe a touch too warm for myself and my porcelain daughter. ¬†But everyone else seemed to really enjoy it.

In all, it was pretty budget friendly since everything was handmade with a lot of supplies from the dollar store.

I drew and cut out the letters that made the “We Love Lucy” sign out of glitter vinyl, and they were strung together with fishing wire. ¬†The streamer backdrop was just draped and stapled over twine. ¬†The pom-poms were made out of dollar store tissue paper (lots of tutorials on Pinterest for that).

The birthday cake I was extra proud of. ¬†I’ve always loved baking cakes, but decorating cakes has always been a bit of a mystery. ¬†I always stick with simple decoration to save me from disaster! ¬†This was a four layer red to white velvet ombre cake. ¬†For the heart I used a cookie cutter as a stencil and put sprinkles on it. ¬†The pendant banner was a quick project and is just craft paper and twine.

(…and there was only one piece left, so that’s a good sign!)

The cupcakes were made by my mom and decorated by me. ¬†They were vanilla with raspberry filling, or lemon filling. ¬†I made the heart picks myself out of glitter vinyl. ¬†Oh, and PS: that “make your own glitter sprinkles” DIY that is so popular on Pinterest, doesn’t work. ¬†It just looks like coloured sugar. ¬†Oh well.

Lucy’s “smash cake” was just simply a box cake that I didn’t care about because I knew that she would either A) throw it on the ground or B) not even want to touch it. ¬†It was mainly so that we could put something in front of her while we sang. ¬†I made the “1″ pick myself out of glitter vinyl.

Homemade sugar cookies with royal icing.

(Left) Homemade Chocolate Raspberry Truffles (made by my mom) and (center) homemade red velvet cookies.

Chocolate dipped pretzels!  A Pinterest win!! So easy and pretty too!

Dave’s contribution to the food was sweet and salty kettle corn that we served in cupcake cups. ¬†A favourite in our household.


I bought inexpensive flowers (carnations and baby’s breath), and used the ever popular and cheap mason jars for vases. ¬†I sprayed a bunch of them gold and it looked really sharp!

I set out a table for gifts with a picture that I made of Lucy with her  milestones.  Her first pair of tiny Minimocs are there, with a rag doll that I made her for Christmas (that has a matching dress that I made to what she was wearing that day)

We planned on having a lot more balloons, but they just started exploding all over the place! ¬†We think it’s because they were dollar store balloons, plus it was warm.

I hung up pictures from the last year with clothespins that I put sparkly red hearts on.  An easy and simple project.

Here’s Lucy getting “Happy Birthday” sung to her! ¬†She was weirded out.

That icing on her face was my doing.  I really wanted her to at least try!

Eventually, once the crowd disappeared she touched the cake.

…but didn’t like how that felt.

Trying out her new rocking horse from mommy and daddy!  It was scary at first, but then when no one was looking she got in to it.

A card with animals on it!  Her favourite!

Her tambourine, which is a new favourite. ¬†I have no problem with that kind of sound! ¬†As long as it promotes creativity and isn’t a loop of digital sounding kids music I’m happy.

We asked for books for her birthday, and we sure got a good haul! ¬†I’m so happy that we received such lovely gifts for her.

Testing the rocking horse when the crowd stopped paying attention.

Lucy’s dress was designed and made by me a few months ago–for Easter, actually! ¬†But it was too big and too cold for her to really wear it. ¬†I did have to let the elastic in the waistband out a bit for her to wear it for her birthday, but other than that it fit her really well.

And that’s it! ¬†Wow! ¬†I feel like this is as much as I would post about a wedding. ¬†We are definitely exhausted after the day and will probably never do something as elaborate as this again–but–it was fun to be able to plan the event and see it come in to fruition! ¬†Here’s to one year survived!

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