22 October 2013

First EVER birthday!

So the great day arrived last week. We had massive 'moving day' hangovers, with most of the house still in boxes and having to search to find clean under clothes and toothpaste, we managed to somehow get everything ready for Pehr's 1st birthday. I made a three layer cake, which was one of the most scary things I have ever done, as I do not cook, full stop. It was vanilla cake with cream cheese icing.


I made it late at night, and apart from a slight subsidence in the foundations, in remained in tact for the morning.


I used plastic animals to decorate and made a flag from wallpaper with a one on it.

there was a LOT of debris...


the only tidy space in the whole house...


the cake was a tad was heavy and much bigger than I had anticipated!


It was actually pretty nice cake I have to say ; )
and her Highness liked it a lot.


Then we gave her, her new room (actually she never had her own room in our one bed flat so it its just 'her room'!) We painted the floor and the walls and the wood work.

it was a bit of a dark day to take photos but I got these pics just before it was ransacked.


(yes I have ordered plug socket covers btw)







she loves it in there!


and Nao made this exquisite carousel made from just a sheet of gold, all cut out by hand saw. I am just lost for words at this, amazing!



The next day was Monday and was her 'actual' birthday (like the Queen, she had two birthdays) There was pressie opening in the morning...



a tin suitcase, and...

cup, pate and bowl.

wooly hat, and some books.

and lots of amazing Japanese toothbrushes from Granny and Grandad in Japan.
(that 360 one is brilliant and has solved the nightmare of brushing teeth)



We left the house a bit late and arrived at Seaview Wildlife Encounter just a few hours before closing, whoops.



it was just brilliant in there, you can get really close to the animals, and she loved running after all the duck, chickens and geese roaming about.

and we got to feed the penguins!


although she looks a bit wiped out here, she did love it so much so we will be going there often.



Blimey that was a long post, I had to even cut out some photos to fit all in! I still can't believe that my baby is not a baby anymore and will soon be off to Thailand with her DJ boyfriend or something similar : (  

56 comments:

  1. What a wonderful first birthday, looked absolutely magical, and that cake!!

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  2. aww what a lovely day! Love all the little handmade elements and the cake looks fantastic! xx

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  3. OK, where do I start??? Everything is amazing!! That cake is enormous, Pehr's room is beautiful, I love the curtains and the lampshade and the carousel.. wow! Her presents are beautifully wrapped and those toothbrushes are just too cute!
    Well done, such a special day and such a special present for Pehr, she is a luck girl!!

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  4. So cute that she had a special birthday bedroom ;) It all looked lovely. As for Nao's carousel... WOW so beautiful she will treasure that forever i'm sure. Thanks for the great post as always :Dx

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  5. Such a lovely birthday!
    And I love her room with all the tiny furniture
    and lovely pictures and toys.

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  6. Wow, I love your new house and Happy birthday to Pher. Looks like she had a perfect birthday.

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  7. Anonymous22.10.13

    TOO CUTE!! You've done an amazing job with her bedroom!

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  8. What a lucky little girl she is! I LOVE her room and that cake looks amazing, go you!

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  9. Happy Birthday Pehr. Pretty much exactly 6 months younger than my daughter; so lovely to see such beautiful things handmade for her birthday. Also, your new house looks wonderful - so spacious.

    (and what cake recipe did you use?)

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  10. Her DJ boyfriend :))) You have some few years left. I coach 6 year olds swimming, and i think the age is golden! They crack me up everyday! After that, well, yeah... it's over :)

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  11. Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter.Thank you for sharing her day with us xx

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  12. This post has had me smiling all through my lunch break. That is the nicest child's bedroom ever! Looked like a lovely biethday celebration. Your dining room looks soo nice too, good luck unpacking the rest of the boxes. x

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  13. Such a lovely post - and Happy Birthday to Pehr! Looks like she had an amazing birthday!

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  14. A long post? I didn't want it to end! So much to see - all the special touches - the carousel, just awesome! Your posts always warm the heart and enrich the spirit. Much needed in these dreary October days - here in Quebec anyway. All the best!

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  15. What a gorgeous child. Many congratulations to you all xx

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  16. Felicidades!!!
    una celebración preciosa con una decoración de cuento...

    www.amoresbohemios.blogspot.com

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  17. Pehr is gorgeous, you are gorgeous and Nao is a genius. And I am so happy that you have your lovely new home. We are off to the Isle of Wight for a weekend break at the end of this month, see if you can rustle up some sunshine for us, the kids are yearning for those sandy beaches!

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  18. It's all so beautiful! You are such an inspiration. I love how so much thought goes into everything you do. Happy 1st Birthday Pehr!!

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  19. Congratulations Pehr! And congratulations to you for the new house, it already looks amazing! The cake and the decorations - I loved them all and of course Pehr, she is just so adorable. I really enjoyed this post, thanks for sharing your day. xx

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  20. so lovely! well done on getting through the first year!

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  21. So charming: the party, the house, the bedroom, and, most of all, the child.

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  22. Anonymous22.10.13

    your house looks beautiful and I'm sue you guys will fill it with amazing vintage finds and crafts you have made. Pehr is just so beautiful and I'm sure she loves her new and very pretty room. Wishing all of you many happy and fruitful years in your beautiful new home. Ruth in Dublin.

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  23. Love, love, love the bedroom! It looks amazing :) Happy Birthday to Princess Pehr xx

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  24. Too flippin' adorable! Love how you wrapped the gifts.
    If you have a moment, I'd love for you to check out this contest where you could win one of my art prints!
    http://youngbirdblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/win-anything-from-my-etsy-shop.html

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  25. Happy Birthday to Pehr, it looks like she had a lovely first birthday and the gift of a beautiful new bedroom is so precious. Hope the rest of the unpacking goes well and enjoy your new home.

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  26. Wow Pehr is a lucky girl! I hope she enjoyed her birthday :) That cakes looks amazing!

    ellenunderwater.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. Happy birthday, Pehr! It's hard to believe she's a year old already!

    Your house is magical...I know you will all be so happy there. Congratulations!

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  28. So cute! Happy Birthday Pehr! Your house looks great and so happy to see you settling in.
    xo
    Leigh

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  29. Happy 1 Queen Pehr!

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  30. such gorgeous photo's of what looked like the perfect day + woah what an amazing cake! {i don't do much cooking or baking around here either. i have a funny feeling the cake i make in december won't be as gorgeous as the one you produced hehe!} big happy 1st birthday wishes to your little pehr! :))

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  31. I don't think I'd leave this house even for a DJ!
    Loving your new home and birthday celebrations with one year old Pehr :)

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  32. oh, that little nook with the lantern!! and the carousel, how exquisite. What a lovely celebration of a most precious little life.

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  33. You guys have been working hard on you new place! Brilliant birthday and congratulations to you for making such an incredible cake! Happy Birthday sweet Pehr! xx

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  34. awww, Happy Birthday, Pehr - many more happy big-cake-day returns x

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  35. samara23.10.13

    every photo is beautiful! happy birthday sweet little pehr :) x

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  36. Yes, reading that does indeed warm the heart and I too didn't want the post to end :) I am filled with happiness? proudness? Rejoicing! for you three, congratulations to you all and may all your days be so merry :)

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  37. i love reading your blogx

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  38. When you post things like these I really regret I didn't get married and didn't have babies. Now, if you''ll excuse me, I really need to go and talk with my divorced and very bitter girlfriends to even things out. Happy birthday Pehr!
    P.s. But oh please go on with posts like this. The reconcile me with the universe.

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  39. Anonymous23.10.13

    Joyeux anniversaire Pehr!! Votre maison est tellement jolie. J'adore!!

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  40. Anonymous23.10.13

    Happy Birthday Pehr! Artemis, thank you so much for sharing your little one's special day. It's a vicarious joy to look at your pictures. You guys are the best. Lucky Pehr.

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  41. Emily B23.10.13

    Ha ha! Sounds familiar - Thailand and DJ boyfriend! My daughter who is about to celebrate her 28th had to make do with a flat cake with a candle for her first birthday and rocked the boiled wool look as I decided to dye a handknit cardigan for her! Love this post as it almost made me cry with nostalgia for that time. I especially liked the grand ribbon cutting ceremony with Pehr and her little friend looking on, as well as the magical carousel.

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  42. Anonymous23.10.13

    Everything is perfect, of course.
    That carousel made me cry-how beautiful it is and to have a father that pours love into making something so intricate and lovely for his daughter.

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  43. wowzer, that went quick! congratulations on a year of mama and papahood, you're fab parents. and happiest of birthdays to you little pehr. she's looking like nao in these photos. your new place is lovely. x

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  44. Happiest of Birthdays Spunky Little Pehr! What a gorgeous idea to present her with own room as part of her prezzie... loved so many things in her room too... those hooks! And that carousel really is something else. As you know I usually savour your blog posts with a cuppa and some cholokit and I have to confess I spat my tea all over my laptop when I read that last line... Thai DJ boyfriend! :-0 Hahahaaa!

    I can see your home is going to be the place for many more VERY special memories to be made... ♥

    PS - I know you're really busy and all but can I bother you for the name (method/tips etc) of the floor paint you used in Pehrs room please? I want to paint my floorboards white and I'm just gathering/researching as much info as possible before hand and yours turned out great! Thanks!

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  45. Happy Birthday, Pehr!! What an adorable little celebration. Love love!

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  46. Tselszi23.10.13

    Happy Birthday Pehr! Thanks for sharing her special day! So cute!! :)
    Good luck with your new home! and please keep sharing a lot more

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  47. Helena24.10.13

    Happy birthday little princess. I found everything so charming. Thanks for sharing.

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  48. What a lovely 1st birthday Pehr has had and your new house looks gorgeous. I spotted the self same chair that I have had since my own childhood made by Triang and I still have the table to go with it. The original colour was pale blue.

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  49. How sweet and beautiful! :)

    I'm dying to know - can you tell me where that little mint green metal "suitcase" lunch box was purchased? I need it in my life.

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  50. Little Pehr looked wonderful! Her room is very sweet and the little carrousel amazing. Congratulations to all of you!

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  51. You are AMAZING to get the house looking so great so soon after you moved! I always knew you had super powers....

    and HAPPY BIRTHDAY PEHR!

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  52. There is so much LOVE in it !
    Does Pehr needs a room mate ?

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  53. It all looks beautiful! I am looking for a cot very similar to Pehr's - where did you find it? Hope you don't mind me asking. Also, I am about to paint every room in my house white! I wondered if you could recommend a good brilliant white emulsion? I've been looking at the chalky kind. Thank you and hope you are enjoying your beautiful new home.

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  54. Happy belated birthday!! little pehr! :D

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  55. Desiree4.11.13

    A belated congratulations to u Pehr ( and mum and dad) on being one year old ! What a very loved girl you are. Surrounded by such creativity and beauty. Your room is amazing with the most special handmade touches! I have no words or the carousel your doting father has made.
    Would love to know where I too can purchase those animal hooks as well?!? Or are they another gorgeous vintage find? They would fit right into my wee ones room.
    I too savor your blog posts and so pleased and impressed that u manage to do all these wonderful things .... and document it all so exquisitely. Keep it up wonderful mama.

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  56. Anonymous9.11.13

    Wow, so so beautiful, Love what you have done to her room, white floor boards make everything look sooo nice.
    Amazing carosel, what an amazing gift for her first. Such a cute, beautiful baby, our little girl, Paloma, is a few days older than yours. x

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