Oh gosh, this post is so late, so my True’s been 8 for a couple months now. She’s the best biggest sister ever, much better than I ever was. Her heart is so sweet and forgiving, and she has a much more nurturing spirt than I ever had (read: not as bossy as I was). Her requests were simple (kind of)… a My Little Pony party at a hotel with home sewn pony costumes. Thankfully, we had Spike and Pinkie Pie from previous Halloweens (here and here), so I had to make Rainbow Dash (Brave’s favorite) and Fluttershy (True’s favorite). It’s no surprise True identifies most with Fluttershy because True is the shyest of the bunch.
Since Fluttershy is her fave, I used that character as inspiration for her party. Fluttershy’s cutie mark are butterflies, so I cut out a bunch of butterflies from card stock and used that for her party background. She requested a bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cake like Brave had at her party, so that made my cake decision easy. I really wanted to bake her a yellow and pink cake, but I was running out of time, and it wasn’t what she asked for, so it was easy to scrap that idea. I picked up some pretty disposables from Target and used some things I already had too. True made her own pony version of pin the tail on the donkey, and we had all the makings for a splendid party.
Ben and True went out to go pick up dinner from Veggie Grill, while the other girls and I set everything up. When she came back, the girls were in costume and we surprised her with her special party set up. We ate, played party games, opened presents, sang Happy Birthday, watched an episode of My Little Pony, and just showered the birthday girl with lots of love and attention.
She had several gift requests, but we told her (as we tell all the girls for any celebration) just because she wants it, doesn’t mean she will get all of it. She got two of the many requests, and one was her slip-on checkered vans and the other a planner. At the end of the day, her favorite thing was getting the planner. Guess I’ve got a type-A personality on my hands. My favorite gifts she received were all the homemade ones Brave and Soul made for her (see more in her other birthday post). The binoculars she made is pretty sweet!
I love when the girls request a hotel birthday because I find it much easier than throwing a birthday party at the house with family and friends. If they had asked for a party with friends, we would have been happy to go that route too. We always make a vacation out of our hotel birthdays and enjoy staying a few days in another city. For True’s, we went down south near San Diego. See other past hotel parties here and here. Brave’s 7th birthday is in a little over a month and she’s asking for a Transformer party at a hotel. We will see if she changes her mind, but for now, that’s what I’m planning for.
HOLLA! It’s finally May 20th! Oh, I’ve been only waiting for this day for, like, two years! The book process is long (I’ll share more about it
tomorrow Thursday, sorry we got busy celebrating by relaxing), but I’m finally excited to announce that Let’s Sew Together is officially out! If you’ve pre-ordered it, you should get it within the next couple of days (or maybe today!), and hopefully it will start popping up in your local bookstores too.
So, here’s how I want to celebrate and share the news… if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you’ll remember when I used to make my giant dollhouse pillows for my shop. In the past, I’ve received pattern requests and wanting the how-to for the pillow, so now you can finally get it in my book. It’s one of the projects that you need to “take your time” with, but it’s doable. Well, I also wanted to giveaway the giant dollhouse pillow I made for the book to one of you and a $100 gift certificate to the any shop of your choice! You’ll get the exact giant one that’s in the book (and you can see how large it is in the video!), and since you’ll win something for a little one in your life, you need something for you, so that’s what the gift certificate is for. This is not a sponsored or donated giveaway, this is a from me as a thank you for the support you’ve given thus far, and for helping get the word out about my book. I’m really so thankful for you and you’re all part of making all of this possible.
To enter to win, just blog, pinterest, tweet, facebook, instagram a picture of my book (or your own when you get it) or share the book trailer and leave each shared link you in do in separate comments on this post! You have up to 4 times to enter!
I’m so thankful for my talented friends who made this video possible. The song is “Let’s Make Magic” by Hope Leigh (Me & Mr. Cassidy) and made especially for the book trailer (it’s just so perfect!) and you can purchase the song here. The video is done by my friend Lou Casas (Cakeflix Films) and he did a wonderful job capturing the “magic” I wanted to share. It’s so much fun to create with your kids and that’s what I want to encourage others to do. The outcome doesn’t have to be perfect, but it’s all about spending time together and having fun.
If you’re in Southern California and are free on Saturday, May 31st between 5-7pm, we are having a book release party at the Oh, Hello Friend shop in Fullerton. I would love to be able to celebrate with you in person if you can make it!
Don’t forget to enter to win, and when your copy comes in (if you ordered one), I’d love to see it on Instagram (or wherever you want to share it, and tag @cakiesblog and #letssewtogether). This book has sort of been like my fifth child, so I can’t wait for you to all meet it! Thank you guys for helping make all of this happen!!! xoxo, Ruby
*Giveaway will end Wednesday, May 28th at midnight. Winner will be announced on twitter and contacted via email.
ONE MORE WEEK! I can’t believe how fast May 20th is approaching, but on May 31st, we are having a par-tay to celebrate! It will be at the Oh, Hello Friend shop in Fullerton… there will treats, gifts for (but we only have a limited amount, so don’t be late and have your book!), and sweet tunes by Me & Mr. Cassidy. Of course, there will be books to purchase, but if you bring a previously purchased copy, that’s cool too, so don’t forget to show us your book to snag a gift bag.
I’m so thankful for all of you and I hope you’re able to come out and celebrate. I would love to meet you, give you a hug, and say thank you so much in person. You guys spend time here, share about this space, and so opportunities like this are made possible because of you. You are all part of this too and I’m truly so grateful.
So if you’re free on May 31st, from 5-7pm, stop by the Oh, Hello Friend shop! To be as prepared as possible, you can grab a ticket to the event here (there’s no cost), but we want to try and get an approximate head count. Bring your friends and family, the more the merrier!
If you’ve been following here for awhile, you know how important our tradition of birthday breakfasts in bed are, so even though we weren’t home for True’s birthday, we still made it happen. Naturally, the breakfast items aren’t quite pancakes and waffles like normal (and no way would we do room service because it’s typically way overpriced for basic menu items), and when we travel (even for a weekend) we have a cooler of food ready. Thus, her breakfast in bed was yogurt, O’s, and strawberries. We even made sure to have the little fruit characters made for her too! Now it’s harder to come in and surprise her since we are all in a room together, but I’m glad all the girls still find the whole tradition very exciting.
After everyone had their breakfast, we had True open the gifts from her sisters (and one from Auntie Linda and Uncle John). Oh my oh my, Soul and Brave made a bazillion presents and cards to give to her. I only shared with you a small sampling, but they were just busting out with all this thoughtfulness and creativity for their big sister. It made this DIY loving mama proud. By the way, that colorful handwritten birthday note (last photo) was made by True, so that we would have the words to the birthday song to sing for her. Seriously, these girls are so great!
Do you have any birthday traditions you do at your home?
This is the birthday dress I came up with since True was having a Fluttershy My Little Pony party for her 8th birthday (a peek at it here). I bought yellow fabric to make one like I sketched in this post (and actually started cutting and sewing it), but as I was making it, I wasn’t feeling it, so I switched to sewing a simple shift dress from this vintage bed sheet I had. It had yellow and butterflies like Fluttershy, and then I made her a pink bow to go in her hair, and it made the perfect 8th birthday dress for my biggest girl.
She loved it and pretty much had it on all weekend (when she wasn’t wearing her bathing suit). Also, on her birthday wish list were these checkered slip-on Vans, so she was super excited when she opened the box to see she received them. She declared them her new favorite shoes, although this wasn’t her favorite birthday present; the winner present of the weekend was a planner! Yup, my 8 year old girl asked for a planner for her birthday. She’s already started writing in it and marking dates. I think I have a type-A personality on my hands.
And if you want to learn how to sew (or want a few sewing projects to add to your to-do list), don’t forget to pre-order my book, Let’s Sew Together. Sewing can be intimidating, but I’m telling you it isn’t. It’s so much fun and it’s even more fun to do for and with your kiddos!