Saturday, November 03, 2007

ten

It is a big one. Double digits. I really can't believe it. Honestly, wasn't it just yesterday when we heard the doctor say, "It's a girl!" Where have all of those days gone? I won't get all sappy here; that happened last night. Just a few photos to show how we celebrated this special day.
Five friends and a trip to the circus. To watch the eyes on these girls (and my boys) widen was so satisfying.
A short walk to the car as they all shared their favorite part. Of course Libby's was the elephants.
Back home for cake and ice cream. Martha Stewart's tissue paper pom-poms decorated the dining room.
I usually always make a cake, but this year purchased one from our favorite bakery. Something about the time spent at the sewing machine gave me little time to bake a cake. That's o.k., this was beautiful and delicious.
And party favors? Bags of course. "Library totes" as Libby calls them. Done in circus fabric I purchased from the fabric shack.
Each bag personalized with the little girls initial, stamped onto ribbon. I got this idea from Sarah. I just loved when she did it on a gift. Something special to remember this special day.

71 comments:

Shawna said...

i love the decorations and the bags! beautiful work:o)

AJ said...

The bags are very pretty party gifts. How fun! I miss having such festive birthday parties! (Then again, you get to a point where you don't want to celebrate getting older!)

Chris said...

Where on earth do you get all your energy. I wish I had half of it. You do so much fun stuff and knit too. Happy Birthday Libby!!!

Nora said...

Everything is gorgeous - but I so love those party bags!

Happy birthday Libby [all the way from Sydney, Australia]. x

KeanaLee said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIBBY!

Adrienne said...

Those party bags are SO cute!!! Everything was beautiful!

2begin2 said...

Wow double digits! What sweet party favors that can be used over & over, time and again - it's a gift that will forever link them to that particular moment in their lives...it's like a friendship bracelet!
One daughter of mine received a similar party favor years ago - every once in awhile you'll see one of the girls using it which will always make the girls giggle. :)

Laura said...

What a beautiful day!Your party bags are great, it's a lovely idea to do something personal like that.

Virtuous said...

Now that was a GREAT 10th birthday!!
Happy Bday Pumpkin!!

Luv the bags Mom! :o)

lucy said...

OH! What a memorable birthday it was! Happy Birthday Libby!

You did a fantastic job planning the party to the last detail. Love all you did!

Dana said...

What awesome favor bags!

Kristin said...

The gift bags are a genius idea!! For Clarabel's bday we do a cd and I've been thinking of what we could do for Laila. Totally stealing your idea now that I'm learning to sew and all.

sherri said...

The paper flowers really looked terrific!! Libby is a lucky girl, but I always feel lucky to be a parent and I know you do, too. They grow up so fast. Every year I get teary when I think that my babies are all grown up.

La Cabeza Grande said...

You sure know how to make memories. What a terrific day - very special, indeed. This is something she will remember forever, Leslie.

peaknits said...

What a great party! The bags are positively darling - what a charming favor!

SpiderWomanKnits said...

What a perfect celebration! Happy birthday to your sweet Libby.

kim said...

You are incredible! I'm sure Libby will remember her special day for years to come. The fabric and labels on the bags are genius.

Happy Birthday, Libby!

Sarah Jackson said...

Happy birthday Libby!!!

Looks like a wonderful day. I'm always amazed at how fast they grow up. My oldest is 17 now, and there's no way that I'm that old.

Love those bags!

Knitting Mama said...

I wish I had gone to that birthday party! I love the loot bag totes!

sunneshine said...

What a great idea for the birthday totes!

Happy Birthday Libby!

Bliss said...

What fun party gifts! I bet the girls were thrilled. Your decorations were terrific, too.

blissfulknitter AT gmail DOT com

Denise said...

Happy Birthday to Libby. I love the bags, they are just adorbale, great fabric, and a great size for a library tote.
Have a fun day.

erin said...

happy birthday to libby! looks like a great party. i haven't been to the circus in so long. now i want to go!

Kara said...

Heavens to Betsy! What a fab party. I totally think that the magic of birthday parties are in the little touches, and it looks like you had that covered. So cute!

Happy Birthday Libby!

So Much Fun said...

Love the circus theme, and what cute bags, that fabric is SO Much Fun!
Wish libby a happy day from me!
xoxoxo

HPNY Knits said...

those bags are so sweat! nice touch.

nicole said...

Wow, what a perfectly delightful party you created. The circus, the decorations, the bags, it's all so lovely. Happy Birthday Libby, lucky duck!

Louise said...

How gorgeous are you making all those lovely bags for the kids - I bet they loved that party! By the way - you've just been tagged!

Jess said...

What a totally awesome party! Love the bags. Happy Birthday Libby! I hope you and your friends had fun!

KnitPastis said...

Hey Happy Birthday Libby!
Understandable you had no time to bake. Her cakes looks too good right now and so pretty:)
You are so talented with these decorations and handbags! My favorite part of everything you do is that you make it personalized. Love that to pieces!

jenna said...

Everything looks absolutely lovely! (Will you adopt me?)

Kirsten said...

Happy Birthday Libby!
That looks like a wonderful party with really special favors! Libby is a lucky girl to have such a talented mom!

JL said...

That's such a good idea. Those bags are so lovely.

opportunityknits said...

Happy Birthday to Libby! Boy, you sure do everything in such great style. Plus, I love the polka dot tights!

Lisa said...

Sounds like a tonne of fun! Love the bag idea...I'm sure the girls did too.

Cinnamonamon said...

How sweet! And if it makes you less sad, I'll remind you of what "those days" are/were like...dirty dishes, toys to trip over, sleep blocked in 2 hour or less segments, and tons of dirty diapers...the sweet baby breath makes up for it all, of course. :)

Seriously though, ten has to be a blast; developing her own style, reading great books, starting on her journey to becoming a teen... Kids are just awesome, huh.

Sarah said...

Who could begrudge you a little bakery cake? We all know you can bake. I think the bags for the girls was the touch that really mattered. What a perfect loot bag for them. I really have to move and get my sewing machine back!

amandajean said...

happy birthday to libby!

those totes are adorable. sounds like the perfect birthday.

sheepish one said...

happy birthday to libby! i adore the bags you made, as i'm sure libby and her friends did, too.

great taste with the paper flowers. ;-)

The_Add_Knitter said...

How funny, my daughter Pia will be ten on Tuesday, double digits, I can't believe it!!

Katy said...

Those bags are perfect--I'm so impressed that you found the time to make them. Once I get my sewing machine back out (when renovations of craft room are done) I look forward to some similar projects!

sarah said...

You are one popular lady. I just looked at my stats for the first time in about four days and couldn't for the life of me figure out why I had nearly 600 hits today when it's been five days since my last post. It was you.

The bags and their tags are wonderful. Very well done. I'm glad Libby's 10th was so well enjoyed and I hope the celebrating spilled over into today. A decade deserves that, don't you think?

TLCknits said...

Happy Birthday Libby!
What a great day all around!
Those bags are beautiful!

Julie said...

Happy 10 to Libby! What a beautiful birthday party... and I just love the library totes! I bet the guests did too! How fun!

Veronique said...

Wow, you know how to throw a birthday party! Those tote bags are the perfect gift :)

monica said...

What an awesome birthday party Libby had! Happy belated birthday Libby! I love her polka dot tights.

Meggie said...

I can't believe Libby is 10 years old. I want to be invited to the party just to get a party favor...LOVE the bags! Happy Birthday Libby!

JudyMac said...

Fabulous! I hope you all had a fantastic time. :)

Stella said...

Well, that sounds like a perfectly lovely way to turn 10. Love the party favors (and those polka dot tights)!

nova said...

The personalized bags are a lovely touch. I think you gave your daugther I a very memorable 10th birthday celebration!

tiennie said...

I love these totes! I'm so stealing this idea for my little girl! Happy birthday Libby!

Olga said...

What a special day! The circus is one of my very favorite things. Happy birthday, Libby!

Yarn It said...

Way too cute! Those bags are adorable! And happy birthday to Libby....10 is a big one!

Amanda said...

I just got sentimental over my little ones. They seem to grow quick! Looked like a really fun birthday to me! Lucky girl!

Kaet said...

what a special day...i love the bags! i have a similar bag, and i use it as my library bag too! happy birthday libby (now go enjoy some leftover cake!)

grace said...

Thank you for the sweet comment. And thanks for coming by my site. Yours is a pleasure to read. I'll surely be back.

carrie said...

oh my goodness, you really outdid yourself. when i was growing up, we didn't have a lot of money, but birthdays were always extra, extra special. i remember what we did for every single one. and i'm sure your daughter will never forget this one! so sweet.

Hege said...

What a great way to celebrate the birthday!

Love all the beautiful bags you've done lately :)

Tanya said...

Happy Birthday to Libby!!! Looks like it was a polda dot fun kind of party and day. Those bags are darling - what favor treasures they are :)

Tanya

Kirsten said...

The party looks like a lot of fun and I love those bags!

Romi said...

Dude! The big one-oh! Time goes so quickly, doesn't it? Happy birthday Libby!

Gorgeous pics, btw. :)

Stacey said...

how do you do it all?? sounds like a perfect birthday!

bobbi said...

WOW! I wish i was invited to the birthday party, i'd love one of those bags. great looking and nice work.
happy birthday to Libby.

Knitterella said...

How wonderful! What a party! LOVE, LOVE that you made personalized totes. Love the little tags with the ititial stamped on - must keep that in my idea file. You are too good! I love it!

The pom, poms are great too.

Happy Birthday Libby! Wow TEN!

nicole said...

oh my, this post is all kinds of 'happy'. what a great day!

Felicia said...

What awesome party favors :)

Mary said...

You are such a great mom!

Lolly said...

What a day! amazing! I know it is one that she will never forget. Great favors!!

Lisa said...

What a fantastic gift. Love the little personalization too. Your blog is such a pleasure to browse. Lots of pretty pictures and projects and peanut butter cookies too. Yummy!

Knitterella said...

I went out and bought some letter stamps because I love the way you personalized those totes. Question, is the ribbon you made those little tags out of like a cotton fabric or just a ribbon that you buy on a spool?

It's just the perfect touch!

melissa said...

that's a very sad picture of the circus. i love your blog, but do you think the elephants really want to be doing those tricks? i think they'd rather be in the grass with their families... enjoying life.