We celebrated the little lady's birthday one more time this past weekend with some of her classmates. Because I'm, you know, insane. Most likely. I think this may be the last year for big parties for my girl. I think in the future we'll just do something special with a few friends. Though, I think she really did have a wonderful birthday. I hope she treasures these eight-year-old memories forever.
I know I can still remember the handful of birthday parties that I had: one in preschool, I treasure the photo of my mother wearing a late-seventies wild print button down shirt with a big medallion necklace handing out chocolate kitty cake. A party in first grade when red Kool-Aid got spilled on the living room carpet, and wild sleepovers in fourth grade and seventh grades. So much fun.
These eight-year-old girls really do just like to play. They're still so little. They seem big, but they aren't. It was surprising how much they wanted to play simple games like toss the stuffed animal and duck duck goose. I was telling my husband they're kind of like the kitten... they just need to play. They need to use that energy to grow their little minds and bodies.
I set up two craft tables with supplies to make stuffed animal collars and necklaces like the last party. But this time the girls made puppy dog necklaces instead of the spray-painted silver horse necklaces. I wanted to avoid the sticky spray paint so I didn't paint the dogs. They still turned out really cute. I also had a bag of shiny wild animals, but they were made of a harder plastic and were harder to twist the screw heads into, so I didn't make too many of those.
And now that I'm finished with birthday party season, I'm planning to spend a lot more time painting and drawing and working on my shop mermaidsandmoss.etsy.com. I restocked "Her Walk Along the Lake" and so there are plenty of prints available. Please do stop by. It's so much fun and feels absolutely wonderful to be selling my art. I've already sold five prints! I'm so grateful to all of my friends who are encouraging and supporting me. Thank you! Thank you!