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An Entire Hand

That is how old my niece is going to be tomorrow!  Seriously, where have the past 5 years gone?  Cecelia is such an amazing little person… and I’m not just saying that because I am her aunt!  By the age of 3, she was using the word nocturnal in a sentence and correctly identifying over 50 different species of birds.  Yeah, she’s wicked smart.  She’s also very sensitive and incredibly loving.  Watching her grow and evolve over the past 5 years has been truly amazing!

Last Saturday was Cecelia’s birthday party, it was held at a gymnastics facility near her parents’ home.  For about an hour Cece and friends ran around an obstacle course, jumped into foam pits, and bounced on various trampolines.  The adults, myself included, were really jealous of all the fun the kids were having!

After everyone was finished tumbling it was time for cake and presents.  This is where aunt DD shines.  With the exception of books, I’ve never purchased anything for her.  Everything has been made by hand, with love, from me.  So when Cece stopped opening her gifts and announced “Aunt DD, I want to open your present” I melted!

Several months ago Cece decided she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up.  Coming from a large family of animal lovers this was not much of a surprise.  She frequently tends to her sick kitties and puppies administering medications and placing them on a strict regimen of bed rest.  Clearly I had to create something to assist her health-promoting care.

I whipped up a few felt band-aids for her “recovery room”.  As you can see in the picture some are for injured animals others are for healed animals.  They have elastic on the back so they can fit a wide array of stuffed animals.  When my mother saw these she shook her head and placed her hand on her face.  I don’t think my brother was too excited about them either.  Cece thought they were cool and frankly, that is all that matters.

Any one who knows me, Cecelia, or follows this blog is aware of her OBSESSIVE LOVE for deer.  Last year I made her this dress, which is one of her favorite garments.  Keeping with tradition, I wanted to make her something deer-themed again.  She loves playing dress-up but making a deer costume was a challenge I did not want to take on, so I settled for a “Fluffy” mask instead!

Fluffy is the yearling that regularly visits my parents’ home.  Cece LOVES him and is always asking Grammy if she has seen him when she calls.  My mom framed a photo of Fluffy and his family for Cece’s room.

Some of my stitcher friends have mad skills when it comes to making felt masks, me, not so much.  And, in true professional procrastinator style, I waited ’til the morning of her party to make her presents.  What can I say, I’m a busy girl!  It kind of looks like a cross between an owl and a cat.  I probably should have made the ears longer and thinner, but whatever.  The birthday girl didn’t care, she loved it and immediately put it on!

photo credit Allen Tischer

Images and content (except where noted) copyright © 2008-2012 Danielle R Limoge.



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This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Images and content copyright © 2008-2011 Danielle R Limoge.

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This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Images and content copyright © 2008-2011 Danielle R Limoge.

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GIANT Bubbles

Last weekend, I had a sleepover with my favorite four-year old.  We ran through sprinklers, dug in the dirt, chased lightning bugs, enjoyed homemade Philadelphia-style vanilla ice cream, and made gigantic bubbles!

I first learned of these magnificent beauties last year when my friend, Tree, posted about them on her blog.  When I saw how easily they were created I just knew I had to try them out!

As you can see, I was really good at making them; Cecelia was really good at popping them!

To make giant bubbles you will need:

2 dowel rods

100% cotton piping (I crocheted a 100″ chain from cotton yarn)

2 screw-in eye hooks

1 metal washer (to act as a weight)


bubble solution and several healthy squirts of dish soap

a deep pan to hold the solution (I used a 9×9 foil baking pan)

Screw one eye hook into the top of each dowel rod.  Tie one end of the cord to one of the eye hooks, feed the other end through the remaining eye hook; slip the washer onto the cord and then tie the remaining loose end onto the eye hook where you first started.  Tah-dah!  You got yourself a bona fide giant-bubble-making-wand.  Saturate the cording in the bubble solution and blow baby blow!

As you can see by the numerous “costume changes” we did this every day! hahaha

And here I am explaining the finer points in solution swishing!

Images and content copyright © 2008-2011 Danielle R Limoge.


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For a “Deer” Little Girl

Two weekends ago I ventured to the ‘burg to a land full of blow-up slides and screaming children for my niece’s 4th birthday party. Clearly, I’d do anything for that little girl, and I now have a wicked chest cold to prove it!

For the past two+ years Cecelia has been OBSESSED with deers. Every time my mom calls my brother’s house to talk to CeCe you hear her in the background (nowhere near the phone) “Grammy, did you see any deers?”. This first thing she said when she came to stay overnight at my house “Aunt DD, maybe we will see some deers” My reply “No. Cece, most likely we will see cows.” She replied “But MAYBE we will see some deers.” Gotta love her persistent nature!

So, in honor of her special day I could make her nothing less than…a deer dress!

To her, everything is a family (of 3). So I have a Dada Deer, a Mama Deer and a Baby Deer.

Even though she was a bit over whelmed with the going-ons of her party, I could see she loved her dress. Her eyes got real big and she looked at the family of deers…then moved onto the next toy. haha Gotta love 4 year olds! I was delighted to hear that later on that evening she was chattering on about her deer dress. I can’t wait to see her in it! She is going through a dress phase, so of course I had to compete and create the dress she would want to wear everyday! hehe I think I won that challenge! AND I hand dyed the hemp to boot!

I was also delighted to see some other handmade gifts. Her Grandma (Krystal’s mom) made some super cute strawberries and a box to keep them in, and her Mamaw made a matching nightgown for her and baby! Yay for handmades!!!

Images and content copyright © 2008-2011 Danielle R Limoge.


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Weekend Hilights

“Aunt Dee Dee, I would like to pick fruit with you sometime, but first we have to dig for buried treasure dressed like pirates. Okay, now where do you keep your pirate clothes?”

Sunday Morning Smiles

While clearing out a section of dead leaves surrounding the kale, I heard Cecelia chattering on about sunflowers. She “planted” one for me  so it would grow this summer. I didn’t see it until she had already left. Melts my heart.

Strawberry Tarts

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Family Reunion 2.10

Every third weekend in September, my family heads West to Day’s End Farm, for a weekend full of food, fun and lots of R&R. This year’s attendance was about half due to lots of new babies born over the summer, but we still had an awesome time!

Nothing like sitting in front of a fire listening to stories of years past!
The keg-men, Jay and Jack.
Deer in the mist.
The mess hall.
Gator rides.
Cousin Nic and Mica.
I managed to make a new friend in a feral kitten…an no, I did not bring her home with me!

Sunday morning rainbow.

Nap Time
Liberty enjoying a quiet moment on the swing.
The girls and Brent, hangin’ in the hammock.
Best Friends!
Wanna kiss my bug?
Liberty and her bugs.
The bugs.
Yearly Family Photo
the *real* family photo!

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