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Flower cake for a 7 year old

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My baby girl turned 7 in February. She counted the days eagerly, waiting waiting.

This is her birthday party, shared with friends at the local community centre. She didn't request any silly cake decorations, and let me plan exactly how I wanted it. She did ask for a coconut cake and a chocolate cake, which of course I happily obliged her - two cakes for my beautiful girl. 

I picked these zinnias from the school garden, and I cannot tell you how simply happy they make me feel looking at them now. And watching her little face as we carried the cake out - eyes squeezed shut so she couldn't see the decorations. And loving it totally. It really couldn't have been more simple, yet more striking and eye catching and happy-inducing. I think all the school friends felt happy just looking at it - they couldn't help but keep dipping their little fingers into it. 

Mishi and I made these washi tape hearts on peach tree twigs the morning of her party. I took her hand and we went walking to gather the little twigs and then sat and stuck washi tape onto cardboard hearts. What a simply fun, enjoyable and lovely moment it was. Being ready for the party in time, and have spare time to wander and gather and craft together. 

Oh 7 Seven 7. I simply cannot quite believe you are at this milestone yet. In Steiner philosophy, seven is a new cycle - skin shedding and moving into a new rhythm. I think somehow you're leaving baby-hood more and more behind, and growing up into a young woman already. Wonderful, yet sad and scary for this mama. 

Right now you are:
Loving circus class - back bends are your absolute favourite
Wearing funky colour / print clash clothing combinations
Reading stories to yourself every day - chapter books. You lie on your bed with your legs kicking about while you read and read.
Doing cute little styles in your hair. It's still short, but you can do two sweet little piggy tails on the side.
Constantly making and creating something or other.
Continuing drawing your Foxy stories. Wow - your drawings are getting so so amazing!
Climbing into bed in the morning and playing games with daddy, giggling and tickling. 

primivera // a Spring jasmine crown and a forest fairy

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Happy Spring! 
We found the jasmine flowering behind the water tank. She said, can we make a crown. Of course of course. A Spring crown for my little forest fairy. Welcoming Spring. With her smile. 

I couldn't choose just one favourite from the 200-odd photos that I took. We were chasing the last of the afternoon light, but the garden looks glowing and glorious in the last days of Winter when we shot these. 

Jasmine makes me think of our wedding day. Last week we celebrated our nine year wedding anniversary. Our flower girl, so young back then, wore jasmine in her hair and twirled around her flower basket. We cut the flowers from the house up the road from where we were living at the time. I'm so glad there's jasmine here now, on this land. That my mum planted it, despite it being a bad weed that will want to creep over everything, it hasn't been too bad in the years since it was planted. It's good to have that perfume of jasmine mingling with citrus blossoms filling the air. 

If you are welcoming Autumn, I hope it's lovely watching the leaves change colour and fall and scatter on the ground. The blossoms aren't last long here, it seems Spring will be fleeting and Summer will be upon us before we know it. Right now, I am soaking up every single moment of early Spring flowers as I can. Check out my IG feed, there seems to be a flower every second photo!