August 6, 2010

a mouk birthday

Brave's favorite book of late has been Mouk, thus I decided a little Mouk birthday was in order for our newly three year old girl. It was all a bit of a surprise and good thing she doesn't question what I make too much while I am sewing. True knew all about it and was very excited to surprise her little sister.
brave's 3rd birthday
I sewed my first kinda-quilt ever! It is a blanket of the world because Mouk travels all throughout the world. Of course it is not made to scale (and a few islands may be missing) as something very exact would have made me go bonkers. We hung it up for the celebration, but now it can be used as any type of blanket from picnics to play to learning or even sleeping. Ben put some steel poles in the ground for our little party and I just strung up some left over bunting from Linda's wedding.
brave's 3rd birthday
Here is my special little Bravey wearing her new, but vintage birthday dress. The birthday girl was happy as she recognized everything right away!
brave's 3rd birthday
Naturally, a little softie Mouk had to be made to go along with the celebration.
brave's 3rd birthday
Something from every country Mouk travelled to was represented at the celebration. There were Papas Fritas from Peru, sushi from Japan, snow (the shaved ice in the coconuts) from Finland, fruits from Madagascar (topped the snow in the coconuts), macarons from Paris, watermelon rind masks from Greece, turkish delight from Libya, hibiscus tea from West Africa, licorice from Australia (not sure if it is particularly Australian, but this particular one was made there). Brave also got some special presents which included a golden fish kite from China and a New York stamp set. Lastly, we made painted elephants just like did in the book in India. Thus as we read the book, we indulged in the special delights represented from each country. The girls were most anxious and excited about painting the elephants, and of course devouring all the little sweet treats!
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brave's 3rd birthday
A Mouky (as they like to call him) party was the perfect celebration for our wonderful little Brave... small, simple, and sweet just like our birthday girl!

70 comments:

  1. you are SO creative. it almost makes me sick! will you plan all my future children's birthday parties?!

    adorable idea!

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  2. I can't imagine the effort that went to all your daughters' birthdays! Wow. And loving that world quilt!

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  3. soo absolutely perfect and creative. Your birthday/celebrations are always SO inspiring!
    Sarah M

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  4. this is beautiful & so inspiring! your family always has the best birthday celebrations!

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  5. Wow! You are awesome. My son loooooooves Mouk!! It is the only book he ever wants to read. I painted a Mouk bear on canvas to hang in his room, and he always tells people who visit "mommy, painting". He is 2. It is amazing how you turned the book into a party. Love it!

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  6. Wow! You're so, so creative and it looks like they had so much fun. Happy Birthday Brave!

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  7. This.is.Awesome!
    I love your ideas here; the whole thing turned out so beautifully!

    xoxo

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  8. wonderful quilt! I'm in awe. I'm sure it will be treasured always!

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  9. that was PHENOMENAL!! every detail was precious...cutest girls in the world!!

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  10. such an amazing birthday!! i love to read your blogs and marvel at your ideas.
    :] that quilt is utterly amazing!!

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  11. this is the cutest little party ever! and that quilt...LOVE!

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  12. everything turned out so sweet..such love..where did you find the paris snow globe?

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  13. Love it! All the details. My (almost 4 year old) Bella is standing behind me yelling "it's Mouk". Brilliant idea, taking something Brave loves and bringing it to life-just for her. You are so talented!

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  14. so creative, so precious, and I love how you make everything so personal to them - they are memories I am sure they will NEVER forget!!!! I love checking in on your precious little family!

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  15. This is just lovely! Happy Birthday Brave! I love seeing how the Cakie home celebrates special days. They are all so great.

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  16. so stinkin adorable!! your girls have the craftiest momma. i adore brave's vintage dress - how lovely! what a special little celebration for her!

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  17. hi! i heard of your blog a while back from my good friend, kevin (nina's boyfriend). i just wanted to say that this is SOOOO cute and creative! your little girls are so lucky to have such a cool mommy! God really blessed you with talent! (=

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  18. I have no desire to have kids for at least 10 or 15 years but when I read your blog it makes me yearn to be a mom. You are SO creative and great at what you do. I hope I'm as good of a mother to my kids as you are to your beautiful girls :)

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  19. Can I be your kid? lol! I love all the fun parties you plan.How fun! I noticed the quilt in the background in yesterday's post & was going to ask where you got it...it's fabulous! I have a feeling everybody will be wanting one. :) I just love how you all celebrated outside on a quilt...too cute.By the way,we all love Mouk here,too.... who doesn't? :) Your girls sure are lucky to have such a creative mom....you're always raising the bar every time you do something.

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  20. I wanna be a Bratcher baby. :/ SO CUTE! I <3 bravery! Happy bday to her!

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  21. oh LOVE it! What a great idea, and I just love that quilt!!!

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  22. Awesome party Ruby!! Licorice??? Didn't you get my email back? Oh well. Looks like you all had a wonderful time travelling around the globe x

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  23. This quilt is the most beautiful thing I've see in a long time. I must make one just like it (most likely I would end up paying somebody to make it...) The party looks fabuolous. Cute, cute, cute

    Elena
    http://planandplay1.blogspot.com/

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  24. love that quilt. happy birthday little one.

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  25. That quilt is AMAZING! What a special celebration! :)

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  26. I absolutely love reading about your family's birthday celebrations. You do an amazing job. The quilt is beautiful.

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  27. Love the photos!
    And happy birthday to your beautiful daughter!

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  28. So creative! I love it! And little Brave looked so happy!

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  29. You really outdo yourself EACH TIME! You are killing me with how awesome this private party was! I want a Mouk birthday party this month now. I'm turning 29 on the 31st! I think I should talk Brett into making me some watermelon rind masks and locate some macaroons.

    KILLING ME! WITH AWESOME!

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  30. Soo sweet =) Such a good mommy you are.

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  31. love it all, most especially the quilt and elephants. can you be persuaded to make those for your SHOP?????

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  32. oh my gosh! ahhh!!!i love how she wears the ring still! i love all of this! i love bravey!

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  33. what an incredibly sweet little party! that quilt is amazing!!! and all the other small and meaningful details--perfection! they are blessed to have such a beautiful and creative mom like you!
    j.

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  34. oh wow, this is just incredible!!
    world travel in your backyard...i am seriously so amazed.

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  35. Wow - another fabulous birthday celebration you have creatively executed!!! It looked just perfect in every way. You are truly an inspiration.

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  36. so many details, so much love... DELIGHTFUL!!!

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  37. OH my goodness! cutest party ever. you are such a crafy mom! :)

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  38. you are amazing! that quilt is fantastic...Im taking very good notes for when i have kids and they have birthdays! :)

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  39. How sweet! Your girls are just darling. Happy Birthday Brave!

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  40. WOW! I love birthdays. My kiddo's third is coming up and now that I've seen these photos I think I'm going to have to come up with a theme. . . Thomas the Tank Engine. . . or Matchbox Cars. . .

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  41. The party looks so stinkin cute! What great memories your girls will have of their birthdays. Well done!

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  42. oh my gash, i wish you were my mom! will you sell another of those quilts to me??

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  43. This may be the cutest thing I've ever seen!

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  44. You really are an inspiration. Everything you do with your family is infused with so much creativity and love. I can't imagine what wonderful, creative lives your girls will lead with such great examples from you and your husband. Well done!

    P.S. My daughter is 1/2 filipino too so I love seeing photos of your lovely girls.

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  45. Astonishing and beautiful!! That quilt is gorgeous!

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  46. looks like such a fun party! i want my next birthday to be that much fun. and i just love the world quilt! i may have to be inspired by it for a new project, thanks for sharing!

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  47. Oh My! Everything is so fabulous! My little ones would adore a party like this. We love Mouk too!

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  48. such a cute and simple perfect birthday celebration. thanks for inspiring all of us to keep it simple and home made and wonderful.

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  49. what a truly special birthday little Brave must have had, you are so clever and inspiring. That gorgeous quilt will remind her of her beautiful birthday for years to come.

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  50. adorable! where do you manage to find the time to work on such creativity with three little ones in tow. when mine were littles i felt like a chicken with it's head cut off lol! anyhoo, looks like brave had such a great time what a blessing of a mommy you are!
    blessings and have a loveLee monday!

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  51. Congratulations with your little big girl, such a great party theme (but I'm not suprised!!)
    It looks so sweet and creative, your such a lovely mum!

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  52. I can't understand how you can manage to find so much time to do all that stuff. I would really like to be organized as you are. I am also eager that my baby girl be 1 and 2 year old and I could do fun stuff for her birthday too. But since then, there will be Christmas and you gave me ideas for it.

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  53. Lovely and so so beautiful! Everything is perfect and I LOVE the quilt. You always amaze me. Your girls have so much luck to have such a creative and lovely mum!

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  54. Happy Brave! What a beatifull birthday!

    Many many hugs from Brazil!

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  55. This looks like the best birthday ever. Very inspired!

    I especially love the quilt :)

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  56. Everything looks SO amazing! You did such a wonderful job on the quilt... I want one! Haha. And all of the different types of food looks so amazing. Ah, your kids sure are lucky! :)

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  57. Whoa! Wow! Ultra wonderful, super fabulous, beautiful, fun, creative, amazing birthday. The quilt alone was awesome, then add all of the food, extras, and fun - it's simply amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  58. this birthday celebration was perfectly sweet!

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  59. This looks like the perfect birthday party! Your girls look so cute!

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  60. You are such an amazing mom! everything here is aboslutely adorable.. you really inspire me for when i have a child

    Thanks for being wonderful!

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  61. oh my goodness, I LOVE that quilt -- it is amazing. My littlest one's room is sort of "internationally" themed. I have paper quilted pieces that are sort of collages reminiscent of different parts of the world. This quilt would be great in her room!

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  62. the quilt is so gorgeous! I think it's so pretty... I hope it's ok if i link to this post and share the quilt picture because it's so inspiring!

    Jac
    theoccasionaltraveller.wordpress.com

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  63. I am always so inspired by your crafts!! You have such a fresh approach! This party was perfect in every way! And I have to say I am obsessed with that quilt!! I think you should patent it because everyone will be making one since it is so darn cute! I know I will at least try to.

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  64. WOW!!! i am amazed!! you are so talented. i'm in love with your world map quilt! (i also love the quilt on the ground!) also, can i just say how much i love and appreciate how you express your faith on your blog?!

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  65. I love how creative you are. The elephant idea is amazing. I might use a similar idea for valentine's day!

    Your family is adorable

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  66. Mouk is my favorite character too ! What a merveilleux birthday !

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  67. I loooooove the world quilt! What a wonderful idea. And the whole party seems like it was so much fun. I'm sure your Birthday girl will never forget her special party!

    Saw you at C.R.A.F.T.!

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  68. What a lucky girl! That looks like a fun party! And I LOVE your world map quilt! (saw it on Pinterest)

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