Friday was The Elder's 11th Birthday.
The first of her B-day requests was cake decorating supplies.
I baked the cake, devil's chocolate from America's Test Kitchen, (made dairy-free with coconut milk) and did a crumb coat of frosting, but she did the rest and it turned out great!
Earlier this year I built a rudimentary canopy for The Elder's bed.
For the big room redo I got some pipe insulation, painted it white and covered the uprights. Next we covered them with some more of the lacy fabric I used for the canopy.
Then, using some outdoor light clips, we attached a string of twinkle lights to the top.
It's the perfect reading light level, and turned out fairly magical, if I do say so...
She also needed a desk, and luckily the neighbors threw out this changing table the other week.
It converted quite easily to a desk, and with a lick of paint it looks brand new.
She was mostly happy with the transformation, though there was a little panic when she couldn't find all of her toys.
It's a little staggering that this tiny sweet baby
has turned into this confident, bright, delightful young lady.
Happy Birthday, my girl.