Birthday Harvest {2018}

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Hello, dears!

Today I am excited to FINALLY show you guys some of the gifts I got for my birthday! It took me a while to get this all prepared, but I’m pretty pleased with the pictures because… well, I shall tell you in a bit. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, first the obligatory disclaimer about how this is the obligatory disclaimer that no, for those of you who have a nagging doubt, I am NOT trying to brag about my gifts (I never saw any posts like these that were, but oh well), I am simply making one of the practically useless but quite entertaining birthday posts that I enjoy reading for some reason. XD So hopefully you enjoy it too!

Now that that confusing paragraph is out of the way, let us move onto…. another disclaimer: these gifts are in no particular order. πŸ˜‰ Also for the background I used a white sheet (that took a while to iron) and some confetti from Clara’s amazing birthday box.

NOW! First, some super cute succulents from my sister Megan! (Also I REALLY REALLY LIKE THIS PICTURE. πŸ˜€ )

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These succulents are really fuzzy and soft – kind of like Lamb’s Quarter.

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She got these succulents from Leaf & Clay, by the way, which I think is a great site!

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SweetΒ LauraΒ sent me this adorable pot – I actually had seen it before on Amazon and loved it. πŸ˜€ (Fun fact: I was obsessed with pandas when I was little, and I still like them.) Doesn’t it look SO CUTE holding a succulent?

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My Grandma and Grandpa gave me this lovely dish. I believe it was my great-great-grandmother’s. O.o So that’s pretty neat. πŸ™‚

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My dear friend Aria gave me this bath bomb, which I can’t wait to use! I always take showers, but Megan and I actually have a jacuzzi ( :O ) in our new bathroom at the big house, so I shall use it when we move in to celebrate. πŸ˜€

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I don’t wear very much makeup at all, so my makeup collection is pretty sad. XD Aria sent me this and I think it’s so pretty!

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I was so happy to get this paper because my other scrapbook paper isn’t cardstock, and I love the thicker paper. Plus this is so cute! The amazing Clara gave me this gift. ❀ (Psst, if you like this, you should check out Megan’s giveaway to have a chance of winning it!)

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I love the metallic accents on this journal from Aria! Also it’s good to have new notebooks since I use mine up for school, like *cough, cough* CHEMISTRY. Eh.

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Stickers! I actually have very few stickers, so yayyyy! Also I love these colors. One that cracks me up says “buy more stickers.” XD

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Clara gave me this really fun washi tape crafts book! I got a lot of good ideas from this, heh heh.Β I really want to do some sort of washi tape wallpaper in our new bedroom like in the second picture.

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Clara also gave me this fun doodle prompt book! I was originally going to do one every week but decided that probably wasn’t realistic, so. XD It has some neat ideas in it, like…

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Aria also gave me this very pretty and dainty best friends’ necklace. ❀ (The blurry spots have cutouts of the states where we live under them.) I’m trying not to wear it every day… πŸ˜‰

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Aria found me this other giraffe thingy… not quite sure what it’s called, but it’s SPARKLY, and it’s PURPLE! Particularly PURPLE! πŸ˜€ It’s also quite fun to shake up.

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My grandparents gave me this camera remote, which will be SO nice for using instead of the self-timer. YAY!

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Megan gave me these super cute and pretty washi tapes. ❀ I love them, particularly the gold succulent one! πŸ˜€

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Aria gave me several pretty tapes too. I figured out that the plain white ones are great for painting, like with watercolors, and the gold ones are actually shaped cutouts instead of your regular rectangular tape! Pretty neat. πŸ™‚

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Also I took all of the above pictures with my next present: softbox lighting from my Gram and Grandaddy! πŸ˜€ Ironically the softboxes themselves are rather hard to take pictures of, so I’ll just use one from Amazon. πŸ˜‰ Their lights are super bright and especially good for indoor and project photography, which is not my strong suite. Let me know if you guys would be interested in a full-scale review sometime!

Β LimoStudio 700W Photography Softbox Light Lighting Kit Photo Equipment Soft Studio Light Softbox 24"X24", AGG814

I had these next two presents on the table, but for some reason forgot to take pictures of them with the rest, so that’s why they don’t have the same background. :/ Anyway, Aria gave me these pretty paint pens! They’re very opaque so you can color over printed words and such – it’s basically like paint in a marker.

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She also gave me this mug, which I love. XD Isn’t it so cute and funny? (She calls me a giraffe since I’m tall (5’10”), by the way. That’s why she got me giraffe presents. ❀ πŸ˜‰ )

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And one last present… A DESK FOR MY ART STUDIO! My parents let me pick out a desk I liked and they bought it for me, which I was so happy about! I picked this lovely desk from Ikea:

LINNMON / ALEX Table IKEA Pre-drilled leg holes for easy assembly. Drawer stops prevent the drawers from being pulled out too far.


Here it is in my art studio! Except… we accidentally ordered the wrong (larger) size, so we’re going to get a new table top that should fit better soon. But otherwise, I LOVE it! I think it’s perfect for the space. πŸ˜€

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Welp, I suppose that’s it. πŸ™‚ So many other people gave me the sweetest cards and envelopes and little birthday packages, but I didn’t have enough space in this already very long post to show everything. 😦 If I didn’t show something you gave, please know that I still truly and honestly loved it and you made my day by sending it. ❀ THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYONE, for a great birthday! I felt incredibly loved – my family, and myfriends online and offline were so, so sweet! I am now officially 18 – strange but true. Yikes. πŸ˜› Am I too old to use emojis now? I hope not, because they’re very helpful…

Before you go… what is one thing on your birthday list? Did you find anything here to add? πŸ˜‰ And isn’t the softbox lighting great?

Thanks so much for reading, dears, and please have a lovely day! ❀


106 thoughts on “Birthday Harvest {2018}

  1. WOOP WOOP! *throws more confetti* Okay, I love the succulents Megan picked out for you! She did such a great job! And the stationary paper Clara gave you is SO PRETTY. And I love that dish! I have some things like that in my hope chest from the family. *nods* WHAT A FANTASTIC HARVEST. And as you know, WHAT A LOVELY POST. I much enjoyed reading it. πŸ™‚ β™₯

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    1. Hee hee, THANKS FOR THE CONFETTI! Also I knooow, right? I love them! And YESS IT IS! AND YES I KNOW! AND YES INDEED! And thank you, thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚


  2. Sounds like you had an awesome birthday! πŸ™‚ I am so glad you liked the pot. πŸ˜€ Happy late birthday!

    -Laura ❀ πŸ˜‰

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  3. So fun, and nice pictures! I look forward to seeing the craft room progress, and I think a review would be interesting! Washi tape is so fun, and those succulents are so cute too! I recently cut a sprig off of our elephant bush succulent and replanted it. Hopefully I will keep it alive (I’m not much of a gardener… XD ) .

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, I can’t wait to post more about my studio! Okay, great! I know, I love washi tape and succulents. πŸ˜€ Ooh, I hope it works, hee hee. πŸ™‚


  4. YAY YAY ALLISON YOU GOT SOFTBOXES! I was hoping you’d get some!! The pictures you took with them look AMAZING – and I’m glad to see my confetti being put to good use! XD Do you agree that the softboxes are somewhat challenging to construct? I certainly think so. πŸ˜›
    All of your gifts are so pretty! The camera remote is super cool and it’s so awesome that you got a desk – it looks lovely in your art studio! πŸ˜€ The succulents are all so adorable. I especially love the picture of the little striped one in the adorable panda pot:

    SO CUTE. XD This was such a fun post to read! πŸ˜€

    -Clara ❀

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    1. I DID I DID I DID I LOVE THEM! And thank you SO much! Yes, I love how the confetti looks in the pictures. πŸ˜€ And ha ha, yeah, the first one was definitely a bit tricky, but the second one went pretty fast. πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! And YES, thanks! Oh yesss I loved that one too! THANK YOU AGAIN and I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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  5. Oh, what lovely gifts! I bet the softbox lights will be great to work with. I’d love to have a review of them! πŸ™‚ The washi tape looks fun, too. I have some, but I never what to use it for, because I want to put it on something special. What are your suggestions?

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    1. Yes, I thought so too! πŸ˜€ YES, I love them so far, and great! Hopefully I’ll post a review sometime. πŸ™‚ And ooh yeah, washi tape is great fun, but I know the feeling. Ooh, good question. Let’s see…
      1. A plain notebook or one you use a lot
      2. A gift (make a washi bow or stripes, arrows, etc.)
      3. A window-cling or wall decal (Stick a bunch of strips together into a sheet and cut out shapes.)
      4. A boring pillar candle or tealight.
      5. Pencils, pens, or other similar supplies.
      I hope that helps! The nice thing about washi tape is if you decide you don’t want to use it for something after all, you can pull it off and stick it somewhere else. πŸ™‚


      1. Yay, I’m looking forward to that! Studio lights look so cool, and I’m interested in having them someday. πŸ™‚
        Ooh, thanks for the suggestions! I never thought about the fact that you could peel it off a surface. Thanks for the tip!


  6. Happy birthday, again dear Allison! I just love Jane Davenport art supplies. I have the other color set of the paint markers and I love them! I can’t wait to see the Art Studio part 2!

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    1. Thank you again, Gaby! ❀ Yesss, I haven't had too much experience with them but they are super cute so far! That's so neat! And I can't wait to write it. πŸ™‚


  7. Wow, everything you received is SO you! I loved it all, seeing all the craft supplies, I love those! And did you know I love panda’s too? So that panda pot was SO adorable! I’m just so glad you had such an awesome birthday! πŸ™‚

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    1. Ha ha, isn’t it? My friends and family know me well. πŸ˜› Yesss, the craft supplies were so fun! Oh yeah, I do remember that! I KNOOOW, isn’t it? And thank you, dear. ❀

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  8. what a great birthday! I do love the succulents, and all the little pots! How cute πŸ’› and those washi tapes are divine! lovely post to read and the colourful backgrounds on the first set of photos was so cool!
    clover xx

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  9. YAYYY! I was looking forward to this post! It was so fun seeing all of the gifts you received!! πŸ™‚ Wow, that is so neat that you got softboxes!! How do they work? Are they for indoor photos? That washi tape creations book looks like so. much. fun! xD Your art studio looks awesome already–it looks perfect with the new desk! πŸ™‚ This was so fun to read!!

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    1. I’m so glad to hear that, Anna! And YES, I love them! They’re basically like really bright lightbulbs inside a reflective umbrella, which makes bright, even lighting. πŸ™‚ Yes, they’re made for indoor photography! Yessss, it WAS! XD And thank you so much again!

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      1. Wow, your mom is tall too! My mom is 5’8″, so I’m like a giant next to her. How is the farm coming? Do you like the smell of paint? Weird question, but something I just thought of. Is your dad taller than your mom? You don’t have to answer it. πŸ™‚


        1. Yeah! She’s the exact same height as my Dad. πŸ˜› Ha ha, wow, I’ll bet! The farm is coming along pretty well, thank you so much for asking! We’re hoping to move into the big house in a few weeks, and I am SO SO EXCITED! And it depends on the paint, but yeah, I like it. It smells… new. πŸ™‚ What about you?

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          1. I really like the way paint smells. I also like painting. I’m so glad you’re going to be moving in! That must be so exciting. I’ve never moved, so I can’t even imaging what it’s like. That’s cool that your parents are the same height. Are all your siblings tall? Or am I asking too personal questions?


            1. Yeah! YESSSS I am so excited. I know, I haven’t moved either! Except I guess moving into the Cedar House sort of counts, but it’s not quite the same… anyway, yeah! Yep, Logan is six foot… something. Maybe 6′ 1″. O.o The rest of my siblings are tall for their age too – I mean, we really have no choice. XD And no, you’re good so far! πŸ˜› Don’t worry, I’ll let you know if I’m not supposed to answer something. πŸ™‚

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              1. Cool! You have a tall family! Some of my family is short, some are tall (like myself πŸ˜‰ ). I loved the photo shoot you did with Megan. Where did you get that pretty dress? Do you get along with your siblings a lot? Is Megan your closest sibling? And I’m sorry. I’m known for the lengthy questions I ask, and for how many I ask. πŸ˜‚. You can ask me any questions as well.


                1. I sure do! XD And OOH MORE QUESTIONS! Hey, would you be okay with emailing so we can ask and answer questions better? It’s totally fine if you don’t want to, but I just thought I’d ask before I answered these. πŸ™‚

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                  1. Oh, yes! I would love to email you. (Was that too enthusiastic? You do have my email with the commenting box, right? Or you can use the contact form on my blog, or I can contact you.


  10. That sounds like such an awesome birthday! I love your new succulents. I too recently got a desk, only I got a fixer upper! It’s going to be lovely when I’m done, though. I also don’t wear much makeup, but when I do I use Carmindy’s five min face for teens. Nice soft boxes as well! Love to see a review.

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    1. I had a great birthday indeed! πŸ˜€ Thank you – me too! Really? That’s so fun! I was originally going to get a fixer upper, but it was nice to just get a new one. πŸ™‚ I’m sure yours will be amazing! Ooh, and thanks for the makeup suggestion! Okay, great! Hopefully I can do a review sometime. πŸ™‚

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  11. Wow, so many giraffes!! Ahh, So much washi tape and stickers, I WANT ALL OF THEM!!!!!!!! And so many plants, if I had that many plants, they would all die the first week XD.
    Happy birthday!!!

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      1. Yeah, about 3/4 of my body is all legs, LOL! Okay, maybe not that much, but you get the point, right? LOL! πŸ™‚


        1. Hmm, that’s a hard question! I like drawing people, particularly faces or parts of faces, like eyes. πŸ™‚ I also like drawing abstract patterns and doodles. Mostly I like drawing everything. XD What about you?


          1. I really like drawing eyes as well. They are so detailed and just bring a whole drawing to life.
            And other then eyes, I enjoy creating fantasy characters and beasts! ( of course everything is fun but those are my favorites.)
            -Fantasy Farmgirl


  12. ooohhh that looks amazing!!! All of it does!! Happy Late Birthday!! Oh and when was your actual birthday? Mine was the 22nd. πŸ˜€ {but I haven’t been blogging because of school, only 5 days left until I get my diploma}. {then freedom, forever!!}

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    1. Thank youuuu! My actual birthday was the 8th. πŸ™‚ And OOH, happy late birthday to you too, dear! EEEEEEP THAT IS SOOO EXCITING! I’m so happy for you! I actually just finished school today, and I am SOOOO HAPPY. (As maybe you can tell? XD ) You can do this, Emmaline, you’re a l m o s t there! πŸ˜€

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