Laelia’s 3rd Birthday

Laelia’s 3rd Birthday


Confetti! Sprinkles! Fun! Seeing as I last left off of regularly scheduled blogging right after Laelia’s third birthday, this is a good place to start back up from. It took place at our BFF’s lovely, gorgeous home. They have a great home for entertaining and it really has become thee it home to host gatherings. It was almost two years ago now, so please bear with me as I think I may have forgotten a lot of the little details about the day!


I made the “3” piñata out of cardboard and tissue paper. I loosely followed the tutorial from Oh Happy Day, but I felt like it was pretty self-explanatory. I twisted some navy crepe paper and glued it around the edges to help define the shape a bit. 

We bought some 36 inch “clear” balloons (like the giant balloons from her first birthday), and filled them with large confetti, (I can’t find a link to them, but they are always at party city) and then tied little 6” heart balloons and streamers to make a sort of tail.


We made chocolate sprinkle spoons, following the tutorial at Sweetapolita.


I individually glued pieces of the large confetti onto the party favor bags, and topped it off with a little name tag that I printed out.


We tied up her old tassel garland to some string lights in the backyard, it worked out excellently! Then we dangled a bunch of balloons from the center.



I made stand for the cones of popcorn out of a cardboard box that I covered in glittery wrapping paper. The cones were made from Martha Stewart confectionery paper (which I also can’t find online, but come on’! It was so long ago, and even then I found this paper on clearance!). We sprayed the popcorn with coconut oil spray from TJs and doused with sprinkles; It didn’t stick very well but it was so tasty.


The Tissue flower crown I made was admittedly a bit rushed, but I think it’s overall effect is cute. I made 3 little faux candles out of paper straws and tissue, to represent her third birthday.


I made her cake  and we decorated it with large confetti sprinkles.


We had some tents and teepees and quilts out for everyone to lounge on.


Finally, I took some photos of Laelia playing with one of the large confetti balloons while we threw confetti towards her and they are some of my most favorite photos ever! Especially the top photo, she has such an expression of joy, I just love it.

As I am now planning Laelia’s fifth birthday (which will be a joint birthday with her baby brother!), I am  having a rough time believing this was almost 2 years ago! I look at these photos, and as fun and happy as they are, I remember exactly where my head was at the time, and it’s hard not to be a little sad. Sad not only for what I was feeling emotionally, but also for being so preoccupied by it that I was letting life pass me by. It’s a good reminder to try to be present and enjoy the moment even if you are feeling glum. And with that lesson, hopefully, I won’t have to look back on any photos and feel that way again!

I’ll be sharing her fourth birthday photos soon; she wanted a “rainbows and hearts and stars” birthday theme, and we had to have it a week early just to make sure it was 2 weeks before Luca’s due date! So, perhaps needless to say, I was very pregnant and I tried to keep things as simple as possible, and it was actually pretty great! It was certainly the least stressful party I have thrown, even if it was hard for me to waddle around and get things done. I haven’t even really looked through the photos yet!

Laelia’s Turns 3; Invites

Laelia’s Turns 3; Invites




It’s been so long since Laelia’s third birthday, it’s difficult to remember details and my thought processes! I designed this festive invite (then stuffed the envelope with this confetti that my bff and I hand punched), and then I mailed it off (and essentially glitter-bombed) my friends and family. (I promise I love you all, I just really love confetti). I did a combination of Bodoni and Futura, which must be one of my favorite combinations because I use it often, including here on my blog. Looking at Laelia’s 2nd birthday invitation I can really see how I have a thing for geometric shapes! And her 5th birthday theme (which will be a joint birthday with her baby brother, who will be turning 1), will certainly continue the trend! This color scheme is also pretty close to Laelia’s bedroom, which I was finding inspiration for around the same time I was designing this party (although I didn’t finish until a few months before her fourth birthday). I think might be sharing her updated bedroom after I post her 3rd birthday photos because I want to fully appreciate how much the color schemes complement each other!

Confetti Sprinkle Inspiration Board

Confetti Sprinkle Inspiration Board

Here is the inspiration board for Laelia’s third birthday… which was way back in April 2013, right about where I left off with the blog! So now that her fifth(!) birthday is less than 3 months away, I figured I’d better start catching up on some of these posts! (Also, I want to make a first five years book for her, so that helps me go through all these photos…).

She said she wanted a “sprinkle party!” and so I came up with this little board! I’ll be sharing the invite and the photos soon!Confetti-Sprinkle-Inspiration-Board


1// Sprinkle Cake 2// Confetti Bark 3// Large Confetti 4// Small Confetti 5// Tissue Headband

6// Sprinkle Popcorn 7// Sprinkle Chocolate Spoons 8// Homemade Piñata 9// Sprinkle Cookies 10// Confetti Filled Balloons

The Past Year (and a half); TTC

The Past Year (and a half); TTC

The last real post I made was April 24, 2013. It is now October 2014! Way back then I did not expect to go so long between posts, and now I feel I must fill in the blanks a bit here, primarily for my own benefit as my blog has always been what I’ve used as a journal (in adulthood, at least). At first, I was just taking a few months off to focus on the blog redesign because I just couldn’t take it anymore, and it was already a year overdue. We had purchased the new domain, and I knew I wanted to have more direct control over the layout, so after arguing discussing with my husband, I decided to try to do it all myself. I bought a theme, and for the most part, I was very content with all it offered me! There were a few details I needed hubby’s help with, and a few things I had to leave to him completely. It was those latter things that he didn’t have time to get to (and for the most part, still hasn’t really had time to get to) that initially delayed it’s relaunch. Then, in July 2013, I decided to put everything else aside and really focus on trying to get pregnant with baby #2.

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Welcome to the New Visual Vocabularie!

Welcome to the New Visual Vocabularie!

Welcome to the new Visual Vocabularie ! I’ve been working on this new version since the beginning of my hiatus, which is (partly) why I haven’t actually blogged in a couple of, NINE, 11 months, a year, forever! There is something ironic about spending months designing a blog, but not actually blogging, isn’t there? It’s been ALMOST ready to go since June 2013; so much happened between then and now, but I’ll save that for another, more personal post. I’m excited to be back, and with a whole new layout and new functionality!

New Domain + Spelling Change

Since I settled on a name for my blog, I’ve wanted the domain and the name to match. My hubs insists that domain names are increasingly inconsequential as time goes on, and while I see his point, my desire has not swayed. When I decided that I want (the previous home of this blog) to become my portfolio and resume site, I knew it was finally time to switch domains. However, we always had a little problem with the availability of the domain, which led me to changing the spelling… You may have noticed that I dropped the -y from vocabulary for -ieObviously, I take license with spelling on occasion (re: my first name), but this time it’s not just to become the butt of a modern comedian’s joke ^_^;!

There are a few reasons behind the spelling change; 1) A significant amount of people blindly follow my website thinking it’s actually got something to do with learning the English language, or thinking my website is some sort of word game! I think the -ie ending will help to signify that my website is not academic in the traditional sense 2) From a branding perspective the -ie is similar to paperie, which fits in nicely with my stationery work, 3) However, the most influential reason for the change is also a quite practical one; the domain name was actually available! I inquired about a while back, and they wanted over $4,000 for it! But I think this works out better, right?

What does this mean for old links to my blog from pinterest, etc? Tyler will set everything up so all should forward directly to this domain. Hopefully there will be no issues, but if you can’t seem to find something you are looking for from my old blog, please do not hesitate to ask! The domain will continue to exist as the old visual vocabulary for a short while longer; then I will wipe the blog off that domain, and I will begin to design my new portfolio and resume site.

A new domain does mean that if you want to continue following my blog via a reader or email, you’ll have to sign up again; a link to my bloglovin’, my RSS and an email subscription are on the right sidebar under “follow me“.

New Layout

The biggest difference between the old blog design and this one is the new navigation pages and archive formatting. I thought pretty hard about how I like to look through and navigate blogs, especially when I discover a new one… I particularly like to see all the posts pertaining to a particular event or project, in order to see the whole process. I also like to see images or photos, instead of just text when I do a search. If I’m looking at a home blog, I love to see a layout and floorplan of the home. I incorporated these ideas into this blog design; I edited my categories (more on that later), and gave some of the bigger ones their own page in the top navigation bar.

First is the new about page with photos and blurbs about me and others who might make frequent appearances here on visual vocabulary, and it’s also where you’ll find places where this blog has been featured around the web.


Next we have a direct contact page. Why didn’t I have one before?! So weird.

Third, we have the Home Tour page. It features a very cool interactive scaled layout of our apartment, where when you hover over a room, it will display the room in full color and if you click the link, it will take you to all the posts regarding that room (this feature does not work on mobile or tablet, because it requires a hover state, but you can still click through).

Floor-Plan-Color_V2 After the home tour page, we have the gallery pages; one for events and one for projects. The Event Gallery page gathers all the posts pertaining to one event under a single header, for ease in exploring each event! Large thumbnails of a featured photo for each post make the subject of the post much more viewable.

The Project Gallery organizes all my projects; big, small, painted, crafted, cooked–what have you!

The Laelia’s Outfits category also gets its own full gallery page, to easily see all her outfits side by side!


Finally, there is the Design Services + Shop page which I plan to have a price list for various services and downloadables listed, and I reserve the right to never actually move beyond the “under construction” status of this tab. But in my dreams I’ll have enough time to create patterns for the few quilts I have made, digital wallpapers, prints of my paintings, etc.

New Categories

My old method of categorizing my blog just wasn’t really working for me anymore (I’m not sure if it ever did!). Now I have eight basic categories, and subcategories within them;  be inspiredblogging + elsewhereevents, home tourlet’s get personalmy work, outfitting laeliaprojects + diy. Some of these overlap with the new pages and some don’t, but they all have an image based display, which I find much easier to search through, and much more fun!

The new design and layout has some more finessing to be had, and I know of a few bugs, but it’s been so long I think I just need to publish. What do you readers think?! What do you like? What is confusing, or should be changed? Did you find a bug? Is there anything else you’d like to see? Please let me know it the comments below!


Welcome to Visual Vocabularie! My name is Jesyka, and I am a designer, artist, mom to Laelia and Luca, wife to software engineer and UX designer Tyler, coffee lover, and all around enthused person. This is my blog; here I share my personal projects, whether it's a furniture makeover, a new painting, a birthday party, an invitation I designed, or a favorite outfit for my little. You’ll also catch a glimpse into our family life in Los Angeles.

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