July 8, 2011

It's a Girl!!

No . . . . . I'm not having another baby (although I would if I could talk my husband into it - but that's another story).  I'm headed to a baby shower tomorrow for the daughter of a good friend so I thought I'd share the gift I'm taking.  My main gift is a diaper bag but I also had to make a few personalized, handmade items.  I tried to stay away from pink . . . . even though she is having a girl she prefers yellow or green to pink. . . .

The invitation requested everyone to bring their favorite book to start the baby's library.  I saw this idea here.  You buy the Dr. Seuss Book "Oh, the Places You'll Go . . . " when your child starts kindergarten and at the end of each school year you sneak the book into the teacher and have them write a note in it and sign their name.  Then you can give it to them at their graduation I made a matching tag for mine. . . .

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Here is a close up of the tag I created . . .
Go here for a printable tag you can use on your book (it's slightly different from the version above)

If you want to purchase the book on Amazon you can click on the picture below

For the second handmade gift I wanted to make some onesie stickers.  For those of you who don't know, these are stickers with each month, 1-12 on them.  They're printed on a sticker sheet.  Each time your baby turns "x" months old you place the matching sticker on a onesie and take her picture.  I also made a coordinating tag and envelope for these. . . . . You can easily create these in word or purchase them online or through etsy.  There are a ton of them.

For the last gift I decided to get something practical.  Instead of another outfit that the baby will hardly have time to wear I chose to get baby shampoo and lotion.  I pulled off all the labels and created my own in word.  I found a cute basket at Hobby Lobby for 80% off.  The only downside was that it was brown and not very baby.  I decided that for $4 I could make it work.  I just made the labels all have some brown accents.  I plan to put them in the basket with some yellow, blue, pink, and lavendar tissue paper.  Unfortunately, the labels weren't dry when I posted this and then I forgot to take a picture of it all wrapped up.

Another great baby shower idea is a diaper cake.  You can find some cute ones here.  My favorite is the "Guess How Much I Love You" one.  You can even buy a kit and build your own!

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July 3, 2011

Making progress . . . . .

I've been sooooo unmotivated lately.  I finally decided that I needed to make a list and start checking my "to-do's" off.  Today was actually productive.  My first project was to finish my daughters new dress for a Cardinal Baseball game we're going to next Sunday.  A good friend bought her last cardinal outfit and she's worn it for the past three years.  I finally decided that she needed a new one.  I had a really hard time finding anything for her.  She insisted it needed to be pink but finally gave in and said red would be fine when we could only find pink things in infant sizes.  All I could find that didn't cost a fortune was a t-shirt that was too long.  To fix it I added two ruffles around the bottom using a circle skirt pattern. To add a little contrast I serged the edges with red.  I also made a matching hairbow. . . . . . . thanks to Jillian who gave me the Cardinal bottle cap!  Kylee was thrilled with the result and completely forgot about the pink requirement. . . . . . . whew! 
Next, I worked on a couple of "birth announcements" that I want to frame and add to my "family photo wall" of the stats from my kids births.  You can see the post for my family photo wall here.  I created these in word and then printed and framed them.  Nothing fancy but I like the results.  Sorry for the bad picture.  I had to turn my overhead lights on due to a rainy day and there's a glare on the glass . . . . but you can get the idea.
And for my final . . . .  and favorite . . . .  project I added vinyl names to my kids beach toys.  We're planning to visit Myrtle Beach this summer so I picked up 5-6 sand toys at Michael's and then used my Cricut to add their names so they don't fight over each piece.  I ordered the permanent vinyl from "Pick Your Plum" a few weeks ago and got it in the mail last week.  In case you don't know, Pick Your Plum is a website you can join and then they e-mail you once a day with a steeply discounted craft item of limited quantity.  You have to order quickly or you may miss out (some things sell out in an hour or less).  Go here to find more info about them.  I love this project and can't wait to work with more vinyl soon!!
Off to work on more projects . . .  . 

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