Baby Shower Gifts

So, I’ve been meaning to write some blog entries on all the crafts I’ve been doing, but I never got the chance.  Also, since I’m new to this, I keep forgetting to take pictures!  I did, however, remember to take a few pictures of some gifts I made for a friend’s baby shower.

Some good friends of ours are having their first baby due in July.  They decided to not find out the gender so everything related to the baby has been gender-neutral so far.  I decided to make a “diaper tub” and a onesie that is geared for each parent.

For the “diaper tub” I bought a plastic tub from Target (located in the seasonal summer section) and filled it with the brand of diaper listed on their baby registry.

Next, I cut thin slivers of baby blue cardstock and rolled them around a mechanical pencil, resulting in curly strands that represented the “water” in the tub.  I taped down the “water” to a paper plate and then added cotton balls and a rubber duck.  To complete the look, I used my Cricut machine to cut out vinyl to decorate the tub and to create a card.

To go with this gift, I bought a Johnson & Johnson baby bath gift set, along with a duck wash cloth.

I also used my Cricut machine to create two cute onesies that represents each parents’ occupation.

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I love hand-making gifts. I think it provides a personal aspect and shows that you really care about the recipient. Not only do these items serve as a gift, but also the time I spent into planning and making each one.

Looking forward to finding some more ideas on Pinterest for the next shower in July!

Remember…the Force will be with you, always

May 4th is coming up and you know what that means…..Star Wars Day!

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According to StarWars.com:

“May the 4th be with you.” What started as pun warmly shared by fans has become a full-fledged Star Wars holiday: Star Wars Day, a special once-a-year celebration of the galaxy far, far away.

One of the earliest known records of “May the 4th” used in popular culture is in 1979, as described here by author Alan Arnold while he was chronicling the making of The Empire Strikes Back for Lucasfilm: “Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,’ further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.”

So for all of you Star Wars loving fans out there…we found some crafts online that you can do with the kiddos.  Without further ado, here are the crafts…..Ok…just one more ado:

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  • Death Stars art. Get the instructions: Fun A Day

  • Chewbacca birdhouse: Get the instructions: Make Great

Quite a few fun crafts that we will be trying out….let us know how yours turn out.  We hope the force will be with you and we hope you have a rocking good time…just like rocking Yoda here:

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Adventure Awaits…

When we found out that my sister, Amy, was pregnant with a boy…we couldn’t be more excited. A family full of girls and now we will finally welcome a boy! Immediately Amy knew she wanted an adventure themed nursery, so I naturally began to plan an adventure themed baby shower.

I decided to start with a list of items what we wanted to create for the party: dessert table set up, wishing well, centerpieces, party favors, prizes for games, etc.

One of the best ways to begin planning for a party is research and more research on a little thing I like to call…the internet. I found a few good ideas on what I actually wanted to create and was able to design and craft original works.

Since it was an adventure theme, I decided to go with hot air balloons as the main source of travel. It had an old time whimsical feel, and fun idea to create. For the centerpieces, I decided to create hot air balloons with stuffed animals in the baskets. I ordered the nets on Etsy. A great find!  For the wishing well, I decided on a travel trunk would be really cute. I found a great trunk on sale at The Hobby Lobby. Bonus…it counted as a gift since it could be used to hold the lil guy’s toys in his nursery.

The party favors were a jar of candy and a mini bottle of champagne to celebrate when the lil guy is born.

Creating the dessert table is by far the most fun part for me. I created a small travel case with old-fashioned items I had at home. The case was my grand mother’s, I had the camera for years, and the travel guides and globe were taken right from my book shelves at home.

I found an amazing wooden sign from Etsy with a mountain and “Adventure Awaits”, and I found small wooden planes at The Hobby Lobby. These would also end up as a gifts for the nursery.

Since Amy cannot eat gluten, I decided to get two cakes.  One cake was gluten-free that was ordered from Sweet T’s Bakeshop in Haddonfield, NJ.  The other cake was ordered from Sweet Eats Bakery in Voorhees, NJ.  Both cakes turned out great and were super tasty!

Adventure Awaits was such a fun theme to craft for and a great party to throw.

What about you? Tell us what adventure theme crafts you have created.