Mother’s Day. A day to celebrate all moms to let them know how special they truly are to us. This day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908. Mother’s Day became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Anna conceived of Mother’s Day after the death of her own mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis.
In 1868, Ann Reeves Jarvis, organized a committee to establish a “Mother’s Friendship Day”, the purpose of which was “to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War.” Ann Jarvis, who had previously organized Mother’s Day Work Clubs to improve sanitation and health for both Union and Confederate encampments undergoing a typhoid outbreak, wanted to expand these into an annual memorial for mothers, but she died in 1905 before the annual celebration was established. Her daughter, Anna, would continue her mother’s efforts.
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One of my good friends is expecting a boy at the end of the month and she had an amazing baby shower with a “Where the Wild Things Are” theme. As it so happens, that is also the theme of the new nursery.
I wanted to do something special for her (and the baby!), and I kept going back and forth with ideas and searching on Pinterest, Instagram and Google. I finally decided to create custom baby blocks, a onesie and a t-shirt for the new little guy.
Then I did a Google search for images of Where the Wild ThingsAre book (there were many!). I inserted the images on a Word Document and cropped them all to the same size. I cropped mine to 1.5″ x 1.5″ since that was the size of the blocks I planned to use. I made a few extra squares and inserted lines from the story and also included a clip art crown with the baby’s name.
I printed multiple pages so that there were enough squares to cover each side of the blocks (144 squares in all!). I used my Swingline Paper Trimmer to cut out each square.
I then mixed 1 cup of water with 1 cup of Elmer’s glue and found myself a sponge brush. I sponged the glue mixture onto one face of the block and then placed a paper square on top. I then sponged more mixture over the paper. I had to make sure to sponge out all of the wrinkles and bubbles so that the paper laid flat on the surface of the block.
We (my husband helped!) were able to cover 4-5 sides of the block at one time before we had to let them dry in order to do the remaining sides. We put 3 coats on each block, but I think 2 coats would have been enough. It being my first time doing this, I wanted to make sure that the paper stayed put.
In between drying times, I worked on the Cricut Design Space and designed the two shirts I made. Once I had an idea of what I wanted, it didn’t take long to do.
To complete all three gifts took about 2.5 hours when you include drying time and ironing on the vinyl to the shirts. Time well spent and worth it to see the smile when she opened the gifts 🙂
Well, we launched our business on May 5th 2018. As we were preparing to do our launch (which we did in less than 40 days), Amy and I asked each other….”wow, how did we get here?” So here is a post to reflect back on all of the event that led us up to making the decision to start our own small business.
The obsession to create began before our mom’s 50th birthday. We wanted to do something special for her and decided to throw a surprise party at a local fire hall. It was a large space and looked pretty bare, so we wanted to decorate it as much as possible. But before that, we needed a theme.
After going back and forth for a while, we decided on a Willy Wonka theme, and got right to work. Along with our other two sisters, we created backdrops with scenes from the movie, created cardboard cutouts of Willy Wonka and the Oompa Loompas, and put finishing touches throughout the party.
Everyone had the best time and we received a lot of compliments on our set up. People even fought over who would take home the Oompa Loompas. Haha.
The next big event…..Amy getting married. The first one of the four sisters to get married, so we kind of made a big deal….a really big deal. I worked with my sisters and mom to set up an engagement party along with a bridal shower (luau party). Those were more party planning instead of crafting but they both ended up being amazing parties.
For Amy’s wedding we did a lot of DIY projects: battery operated votives as table place cards, card box in the shape of a 3 tiered wedding cake, ceremony agenda that were fans to help keep cool on a steamy August evening, framed engagement photo as the guest sign in, amusing guest bags for family and friends staying at the local hotel, and a few more items that escape me right now. The wedding theme was nature so it was very fun to help create something that was so beautiful.
After marriage came the next big event….baby Emma was on her way <3 Amy decided that the theme for Emma’s nursery would be owls. At the time, there were zero owl-themed nursery bedding collections or decorations, so Amy ended up creating the nursery idea on her own. With the owl theme locked, we did decided to throw her an owl-themed baby shower.
We were all so busy enjoying little Emma’s company, time flew by and she was already turning 1! For her first birthday we stuck with the owl theme. Lots of DIY for her 1st first birthday party. This is when we realized that we really loved to craft…and that we really loved Pinterest.
In between the 4th and 5th birthday parties, Amy and her husband decided to have another awesome kiddo….and just like that, Henry was on his way. Of course, we were all excited again and we needed to have another baby shower….Adventure Awaits.
The baby shower was such a hit that we were asked to assist with two other events: Graduation Party and 60th Surprise Birthday. But not before we helped out with our best friend’s bridal shower. It was Mary Poppins themed and we made the center pieces and some penguins! We picked the flowers as they matched Mary Poppins hat and we had to include the funny penguins.
Back to the other events. The graduation party was held at a really cute rustic cafe that specialized in grilled cheese sandwiches! The rustic surroundings made for a great setting for the rest of the decorations.
The 60th birthday party was after Henry was born so Amy was up for more crafting for the party….my PIC was back! This party was for a very close family friend. He was an extremely talented athlete in high school (just recently inducted into his alma mater Hall of Fame), so we decided to go with a sports theme.
After some requests to create other people’s party, Amy and I thought “why not?” We love what we do and love seeing other people enjoy our work. That is when we decided to go forward with the business and Two Peas in a Party Pod was born, but we had to figure out what would people really want. We did some research and noticed that a lot of decorations out there all looked the same and were pretty expensive. That’s when we came up with the custom-made party packs. Original designs, custom per order, and affordable. Once we started on this path, we hit the ground running. We opened our shop in 40 days with over 10 themes to choose from, and at least 10 more in the works.
Less than a month after launch, we still can’t believe we started this business. It feels like a dream, something we have been wanting to do for quite some time…and we did it! It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it. After all of these events and crafts we have completed, there is one thing that always stays with us….how much we love the work. We put a lot of love in everything we create, and we hope you enjoy the items as much as we enjoy making them.
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.
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!
May 4th is coming up and you know what that means…..Star Wars Day!
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:
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” Baby Shower
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.