Monday, April 16, 2012

Beth's Baby Shower

I've been quiet for so long! Since my last post, I have co-hosted my friend's Dragon-themed baby shower and found out that I'm expecting! I'm due on November 7th. :) I was just finishing up post-processing the shower photos and thought I'd share some of what was done for it!

1. The invitations! I designed these in Illustrator, printed them out on cardstock, attached some ribbons and put them in hand-cut "diapers". The diapers are green paper with "legs" cut out and then glued closed and decorated with buttons. You can't see in the photo, but the second page of the invitation has the registry information as well as a request that children's books be given instead of greeting cards and there is a label to put in your book. Which leads up to...

2. These are some of the labels I made (nearly each one was different) for people to put in the books they wanted to give.

3. These are all one of my co-host's, Kaylene, doing. Gorgeous roses and cute little birdcages with egg candles in them.

4. This was our dessert table (sans strawberry shortcake). Those are mint chip covered oreo truffle pops and various truffles around the cake. The cake itself is a Costco cake with a dragon I sculpted out of Crayola Air-Dry clay and that my husband painted for me.

5. The wonderful mommy-to-be! She's wearing a sash and a crochet flower crown that I made (the crown, not the sash!). I thought it would be fun to make her wear something extra-special, hehe. Inspiration for it was actually the movie "The Switch", since Jennifer Aniston wears a flower crown at her "Insemination Party".

6. Design a baby block activity. I bought a bunch of 2" wooden blocks from, several packs of colorful Sharpies from Costco, 1" foam brushes from a variety of places (<5 cents each), printed out hundreds of clip-art images of animals and dragons and letters, and filled empty baby food jars I got off Freecycle with Mod Podge matte. I will be sanding down the corners and sealing them with baby-friendly Shellac.

7. Our book table. I take no credit for the decorations! Those were all Kaylene. :) I was, however, the one who found the great idea to bring books! Both of the parents-to-be LOVED this idea and I intend to suggest it when my own shower comes around. :)

8. Dessert. The oreo pops and truffles were also enjoyed, but the homemade Strawberry Shortcake was the real star. The daddy-to-be makes this for mommy-to-be every year for her birthday and really wanted to make it for her shower. Sweet, right? He even makes the whipped cream from scratch! It was seriously delicious!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New items!

Adorable Orion wearing his fox hat and using me to stand up, haha
Fox baby set - Hat, Diaper Cover and Booties
Added something new to my stores! Anyone familiar with my creations knows about the Fox hats, but now I have made it a set, complete with matching diaper cover and booties. You can find it in my etsy store, my WePay store, or my eBay store (that nearly rhymes!). If you purchase from eBay, 10% of the purchase price goes to the wonderful charity, A Dog's Life Animal Rescue.

I'm also working on matching sets for some of my other hats. :)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I've finally done it...

I cracked open the bottle of Mod Podge I bought nearly 4 months ago (Joann didn't have what I wanted and I had a 50% off coupon, so I bought some without a need!). As I feared hoped, I am now a definite fan. Which is pretty dangerous, actually! I keep trying to think of things to use it on!

Fortunately, I have a few projects that should help satisfy the urge. A friend of mine is expecting and I'm helping to plan her baby shower at the end of March. The Mod Podge possibilities are practically endless! I already have an activity of baby block decorating set to go and did a small trial run last week. To say it was easy and the end result awesome would be, IMO, an understatement! I will post photos once I've taken some, but here are the supplies for the baby blocks that I've gathered:
* 2" wooden Cubes from (many other sizes available - I got 60 2" for under $50 shipped)
* Mod Podge matte
* Mod Podge outdoor (just ordered this... I'm thinking a water-resistant seal would be best)
* Printed clipart cut into 2" squares (animals, dragons, letters)
* Colored paper and scrapbook paper
* Sharpies and colored pencils for that extra personal touch
* 1" foam brushes

Oh, and I got a sizable wooden treasure chest that I want to decorate as the 'box' for the blocks (and anything else they want to put in there!). Just picked that up from Joann yesterday for about $20 with a 40% off coupon. I'm super excited about doing things for the shower (feel free to follow my Pinterest board) and for my friends (also have a pinterest board inspired by them - gender-neutral dragon things for kids/babies). They aren't finding out the sex until the baby is born, so they came up with what I think is a fantastic gender-neutral nursery theme - dragons. The great thing about dragons is that they can be any color and range from super-cute to bordering-on-scary.

I'm talking to the bakery/baker who made my wedding cake nearly 3 years ago about making the cake. Cris at A Gift of Taste is just great to work with and she never shies away from doing something 'different'. She didn't bat an eye when we said we wanted star-shaped wedding cakes (unlike nearly everyone else!), nor did she charge us anything but a fair price. When I mentioned the shower theme, she likewise didn't seem to think I was crazy. I realize this isn't craft or DIY related, but I honestly can't recommend this bakery to those in the 805/Los Angeles area! Her flavor selections are mouth-watering and the quality and taste are not disappointing. We froze our top tier and ate it a year later and it was STILL OMG good!

Anyway, I am also starting to venture more into the realm of sewing (yeah, I know, Eek!). I have a nice sewing machine and tons of thread... And a lot of sewing isn't necessarily that hard! I made myself a hair turban yesterday in about 5 minutes using some cotton almost-terry cloth fabric from Joann and a button. See, my hair goes a few inches past my butt. That makes my current hair turbans annoyingly short. For $5, I made one that was the right size! Plus, I got to pick the color. :)

Fear not, fiber fans! I am not leaving the world of crochet! I'm still fulfilling orders in my etsy and ebay shops, as well as on consignment in Austin, TX's oh-so-awesome The Wondercraft boutique. I just finished a hoodie for my nephew using Hobby Lobby's Sweet Baby Delights bulky 'eyelash' yarn (why do we not have Hobby Lobbys here?!), as well as an afghan for a friend's baby.

I have, as always, so many things I want to do!