Monday, June 13, 2011

Baby Shower - Revisited

Originally posted on my previous blog, I wanted to bring these pics over here too!

Last year I co-hosted this baby shower in my home.  All decorating ideas and crafty things were me.  (With help from various online sources, naturally!)  A mutual friend of our mom-to-be shared the load by being in charge of the invites, cake and cupcakes!  They both helped with set-up, food prep and clean up. 

Tip: If you want to throw a good shower, have plenty of good help from planning through bye-bye!  *smiles*

Red and teal were chosen as the primary colors - two of my all-time favs!  "Oh Joy, It's a Boy!"  was our slogan.  A touch here and there of birds and eggs were thrown in too!

Guest's view as they came through the door.

Vintage suitcase - the mother now uses it to hold those special momentos from her son's baby years.
This was my first diaper cake! 

Name tags.

Cupcakes and cake were professionally made by a local bakery.  Cupcake toppers were from Etsy.

Beverages at the kitchen bar.

Food table.

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Wood Block Photo Frame and Canvas Art (Copy cat!)

Admittedly, I'm a copy cat.  Yup.  Here and there you can find my inspiration. 

Now atop my refrigerator!
The canvas art was fun and simple to make.  I didn't invest in expensive foam stamps, just bought the cheap-o's from Hobby Lobby.  Since I'd never tried this line of craft before I didn't want to spend a lot just in case this wasn't going to be up my alley.  I had fun and it stretched me a bit.  I've seem to have lost some of my crafty-creativity and enjoyed gettin' back into the swing of things.

Actually, this was simple!  Sanding on the canvas was trickier than expected as the canvas would stretch and it wore around the wooden frame underneath.  Stamping was easy.  Practice beforehand was the key for me!  Because of the cheap stamps, my method was odd, but it worked in the end.

Obviously, I didn't take any "step-by-step" photos.  Forgot to!  *smiles*  But, it spurred on the following project!

Already given as gifts and one is on my mantle.

My husband went about and beyond helping me with these.  Pulling out the router was his idea.  He even picked the style!  (The router usage was not in the original idea from ByStephanieLynn.)   I opted for a thicker rougher twine, as that's what we had on hand.

Waiting for the paint to dry was the hardest part for me.  Of course, I didn't use the saw or the router, my sweet man did.  *winks*  In the end I was proud of the project we did together!

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