If you have spent any time around in me the past year, you know my life is full of babies. From spending time at baby showers, in delivery rooms, and knitting for babies, it has been a baby filled year. My favorite part is watching the families in my life transition through each stage. So this month I pulled out one of my favorite 6″ by 6″ paper pads called “Bitty Baby Blessings” from Papertrey Ink. I recently took the “Pattern Play” class over at Online Card Classes, so I pulled the design and techniques from the “Welcome Baby” card by Kristina Werner on Day 5. I really like the look of the quilted paper piecing. A nice, crisp card to welcome any little one into the world!
Now it is time to gear up for graduation and wedding season around here! Looking forward to having more time this summer to create up in the craft room.
Last Saturday I was happy to help good friends celebrate their upcoming arrival of Miss Hannah. I created my first chipboard name banner for the event, modeled after several examples on Etsy and Pinterest. I purchased the chipboard scalloped triangles and little owls from Studio Cee. Great quality pieces and easy to paint. I used K and Company patterned paper and my Cricut to create the letters and background. A little tulle with ribbon and it came together nicely.
Simple thank you cards for the new mom-to-be.
And then of course I wanted to knit Miss Hannah a little sweater. This sweater is extra special because it is handspun. The green fiber was a gift from the happy couple last summer. Little did I know I would be spinning it especially for their future daughter! The Ravelry project page has the other details.
Of course, knits for babies are always better with the baby in them! Looking forward to the safe arrival of Miss Hannah later this spring!
Yesterday I went to an all day scrapbooking crop. I was able to catch up on some of my own scrapbook pages, but the main theme of the day was babies. First, I put together the 8″ by 8″ album from the baby shower last month. I included the handwritten notes from the guests and photos from the day. Just some simple embellishments to highlight the album. Here is one of the pages as an example:
I will take the album with me on my first visit to see the new baby and proud parents. Still a few weeks out from the due date, so I feel ahead! Then I created a few cards from the leftover scraps. Simple stamping and patterned paper made for some cute cards:
That second card is actually a long rectangle (4″ by 9″) and ended up being gender neutral. Now I am set on baby cards for awhile. Off to go work on some regular cards in my craft room now!
This past weekend I helped host one of my best friend’s baby shower. She was part of the “wedding trifecta” from two years ago (I was a bridesmaid in three important weddings within three months). So this time instead of wedding shower craftiness, it was time for baby shower craftiness! The entire theme revolved around books because my friend is a kindergarten teacher. And the nursery theme for the baby is going to be rabbits and bunnies.
First, I made the invitations. My friend saw the idea on Pinterest and I recreated the look. I printed the actual library card on my printer with the American Typewriter font. The entire pocket was stitched together on the sewing machine. And the quote label was created with a Sizzix die. I am very pleased with the results and proud that I had these done early!
The favors were another Pinterest idea. I just created the labels for these. Always glad to have my circle punch and scalloped Quickutz dies handy. A little bit of Stickles made them glittery.
Centerpieces for each of the tables contained a book with corresponding decorations. Her mother put all of these together.
Then our other best friend made the best diaper cake with books. How cute is this thing?
And here is just one of the fun treats created for the appetizers. We stuffed ourselves on veggie pizza, fruit, taco dip, and homemade cupcakes.
My gift for the shower was a baby blanket with a matching bunny hat. I was also happy to have these done the week before the shower. No last minute knitting here!
And finally I created a set of thank you cards for the new mom to be. I used the same paper as the invitations.
Overall, a great success. I had everyone fill out a scrapbook page with baby advice and well wishes, so I will be working on finishing the album this summer. It will be an excellent gift when I return home to visit the baby! She is due in early August and I am really looking forward to being a godmother. In the mean time, I have to resist casting on too many baby projects until we know how big she is going to be!