DIY Baby Shower Favors

Since Christmas is over, I am trying to get back to some of the posts I promised before the craziness of the holidays!  I thought I should start with the DIY baby shower favors, before we are too far removed from Christmas since I made ornaments as the favors for the December baby shower. 

Baby Shower - Diaper Cake Snow Woman

I used simple supplies to make the ornament favors that were part of our table decoration, shown above.  I know Snow Woman is the star of the picture, but you can see about 5 different favors laying on the table in the picture too.

Baby Shower - DIY Favors - Ornaments-Scrapbook Paper-Mod Podge

I purchased the clear Martha Stewart ornaments at Michael’s.  I’m not sure how much they cost, but they were relatively inexpensive considering 6 ornaments were in each package.  The scrapbook  paper was a little 4×4 stack of double-sided Christmas paper, that feature plenty of pink to make it fit in with the rest of the baby shower decor. This was the first time I used Mod Podge!!  I bought the sparkle kind for this project, and I’m glad I did.  It just gave each ornament an extra little shine. 

Baby Shower - DIY Ornament Favors - Pink-Sparkle-Circle

For each ornament I just cut out the scrapbook paper while holding it against the plastic ornament.  I did find out that it was much easier to be precise with cutting than to try to trim after the mod podge was applied.  I applied the mod podge directly to the plastic ornament and then attached the scrapbook paper.  I did this for all the ornaments and laid them to dry.  After they were all dry, then I just applied a coat of the mod podge to the back of the paper.  Once all the ornaments were dry. I used an exacto knife to cut out the hole to hang the ornaments.  I have various Christmas ribbons on hand, so I just used what I had and attached a loop of ribbon and knotted it to hang.

Baby Shower Favors - DIY Ornaments-Green-diamond

The ornament favors were a simple fun craft that I enjoyed making.  Because of the double-sided paper, you can hang the ornament either way and it looks nice.  The first one is with the plastic in the front, and the one above is the side with the exposed paper.    I have learned my lesson and made plenty of extra so that I have several to keep and enjoy hanging on our tree, and I have them hanging both ways.

Baby Shower - DIY Ornament Favors- Teardrop with sparkle

What are your favorite favors that you made or received at a baby shower?  Any ideas for other ways to use the sparkle Mod Podge?  I have plenty left over, and I’m not quite sure what I make with it.

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Our Christmas House

Christmas - Puddy on porch with greenery in urns

Welcome to our Christmas House!  I’ve shared some pieces of projects around our house recently, but this is the complete tour of  our home at Christmastime with many pictures and few words. 

Christmas - Greens-magnolia-berries-urn-on-porch

I just stuff several types of greenery in the urns and added a few faux berries, but I think the real highlight are the magnolia branches in each pot.  This was the first year I’ve used them and I think it really adds to the overall composition.

Christmas - DIY Wreath on Door

The poinsettias are more burgundy than the picture shows, but you can get a pretty good idea of the overall look.

Christmas-Foyer table with tree and santa

Right inside the door, the foyer table is decorated with tree #1.  This tree is home to the more sentimental ornaments.

Christmas- Puddy with Tree with Red and Green Lights

I had a lot of difficulty getting a picture of our real tree lit, so I snapped this one of Puddy is his normal spot with the tree in the background.

Christmas-Real Tree in daylight

Same tree, just in daylight.

Christmas - Greens in Spraypainted vase-ornaments- wreath on mirror-foyer-tree-in-background

The living room coffee table, looking back to the foyer.

Christmas - Neutral Vignette with Santa trees and Nativity

A little vignette on the table in the odd corner of the living room.

Christmas-Ornaments in vase reflecting in mirror

Christmas - Fresh Greens lights and stockings on mantle

Christmas-Touches of Christmas in Powder Room

The powder room even has a little touch of Christmas.

Christmas - Craft Room Shelves

These are the shelves above my desk in my craft room.  They were the first part of the house to be decorated, since its one spot that is mainly just for me to enjoy.

Christmas - DIY Centerpieces-Sprayed Branches with snowflakes-poinsettias-and-candlesticks

I’m still using my spraypainted branches!  I just changed the vase filler and added some snowflakes.

Christmas - Ornaments in Glass on Buffet

I have quite a variety of ornaments, so they end up in any vessel I can find around the house.  These are on the buffet in our breakfast room.

Christmas -DIY Cork Board into Card Holder

This is my card display in our kitchen.  I used an old cork board and just wrapped fabric around it using staples to secure it on the back, and added Christmas roping secured with nail head trim on the front and staples on the back.  Above was with our first card that arrived.  Below, it is now overflowing with greetings from friends and family.

Christmas-DIY Card Holder full of cards

Christmas - Basement - Table and Side Table Decorated

Now, you are getting the tour of the basement decorations, starting with table and side table above.

Christmas - Basement Entertainment Center Shelves

The shelves get a whole new look for Christmas. 

Christmas-Basement Tree with Christmas Shelves and Angel

And, finally this is tree #3!  This tree has had two different looks this year.  It was decorated in pink for Keri’s baby shower, but I changed it to the blue decorations since then.  We’ve only had this tree for two Christmases, and I just love it.  It is so nice to be able to put it up early and leave it up for as long as we like.  I think it was up until February last year!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of our Christmas House.  Anyone else have three trees?  Do you decorate the whole house, or just certain rooms?

Keri’s Baby Shower

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of hosting a SURPRISE baby shower for my younger sister, Keri.  It was a joint effort of my Mom, my older sister, Kristel, and I.  We began planning it in early October, and boy does time fly when you are trying to plan a surprise and also get ready for the Christmas Holiday Season!!

There were a few DIY projects that were part of the shower, but I know my family is anxious to see pictures of the event, so I will give the highlights today and then I can recap the DIY for you later.   Plus, I seem to have failed to take a picture of my one project, so I will need to try to get one from Keri so that I can share with you.  It started with DIY invitations in the shape of diapers, this is just a quick snapshot of the variety of the invitations.  I’ll share the templates and step-by-step later.

Baby Shower - DIY Diaper Invitations

I know this picture is blurry, but it conveys the moment of the surpise with Keri’s reaction.

Baby Shower - Keri Surprised

Plus, I was behind her, so I didn’t get to see her face…I did get to see her jump and her hands fly up onto her pregnant belly.  By her reaction, I think we definitely pulled off the surprise.  My Mom was the key to getting  Keri to my house without her knowing it was a shower.  Pretty challenging, when you are also bringing along three of the guests!!  But, Mom thought of a great plan and it worked. 

Baby Shower - Keri and Mom

Keri and Mom

Since we knew it would be a busy time of year for everyone, we planned the shower as a Saturday morning brunch, hoping it didn’t cut into too many other plans.  Keri is due January 29th, so we planned the shower around the time of year, with Christmas and winter decorations.  And, lots of PINK, because Keri knows she is having a baby girl.  My cousin Kirby went above and beyond. I showed her a cute snowman diaper cake that I had pinned, and she said she could do that and make it pink.  She was not kidding.  She made this beautiful Snow Woman, which became a central part of the decor for the shower.

Baby Shower - Diaper Cake Snow Woman

We had the shower in my basement to provide plenty of room for everyone to move around and still be in the same space.  I set up extra tables and chairs so we would all have a place to sit and eat.  We used the bar to set up the buffet.

Baby Shower - Brunch Buffet

Baby Shower - guests at tables for brunch

Everyone got the chance to eat and visit with each other to start the day.

Baby Shower - Guests eating brunch

Baby Shower - June Mary Mom and Peggy

Then, we played some games.  We started with playing “Guess what is in the diaper”

Baby Shower -What's in the Diaper Game

I had never played before…actually, I still didn’t…I watched everyone else try to guess what was in the diaper.  They looked really gross, but it really was delicious candy bars melted in the diapers.

While the diapers were being passed around, others were trying to “Guess how big Keri’s belly is.”  We used pink ribbon and they each got to cut off the amount of ribbon they thought it would take to wrap around Keri’s belly.

Baby Shower - How Big is her belly game

Then, to see who got it right Kristel measured Keri’s belly.  She came in at 42.25 inches.  Keri’s mother-in-law was almost perfect with her 42 inch guess!

Baby Shower - Measuring her belly

Kristel measuring Keri’s belly

Our third game was “Name that tune” and we played short clips of songs, all of which contained the word baby.  It was a fun challenge.  Speaking of baby, my cousin’s baby Natalee was in attendance and is as sweet as ever.  Everyone was taking turns passing her around, and I couldn’t resist snapping pictures of her!!

Baby Shower - Kristel and NataleeBaby Shower - Granny and Natalee

Kristel and Natalee (left) and Granny and Natalee (right)

The final game was “Baby Price is Right”  We put out 4 baby products at a time and the lucky contestant got to put them in order of cheapest to most expensive.  It proved to be more difficult than anyone thought it would be.

Baby Shower - The Price is Right Game

Since I had my tree up, we decided that it was definitely the place to put the gifts.  I even decorated the tree in pink, just for the occasion.  The white painted changing table was one of the DIY projects that I will share later.

Baby Shower - Presents under the tree

Keri’s family and friends were very generous and I think she has everything she needs for when she and Cory bring home baby Anna.

Christmas Music

I’ve shared some of my Christmas creations recently, and now I’d like to share some of Bob’s creations.  Bob loves music, and he happens to be a great guitar player, singer, and songwriter…I’m probably a bit biased though ;).

Bob Wireback with guitar

It seems Christmas inspires his creativity as well, because he has written and recorded three Christmas songs over the years.  All three of his songs are available on itunes, found here.  The Last Believer is available in two formats, one is just an instrumental version.  His other songs are Close Your Eyes and Long Time Ago.

I hope you enjoy Bob’s music as much as I do!  I’m spoiled because I can hear him sing and play guitar all the time at home, but is nice to be able to share his music with everyone else at this special time of year.

DIY Christmas Ornaments

My creative side seems to thrive at Christmastime.  I see inspiration everywhere I go, and then I get the crazy ideas to either make my own creations, or use what I see in the stores and decide that I can recreate it cheaper.  But, usually time gets the best of me and only the quick and easy projects get completed in time for Christmas.  Fortunately, this year I get to share Christmas creations from year’s past. 

At one of my previous jobs, I worked in a small department and it became my tradition to make my co-workers an ornament or small craft for their gifts.  Unfortunately, I didn’t always make a spare one to keep for myself.   One year, I made jingle bell ornaments.  And, these were one of the ornaments that I failed to make extra.  But, I found I still had the supplies in my craft closet, so I made a few this year.  You only need 3 (or 4) supplies.  Jingle Bells, Wire, Wire Cutters, and Ribbon is optional.

        DIY Christmas Ornaments - Tools - Wire and Wire Cutters

I made two different ornament shapes: wreaths and candy canes.  All you do is cut your desired length of wire.  Bend the end to create a loop so that the first bell does not fall off, and then just thread the bells on your wire as you bend the wire into the shape you choose.  If you are making a wreath, just loop the one end into your original loop to close the circle.  You can then attach wire as your hanger or ribbon.  For the candy cane, your two ends are just two loops to hold the first and last bell in place.  I used ribbon for my hangers, and tied it two different ways to show you some examples.  These are a simple craft, and a perfect one to make on the couch watching a Christmas movie!

DIY Christmas Ornaments - Jingle Bell Wreaths and Candy Cane

Another simple ornament craft, and this is one I kept plenty for myself when I made them years ago, uses clear ornament balls and craft paint. 

DIY Christmas Ornaments - Swirled paint in glass balls

Pull the hanger off the ball, and then squeeze craft paint into the ball.  Swirl the paint around for your desired look, and then turn the ball upside down to let the extra paint drip out into a container.  Once the paint dries, reattach the hanger and place on your tree.

DIY Christmas Ornaments - Green and White Swirled paint in glass ornament

The next ornament uses fabric, felt, buttons, stuffing, thread, hot glue and twine (or ribbon). 

DIY Christmas Ornaments - Heart with felt and buttons - 2

I made a heart pattern and cut the fabric.  Then I sewed the two pieces, right side together and left a small opening.  I turned the fabric right side out and stuffed it to the desired fullness, inserted the twine for a hanger, and then handstitched the opening closed.  I cut little star shapes out of the felt, and stitched Noel into the felt.  Then, I used the same thread and handstitched the felt to the fabric.  I completed the ornament by hot gluing buttons to the edges of the heart.

DIY Christmas Ornaments - Heart with felt and buttons

A few years, I read on Centsational Girl about using glitter on cookie cutters to make ornaments, so I had to try it myself.  It was an easy craft that I shared with my family, and again kept several for my own tree.

DIY Christmas Ornaments - Glitter Cookie Cutters

I have a few more handmade ornaments to share, but I can’t take any credit for them.  They just provide me good memories of who and where they came from.  First is a lightbulb snowman that my friend Cindy made for me.  From what I can tell, you need a lightbulb, buttons, paint, felt, fabric and a screw for the nose.  Those few supplies and you can have a cute little guy like this hanging in your tree too.

DIY Christmas Ornaments - Lightbulb Snowman

These last two were made by my Granny.  The first I think resembles a pine cone.  It is fabric folded and pinned over a styrofoam ball.

DIY Christmas Ornaments - Fabric pinecone

The final ornament has the most sentimental value of all.  This is Granny’s tradition for all the grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren.  She traces each child’s hand and then sews the ornament with your name and year on it.   This is my hand from when I was two years old.

DIY Christmas Ornaments - Childs Hand

Do any of you make ornaments for your tree, or to share with friends and family?  Any other sentimental ornament creations?