Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Owl Stuffie

I wanted to make an owl stuffie for my sis-in-law's baby shower.  But I looked all over blog land and couldn't find an owl pattern that I liked.  So I decided...why not draw up my own pattern?  And I love how it turned out.
 It has a long strip of fabric between the front and back so that it has dimension . . . you can kinda see that in the pic below.  I hadn't hand sewn the opening closed yet, but you get the idea.  I love all the different textures of fabric that I found in my stash - suede, corduroy, fuzzy, and felt.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Baby Shower - Cat in the Hat Style!

My mom and I threw my sis-in-law a Cat in the Hat baby shower over the weekend.  (she has an awesome blog by the way, so make sure to check it out)  It was so much fun to prepare for, but I'm so glad it's done - itsn't it always that way when you're the host?  Anyway, here are some pics from the day.
 Isn't my fireplace awesome!!!!  My husband finished it last week.  It used to be ugly painted brick with smoke damage from the previous owners.  So we slapped up some charcoal tile and he made the pillars and box seat and mantle to finish it off!

I found the idea for "wishes for baby" online.  So we clipped the cards to the ribbon on the mantle for everyone to fill out. 
 Kojo Designs was my inspiration for picking this theme for the baby shower.  They gave the awesome idea to cut up pages of the book and make them into a pennant banner.
 We had red, teal, and white candy in glass dishes and Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes. 
 I saw these cupcakes on several different blogs, but only one gave the crucial tip that the cotton candy melts really fast - like in 30 minutes or so, so dont' put that on till the last minute when guests are about to arrive.  I had a hard time finding plain red cupcake liners - I found a primary colors pack but would have had to buy multiple packs to get the red.  So I made cupcake wrappers out of red cardstock - and then I taped the "thing 1" or "thing 2" label to the front.

Here's our preggo guest of honor - isn't she adorable!  My mom found this frame at a thrift store and painted it teal.  We had all the guests pose with the frame and the Cat's Hat (that I made a while back here) if they wanted to.  Here's a couple more guests...

 And my mother-in-law makes awesome diaper cakes - I told her the theme ahead of time and she was able to make the design work around that.

And of course, we had to get the proud Daddy-to-be with a shot in the frame and hat.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Yarn Carrot

I saw these yarn carrots the other day while blog hopping . . .
 Make a cone out of paper and tape it closed - then wrap yarn around it - SIMPLE!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Paint Chip Egg Garland

I saw this idea from Modern Parents Messy Kids on One Pretty Thing the other day...and knew I had to go digging for my paint chips.  I love how it turned out!  Depending on the ages of your kids, they could help with this.  Mine are too young for scissors, but my son lined up the eggs after I cut them and had fun helping me.  You could even do this with scrapbook paper instead if you don't have paint chips handy.

I ended up with enough eggs to make two of them.  A long one for the mantle, and a short one for the mirror in the entry way.

As I've been trying to decorate for Spring/Easter, my children quickly remind me what I can and can't put out at their level.

Grrrrrrr - sometimes I hate Blogger

Is anyone else having the image upload error caused by Google Cloud Picker?  It won't let me upload any images and says there was an error.

I have a couple Easter/Spring posts to do but cant!