January 23, 2013

made with love: a baby shower story


for weeks you've been hearing me talk about a baby shower. 
it was this past weekend and it was so incredibly warm and awesome. 
i'll share some pictures from the shower later. today it's all about the little side projects that added a touch of handmade love. i seriously had so much fun planning and making with my husband. he's got a crafty side to him i didn't know about.

plus it was so great to see the faces of the parents-to-be light up like christmas trees. it was so touching for them to notice all the little details. seriously, one of the best feelings in the world.

here it everyone. made with love: a baby shower story.



1. favors for guests: 
i originally thought to buy little potted plants and tie a piece of twine with a hand written thank you note. funny thing, i actually forgot that i thought of that idea and one day came up with another - framed messages. i liked how they turned out {ok - i actually love them so much and is one of my favorite projects for the baby shower!!} and i'm planning on making some for my home in the coming months!

the text and layout was done on indesign (i already had a collection of fonts i downloaded from font squirrel and fonts for peas) and got them printed at office depot. the 5x7 frames are from ikea.


i ordered muslin bags and stamped thank yous with hearts and left them to dry over night. the frames fit perfectly in them. {i was a little worried the bags might be too small!}



the gift bags for game prizes got a little stamping love as well {i was on a stamping craze}.  they are just brown paper bags from michael's and i added a little color with tissue paper. i don't think i'll ever buy fancy gift bags ever again. {why buy when you can stamp!}




2. wisdom baskets for the parents-to-be
these baskets were made from the wisdom of those who've been there; the friends of the parents-to-be who are already moms and dads. i asked them to share a piece of advice that they relied on to help them get through the first months of parenthood. i was so touched by the outpouring of responses - all so sweet, thoughtful and funny. it was also a blast to put on my thinking cap and pick out little items that matched the wisdom they shared. like this one - remember to keep calm. i couldn't help but think of the "keep calm and carry on" cups i once saw at paper source. i just had to pick one up and add it to the basket! 


3. thank you cards 
i made a simple thank you card and wrote them up and stuffed them in the muslin bags with the frames. i thought it was the fastest way to get the guests their thank you cards for attending and responding to my harassment requests to rsvp and share thoughts for the wisdom basket. these were also done on indesign and printed at office depot. i don't think i'll ever buy thank you cards again. i had way too much fun making my own. 


4. wishing tree
we collected branches (i worried about where to get them but we had a really windy day here in virginia and there were branches everywhere!) and yangkyu sprayed painted two coats in matte white. i loved how they turned out. i traced a tag on white card stock paper and used a bit of twine left over from christmas to make hanging notes for people to write on. the wishing tree was for the guests to write wishes for the parents-to-be and also for the baby. it also served as a guest book. 


5. paper bunting 
this was also easy to make. i just picked up scrapbook paper at michael's and printed out a bunting template off the internet. i then traced, cut and taped them on the same twine i used for the note tags. i love bunting - i made one for piri and think i'll make one to hang over our window when spring comes along. 


i love my friends. they deserve all the happiness in the world. i can't wait to meet the little guy.
he's going to be welcomed with a whole lotta love. i wouldn't be surprised if he's not already doing the happy dance in his mama's belly.


32 comments

  1. Jane you did an amazing job!! I love the bags you stamped and the details of the wisdom baskets.

    Can't wait to see more pics of NY!

    take care, friend :)

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    1. Thank you! I had lots of fun making these and couldn't wait for the reaction of the parents-to-be! Hope your son is feeling better!

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  2. This is just so darn awesome Jane! Love love love this!
    It's so touching that you did this for your friends, I could honestly feel the love as I read through this post.

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    1. Thank you! So sweet of you to say!

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  3. This is absolutely wonderful! You are so talented!

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  4. You are soooo creative, looks like it was a wonderful day! Great job :)

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  5. Love this! I think you did a great job with the bags you stamped and I love the idea of a wishing tree.

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    1. Thanks! The stamping is kinda fun. I almost stamped the table and our walls :)

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  6. eEEK! This is great. The prints you did are amazing - I love fonts for peas too! One of my fave font websites. The darth vader and son book - so cute! And the wishing tree is a beautiful and creative idea - I've never seen it.

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    1. Thanks so much! Lovee fonts for peas and just playing around with fonts in general!

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  7. WOW!!! There is so much awesomness here!!! You outdid yourself! :) I love it all. :)

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  8. I totally heart DIY stuff. They are unique and full of love. There is something fun and addictive about DIY project. Your baby shower creations are too cute.

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    1. Thanks so much! Agree with you on DIY stuff! I hope to do more this year :)

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  10. WOW! You are soo talented Jane! I love the wishing tree idea!!! How adorable!!! =) The bags are too cute and wow. I love going to showers and parties with that personal touch to it! Very cool!!! =) Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much! Your Macarons would be lovely touches to those gatherings! :)

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  11. Oh, I just love all these little details. My fave is probably the wisdom baskets. That is such a thoughtful touch. :)

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    1. Thank you! The wisdom baskets were super fun to put together! :)

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  12. what a beautiful shower! i love everything!! i'm a sucker for details!
    and giving a print for a favor is such a great idea! i'm gonna have to remember that one! :)

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    1. Thank you! That was actually my favorite too! I can't wait to make more :)

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  13. Jane!! I didn't know you guys made all these lovely gifts. They were so beautiful. As a designer myself, I will give you an A++++++
    Karen must be so grateful to have a friend like you.

    -Yoojin

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    1. Unni~ Thank you! If it comes from an officially designer I'm swooning! :) I'm glad to have a friend like Karen, too!

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  14. My goodness Jane, all that looks wonderfully amazing!!! Can I hire you for my next event please? :)
    Well done, your friends must've been sto touched by all the effort you went to. What a wonderful friend you are indeed.
    Ronnie xo

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    1. Thanks, Ronnie! And coming from such a great organizer, planner, I'm so touched! I have learned lots during this process! It was so much fun too!

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  15. You're seriously killing me with your talent, young lady! The frames what a great idea! The design of everything, wow! And I love the stamps on the muslin bags! WOW WOW WOW! Simply beautiful and elegant. And those TY cards. You need to start a business, for reals.

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    1. Thank you! Seriously so happy to hear your encouraging words!!

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  16. there are so many fun crafts/diys you made! i'm inspired :)

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