Friday, February 15, 2013

Froggy Valentine Box

For Valentines Day this year a few of the girls at work decided to have a Valentine exchange just like we used to in school.  For my valentine box I grabbed an empty Huggies wipe container, some green and red card stock, a pair of googly eyes and some clear tape.  About an hour later I had a completed frog even though I set out with the plan of making an alligator.  The frog's mouth opens to put the valentines in or you can open the lid for larger items.  Of course Jameson has taken it from me already and keeps feeding the frog random items.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Jameson Train

Going through my posts I came across this one in my drafts that some how never got posted.  This project was completed in January 2012.

For my final project for Jameson's Birthday Party I made a Jameson Train.  Surfing Pinterest I came across the yarn wrapped letter tutorials and thought it sounded like fun but needed to be spiced up a bit.  Of course the tutorials always make it sound so much easier than it really is so after much trial and error here is my final product!

First I traced and cut out the letters from a cardboard box I had around the house.  I highly recommend using an Xacto knife to cut as many as possible because cardboard and scissors don't get along well.

Then using a piece of tape I secured the yarn to the card board and started wrapping horizontally around the letter.  Once I got to the top of the "M" it got a little difficult to keep the yarn on the letter and not slide off.  I just struggled until I finally got it to stay but in hindsight I would recommend having a hot glue gun ready to tack down troublesome areas.

Once I finished wrapping the horizontal yarn I turned vertical.  I had the same issue here at the edges getting the yarn to stay on.  Once I got to the end I cut the yarn and tied it off to one of the wrapped pieces on the back side.
After all of the letters were complete I hot glued a ribbon on the back to connect them and attached the wooden wheels I found at Michaels.  The train was found in the same aisle as the wheels and I painted it to coordinate (I probably should have painted it a different body color because it reminds me too much of a tractor).

This adorable train is now hanging on the wall in Jameson's bedroom and he loves it.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mommy to Bee Baby Shower

UPDATE:  The invitation and party game are now available to purchase at my Etsy shop.

My first niece/nephew will be arriving in just a few short weeks.  I'm not one for surprises so the fact that my sister-in-law has decided to be "team green" and not find out the gender has driven me crazy.  I have to admit however the closer her due date comes the more exciting it is to finally find out what she is having.  So in typical Abby fashion I went into overdrive planning her baby shower and I couldn't be happier with the turn out.

The Invitation

The Spread

The Cake
I made a cupcake bouquet (which was not as easy as I expected).  Using a styrofoam ball on top of the metal bucket base and toothpicks to attach the cupcakes.  I found this idea on Pinterest and after my first trial was a disaster I went to YouTube and watched a few videos to help perfect the technique.  The cupcakes are Martha Stewart's Honey Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Frosting topped with marzipan bumble bees (also found in Martha Stewart's Cupcake cookbook).

The Decorations
I made this banner using scrapbook paper, ribbon and some pre-made wooden bees found in the wood supplies at Michaels.  

Goody Bags, Babee Shower hangings and Diaper Cake.  This diaper cake has a long history that has been passed onto my sister-in-law now.  This cake was made for one of my college friends, whom thought it was too cute to take apart.  So instead she redecorated it and passed it along, which was then redecorated and passed along to me.  

Tissue paper poms with bees hanging below.

And of course I couldn't let her go without embarrassing her a little bit.  The dog even got into the fun.

The Games/Activities
For games we played "The Price is Right" using baby items that everyone had to guess the price of.  Person with the closest number without going over won,.  We also played "Taboo" where the word Baby was off limits. If you said Baby you lost your bracelet I supplied and the person with the most bracelets at the end of the shower won.  Finally we played "How big is Mommy".  I provided blue and pink ribbon we then passed around and they selected ribbon color by what they thought he baby would be and tried to guess how big the her baby bump was around.  In addition to the games I had a little activity for my Sister-in-Law's keepsake box.  Everyone was given a double sided sheet of paper with "Wishes for Babee" and "Predictions" on the other.

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