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Pink Elephant Baby Shower: My Favorite Things

July 20, 2017
Pink Elephant Baby Shower

You will recall that I recently completed a pink version of the Elijah pattern for my upcoming niece. The pink elephant was by design, since I knew I was going to be throwing a baby shower. What better theme for a little girl than pink elephants? Somebody described elephants once and the reincarnated souls of some really decent people and I’d have to agree that I think that elephants are some of the most caring, intelligent animals out there. Those qualities are a great thing for a little girl to strive for, so I thought elephants made a great theme. 

I decided to make the theme a little bit more fun by incorporating the pink into the elephant idea. I normally don’t go for hardcore gender stereotypes for babies but:

1. I had just finished my pink Elijah.

2. I had pink tablecloths leftover from my wedding.

3. The mom likes pink. I like pink. Pink is cute.

Because I live in a teeny tiny apartment, my mother graciously allowed me to use her house to host. This meant that I had lots of room for fun decorations and activities. Here is some of what I did:

Baby Elephant Guest Book

Pink Elephant Baby Shower - Baby Elephant Guest Book

I owe most of this guestbook to AJ at Aspen Jay. She has made this adorable elephant print available online here. Perfect for my pink elephant theme! It’s a 11 x 14 print, which we were able to print at home. You can also have it printed a Office Depot for less than $2 (I checked.). You can customize it to be blue, pink or yellow and it can say the babies name or just “welcome little one”.  I picked “welcome little one,” because I don’t wanna cramp the momma’s style by tying her down to a name too soon. I cut out different shades of pink paper using a 1 inch Circle Punch Tool. Guests signed a circle and stuck it to the print using scrapbooking tabs. After the shower, I just moved the glass to the from of the frame and voila! Easy nursery decoration!

Pink Elephant Baby Shower - Photo Booth

Baby Shower Photo Booth

I used a pink tablecloth and some mylar balloons to create a quick and easy photobooth! The mylar ballooons were bought at Michaels are were totally easy to use. You just blow them up with a straw and they seal shut. The balloons I got even had pre-made little tabs to string them up with. (Otherwise, I’ve heard that you can tape a straw to the back and thread string through that.). To go with my DIY photo booth, I added a foam board Polaroid frame (I just eyeballed the dimensions and my dad cut it out with an exacto blade and a straight edge. Along with that, I cut out some shapes (found here) and glued them to little sticks that I found at the Dollar Store. I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Pink Elephant Baby Shower - Baby Headband Station

Baby Headband Station

I was afraid about how this was going to work, but it turned out to be a lot of fun! I bought several packages of fabric flowers from Hobby Lobby (on each day with a 40% off coupon.) and used these Elastic Baby Girl Headbands from Amazon. The rest is everyone’s creativity! We set up two hot glue guns (on plastic placemats, to protect the table and tablecloth) and a sign and everyone just went from there. The baby headband holder was made from an oatmeal container, painted white and then covered in fabric, hot glued to a candlestick! I’m really pleased with how it turned out!

Note: If your shower has little kids in attendance, you may not want to have the glue guns left unattended. Ours was adult only, and therefore I figured everyone could handle a glue gun.

These were my three major DIY efforts for the shower. I have so much  more that I didn’t get good pictures of. It went by so fast! Not picture are a LOT of pink chocolate drizzled rice krispie treats (so many…) and pink chocolate dipped nutter butters, both of which turned out really well. (Pro tip: apparently you can thin colored candy melts with shortening, which would have made my life so much easier.) There was also cake, and fruit, and I even made 7 layer dip and queso for the first time ever! We decorated the mantle and a special chair for the new mom and also made really cute favor bags for my circus animal cookie favors. Whew!

I feel so accomplished. 

I had a lot of fun to planning and throwing this baby shower. I’ve realized that I really like planning things like this and I can’t wait to do more in the future! I can’t wait until I have a home of my own to host in too. Have you thrown a party recently? What was your favorite part of it? Any recommendations for new things to try? Let me know in the comments!

 

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DIY Mom-osa Mother’s Day Gift

May 16, 2017
DIY "Mom-osa" Mother's Day Gift

Happy Monday Ya’ll! I hope you were good to your mothers this weekend. The Hubs and I got up early Sunday morning to drop these little mom-osas(get it?? Mom-osa?) on our momma’s porches. We dropped them off ding-dong ditch style, which worked great at my moms house. The Hubs parents, however, possess one of those ring doorbell things (also known as The All Seeing Eye of Sauron). Much harder to ding-dong ditch there… Luckily our mommas live a mile apart and 5 minutes from church(which was great when we were both living at home and dating) so we could blaze through and still make it to church in time for rehearsal. Don’t worry, we went back and spent the rest of the day with out mother’s too!

DIY "Mom-osa" Mother's Day Gift

I got the idea for these mom-osa kits from a card that The Hubs picked out for his mom. It said “You’re mimosa favorite mom!” With a card like that, there no way that I could not put together these little mimosa kits. They’re just the perfect size (especially since we’re on Whole 30 and can’t share them with our moms). Both our mothers had about a quarter of their mini wine bottle and declared themselves done for the day. Lightweights. 

Mom-osa Kit

Supplies:

-Mini Sparkling wine bottle (or can!)

-Single-serve orange juice bottle

-Cute twine, string or ribbon

-A personal note

DIY "Mom-osa" Mother's Day Gift

The concept of the mom-osa kit is simple. Take a mini bottle of sparkling wine or champagne, pair it with a single serve bottle or orange juice and tie together! Ta-da! Anyone could do it. No only do these may great Mother’s Day gifts, they also make great bridesmaid’s gifts and shower favors. Plus they’re just super cute. They’re an easy way to show someone that you’re thinking of them. They pair great with flowers, jewelry or brunch.

Did you give or get a creative Mother’s day gift this year? I’d love to hear about it!

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Mini Monday: How to Dye Wood with Food Coloring

April 17, 2017

Hello all! I hope you had a good Easter weekend. My was good and peaceful and I amassed so many peeps. It was great. Last week, I shared my tutorial for making a gift card frame, which I embellished with a hand dyed wooden letter. As promised, here is my tutorial for how to dye wood with food coloring!

This tutorial is about as easy as they come. And if we’re being honest, I only chose to dye wood with food coloring because I didn’t want to have to buy paint. I was pleasantly surprised by the stained effect and how the wood grain came through, which I thought made a great accent for the wood of the frame. Want to learn how to do it yourself? Scroll through my tutorial below!

Mini Monday: How to Dye Wood with Food Coloring

How to Dye Wood with Food Coloring

Supplies:

-Large glass jar/bowl (Don’t not use metal or plastic. Those materials may absorb some of the dye!)

-1 Tablespoon(ish) Vinegar

-Food Coloring

-Wood to be dyed

Mini Monday: How to Dye Wood with Food Coloring

Step 1:

Heat enough water to cover your wood until it is hot enough to dissolve your dye, about a minute or two in the microwave. The heat is also helpful in getting the color to take. I just used kettle water from when I made my tea. Double-tasking for the win! Add about a tablespoon of vinegar. The acid is important in setting the dye.

Mini Monday: How to Dye Wood with Food Coloring

Step 2:

Add your dye to the water. I used Wilton’s Food Coloring that comes in the little tubs, because I have a ton of it (I used to use it to dye yarn, which was great fun.), but the little four packs that you buy in the baking aisle work just fine as well. Wilton’s is more of a gel than a liquid, so I had to stir it around a bit before it dissolved.

A note about dyes:

Some dyes, like violet and black, have a tendency to break, meaning that your project may not absorb the color evenly. In the case of violet, it may absorb pink first and then the blue, leading to a more splotchy color. You can attempt to combat this by adding the vinegar gradually, rather than all at the beginning, and keeping the water temperature lower. Basically, avoid “stressing” the dye.

Mini Monday: How to Dye Wood with Food Coloring

Step 3:

Submerge your wood  in the dye. I ended up using a knife to hold the wood under the water, because it kept bobbing back to the top. Let it sit, checking the color periodically, until it is the color that you want.

I left my in for about 6-8 hours if I remember correctly. I just left it out on the counter.


Mini Monday: How to Dye Wood with Food Coloring

Step 4:

Remove your wood from the dye, and let dry. I did not rinse my wood, I just set it on a stack of paper towels to dry. It will dry lighter than it looks while it is wet.

Once dry, you are free to use your dyed wood to embellish your projects! I really appreciate this method to dye wood with food coloring because it lets the wood grain show through. I think it gives it a subtle texture that makes it look really interesting.

So what do you think? Is this a technique that you would use? Let me know if you do. I want to see your projects!