Showing posts with label Baby. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Baby. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Bribing the Nurses

I had a friend who had a baby last year and she took a basket of candy and goodies to the hospital with her for the nurses.  She called it her "bribe basket."  I thought it was a fabulous idea so I decided to do something similar for my upcoming hospital stay.

After the birth of my first two children I took goodies up to the nurses and a gift for my L&D nurse after the baby and I went home.  This time around, I thought it would be nice to hand each person who comes to help me a little something.  It never hurts to bribe people a little to give you extra special care, right?  I have a C-section scheduled so I know I'll be in the hospital three or four days and I know I'll need lots of TLC.

I saw this idea here at Gillian Greding's blog and I loved it.  I hit up Bath & Body Works when they had a great sale and I scored travel sized lotions, hand sanitizers and body sprays in the Sweet Pea scent.  I never knew there were so many products in that scent!  It smells amazing.

I added a few Dark Chocolate Raspberry Ghirardelli squares {mostly because they had a cute pink wrapper} and some white chocolate Lindt truffles. 

I created little tags that with my EK Success punches that said, "Thank you for taking care of me and my sweet pea" and tied them up with green twine.

I made up 17 of them so I should be able to thank everyone who comes my way.  My bags are packed, her room is ready and I'm stocked up with boxes and boxes of diapers and wipes.  I can't wait to meet my new baby girl! 

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pink Care Package: Baby Girl!

My best friend found out she was having a girl a few months ago. 

So I did the only thing that seemed natural.  I sent her off a care package of all things pink! 

I included some goodies for her like candy, lip gloss, nail polish, nail files and socks as well as some goodies for the baby like a blanket, snuggle, pacifiers, rattle and a Perfect Piggies board book by Sandra Boynton.  I also included some balloons and candy for her other two children.

Did you know they sell pink hot cocoa??  I found it at Michael's.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Mother Goose Baby Shower

My sisters and I threw a baby shower for our sister-in-law a few years ago and I thought I'd share what we did with you. She was having twins, a boy and girl. We needed a gender neutral theme so we picked Mother Goose and I designed these invitations to fit. We printed them front and back and cut them out with a circle cutter and mailed them in a square envelope. I've blurred the last name but it did rhyme with our poem. We referenced several Mother Goose rhymes.

We decorated with books, stuffed animals, little figurines and jack-in-the-boxes with Mother Goose on them.

We typed up parts of rhymes and placed them around the table. We served tarts, chicken salad, fruit, petit fours and quiches. We had the baker mark the petit fours with a "B" and pipe the words to Pat-A-Cake around the edge of the platter.

We gave little candles as party favors and typed up "Jack be nimble, Jack be quick..." on the labels.  I printed all different colors and punched them my EK Success Whale Punch.

Mother Goose was a pretty easy theme as there are tons of ideas, books and toys out there to fit with it.

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Baby Afghan

My girlfriend, Erin, had her first baby girl this month and I made her this black and white afghan for her nursery.
Several people commented on what a bad idea a black blanket was so I took a picture of it with her bedding to prove to everyone that it looks just perfect.
I love her colors she used in the nursery and I was happy to contribute to the cuteness of her room. I used a popcorn stitch and did a shell around the edge in white. I couldn't find any baby soft yarn in black so I used Hobby Lobby's Love This Yarn brand. It crocheted well, it is reasonably priced and I think I'll use it again. Try it out.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Binky Chain Winner

Here's the girly binky chain I made for my giveaway winner, Kristi.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Binky Chain Giveaway!

At the request of a few mothers, I made binky chains last week for some new baby boys in my family. Since they were all for boys I kept them pretty simple and used primary colors. They are a quick and easy gift. I strung them on nylon coated stainless steel bead wire and I bought it and the clips at my local craft store, Hobby Lobby. I checked Michael's for the clips but didn't find them there. I've seen plastic ones online that I like better but it was easy to grab a package of the metal ones at the store.

Since they are so easy and lightweight (thus easy to mail), I'm going to giveaway one! Have a new baby or know someone who does? Leave me a comment by Friday, Sept 18th and I'll choose a winner on Saturday morning. I'll make the winner a custom binky chain with the colors of their choice. If you want a girl one, I'll make it nice and pretty...not like these plain boy colors!

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

More Baby Gifts!

I've posted about some of the creative hand-made baby gifts I've gotten for my baby girl over the last three months and now I have even more to post about! I'm lucky to have such thoughtful friends.

My friend, Becky, made this cute hooded blanket for her.

My friend, Linda, made this beautiful quilt and the colors match the nursery!

My friend, Shannon, made these binky chains for her upon my request. She also made this one for my son when he was born.

My friend, Heather, crocheted these dainty booties and this afghan. I'm not sure what kind of yarn she used but it is so soft. Again, love the lavender! She sewed this ragged quilt and some matching burp cloths for my son when he was born.

Last, but certainly not least, here's a bootie that my dad crocheted.My dad crocheted and he made afghans, stuffed animals and all sorts of booties. He died when I was five so the things he crocheted have become coveted items among my siblings. We each have a pair or two of booties that he crocheted. My mom divided them up a few years ago and I picked out this pair of "Converse High Tops."
I used them for my son but they didn't fit his big feet very long. When all of the booties had been given out, there was this lone mary jane with a pink sock. I took it because I thought it was cute and because I thought maybe I'd try out his patterns one day. I SO wish I had the other one because it actually fits her chunky foot. But, I just have the one and I'll treasure it just the same. My mom actually found his patterns recently and told me I could try them out so we'll see if I get around to it. What a wonderful gift to leave his grandchildren.

Here's my first post about baby gifts and a post about some booties a friend made when I was still early pregnant with her.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Birth Announcement

I am SO lucky to have creative friends. My friend, Stacy, created birth announcements for both my son and my new daughter. Incidentally, the week she delivered the announcements for my baby girl for me to mail out, I found out that the one she created for my son had won a contest. Parents Magazine asked for handmade birth announcements over a year ago to be featured in their magazine. I mailed in one that she made for my son and forgot all about it. They contacted me recently and told me that his would be featured in their July issue. So, go buy the July issue and turn to page 69! You can click here to see my original post and pictures of his announcement. Here's the article in Parents....

Here's the recent announcement that she made for my Little Miss Paige. I smeared the last name.We picked four pictures and she put them on a scalloped circle that you turn and view each picture through a cutout circle. She printed a green and white stripe on the back and made up a lavendar pattern on the front that matched my nursery colors. She also printed lavendar return address labels and punched them out with my EK Success scallop punch. You can check out her creative ideas that she and her friend post at the 2cleverblog. Thanks again....with a newborn and a two year old I never would have done something that elaborate!

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Burp Cloths

So I did finally get around to buying some coordinating flannel receiving blankets and I made these burp cloths with them today. More flannel & chenille....just like the previous few I've made. These were from Carter's and came in a 4 pack. They were half price so that made them $10 for four blankets which I can use for other projects as well.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Burp Cloths

I crocheted the edges of these two burp cloths for my baby girl. I like these pretty ones to take to church. On the lavender I crocheted a shell stitch and on the pink I did a small rainbow stitch.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Creative Friends

I had a baby girl last month and have been very blessed with many gifts I've received. Diapers, clothes and practical things were plentiful but I thought I'd share with you the creative gifts I received that people made.

My sister-in-law, April, gave me some cute summer dresses on these hangers she altered.
My mother-in-law made this beautiful, bright quilt with butterflies on it.
My friend, Jen, made these cute burp cloths and this altered wipes case. How cute is pink and brown?
My friend, Jeni, had someone make these cute little bracelets.
My Aunt DiAnn made this cute ragged quilt. She actually made it last fall for my sister who had twins. She made a girl one and a boy one but my sister ended up having two boys. Since I was the next in the family to have a girl, I was the lucky recipient of the quilt.
My friend, Barbara, made these cute burp cloths.

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Burp Cloths

I made a few more flannel and chenille burp cloths for a baby shower this week. The gal had twins, a boy and a girl so I did several colors. I used the flannel I had around the house but think I'll buy some coordinating receiving blankets and cut them up for a gift next time. I've made ragged burp cloths in the past and crocheted the edges of some hemstitched ones but after making these for myself, they are my new favorites. They are soft and very absorbent.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Baby Girl Nursery

I'm having a baby girl this week and had much more fun decorating the nursery for her than I did for my son. Girly stuff is just more fun. I kept the nursery walls green from his decor and added in lavender toile and white. Here are some pictures of the finished nursery.
I painted the "Paige" letters lavender and then sprinkled them with crystal glitter.

I painted a wooden frame from the dollar store lavender, added white polk-a-dots and a flower.

I covered a lamp shade with the lavender toile fabric to match her bedding and valence, then added dangling beads and the fuzzy fringe. I bought the lamp shade from a craft store. It was sticky and had a template to cut your fabric to. Then I glued on the fringe and beads with fabric glue. Super easy and very fast! I bought the white base at Wal-Mart for $10.

I made the bed skirt and a few blankets for her crib. I paid someone to make the bumper after taking advice from several friends about how much pain a bumper was to make. The inside is a green and white minky fabric and very soft. It's hard to tell from the picture but the outside of the bumper is lavender "Central Park" toile. I love toile! I bought the "chamois" sheets from PB Kids in lavender.

I had left over minky fabric so I backed it with some flannel backed satin, threw on a satin blanket binding and made this blanket. My son LOVES his blankies that are satin & minky like this.

I made a window valence from the lavender toile and added the same beading and fringe as I did on the lamp shade. I hung white sheers beneath it and it really softened the look of the room.

This is my favorite part of the nursery but have to give full credit to my friend, Donna. She had a display like this in her massage room once upon a time and did another one above her baby girl's crib. When I asked her about the details so I could copy her, she offered to come put it up for me if I bought everything. I purchased the flowers and butterflies online at then sewed them to strips of white, lavender and green organza. She hung them with clear thumb tacks and made them look beautiful. FYI, that website has every shape, size and color of bugs and flowers you could imagine for reasonable prices. They also have tutus and other girly things. Check it out.

I made some wooden blocks again like several I've made in the past. I just mod podge scrapbook paper on, distress the edges and add glitter.

I recovered a wooden picture from with papers to match her colors and added some glitter and ribbons.

Lastly, I put this vinyl saying up on her wall. My sister gave it to me and I thought it was very sweet.

Now I can relax, right?

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