Saturday, July 31, 2010

Gifts for Baby Eden

Another baby is on the way! I am off to attend a shower this afternoon to celebrate the upcoming birth of Eden Raines Howell. I love making baby gifts. For Eden's gift I decided to embellish a couple of onesies with matching bibs along with personalized gift tags and a basket label.

For the embellished onesies and bibs...
I wanted to use fabric with colors that were not primarily pink. As a mom of two girls I received a ton of pink. And while I love pink I wanted to do something different. I used Anna Maria Horners Voile for the ruffle bum, flower and front of the bib.
I monogrammed the reverse side of her bib using a sunshine yellow thread.
The Flower has a non-fray nylon chiffon center and three little pearls.

For the short sleeve onesie I used Weekends in Lime Lilly Rose fabric to make a little skirt and monogrammed the onesie using a lavender thread to match the lavender roses. The bib has an "E" applique to match!

And the gift tags...
When you become a parent your social calendar is suddenly full of birthday parties. We love attending birthday parties and know little Eden will too. So what better than personalized gift tags to include with her presents for all of those parties she will soon be attending.

I used Word to create the gift tags for Eden in pink and brown and printed them out on business cards.
Then I hole punched the corner. I cut the fuchsia ribbon 14" long and burned the ends with a lighter to prevent any fraying.
Wrapped them up in a clear bag( from Michaels) tied with the same fuchsia ribbon.
I also made a basket label. These are perfect for labeling all of those storage baskets and adding a decorative, personalized touch at the same time. I am working on a tutorial coming later today! This one has Eden's monogram. I used the colors of her room (raspberry, pink and mocha). The basket would be perfect for baby essentials or diapers for the changing table AND doubles as a gift basket.
I put all of her gifts into the basket...
and wrapped them up!
Happy shower baby Eden! Can't wait to celebrate with you and your momma!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Adventures in Screen Printing

I have been wanting to try screen printing for a while now and finally did it! I ordered my screen printing kit from Dharma and Trading Company last week and it arrived on my doorstep Monday. I was itching to print something and while the photo emulsion method takes a few hours and the right time of day (noonish) to expose the screen I needed a method a little less involved. So, I used the contact paper method using this great tutorial. It was an easy to follow tutorial and an easy way to screen print simple designs. I screen printed bats and alligators. I took me a few tries to get the feel for it. There are a few alligators that are not "whole." But I kinda like their distressed look. I guess it's personal preference.

Here are the little gators in action! I used this twirl skirt pattern. I mentioned it in my previous post. I love everything about it...quick, easy, comfortable and cute!

I highly recommend trying both the pattern and screen printing. Now that I have my feet wet...on to photo emulsion! Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

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