My friend, Christine, and I threw a baby shower/shadow yesterday for our good friend Cyndi and her daughter, Brooke, who just gave birth to a little boy. Little Logan decided to be born at the end of December joining his grandmother on her birthday but was not due to be born until early February! Yep, he gave his parents another tax deduction for 2013...and came about 6 weeks ahead of schedule! He spent a week in NICU (and even was tended by Christine's sister, Teresa who is a NICU RN) but went home 2 weeks ago and is doing beautifully.
And actually as this was a second baby we called it a "Baby Sprinkle"...much more casual and smaller than a Baby Shower.
I got into my crafting mode and made a few things for the shower. I had the best time doing it...and am feeling more and more confident working with vinyl.
The first thing I did was to get a bucket at Dollar Tree and put Logan's name and a little train on it.
I used it with some tissue to hold the party favors. No mints for us. This is flu season...we went with personalized hand sanitizers! ;)
And the feet and onesie were from files purchased in the Silhouette store.
Again, the hand sanitizers which were 10 ozs each were purchased at the Dollar Tree. And for a few cents worth of vinyl...well, a great little treat, I think!
And I learned some tips while doing these. The first 3 I did took me over an hour...but then I learned some tricks. The most difficult things were A. removing the old label and B. getting the design to lift up on the transfer tape. To deal with Difficult Thing A I learned that if I heated the label with my heat gun for a few seconds the label peeled easily and with virtually NO residue! Yay, heat gun! And no, I did not burn anything up!
To deal with Difficult Thing B I realized that if you remove the backing from the vinyl as opposed to lifting with the transfer tape it was much easier. I know that makes no sense unless you've worked with vinyl...but it is true. Turn you design over and roll back the vinyl backing. Easy peasy. I was able to do the next 15 bottles in under an hour! :)
I loved them.
I also made a diaper cycle as a table decoration. It's made with diapers, receiving blankets, socks, a washcloth, a bib, a baby bottle (for the headlight) and a linking ring. Very quick and much faster than a diaper cake. I found the instructions HERE.
I had sent a photo to my daughter who said it looked much cuter in real life than in the photo...so trust me...it was very cute!
I should have taken a photo without the teddy bear on it...but maybe you get the idea. It was very fast and cute....and obviously is usable once the mommy takes it apart!
And here is the cake we had made. It was yummy.
The Sprinkle was a success and I'm happy I got to be a part of it! Can't wait to see little Logan in person!