DIY Shower: Fabric Pouches

Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's no secret to those who know me that I have a blog "problem" -- as in I can't get enough of them! (But, seriously, my bookmarks are out. of. control.) I just love being able to get a glimpse into other peoples' lives -- getting inspiration from the photos they post -- or finding the perfect DIY or craft project to start when there's a rainy day. Out of all the blogs out there, there's a few that I read every morning with a good cup-of-joe. And, the one that I can't keep from you any longer, dear readers, is Twig and Thistle. Have you seen it? If not, you must spend a few hours on it. Kathleen has an incredible eye and knack for drawing you in with her photos, prose, and crazy-talented ideas and projects. So, when she sent us an email on how to create these ADORABLE baby shower favor bags, Elizabeth and I couldn't resist scrounging up some fabric scraps and making a couple for ourselves. And, we have to say, she's pretty much created the PERFECT favor bag -- inexpensive, easy to personalize, and can be reused once you devour the sweet yummy cookies inside. Plus, as Elizabeth said, "who doesn't appreciate a thank you gift that's made with love?!" I couldn't agree more. :)

From Kathleen at Twig & Thistle... The favors [...] are based off of these that I had seen in the portfolio of Rebecca Thuss. Mine didn’t come out nearly as beautiful but they are still a sweet addition to [a baby shower]. I wrapped two shortbread cookies in clear cellophane and put them inside the fabric envelope. These little envelopes can hold any number of things really with the proportions adjusted to fit. Below are instructions for how to make your own.

Materials list:

Scalloped Rotary Cutter
Shortbread Cookies
Diaper Pins

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Cut fabric into strips about 5″ wide x 9″ long. Fold top of fabric in 1/2″ towards wrong side of fabric and hem. Repeat on bottom edge.
2. Once both top and bottom edges have been hemmed, fold bottom portion of fabric up approvimetly 3.75″ creating an envelope. Sew along both edges 1/2″ in; securing both sides of the envelope.
3. Add a little detail and prevent fraying by trimming the sides with pinking shears or a scalloped rotary cutter. Be sure to fold top over to where it will approximately be once favor is inside then cut – the scallops will align and the envelope will appear more finished.
3. Finally, slide favor inside envelope and secure with a baby pin!

To view the complete tutorial and other craft ideas, please visit Twig & Thistle.

Real Baby Shower: Vintage Surf

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

If you were to google vintage cool, I'm pretty sure plenty of pictures from Molly's vintage surf baby shower would pop up. (And, if they don't, they should). Just think -- woody station wagons, longboard surfboards, mini-me board shorts, and red and light blue colors to add just the right amount of fun vintage flair.  Isn't this beginning to sound like the perfect little inspiration list for a pretty hip baby shower? Well, Kim from TomKat Studio added all of these elements into the invitation and paper goods that were used in this shower -- and we love it! (We're talking love-at-first-site-love-it)! This theme is so adorable you don't want it to end when the party's over -- which is probably why so many Moms (including Molly) are using their baby shower themes as inspirations for their little bundle of joy's nursery. Um, how clever is that?! Kim gives us the skinny on a bunch more nursery, baby shower, and birth announcement planning ideas in her note posted below. (Including where to find the AMAZING custom cookie toppers she used for the shower)! So, get cozy -- you're going to be here for a little bit.

From Kim of The TomKat Studio... Vintage Surf is a popular theme appearing in baby and kid rooms everywhere! Inspired by an old surfboard of her husband’s, Molly is decorating her soon-to-arrive son’s room in this hip theme. Her sister is planning her shower and asked me to design coordinating paper goods! This is a trend that we’re seeing more and more of in the party world. Coordinating baby shower decor to the baby room, and even the baby annoucements! Molly’s sister chose a blue, red & chocolate brown design that I came up with, featuring a “woody” illustration!

I custom designed the invitations and paper goods based on Ryder’s nursery.  Molly’s sister & friends did an amazing  job decorating for her adorable shower! They borrowed my candy jars and surf sign. They ordered custom cookie toppers from Two Sugar Babies after seeing them featured on my blog

Printable Vintage Surf Invitations & Party Decor now available in my shop!

I love the red and blue color combination, perfect for a little boy! The possibilities are endless for dessert and candy bar ideas in this theme! Etsy provides for tons of adorable gift ideas in theme including bibs, burp cloths & even a diaper cake! (see below for list of sources)

From the guest of honor... "Where do I start....thank you for making all of you paper crafts for my shower!!!! I LOVED totally made the whole party. Everything was perfect from the decorations you let them borrow to the labels. I still can't believe how fantastic it turned out. This is all because you INSPIRE all of us to get creative. I so appreciate all your generosity, time and creativity you put into creating such an adorble look for Ryder. Also, thank you so much for the "thank you" cards. I already have one in his baby book:) you are the best and I can't wait to join the mommy club!!! Love you!!!!"

Vintage Surf Invitation & Party Decor: The TomKat Studio / Cookie Toppers: Two Sugar Babies

Shower Idea: I Spy a Game {Free Download}

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nothings breaks the ice among strangers like a fun game. And, when your friends get really into it -- party. magic. happens. Question is, are you ready to create a little magic at your upcoming shower? Well, count us in because this weekend Elizabeth and I settled into our laptops with some cups of tea and started scouring the web and our little notebook of ideas for some good old fashion inspiration -- and, when we came across Asheville Event Co.'s blog, we knew we had struck baby-shower-gold. We immediately fell in love with their "I Spy" game they included in a rustic wedding and knew that it had to be recreated for a baby shower. Can you just imagine having this game on a table for your friends and family to play?! What a hoot! It's such an adorable way to get everyone involved. And, who knows -- maybe they'll even capture your favorite moment. So, scroll on down to see the four (yes, four!) templates that Elizabeth and I created just for you. And, if you enjoy this little feature, we may even make our free templates a regular thing ... :)

Click on one of the descriptions below to download your baby shower "I Spy" game:
dark pink, light pink, orange and yellow - click here
dark blue, light blue, gray and yellow - click here
dark green, light green, yellowish green, and gray - click here
three variations of purple and gray - click here

Materials list:
Our Template
Card Stock to print on
Craft Knife
Metal Straight Edge
Disposable Camera

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Download the PDF and print it onto your card stock
2. Cut the paper in half with your craft knife and straight edge to create two "I Spy" cards.
3. Place the one game at each table setting (or one per table to create "friendly" table competition) with a disposable camera.
4. Get ready to have your picture taken!

Special Note: Thanks to our trusty readers who let us know that this concept was originally created by Martha Stewart -- the queen of party ideas and inspirations. :)

Real Baby Shower: Splashes of Green Everywhere

Monday, September 27, 2010

Happy Monday! We hope everyone had a lovely weekend and are ready to experience another week full of baby shower BLISS! I know Elizabeth and I are -- we've been patiently (read: counting down the minutes) to share this jaw dropping green-baby shower that was captured by the talented lens of Liz Banfield. This afternoon soirée is bursting with ideas on how to create a shower around a well edited color palette.  Now granted Elizabeth and I love a good green and yellow baby shower (so we may be sliiiightly biased), but we were floored with how Tara Guérard of Soirée tied the color into every single aspect of Lee's shower. We're talking invitations, decor, desserts, games, ribbons on the presents -- oh my gosh -- can we just say, pure perfection! But what is really the icing on the cake for us, is that even with these gorgeous details and splashes of green around every corner, the party doesn't seem fussy -- it's just a seemingly elegant Southern affair. We can't help but keep scrolling through these photographs over and over again. Liz has somehow managed to create such beautiful, soft images that we just want to step in and be a part of Lee's shower. So get ready dear readers to have a serious Monday love affair.

A gorgeous design by Tara Guérard of Soirée for the super stylish owner of PiecesLee Kleinhelter. 
Lee and Tara of Soiree first met when Tara designed Lee's wedding. The wedding (green themed, of course!) was featured in Tara's book, Southern Weddings.

Photography: Liz Banfield / Planning & Design: Tara Guérard of Soirée / Venue: Swan Coach House

Sneak Peak Friday + Weekly Wrap Up

Friday, September 24, 2010

Its been a wonderful week here at Bump Smitten, and we've enjoyed sharing our backyard inspired posts with each and every one of you.  It's funny -- but, writing up this week's posts, Elizabeth and I realized that celebrating something special with good food, lots of family and friends around, and with the outside as a magical backdrop is really one of life's simple pleasures.  And, we promise that next week our baby shower parties, inspirations, and ideas will be equally as special as the ones we featured this week.  In fact, we'll leave you with a little taste of what's to come on Monday morning -- it's just one of the many darling details captured by the very talented photographer, Liz Banfield. Enjoy, and we'll see you bright and early Monday morning!

We know life can get a little bit busy when you're planning a baby shower and preparing for that little bundle of joy, so during your quiet moments this weekend, we hope you can catch up and enjoy these adorable posts from this week!

Backyard country charm with plenty of pink, lace and flowers

Train themed party complete with conductor whistle favors

Baby Shower inspiration for a backyard picnic in sunny California

A step-by-step guide to making fortune cookies -- a unique favor idea

This Real Baby Shower was the "sweetest tweet"

Real Baby Shower: Sweetest Tweet

When Christy Steadman from The Picsee Studio sends you an email with photographs in the attachment -- you know it's going to be over-the-top-gorgeous, so you better take a seat. And, so, for the next 5 minutes, Elizabeth and I recommend you shut your door, pull up a chair, and get ready to become seriously smitten over the beautiful baby shower photographs that Christy took for her good friend and soon-to-be-Mom, Daphanie. Actually, scratch that, let's make it 10 minutes because Elizabeth and I know you'll want to read Christy's sweet notes from the shower as well. I know we chuckled in delight when we read how Christy, Laura, and Jayne had their husbands help out with the celebration. It's incredible, but these ladies literally thought of everything when decorating for this "nest" theme baby shower. (Aren't the wreaths on the front doors and intricate flower arrangements on the tables to die for?!) We could keep going on and on about the insanely creative DIY ideas and inspirations from this shower, but I think we should just let Christy's photographs do the talking for us! But, one more thing before you get too caught up in all the beauty of this backyard baby shower, you may notice Daphanie's maternity shots in the background of the photos posted below -- no worries -- we'll share those with you soon. Because her maternity photos are fall-out-of-your-seat gorgeous. We mean GORGE-OUS! :)

From Christy Steadman... Those of you who know me know that I LOVE to plan parties! Since the moment Daphanie told us she was preggo, Laura, Jayne and I have been hard at work designing and planning her baby shower. We knew we wanted it to be unique and different and of course totally awesome! We wanted to have nests incorporated, so we built our theme around that idea. Laura, Jayne and I got together a couple of times to plan out the details and discuss dinner options inbetween our busy work, kids and school schedules.We each have our own special talents and we definitely put those to good use! Jayne designed and hand made each invitation, which were to die for! Laura picked out the runner fabric for the tables and had her mom help sew it. She also created all the floral arrangements, frisco cups salads and desserts. I designed the menu cards and stickers for the jars and took pictures (along with Jen’s help) at the shower and made the pecan crusted stuffed chicken. It was really important for us to support our local businesses, so we tried to get everything we could at all of our awesome stores. The first place we hit up was Style. If you havent been there you must asap! Style is located two doors down from our studio in downtown Kingsport. We found some really cute wooden and mercury birds there that went perfectly with our theme. We also used Hobby Lobby (a lot), Evergreen, and Tennessee Florist Supply. We were able to keep the baby shower theme a secret from Daphanie for seven long months! I know, we can't believe we were able to do that either! She had absolutely no idea what we were planning and it was a total surprise. We even got some of the men involved in the festivities and had them act as waiters to serve us dinner! The morning of the shower was a LITTLE hectic placing the tables, making the flower arrangements, cooking, and making sure every last detail was perfect. The look on Daphanie’s face when she saw everything was SO worth it! She was totally surprised and cried when she saw everything! Daphanie we are all so excited for you and Joe! We are thrilled you enjoyed your baby shower and we cant wait to meet little Hayden!

From Daphanie... I'm so happy and thankful to have such wonderful friends! I could never thank you girls enough for the most wonderful shower that I've ever been to. I love looking at these and seeing all the love and detail that went into this shower. Love you guys.

Photographer: Christy Steadman of The Picsee Studio / Chairs, Tables, China, Tent and Linens Rental: Action Rentals / Flowers: Evergreen and Tennessee Florist Supply