A few years ago there was an explosion of weddings with my close girlfriends. This might come as a shock, but now there is suddenly an explosion of pregnancies. I know. Who could have foreseen this?! I am so excited about all the bundles of joy expected to arrive next year. I had the first of what will be many baby showers this morning, and of course, I had to be different and deviate from the registry a little in order to be craftabulous. Being on a shoestring budget, I opted to make some of the gifts for the little guy. The following are some of the gifts I included in my "gift cooler".
A few weeks ago, I got a picture from my friend from her newly painted and baby-ready nursery. The theme of the room was sailboats. That was all the inspiration I needed. I went to the craft store and found some blue sailboat appliques. Not being a sewer, the iron-on pieces were right up my alley. Bougt a pack of plain white onesies and....BAM....one personalized gift done with very little cost and virtually no time consumed. I was able to iron on during World Series commercial breaks!
I bought a white wall hanging letter P that they could put up in the nursery. I was most nervous about this project. I knew I wanted to decorate it with a design, but it is so easy to mess something up when it comes paint. I put this off until yesterday. Looking through my collection of stuff I was able to find a sailboat stencil. With the intention of keeping it simple I used a green paint pen and stenciled the bottom of the letter and used baby blue (aka Carolina blue) stickers everywhere else. For just a little more contrast I made little dots with my brown paint pen. It turned out very well, and mom-to-be seemed impressed with it.
Okay, I had all the gifts together and only a medium sized baby gift bag available to use. Not going to work. The options were now: go buy a larger bag OR use something on hand in a creative way. There was a small styrofoam cooler collecting dust in my closet, so that's what I used. I had bought some small wooden sailboat cutouts and painted them, but I never found a way to utilize them. They were clearly meant to adorn the cooler! Going to the trusty ribbon bag, I picked out ribbon that would resemble ocean water. There was not a ton of it, so that led to the need for a shore. I used the glue gun to attach everything and also raided my scrapbooking supplies for some little extras for the shore scene. With some red crepe paper inside and coming over the sides to hide the ugly styrofoam, the project was complete.
I did buy some other gifts to put in the cooler, but I am glad that little baby boy will be getting some things from me that required care and thought. Can't wait to meet him!!