Monday, March 14, 2011

Estate Sale Shopping

***I interrupt the regular scheduled baby shower series to show you some fun finds. I have been fighting off a flu bug and enjoying the sunshine with Olivia. The series will continue as scheduled this week. I promise it will be worth it! There will be yummy recipes and my first ever giveaway!!!
Who doesn't love a good deal?!?
I am officially addicted to Estate Sales. Maybe it's because I found some great vintage sewing notions. I'm sure all estate sales aren't as good as the one we hit last weekend, but I am in love! {Ok maybe I'm being a little over dramatic!} But I am very excited about the fun stuff I found!
Do you go to estate sales or yard sales? What about thrift stores?

I used to buy most of my clothes from a little thrift store in town while I was in high school, but I haven't been much lately. Maybe I will have to start venturing out and get up early on Saturday mornings and hit some more yard/estate sales.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Swap Following Linky Party

I love finding new blogs. Here are a few that I'm following so far...

FabuLESSly Crafty

Type A Decorating

Link up and join in on the fun!

Baby Shower - Diaper Cakes

Making diaper cakes a fun way to customize a shower while also including more diapers to give to the mom-to-be.
I recommend buying Pampers swaddlers in size 1. Other brands have writing or pictures on them. Pampers are mostly white so they give a more clean look. If you want color to show then another brand would work best.
Roll each diaper and secure with a rubber band. Either one band in the middle or one towards the top and one towards the bottom. It simply depends on how you want to decorate the 'cake'. We used a total of 34 diapers for each cake. 24 diapers for the bottom layer and 10 diapers for the top layer.
We used a 6" round cardboard for a template to align the bottom layer of cake. After all the diapers are in a circle, secure with a larger rubber band.
Do the same for the top layer with the 10 diapers.
Using my Silhouette I cut out a border to go around each layer. We used a glue pen and put a dot on each end to keep them together. We also embellished the paper with rhinestones we found at Hobby Lobby.

For my baby shower we used ribbon and it turned out very cute as well!

Stack the smaller layer on top.

Add a few rhinestones to a cluster of hydrangeas and stick them on top of each cake. I've also used fake peonys. Any large flower or cluster of flowers would be cute.

And there you have it. Very cute centerpieces that the mom-to-be will be get plenty of use out of in the months to come.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Baby Shower - How-to Series

We recently threw a baby shower for Steve's cousin Brittney. Brittney holds a very special place in our hearts. Leading up to having her baby she came to our home and took care of Olivia. We are so very grateful for all the love she gave our daughter and we know that she will be an amazing mom.

In the next few days I will be posting tutorials of some of the fun things we did to help make the shower extra special.
A lot of diapers were rolled to make diaper cakes. I also got plenty of use out of my silhouette!

Olivia is very excited to meet her new cousin! If you ask her where the baby is she will touch Brittney's belly.

We made lots of yummy cupcakes, including Snickerdoodle, Red Velvet and Cookie Dough. Oh my, I think we all gained a few pounds from all the cupcakes we ate! :)
The cookie dough cupcakes with a butter cream frosting were divine!
Since having the shower we were so happy to welcome Arianna Hope into our family. She is a healthy, beautiful little girl. We are all so smitten!

Keep a look out. At the end of my baby shower how-to series I will have a little giveaway!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Well it is Tuesday for me... I thought I would get a jump on Wednesday :)

I linked my Wordless Wednesday post at Faith, Hope & a whole lot of Love