Monday, April 4, 2011

A Shower + tutorials and MORE...

Two of my friends and I threw a shower for my dear friend Nichole who is having a baby in 3 weeks!  Love her.  And I love the way this shower came together. Thanks to Az for her gorgeous (I wish I had you) home to host (not in a stephenie meyer sort of way) the Bloomin' Shower!  It was a smashin' hit!   

The decor all blended so well. (click photo to enlarge) I love the vibrant yellow, blue, greens and a touch of silver.   Such a perfect time of year to have a baby!!  OHHH I love babies.  The pom pom's are a martha stewart project ....found HERE.  The felt streamers (made by Tasha) are different size circles cut out in coordinating colors of felt and sewn together (so creative!).  The napkins, cups and straws come from IKEA.  The candles (Tasha)(all lit) were beautiful for color/decor and gave off a wonderful fragrance.  Lemons and limes fit right in on the color scheme and made delish citris water, so refreshing!

The food included chocolate covered strawberries (yum) , mini cinnamon rolls (double yum) (made by Az- Rhodes rolls thawed, stretched out, cut in half and sprinkled with cinnamon/butter/sugar and rolled back up...after baking top w/cream-cheese-divine- gooiness-frosting), chocolate/butterscotch bird nests (found HERE) and bowls of candy and nuts. 
My gifts were a car seat cover...gotta love those.  Just patterned after one I had given to me for my baby.  VERY simple to make actually.   And with so many cute fabrics/patterns; it's fun to create your own.  Nichole has very refined taste so I didn't want to do anything with bright colors or animals and such.  Turns out she liked it !  yeah! 

And one of these little tie/suspender onesies.  Designed by Trisha (my friend), and attempted by Me.  The blue and yellow one I kept for Charlie...he sort of looks like a clown in it, but baby clowns are cute , right?  The suspenders are just a length of 'double fold bias tape-quilt binding' sewn down on both ends and again under the buckle.  The buckles are sold at Hancock for 1.49 (pack of two) in silver or gold. (they were out of silver when I went-dang it)  On the right onesie, the tie is only sewn down on the top portion and the the bottom half is it a different- more playful look.

And here is the guest of HONOR, beautiful Nichole.  And the 3 three hostess's...Az on the left, Tash on the right.
The party favors (made by Tasha) -what a great idea! And I love, love the name tags. (not sure where she got the pots, name tags were homemade)

The wonderful friends that make getting together worth while.!  It's so good for my heart to see everyone and be able to relate with them on so many levels.  Love all these gals.  (we missed those of you that live far away, sniff)
Speaking of spring; check out this tutorial  for ruffle pants found HERE.   I think I want to attempt this get-up for Ruby,...and maybe Charlie too.  Kidding!  Clown shirt is enough for now.  Babies can only pull off so many things.! ha!
One more idea someone gave me.  I made this apron for my cousin, Katie, (who is to be married this weekend!) for her shower.   I love the line at hancock called - top drawer fabrics- this is one of the patterns. I wanted to add a splash of color  (her kitchen color is red) so I spent ALL this time looking at JoAnn's and Hancock for a sew-on applique in red, (a flower made out of fabric that can be washed).  I know I've seen them before on bags, shirts, aprons etc.  But I could not find what I was looking for anywhere.  A lady at JoAnn's told me to just get a flower that clips or safety pins on and they can remove it before washing...duh~ what a grand idea, never thought of that.  Once I switched my brain to that avenue...there were TONS of options and cheap too!  I found this tulle flower, that is pin -on- ready, for 2 bucks. SCORE. 
Happy Day Everyone.


Rebecca said...

I don't even know the soon-to-be-mom but I wish I was invited to that shower! That looks so cute!

And Mindy Wright. Stop being so amazing with your sewing. How do you find time? How hard was the car seat cover? Honestly? How hard? Could I do it? Or could I pay you to do it? =)

Mindy and Marty said...

you will never pay me to do it! one made by you would turn out a ton cuter i'm sure...but i WILL and WANT to make you one for your soon-to-be baby...if you want to pick out the fabric or tell me what you like. either way- i have a pattern made up for it - if you want to borrow that.

Karen said...

So cute, again you rock!

cheeks said...

oh it all turned out so perfect mindy! i'm in love with the bright spring colors! and the favors....such a great idea! so fun! i'm helping w/a shower in a few weeks and i have to make pom-poms again. too bad they just don't store well! i might steal that egg/nest treat idea too! so cute! nichole looks awesome! tell her hi from us and congrats! love the suspenders on the onesies! hilarious!

katies apron turned out so cute! sad we can't be at the wedding bash this weekend :(

The Close's Place said...

Soo cute. Come to Cali and throw me a shower please :)

Your creativity totally inspires me. I just might get around to making something one of these days :)

Diane Wright said...

WOW, that was definately a Martha Stewart Blog. The apron is so cute and the shirts too. You really have come a long way with your sewing.

Katie said...

What a cute baby shower!!

Tyler. Jennifer. Kate. Avery. said...

Such cute ideas and thanks for the tutorials! you know I love em! I meant to comment on your cancer free post but hadn't gotten to it! Congrats by the way! My cousin is 30 with 2 young girls and has been stage 4 melanoma for 2 years. She's had it for about 5 years total. She is a fighter and proves how truly blessed you are to be doing so great! I'm so happy for you!
PS Not running the ogden 1/2, I waited too long to register. I might do the 5k if my friend will give up her entry :)

Reeves Family said...

Oh congrats to Nichole. I miss you all!

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