A Storybook Baby Shower

Please help me welcome Ashley from Ashley Quite Frankly, who is sharing a super cute baby shower theme with us!

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Every mom-to-be deserves to be princess for a day while pregnant, making a classic storybook-themed baby shower the perfect prologue to celebrate the upcoming adventure. Invite guests to bring their favorite childhood book to start a library and set the tone for a sweet storybook soiree. Here are some ideas to help with planning:

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Centerpiece

Invitations provide wonderful inspiration for themes and color schemes, but they’re even better when they can double as decor. Put your leftovers to use by creating a building block puzzle that serves as both centerpiece and keepsake.

What you’ll need:

Blank wooden blocks

Mod Podge glue

Paint or foam brush

Paper cutter

Ruler

Pencil

Spare invitations and/or storybook pages

How to make it:

Step 1: Using the ruler, measure the blocks and lightly mark a grid on the invitation with pencil to indicate where to cut.

Step 2: Cut the paper into squares using the paper cutter — you could probably use scissors if you’re good at cutting straight lines (I am not.)

Step 3: Heavier card stock is the best paper to use to avoid air bubbles; these storybook-themed invitations from Tiny Prints have a slight texture that was thankfully forgiving. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge glue to the block and allow it to dry until it feels tacky. Coat the back of the paper in a thin layer before carefully applying it to the front of the block and pressing down firmly. Use a credit card or roller to smooth out bubbles.

Step 4: The back of these invitations had a beautiful pattern that was perfect for the tops and sides of the blocks. Search thrift stores or printable illustrations online for other ideas.

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The finished product was easier than expected, affordable and adorable!

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Book Plate Guest Book

Skip the traditional guest book in favor of personalizing the books each guest brought as a gift. These printable book plates coordinate with the invitations and allow attendees to leave their name and a note for baby-to-be.

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Consider serving themed food like Pinkalicious punch, Peter Rabbit’s Garden Salad, and Three Little Pigs in a blanket for continuity. Little details like silverware roll-ups wrapped in a book page and raffia help bring your party story to life.

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Decor

A chalkboard easel or frame with a sentimental quote on it creates a fun focal point, and your handy-dandy paper cutter along with the remaining pages of any books used for crafting can be turned into a colorful handmade garland. Just cut the pages into triangles and affix them to string — it’s as easy as that! And don’t worry, bibliophiles, only two dollar store books were harmed in the making of this party.

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Party Favors

Send everyone home with chocolate chip cookies (a la “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”) as a sweet thank you for building baby’s library and creating a fairy-tale day that mom will never forget.

A storybook-themed shower is not only a fun event to plan, but also a lovely beginning to the newest chapter of a friend’s life. Take a look at a book in a whole new way and enjoy the party!

 

Ashley McCann is the award winning blogger behind Ashley Quite Frankly. As a Floridian mother of two young boys, Ashley spends most of her time tending to the various little people and animals in her life (which includes a hedgehog named Oswald). In her free time, she writes for Tiny Prints about parenting and crafty party planning. She recommends Tiny Prints to all her friends and family when it comes to baby shower invitations (here).

Super Big Sewing Giveaway!

Hi! It’s giveaway time again! Once again, I’ve teamed up with several other great sewing bloggers to bring you another sewing themed giveaway! We’ve got a great prize package again this month, and you don’t want to miss out. Tons of great goodies!! Check it out!

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You could win:

$25 shop credit to Peek A Boo Patterns

$30 to Sis Boom Patterns

$50 to Imagine Gnats Fabric and Patterns

$50 to Whimsical Fabric

$50 to The Fabric Fairy

WOW right? This great giveaway is brought to you by:

Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

Jann @ Newton Custom Interiors

Irene @ Serger Pepper

Seamingly Smitten

Shantel @ See Me Sew

Stephanie @ The Tip Toe Fairy

Sara @ Made by Sara

Ajaire @ Call Ajaire

An @ Straight Grain

And me, I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Ok, time to enter!!!

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October do.Good Stitches Quilt

Yep, you read right. October. I realized that I never blogged about it!

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Do you remember the Christmas Pillow I made? Well, I made that one out the pieces I messed up making the blocks for this quilt!

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The quilt was made by Briawnna over at Purple Poppy Designs. She told us which blocks to use and a color pallette. She put it together and then sent it off!

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For the blocks we used the Moda Love Block. I love (ha, get it? Love it!) the block! I had some problems, but I think that was more becuase I was chattin’ at our quilt retreat instead of really reading the directions!

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Would you make this block? It makes a great pillow and a great quilt!

Free For All PJ’s

ok, yes, I love to make the kiddo pj’s! I don’t know why…. But I do! So I did it again!

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My lady friends over at Frances Suzanne ashed me to participate in their newest project, Free for All. It’s a part of thier Flip this Pattern series, but the kick to this part is that you have to use free patterns and you don’t have to Flip them! And right around when they asked me, I saw See Kate Sew’s pj pant pattern and I know I had to make them!

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It’s all been just perfect timing! I saw Kate’s pants, right around the time I got asked to do this. I had already ordered the monster fabric I wanted to use to make PJ pants and the kiddo just had a growth spurt and outgrew a few pairs of pj’s!

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But PJ pants need a top right? So I also needed to find a free for all boy’s top! And I did!

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I tried out the Back to School Raglan Tee from Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts. The pattern is a size 6 only, so I was a little worried it would be too big. It is a little big, but not too much! The only thing I did differently on this top is that I didn’t add the bottom hem since the shirt I upcycled already had a hem.

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I was a bit worried about the neckline too. But I love how it turned it out! The kiddo has a larger head and I’ve had problems with some patterns being hard to get over his head, but not with this one!

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As I was sewing the sleeves, I thought, no way are these going to be long enough! But once I added the cuffs. Perfection!

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I asked him if he really likes his new PJ’s and he LOVES them! He did say that he likes the shirt, but he likes the pants the best!

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The sizing dilemma I had with the top was just the opposite! The PJ pants pattern is only in a size 5, so I was worried they might be too small. But… They are a little big… I’m confused! Ha! I might need to resize the elastic….

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For this one, I did do a few things differently then suggested. First, I lined them with a thin flannel. So I basically made two pairs of pants and put them inside each other, then added the cuffs and waist band. For the flannel, I did as the tutorial says. After I made the lining, I was debating on how to do the monster fabric. I didn’t want to cut it up too much. So I taped the front and back pattern pieces together and overlapped the seam allowance. This allowed me to not have the side seam and have the monsters wrap around the edge, uninterrupted!

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I did add the cuffs, per the tutorial, but mine aren’t as tight as I thought they would be. No one’s complaining though!

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Both peices are super comfy! And who says PJ’s can’t be a little loose!

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I just love this picture! The pup and the blanket have been with him since Day 1, pretty much! This Christmas the alien was added in to the crew. And a couple of weeks ago, Kangaroo Rat was added to the crew.

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Can I leave on the PJ’s mom? Of course, cutie!

And don’t forget to check out everyone else’s free pattern sewing!

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A Heart Tree Pillow

Have you decorated for Valentine’s Day? Sitting here writing this, I realized I didn’t really decorate this year! I made a wreath and a ton of kiddo Valentines and my own quilted postcards, which is all WAY more than I usually do for Valentines Day!

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I usually do a little something, but this year I’m in love with the hearts!

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But this year I was just having so much fun with the postcards, that I decided to make a pillow. But I didn’t really want pink for the house. That’s when the whole tree thing hit me!

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So I ran back to West Seattle Fabric Co and picked up some of the wood grain fabric from the Nutmeg line of Dear Stella! And got to work. Even ‘carving’ our family initials into the tree!

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There’s still time to make yours! It’s really super fast! The pattern is available here. And you can just throw together an envelope pillow and boom! I think I’m going to keep this one out all year!

An Awesome Sewing Giveaway!

A new thing I’m trying out this year is joining up with some amazing other sewing bloggers to do some fun giveaways! Today starts our very first one! Who doesn’t want store credit at awesome fabric shops like Imagine Gnats, Fabric.com, The Fabric Fairy and patterns from Pattern Revolution??? I don’t know anyone that would say no! So neither should you!

 

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January’s giveaway is sponsored by:

Straight-Grain * Nap-Time Creations * Fabulous Home Sewn

Fish Sticks Designs * It’s Aways Autumn * Call Ajaire

Pattern Revolution * Serger Pepper * Patchwork Posse * I’m Feelin’ Crafty

A Special Thanks to Imagine Gnats and Pattern Revolution for sponsoring part of the prize pack.

**Giveaway is open worldwide but you are responsible for any extra shipping charges due to your location when using the shop credits**

Winner will be contacted by e-mail from nap-timecreations@hotmail.com and will have 48hrs to claim the prize.

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Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and a Happy New Year!

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Since the boys don’t stay up to see the fireworks, our NYE tradition is going to see the Zoo lights! I’ll be back this weekend!

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And I love seeing quilty inspiration all over the place, like this sign for the ZooLights!!!I so want to make this into a quilt!!!

The Giveaway Day Winner is….

Thanks to everyone for your interest in the West Seattle Fabric Company  and Beach Bum Fabrics giveaway! Please, please, please, remember all those fantastic fabrics you choose and be sure to visit  West Seattle Fabric Company  and Beach Bum Fabrics next time you are fabric shopping!

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And don’t forget…. If you aren’t the winner below, you can still purchase the fat quarter bundle here! And it’s on sale!! Even better!

Now to what you’re waiting for… The Winner is….

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And here’s my traditional drum rolllllllll……

Comment #109!

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via Random.org

Yea! Michelle! You’re the Winner!

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And thanks again to West Seattle Fabric Company and Beach Bum Fabrics for the awesome giveaway! Thank you!

Giveaway Day with West Seattle Fabrics

Yea! It’s Giveaway Day AGAIN over on Sew Mama Sew. And who’s our Giveaway Sponsor?? Yep, you guessed it! We’re celebrating with The West Seattle Fabric Company once again!

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This giveaway day we decided to use fabric from her beach shop, Beach Bum Fabrics! If you follow me on pinterest, you know I love some great beach house inspiration! I love living by the water and so does my buddy Monica, the shop owner! Since I was 10, I have never lived far from water and I can’t imagine living anywhere inland. It makes me claustrophobic! So, when Monica suggested that this giveaway be from her specialty shop, I, of course, said yes!

 

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It all started with those adorable jellyfish! In real life, I hate jellyfish! And those tentacles that stick to the crab traps and then to your pier and still sting when you kneel on them as you lower the trap back over the edge of the pier. Yep. Not a fan! Can you tell that that might have actually happened? and that I was scarred by that event? Well… As much as I don’t like them in real life, I LOVE illustrations of them! So this bundle all started with the jellyfish!

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Once we had the jellyfish picked out, I added the other prints and found the awesome solids to pull them all together!

This giveaway is a fat quarter bundle of five different fabrics! 3 prints and 2 solids. The prints include:

Jellyfish from the Splash Collection by Timeless Treasures

Lures from the Fly Aweigh Collection by Samantha Walker

Makin’ Waves from the Shore Thing Collection by Michael Miller

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And if you just can’t wait to see if you have won, head on over to the West Seattle Fabric Company’s Beach Bum Shop and snatch up yours today! And of course, the West Seattle Fabric Company’s original site, also known as the ‘Mainland Site‘ is always awesome!

And if you just can’t wait to win, you can buy the bundle already put together! Check it out here!

Ready to WIN? You have FIVE ways to enter! And come back and leave a separate comment on this post for each entry!

1. Visit the West Seattle Fabric Company’s Beach Bum Shop website and let us know which is your favorite fabric! Leave one comment. (one entry)

2. Follow West Seattle Fabric Company on Instagram at @westseattlefabrics. Leave one comment. (one entry)

3. My blog followers get an extra entry. Leave one comment. (one entry)

4. Follow I’m Feelin’ Crafty on Instagram at @imfeelincrafty. Leave one comment. (one entry)

5. Share the giveaway on your blog, FB page, or tweet about. Leave one comment. (one entry)

That’s 5 possible entries! You must comment on this post to win. Open to both US and International readers. The giveaway will close on December 12th at 12 p.m. PST, and we’ll choose one winner using Random.org.

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Be sure to check out the Sew Mama Sew blog for more giveaways!

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And a Special Thank you to West Seattle Fabric Shop and Beach Bum Fabrics!

4th Quarter Finish -a- Long List

Well, last quarter I finished 2 things on my Finish-a-Long List. I’m hoping to finish more than 2 this time around! Here’s to the 4th Quarter Finish-a-Long with The Littlest Thistle…

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I like having a list of things to do! Well, I mean, I like making lists. Some days I wish I didn’t have a list!

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And I totally missed the deadline on the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s Modern Metallic challenge, but I still want to do it! This one was on my last list, but it’s still not a top priority. We’ll see!

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I did start this gnome quilt right before my machine took it’s nosedive. And it was on last quarter list. It wouldn’t take much to finish, so I’m hoping to get it done this time!

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I really want to finish my husbands quilt…. And I’m still trying!

The other two at the top of my list are tree quilt I started about 4 years ago and a memory quilt… Oh, yeah and there’s the teacher totes…

What are you going to finish this time around?

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