Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Baby Shower Gift.

Tonight We gather to celebrate my dear new...
Great Nephew
"Vicory for the People"

I had the thrill of holding him yesterday for the first time.
I have struggled with what to do or get for this child.
He is perhaps my 30 Th? Great.
Now so many of them I have not been able to celebrate for one reason or another.
This baby is center to recognition for recently his Uncle gave up his life.
This Mother needs life celebrated, and this is her first child.

I have really struggled trying to come up with the gift.
I picked up some things like safety corners and outlet covers and shampoo, lotion.
The main gift was just not clear to me.

After sitting with the Mother (my niece) yesterday and hearing her heart.
It was crystal clear. I am now thankful that I waited.

I stopped by the Whole Foods store and found some flush able inserts and fanny covers that can also be used with the cloth her heart so longs to use.
I admire that...so It is my heart to support her in it.
Also her heart is to nurse, yet any new mom will soon know the struggle and she is facing it with tenacity. I admire that too.
So I found some Mothers Milk Herbal tea support, and some nip-le cream.

A few of the items that I have grown to favor with my own children.

Teething drops, and unscented wipes that have no drying alcohol.
Now if she wishes to continue, and make the budget sacrifice to do so she has a foundation and the information she may need to begin.

I was trying to come up with a wrapping for it and decided to use netting.
Folks this is a basic supply in my studio.
Netting has a million and two uses.

So she has a heart to reuse...I used elements in my whap that are re usable it honors her heart.

Now for a card well....
This is the "box of collected cards" found on a clearance or purchased for a endearing reason and kept at the ready for use at any given moment. This is a staple for all homes in my opinion. No need to ever be harried when a last minute gift is needed.

After perusing it I found non for the purpose.
This box has diminished because I began to switch to home made cards...
This is how I did it.
Scrap booking is an art form that gained great notability in the last several years.
I one had a dear friend Mrs. Peterson, those of you long friends of mine...we all miss her.

Now Mrs P. would have socials at her house every so often with open doors she set up tables in her humble abode.
She was an amazing woman of resourcefulness.
She is the most talented scraper I have ever known.
She began to sell, and on and on month after month, the years well...
Every night I would attend I would set aside a portion of mine own portion and purchase those basic supplies and tools to set up a paper scrapping center of my own.
I am not talented at this art form, but I enjoy the freedom of expression through it.
I have YEARS to set to albums.

I abandoned the box

My Scrapping Center

This a left over cupboard (it was our old office, now turned into the sewing center) left to find good use.
I store it under the cutting table.

I'll let you peek inside.

Using binders I store papers.

The drawer is all of the tools and ink, calligraphy pens, stamps, punches, glue tape and all.
These things gifted me as I shared my grocery funds to gift her.
Beading is my passion.
Scrapping is a social activity, creative it too is a part of me.

Thes tools used to scrap however over lap into many venues of art form.
I make good use of these things.
Today it is to make a card.

In the old disk file I store paper cut outs and punch outs.

Card stock separated into color

Card blanks and envelopes.

Paper stock for matching sheets with cut outs.
She (Mrs. P.) was so industrious. She would spend late nights putting things together to sell to help her family. She is an amazing woman. She moved up into Montana territory. Sure miss her.

I am a saver of tid bits and treasures. I do not waste things as a rule if I see a use or beauty in them they are kept for a creation of my imagination at some later point.

This is textures of paper scrap.
Rulers and ideas of images I found pleasure in. Ideas are often the hardest thing to come up with. Any time you see things you admire, some day wish to create...well save it in a file and you will just one day do so.

Printed paper and partials and scraps.

These pockets are wonderful with the little snaps on them.
The page protectors are protected and kept together and flat. this type of thing can get slippery to store.

See how the snap envelope keeps the papers perfect.

Large ring binders at least 2-3 inches work well. They do not have to be new. Many of mine are recycled from work orders or yard sales.

Here is a trick you can do with paper or real rick rack when sewing.
The technique is really pretty.

This is my process.
I chose color first then topic and then character.

This is what I came up with.
Color theme; blue, green, brown
Character ...boy, baby, and family.
a new member of my family tree

Name meaning
The leaves are punches.

The calligraphy pens are used on the inside, the image had to be deleted. It had the child's name meaning written and a few embellishments.
I once had a real lovely hand...but alas my penmanship is not what it once was.

Opening the package seemed to be a hassle for the new mother to consider the netting may pose an issue for some.


  1. Your gift baskets looks to be just perfect! AND you are soooooooooooo organized! I am working this week to organize my closets and utility room..... I have too much stuff!

    I love this blog and you need to tell me what those feet are hanging down in one of the pictures.... Looks like a rag doll! Let me see it..... I love rag dolls!

  2. You are so tidy with your supplies. My project this week, if I can get to it, is to catologue my stamps and punches, I'm always drawn to the same types of things, and have just found I have at least one duplicate. So time to do something about it. Great post.