Wake and Whimsy


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Snapshot 03, First Birthday Project: DIY

This past weekend we celebrated our sweet, baby girl’s first birthday. It was all around a beautiful day that went by far too quickly. What’s really odd though is that, being the “crafty” person that I am, this is actually the first time I have made almost everything myself for one of my girls’ birthday parties. I suppose now that I’m a stay-at-home-mom, I have more of a chance to slow down and do little projects here and there versus running to the store and buying literally everything the night before the party. Honestly, it was really fun and rewarding this time, cost me a lot less money than usual, and added just the right personal touch.  I already had almost all of the supplies I needed at home, which was a huge help in the budget department. My husband thinks I’m crazy for keeping such an enormous stash of craft supplies, but it really does come in handy for things like this! So I want to share with you all of my little ideas, and it may even inspire you to do some of these yourself.

I bought this plain, pink onsie. I hot glued the lace trim around the neckline, the letters are iron-ons, and the cupcake is a felt applique also hot glued on. All items were purchased at Hobby Lobby.

First I bought this plain, pink onesie. I hot glued the lace trim around the neckline. The burlap letters are iron-ons, and the cupcake is a felt applique which is also just hot glued. *This actually ended up just being a keepsake. She kept trying to eat the button off of the cupcake, so we took it off!* 🙂

This cardboard cupcake tower was only $4. I got the beautiful burlap and purl trim for half-price, and just hot glued it around the edges. I already had the fabric flower, which I just glued on top.

This cardboard cupcake tower was originally $4, but I had a 40% off coupon. I got the beautiful burlap and pearl trim for half-price, and just hot glued it around the edges. Lastly, I glued the fabric flower on top to finish it off.

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

I can even use this again for future parties.

These glittery balloons add the perfect touch of sparkle. All I did was funnel some gold glitter into them before blowing them up.

These glittery balloons add the perfect touch of sparkle. All I did was funnel some gold glitter into them before blowing them up.

The gorgeous cake banner was so easy to make. I used yarn, glitter ribbon, and wooden skewers. Cut the ribbon into two inch pieces, fold them, and cut out the V shape. String them on some yarn, glue the pieces together, and tie the yarn onto the skewers.

This gorgeous cake banner was so easy to make. I used yarn, glitter ribbon, and wooden skewers. Cut the ribbon into two inch pieces, fold them, and cut out the V shape. String them on some yarn, glue the pieces together, and tie the yarn onto the skewers.

I bought this banner came as a blank canvas from the craft store. I painted it myself. I can reuse it again in the future and cover it with scrapbook paper or paint over it.

This banner came as a blank canvas from the craft store. I painted it myself. I can reuse it again in the future and cover it with scrapbook paper or paint over it.

Here is a collage of baby's first year! I just cut a big "1" out of poster board, and cut and glued the pictures to fit.

Here is a collage of baby’s first year! I just cut a big “1” out of poster board, and cut and glued the pictures to fit. We taped it on a sliding glass door, because we just didn’t have the right wall space for it. But obviously, I suggest putting it somewhere that sunlight doesn’t shine through!

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Party Punch : Two 2 liters of Ginger Ale, one 12 oz. can frozen pineapple juice concentrate and one 12 oz. can of strawberry juice concentrate. Delicious!

Party Punch : Two 2 liters of Ginger Ale, one 12 oz. can frozen pineapple juice concentrate and one 12 oz. can of frozen strawberry juice concentrate. Delicious!

The Party Mix is a combination of pretzels, sliced almonds, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, rice cereal, and corn cereal. It is coated with a special mixture of brown sugar, butter, and light corn syrup.

The Party Mix is a combination of pretzels, sliced almonds, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, rice cereal, and corn cereal with a special, sweet coating on top.

Here is the cupcake tower from a previous photograph. It is adorned with strawberry cupcakes, angel food cupcakes, and all topped with a sliced strawberry.

Here is the cupcake tower from a previous photograph. It is adorned with strawberry cupcakes, angel food cupcakes, and all topped with a sliced strawberry.

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The birthday cake and cake banner. It is a 3 layer cake of strawberry cake and angel food cake, topped with whipped vanilla icing, sprinkles, and fresh strawberries.

Once again, the birthday cake.

The cake

Baby's little cake, just for her! It is a strawberry cake with whipped vanilla icing.

Baby’s little cake, just for her! It is a strawberry cake with whipped vanilla icing.

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

The pretty birthday girl!

The pretty birthday girl!

Needless to say, I really enjoyed making everything for this party. The girly, pastel colors and touches of sparkle fit her personality just right. This may or may not be the last FIRST birthday we celebrate, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to DIY all birthdays from now on!

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Santa Baby


This year, we will be celebrating my littlest little’s very first Christmas. I wanted to have something to remember this occasion by, other than photographs and presents. Luckily, the thought came to me to knit her her very own Santa hat. Knitting hats with straight needles, and not using patterns, is starting to get tricky. But I’m actually pretty happy with the result. So here is a mini photo shoot we made together, just for fun.  (she can make anything look good!)

{Baby’s First Christmas Hat}

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Baby’s First Sensory Book

I have been wanting to do something like a sensory book for a while now; however, this one was a very spur of the moment decision! Unfortunately, my sewing machine is on the fritz right now, and I do not have a lot of spare time to sit and hand sew everything. Also, I spent absolutely zero dollars on this—-every single thing I used, I already had. In the future, once my sewing machine is working, I would love to make fabric pages instead of felt pages, will probably purchase a few items that I already have in mind, and will make time to do more hand sewing instead of hot gluing. I guess I really consider this more of a prototype, but hopefully it will still be inspirational to someone who is playing around with the idea of making one of these.

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headerlinenorange122So there you go–a very simple, made from scraps, sensory book for baby. After making this, my mind is overflowing with ideas for the next (better) one! These are so fun and the possibilities are endless. Can I just make one all for myself?