The frame for the boys


As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, 4 generations, I made a frame for Pressley and the men in her life. Here it is. See the previous post for the details on it.

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4 generations!

Okay, so are you completely tired of me talking about this shower? I’m sure you are. The shower was today. And it was FABULOUS. She got so much stuff. Most of the class pitched in for a group gift (which I ended getting a gift card to Babies R Us). She wanted a pack-n-play for her house but one of the moms gave her a gently used one, which she was happy to receive. I gave her a glider rocking chair and ottoman last week. I had 2 and I am done with one of them. That way she can rock her sweet granddaughter. Anyway, the kids were SO funny about the shower. They had a blast! Many of the families got individual gifts as well as contributing to the group gift so it was extra special! Anyway, one of the moms told the kids (16 4 and 5 year olds!) that at adult baby showers, it is customary to OOH and AAH after every gift is open. Boy, do they catch on quickly! HA!

So, I have two more presents to share with you that I made. Yes, I know, I went CRAZY for this shower. BUT it is SO much fun! One is a wall hanging that celebrates the four generations of ladies in this family. It is made out of chipboard coasters and uses the Paisley Designer Paper from the SU! Spring Mini. Fabulous colors! The sayings under each picture spot are “me”, “me and my mom”, “me and my grandma”, “me and my great grandma”. I did the writing on the vellum on the computer and printed it out. I tied all four coasters together with grosgrain ribbon. And used the pewter hodgepodge kit to put hangers at the top.

Well, I couldn’t very well leave out the men, could I? I made a picture frame to sit on a desk or table for the pictures with dad and grandpa. I used the same paper but the more manly, stripes. These coasters are put together using little hinges I got from Starlitstudio’s ebay store. She is the greatest, btw. She’s a Splitcoast regular and I’d like to call her a friend! Okay, well, the camera is in the car. I’ll upload the picture tomorrow.

Standard baby shower gift works everytime!

So, again, personalized stuff… important to me. You know, I had a very small but very busy embroidery business right before I found SU! I got burned out with all the orders I had to do on Christmas Eve and decided only to just do it for myself. Anyway, I started that business by word of mouth and made lots and lots of personalized stuff for myself and others. It was fun. I still have the sewing machine but I don’t do it much… that would be time *away* from stamping! LOL! Anyway, here’s my standard gift for baby showers. I like to give 10-25 very simple white cards with the child’s name on it and footprints from the SU! retired set, Cuddles and Tickles to use as thank yous or whatever. Every new mom seems to love having them – don’t have to go to the store to buy some thank yous or don’t really have time to make their own! I completely get that. So, while they’re not very detailed, they are very functional! And do you know how many of these I’ve received back in the mail? How FUN! The card has the baby’s name and footprints and the envelopes have the footprints and “tickled pink” from Amuse stamps (love their fonts on their words!)

My dear, sweet, FABULOUSLY TALENTED,

My dear, sweet, FABULOUSLY TALENTED, upline (and friend), Jenn Balcer, is notorious for picking up frames here and there on clearance, stashing them for a long time (so long that no one will ever be able to duplicate her work because they can’t find the frames! – believe I know!). Anyway, then she pulls one out, decorates it all fancy and stuff and then gives it away – Hey Jenn, how come you haven’t sent me one, yet? 😛

Anyway, I went through a phase (or should I say craze) a while back where I was searching high and low for a great deal on frames. Now, in my craft room rehaul… I am finding them all :(. OOPS. Thanks Jenn. Now, I am the one pulling them out of *my* stash to make something clever.

First, here is the original frame. Found at Target last fall for $3.98, I think. It’s a 8×10 white metal frame that is kinda shadow-box like (it has a bit of depth to it… not much but it’s nice). The picture opening is 4×6. AND the back had a protective covering over it so it wouldn’t get scratched. Pretty good for $4, right? The mat was very summer-y.

I showed it to my husband before I “fixed” it and said “take a look at this”. He said nothing. I think he thought I did this to the mat. Jenn probably likes the colors! But they’re not me. You probably know that by now.

Did I mention that I got two of them? As I do stuff for this baby shower, I realize that I keep leaving people out. The great grandmother (the original Pressley) will be there. I thought it would be nice to give her something, too. So, I made her one as well.

The great grandma one is Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip. The Grandma one is Celery and Apricot. I am really pleased how these turned out.

Good thing I had to follow in Jenn’s footsteps. Oh, and my stamp room has 3 fewer frames (includes the name frame) now! Baby steps…

Very little advice

I was trying to come up with a catchy title for this book I made for the baby shower. I ended up with “advice from little people” but it really should be called “little advice” since they really isn’t any advice in there! I asked all the parents to ask their kids 3 questions for our soon-to-be-grandma teacher: 1) What is a good name for the baby? 2) What is the greatest thing about grandparents? 3) What should you do when the baby cries? Talk about funny answers! Anyway, I decided to put all the answers in a book and give it to her. Well, of course, I had to “make” the book. I used SU’s new 5×5 chipboard book in the Spring Mini. I think I’ll have to stock up on these. I know I’m going to use them for the end of school teacher gifts! Anyway, I decorated it using the new hole punch that is also in the Spring Mini (to get the paper exactly on the cover). I covered both front and back of both covers with the new SU! Petals & Paisleys Designer Paper. I need more of that, too! On the first page, I stamped “find joy in the little things” – it seems SO appropriate. The big flower on the front makes me SO happy. I got that at Target, I think. I love the way this little book turned out!

Grandma baby shower

The grandma baby shower for my son’s preschool teacher is this week. I’ve been working on some of her gifts. Here’s a little background information. Ms. Jo Anne (the teacher) has three grown boys. Her first grandbaby will be a GIRL. She’ll be here in a few weeks. Ms. Jo Anne is so thrilled! Ms. Jo Anne’s mother is here visiting from Minnesota and her name is Pressley. How cool and hip is that for a name. Ms. Pressley visited the classroom last week and leave it to MY son to ask her how old she is. She’s a young 84 years old! Well, this first grandbaby will be named Pressley. Isn’t that fabulous? I especially love the fact that she (the baby) is being named after someone that is still living. That is such the tribute. And well, I think the name is pretty fun, too.

As many of you know, my name is not all that common here in the states. And it’s spelled a little differently than the common way to spell it back in India. My spelling is “Geeta” and the more common is “Gita”. Anyway, being born here and growing up in Canada and Texas, LOTS of people had trouble saying and spelling my name. So, when we had kids, we had some simple rules about picking names – they had to be pretty unique, one syllable, easy to pronounce, and easy to spell. We pretty much stuck with that for both boys. Anyway, after all of this blabbing, what’s the point? Names. Names are very important to me. I always try to give a personalized gift whenever there is an unusual name. You don’t know how many turnstyle things with personalized name items I’ve turned (like license plates, keychains, pencils, etc. – you know what I mean) at every amusement park, craft store, etc. looking for my name (this was when I was little, of course). You know how many I found? Zero. One time in Mexico, my dad got me a personalized ring that they carved right there. I still have it. Problem is it’s made out of brass and turns my finger green. Ew!. While at Disney, I got my oldest boy one (passing the tradition down) but his is sterling silver… no green for him.

So, back to the name thing… I think people like to see their name on stuff. I made Pressley (her middle name is going to be Ava btw, I think that’s cool too) a name frame for her room (at her parents house – so not such a great gift for the grandma… but I’m working on that, too). Her room is primary colors (can you believe that? It’s a GIRL and they’re using primary colors! She should be decked out in PURPLE! Sheesh! Of course, this is from a mom of TWO boys and everything we have is Primary Colors. Maybe that’s why my stamp room is Purple!). The “primary” primary color is Yellow. I went with Summer Sun and not Yo Yo Yellow because Yo Yo is just plain awful (IMHO). Can you imagine looking at Yo Yo for any extended length of time. I didn’t want to blind the child. Summer Sun, Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White CS, Doodle This stamp set (love this.), Warm Words, Amazing to Zany, and Headline Alphabet. And then some embellishments.

I hope they all like it. To me, it’s fun to get stuff with my name on it. What do you think? Do you have an unusual name?