What are you to do when you find out your friends are having a baby? You make stuff for them, of course!
I was really excited to find out that their nursery theme was "glamping". If you aren't familiar with the term, Google tells me that:
"Glamping is a term derived from the two words “glamourous camping”.
Since the couple loves the city of Charlotte so much, I decided to make them a rustic North Carolina string art project, with the heart over the Charlotte area, of course! (Hint: be on the lookout, because I'll be offering this as a class later this spring!) I love how the gold thread looks as the heart of the project. It's so sparkly and adds that touch of glam!
Another project I put together and gave them was this small wall-hanging on a branch. Weaving can be a pretty easy and cathartic project. The key is to pair the right yarns for a fantastic piece with lots of texture. Anytime you can add fabric or yarn to your wall, it gives your room more dimension. Plus, it looks so soft for a baby's room!
The next two pieces I did were so easy. Anyone can do these! My friend is a big Social Media guru, so of course her baby NEEDED a hashtag! I found this raw wood piece and decided to darken it up a bit with stain. Prior to staining, give it a light sanding, wipe off any sawdust, and then use a clean rag to just wipe the stain onto the wood. Wipe it away after a minute or two so that you don't have any sticky spots, and then let it dry for several days to get rid of any odors.
Baby "M" also needed a monogram (this is the South, after all!). I loved the shape of this metal M, but didn't like the flat steel look that it originally had. A few light coats of gold spray paint and voila! A glam monogram to pair with the wooden hashtag!
Lastly, I pieced together this baby blanket! I'm not the best seamstress by any means, but I loved the process of picking out and coordinating fabrics that matched their nursery scheme. For this blanket, I used a really soft fuzzy material for the back and paired it with denim, plaid, gold, and corduroy for a super-cozy throw.
So what do you think? Worthy of their (as we found out on the day of the shower) little princess?
When planning your gift for a shower, think about the little things you can do that make your gift so much more personal! While a gift card is always welcome, throw in a little handmade and your friends will be amazed!
If you are planning your own nursery, think outside of the box! There are so many options now beyond just pink and blue! Think about styles and themes that can grow up with your child and where you can DIY some decor to fit in!
And, as always, if you get stuck, shoot me an email! I'm happy to help (or make it for you! Ha!).