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1  Ocean Themed Baby Shower in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by jeni_loves_you on: August 02, 2011 12:45:54 AM
The daughter of one of my mom's close friends and the son of another one of my mom's close friends are having a baby boy at the end of the month, so this past weekend we hosted a baby shower for them. (Apparently friends of the mommy and daddy to be wanted to be at a shower but didn't want to plan one...they asked me if we were going to plan one.)
The theme for the nursery is ocean animals so it was a little hard because honestly, I could not find much already made stuff where I live. (We only have one party store in addition to Wal-Mart.) Plus, once we got the list of addresses to send invitations to, the people count was around 70. Yes...70. So anything I did needed to be easy enough for me to make a lot of and fast.

Here's the invitation (edited to take out last names and addresses.):

We sent out around 65 of them along with matching RSVP cards. It took me a couple of weeks to get the design right.

The Mommy and Daddy to be. I had this genius idea to freezer paper stencil shirts for everyone in the family. His family had blue, hers had green. We were going to use iron on transfers but it got a little expensive when I had to make 10 shirts. My super talented neighbor made the banner behind them. She free-handed the entire thing.

The centerpieces. Ivy crimp bowls with tissue paper wrapped floral foam and we stuck in about 7 cake pops that I stayed up making the night before. (I ended up having to make almost 200 cake pops because we decided to have them available for people to eat so they wouldn't eat the centerpieces.) The fish and the turtles are taped onto a bamboo skewer and stuck in the foam.

The favors. Small boxes with a few pieces of candy in them and decorated with some cutouts. I used a Sizzix die to cut out the boxes and my Create a Critter Cricut cartridge for all the animals. There were about 5 different ones.

The cake. Marissa's sister made it. It took her two nights after working all day to finish it.

The guestbook/scrapbook. I'm not one for "normal" guestbooks, so we set out pages for guests to write messages to the new family on. Then I added more pages with pictures and bound the book before we went to their house the next day. Here's one of the inside pages: 
The black paper is a pocket that we were supposed to stick a copy of the invitation into. But we forgot. Oops.

Sorry for so many pictures. The decorations were pretty sparse because the shower was at someone's house and the weather had been so unpredictable that we didn't want to have all these decorations up and then it rain. (And it ended up raining.)
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2  Nylon Flowers (Tutorial Added! LOTS of pictures) in Completed Projects by jeni_loves_you on: August 22, 2007 01:18:53 AM
I wanted to make something nice for the other people that work in my office (I'm an event planner for the student activities council at my university) for the first day of school, so I spent a couple of hours on Sunday night making nylon flower picks.

I like the way they came out and it was awesome seeing everyone in the office (even the guys) wearing them behind their ears around campus.  Grin It was something that brought us all together before we get our new shirts in for the year.

I'm sorry there are so many pictures (and the pictures are kind of blurry...I had to use my brother's camera...can't find mine.)

Things needed:  nylon (I think you can buy colored nylon at most craft stores or you can dye white pantyhose with a fabric dye), wire (I got a foil coated colored wire at my craft store), floral tape, thread (any kind of thread...it'll be covered at the end anyway), wire cutters, scissors, jewelry pliers, beads (not shown)

1. Cut 5 pieces of wire around 6" long. Wrap the wire around a cylinder (I used part of the cap of a travel size Bath & Body Works body spray...the size of the cylinder you wrap it around will determine the size of your petals) and use your pliers to twist the wires to make something that kind of looks like a lollipop.

2. Make 5 of them and put them on the side.

3. Take a shorter piece of wire (around 4") and thread it through the bead (I used a 4mm facet bead) and twist the wires together. (You only need to thread through enough that you can twist the wires.) This is going to be the center of your flower.

4. Stretch the nylon over the wire petal. Don't pull the nylon too tight or it'll look too thin. You don't want it to be too transparent. Wrap the thread around the base of the hoop (so it would be like wrapping it around the stick of the lollipop just below the candy) around 10 - 20 times. Cut the thread leaving a tail.

5. Once you have all 5 done, stack them together. I usually stack 3 together and then add the wire with the bead and then stack the other two over it. Make sure that the bottom of the bead is close to the bottom of the hoops so that the center of your flower doesn't stick out too much.

6. Wrap the thread around all of the wires to bind them together. (You don't have to, but it makes it a little easier to keep them all together.) Trim the threads.

7. Starting at the base of the petals, wrap the floral tape around the wires, making sure to cover all of the thread. Wrap all the way down the wire, stretching the floral tape as you go.

8. Once the stem is created, you're going to separate the petals. A lot of the time, they bend one way better than the other. When you peel apart the petals, your center should be where it's supposed to be.

9. After you separate the petals, shape them how you want and then you can curve them outward by bending it over your finger.

10. And there you have your flower!

If you have any questions, please let me know.

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