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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Chelsea's Yellow and Gray Chevron Baby Shower

I know this post isn't related to renovations of the house, but I wanted to make this blog more reflective of my other hobbies/interests other than constant renovations that I find myself doing.

Chelsea picked yellow and gray for the nursery colors, along with a chevron pattern. I began to gather ideas for her baby shower. Of course, we had a Pintrest board that we shared and I would pin ideas to the board and she would comment on whether or not she liked the idea. I wouldn't let her know what we were going to go with, but I used the board to get a reaction from her on whether or not things were "I love it" or "I hate it" kind of thing.

Baby Shower Invites

To stick with the theme, I found these cute baby shower invites on etsy. She customizes them and sends you the electronic file. Then I uploaded my file to Costco and had them print them on 4x6 photo paper. 

I attached the 4x6 to a piece of yellow cardstock and made a cute stamp to hold the ribbon around the invitation. I embossed the Thank Heaven for Little Boys on cardstock and glued another piece on the back of it to keep the ribbon around it. Here's a picture of them with the ribbon. Sorry about the bad iphone picture but this is the only picture I could find. 


I love bunting. However, I cannot sew too hot. My mother-in-law is trying to motivate me to learn to sew. She makes beautiful quilts (she made the baby to come on that). She gave me her first sewing machine that Rick's dad gave her years ago to try and see if I will stick with sewing. So my first project was the bunting I used for the shower. I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like, but with no pattern or clue how to make it. So I just winged it. I went to Hobby Lobby and picked out several fabrics that I knew I wanted to use. I began to piece them together and the end result was this:

 I used the same twine that I used for the name banner and used it to hang his cute little onesies and socks. I spray painted wooden clothes pins and just stuck them up there.

I also made the bunting for the dessert table. This is the only picture I have of those. I knew she could later use them in the nursery.

Here is an in progress picture I found from my iphone. This shows the table bunting better.

Diaper Cake and Wreath

There were so many cute diaper cakes on Pintrest. I had been collecting things for awhile that I knew I wanted to use on her cake. Chelsea requested burlap ribbon and I added that under the yellow chevron ribbon that I bought at Hobby Lobby.

Of course, we had to have Sofie, The Giraffe as the star of the cake! I ended up buying her at Sam's (see it here) and she came with a bonus stuffed animal that I ended up using too.

Here's a view of the backside:

I also "attempted" the wash cloth cupcakes as shown at the bottom of the cake. Those were not so cute. I didn't buy the right kind of wash cloths (I am guessing) so I really wasn't too happy with those. But I had so many, I went ahead and set them out for her anyway. 

Then I used the extras I had and created a diaper wreath for her too.

Dessert Table

I had plenty of candy dishes leftover from our wedding (one day I will post those pictures here) candy bar. I decided to use some of those and buy yellow and white candy for the dessert table. I ordered my candy from here. My mom bought the cake at a local bakery (and we made the bunting for the cake as well). I made the cupcakes and displayed them on the table and also used the extras for the thank you gifts.

I used various receiving blankets to layer the table with. I knew that she would be able to use those after the shower. I put the polka dot blanket under the glassware on the candy buffet.

I downloaded this cute little chalkboard printable art. I cannot find the source for this yet, but when I do, I will come back and update the link. I framed it and it is now displayed in my kitchen, along with the cute burlap and silver flower. Fresh tulips in a little white pitcher is behind the Baked With Love print.

I used a gray and yellow pail turned upside down, along with a wooden tray for a makeshift cake stand.

These cupcakes were awesome. I will do a separate blog post and share the recipe. 

I used tulle as the strings for most of the balloons. I went to Party City and had them do the double balloons.  I love the way the blue balloon is inside the clear one.

I bought fresh flowers from Costco and Market Street for the tables. I put them in mason jars and a little white pitcher I found at Home Goods.

Food Table


I saw an idea for the chalkboard signs at each "station" and really liked it. So for the drinks, I used mason jars and straws and mixed up a wonderful punch for the drinks.  I will include the recipe soon. 

 We also used water bottles and made little diapers to go around them.

Veggies & Food Bar

I served veggies, dips, fresh fruit, and pasta salad. I also made this caprese salad with mozzerella cheese, tomatoes, and fresh basil. I put everything in cute little glass containers. I put the dips in martini glasses. 

Well Wishes

I found some really cute things to have guests write to the baby to put in his baby book and read when he grows up. So I created little cards (printed out on cardstock) for everyone to fill out. I just created this in a Word document (I can't figure out how to upload the Word file, so if you would like the file, shoot me an email and I will send it to you).

Diaper Raffle

Along with the invitation, we let everyone know that we were having a diaper raffle. I found this really cute basket (HomeGoods) to put the raffle tickets in. I knew she could use this in the nursery after the shower. The raffle was a great success. Mom and I purchased a Target giftcard to give as the prize.  

She got lots of diapers!

Thank You Favors

I made extra cupcakes to send home with everyone as a thank you from the baby. I found this adorable poem on the internet (of course I tweeked it a little bit) and printed little cards on cardstock. Again, I have the Word file, so if you would like that file, email me and I will send it to you.

I wanted to package the cupcakes really cute, but the pre-bought packaging was too expensive. So I found this tutorial here for these little packages using plastic solo cups. My mom made these (very late the night before) as I was finishing up the cupcakes.  

 Here's the poem:

In conclusion:

 The shower was a success! Chelsea was so happy and got a lot of wonderful things for the baby.

 This was the quilt that my talented mother-in-law made for her. I told you she made beautiful quilts!

It's A Boy!

 If you can't tell by now, it is a boy!

And since he is so adorable, I have to share one of my favorite pictures of him!

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Friday, September 7, 2012

How to Install Pantry Shelves

For the inside, my idea of shelving was completely different from what Rick was thinking. He began building the shelves in the form of a bookshelf. After he built the first "part" of his idea, I knew the design was not going to work for me. So, our first major disagreement happened during the pantry install. What this meant was I had to implement my design of the shelves myself. And with a little lot of help from my stepfather, Ray. (Thank you so much for all your help Ray. I love you!)

I wanted to be able walk in the pantry, see all the items in front of me, and have very little wasted space on the shelves. I hate deep shelving in pantries. My last pantry was large, but it had really deep shelves. Items would get pushed to the back and get lost. I would find things months (sometimes years) later - not even remembering I had the items. Also, I had to get down on my knees to view the items on the bottom shelf. With this design, I rarely have to bend down to see something, even on the very bottom shelves. So nice.

Allison from House of Hepworths had this great tutorial on installing shelves in a closet. I basically followed her tutorial and created an L-shape set in my pantry.

I measured the height and width of the inside of my pantry. I marked where I wanted each shelf. I determined I would need five rows of shelves. I made sure I left enough room at the bottom (from the floor to the top of the bottom shelf) for heavy items I wanted to store. 

I went to Lowe's and gave the guy a diagram with all the measurements. I asked him to figure out how much material I would need. (Remember my lack of math skills?) Mistake. Verify they have it right. I ended up purchasing double the amount I needed because I didn't verify the guy's figures. Ughhhh!  Math. I hate math. Bites me again.

I came home and painted all the boards first. Mistake #2* 

I could've returned the extra boards if I hadn't painted them all first. It was on the second to the last board when the little light bulb went off and I thought I think I have too many boards. Duh!

*I want to clarify that it was not a mistake to paint the boards first. It was just a mistake of not counting the boards first!

We have plenty of shelves now to do the entire two houses. I have great plans for my craft room. And there will be lots of shelves over there, so I guess it isn't such a big deal. Except we have to store the wood for approximately two years now. Great.

Back to the story.

We started off with strips of 1x2 boards. Rick had marked the studs at the top so they were easy to see. Using the strips, Ray drilled 3" deck screws* into each stud along the right side of the back wall.

*Yes, it was probably overkill, but one of Rick's biggest fears was that this type of shelving would not be sturdy enough. There are no less than 300 - 3" deck screws in this baby. There will be no crashing down in the middle of the night, Rick.

He did the same process on the left side.

I bought 1x12 boards for the shelves. They came in 12' lengths. We sat the 1x12s on the edges of the 1x2 strips.

For the left side, we butted the ends of the 1x12 to the edge of the boards on the right side. Then Ray attached a piece of the 1x2 vertically where the L brackets would be placed. This was needed to position the L bracket correctly. If there is not an extra piece here, the brackets would not be able to line up under the shelf. Make sense? If not, see the picture below to better understand this.

Finally, he drilled the L brackets into the back side of the wall and the underside of the shelf like so:

I added a trim piece on the edge of each shelf. This gave it a finished look and also keeps things from sliding off the shelf.

I went back and used caulk to fill in gaps and nail holes. I also touched up the paint.

And here is the final product:

The left side.
 The right side.
 From the center.
Looking up into the right corner. I love how the ceiling planks extend through the top of the pantry.

This is on the inside right side. I found this little word art of spices from While He Was Napping. I just printed it out and placed it in a $3 frame from Walmart. Easy and cheap!
I got this sticker from Ross for $3. No one ever sees it but me. But I like it - it makes me smile every time I look at it.

Here's my cute little lamp. Everyone needs a little lamp on their pantry shelf - don't you agree?

 I use the top shelf to store all my serving pieces. It is so easy to look up there and see what I have instead of digging boxes out from under cabinets. Since they have been stored up here, I have used my pieces more than ever before.

And that is the inside of my cute little pantry. I still need to organize a little better. I have a lot of things in baskets and containers from Ikea and other places. I need to make labels for everything (I will be sure and do a separate post on that later) - I have tons of materials in my scrapbook stuff to be able to make some really cute labels.

If only my craft room was up and organized!

So the before and after...once again, just for fun:
See, I told you that was fun!
Linking up with A Vision to Remember and:
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