First Post

There aren’t many things I love more than planning parties.  I love the brain storming, organizing, creativity, everything but the actual party.  I start months ahead so, and always end up with too much to do last minute.  My sister is pregnant with her 3rd child (and first boy!), so I am doing my sisterly duties and planning her shower.  I thought it would be fun, and maybe helpful to others to see the stuff I am making for it, since most of it will be mbm (made by me).

The first thing I thought about were the fabric pennant banners.    I made one for my birthday and for my son’s.

You can see one of the small banners at the top

You can find more here, along with the instructions.  And here is another one done a different way.

I also thought about table cloths and napkins.  I don’t like the feel of cheap tablecloths, and it’s not hard to make them so I figure I will make at least a couple.  Napkins are quick too.  My son got a set of Spongebob napkins (with a placemat) for that birthday.

Anyways, none of it is all that hard, you just have to have the fabric.  We have decided the theme will be cupcakes, cause we all love em’, they are adorable, and who hasn’t called a little baby “Cupcake.”

There are tons of great cupcake fabrics to choose from.  I like this Heidi Grace print, that would work really well with all the scrapbooking stuff I have.

The problem being the prints don’t really mesh all that well together, some are cartoonish, some are very cutesy kawaii with smiling faces on them.  I figured the best way to get a couple of different prints that go together would be to design them myself.  (although to be honest googleing cupcake fabrics did lead me to some cute projects and sites I want to try, like this and this ).

So I used gimp and some pretty cupcake embellishments I got at peppermintcreative.com and designed a few differnet ones to print at spoonflower.com.  I am going to post a tutorial as soon as the fabric gets here.  I ordered the first yard today.  Here is the “collection.”

I can make lots of different things using the images so it all works together.