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Paint and Pantone Themed Baby Shower: Part Deux

As with any event, you want the theme to be carried throughout the space that you have to work wtih. Simply doing “a table with food and decorations” would be nicer than nothing, I agree; better, however, is to make the theme relate to all areas of the space where your guests may be roaming. It’s all about repetition to make more of an impact.  Think like Anthropologie and how the talented visual display magicians work their voodoo: repetition!

I made some paint stirrer star bursts with a few leftover paint stirrers I didn’t need from the chandelier piece. I painted a chipboard letter ‘E’ aqua, hot glued it in the middle,hung with fishing line, and Voila!: The perfect welcome to a baby shower.

DSC_0052I asked the hostess to remove her chandelier above the table and we hung the faux paint stirrer chandelier there instead. MacGyver is truly THE STUD of all time since he helped me manufacture that chandelier in the hot and humid brutality of August. We were out on our back porch staple gunning the strings to the frame at 11:30 p.m., both dripping with sweat. (P.S. never move to San Antonio if you don’t like to sweat. It just won’t work out for ya).

Another view of the sweatshop chandelier. By the way, MacGyver also is a stud (not just because he’s hot) but because he built me this frame, an open rectangle with each side 6 inches wide so we could staple gun the pink and orange around the outside, and staple gun the inner aqua “crystals” from the inside as to make them hang correctly.

The hostess home owner requested no holes to be put in her walls, so we simply took down pictures and art in this room and used the existing nails.  I would have loved to cover this entire wall with paint brushes; but the reality of my life is that I have a life. :) Therefore I accomplished what I could within a budget, without causing marital strife or causing my children to start banging their heads on furniture for attention.

Other DIY’s to spot here: 1.) the table runner I made by sewing paint chips in an organized layered fashion to white butcher paper. 2.) The stencil mask I used for the invitations turned out so cool, Dana wanted to frame it and keep it for Everly’s nursery. So cool, right? So I held it hostage until AFTER the baby shower so I could use it on the table. Spot it here in the gold frame.

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And also notice the glittered candlesticks? And jars too? I coated the bottom 1/3 of a few old mason jars in Mod Podge and dipped them in gold glitter. Yesssssssss! MUST. HAVE. GLITTER! Both the candlesticks and glitter-dipped jars were placed on wood cubes cut from a large 2×4 beam. I had MacGyver bust out his jigsaw ( he grins like a little kid at Christmas whenever he has a reason to use that thing….) and cut the cubes into different lengths. Then I went at them with spray paint.

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These spray painted animals were from the dollar store. I used these at another baby shower a while back, and they were the perfect color to use again here.

On the wall behind the table, you can see two of my paint brush art pieces, and in the middle is a Pantone poster my awesome graphic designer friend whipped up for me, inspired by the party here that I mentioned in the last post. Here’s a close up:

I had her put in Everly's name and Dana's due date under each square of color.

I had my designer friend put in baby Everly’s name and Dana’s due date under each color square. I ordered it from Costco and it was ready in under 24 hours. Presentation board quality. It was awesome.

Onto the food deets:

Remember that darling Pantone bday party? Another great idea she had was serving some of the food directly on white art canvases. GENIUS! So that’s what I did for the cookies and fruit cups.

Oh man, and let's talk about these SICK CUTE Pantone cookies I tasked another one of my talented friends with copying from that birthday party.  Could you just die? I asked her to write Everly's name with an edible pen on each cookie. They were so darling I almost couldn't eat one. But then I did. (more like 5).

Oh man, and let’s talk about these SICK CUTE Pantone cookies I tasked another one of my talented friends with copying from that birthday party. Could you just die? I asked her to write Everly’s name with an edible pen on each cookie. They were so darling I almost couldn’t eat one. But then I did. (more like 5).

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I had a few extra paint brushes left over and had a spur of the moment idea to use them as food labels for the table.  Loved it.

I had a few extra paint brushes left over and had a spur of the moment idea to use them as food labels for the table. Loved it.

By the way, these Heavenly Filled Strawberries were INSANELY tastey. We had and MBB situation (moms behaving badly), fighting over the last few ;) Recipe is pinned on Dana’s Shower board on my Pinterest.

With all this food, we needed a drink station too.

I made a paint chip “table cloth” to define the drink zone. The grungy stencil art was made by glue dotting letter stencils to the canvas and then spray painting layer after layer of orange, pink, and aqua without letting them dry in between. Then take the stencils off and enjoy the random drips and bleed-through. I loved the rugged prugliness of it.

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Involving the guests is always a good idea. Especially when they’re involved in making something pretty for the mom-to-be or bun in the oven.

“Make some art for Everly’s nursery” station. We taped off two canvases, one in a chevron fashion and the other in angled lines, put several colors of paint and brushes out, and asked them nicely to NOT color in between the lines. ;)

Before the tape came off.

They turned out SO NEATO.

The gift opening/gabbing area was defined by some other colorful DIY art.

More paint brush art acting as a room divider.

 

Paint can art. This was seriously the most fun project of the entire shower. A Friend-to-the-End of mine and I did it at midnight the night before the shower and it was SO totally awesome!! I spray painted the inside of all the cans, modpodged and glittered lids and inside of one can, and then dripped paint from small plastic cups for the “spill over” effect.

And the final two projects for the shower…

Glittered star burst balls, made from styrofoam spray-painted balls pierced with little wooden sticks I bought from Hobby Lobby, covered in modpodge and glittered. I want to make a thousand more and transform my house into a star burst forest, for reals. ( P.S. I was covered in glitter for weeks after the shower from stray glitter specks accidently left behind. They ended up on my hands, cheek, forehead, etc.  I glinted in the sun like a vampire. Just call me Bella.)

And this cool MDF board I spray painted and adorned with chains purchased from Home Depot by the foot. We eyeballed the distance between chains and hammered nails directly into the top and then hung the chains. Last step was prying apart the bottom rings and hooking on a paint brush.  I got the idea from a google pic I pinned (also found on Dana’s shower Pinterest board). It made a huge impact, acted as a picture backdrop for group photos, and was one of the easy projects to complete. (but a bugger to transport!)

The guests of honor all pretty in pink.

Party of two, all pretty in pink.

And there we go. A fab shower, a super cool event, a beautiful baby belly and a gorgeous mama to be. Food, friends, pretty DIYs….does it get much better than that?!?!

xoxo Molly

p.s. if you have any questions….feel free to email me at molly@anthromollogies.com or just comment.  I’ll get it either way.

 

 

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Li’l Biscuit Baby Shower

Two months ago a few of my gal friends and I concocted up a sweet little shindig for the imminent arrival of our friend Collette’s baby girl. I showed you the invites already, but here’s a refresher:

I thought it would be really fun to put on a Li’l Biscuit themed baby shower and incorporate flower stems a la Orla Kiely style in the invitation and decor, to inject some femininity. I used felt as a source of repetition in the shower decor through the petals on the stems in the invitation,  felt hearts I had a trusted friend hand stitch and stuff (hearts…since the shower took place right before Valentine’s Day), hand-cut felt letters for the door welcome, felt flag banners, and original art with a giant felted flower.

The Biscuit Bar.

I hung embroidery hoops with fabric (recycled from the Little Peachling baby shower I did last year…still need to post those pics!) along with a few more felt-stitched/stuffed hearts.

 

I hand-stamped the wooden forks with an ‘Oh Happy Day’ stamp I got from Michael’s. The spoons were stamped with the words ‘Li’l Biscuit’ via a super cool roller stamp I have.

 

I used spray paint chalk signs that I made for another baby shower to indicate the different kind of biscuits we were serving: Biscuits and Gravy, Biscuits and Jam, Sweet Potato Biscuits with  sweet Strawberries and whipped cream. I know, yum…right? Oh, we had an awesome salad too, just to balance out the carb load. ;)

Drink Station with handmade felt flag banner and original art with a big ‘ol felt flower. All I did for the small flag banner here was cut the pieces and simply sew through them with pink embroidery floss. Hung them with glue dots.  How did I ever do anything before I found glue dots?!

I hand cut the larger felt flag pieces and then sewed them to a plastic measuring tape to make the banners.

To carry on the Orla Kiely stem/flower theme from the invites and felt flower art canvas, I asked my good friend with some serious art skills to trace out an Orla Kiely-like print on a large canvas to be a Paint By Numbers art piece, so the guests at the shower could each paint a few leaves. Once the shower was all done, and the painting complete, we gave it to Collette to hang in her baby’s nursery. I’ve seen this Paint by Numbers idea for weddings before, but thought it would be super sweet to do at a baby shower for a little baby’s nursery. Way better than games!!

Close-up of traced petals. I sent an Orla Kiely pattern image to my friend for reference, and then she made a petal stencil to trace each petal on the canvas. I am obsessed with how cute it turned out, and Collette absolutely LOVED it!!

Our guest of honor Collette was super happy and loved the Li’l Biscuit shower theme, and that’s really what mattered most. Her own little biscuit, sweet Audrey, arrived 2 weeks later and now slumbers in her crib under a piece of original art painted by all her mommy’s friends.

Any questions on what you’ve seen? Fire away. I’d be happy to answer any and all.

xoxo Molly

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Guest Post: Tamara’s DIY Anthropologie Verveine Necklace Tutorial

A while back, one of my super talented readers named Tamara mentioned she was working on a DIY project at home, her own version of Anthropologie’s Verveine Necklace. I am a proud owner of this necklace and let me just state for the record that if I ever lose it, I will cry like a baby for days, weeks even. Here’s me sportin’ it in a coupla outfits:

 

My Verveine in action with the Decade by Decade Skirt and Scalloped Buttondown.

And here again with the Million Pleats Midi Skirt.

So, when I read Tamara’s comment that she was working on a little somethin’-somethin’ for herself, I thought I’d weasel in and ask if she wouldn’t mind doing a guest post on it.  Happily, she obliged, and the rest is history! Please give Tamara a warm welcome, and hopefully you get bitten by the DIY bug today.

Take it away, Tamara!

Step 1: Gather Supplies

Supplies Needed

You’ll need:

-       small pliers/wire cutters (mine are Craftsman brand, from my husband’s tools- he just thinks they’re still his)

-       beading wire (7 strand bead stringing wire is what I used)

-       crimp beads

-       various beads in different sizes

-       flower pendants or charms

-       6-8 inch length of chain

-       cording strand (mine is 18”)

-       head pins (not pictured)

-       jump rings (not pictured)

Note: these all come in various metal finishes (silver, gold, brass/antique gold, etc), just pick what you like. I have these all in silver because that is what I use the most.

Step 2: Attach all of the non-adjustable pieces together. I joined the cording to the flowers and the chain before doing anything else, to get a sense of the finished length.

Step 3: Cut a length of wire, about 3 inches longer than you think you want it (it’s better to be too long than too short). Add a crimp bead and loop the wire back through it. Then crimp the bead with the pliers (just smoosh it till it’s flat on the wire). Add the beads and check the length by comparing it to the necklace base that you already put together. Repeat for all of the bead strands you want.

Step 4: Lay out the necklace for a final check.

Step 5: Use the head pins and various beads to make the bead cluster that goes on the opposite side of the flowers. Add bead to pin, cut off the wire about 1/4” above the bead and loop it around the pliers until closed. Repeat for the desired beads.

Step 6: Use a jump ring and attach all ends together. To open and close the jump ring, use the pliers and twist the ends to the sides, do not pull it open (if that makes sense). On the side without the flowers, I put the single beads for the cluster and all of the beaded strands together on one jump ring. It was kind of crowded and hard to close, but I liked how it looked all together.

Note: You can add a clasp in if you want, just attach with jump rings. My necklace is long enough to slip over my head, so a clasp was not necessary.

Step 7: Wear and enjoy!

Sources: Michaels: Vintage Groove by Making Memories- pendant brown leather flower, pendant beaded flower, silver chain strand; Bead Landing- clear round faceted large beads, cording strand; Blue Moon Beads- crimp beads, head pins; Beadalon- bead stringing wire.

Local bead shop: small brown faceted beads, medium smooth white beads, miscellaneous beads and rhinestone beads for cluster.

A MILLION THANK YOU’S, Tamara!! I’m all sorts of inspired now, Michael’s coupons in hand. If you need me this weekend, you can find me snipping wire and playing with beads. :)

Where will you be?

xoxo Molly

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