Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Considering the second baby

In my quest to figure out what exactly it is I need to do to get ready to consider a second child I realized you can never be ready. A good friend of mine said, you just have to do it. You can't wait around for a perfect life and situation because you will never have it.

I figured I would share this little link I found to be funny.
Enjoy! Baby 123
PS: Have your ear phones low if you have them on!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Winnie the Pooh Diaper Cake

This week I delivered one of my Winnie the Pooh diaper cakes to a co-worker that had a good friend that was having a baby girl. Most of the diaper cakes I make I don't get the pleasure of seeing the reaction from people when they see them. I make them, deliver them, and then wait to hear back from the person to see if everyone liked it. With this one I was fortunate to see people’s reactions.

Men seem to be taken back a bit when they see them. And of course you get the jokes here and there. "Are they used diapers?" "How about making one with used diapers?" Or my favorite; "Is it eatable?"

Women are either shocked to see a diaper cake for the first time and want to know all about them or they simply admire and compare them to the ones they have seen before.

My favorite part of this particular diaper cake was how everyone would stop and ask him about it. With a straight face he would tell them he made it. Imagine a very tall manly guy with a cute little diaper cake at his desk saying he created it. People just had to stop and ask. He later clarified to everyone that I made it but the talk of the day was the Winnie the Pooh Diaper cake.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Cyber Baby Shower Gift

In the last two months that I have been blogging on baby shower gifts and ideas, I’ve come across some nice blogs and people. This week I was very lucky to win a book “The Other Mother” from Gwendolyn Gross. happypandababy.com lists all the winners to wonderful prizes.

Its also one of the blogs I like reading. It has a lot of interesting things all related to babies and baby showers which as you already can see, it’s my area of interest.

I am grateful for the great gift, and I love being in a network of great people.

I look forward to reading my new book!!

Here are a few of my favorites baby shower related:


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Baby Shower's 7th gift, tag your next!

A couple of blogs ago I posed a question on how true it was that the 7th gift opened at a baby shower signals out the next mommy to be. Well I found evidence of it being true.
I know from personal experience that my friend who gave me my 7th gift was already 3 months pregnant and had not told anyone. Most people know about the girl that catches the bouquet at a wedding to be the next bride, but the 7th gift tradition at a baby showers is not as popular. Here is one of the few links I found mentioning it: http://www.reallifesolutions.net

Now if the 7th gift given comes from a woman who can’t have children then the tradition defaults to the next gift opened at the baby shower.

This is fun at any baby shower. It makes great conversation and it breaks the ice among people that might not know each other, not to mention there really might be another reason to celebrate another baby shower.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Orchids Forever

A few years ago I created 25 of the candles displayed here. This particular design was created for a bridal shower. Her flowers would be Orchids at the wedding and she loved the idea of having the flowers somehow brought into her bridal shower as well.

One thing that is always the downfall of gel candles is the fact that with time like any candle, you would want to burn it. So doing a quick search on Google you would find forever candles to be pretty popular. Most of the time a forever candle is made with one center area where the wick would be placed so it never burns the scenery around it. For her bridal shower I knew it was important to have the orchid preserved so I decided to create my own idea that would be unique and would not only burn bright and smell great but also have ever lasting life with a switch of the actual candle.

And so the candle with the tea lights came to be.
My car candle and Halloween candle are also examples of my version of forever candles.

For the bridal shower the candle was wrapped in toole fabric with a ribbon with her date and two other tea lights to change out when burned.

Now who said all my candles had to be baby shower related. :)

Back to shower favors after this commerical

I really try to keep my blog only for my candles, diaper cakes and baby shower creations. But I am going to make a little exception because I am such a die hard fan of Sesame Street. If anyone is interested Sesame Street Old School Vol 2 just came out. Its all the wonder years of the 70s to re-live with your kids!!!

I love Sesame Street!!!!

It brings back memories :)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Desired Goal

Every year a Christmas Arts and Crafts festival comes around to our area and every year I go to see what wonderful ideas people come up with. Every year that goes by I always wish to have a booth of my own and sell. It always brings me joy to think I will have excuses for making beautiful things.

Only problem with that show is that most of the stuff there is holiday oriented. So I fear my baby shower and baby items would not sell. Candles can be done for any occasion, but how to put a spin on my baby shower and baby items?

So my goal for next year is to have all my ducks in line, put my fears aside and look into festivals of such sort. Maybe not this particular one but one that would give me a chance to see what people think of my candles and baby shower displays.

In every crowd and at any time of the year, babies are born and baby showers are held.
So I am sure I would have at least one person interested right? hmmm I wonder :)

Friday, November 2, 2007

Baby Shower for second baby

My friend asked me the other day if it was considered bad taste to have a baby shower for the second time with your second baby.
First thing must be clear to answer this question. The decision to have a second baby shower or not is completely up to the mom-to-be and her family and friends that would be attending it. But the question does come up in every family at one point or the another. Is it ok to have a second baby shower?

Here are a few tips on how to make the second baby shower not so second.
1. If the gender is different to the first, then by all means a baby shower is well deserved.

2. If the gender is unknown or the gender is the same as the first, host a diaper warming party.

3. Have a welcome home party for the baby instead of a baby shower.

4. Have a baby shower celebration but only do it with the closest of families. You have to remember there will be close friends and relatives that will want to give you gifts regardless.

5. Host a "Come up with your crafty idea to what mommy might need party."

6. Host a "Casserole shower or pampering mommy shower."

In other countries, it is known for a mother to have multiple baby showers because every family member throws her one. So the key would be to know the people your closest to and how they would feel. If they really care about you, they would'nt think twice for a second celebration.

And in most cases, its not you throwing the party anyway!!!!!

Fruits and Craft Day

A few blogs ago, I mentioned that I had attended a Candle convention. The highlight of the convention was making candles that looked like fruit. Even though I didn’t get into making them I did keep a few of the little gifts they gave away. This weekend I decided to let my daughter put together a little candle. All the fruit were already created so it was a perfect arts and craft task for my little 2 year old. The fruits were given away to promote sells for any type of candle design.

So I had my little girl put them all together. I helped her pour a bit of gel over the fruit wax pieces, added a wick and created an adorable little table centerpiece.

This was not created for any baby shower but it is definitely something to think about. Fruits are beautiful and with a little bit of imagination they could light up a baby shower room.

For this particular example it was fun time with my daughter and watching her eyes light up to see her cute candle creation.