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Saturday, November 24, 2012

'tis the season to be jolly...Christmas Cards

Christmas trees are going up and houses are being adorned with colorful lights - meaning the spirit of Christmas is upon us! Now, it's time to get Christmas cards out.

Here's the give with JOY Holiday Collection! And it's DIY printing which will SAVE you a bundle - I promise! :)












The full collection can be viewed here: Shop the Holiday Collection

Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment, and you may just receive a little gift from me! 

with joy,
Aneta Nina

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DIY Baby Shower {part one}

Have you ever helped with a baby shower? I have - this past weekend was my very first time and I had a blast preparing a celebration for the little Evan! I had the honor preparing invites and decorations for my sweet friends baby shower! It was a bit overwhelming at first, especially if you enjoy craft projects as much as me - I need to hone in on a theme....

- Here's part one of my guide in planning a baby shower - 

I started my plan with an inspiration board based off of the baby's nursery and the invite ---->
Don't know where to start? Think about the baby's nursery, colors in the room and if the room isn't ready ask the soon-to-be parents what they imagine.

I always like to be resourceful. For my wedding, I only made or purchased decorations that I knew could be gifted or used in my home. That's the same concept I used when deciding what to create for the shower. Ultimately, I wanted the soon-to-be parents to use the decorations in the baby's room.

Here's the document I created to help me do my shopping!



- Garland - 
I made felt garland from little felt pom-poms I purchased from Hobby Lobby. I strung the felt pom-poms through a needle and thread.





- Hoop Art -
I hoarded lots of fabric that would look great in a little man's room. The mom-to-be painted the nursery a light green/grey, so I think these colors will look great in his room!

I took fabric and adhered it to embroidery hoops. On a few of them I added felt whales. I purchased felt, made a whale cut-out and hot glued them to the fabric hoops...easy as pie, eh?








- Yarn Pom-Poms - 
I was really into garland for the shower. The host of the baby shower had a home with large windows and spaces - garland was the perfect solution! 

I purchased yarn, wrapped it around my finger a few times, tied it in the middle and cut through all the loops. Here's a tutorial - I have yet to perfect the yarn pom-pom - I'll get there ;)

After I made a dozen or so I strung them through embroidery thread. 






- Monograms - 
My dear friend, Rachael, helped me with these lovely letters. Take cardboard letters, hot glue a little stuffing on the front surface and wrap with fabric. I used my hot glue to adhere the fabric to the letters. Rachael would also tell you to "wrap the letters as if you were wrapping a gift."

The stuffing adds a softer look to the letters - perfect for a baby's room! 





Stay tuned for part two - the finishing touches! 

with joy,
Aneta 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Exploring Boulder

A weekend with the Marshall sisters - my sisters - part two! We explored the beautiful Boulder, CO.

It's funny that Colorado is known for 360 days of sunshine, yet when Amber and Lauren were here for a short weekend it practically rained every day.

We started with a walk, Steve almost lost his shoe and then we closed the night with crafting (of course).








Love them all!! 

this picture pretty much sums up our trip








He lost his shoe - Amber helped while Lauren and I laughed!















with joy,
Aneta Nina