Thursday, February 20, 2014

Choosing a Baby Shower Theme

I just love parties & babies... what better was to combine the two than with a baby shower! I am so thrilled to have Spaceships and Laser Beams with us on the blog today to help us with choosing a baby shower theme.


A new baby is on the way—time to plan a baby shower! How do you get started? On my blog, Spaceships and Laser Beams, I specialize in parties for boys (and non-frilly girls!) so I see lots of parties and I have lots of suggestions to help you plan yours. Once you know where you want to host the party (your home, or an alternate venue like a clubhouse, etc.), there are five main components to plan: invitations; decorations; menu; activities; and favors. Deciding on a theme for your baby shower will help you make decisions for each of those segments because it gives you focus.

Choosing Your Baby Shower Theme

There are tons of theme ideas, but how do you choose just one? This is what I have found to be most helpful:
  • Decide if the focus is to be on baby (nursery rhymes, toys, welcome to the world, Disney characters, favorite books, etc.)
  • Or will the shower primarily honor new mama-to-be and her interests/hobbies
  • Is there a favorite color or seasonal inspiration
  • What mood do you want to establish; is this casual/formal or something in-between
When you’ve decided on the theme, then the fun begins! Although you can buzz out to a local party store, there are a lot of decorative options to be found via internet with party printables. Especially if you are going with a unique idea, you’re more likely to find what you’re looking for online. Some businesses print and cut everything for you, while others offer you the option of downloading and printing for yourself. Many of those items can be used in multiple ways which allow fuel for the imagination! Check out Ten23 Design, too; they have a number of decorations that would be terrific for a shower and to keep for using later in the nursery. Planning a baby shower is fun work, but it’s so worth it because you’re creating a memory that guests will enjoy and mama-to-be will remember forever! If you’d like more specific ideas or visual inspiration, be sure to check out my baby shower ideas on my blog, Spaceships and Laser Beams.

What baby shower theme would you love to use at your next celebration?

Stephanie Keeping is mom to a boy named Sam, a blogger, and an Etsy-preneur. She celebrates boyish charm at Spaceships and Laser Beams, where she talks about all things boy and birthday party. You can connect with her on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter and on Etsy.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Giant Ruler Growth Chart Tutorial :: Via The Photographer's Wife

I recently received an email request for one of our giant growth chart rulers who mentioned seeing a great tutorial on The Photographer's Wife blog.  Without hesitation I ran aka typed really fast to check it out.  

The first thing I noticed when I got there was that I had been there before looking at other project in the past.  How awesome that we are now a part of the wonderful tutorial posts there!?!

Below is a cut & paste (with permission) of the wonderfully done tutorial post. Please be sure to also go pay The Photographer's Wife blog a visit and check out more tutorials and great parenting posts.


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We liked the idea of tracking Trent’s height growth throughout the years, but since we might not be in this house forever, we didn’t want to track it on a wall that we would have to leave behind if we moved. :(
So we decided to make our own growth chart ruler that can go with us wherever we go! And it fit perfectly with our theme for his nursery, too!

Brett searched “growth chart ruler” on Etsy and came across a custom vinyl decal from Ten23Designs. [you can also go to her website to order it HERE

The decal is 6 feet tall and can be ordered in a variety of colors. When we ordered, there were different measurement options, so we made sure to specify that we wanted it in inches. Personalization is free, so we specified in the comments of the order that we wanted his name, Trent, printed too!

The decal arrived in 4 separate sections. Brett purchased a 6 ft. tall x 9 in. wide x 1 in. deep piece of wood…no need to cut it.

Place the decals where you will end up sticking them, making sure that your measurements line up. Only a half a foot will be at the bottom, since you will end up placing the bottom of the ruler about half a foot off the ground when you hang it on the wall.



It may be easier to cut the decals into smaller sections, so they are easier to work with. Peel off one side of the decal backing and stick the decal onto the wood and press down firmly,smoothing it out.


You may also benefit from a furry DIY helper nearby.


Slowly peel back the other side of the decal backing, leaving just the decal itself. By peeling slowly, you can catch any wrinkles before peeling too far.


Do this for all the sections and the name!


Spray several coats of clear coat onto the front and sides to give it that somewhat shiny, finished look. We used Valspar Clear Sealer Gloss. Let dry between each coat.



Screw on a mounting hook to the back of the ruler towards the top.


Place two felt pads on the back of the ruler towards the bottom, so it will rest firmly against the wall.


Hang onto the wall, making sure to line up the measurements from the ground (the 1 on the ruler will measure 1 foot off the ground).


Now, you’re ready to track your child’s height and don’t have to worry about leaving those memories behind if you move!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Dairing, Preppy Sweet 16

I always feel so blessed to have the opportunity to work with such wonderful vendor clients.  Some of the wedding and event planners even make me feel like I am part of their team.  One of these wonderful planner is Adair of Dairing Events here in Jacksonville, Florida.  

Each of Adair's clients are all different and unique yet all have this special things about them... I am not quite sure how to explain it but they are like a sorority of brides and clients all kept by the special bond of being a Dairing Bride or Dairing Client.  

Recently I had the pleasure to make some monogram goodies for a Dairing Client, Lauren, who was having a super sweet 16. On the Dairing Events blog, Adair said, "we coined the phrase "Preppy Glam" with mixing gold glitter and sequins, with pops of pink and navy." 

For the head table, I made a table top standing wooden monogram that was painted in pink and covered in glitter.


Upon entering into the main room, a large gold glitter woodn monogram hung as a backdrop behind the welcome table.


A monogram dance floor decal sat in the middle of the dance floor area.


I think Adair and Lauren got it right when they thought up "preppy glam!"
 

It was a super sweet affair for a super sweet young lady.  I am honored to have been asked to be a part it.

Custom wooden monograms like these shown are available by custom request via our website: www.ten23designs.com


All photos are from the Dairing Events Blog.  Please be sure to visit her page to learn more about her beautiful events and on how to become a Dairing Bride or Client.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Monogram Christmas Ornaments

I am so excited to have added new monogram Christmas ornaments this year! Best thing about these, is that they are the same size as my monogram key chains and with a simple switch from a ribbon to a key chain ring, it's two gifts in one.  



Ps... I LOVE TWO GIFTS IN ONE!!!


These are great for all types of monogram lovers:
  • Teenagers
  • Teachers
  • Friends
  • Neighbors
  • Parents
  • Sisters
...and the list goes on!



The monogram Christmas ornaments are 3" acrylic, laser cut pieces and are available in 4 colors:
  • Red
  • White
  • Black
  • Mirror
There are also several design styles available.  Which is your favorite?


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Parking Lot Safety


I am a mom and safety is VERY important to me. Whenever we get out of the car, I tell my daughter to put her hand on the car just like my mother use to tell me.

So often my daughter will ask me, “where?” (as if we do not always do this)

So I made her a vinyl decal hand print to put on the car and now she will know exactly where to put it!


The vinyl decal is made from a removable wall decal grade vinyl that will pull off without damaging the paint when you are ready to take it off. 

I am giving away a few of them on my Facebook page.

To purchase please visit my Etsy shop or website.



Saturday, September 14, 2013

{Behind the Scenes} In the life of a top notch helper...

Ever wonder who is behind Ten23 Designs? Here is a little look into the life of one of our top notch helpers... my son.