crafty, printables

Mother’s Day Printable & Wallpaper

So, I have a dilemma…I can’t ever put gift ideas on my blog because my Mom and my MIL both read it and usually, the gifts are for them.

I want to put what we made for Mother’s Day gifts from the boys, but then it will spoil the surprise.

To share or not to share?

I could always wait until after we give them, but then Mother’s Day will be over…

But I don’t want to give it away.

Ok, I just talked myself out of posting it.

However, I do have a free printable and desktop wallpaper for you:

Mother’s Day gift tag (6 per page)


desktop wallpaper

1280 x 1024

1600 x 1200

Print the tags – use them for your Mother’s Day gifts or attach them to a bouquet of flowers!

Download the wallpaper onto your Mom’s computer when she is not looking or send it to someone special who might be having a difficult Mother’s Day this year.

However you choose to use them…enjoy!


Growth Charts, Growth Charts…


So, we’ve had lots of baby showers recently and growth charts have become my new standard gift. They are unique, personal, no one ever seems to get them, and we love the one we got at our shower! 

The first one was for my friends’ new baby boy, Jaisen. They are doing a Winnie the Pooh themed nursery, so I did the growth chart to look like a tree in the Hundred Acre Wood. 

For step by step instructions, check out my previous post, Easy Peasy Growth Chart.

For this one, I just stained the wood, cut out paper leaves, cut out the letters for the name Jaisen and mod podged everything onto the wood. 

The second one I made was for some of Tyler’s co-workers who just had twins (a boy and a girl). I decided to do a nature-type theme with birds, branches and leaves. I used a Silhouette paper cuter to cut the birds and combined blues, pinks & greens for both babies.

The last one I made was for a friend’s baby girl, Lela. This baby is going to have a fabulous nursery, because her mother has great taste. She is decorating in black, lavender and French toile pattern. I knew it needed to match, so I went with black swirls and purple flowers. 

Again, thanks to the Silhouette paper cuter, it was super easy! If you don’t have a cuter, but have some painting talent, you could definitely hand paint the details on. Unfortunately, I don’t have any painting talent. 

My list of pregnant friends is long, so expect to see even more growth charts over the next few months!


Easy Peasy Growth Chart

One of my favorite gifts we got when Zander was born was a growth chart made by my sister. It is such a great gift because (1) it’s unique, (2) it’s going to be used for a long time (3) it’s adorable! I decided I wanted to make one for my soon-to-arrive nephew, Noah.

I got a 1 x 4 piece of wood, sanded it down and had my husband angle the top (you could skip the angled top and leave it square).

Then I marked off each foot from 2′ to 5′. I painted each foot a different color. I found these amazing animal punch outs in my K&Company Actopus to Zelephant paper pad. I mod podged them onto the growth chart. Then I went through and put in markings every inch all the way up one side and wrote in the number for each foot starting at 2 feet. That way you hang the growth chart 2 feet up on the wall.  Then I sprayed it with  few layers of clear coat.

Here’s the finished product:


Homemade Ring Stacker

I saw this Heather Bailey pattern at our local scrapbooking store (which has now started carrying fabric/sewing supplies) and I thought it was the cutest thing ever. Of course, I was oblivious to the difficulty level of the pattern and bought it thinking, “I’ll make these for all of the baby showers I have coming up over the next few months.” Boy, was I wrong. Being a sewing newbie, this was definitely a challenge.

I spent hours just cutting out all of the fabric and there was a good amount of hand sewing (which I have very little patience or skill in).

I love, love the way it turned out and will definitely attempt it again, but I don’t think I will be cranking these out for any ol’ baby shower. I made one revision and had my husband and dad make a wooden base instead of using the fabric cone to stack them on. This made it feel a little more sturdy and so cute.