Thursday, July 21, 2011

Feeling Creative

I have a lot of crafty mama friends. Like my friend, Sarah, who makes personalized stuff for your little one (The Snobby Peach). She custom made a taggie blanket for a friend's son! It came out awesome, but apparently it's not easy to make so check out all her other stuff but don't ask her to make one or she may kill me! ;) My friend Chanda who is awesome at sewing (Redheaded Mamas Imagination), if we truly do CD with Baby G. 2.0, I'll be sure to try out her mama-made dipes, and I'm really hoping to buy Lily one of her custom made art smocks here in the near future! And my friend, Lisa, who makes the most gorgeous homemade jewelry (Jewelry Designs by Lisa P. ). I bought my mom a necklace & earring set for her birthday that she just loved! The craftsmanship was awesome and the jewelry itself was beautiful!

Now, that I've plugged all my friends & their awesome work, I want to tell you about me. I'm less than crafty. I don't sew. I couldn't work a cricuit if you made me to do it. And the thought of making my own jewelry blows my mind (unless you count the stuff I made from play-doh as a kid & tried to sell. *ahem*shanna*ahem*).

But just because I'm not crafty, doesn't mean I'm not creative. I do consider myself to be creative. I love working on creative things, whether it be writing or creating scrapbooks (originally by hand, but now I do all my work digitally). I've also been known to dabble in my Photoshop Elements program. I started off making Lily's birth announcement, and then a spring card that I sent out. I even made my own Christmas Cards last year! And, I'm getting better....I think.  Apparently, my cousin thinks so too. Because she asked me to design her post-wedding BBQ invites. We narrowed it down to 2 different styles and I was pretty happy with both of them. Check 'em out!

She must've been happy with them too because she asked me to keep designing things for her. First her baby shower invites (I didn't mention this beautiful bride to be is pregnant and due in October?! Yea, well she is) and then Christmas cards for her 1st chance to show off her new family!

Due to my excitement, I've already gotten started on the invites. I have to admit, they're a lot more fun to do than wedding invites! Her shower theme will be "Classic Winnie The Pooh" which left me with a lot of ideas! Here's a preview of some of the 1st drafts that I sent her to take a look at.

I admit, I may have gotten a little carried away in designing them. And I could probably do 3 or 4 more that are different from these! I'm really have a lot of fun making them!

It's nice to have an out lit for my creativity, whether it be blogging, scrapbooking or helping a family member with her special day(s). I like feeling like I'm doing something. I mean, being a mom is great. Being a nanny is great. Even being a wife is great. But, it's nice to have something that I can do for myself & makes me feel good about myself.

All that being said, I know I'll never go "pro" doing this stuff. I do it because I enjoy it and because I'm good at the basics. I have a friend, however, who does do it professionally. She's much more creative than I am. Or at least much more capable with Photoshop than I. She helped me a lot in the beginning. She taught me the things I do know and I always turn to her when I need help. Her name is Lyndsay and she's the founder of Paper Dahlia Design Co.  She's the lady I go to when I need something done & done extra special nice (she made Lily's custom 1st birthday invites, which can be seen here.) or when I need help with anything that I'm doing for myself! I have no desire to do this on a larger scale. I'll never be able to compete with Lyndsay in creativity or my other friends in craftiness. But, it's nice to do something that I'm proud of!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Lily's 1st Closet

I know what you're thinking. A Closet? Really? What an odd (and boring) thing to blog about. Must be a slow day in the G. household!

But, you've already read about my previous house. You've heard how small it was so Steve got the closet in the master bedroom and I used the closet in the nursery. All of Lily's things were in drawers. We even had to get one of those plastic organizers with drawers because at one point we didn't have enough space in the dressers for all her stuff.

I remember when I was pregnant with Lily everyone on Babycenter was posting pictures of their nurserys including closets where tiny little clothes were hung on tiny little hangers and tiny little diapers were stacked. I knew that Lily wouldn't have a closet and it made me sad to see how cute a closet full of baby clothes could be. Things just didn't look the same folded up and put into dressers. I couldn't show case all my baby clothes for the world to see.

So, as soon as we moved, one of the 1st things I did was break out all those little hangers I had gotten for my baby shower and start hanging Lily's clothes up! Sure, the clothes are teeny-tiny anymore. And the diapers aren't size 1 with their little line to let me know if Lily has peed or not. But, her clothes are still cute. And they're still hanging there for all the world to see.

So, after more than 2 years of waiting, I'd like to share with you, Lily's 1st Closet!!!!