Monster-Themed Banner

A couple of years ago we hosted a monster-themed party for H’s 2nd birthday. It was a huge hit and one of my favorite elements of the party was the name banner I made inspired by the characters of Monsters Inc. and Monster’s University.

You can see all of the birthday party details here.

Every since, I’ve been wanting to create an entire Monster alphabet so that anyone who wanted it could pick and choose what letters they wanted to create a customized banner. Well, I’m happy to say I finally finished it.

Monster Alphabet - The Crafty Mommy
These letters are of course suggestions, if you have a favorite monster, I can definitely try to make it into whatever letter you would like.

Erin Monster Banner - The Crafty Mommy

Mix-and-match however you would like, spell out your child’s name or Happy Birthday! Individually they are cute, but mixed together I think they’re truly fun and will set the stage for any little monster’s birthday party.

Joe Monster Banner - The Crafty Mommy

As I Wait for My Second Child to Arrive…

H and Mommy

I am mixed with emotions. I am excited, I am nervous, and I am sad.

We have long wished for and hoped for another baby, especially after our miscarriage last year and we are going to meet our little girl very soon (hopefully very soon).

But it has also been weighing on my mind that these are the last house/days of just having H all to ourselves and us all to him. I’m sad for him in a way, but very excited to see what kind of big brother he will be.

Our lives will change again, for the better I know, but I’m cherishing these last few hours/days with just him. Trying to soak in every cuddle, every “mommy,” everything. I know it is far from the last time any of these things will happen, but it will be the last time they happen with just him and us. We have been so blessed (and so as he) to have him to ourselves for almost four years (time has gone by so fast). I want him to feel just as special as he has every day since he came into our lives and for him to know that he is just as loved.

For those of you out there who have had a second or third child, what special things did you do before you had your other children?

Adorable Party Invitations

Although I love to create new items and design party kits, I am by no means a graphic designer. That’s why I decided to team up with some great graphic design friends to create the invitations for the party kits you see in my shop.

The one I have primarily been working with is my friend Sarah Vendittelli. You can order her invitations on their own or as part of the kits, just message me at thecraftymommynyc@gmail.com to let me know what your party details are and what type of invitation you’d like to purchase.

You can see her current designs for the Crafty Mommy on my site and below:

Black and White Invitations - The Crafty Mommy

A black and white party for a baby or bridal shower, anniversary party, or an adult birthday party.

Twinkle and Mustache Invitations - The Crafty MommyA Twinkle Twinkle Little Star shower or first birthday party for a girl and a mustache shower or first birthday party for a boy.

Princess Invitation - The Crafty Mommy

A pretty princess party for the little princess in your life.

Circus and Jungle Invitations - The Crafty MommyA circus and jungle themed birthday parties (jungle one is coming soon to the shop).

Halloween_invite_template_5x7_2-upAnd finally, our Halloween party. A lot of people have been ordering bits and pieces of this kit as decorations for their home for the holiday.

And definitely let us know if there are any other themes you’d like to see in the shop!

New Party Kits!

The Crafty Mommy Party Kits

This past weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a relaunch party of my party kits (think themed parties in a box).

Several of my friends and family showed up to see 9 of my newest kits and share their feedback with me. The reviews were overwhelmingly positive and I’m so grateful.

Party Kits - The Crafty MommyIf you live far away or were not able to attend in person, don’t worry, several of the kits I previewed yesterday (and some new ones) are available online at thecraftymommy.com/shop. I’ll be adding even more this week including Halloween, a Princess theme, and a Dinosaur kit so come back often!

IMG_0741And stay tuned for even more to come in the upcoming months. I’ll be unveiling something special for the holidays and of course I always love hearing from you and what you would like to see.

Thanks to everyone for their support!

xoxo

Bum Baby T-Shirts for Kids

My friends Denis and Donald started an awesome, edgy T-shirt line a little over a year ago and this week they are expanding that business into another T-shirt brand called Kit NYC, but this one is for kiddos and it couldn’t be cuter!

Pig Bum Baby Shirt Front and Back

I love that there is a front and a back. Here, H is modeling the pig tee.

We were lucky enough to score three of the five designs available right now: a pig, a giraffe, and a fox (they also offer a super cute unicorn, which I will be buying for Miss M and a lion).

Bum Baby Fox Shirt

And here, H is happy to model the fox version, which also has a bum on the back (not pictured).

Not only are the tees super soft and comfy (they are made from the Rabbit Skins brand), the designs are simple and cute enough for the kids but also clever enough for moms to appreciate too.

Check them out on Instagram and stay tuned, the shop will be coming soon so you too can order your own bum baby tees.

Mermaid Silhouette Artwork

Way back when I created a silhouette of H to hang in one of our many gallery walls. It was so simple and I loved how it turned out, I ended up making a few as gifts for the grandparents.

Recently when our friends moved to another state, my friend was putting together her daughter’s new room and this older project inspired me to create something for her new room.

mermaid silhouette artwork framedShe loves mermaids and that was going to be part of the them in her new big girl bedroom so I created a mermaid silhouette in turquoise (one of the colors used in the palette of the room) and mounted it on white card stock and framed it in a white, modern frame.

The end result is sweet, simple, and will go perfectly in this little girl’s new room! I hope she loves it as much as I loved making it for her. If you like what you see you can purchase your very own or customize a silhouette and I will make it and frame it for you, just message me here. 

DIY Father’s Day Card Ideas

I love working with H on different projects, especially around the holidays. It is especially fun and important to do nice things for those we love for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

This year for Father’s Day, I searched high and low for some personalized cards that we could make together (truth be told, I made most of the below cards, but H definitely had a hand in signing his name and decorating them).

Because I found so many cute ideas this year, I was able to customize the cards we made to the interests of each of the dads or grandfathers.

I made a golf-themed one for Grumps, King of the Grill aprons for GPa and Grandpa, and a tool belt for Daddy. All can hold some type of gift card or present that is specific to their own personal interests. I simplified these projects a bit and did my own interpretations of them, and you can definitely do the same.

golf card for dad

Golf-Themed Card from SassyDealz.com

apron card for dadKing of the Grill Card from Playing with Paper

tool belt card for dad

Tool Belt Card from Angel Street Mom

For the last one, instead of a gift card (because I had already purchased presents for my hubby), I included little sentiments on each of the “tools” like “Good for one snuggle” or “Good for a BIG breakfast.”

How do you like to celebrate Father’s Day and what special thing do you have to celebrate dad?

Baby’s First Year Book

When I was pregnant with H, I was religious about putting together a pregnancy book and then his first year book.

I know they say with a second (or third or fourth) you forget or don’t have time to put these special mementos together for their siblings, but I was bound and determined to at least do a first year book (we’ll see how that goes in a few months).

Baby's First Year

I found it very hard with H and now with Miss M to find a book that I really like that has everything I want, but isn’t too overwhelming either. With H I found the My Baby book, which I can no longer find.

For Miss M I found Baby’s First Year A Simple Book of Firsts from the LandofNod.com. It’s simple, modern, pretty, and would make an excellent gift for any expecting mom.

inside baby's first yearWhat is your favorite baby book and what have you done to commemorate special moments in your baby’s life?

End of the Year Teacher Appreciation Gifts

personalized wine bottles with labels

I can’t believe it’s the end of the school year already! H finishes his first year of preschool this Wednesday and I’m always looking for new and cute ways to show his fabulous teachers our appreciation.

They get plenty of gift cards and we usually give them some sort of class gift, but I wanted to do something just from H.

I found these fabulous wine labels from Evermine.com that you can customize with your child’s photo and I thought this combined with a nice bottle of wine for each of them was a great way to say “thank you.”

Personalized Wine Bottle Labels

The labels come in a six pack and only cost $9.99 and they say “Our child might be the reason you drink so enjoy this bottle on us!” I bought my favorite bottles of white and rose wines for them and am putting a nice note with each. Here’s to hoping all of the awesome teachers and kids out there have a great summer!

My Miscarriage

Last week I found out that I lost my second baby. I was nine weeks pregnant, and I learned that the baby had stopped growing at six weeks.

I was out of town at the time visiting family, getting ready to share the good news, when I had to go to the ER and was given the sad news.

I had to call my husband, who was not traveling with me, and tell him over the phone. A little over a week later, I’m back at home and recovering from a D and C today. I chose to have a D and C because it had been four weeks since the baby had stopped growing inside of me, and I needed closure. I also am a planner so I needed to know what the next step was so I could move on both emotionally and physically.

Aside from being a planner, I’m also a person who opens up about things that are bothering me, and for some reason this is not something people talk about very openly. It’s nothing to be ashamed of as it happens to 1 in 7 women and there is nothing I, or anyone else, did wrong to make this happen. But still it seems to be a taboo subject.

When I started telling people that I had miscarried, more and more of my family and friends opened up about their own experiences. This made me sad for them, as I now understand what they went through, however, it also made me feel better in a way. It made me feel like I wasn’t alone, that if they could get through this and move on to have other beautiful children, so could I.

Oddly enough, in the news last week, Mark Zuckerburg announced that he and his wife are expecting but have also experienced multiple miscarriages. I appreciate him opening up about his and his wife’s experiences and hope that others will feel they can do the same when they’re ready.

I am fortunate because I already have one healthy, happy son. If I never have another baby, I will be okay because of him. He has brought me back to reality after this loss because he has no idea what is going on, and is wrapped up in his toys, or cartoons, or whatever is keeping him occupied in that moment (as he should be). I still need to be here for him and be his mom. No time to grieve, at least not for too long.

I keep explaining it to my close friends as a loss in the family, without ever having met the person. When we lose a family member to death, we are allowed to grieve, even in public, why is this loss any different?

My hope as a mother, as a woman, as someone who has gone through a miscarriage is that we can all be more transparent about these things when they happen. Everyone is entitled to take the time they need to heal after something tragic, but just like we speak about breast feeding (or not to), pregnancy joys and pains, I hope we too can discuss miscarriages and how we feel with the people we love.

I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me. I am certainly not the first or the last person to go through this, just one of many. I just wanted to open up about my own experience in hopes that it will give others an outlet (if they need or want one) to discuss and find closure in their own way.