When I asked H what type of Valentines he wanted to give to his friends at school this year, he immediately said Star Wars. Although I have nothing against the store-bought Valentines sold at local drugstores, I prefer to make them on my own with H’s help. It’s something we enjoy doing together and it gets my creative juices feeling.
I am by no means a designer, so I enlisted help from Etsy, specifically the shop DorkyPrints. I love these kid-like Star Wars illustrations. And with a little bit of creativity and Photoshop, we were able to come up with these adorable, non candy Valentines.
Stay tuned, I’m going to try and pull together some other ideas for you busy moms out there.
My talented friend and collaborator (she makes a lot of the invitations in my party kits), Sarah Vendittelli just opened her Etsy shop and it’s totally worth checking out.
She makes adorable and creative wall art perfect for a nursery, playroom, kiddo’s bedroom, and they make great gifts.
The best part is they are affordable and you can instantly download all of the files so you can get them right away. (Psst… you’ll never have to tell anyone that you purchased this gift last-minute.)
My personal favorites are the monogram letters and the animal water colors with encouraging words.
Visit her site here to see all of her designs!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 email@example.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:
A black and white party for a baby or bridal shower, anniversary party, or an adult birthday party.
A Twinkle Twinkle Little Star shower or first birthday party for a girl and a mustache shower or first birthday party for a boy.
A pretty princess party for the little princess in your life.
A circus and jungle themed birthday parties (jungle one is coming soon to the shop).
And 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!
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.
If 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!
And 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!
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!
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).
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.
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.
She 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.
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-Themed Card from SassyDealz.com
King of the Grill Card from Playing with Paper
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?
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).
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.
What is your favorite baby book and what have you done to commemorate special moments in your baby’s life?