Monday, June 05, 2006

baby shower gifts

This weekend I went to a baby shower for my friend in Moms club. I bought her a few things but I also embellished onesies for her new baby. She's kind of crafty herself, so I knew she would appreciate it.

Four are embroidered and one is freezer paper stenciled. Each took me several hours. Embroidery is probably my favorite craft. It's semi portable so I can sit on the couch and watch tv while doing it. It fulfills my crafting needs better than anything else. Like sometimes I can sew on the ssewing machine for hours but not feel like my need to craft has been taken care of.

This is the packaging that I made. I didn't want her to not notice that I had made them special.

And the back, specifying the size.

I'm a nervous gifter. I always spend tons of time picking out a gift (for everyone) and then worry the whole time whether or not they will like it. Handmade gifts are especially subject to this, because they have so much of me put into them. Plus I see all the flaws that aren't apparent to other people but stand out to me. I'm always nervous my gift will either be opened first or last. I normally try to stay out of the room if possible, but it wasn't possible this time. And I was sitting next to her. I kept trying to think of excuses to leave. I heard kids outside screaming and I was hoping it was mine, so I could run outside, but nope, not Cale. Several other gifts were handmade as well. Which helped. But then she got to mine and made a huge deal of them. Which is exactly what I was afraid of. They got passed around the room and I imagined people scrutinizing the flaws. (I'm my own worst critic.) But people said lots of nice things. At the end of the shower a lady approached me about selling them. She has a website, Go-Yen Bags and was excited to meet someone else who crafted and sewed. It was really nice that someone else besides my husband said I should sell stuff. He has to be nice, but she doesn't. I think she has a craft fair kind of thing in mind. She knows several other women who make stuff as well.
I do have dreams of opening a business, though I haven't narrowed down what exactly i want to sell. I wish I had one specific interest, but I like so much.

By the way, I went to the doctor on Friday. My bee sting is infected. They gave me antibiotics (not the nice amoxocillin either, but grown up sounding stuff) and claritin. The pills make me so sick. Then I smelled them. No wonder they make me sick, they're made out of poo!!! I have to take them 4 times a day, which means I have to set my alarm clock to take one in the middle of the night.

Have you seen the entries for the Craftster Challenge 12, Kitschy craft contest? Normally there is one great one that stands out the most to me, but there are so many great ones this time. Those craftsters never cease to amaze me.

I am the Princess Potholder for the month of May at Hot Mitt Monthly! Yay!! I really needed to win so that maybe my luck will change. My poor foot could use some relief. :D

Now for my month of me!


Blogger elizabeth said...

those are so cute! i have all the stuff to start embroidering but i haven't picked it up yet.

and i feel the EXACT same way as you when giving a gift (esp. homemade). i get all nervous like i'm gonna throw up and then when people go on about how cute it is, i'm just too nonchalant about it b/c i don't want them to think i have a big head or something.

stupid? yes indeed ;)

hope your bee sting gets better :)

8:59 PM  
Blogger capello said...

The onsies are adorable!

I'm a big critic of myself too. I'm also concerned that people will look at something and think less of it because it was handmade and not purchased.

The last time I made a gift for a baby shower, I made a blanket with minky. And I was feeling pretty good (because everything was store bough). Then my friend opened a gift and it was a bab quilt (one of those pre-printed patttern things) and then the next gift she opened was mine. Talk about bad timing. Argh.

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9:23 PM  
Blogger maverick said...

I really enjoyed looking over your blog. I stumbled across it while I was looking for baby shower gift to compare to some of the baby shower gift I make. If you get a chance, go to and let me know what you think. I will be coming back to vist your blog often. Good Luck!

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