Monday, August 13, 2012

The Ultimate Baby Shower Gift

A few years ago when all of my friends started moving from couple status to families, I was attending an obscene amount of baby showers. Don't get me wrong I love a good baby shower, especially after having my own, but I could never find the right gift. One night while doing some online shopping, I came across a website where someone had created what I like to call
"The Ultimate Baby Shower Gift." It was a paint can decorated with scrapbook paper and ribbon and then filled with all kinds of goodies. I quickly jotted down the things I wanted to include in mine and headed out shopping. I first went to Home Depot to pick up a paint can and opener ($7.00) then headed to Michaels to gather the outside coverings. While there, I picked up a spiral journal in the dollar section, a little jewelry box, scrapbook paper, and tons of ribbon. I used the ribbon to decorate the handle and to cover where I overlapped the paper. The box I thought could be used to keep small items in such as first tooth, lock of hair, etc. On the outside of the can I decorate with nursery colors or gender specific papers. Sometimes I like to include the name if I know it and on the back is where I put the poem. 

On the inside of the lid, I created a place where the birth details could be written down if they were not known at the time of the shower/gift giving. I also made tags for each of the items I purchased. (First toy, first bath, first food, etc.) You can personalize based on what the person receiving the gift likes. The first one I made was for my Vice Principal and at the shower there were many "ooh's and ahh's," I knew I had found my new go-to gift. I wish I could give credit to the person who created the adorable poem that goes with it but unfortunately there was never a name given.

Here is what the poem says on the back:

Baby books are great ideas,
But sometimes life gets busy.
Living with a little one
can put you in a tizzy.
Milestones pass too fast at times,
to find the proper page.
So, jot a note of each event,
with date and baby’s age.
“Took 3 steps on May 5th”
Or “teething on 5th of December.”
Then drop it in this memory can
to help you to remember.

Some other shower cans:

Several baby showers later, I have been commissioned to make many other cans. Some of the events I have created cans for are: birthdays, graduations, weddings, honeymoons, and special events, just to name a few. (See attached pictures)

Now as most of my friends are moving on to baby number two, I am off to create more works of art. If you are interested in specifics or would like to have one created for your event, feel free to contact me. I hope to post more pictures soon.

Michelle :)