Saturday, February 1, 2014

New Baby Gifts #projectcrafthappy

One of my very dearest friends, Jen,  just had her first baby, an adorable little girl.  There's nothing better than one of your good friends having a baby!

Yea, I'll just be taking her home with me, thanks.

I wanted to make gifts that each parent would enjoy.  "Visiting your new baby at the hospital" gifts aren't really about functionality, they're about celebration.  They're about saying "DAMN!  You friggin made a human being!  And a cute one at that!  Nice Work!"  Like a Major Award kind of gift, know what I mean?  At least, that's how I see it.  

The Dad is a really smart, great guy.  I knew he'd appreciate something awesome, so I tapped that funny bone for his gift.

For this project, I just used the Sharpie method that's been on Pinterest over and over again- draw your design, wait 24 hours, put it in a cool oven, heat oven up to 350 degrees, turn off oven and remove the mug after the oven has cooled completely.  I wrote "Handwash Only!" on the bottom, because I am skeptical of this technique.  I made a "Cookies for Santa" plate 2 years ago, and that hasn't washed off, but again, I don't put it in the dishwasher and it obviously doesn't get much use.  The Sharpie method, for me, seems too good to be true.  But this will be a novelty mug for dad to have at work and for that purpose it will probably last a long time.... or at least until his baby girl makes him a new mug for Father's day in like 5 years.

My gift for Jen had to tap into our long standing friendship.  I could write a friggin book on our adventures together!  

We all have that friend.  But mine is better than yours.

Now that we're older and more settled, we still enjoy our random quirky time together, it's just less time at the bar and more time being crazy---- for example, we've been watching the entire original Dallas Series because JR Ewing is a Boss, and that's why.  Dave doesn't think we can get through all seasons (1978-1991), but we will prove him wrong.  I decided to keep it simple and use some old school puffy paint to decorate a onesie.

I love painting novelty onesies for babies because babies grow out of clothes in the first year in like two seconds, so this is useful but fun at the same time.  Whenever I use puffy paint on a shirt or onesie, people always compliment me like crazy.  But seriously?  Anyone can do this!  Just follow the directions on the bottle and don't over think it.  Practice on a piece of paper before hand and apply even pressure to the bottle as you write each word.  You can do it!

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  1. LOVE all of your crafting.

    BTW, from experience, the sharpies DO wash off in the dishwasher. Hand washing should be ok, though. :-)

  2. Hey,I would have loved if more people bought bottles and pacifiers and socks! For some reason we lose socks and pacifiers all the time! But not all babies use pacifiers so maybe it's not the best idea but I know socks are definitely appreciated especially solid colors so you can match with cute outfits!Thank you so much!!!!Sara Rodriguez...