Friday, January 23, 2009


leopard onesie

Imagine how cute your friend's little baby will be wearing a leopard print infant onesie.
Leopard baby clothes
are a precious way to take your newborn for a walk on the wild side of life before he or she can actually walk by themselves. If you a putting together an ensemble for a little one that has a nursery with a leopard print baby bedding set, it's a natural fit.

Your baby's leopard print infant onesie doesn't have to be bland or for that matter, there's no need for it to be constructed of animal print fabric alone. Some of the most fashionable baby clothes that I have seen lately use this popular design as trim rather than as the fabric used for the majority of the piece.

Pick up some crib shoes and a pretty hair bow for a baby girl or a t-shirt or romper for a baby boy and get ready for the admiring looks from the other babies on the block.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009


hand painted bluebird crib birds - Extraordinary Child Furniture

Who wouldn't love to have hand painted custom baby cribs in their nursery? Delft blue birds and scrolls with vines tying the graphics together in one neat package that oozes luxury is enough to make any mother who is decorating a nursery for a baby boy wish for artistic abilities or at least a friend who knows how to paint.

Even if you have no talent in this area, take heart. There are stencils that will duplicate those graphics so closely that you will be amazed! Buy a white baby crib, some periwinkle or Delft blue baby safe paint and try your hand at designing your own custom baby crib using stenciling techniques to decorate your baby's bed with:

  • Birds
  • Beach scenes
  • jungle animals

You could also paint your baby's monogram or his name if the idea of painting entire pictures doesn't hit you just right. There's no need to settle for anything less than something truly stylish when it's so very easy to transform everyday beds into custom baby cribs that will have your friends asking you to help them with their designs. If you are strapped for cash, offer your custom painting services to your friends in lieu of a gift from a baby boutique.

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Thursday, January 08, 2009


examples and instructions for making gift baskets

I am bringing things back to basics and providing instruction for making gift baskets for our visitors who have yet to enjoy the compliments and appreciative remarks that a nicely decorated gift basket filled with items can bring. If you have a plan, they are easy and fast to put together and if you are a frugal shopper you may save money!


The first item on your list should be a large, pretty woven basket. One with a handle is not necessary, but handles covered with ribbons and decorations are very elegant. Here's a list of items that you should have on hand before we move along in our instructions for making gift baskets:

  • A large woven basket
  • Wide ribbon, narrow ribbon and curling ribbon in a variety of colors
  • Rolls of both colored plain and patterned cellophane
  • A hot glue gun with extra glue sticks
  • Silk flowers or greenery according to your taste

Some people like the look of a floral arrangement in the center of the gift basket and others like to keep the space for gifts alone. If you want to forego the floral arrangement, you will need to line your basket. For a baby's basket you might use a pretty, personalized baby receiving blankets and if you are making a gourmet wine gift basket you might use large napkins or a folded tablecloth for your liner.

Arrange your gift items on top of your chosen liner filling in the open spaces between with ribbons tied in love knots or sprigs of greenery or flowers. Another idea that I would like to add to your instruction for making gift baskets is that you can substitute pinched squares of patterned cellophane for the leaves and flowers.

To decorate your gift basket's handle you should cut a yard of the curling ribbon and use it to wrap the handle from one side of the basket to the other starting and finishing off the decorative process with a neatly tied knot. Using your wide, satin ribbon tie a large bow to add to decorate the top of the handle leaving the ends to trail down over your presentation.

You will then take your clear cellophane in a matching color and cover the bottom portion of the basket taping the sides of the sheets in place while making nice "spikes" of cellophane at the sides of the basket. If you notice a spot where things are not lying smoothly, use your glue gun to attach a love knot to give it a more finished appearance.

Return to Unique Instruction for Making Baby Gift Baskets, Kids Stuff and Party Ideas for more tips on how to create beautiful baskets full of the best gifts for kids and adults alike.