Adorable Pregnancy Announcement – Part 2

Of course I couldn’t contain myself to just one post on pregnancy announcements… In addition to making the children’s book pregnancy announcements for soon-to-be grandparents and the best aunt ever, Liz also put together the little picture below to share the news with other family and friends.

Banner Pregnancy Announcement

The banner is from Rifle Paper Co. and just below the message is the sweetest iron crib that Liz and Tom found at Bratt Decor. The crib might have been the first major baby purchase that they made (aside from the baby mobile, which they purchased the day before finding out that little Everett was on his way).

More nursery pictures to come soon! Liz was a DIY maniac during her pregnancy, so this should be good :)

-Charlie

Adorable Pregnancy Announcement

Ok, so I’ll admit that I’ve been away from my blog for toooo long (how did almost 3 years pass by?!). We’ve been busy though — Liz finished grad school in December 2013 and started a full-time job the next month. I thought THAT was an adjustment being home by myself all day, but then the REAL adjustment came in October 2014 when Liz and Tom had a baby! I wasn’t too sure about little Everett at first, but fast forward almost two years and we’re the best of buds (at least when he’s eating and dropping food all over the floor for me to snatch up). Liz and Tom are finally getting some sleep, so I thought “what better time to start showing off everything they’ve been up to”?!

Starting with the sweetest little pregnancy announcement… Or maybe not an announcement so much as an adorable way to tell future grandparents, aunts, and uncles that a baby’s on the way. It all started with this book “Press Here” by Hervé Tullet.

Press Here by Hervé Tullet

You open up the book and there are these sweet little circles all over the place.

Press Here by Hervé Tullet

Then the next page just has a single circle that says “ready?”.

Press Here by Hervé Tullet

Liz thought it would be so cute to give one of these books to her parents, Tom’s parents, and her sister to let them know that they were expecting a baby. So on the next page, right after “ready?”, she glued on a message that said “You’re going to be a Grandma”, “You’re going to be Grandparents”, or “You’re going to be the best Aunt”. Can you believe how adorable?!

Children's Book Pregnancy Announcement

Liz and Tom thought they turned out perfect. It was a bit tedious cutting out and gluing each of the letters, but well worth it in the end. If you want to make your own, we ended up using the Budmo Jiggler font (72 pt. for “You’re going to be” and the encircled “a”, 36 pt. for the encircled “the”, and 110 pt. for “grandma” and “best aunt”). It would be even easier if you just wrote right in the book instead — but Liz loved the look of the font and how it fit with all the circles in the book.

Children's Book Pregnancy Announcement

The best part was that Liz and Tom secretly taped each of the family members opening the books (that were given under the guise of early Valentine’s Day gifts that they just had to read right then and there!) — the reactions were priceless and all of the close family members have a wonderful keepsake of their first grandson/nephew!!

-Charlie

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DIY Halloween Marquee Sign

It’s been a while, but I thought I’d share a quick Halloween craft that Liz worked on over the weekend — the cutest Halloween marquee sign! Boo!! She’d been eyeing a couple of awesome DIY marquee projects from Oh Happy Day and Lolly Jane and decided to take a break from some of her work to whip together some letters of her own.

Liz ended up following the instructions from Oh Happy Day (and even used their template for letters found here). She just zoomed in on the B and O letters, since the template’s version were quite small (Liz’s finished letters ended up being about 15 inches tall). Printed out the enlarged template, cut it out, and taped together the pieces, then used it to trace the letters onto black foam board.

She used an exacto knife to cut out the “BOO” letters on two pieces of foam board, keeping the bottom edge of the letters somewhat straight to help the letters stand up on their own.

Then she roughly spaced out the lights on the letters and used the exacto knife to cut holes for the little light sockets. Speaking of which, only $12.99 for the set of outdoor globe lights from Target (found here) — at that price, I want marquee lights everywhere! Although I wouldn’t recommend leaving the lights on for long periods of time, because they tend to get hot…

Anyways, after the holes were cut out, Liz cut strips of black poster board into 5 and a half inch strips to use as the edges of the letters, attached the edges with packaging tape on the back, and voila! Cutest little DIY project ever!

 

They look great on the mantle :)

And I love how the glow from the lights make the letters look almost orange in the pictures, although they are in fact black when you take a closer look!

Happy (very early) Halloween!

-Charlie

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