Baby Shower Invites

Busy, busy bee

I have been busy off-line, makin’ and bakin’ and shakin’.  Stay tuned to Thoughtfully Sought to learn all about the hand-made products I’ve been spending my time on, preparing for my new nephew’s arrival.  Here, I’ll talk about the awesome (if I may say so) invites I had a blast making.  Soon, I’ll show you m knitting project and the sewing I’ve been doing.  (“Soon” as in “as soon as the shower happens and my sis opens her presents.”)

Shameless plug:  March for Babies

My sister-in-law, my big brother’s wife, is expecting their second child in less than two months.  I pray every night for a healthy, full-term pregnancy as well as a healthy, love-filled, drama-less birth.  However, not everyone receives that blessing:  nearly half a million babies are born too soon each year.  Each year, I march for babies to help raise funds to support the mission of the March of Dimes.

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. I’m walking in March for Babies because I want to do something about this. And I need your help.  Please support my walk. Making a secure donation is easy: just click the ‘donate now’ button on this page. Thank you for helping me give all babies a healthy start!  The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

Teamwork

As I’ve said in a previous post, I love hosting parties.  I may go overboard with some and be completely selfishly lazy about others, but I enjoy bringing joy into others’ lives.  I really like doing so in my home.  It didn’t work out that way this time, so I’m glad I have two others who really love my sister-in-law to help me host a good time and great shower for my new nephew.

Thanks to Facebook Messenger, these two lovely ladies and I have been able to bounce ideas off each other, including sharing pictures and websites.  And thanks to Pinterest, we could all see what my sis has been pinning to her “Baby” board.  That is how I came up with these great invites!

Being Creative

One of the items pinned to her “Baby” board are cutesy birth announcements she found on Etsy.  That lead me to clicking around Etsy and seeing lots of cute ideas for invites, thank you cards, baby showers, and nursery decorations.  It also lead to me repeatedly thinking, “I could do that.”  My maternal grandmother was an artist and instilled in me at a very young age that I held within me talent like her own…and that was a breathtaking compliment.

I pulled up Publisher on my laptop, clicked around Google Images (where I searched things like “baby fox clipart” and “cartoonish trees”), and spent a handful of naptimes working on these invites.  During one amazingly long Angel Baby nap one day, I finished the color choices, printed, and addressed the envelopes.

And Being Cheap

Another reason I wanted to make my own, and kept repeating, “I could do that,” was the cost of things I kept finding on Etsy.  Why would I pay someone to do what I can do for more than it would take me to do it myself?

It should’ve taken one trip to a craft store, but since I wasn’t paying attention, it took two.  First time, I was at JoAnn’s with a 40% off one item coupon (always check their website before you go shopping).  I grabbed cream-colored envelopes, thinking I was getting an awesome deal on 50 envelopes AND cards.  Nope.  Just envelopes.  Go figure.  The second time I went to a craft store, I had a similar coupon for Hobby Lobby (these are available all the time, and on mobile devices).  So I bought cards.

From previous card-making experiences, I can tell you that the industry standard is to NOT have matching cards and envelopes.  Seriously.  The envelopes are A7 (5.25″ x 7.25″) and the cards are 4.5″ x 6.5″.  If you use Microsoft Office products, you will see that these are also not standard with them.  You’ll have to be particular when you create the documents and again when you print them.

And now, for what you’ve all been waiting for…

I had so much fun making these!  I'd love to do something this crafty for a bit of income.  Y'know, art and passion into a living, God willing.

I had so much fun making these! I’d love to do something this crafty for a bit of income. Y’know, art and passion into a living, God willing.

I found this gem of a rhyme online during my various searches.  Forgive me for not citing my source.

I found this gem of a rhyme online during my various searches. Forgive me for not citing my source.

What do you think?  Have you ever tried your hand at creating invites, thank yous, or the like?  Do you think I should start that Etsy shop I’ve been talking (to myself) about and try to sell these and other personalized cards?  I really am looking for feedback here.

And donations.  Please.  The march is this weekend and I’d love to help as many as possible by raising as much as possible.  Or at least what I’ve challenged myself to raise.

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