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Showering Baby Maddox: Food and Decor

Brrrrrrrr. I can’t get over how cold it is outside. I saw on twitter that temperatures here in Arkansas are the coldest they’ve been in 15 years! Seeing as how every state except Florida had snow on the ground yesterday, it’s pretty likely that’s it’s cold where you are too.

Unfortunately, it’s going to get worse in Fayetteville before it gets any better.



But enough of the arctic temperatures. Remember that time that I posted about the baby shower I helped throw for my nephew and only got as far as talking about the gifts I made for him? Yeah, probably not because you’ve slept since then.

As a refresher, in part two of the craziest weekend of my life (except for the wedding, I guess) I helped host a pretty kick-ass baby shower for my sister-in-law and soon to be mother, Sommer. Seeing as how Baby Maddox is going to be here in a few weeks I realized that I had better share with you the rest of the shower details before it’s time to show you pictures of his birth.

I was in charge of decorations (or I probably claimed them because I’m weird and love stuff like that, who knows). Either way, I didn’t have much time before the shower to make as much as I would have liked between Thanksgiving, two half marathons, and finishing the aforementioned gifts, but I did manage to come up with some cute stuff.

Jacob’s mom, aunt, and our friend Autumn put together an awesome spread of food. I added some flags made out of scrapbook paper and toothpicks. I kept all the decor to a neutral color scheme to go with the rustic/vintage theme of the shower and Maddox’s nursery.

Sommer and Chris are both really outdoorsy, so they are decorating everything for Maddox in rich browns, oranges, and greens. It’s a really pretty ‘boy’ color scheme without being so babyish.

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Cindy (my mother-in-law) and I also made a diaper cake


The whole spread buffet

This is the wagon that Sommer and Chris sent to Cindy filled with flowers to let her know that Baby Leonard was a boy. wagon

I was really happy with how the burlap bunting and wreath I made turned out.

I was going to show you how to make them, but the bunting was pretty much based off of this tutorial, so I’ll let Heather do the explaining. welcome_banner

I love this burlap wreath. In fact, I think I’m going to make one for the front of our house as soon as I have some free time. Yeah right.

I made it using Emily’s tutorial. A rolled fabric flower and painted letter ‘M’ made cute and simple embellishments.

I didn’t get any good pictures of it because by the time everything was set up, people were arriving and I focused on them instead, but here’s two close-ups that I salvaged from other pictures. You can see the general idea at least.wreath


Later this week (I promise this time!) I’ll show you the obligatory shower games and lots and lots of presents.

Did that take your mind off of the frigid temperature for a minute or two?
I didn’t think so. Oh well.


Showering Baby Maddox:Gifts

I got my camera back last weekend and can finally show you all of the details from the baby shower I helped throw for my sister-in-law (and soon-to-be nephew) two weeks ago!

I have so much to share that I’m going to break it up into a few posts. First, let’s talk about what I made for the little man.

I made these little booties and once I figured out all by myself how to asked my mom how to gather the soles, they were really easy and fun to sew.


I machine-stitched a little rectangle of the same felt to a onesie & added some buttons. So cute!


and knitted a little hat to complete the outfit


I also made him a minky baby blanket.


Oh, this blanket.

This cute and innocent looking blanket became the bane of my existence the week before the shower. What started as (or so I thought) an easy two or three hour project quickly became a 20 or 30 hour project. Granted, I know nothing about quilting so that slowed me down quite a bit, but 1.) minky fabric stretches and therefore moves all over the place even when you pin it, and 2.) whoever invented quilt binding and the ladder stitch was either really evil or just had too much free time on their hands. Longest run-on sentence ever/rant over. (Sorry Jordan) Regardless of my inability to follow simple instructions, the blanket turned out really well and, dare I say, I would totally make another one.

I cross-stitched this cute little label with my terrible free-hand lettering and added it to one of the corners.


The last hand-made thing I gave to Sommer and baby Maddox was a painting for his nursery. Chris and Sommer are both very into hunting and the outdoors. They are doing Maddox’s nursery in vintage hunting and sports decorations with brown and burnt orange as the main colors. I saw a sneak peek after the shower and it’s going to be gorgeous. Plus, you know when Sommer was describing it, she had me at ‘vintage.’

The deer is actually made out of scrapbook paper with a burlap pattern on it


I think she liked it :)


It’s hard to believe that it was almost exactly a year ago that I was helping throw my very first baby shower for my dear friend Jordan and her little cutie Chase. Now I’ll have another adorable little baby boy in my life. All the love and squishy cheeks with none of the diaper changes and sleepless nights.

Next up: the decorations, the food, and of course, the party!

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