August 8, 2012

Photos from the ($10) Baby Shower!

Here they are! The photos from the shower last Saturday. 




Well we did it! The baby shower last weekend was a success! I posted that I wasn't sure how I was going to decorate for a "Lavender Elephants" themed shower because I didn't have much in the craft room that fit the bill, but somehow I managed to pull it off while spending only $10. Nice! 

Here's the rundown:
  • I used this tutorial to make no sew flowers out of polka dot cotton and lavender chiffon with a button in the middle and glued them to purple satin ribbon. ($4 for buttons and ribbon)
  • Tissue poms (tutorial)(I know. *Yawn*) from pink and purple tissue. ($4)
  • The cupcakes (which my partner in crime bought and were, btw, insanely delicious) were topped with purple pompoms(stash) and elephant heads that I cut out of some polka-dotted paper(stash).
  • The adorable elephant cookies (which I didn't make) were cut out with a sandwich cutter that I found in the baby aisle at Walmart. ($2)
  • Flowers from my backyard. :o)
  • The elephant decorations were made from leftover easter doilies and little gem and flower embellishments. (All donated by my darling mother at one time or another!) If you make some, I recommend adding tails, which I didn't have time to do. :o)
  • The bunting was just made from fabric scraps and a spool of lacy ribbon I had on hand. I used the Freezer Paper Stenciling technique.
And that's it! It turned out pretty cute for only two weeks notice and a very low budget. :O)

(*Random over-sharing alert!*) You know. Sometimes I'm a little self-concious about how all my projects and parties are "low-budget". (Oh no. Are we talking about money now?) Most of the beautiful craft blogs I read have the newest fabrics and coolest supplies and they talk about the wonderful fabric stores they are visiting and it's so fun to read about, but to be honest sometimes a feel a little envious. Just a little, mind you. :O) But I shake it off, because when it comes down to it, I am so blessed and I'm very grateful to God for what I have! If you could see my craft room, you'd see that I have PLENTY to work with. Besides, maybe from where you're sitting it looks like I have all the fancy stuff. If it does, I apologize. Most of what I have has been given to me because people know that I have a craft blog. (Maybe you should start a craft blog!)

*Random over-sharing ends.*

:o)

Well, my dears, I'm off for now. Now that this shower is over I can start thinking about the nautical themed (yay, my favorite!!) baby boy shower that I'm co-hosting a week from Saturday. Be aware that my Pinterest account will likely be invaded with a jillion seafaring contrivances.

Have a great day!
Love,
Disney







54 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!!! Love the colors and the elephants!

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  2. I love this-- it's amazing how far 10 dollars + a little creativity can go! I'm always on a budget as well, and sometimes I forgo party decorations completely. I don't think I will anymore.

    I suffer from craft envy too--I'm so glad you brought it up! It does look like you have the most awesome stuff from this side of the screen-- I think that's just part of blogging. We see these vignettes of peoples lives and just guess about everything else. Love that lace!

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  3. It turned out so beautifully! Don't feel bad about your "low budget" parties. It's really really inspiring to me. Makes me want to use up my stash as well instead of buying new stuff every time.
    I adore the Jane bunting!!!

    Genevieve

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  4. I aboslutely love the doiley elephants! what a great idea!:)
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  5. I have to admit I was also just a LITTLE worried about everything coming together with such short "notice" (meaning planning on my part) but I am so unbelievably blessed to have you so close and so ready to help. THANKS A TON! Love you

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    1. *gasp* you left a comment on my blog!! That just made my day! Thank YOU, Lexi! Love you too. :o)

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  6. Oh Disney! I love your blog so much (have been reading for a long time now, though this is the first comment I've left). I actually find it refreshing that you use what you have, which is what most of us do, rather than go out a buy a bunch of stuff. To me that says everything about not wasting, being thrifty, and having a true creative talent. When you can make an entire (beautiful) baby shower out of practically nothing, that's amazingness right there! Thanks for creating this lovely space, that is so inspirational for the rest of us x
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    1. Thank you, Stella! I really appreciate your comment. And I think you're right, limitations do bring out creativity, don't they?

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  7. This is adorable Disney! I love seeing what you whipped up with your limited purple supplies! That just proves how crafty and awesome you are. ;) I am thinking about a nautical shower for a pal, too...so I can't wait to see what you find!

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  8. I loved everything about it! How sweet a feminine the details were, the simplicity yet sophistication of it all and how much love went to each personalized part. Your friend is very lucky to have a friend like you. If I ever have a girl I want a shower just like this one. Great Job!!!

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  9. What a gorgeous shower! I love the cupcake toppers, and the flower garlands are just luxurious. And serisouly, if you made stuff from brand new expensive store-bought supplies, I would still liiiiike your blog...but not love it as I do.

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  10. so inspiring. It makes me want to have another baby.. ahahah
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  11. Oh! I love it! So beautiful and elegant! I just had a baby girl and named her Jane, so I'm going to pretend this beautiful event was for me. Thanks, Disney!

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  12. Oh! I love it! So beautiful and elegant! I just had a baby girl and named her Jane, so I'm going to pretend this beautiful event was for me. Thanks, Disney!

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  13. what an adorable baby shower! I love how you whip stuff up out of your craft room without the latest and greatest expensive supplies :) It inspires me to craft from my own meager stash :)

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  14. Wow, I'm impressed by your skills! This all looks fantastic!

    -Ashley
    http://distractedashley.blogspot.com

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  15. Wow that's incredible! Only $10 and the shower looks fabulous!

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  16. I love seeing what you can do with what you already have! It's inspiring!

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  17. And here I was thinking you were such a cool kid! (Just kidding, of course. I still think that.) But I can totally relate to feeling like everybody else has the coolest latest stuff and wondering how you could possibly compete with the random stuff you can find for free or cheap. Though I think it's just as inspiring (like others have already said) to see how you make things with what you already have. Go you!

    And, of course, the baby shower is lovely. I'm especially loving the pendant banner. :)

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  18. I like that you share parties that cost almost nothing! I am terrible at figuring out what to do with old scraps and tissue paper, so it's cool that you can come up with such beautiful parties and crafts. Keep the posts coming. :)

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  19. I really like the elephants, even without the tails, I didn't even notice the tails were missing! I especially liked the bunting! Very nice. I am always using what I have, too. I don't like to spend tons of money on expensive stuff that is going to sit in my stash. I do however like to spend lots of money on great buys and deals that I find at the thrift store or in the clearance bin. HA! Very good job. You are very inspiring. I have been a lurker for awhile, now. :)

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  20. The baby shower looks great! Don't worry I try and do birthdays and baby showers on a budget as well. I love that when you are working on a budget you have to be creative with what you have! :-)

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  21. I think it all looks just beautiful and I wouldn't worry about being budget conscious if I were you, we're all so used to just disposing of things or buying things made who knows where by people in who knows what conditions that it is inspiring to see someone put in the time, thought and imagination needed to make the ordinary, beautiful.

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  22. So, I have followed your blog for literal years. I LOVE IT. I never comment because I figure, you don't need to hear how awesome you are all the time. But then I thought... I LOVE hearing people say I'm awesome, so I thought you should hear it too, because its true.

    I love that God has given you such a gift of open-heartedness (is that a word?) and crafting! The two combine perfectly!

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  23. Necessity is the Mother of Invention -- could never be truer. That's YOU!

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  24. GREAT decorations, I bet the mum-to-be loved it. And I agree with others above, it's inspiring to do budget parties, as most of the people I know would never dream of spending more than £10-£20 on party decorations (though I think our parties are a bit different here in the UK). I don't have a huge stash but when I read other blogs I get inspired and find that I am missing things, and think "oh I'll just go out and buy such-and-such" whereas you're right, we should make more use of what we have in our stash. It encourages us to be more creative with what we have, and you get more unique ideas, which I love. Those elephants from the doilies - genius!

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  25. You did an amazing job! So creative to turn the Easter eggs into elephants! And I prefer the "low budget" crafts because it's closer to my budget than buying yards and yards of the newest fabric and accessories.

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  26. You are a craft genius! Very blessed. Thank you for sharing! I love that you used elephants/lavender combo--not so common baby shower animal/color and made it so successful.

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  27. I love it!!!! What a fabulous, beautiful job. Definitely like a pinterest party. :)

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  28. Waw, Disney, what an awesome job! When you announced the baby shower theme few ago, I was also a bit sceptical about how it would turn... But that's definitely really really cute! Can't wait to see what's coming next! :)

    PS : I looooooooooooooooooove your bunting! *___*

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  29. I LOVE that you show low-budget crafts, whether its by necessity or not. If you didn't say it, we would never know, but I like knowing! You have inspired me to use up my stash, repurpose items i would have donated, shop the fabric district for the best deals, etc. I walked by a boutique sewing shop the other day, looked longingly in the window for a minute, then realized that everything would be at least $12 per yard and it was so easy to walk away, because I know I can do with less. You are amazing.

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  30. Holy cow, cutest thing ever! I love a unique themed shower. Also love the non traditional "covered in pink" for baby girls. Same reason I painted my little girl's room lime green and accented with purple lol. Beautiful!


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  31. The doily elephants are my favorite! So cute and creative, and girly too, with that sweet lacy look.

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  32. That looks AMAZING! I can't believe you only spent $10 on it! You are a girl after my own heart :)

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  33. Thank you for sharing such cute ideas that cost less. I am a mother of 5. My husband makes good money but why waste. You should be really proud for not wasting. I am the same way. BTW My family and I just moved to Custer Washington in December from New Mexico. Washington weather is a little tuff to get used to but we are loving it. Plus it's fun to discover all the fun thrift stores around. Thanks for all that you do on your blog. Love it!

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  34. I loved your over sharing bit. I totally understand where you're coming from. Most everything I make anymore is with things I have. I may splurge for a bit of elastic or something, but I usually just stick with what I've got. And sometimes I just take a break from looking at all the fancy blogs out there, because it just eats at contentment sometimes.
    I love how the shower turned out, and love how you made elephants out of easter doilies!

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  35. very creative and you've got a bright ideas..i love it, it also gives us a brighter ideas if having an occasion like this..great job


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  36. It's not about what you've got, but what you do with what you have!! And you do AMAZINGLY!!!!

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  37. It's not about what you've got, but what you do with what you have!! And you do AMAZINGLY!!!!

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  38. Oh Disney! Cutecutecute! You are awesome!

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  39. Bravo!! I am so impressed with your creativity and love that you did this for 10.00! It seems as though things are so out of hand - people seem to spend more & more ...
    Love your blog!
    Have a pretty day!
    Kristin

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  40. I rarely comment, but I have to say I really love your blog and your creativity is amazing! I also love that you can make such wonderful things out of almost nothing. You're a great inspiration!

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  41. What a cute shower, who would've thought lavender elephants! Love the decorations, especially love the fabric flowers. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. love it! love the color,
    the ideas, you are really good!
    Mildred

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  43. Oh Disney- generosity doesn't have to cost a lot. Your time and service and worth a lot. Your creativeness, attention to details and happy heart doing things for others is what is the best part about you! I LOVE that you are budget-friendly, eco-friendly crafter. Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without right? I just adore you and your little girl just the way you are. And if you are ever in Utah you can stop on by for a mug of hot chocolate, some homemade bread and we can recycle craft and be silly with kids all day!

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  44. Such a success. You're friend is one lucky girl.

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy
    http://www.randomlyhappytoday.blogspot.com

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  45. Hi Disney,
    The shower was adorable and the doily elephants are genius! You should never be self-conscious about your thrifty parties. I really admire your gracious, humble attitude, and it helps to remind me to appreciate and celebrate the little joys in my life. Anyway, it's easy to make something flashy with expensive supplies but is so much more impressive and endearing when it's a result of ingenuity and creativity. Big hugs!

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  46. I appreciate your projects and parties that are truely on a budget. You show what can be done with out spending, in our consumer focused culture it is great to see happy wonderful people living within their means!

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  47. it looks lovely! and i understand the craft supply envy- i think we all have that!!!

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  48. I don't have words for you as this type of decoration i haven't seen before.This is real cool and those elephant one's are the real attraction.Pooh Baby Shower

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  49. It all turned out lovely!! You did an excellent job and there were no other 'good' fabrics needed. What you had on hand was perfect!!

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  50. Everything turned out so beautiful! To be honest, I wouldn't have known where to begin with a theme like purple elephants :-] You are a true inspiration and proof that you really can make anything if you set your mind to it! Thank you for sharing your hard work!

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