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Tiffany & Co Baby Shower

Tiffany & Co Baby Shower

My friend is a young mom who had never been to a baby shower and was hesitant of having her own. I insisted that she let me help throw her a shower and walk her through it every step of the way. First things first, we needed a theme. She was having a girl but was not a fan of anything pink (which is actually very common). I immediately suggested a Tiffany & Co theme, because well lets face it, I'm obsessed with it. Everything about it, from the tiffany blue color itself, the boxes with white ribbon to the pearls and diamonds, to the fact that you can so easily incorporate tutus (again, another obsession of mine)! She immediately agreed so the planning began…

Of course besides the venue and the date of the event, we needed a guest list and to send out invitations ASAP so I began designing.  Browsing Pinterest (my ULTIMATE obsession), I found an amazing template that was perfect to add their information to and get these in the mail stat! I also suggested we do a “Bring A Book Baby Shower”, which is a common new trend where new moms ask their guests to politely bring a book instead of a card (considering they cost about the same), since a book will last forever and be apart of the baby’s bedtime routine, and a card may not even last until the baby arrives. 

I took some nursery rhyme ideas off Pinterest and downloaded some fonts and made a ‘bring a book poem’ for the back of the invitation. I then made some ‘inserts’ with where she was registered and a chance to win a prize in a diaper raffle. We also planned a few games, "Late Night Diapers, where guests write a cute message on diapers, and a baby prediction games, also designed custom for this theme! 

Front of invitations      

After figuring out the food and the non-creative but necessary steps on our to-do list, the real fun began. DECORATIONS! We were on a tight budget and wanted to be able to get as much use out of the decorations as possible and since she loved the theme so much she decided to do a Tiffany themed nursery so the lightbulbs started going off.

Diaper cakes and alternative diaper cakes EVERYWHERE! As you'll see in the baby shower photos below with all of our decorations, we have a diaper cake, wreath, two bouquets and a bassinet.

     

We used the Diaper Bassinet to hold the books! On the table near the entrance we kept the bassinet on the gift table with a sign saying ‘books’. The sturdiness of the cardboard platform and the shoe boxes was perfect to hold the weight of the books! This is a game changer! No more broken gift bag handles! 

             

I also created a table tutu that can transform into a CRIB TUTU (because what newborn wants a plain old crib, haha). For this I kept the strands thin and ready to be cut (again she wanted to get as much use as possible out of decorations) tied on a ribbon so she could easily tie it to the crib, even weaving it into poles at the corners! 

     

For the tables, we just fell in love with a simple replication of the Tiffany Box with ribbon and pearls, stuffed with crinkle confetti and a tulle string to hold balloons!

*REGRET* we originally planned on doing pearl balloons with a thin layer of teal tulle, and maybe some dipped in teal glitter, but our plan fell through the cracks. We used pearl balloons and teal balloons attached to streamers. 

   

A diamond card stock paper banner with her name “Jahaira & Co” (she was named after her grandfather, Jairo) on it along with an oversized letter J covered in tulle and finished with a tissue paper flower and some hanging pearls.

                             

For Mom, I made a “Do Not Open ’Til Due Date” ribbon to tie around her bump and make her feel extra special at the shower, as well as a “Mommy To Be” tutu for her chair as she opens gifts and all the attention is on her (for the last time ever)!

 

           

For the Desert table I made a cupcake tower with three tiers, with the top being for a small cake. I added a tutu to the bottom because, why not. We even got creative with our baking! We made vanilla cupcakes with Tiffany blue frosting (ordered the food color from wiltons.com) with an open rose piping tip and white edible pearls. We even frosted the cake with tiffany blue roses and it was beyond perfect on the cupcake stand! I couldn't have imagined it better in my head if I tried! 

All in all the baby shower was a total success and mom and baby are now set for the first few months of her precious little life, (until she pees and poops her way through 500 diapers)!

Next baby shower you attend or plan CONTACT ME! Even if you’re a crafter and want to DIY follow me on Pinterest, message me your theme and I’ll fill your inbox with tons of ideas to pin and create TOTALLY FREE! Love to help creative minds bring their ideas to life! And of course I’m always here to create something you think may be too much of a challenge or just simply don't have time to complete. Custom creations are my FAVORITE! Happy crafting!

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Salem Fair!

Salem Fair!

So we booked 2 reservations to have a booth in Historical Salems' Derby Square for the October Halloween Fair! The first Sunday, the 18th we were on Essex street, and the following Sunday the 25th we were on Derby street.

Of course we couldn't have a craft booth without a name of the business right?! With ALL the things I had been making for months when it came time to figure out the banner, my mind drew all blanks. Friends were sending me links to businesses with "custom business signs" and name signs, uhm HELLO thats my business. I make custom things, anything, so why on earth would I pay for someone to create a name sign for my custom craft business? I wouldn't.

I found a burlap banner at my favorite arts and crafts store a few days before my fair and said to myself, just keep it simple and professional, get stickers! Quick easy done, says my mind to myself in the store with about 5 NEW products in my shopping cart (yes for the fair in 3 days).

Once I got home I hated how plain and "simple" it looked. It didn't  represent us, doesn't represent what we do, if anything its the opposite of what we stand for. Still trying to save time and overwhelmed with all the unfinished products, I said okay I'll just trace the stickers and figure something out.

Then the creative juices started flowing...

Then the decision became do I make "queen" all black or white with a black outline? Sometimes when something seems too simple, I overthink it..

Then I remember, keep it simple silly! But what is a Queen without her crown?!

Nothing.

Although I felt guilty at first about tracing the stickers and not sketching a design and free handing it, I couldn't have been happier with the outcome. Of course I put my own spin on it by tilting the letters of "kraft" but needless to say, this sign is definitely a keeper! 

All in all the fair was a wonderful time for Kraft Queen to display our products in a manner which the consumer can actually pick them up and see them. With most of our products the pictures online just do not do them justice, so it was a great way for us to connect with our customers and let them know exactly what kind of quality they'll be receiving when they order online. 

Sorry for the poor lighting of the photo, the fair got busy before I could finish setting up and the sun was blocked by a building, but it is a complete display of our Halloween and Thanksgiving Collection as well as a few "Tiffany nursery" themed special orders!

 

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TUTUS!

TUTUS!

Okay, so im in my twenties but still obsessed wit tutus! Thats normal right?! Naturally I wanted to make some tutus for the fair because what girl doesn't want to wear a tutu everyday of the year? Halloween is that time where it is actually acceptable to wear one in public without judgement! 

 

May have gone a little overboard with the tulle but hey it was on sale! And I'll get use out of it eventually right?

Like I said, I'm a bit obsessed with tutus, I'm also a bit obsessed with animal print! So naturally I needed to make myself a tutu for the fair and obviously had to be a leopard! 

Growing up my halloween costumes were always unique! I knew Frozen was the most popular Disney movie out and popular characters, Elsa and Anna, were the new fascination among little girls! Why not offer them a Frozen themed tutu to complete their halloween costume and ensure them they won't look like every other Elsa or Anna trick or treating with a store bought costume. Remembering my childhood, I was infatuated with Tinkerbell, everything was "Think Think" of course I had to make a tinker bell tutu! 

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Superhero Masks

Superhero Masks

After Kraft Queen decided to host a booth on Essex street in the Salem Derby Market, I realized I should make use of these facemarks I ordered online and make some superhero masks for those little boys who couldn't find or forgot their unique superhero mask to complete their costume! 
I took these masks and cut the nose out, because lets face it no one, especially a child wants to walk around with a mask on that covers their nose and makes it difficult for them to breathe. I figured if I could get the point across with just an eye mask as to what superhero they are then I completed my challenge!
I cut out felt in colors that match most popular superheroes! Yellow for Ironman, Black for Batman, Red for Spiderman, and Blue for Captain America. I decided to leave some extra space to cover their forehead to give myself some extra room for design. 
Nailed it! These superhero masks were a big hit and big seller! My favorite was the spiderman (must have something to do with my new found obsession with spiderwebs) but I found that Batman is probably the most popular AND universal costume among adults and children of both genders! After all what girl doesn't want to be Bat Woman! 
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Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

I hate spiders! They freak me out they're too fast, too hairy, too creepy looking. They spin webs n hang upside down for heavens sake! But for some reason, this year especially, I was drawn to Spiders and their Webs when it came to brainstorming ideas for our Halloween Collection. The Spider-web design offers an new, spooky effect as well as a classic halloween look. I must say Skulls and Spider-webs were my top runner as far as favorites for this Halloween Collection. 

After making the Boo's bottles with both a skull, a spider and a ghost, I decided I wanted to make a Halloween Shadow Box. I knew I wanted to put candy corn in it as the "treat" part, but the "trick" offered many options. I decided to make a spider-web in the corner out of yarn and originally planned to draw a spider hanging over his web on the glass, but in the process I came up with the idea of hanging a spider sticker from a string of yarn in the box! This way it will move when the box moves and gives a better 3D effect. After hand painted the words on the glass I added some foam bats to the background and glued another spider to the glass for added dimension. This Trick or Treat Shadow Box is now one of my favorite Halloween decorations!

Fun fonts are my favorite! Even in high school I'd always find myself doodling or making signs and covers in cool unique fonts! For this project especially I knew the fonts had to be complete opposite, after all Trick or Treat is either scary or sweet! 

TADA! Our finished product next to our adorable Mummy Mason Jar Votives!

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Wreaths

Wreaths

This is an inside look at our process of making deco mesh wreaths on wired frames! I choose two sometimes three colors of mesh depending on the look I'm going for. In this case this is our spider wreath, I chose orange and black with an awesome festive white ribbon with black velvet spiders all over it!
I intertwined the ribbon in between the mesh to fill in some space. 
Suddenly it came to me to take some yarn and make a spider-web in the middle of the wreath to add extra character! This wreath definitely took my arachnophobia and turned it into a love-hate relationship with spiders!
I took some large glittered spider props and glued them to the frame making them look as if they are crawling to the spider web.
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BoOo0o's

BoOo0o's

Naturally I love wine. After saving bottles for quite some time I realized I was either an alcoholic or a borderline recycled wine bottle hoarder (...awkward). All jokes aside Wine Bottle Decor is a new and upcoming trend. Not only do people love to recycle they love to UP-cycle. Taking old pieces, some may call trash and turning them into beautiful treasures. Fortunately for me I love both, so after saving some cool shaped bottles from work (I'm also a waitress) I decided to make 'haunted mantle decorations' in sets of three differently shaped bottles. These "Bottles of Boo's" are carefully thought out, hand painted wine bottles perfect for a classy touch of halloween to add to your mantle or bar.  

Prepping the Ghost bottles in matte white to have faces painted on and finished with a glaze matte clear coat over to protect the bottle 

    • Sketched a skull & crossbone stencil
    • Traced it to have one for each bottle
    • Cut them out with an exacto knife
    • attached them to bottle with rubber cement 
    • spray painted matte black over metallic gold skull - POISON

Here you can see the ghost bottles being drying after their clear coat as well as the skull bottles in the corner with a gold are to put the stencils on. Also in the picture, corks for each of the bottles are color coated based on the accent color of the bottles themselves, as well as a few other projects I was currently working on.

VOILA! My finished product! Set of 3 Halloween Haunted Mantle Decor: spider-web - potion, ghost - booze, skull & crossbones - poison.

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Launch!

Launch!

The initial launch of Kraft Queen will consist of Holiday Decor, starting with Halloween and Thanksgiving. It's our plan to bring you a complete Holiday Collection ( i.e Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) well before the close of 2015.

Our 2016 launch will continue our Holiday Decor Collection (Valentines, St. Patricks Day, & Fourth of July) as well as introduce our Custom Creations. A later-post blog will include an inside look into some of our previous Custom Creations carefully created (as mostly baby shower gifts) to my friends and family. We will also be launching Collections such as Hand-Painted Mugs, Creative String Art, Wine Bottle & Cork Art, Shadow Box Displays and many more. One in particular that were most excited about: Baby's First... This adorable collection will include all things baby! Baby's first christmas ornaments, baby's first initial art, handmade custom mobiles, nursery decor, milestone announcers, personalized keepsakes and any and all custom baby pieces. 

We will also be introducing special contact packages. This will entail our most custom, personalized offers such as bridesmaid packages, baby shower decoration packages, birthday decoration packages, and even wedding decoration packages at a fair price. 

 

Please keep in mind this is a long process and as of now I am only one person, however, if you wish to make an inquiry or request about any custom order, and or package, please don't hesitate to at least shoot me an email ask questions! Emails are always welcome! :)

Darnaemichelle@kraftqueen.com

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