Friday, September 17, 2010

Time to Celebrate!

Back in the summer of '95 *or soon there after*, every sibling in Handy Hubby : )'s family (9) who was married at the time {5} was expecting.  Thus producing a bumper crop of 5 babies in one year!  Whew!

Today is my baby's birthday - her closest cousin in age was born 4 days before her.  *It's a good thing she was a girl cuz they got to our boy's middle name first - these days names are closely guarded secrets haha*

Well, at our local art museum (IMA) they have a number garden and my MIL loved the poetry of having 5 grandchildren turning 5.  She always said she wanted to take a picture of the 5 5's at the IMA "5".  As it turns out, that has not been so easy to accomplish.  She's been saying it every year and now they are starting to turn 15! : )

On my last visit to the IMA, I discovered that if you stand at exactly the right angle you can get the 1 & the 5 in the same shot.  So now she has a small window to get the 5 5's together *the name stuck & they've been lumped together ever since* for a photo op in front of the 15.  Good luck with that Grammi!

Anyway, for the big day I made this 'CELEBRATE' banner

*I don't even know who to link this idea to because these babies are everywhere!*
And I know the letters are hard to read  but Daughter S will know I personalized it for her because I used the paper scraps from the notebooks she decorated for school.
This was a project and certainly a labor of love because hot glue goes through burlap like nothin'!  Hot & messy.  And I don't have a Cricut or Silhouette so I used a stencil & cut out the letters.  
Can you say low tech?!
Ah well! Anything for 10 seconds of happiness, right?!  
At least it was cheap - found the 3/4 yd. burlap remnant for $1.80.  The ribbon was all 50% off.  And the twine was from the $1 section at Target.  The rest I already had.

So, did you spy the vinyl frames on the wall above the banner?  I've been wanting to add some artwork in that space but didn't know what to put there because you can see it from downstairs.  I had considered a frame wall with real frames but when I saw this set on clearance at Target I thought I could do the whole wall for the price of one actual frame plus there wouldn't be any nail holes.
Daughter S is going to love this because she's artsy like that and will love seeing it going upstairs to her room... but if you're tempted to buy it at your Target just say 'NO'.  You get what you pay for - it's super cheap!!  It will probably fall down on the next hot or humid day.
And I can just hear Handy Hubby : ) saying already, "Pffft!  What is that?  The gateway to the estrogen ocean?!"  *that's what he calls our household since our son went off to college and left HH stranded, alone, to fend for his poor little 'ol self with 3 females*

Anyway, speaking of frames, do you remember this one I got for $2.04 at HL?
Well, she needed a message board for all of her notes

Happy birthday, my baby, my explorer, my busy bee!
for my loving angel who gifted me with THREE whole extra days inside me too stubborn to be born for a little extra mother/daughter bonding!
I shower her with the gift of time : )

Now how do I get the days to stop passing so quickly?! *sigh*

And this all would have made much more sense if I had actually finished the clock I was working on but I ran out of time... ironic, no?
*I'll do another post about the clock later*

You might find me partying at some of these places *HERE*



Mandy from Burkett Blessings said...

What a precious banner!! I found you at Yesterday on Tuesday and am now a new follower!!! Come visit me at Burkett Blessings sometime.
Mandy :-)

Kasey Hunt said...

I like the banner. Different from what I've seen before. New to your blog!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Thank you for joining us at A Crafty Soiree! Your banner is so cute and I know your daughter will really appreciate all the time you put into it. I love that it's truely "hand" made! I hope you'll come back next week and link up again!

Laura@SouthernPirates said...

Happy Birthday to your girl.

My husband and his cousin were born on the same day and they have the same name because neither sister would give it

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday! to your little girl (okay, maybe not so little anymore).

I love your banner and the framed message board. If it were only that simple to stop time from passing so quickly....we'd all love that turorial. Smiles.

Holly said...

You are busy! The banner is fabulous---you did that all that cutting by hand...impressive and so sweet! Your wall of frames is fun and whimsical too...and that memo the color!

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I hope to see you again this week :)
~Lori S.
Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions