...{inspired} baby girl gift...

Last week some friends of ours gave birth to their third child...in a really incredible way.

Zoe went into labor at 1:00 am...and gave birth to little Ava Anne at 2:10 am...at home...in their bed...Tom delivered the baby...one push. Yep, one push. Seriously...my birth stories can't hold a candle to this...and truthfully, that's OK with me...give me an epidural and a team of professionals every time (no offense, honey...I'm sure you would have been wonderful at birthin' our babies...).

So that's the back story...not really relevant to today's project, except that Ava is the recipient of said project...
I just think it's crazy...and cool...thank you for indulging me...

Here's the gift I made for that sweet little new life...


I did a quick search on Pinterest for "baby girl gifts" and when I saw these photos, I knew I had found what I wanted to make...

 

But I wanted to change them up a bit...so I also took some inspiration from this embroidered tag from Amy Tangerine...


And here's what I used...


*A shadow box I bought probably 10 years ago and never could find a use for...
*some scrap paper...
*my favorite Martha Stewart butterfly punch...
*cardstock...
*some embroidery floss & a needle...

OK...now here's where I have to make a disclaimer...I am not a great embroider-er...in fact, I'm a pretty terrible one...but I really like the look of embroidery and I like the actual act of embroidering, so I did some on this little gift.

Here's how it went:

I just wrote Ava's name on a piece of cardstock...




...embroidered directly over the writing...and then went back and erased any visible pencil marks.

It's not fantastic...but I like it...and, it really does look better in real life...really, truly...it does...stop smirking...

Then I marked the places that I wanted the little butterflies to go (again with pencil...erasing the visible marks after the butterflies were glued in place)...

I punched one little butterfly out of kraft paper & wrote Ava's birthday on it...then I secured that butterfly to the shadowbox backing with one of the little pearl-topped pins that came with the box.



I really like the way this little gift turned out...crazy embroidery and all...are you smirking again???





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69 comments

  1. I LOVE every single detail of this! Super cute, super thoughtful and super clever to embroider the paper---you rock my friend!
    --Jaime

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  2. Eeee!!! This is SO adorable! I'm loving all the special touches - the date, the embroidered name (never would have thought to do that, but must find something to do it to asap!), the single pin! What a special gift :D

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  3. i love it! what a unique gift! i have also been wanting to try embroidering~ this might just give me a push to try it!

    Courtenay

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  4. awesome! I wouldn't have thought to do the embroidery with it either! What a thoughtful gift. And I love the birthday butterfly too!

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  5. What a sweet, thoughful and beautiful gift! I love the embroidery!!

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  6. Beautiful! I love the butterfly art plus I LOVE the idea of embroidering words onto card stock. It really looks fantastic. Stop by and share at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
    I hope to see you soon,
    Rachel
    http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/08/cure-for-common-monday-6-craft-link.html

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  7. I love it all! Every detail! The bright butterflies, the embroidered name, the fact that you left one butterfly to have her birthday! So cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Beautiful! What a unique idea for a new little one. Love it.

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  9. This is so adorable!! I love the embroidered name! Now I want to embroider a name on something! LOL

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  10. ...really well done!
    Love
    Gabi

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  11. I just got back from seeing my cousin's newborn boy name Theo. I even got to snuggle him for awhile! There is nothing in the world like a newborn. It has been too long since I had one of my own! I would love for you to add this to my What's In The Gunny Sack? Link Party.

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  12. It is absolutely gorgeous!!! Just beautiful. Did I say I adore it? Because I do!!

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  13. love the embroidered name at the bottom...can i have permission to steal that idea from you (i promise to give credit....)?

    e

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  14. I absolutely love it! Your embroidery looks great and I love the butterfly with the birth date. Beautiful gift, beautiful keepsake {and awesome birth story!}.

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  15. What a cute idea!! I will have to pin this for the future! I'd love for you to link up at my link party! Hope to see you there!

    http://www.thekurtzcorner.com/2011/08/tuesday-tutorials-link-party-no-4.html

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  16. I love it!! The embroidery looks great.

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  17. Very nice and congrats to your friends - I'm heading to my crafty corner to make a baby girl card and you've given inspiration!

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  18. This is such a cute idea! Love it!

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  19. What an awesome, stunning idea. Loved it!

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  20. Oh, I really love this! So sweet and personal. And she gave birth at home?! I had a few friends who did that and, if that's right for them, more power to them, but I could never do it. Ever. I would literally still be in labor right now, a year later. Not a fan of giving birth, and much less so without drugs.

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  21. such a perfect gift!! I love how you incorporated the birth date too!

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  22. I love this!! It is so beautiful and girly!! I'm totally inspired to make one now!! I love the handwritten details on the butterflies!

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  23. super cute! i just might have to copy!!!

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  24. That is the sweetest thing ever. She'll LOVE it. Lisa~

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  25. Nicely done!

    Carrie
    www.onepinkduck.com
    www.threepinkducks.blogspot.com

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  26. I'm a sucker for butterflies and this is just such an adorable and thoughtful gift. One that they will treasure for years!

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  27. So simple, but so sweet. Great idea! Thanks for linking up with LTC today!

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  28. I'm loving this baby shower gift! Great job.

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  29. That is SO cute! I love this so much! Might have to do it.... How have I not known about this little gem of a blog? And you have a link party? Score!

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  30. SUPER CUTE!!! I love thia!

    Chrissy @ www.formamas.blogspot.com

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  31. Not smirking at ALL!! This is sooo darling! I love how it turned out - especially the embroidery!! Pinning!! :)

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  32. Yours is beautiful! Gotta love pinterest. I'm a new follower from Homework's blog hop.

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  33. Wow! I love it, Maggie! Great job at combining "inspiration" !

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  34. Love this!!! I actually have that butterfly punch and made a similar project for my daughter's room, using an embroidery hoop. Thanks for linking up at Tatertots and jello, where I found you. :-)

    Gretchen

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  35. This is so sweet and simple and beautiful! I've seen another like this before and bookmarked it. Love it!

    I would love to have you link up with Creative Me Monday over at The Southern Institute! You can link up through tomorrow. Here's the link:

    http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com/2011/08/creative-me-monday_28.html

    Hope to see you there!

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  36. WOW and I thought I delivered fast in 4 hours! This is so so so so so so cute! The embroidered name and the birth details are so special. I'm sure they will treasure this forever. Thanks for linking up at this week's BFF Open House!

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  37. I love it! I am planning on doing one of these for my daughter's room....I'm obsessed with the punched butterflies art!

    I would love it if you come link this up at Scrappy Saturdays @ candacecreations.blogspot.com

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  38. Love this! I recently made a baby gift too! And I used ideas off of etsy:-) I love this! Did you glue the other butterflies down?

    Amy Jackson

    and a link to the framed button monogram I made:

    http://houseofjacksons.blogspot.com/2011/09/button-s-baby-gift.html

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  39. Stunning post!! That is darling for a little girls room or heck, my room!
    Please link up this and any of your favorite summer blog posts to my "Happy Post" Help spread the cheer :) http://su.pr/1bZ8fp ~ yes, crafts, food, anything goes :)

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  40. Are you kidding? That is an adorable gift! Would totally knock this off someday!

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  41. SUPER SUPER cute!!

    I'm going to keep this idea in mind for a gift!

    Thanks so much for linking up to my party! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/great-ideas-8/

    Have a great holiday weekend.

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  42. This is awesome! I am totally impressed and way into anything frames lately! I am hosting a Mirror Week over at my blog starting today {and frames and other awesome frames & wall art}! Feel free to head over there and link this awesome project up! :)
    Nat
    doodlecraft.blogspot

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  43. That is so sweet, and certain to become a cherished keepsake for Ava Anne!

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  44. I love it, I might have to make something like this for my girls.

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  45. What a sweet baby gift. I love how you added the name to it. Thanks for linking to Home Decor and Organizing Link Party. I'll be featuring this later today.

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  46. What a fun idea! I love the butterflies already, but your personalization gives it that extra umph!

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  47. Just wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my link party wrap up!

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  48. Maggie... What a precious gift! I love everything about it. Just perfect!! AJ

    queenofmynest(at)gmail(dot)com
    queenofmynest(dot)blogspot(dot)com

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  49. It looks beautiful! What an adorable gift for a baby girl! Thank you for linking to It's a Party!

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  50. WOW!! Gorgeous!! ;) Would love it if you would link this project up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/09/turquoise-lovin-3.html

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  51. This is absolutely gorgeous! I'm sure your friend's little one will enjoy it for years to come. I'll be featuring this on the upcoming Thrifty Thursday Link Party! Thanks again for sharing this with us :)

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  52. I love this! So cute and precious - I'm sure the recipients will love it! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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  53. Hey dear - featured this in my Crush of Week post - because it's awesome - and so are you. :)
    Have a great weekend!
    http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/09/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-highlights-2/

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  54. Ooooh So so so so BEAUTIFUL and Wow what a birth story. I only hope when I'm pregnant that I'm that lucky. One push!

    Natalie
    www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

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  56. Thanks...to giving me the information that what is the most suitable baby girl gifts i have to give my daughter`s birthday...

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  57. I really love this. This is just perfect for a Baby Girl Gifts. This is just exactly what I need. Thank you for posting such nice and creative post. May I ask how you come up to that idea?

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  58. This is way too adorable! I love it! I will definitely make this one for my daughter!

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