Today I got the privilege of spending the day crafting with one of my 3 sisters. I am extremely blessed to have sisters and more so that they are my best friends! Emily has been in New Orleans with baby Ella for the last couple months, so I haven't gotten to spend much time with her lately. For those of you that have been with me for a while, I'm sure you remember the special circumstances surrounding Ella's birth...she was born at 24 weeks and weighed 1 pound 10 ounces. She has been fighting with every thing she's got for the last 15 weeks. She has made tremendous progress, with a few setbacks along the way. She is still in the NICU, but will be coming home very soon. We know that we still have a long road ahead of us, but we are so grateful that she is almost strong enough to come home. If you'd like to read more about her, you can read my post here ...or this post at my sister's blog. She is an amazing little miracle baby and we feel blessed to be on this journey with her!
In preparation for Ella's homecoming, Emily sassed up this lamp shade. It started out as a plain jane white lampshade with ugly blue ribbon around the top. All she did was hot glue chocolate brown grosgrain ribbon around the top and bottom. We found this cute gerbera daisy in my scrapbook stuff, added a button and hot glued it right in the middle. Very simple. Very cute.
Em also made this initial plaque for Ella's NICU friend who is also getting ready to go home. I think this is my favorite one so far. I LOVE the way it turned out. You know how I feel about zebra print...it's hard to go wrong there.
These last two I made for my girls. Again, I used the fiberboard plaques from Dollar Tree. I have this uncontrollable urge to go and buy every single one they have in stock. I need a stock pile of them, because I know eventually they won't carry them anymore. I'm already stressing about it. I know...I have issues.