12.26.2011

A Baby Owl For a Baby



When I was recently invited to my friend's baby shower celebrating the birth of her new baby son born only 3 days before my own.. I was a bit concerned. Not about attending. But about getting her a gift.

These days, I rarely get out of the house.. Not only does it seem to take half the day to get myself ready to go anywhere, but between lugging around a huge diaper bag, and a baby carrier containing a baby that may start screaming at any moment.. shopping is a bit nightmarish at this point. Not to mention.. my first attempt at grocery shopping with both children last week has left me traumatized to the point in which I may never recover...

So I am very happy to say that with a little ingenuity and the help of the internet..  I put together a clever little baby gift (if I do say so myself) without leaving the house. 

In keeping with the "owl themed" baby shower, I purchased these sweet hand-painted little owl shirts from this awesome etsy shop. A onesie for baby Logan and a little tee shirt for his older brother, Cole. 
I just love these..


I then found a stray envelope and handcrafted a personalized card using the computer and some of my daughter's construction paper.


And then comes the cutest part.

Using some scraps of yarn, felt, some left over buttons, and this pattern as a guide,
I created this cute baby owl as a present topper...



..and attached him to the box like this..


All of the wrapping materials were recycled as well.. 
(because I am one of those people that carefully folds up and hoards 
wrapping paper and ribbons when I receive a gift.)

So there you have it.


An owl themed gift created from the comfort of my own home.

And by the way.. she loved it. :)


34 comments:

penelope10 said...

I feel for ya in the grocery store!
had to laugh, but I know it probably wasn't funny!
Cutest owl, and very inventive!

Maryse said...

This little owl on the present is the cutest little owl I have ever seen! Merry Christmas!

ctexas said...

What a darling gift, if I was the new mother I wouldn't want to open it.

Arla said...

Completely darling! Congratulations!

Suzanne said...

That is so incredibly great! I love it when all of the pieces come together and when I'm resourceful like you were, it's a bonus.

Lauren said...

That is absolutely amazing! Way to go with your creativity!

Kelley said...

As we say in my family, "That is so Martha!" It's considered to be a compliment.

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Very awesome!

pens and needles said...

Thoroughly adorable! What a creative way to follow through with the theme.

Shorty said...

Beautiful gift, and so much thought went into it. To me that's better than something you found by heading to the store. Great job!

damnknot said...

A wonderful show of resourcefulness! We crafters are MacGyver-like! :)

Deb said...

Very clever and just darling!

drMolly, the BeanQueen said...

so cute & such talent.

MsStitcher said...

I'm not surprised she loved it - it is absolutely gorgeous!
I'm with you on the comfort of your own home thing though, the first time I took both my kids shopping it took me far too long and I still couldn't even get everything I needed.Nightmarish! I don't know if it gets better as they get older or whether you just get used to it xxxx

Traceyg said...

Of course she loved it. A lovely, thoughtful gift that anyone would be privileged to be given.

Oneday Designs said...

Thank you for that - I currently have an "Owl" theme going also for new Grandson, Ronin.

BCGramma said...

I can still feel the pain of grocery shopping with two small children and I am now a grandma. The present and its wrapping are fantastic.

owlmazingmakes said...

Oooh I love owls and I love this! Everything is so cute, the knitted owl is the best part though! I love the felt face.

Carol said...

Adoreable idea! Why is it that we crafty people feel we totally miss the mark if we give just store bought items...it must be a genetic DNA thing in our blood! Love the owl...had the pattern printed out and then saw your post and now I really want to whip one up!

Kristen said...

I can see why she loved it! Cute!

jillian said...

dawww adorable :)

Brenda said...

Hang in there...grocery shopping and leaving the house get easier with time. Adorable present (very clever)!

Carolina said...

Cute, cute little owl! Love the internet and how it helps us out during our hour of need.

Lori said...

That is SO cute ... I am impressed with your creativity!

As the Mom of 2 kids less than 2 years apart, I completely hear you about the grocery store. I'm STILL not over taking those two shopping, and they're both in their thirties! LOL!

-Lori

cksknitter said...

Presentation is what makes a great gift very special.

Lori ann said...

how totally gorgeous, the knitting to the wrapping.
happy new year dear!

christine m. said...

That...is...AWESOME!!!!!!!! :)

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Allisonjune said...

Adorable on all levels!

littleblackduckblog said...

Argh, flashbacks!!!! My two girls are 2 years and 4 months apart and in the early days supermarket shopping was always a bit traumatic! My youngest has just turned a year old and I think I'm just about over it but leaving the house with both of them is still hard work. Love the gifts for your friend - lucky girl!

Rebecca Lehmann said...

Oh squee! Owls! Love.

knittr said...

Such creativity! I can only wish I had that!! I have a question..do you happen to recall what yarn you used for the owl? I just LOVE the brown tweediness and would love to get my hands on some. Would be awesome if you know. Thanks!

Wool Free and Lovin' Knit said...

that gift topper is darling -- the owl is cute, but the owl in the nest takes it over the top -- very clever!!

knittingpatterns said...

Wow!!! Its very very cute! :D

(There's this feeling inside of me that whenever I see something cute, it's like I wanted to jump or shout or have that something in my hand. haha)

Its really cute! I like it so much ^^