Monday, February 7, 2011

Vintage-Inspired Announcement

I'm really excited to show you guys my project for today because part of it I've been working on for months! It's been a pretty big project that has taken a ton of my time and energy over these past months, and I finally got a glimpse of the final product last week.

Want to see?

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Isn't she lovely? :)

Yep, I'm pregnant, and we're thrilled to be welcoming a little lady to our house this summer. :)

Now, onto today's project.

I could hardly come home with sweet little sonogram pictures and not find a fun way to display them, right? Luckily, I had already been checking out Pretty Little Studio's shop months ago, so I was prepared.

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I picked out these gorgeous Mini ABC Bunting Flags months ago when I knew there was a little one on the way but had no idea if it was a boy or girl.

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I had all sorts of ideas for sweet words that I could frame in the nursery that would appease my nesting instincts, (a little), and change around as my mood changed. Nursery, Baby, Little One, Baby's Room, etc. But once we found out that we had a healthy little lady on the way, one option seemed to stand out more than the others.

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As I said before, I had originally planned on framing the letters, but decided that the cards' vintage feel called for a bit more of a vintage frame. I thought this little antique dresser drawer separator would be a great fit.

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I cut out my cards, clipped them to some cotton twine, and hung them on the frame with tacks so that I could see how long I wanted my twine to be and what sort of spacing I wanted for the letters.

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I removed the twine with the letters still clipped on, flipped it over, and added a tiny dab of Elmer's glue to the cards right by the glue. The clothespins kept the cards in place and helped to keep the twine in the glue as it dried. Perfect!

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I removed the clips and used the tiniest dab of hot glue to secure the twine to the frame. I just love hot glue, it can be invisible if you do a light amount and it was dry and secure within seconds. Just what I was looking for.

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I hot glued a little clothespin to one of the cubbies so that I could add a picture of our little sweetie.

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Just to play up the vintage charm of the display, I added these three antique blocks with my husband, son and I's initials into the third little cubby.

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Now I have a perfect little display to celebrate our newest addition, to announce that there will soon be a little sister around, and to give me a fun way to show off her sweet little profile picture. I love it! It looks a bit like an announcement from our family to the world, or at least to the visitors in our home. :)

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If you do decide to get some of these little bunting flags, you might want to consider ordering two sets instead of one. There are double vowels included in the set, which was obviously very helpful to me here, but once you start dreaming up words and phrases you realize just how often you need two of the consonants as well. Luckily they're not expensive at all and you'll have a ton of fun thinking of new sweet little things to say.

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If you like what you've seen today, be sure to come back Tuesday and Wednesday for more projects that we've done with items from Pretty Little Studio's shop. Need even more incentive? Pretty Little Studio is doing a giveaway on Wednesday too!!

I'll be spending my week linking to these amazing parties, and...oh... occasionally looking at little girl bedding. :)

PS-I'm so excited that this project was featured on Apartment Therapy's Children's Section Ohdeedoh!! Check it out here!

Have a great week!!

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Andi February 7, 2011 at 6:15 AM  

Congrats!! Girls are so much fun! Best wishes.

Tiffany February 7, 2011 at 6:58 AM  

LOVE this! What a fabulous and clever way to use those little bunting cards! So precious. Again, I could not be more excited for you all to have a girl! : ) Congratulations!

Unknown February 7, 2011 at 7:34 AM  

oh oh oh!
a baby.
a baby girl!
so sweet
I also love the little bunting display.
I'm a sucker for a good pregnancy announcement.

Jensamom23 February 7, 2011 at 7:57 AM  


Biz February 7, 2011 at 9:07 AM  

I think there is something in the water this year, because so many blogs I follow are announcing babies!
How exciting.
Loved your announcement!

Anonymous February 7, 2011 at 9:13 AM  

ah!! i love this Erin! SO creative!

Ashleigh February 7, 2011 at 9:30 AM  

adorable! congratulations!

Rebecca@This Present Life February 7, 2011 at 9:33 AM  

Congratulations! I love that you made her picture something so special! And little girls are so much fun (my oldest is a boy and my youngest a girl). Have fun with all the girly stuff you're about to be surrounded by :)

Holly February 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM  

Congrats! Girls are a ton of fun!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver February 7, 2011 at 11:33 AM  

on the
"it's a Girl!" announcement.

and that little display is too cute as well.


Unknown February 7, 2011 at 3:05 PM  

CONGRATS!!! & oh so cute of a display!!

Sandra February 7, 2011 at 3:20 PM  

Congratulations!! Love your display ;-) I just ordered some bunting flags!! xoxo

TLF February 7, 2011 at 4:39 PM  

Awww, precious!! Congrats!!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} February 7, 2011 at 5:08 PM  

Congrats! And adorable display!

Cindy February 7, 2011 at 5:57 PM  

Congratulations! a very clever way to tell us :)

Renee Simmons February 7, 2011 at 9:40 PM  


Unknown February 8, 2011 at 11:16 AM  

yay for you! i'm waiting on baby girl #4 myself...they're so much fun!

Jana February 8, 2011 at 8:09 PM  

Great idea & Congrats!! Thanks for linking up over at Giggles, Glitz & Glam!

Be sure to check out this excellent giveaway:

Handy Man, Crafty Woman February 10, 2011 at 9:17 PM  

Congrats!! Nice banner, too! :-)

Patrice February 11, 2011 at 7:55 AM  

So sweet Erin. You will love having a little girl too! I love the way you used the bunting. What a great annoucement!

Lisa February 11, 2011 at 7:57 AM  

Congrats on the new addition to your family! The banner is adorable!

SLR February 11, 2011 at 11:07 AM  

so so adorable! i love Pretty Little Studio. congrats on your little girl (i have a 7mo. girl)!!

Poindexter February 11, 2011 at 3:25 PM  

so very very happy for you. Blessings :)

extreme personal measures February 17, 2011 at 6:21 AM  

Congrats! This is a really cute idea.

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Kayla and Andrew September 5, 2011 at 2:04 AM  

This turned out absolutely ADORABLE.

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