Sunday, January 11, 2009

A return to cuteness

Okie Dokie, I'm getting back on track finally:

One of my nephews celebrated his 1st birthday two days ago.
For the record: since I keep mentioning nieces and nephews: on my husband's side of the family there are 19 grandchildren presently. On my side of the family there are 26-28 (one passed away as an infant and one is expected in August). So if you take out my kids they have a total of 39 cousins to play with! But I digress...

So, birthday party on Saturday: My husband's sister and her husband have recently opened Saratoga Tool Rental and Fire and Ice Dance Studio in Saratoga Springs, UT. The party was held there and everyone had a great time.

Since I have only daughters, I was momentarily stumped on what to do for a little boy's birthday. Besides that, since we're still on the first paycheck after Christmas, I didn't have any money to spend :") So, after some consideration and consulting other crafters for their ideas, I decided to stick with what I first thought of: An "Eye Spy Bag".

This isn't just any Eye Spy Bag: it's Eye Spy: Family Edition. I made the bag of white cotton (two layers for strength) and use iron on transfer paper to put a picture of the extended family on the back, and a cropped picture of "Bubber's" family on the front above the viewing window. Inside I used short grain rice as a filler and included 19 bottle caps, each with a picture of one of the grandchildren on that side of the famly, and 1 more with a picture of the two favorite aunts. The bottlecaps are all glazed and finished.

Hopefully the bag will be a fun thing to play with even as he grows up. In the mean time, his sister seemed to enjoy trying to find herself. (She's 3 years old). Happy Birthday "Bubbers!"

Sorry the pictures are not the greatest.
I quickly took them in the car on the way to the party just before I wrapped it up >g<


ems said...

Thansk for the thoughtful gift!! Emma still really likes it and so I am sure that Bubbers will too when he figures it out. He loves to figure out how things work and so I am sure he will love discovering this toy.

Velda said...

That really is terribly cute! I love it! What did you do to get the faces on the bottle caps? I might try this with flattened marbles.

Tilly's Bowtique said...

If you do it on the flat marble thingies you want to use Diamond Glaze (you can find it online or in specialty stamping stores in my experience). It is a good clear glue/glaze that you can attach the pictures with without blurring the image. To put them on the bottle caps I glue the image on, then coat them with a dimensional glaze so it looks like a glassy coating. I just finished doing a Cougar bottlecap keychain. I'll probably post it tomorrow. :)

nora.lakehurst said...

I love it.

Stacey said...

Very cute!