Book Themed Baby Shower Invitations

I just recently finished up a new round of invitations. If you were to ask me which one is my favorite it’ll always be the current one. It’s like I love each one more than the last and these are no exception!The mama to be really loves primary colors and is an avid book reader. There’s plenty of books incorporated throughout to drop a hint as to the theme.

They did something cool which is NOT new, just new to me, they requested a book be brought in place of a card. I googled a sweet little poem and it was placed at the top of the bundle to let the recipients know whats up.

There are quite a few elements to bring this piece all together, but I think it all fits so well. We have…

  • A red envelope with a colorful polka dotted liner
  • The main invitation printed on metallic paper and mounted on a dark gray linen color to ground everything
  • A fun glitter bookmark just because
  • A bookplate for the recipient to fill out and mount on the book of their choice to bring
  • The “instruction card” to relay the message of cards, BAAAD, books, GOOOD.
  • Circle return address label
  • Topped off with a sweet yellow bow

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Yummy, I love close up shots of paper. Who doesn’t? Weirdos, that’s who. If you’re looking for past invitations, scroll to the bottom of my project gallery and you’ll find the links there.

If you or someone you know is in need of invitations for ANY occasion, email me at gloss(dot)create(at)gmail(dot)com!



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Changing a Light Bulb

I promise I will not make any jokes about  “How many (insert witty line) does it change the lightbulb?” because this is not a joking matter and I can, in fact, do it all by myself. A very long time ago, February to be exact, I posted about a candle holder I converted to a light fixture. It was a good post and all, but lacked an explanation on how I accomplished it. The light bulb finally went out so I used that as a reason to get back up there and snap some pictures.First let’s take a look at the original light, well, just something similar to the original. Can you believe this costs $5.98 at Lowes? Crazy sauce. That’s like six McDoubles.


This is what I planned to replace it with. The opening was the exact same size as the light base. The silver stand was able to be unscrewed, flipped and screwed back in place. You can buy it online here but it’s 50% off in store maybe every other week.
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This is after I removed the cover. When I first did this, it was to see if I even could. Once I decided it would work, I didn’t really finish anything because I was too busy gleaming about my success. Anyways, the base was left ivory, but wasn’t meshing with the crystal cover.
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A little Rub n’ Buff took care of it! I had it out when I was doing the buffet. I was lazy again and didn’t tape anything off. I was shooting for “good enough”. From the floor, it looks flawless. I’m satisfied.
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Once the lightbulb was changed and checked to see if it worked, it was time to put the cover back on. The screws are a part of the original light fixture so I took a paper clip, wrapped it around the crystal cover securely then wrapped it around the screw. There are three screws total I did it to each one. It takes longer to get the ladder out than to actually do this. I originally did this about a year ago, and have had zero problems with it except the light bulb burning out. It’s really easy to take it off and put back on so it’s not permanent.

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There you go! Lights ON.
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Lights OFF.
Anyone else attaching random objects to the ceiling and calling them light fixtures?


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Antiquing an Antique

It’s possible, and I totally did it. I have a buffet that backs up to some chairs in my living room. I absolutely love the piece, but was having a lot of inner turmoil over whether to paint it or not. Believe it or not, sometimes wood it pretty. The buffet was lacking something and I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what. I’ve had this almost three years, and just kind of let it be because nothing was lighting my Christmas tree if you know what I mean.

Last week I came across a post of an updated buffet using Rub n’ Buff, and let me tell you, it looks amazing!  So I aspired to do something similar because, that’s what blogs are for??? Inspiration?!?!

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Buffet Supplies

Here’s my ingredients,

  • Rub n’ Buff in Silver Leaf (It’s what I had on hand from this project.)
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper Towels
  • Folk Art Antiquing Medium in Apple Butter Brown
  • ONE finger

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First off, I rubbed in the Rub n’ Buff into the wood trim. As soon as I would finish one part I would be like “Oh this part would look cool in silver too! Oh and this part! And THIS part!” I ended up silver leafing the trim, embellishments, hardware and legs.
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Here’s a quick comparison. The silver wasn’t so bold in person, but it needed a little more dimension.

This is the original hardware and I lovvve it. It’s in really good condition, but also needed a little more emphasis. I put the tiniest smidge on my finger, because a little goes a LOOOONG way and lightly grazed it over the hardware just to hit the top of it and not go into the crease. So easy. Why did it take so long?
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This is what it looks like when I put on the antiquing medium. Brush on, Wipe off. I don’t leave it on very long at all, maybe 30 seconds? I’ll bust out the stop watch next time.
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This photo most accurately shows what it looks like. It’s still very silver, but has a nice aged look added to it now. I think it could have looked incredible in gold, but I didn’t have enough foresight to see that through. Most of my spontaneous projects evolve out of what I have on hand. I’m still happy with it though.

For a little sneak peek to the inner workings of my brain, I started the day preparing to clean the floors, that is so desperately needed based on this picture but quickly realized that updating this piece would be SO.MUCH.MORE.FUN!

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This is the finished product for now product. The whole thing took about a half hour since all the parts I highlighted were raised, I didn’t need to tape it off for a crisp line.

I just need some magical potion that will help with the scratched and water spots on the wood. It could use a little rejuvenation without being completely refinished. Anyone have any recommendations?

P.S. the floors never did get cleaned either.


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I Really Love Lamp

Consider me frustrated for forgetting to take a before shot. You see, I had this lamp, and it was brass kinda like the one below. While it could have worked in my decor as plain ol’ brass lamp, I was craving something different.

I found the perfect drum shade from Ross for $14.00. I wish they had ten, I would have bought all of them.

For the lamp base, I picked pink! First I sprayed it with Krylon’s white primer that I had on hand. For smaller, more detailed projects I totally prefer Krylon over Kilz. Krylon comes out way smooth and gives the perfect base coat for a project like this. Kilz I like for furniture, but sometimes comes out chunky.

After the primer I finished it up with Krylon spray paint in Watermelon. The color is not exactly subtle but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s taking a lot of self control to not paint any and everything pink. I love being a girl.

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Drool. It is exactly what I wanted to be. It’s my pink artichoke lamp.

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It so perfect that the color is called watermelon, because it hangs out in my “green room” or the den and everyone KNOWS that green + pink = watermelons, duh.

Ahhh, look at my nekkid pillows on the sofa! How embarrassing! The covers are in the wash, but I’m ready to make something new for it. Oh and you get to see a sneak peek  of Christmas! Plenty more to come there.

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I’m happy with the way it turned out for less than $20. I forgot to mention, it was a gift from my mom she picked it up from an estate sale. I’d like to do something interesting to the lamp shade, but I still need the inspiration to strike me like lightning preferably without the hospital bills. I’ll probably check out Anthropologie’s lamp shade, I’m sure there is plenty to copy, er… “get inspired by” over there. Seriously, who can afford their shades? Or anything they sell for that matter?

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Anyone else craving bright and bold colors?


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Art Therapy

What gives lately? Not with you, but me. I’ve been feeling a little sluggish and uninspired, but I just need to push past it. So, I’ve been doing a little “art therapy” and I think it’s working.

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For me, I can’t go wrong with a brightly colored painting to lift my moods.  It looks so good on my chocolate bathroom walls.

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It’s seriously hard for me to NOT paint with bright colors. Most of the furniture in my house is all very neutral, but art is one place I like to go caaarazy with. MMmmm…. Cooooloooors.

I’ve also got that other makeshift art in my bathroom, and oh, it’s colorful too.

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What’s your “therapy”?

Some of my others include, retail therapy, mom therapy, puppy therapy and snuggle therapy. Right now, art is the only one I have access to!

I’ve also listed this painting in my Etsy shop here. If you want it, its yours!


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Slightly Nautical Baby Shower Invitations

I just wrapped up another set of invitations, this one for a boy’s baby shower. For me invitations are like the ultimate crafting, I enjoy it so much! It also has a bit to do with a slow blog since I’ll work on it when I get home for a week straight. It doesn’t always leave time for everything else.

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The style I was going after was a nautical pottery barn with a mix of modern and vintage, but not sailor. I both love and hate how many layers I put into invitations. I love it because of all the textures and interest, that’s what makes it special. I hate it when I’m stuffing the fiftieth envelope and still not done and my back aches because I’m laying in bed trying doing all of this with Caleb while watching an entire season of Animal Planet’s The Haunted on Netflix, because I love animals AND ghost shows win-win. THEN when I remember to move, I can HEAR my back creaking and Caleb can too… from the kitchen. Oh how I long for my craft table, I need a truck to bring it over!!!

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The directions were printed on tracing paper. It give this awesome crinkly texture. I wanted it to have a vintage map feel to it. Let’s hope the directions are correct and I don’t get all of the party guests lost! That would be hilarious! NOT.

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Here’s a list of my other invitations:

Floral Baby Shower

Shiny Bridal Shower

Lingerie Bridal Shower

My Portfolio

I specialize in hand crafted invitations at affordable rates. No job is too big or small, and I have a quick turnaround. Email me at gloss(dot)create(at)gmail(dot)com for more info.

Is anyone else amazed at the number of babies popping out right now? I keep hearing that the US birth rate is down, but you seriously could have fooled me.  I feel like everyday there is a new pregnancy announcing itself…

Happy Pre-Pre-Thanksgiving!



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Painting Family Heirlooms

Wow, I’ve been so neglectful of blogging. Lately I’ve felt like I’m in some kind of a haze and kind of moody. To be honest, sometimes I just don’t feel like my life is that interesting, so what is there to even blog about? Things just haven’t been the same since Durant went missing. My little spark is missing, but it’s been nearly a month and life must go on.

I’ve had this chair for as long as I can remember. Well my family has had this chair for as long as I can remember. I used to sit on it in the kitchen while my mom cooked or used it to get into the tall cabinets when I used to be to small. It has seen a lot of use! I think my great grandfather made it… Mom?? is that right? Anyways, I wanted to keep it and my mom didn’t care if I painted it. So I did.

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Welcome to 2011, chair.

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In case you didn’t know already, Kilz Spray Primer is like the best thing, ever. Sometimes it kind of expensive but such a time saver, like whoah. I thought about leaving it white, but my kitchen needs a little more color in it.

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I gave it a once over of Catalina Mist by Krylon. I’ve had that can forever, but for some reason never used it.  It’s really pretty though.
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I can’t wait to have a little rugrat of my own someday to hang out with me in the kitchen using this chair. I’m not the most sentimental person ever, I get a rush filling up a trash bag of stuff to throw away, but sometimes, I do like to hang on to certain things and being reminded of the history.
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Once I finished spraying it blue, I gave it a white wash with paint. I could’ve sanded it. In fact, that was the original plan. Turns out this was so much faster. Awesome.

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And there it sits, happily ever after… For now.


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