Woodland Critters Baby Shower!

Wendy, from the blog Dozi Design, created this enchanting Woodland Critters baby shower for a friend.

Each piece of the celebration was made by hand – from the beautifully designed invites to the chopped up backyard branches that became place card holders.

Guests were asked to paint themselves on small wooden dolls as future toys for baby Emilia – she’ll forever have close friends to play with!

For the main centerpiece, Wendy decorated a manzanita branch with felt leaves in various shades of green. She and her other party hostesses sewed small birds and foxes, as well as knitted clever fox and raccoon props for the photobooth!

Small muslin drawstring pouches were hand sewn and filled with homemade candied pecans for favors – each received a little squirrel stamp Wendy carved out of an eraser. I’m so impressed with every detail of this shower!

For more delicious photos, including the clever woodland-themed meal, follow the jump! …

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Favorite Fabric: Oh Suzani

The latest collection by Oh Suzani (you can find it over here at Calico Corners) is quickly rising to the top of my ‘favorite upholstery fabrics’ chart. I would love to turn a yard or two into a small table overlay, a framed print for above the bed or a few throw pillows for the living room.

The pattens are playful, the prints are bold and it’s just enough tribal to break up a ho-hum average room. Here are two Suzani examples by designer Jeffery Bilhuber and  House Beautiful that I love:

Check out more PDB Favorite Fabrics here!

And don’t forget to enter Fabricadabra’s Pillow Giveaway! (More beautiful Ikat eye-candy than the home can hold…)

Baby Shower Inspiration Board: Nesting

I’ve been working on a special shower for a dear friend… and have some delicious ideas up my sleeve. Here’s a little sneak peek at the inspiration for the celebration.

As I watch all of these mama’s-to-be feather their nests with the anticipation of a little one, I couldn’t help but be inspired to turn the theme into a shower that reflects the age old art of nesting. Whimsical blues, teals and yellows… milk glass cake stands and thrift store goblets… perhaps a few branches and paper accordion rosettes? So fun to plan.

We’re not following the traditional Saturday afternoon etiquette either. I jump at every opportunity to where one of my favorite tea party dresses, but instead we’ll host this shower mid-week for a dessert and latte bar celebration for a twist on the everyday baby shower. Plus, it means that most of our guests will likely be in town (no weekend plans to stand in the way) and our budget is a bit more friendly without the cost of a meal.

Lauren Lee of L&Co., one of my co-hosters, created these beautiful invites that are in the mail! Can’t wait to share the details of the day soon.

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