Get Crafty: Ideas for a Baby Shower

In honor of one of my dearest friends in the world, Alina Kwak, who is having a little baby girl any day now, I’m posting this picture of a baby bib I knit for her. I first met Alina at NYU and she has always been a huge supporter of my writing and career. And since she’s having her daughter very close to my birthday, I felt like it was important to make her daughter something that I could give her that I made myself.

Now, I’m nearing that time in life when more and more friends and people I know are having babies. So in addition to this baby shower gift, I wanted to share one crafty gift I made her that involves scrapbooking. While I’m not a big scrapbooker, I knew that Alina and Frank (her husband) had friends and family who wouldn’t be able to attend the baby shower. So I emailed their friends and family and asked them to contribute a note or letter to the scrapbook I was making. The letters would be addressed to their baby girl. I tell you people got so creative! One couple made a Mad Libs of how Alina and Frank met. A friend had her daughter and son pose with a chalkboard that said, “We love you.” There were touching stories and silly ones. But most of all, it was personal. And someday, they can share it with their daughter.

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Feel free to steal this idea! When life’s moments are this big and important, it’s fun to get creative and crafty. I got the pattern from the knitting One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit and Crochet by Leigh Radford. It looks complicated, but trust me, it’s really easy.

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