Monday, February 18, 2013

Tutorial: Valentine's Day Man Bouquet

Have you ever heard of a "Man Bouquet"? I hadn't.. until Pinterest. I searched for Valentine's Day husband gifts and all sorts of fun Man Bouquets popped up. Most involved mini-liquor bottles and cigars in a pot or mug. As usual, Pinterest inspired me to try my own DIY.

The result, is this Man Bouquet of Cam's favorite things:

My finished Man Bouquet
To make this, I used supplies I already had at home but that would be easy and inexpensive to find. You'll need:
- A container - mine is an Ikea plant pot. I've also seen mugs, glasses and tin pots.
- Foam brick or styrofoam
- Lollipop sticks
- A glue gun
- Ribbon or other things for decor
- A bunch of relatively light items for the bouquet content 

In my bouquet, I included:
- Beef Jerky
- Candy (Fuzzy Peaches, Nerds, Jelly Bellys)
- An iTunes gift card
- A Starbucks gift card
- Scotch (200ml)
- Jack Daniels (200ml)

Step 1: Make the Base
Cut your styrofoam down to size so it fits nicely in your container. It should be high enough to support the candy sticks without being so high it's easily seen.

Step 2: Glue Lollipop Sticks to Items
Use a glue gun to glue candy sticks to each of the items. I used two on the bigger candy boxes.

Step 3: Assemble Bouquet and Decorate
Experiment by inserting the candy sticks so the items are at different heights and fill the container nicely. I added the wide red ribbon to the pot and used curled gift ribbon pieces to hide the foam block.

With a little creativity and 20 minutes with a glue gun, I had myself a nice personal gift for my husband. Which he tore apart in about 20 seconds. :D 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentines Day Cookies

Once again I've created holiday-themed sugar cookies with royal icing. Here are my Valentine Hearts.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Baby Jack!

Baby J - Minutes Old

Jack was born via c-section on December 8th at 5:50am, weighing a healthy 9lbs!

The birth wasn't the natural hypnobirthing experience I had planned, but in the end it really doesn't matter how our baby arrived, just that he arrived safely and in good health. So much for all the breathing and visualization techniques I learned!

Call me a diva, but I insisted on cleaning myself up before our first family photo:

First Family Photo!

In the two months since Baby J was born we've been settling into a routine and starting to go on adventures, which I can't wait to start blogging about again!