How I wish I had thought of this idea wayyyyyy earlier because I could have long-since secured myself with the title of The Person Who Brings The Awesomest Shower Gift Ever. Since I can't have the long-held title, I can live with having that title henceforth. Do people still say "henceforth?" I'm reading Jane Eyre and I'm feelin' like old-stylin' it today (old-stylin'...a word Jane Eyre would never use...).
Sumsematically* (I just threw that in there so you have to guess if I'm now making words up or referring to Jane Eyre), I'm not only proud of the ingenuity of this idea, but I'm also proud of the execution. As the sisters know, I tend to be a hit-or-miss kinda crafter, so me coming up with something this noteworthy is nothing short of practically-remarkable.
Without further ado, meet Oscar.
I told you he's basically the cutest.
I made him using the *FREE* (cause we all like free, even Janie) Lion Brand Craft Amigurumi Octopus pattern. Very easy pattern!!! You may need to sign up to the site to get the pattern, but trust me ya'll- totally worth it. Also, mine looks cuter than theirs, but as Oscar's momma, I might be bias.
I thought making a cute handmade crochet octopus plus purchasing some cloth diapers from the mom&pops registry would be a pretty good gift. But after I made Oscar, I felt destined to greatness. No, I could not stop there. This was going to be the Best Gift Ever. How could I look into those two far apart beady eyes and think anything but? Also, I considered tucking him into my nightstand, not telling anyone he existed and be that weird adult person who sleeps with a stuffed animal every night. HE'S THAT CUTE. Seriously, you have not looked into his eyes and held his eight little legs. Looking into them via photo does not do them justice. Okay, before I lose you all in the **cuckoo chitchat let's move on.
I may have slightly alluded above that I was in love with Oscar and not particularly keen on parting with him (I will admit to having a detailed conversation with my husband around the same). I decided my best course of action would be to take a photo of Oscar and keep that with me to treasure and give Oscar up for adoption to a totally nice family (aka the giftee's). So I set up my makeshift photo shoot area (also seen here) and had fun having a mini photoshoot with Osh-b'gosh.
That was when unexpectedly, as so often inspiration is wont to do, I had the idea that would warp-speed me to Shower Gift Greatness.
Make a book.
Not just any book of course. But a book where Oscar was the star. A book that was educational. A book that would go down in history....ok, ok, you get it. Since I knew the theme of the nursery was going to be under-the-sea (to which I have a soft spot for) and because coincidentally I have a lot of sea-inspired things lying around my house, creating a counting book with Oscar seemed like the perfect fit. I found that I had;
1 - Oscar
2 - Rubber duckies
3 - Ocean friends (dolphin, shark, turtle)
4 - Seashells
5 - jellyfish
6 - driftwood
7 - letters in the word "octopus" (I was just as surprised as you are that there are not 8 letters!)
8 - legs on an octopus
9 - bubbles
10 - pearls
Here are some pictures of the completed book;
I had it printed via York Photo and they were giving a 40% off special on photo books so this baby cost me a whopping $7!!!!
I know what you're thinking... "that is the Awesomest Gift Ever," "I want to jump through my computer screen and gobble it up," "I'm hypnotized!" or something similar. I'm sure you're thinking it would be okay for me to stop the gift-giving where I am, seeing as how I have already secured my Gifting Greatness. But you know the old saying, the one where it says "shoot for the stars and then keep going" (you know, the one I made up just now? Jane would be proud of me), well that was me. I decided I couldn't give an educational counting book and leave out my favorite thing. The alphabet. The ability to learn language and words and someday read Jane Eyre. You know, because he'll be reading at like 4 months due to all the educational goodness I have bestowed upon him. And because as a boy, he will be totally up for reading Jane Eyre. I kid.
This brings me to... flashcards. Flashcards are the new black. Oh, you didn't know? Well, yes, they quite are. They're the sprightly old-becomes-new, throw out those leapfrogs sorta trend (again, I kid). I made them in Microsoft PowerPoint, and they were quite simple to create! Not only did I include the alphabet and a cute clip art, but I added a Bible verse as well. After all, a spiritual education is just as important! I then printed them on card stock, and my gracious mother laminated them for me for free.
I think the letters speak for themselves...they turned out....
Last but not least, it was time to whip up a card (approximately 1.25 hours before meeting up with the lucky couple!). I had blank notecards in my craft stash, so I traced a circle onto the front, and used this font to freehand trace my letters into place. Then I just poked holes into the front of the card with a needle and used some colorful floss to add the design (instead of knotting the floss at the end, I taped it so it would be flat- on the other side of the cover of the card I taped on a pretty piece of paper to cover the stitching).
Here's the final verdict (Oscar himself, the biggest surprise, is wrapped in the white tissue paper...*sigh..farewell Oscar...);
And so this concludes the details on the gift that will propel me to the title of Person Who Gives Amazing Gifts. Thank you, really, no trophy necessary (no, really).
p.s. see more of this gift all wrapped up here.
p.p.s. after re-reading this, I am ordering myself to write "pride cometh before the fall" one billion times.
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