Last year I threw a 'Welcome Baby' party for my newest nephew. One of the activities I had was creating an heirloom necklace for my sister-in-law. I found the idea of making a necklace while surfing the web for baby shower ideas. This idea had people sit around in a circle, add a bead to a string and make a wish or a thought for the new baby. Well, being the crafty but shy gal that I am, the thought of well wishing the baby in front of others terrified me. I also thought it would put people on the spot and incur lots of repeated sayings. So I decided to morph the idea into something that worked better for me.
So I set up a station that had the above message. I also had cards with a bead attached to each card. I used floral wire that is super cheap and also very easy to use to attach each bead to each card. For the cards, I cut fancy 8 and 1/2 by 11 inch paper into 4 identical squares. On the opposite side of the bead, I drew the bead's likeness with colored pencils. My drawing skills are limited, but I managed to draw the beads so they could be identifiable. Color was the big key here. Since each bead is different, the color really helped distinguish the bead.
Here is two examples of the completed cards that people filled out. There were plenty of children at the party. It was great to get them involved too. People wrote all different types of thing. There was great variety in the thoughts and blessings. I arranged the cards in the book in the same order as the beads in the necklace. This way you can follow along with the necklace as you read each card.
I mounted each of the cards into a book. I also included a baby shower invite as well. If you have been following along with my blog, you will recognize the above embroidery as something I recently completed. That is where I turn into the crafty, but not so prompt Aunt. I recently discovered all the beads in my art room upon it's last cleaning. I had forgotten to assemble all of the pieces to finish this project. So I did that this past week. It's only a year late. The embroidery came in handy as it is the same colors as the baby shower. The green also matched the book perfectly, although it's hard to tell that from this picture. I sewed two pieces of felt together using a blanket stitch. I was going to have a flap with a button to secure the bag, but I figured that I should quit while I was ahead and just make a simple sack.
Here is the page that I did. The whole project came together really well. This is the second time I have done this. I also made a book and a necklace for my sister-in-law's first born. I'm thinking about doing this for myself for a birthday in the future. I think it would be great to have a necklace filled with such great energy.