Last November, I had the honor of meeting Leslie from Jar of Vintage Buttons. Leslie contacted me to invite me to participate in the Birds of a Feather Fair, a modern craft fair in Northern Kentucky. Leslie and her friend, Misty, organized the Fair, which was not your mother's craft fair! It was filled with lots of modern, homemade goods, just like the type of goods you might find on Etsy. Probably the best part of participating in the Fair was meeting all the other creative, talented ladies who were involved.
After the Fair ended in November, Misty had plenty to keep her busy -- she was pregnant with her first child! Then, in March, when she was 20 weeks pregnant, the unthinkable happened. Misty was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. About eight weeks prior to her diagnosis, Misty had found a lump in her breast. She thought it was a normal part of pregnancy, but asked her physician about it. The physician ordered an ultrasound, which led to a biopsy. After the biopsy, her physician delivered the news that forever changed her.
When I think back to all of the wonderful, scary, new emotions I felt as I prepared to be a new mom, I am struck by the strength Misty must have. By the time her baby boy arrives, Misty will have had eight rounds of chemotherapy. After he arrives, she will have a double mastectomy and reconstruction. Misty's resolve, grace, and openness about her experience is truly inspiring. If you have a moment to read Misty's story, please check out her blog. And, please read below for all the details on this inspiring party.
Leslie contacted me back in April about Misty's story and a baby shower she wanted to host for Misty. I jumped at the chance to help out Leslie by desgining the printable party collection. It was an honor and pleasure to work with Leslie on such a special shower. I was happy to help in a small way make Leslie's vision come to life.
In Leslie's words:
On Saturday, I had the honor of hosting [Misty's] baby shower. She was surrounded by her closest girlfriends. We ate and laughed and even cried a little. It was such a special evening for everyone, but especially for my friend. Seeing the transformation of her not only physically as she undergoes treatments while watching her growing belly, but the transformation of her preparing for motherhood is just beautiful. I can't wait to see her finally holding her baby boy in her arms. He is truly a miracle and a blessing.Party Details:
For dinner, guests were treated to a Make Your Own Mac 'n Cheese Bar. Toppings included: chicken, sun dried tomatoes, bleu cheese, bacon, and goetta (I'm not sure what this is, but Leslie says it's a "Cincinnati thing"). I love that Leslie found the containers for the toppings in the garden section for a steal at her local discount store. Guests also enjoyed cupcakes from April's Piece of Cake.
Leslie crafted several DIY projects that really stand out in this party. First, she made the metallic letters. Leslie had this to say about the letters:
I purchased the letters from JoAnn Fabrics. I spray painted the letters with Valspar's metallic silver spray paint and let dry. I then took a sanding block and lightly sanded the edges and on the surfaces. The wonderful thing about these letters is that while they appear to be metal, they are so light you can hang them with Command Strips!How fabulous! Leslie also made the beautiful wreath, using choclate brown and lime green yarn. The food labels for the Mac 'n Cheese Bar were made using cardstock, that Leslie painted with chalkboard paint.
Finally, Leslie made Lemon Sugar Scrub for the favors. You can find the recipe for the scrub, here. Leslie placed the Scrub in small jars. Here is how she dressed them up:
The jars are Ball jelly canning jars I purchased from Wal-Mart. To add a pop of color, I spray painted the lids and let dry and cure for several days. The tags are attached with bakers twine and a cute tag from Martha Stewart's line of office supplies at Staples. The jars were put into simple brown lunch sacks from the dollar store. I then flattened a cupcake wrapper and a mini muffin wrapper and folded them over the top of the bag and clipped it all together with a thank you tag. For 20 thank you favors the total was under $20!A beautiful shower for a beautiful, inspiring woman! Thank you so much for sharing it with us, Leslie! And, let's all continue to shower Misty with prayers during this time.
Party Styling: Jar of Vintage Buttons
Bunting banner: Hazelnut Designs
Cupcakes: Aprils Piece of Cake
Party Printables: Mirabelle Creations