Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I've seen these towels all over Pinterest for ages, loved how they looked, and have been waiting for an opportunity to make them as a gift for a while now.  Well, that perfect opportunity popped up last week.

You see these two adorable people?  They are April and Jason. I met April four years ago when she started as a student at the law school where I work.   
Are they not the most adorable couple ever?  
I mean ridiculously adorable couple. 
I can't wait until their special day! 

As the sign says, they're getting hitched in a little over two months!

Last Saturday was her bridal shower and I was thrilled to be invited.  It's great to stay in touch with, even better to be such great friends with, some of our former students.  When I saw April and Jason's registry at Target I knew I needed to snap up the cupcake carrier because I know how much April adores cupcakes.  
Cupcake Carrier - Silvertone/Red (24-cup).Opens in a new window
I wanted to add a little something special to the carrier.  That's when it hit me.  I could make April and Jason some of those towels and accent them with cupcake material!

I surfed the web looking for a well written tutorial to get me started.  Pin Sew Press had the best, most well written, easy to follow tutorial I could find.  If you're in the market to make some, I highly suggest Mary's tutorial.
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Since Mary's tutorial is so well written, I'm not going to give you any step by step guides. I followed her instructions to the letter.  Here are my finished towels.  I swapped the accent fabric between the two towels so they weren't too matchy matchy.

I also added some accent ribbon to the bottom fabric. I wanted to give it an extra little touch. This worked beautifully and really gave the towels a polished look.
Paired with the cupcake carrier, I was fairly confident I had a super awesome present for April's shower.
But wait! It gets better! I found some very cute cupcake paper at Hobby Lobby. I mean really, cupcake carrier, cupcake towels wrapped in cupcake paper!?  (PS: I don't suggest trying to wrap a cupcake carrier with handles on the side. I had several choice words for that thing while I was wrapping it.)
I even threw together a last minute card to match. I had a half sheet of card stock I folded in half. I cut a piece of scrap wrapping paper to fit the front and then added a "Wedding Bliss!" punch button layered up in the corner with foam stickies to give it some dimension. 
I had asked April earlier if she would mind being featured on my blog. She loved the idea, but I wouldn't tell her why.  When she opened up the towels she gave me this look and said "Is this why I'm going to be on the blog?!" She's such a hoot.
The towels (and carrier) were a hit!
These two girls are some of my favorite women on the planet. April was the guest of honor, of course, and Ashley was my Real Life Best Friend Forever (RLBFF) date. Best. Date. Ever.  
These lovely ladies are all law school "related."  
On the far right is April, the dean of admissions, and on the far left is me. Together we are sandwiching 5 former law students. 
Ashley made us do a silly picture. 
She didn't have to twist our arms at all.
These are most of the guests from the shower in one big group shot.
Then we all did the "Cheesy April Smile" for a silly picture. LOVED IT!
April's shower was such a great time.  
The food was delicious and the company was even better.  

The towels were so easy to whip together, I think I'll make several as Christmas gifts.  I'm thinking it would be fun to personalize them with favorite teams or school fabrics.  

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6 comments:

  1. I am in love with this and the towels. Thank you so much for coming and for the thoughtful gifts, Jen!

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    1. Yay! So glad you like them and thank you for letting me feature you along with them!

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  2. I think I need some OSU ones! GOOOOOO POKES! Or fun orange and black ones so that I can have them out during football season and my favorite holiday! Yay for crafty friends!

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    1. Done and done. Thanks for being the best. date. ever!

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  3. did you seriously curl all that orange ribbon yourself?

    SERIOUSLY?

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    1. Yes. Yes I did. I'm a curly ribbon bad ass. It's deceptively fluffy. I gathered a bunch of ribbon around two hands and made two cuts before making one big knot. So much easier than tying them all individually. You know me...easy and short-cutish.

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