Lately, I've been hearing a lot about the idea of push presents.
According to wikipedia, a push present, (also known as a "push gift" or "baby bauble") is a present a new father gives a new mother when she gives birth to their child. In practice the present may be given before or after the birth, or even in the delivery room. The giving of push presents has supposedly grown in the United States in recent years.
I have friends who have been given jewelry, mostly. I have a friend who recently announced her pregnancy, and yesterday, we had friends over for Steve's birthday, and a friend's husband told her husband about this trend. He'd never heard of them!
I tweeted about them yesterday, and the opinions were split, for the most part. I personally think they are a bit silly. I mean, the mother "does the hard work," yes, and pushes the baby out, but does she deserve new diamond earrings for this? Isn't the baby the best present of all?
What do you think of push presents? If you have babies, did you get one? If you don't, do you want or expect one someday?
Remember the little book giveaway I did a few weeks ago? Well, the winner is Little Miss Can't Be Wrong, so please email me your address! If you don't read LMCBW's blog, you should! She's hilarious and I'll be anxious to read her review of this book ;)
This was a fun little mini giveaway, and I think I will do it again. I like the idea of travelling books and passing along ones that I won't read again! In fact, I think I will post another one later this week, so check back by Friday!
I'm so excited about this project that I recently finished! It's a mini bookshelf quilt! I first saw it on flickr, a few months ago, and loved it so much and knew that I had to try it. Then I found the tutorial that the quilter typed up, so others could try it! It comes from a fabulous quilter who blogs at Don't Call Me Betsy and she really does some amazing work.
I love the way it turned out! You can see the "titles" of the books, which come from fabric selvages, which are the very edge piece of the fabric that isn't typically used. It usually has printed words on it, listing the name of the designer of the fabric, as well as the name of the fabric line, etc. So, it is just perfect for book titles!
Of course, like all of my projects, there are a few mistakes, but I am okay with that. After all, I am still new at this and still learning! I am planning to give it to my mother, as she's a librarian and a quilter! I think she will like it.
I love it so much, I want to make one for me too, and hang it in my sewing room! It was fun to make, and not too difficult, just time consuming, as it is a lot of small pieces, but that is the fun!
Who knows, maybe I will make one for a lucky blog reader someday too! Would that be fun?
I've been on the hunt for some fun plates for a crafty project that I found and am dying to try (more on that later!). I saw these at TJ Maxx tonight for $2 on the clearance shelf, and I bought the last two they had. I thought that they were perfect for the project, but then I was thinking that they are really cute and I might want to just keep them and use them! They aren't dinner plates, more desert sized- they're about 6" in diameter. They remind me of the blue English countryside plates. What are they called? Do you know which ones I mean?!
What do you think? Like? Dislike? Keep for use? Or use for crafty project? Be honest!!!
I grew up in New England and now I live in Washington, DC where I work for the federal government. I've lived abroad in Luxembourg, Poland and Canada, and would like to live abroad again. I love to travel and fill my passport with stamps. I read a lot and want to build libraries where they don't have any. I have a lot of cookbooks and love using them. I have an adorable godson named Jackson. I also sponsor two little girls through World Vision; six-year old Majlinda in Albania and two-year old Boikokobetso in South Africa. I love cupcakes, poppies, chocolate chip pancakes, peonies, strawberries and deviled eggs. I collect tea towels, teapots, Boleslawiec Polish pottery, vintage sewing supplies, Peter Rabbit books/pieces and Russian babushka nesting dolls. My two favorite childrens books of all time are Miss Rumphius and The Velveteen Rabbit and I would like to write my own books someday. I'm learning to quilt and have become a bit obsessed with buying fabric! I also love red shoes and wear them frequently. Steve, my boyfriend, keeps me sane most days, except for the ones when he's the one making me crazy! All in all, life is good and keeps me on my toes.