I had been working on the idea about the same time as the other baby shower I threw, if not longer. Everywhere I went I was on the look out for all things baby and nautical (Cassie is doing an adorable nautical/maps theme). As I slowly gathered stuff I tired to figure out a way to send the items. I wanted it to be cute and something that could be used if she had the desire to. That's when I came up with an old suitcase. One of my local thrift stores always had great vintage cases and I knew that I would be able to find one...or three. Yep I went through two other suitcases before I found the perfect one.
After I gathered clothing, toys and the suitcase I started making things as well as painting the suitcase. Once I was done I wrapped everything in map tissue paper and sent it off!
What was in it:
~Hand painted/stamped vintage suitcase
~Boppy and boppy cover (firm believer of getting at lease one thing off of the registry)
~A small dipper bag w/attached changing pad
~A Sophie the Giraffe Classic Teether
~Striped blanket with giraffe appliqué
~Cream blanket (that I almost kept for myself)
~Melted crayon art in baby room colors
~Letter R painted in gray chalk board paint
~Letter R with map (the map is of where they live)
~Outlet covers (it's the simple things that are often forgotten)
~Map note cards (can be used as thank you's)
~Awesome little button down shirt and khakis
~Blue Hat, Green Hat book picked out by Nate (Found him giggling while reading this)
~"Hello Baby" banner
I am so happy with how it turned out and that I was able to do this for Cassie and her husband. It was so much fun putting it together, I love hunting for gifts for friends. There is something so wonderful about having such a genuinely great friend and getting to do something special for them even though many states separate us.
I know Cassie is so very close to welcoming their little one into the world and I wish them nothing but happiness and smiles on their upcoming day.