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Blonde Designs is an inspirational blog focused on invitations, parties, and good design. We are Angie Gubler and Kristin Rees, best friends, graphic designers and moms.
We are both former art directors at Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, respectively. 
We own Blonde Designs, an invitation and stationery company.

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birthday "b" favors

The party preparations continue for Bea's 1st birthday.  I always have good intentions of keeping things simple – it is, of course, the first of many more birthdays to come.  Along those same lines, however, it is her first birthday after all, and I have to make it great!

The favors thus far are handmade alphabet coloring books with each child's name and letter printed on the cover.  They are very simple to make – I just copied the interior pages on white text weight paper and then printed the covers on a heavier weight, bright yellow cardstock.  Then, my husband (the seamstress in the family), stitched each book down the center with a sewing machine.  A box of colored pencils will accompany each book.


My next project was bumblebee hair clips.  I first made three different sized loops of grosgrain ribbon and secured each with a drop of hot glue.  I then made "wings" using a translucent white ribbon and more hot glue.  I made a little bee "head" with a smaller piece of ribbon, tucking two pieces of waxed twine inside for the "antennae".  Next, I covered a silver clip with ribbon, attached the "bee" to it, and Voila!....charming little "bees". 


I was quite proud of the end results.

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Reader Comments (5)

Okay Angie now you've got me blogging, heaven forbid, but those bumblebee hairclips are absolutely adorable. Maybe I'll make a few in my spare time.

09.2 | Unregistered Commenterandrea

Love the coloring book idea for a party favor. I never realized you were so crafty - those hair clips are clever and adorable.

09.2 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

How delightful! You never told me about Charles and his sewing skills. That is fantastic!

Where did you get the darling graphics for the home-made coloring books?
Love your site!

09.4 | Unregistered CommenterDianne

The coloring book illustrations are Blonde Designs originals which are copyrighted. I just turned them into black & white line drawings.

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