Here is a picture of the fireplace area. I made some paper hot air balloon mobiles to put around the room; three of them went above the fireplace. I'm glad I got to use up some of my patterned paper stash to make them :) The mantel was decorated simply, and I added a paper garland (posted here). CGV is the baby's initials.
Here is a close-up of what's on the mantel. From left to right: a monkey photo clip stand, Sophie the giraffe, a little easel with a photo from the maternity shoot I shot, a cute elephant I bought from Thailand 10 years ago, and another animal photo clip stand (that's a bear, sheep, and giraffe). We didn't have any photos for the photo clip stands, so instead, I punched out two doilies using Martha Stewart's vintage doily punch.
Here is a close-up of another group of hot air balloons elsewhere in the room. We also did the usual and strung streamers around the room :)
I also made cupcake toppers for the cupcakes my sister baked and frosted. The elephants were made with a super cute Martha Stewart punch. I love how the ears pop out.
One last thing I did was pre-make a bunch of circles for people to write messages or parental advice to my sister & brother-in-law. It was really simple...I used white cardstock and I stamped some journaling lines on the front of each circle, and then I stamped the Studio Calico boy silhouette and a few button stamps on the back of each one. I bound it together with a binder ring. I forgot to take a picture though!
Anyway, I think my tutorial for Crate will be on the Crate blog soon, so I'll post again when it's up. Thanks for visiting!