Hi everyone! I just found out I'm going to be an Aunt for the first time. Woohoo! We live in Indiana and my brother and sister-in-law live in California. I want to make sure we are close to our niece/nephew despite the distance. Does anyone have any suggestions on neat crafts or anything like that we can share that will help our family feel closer? Thanks a lot!
I saw a show on DIY where one person would complete a page in a small scrapbook that was made out of envelopes, then they'd sent it to the other person, & that person would complete the next page & then they'd send it back to the original person... This "back-n-forth" thing went on until it was finished... You could do this with just single sheets of scrapbook pages, that way less will be have to be shipped through the mail. First one person would do a page, then the other... & eventually the scrapbook would be put together for your new family member when they were older. Eventually you could give it to them for a beautiful graduation or wedding gift!
when our great-niece was coming, i asked her great grandparents (my in-laws) for any handkerchiefs they may have that had been their mothers'. i used one to make the hankie bonnet from carol duvall's program on HGTV (CDS-1209, Shoebox: Hankies & Bonnet).
for the shower, i printed the poem carol offers and gave it to our niece.
the baby received a bonnet made by her great aunt, from a handkerchief that had once belonged to her great-great grandmother, provided by her great grandfather. i will be thrilled if she carries it when she marries. the sentiment was appreciated by all the "grandmas" at the shower.
susan in columbus ohio
If you have a camcorder, have each member of your family record a lullaby or child's song, or read a book for bedtime use. Whether they can sing or not, it will be used and treasured for a long time. Another thing is to buy some paint pens at the hobby shop. You can write on cloth and it doesn't wash out. Each person can make a quilt block to be sewn together and put on a quilted backing. The quilt block can be written on or draw a picture & sign it. This is for a comfort blankie. Another way to do it is to put each person's full name & birthday on a block. Make sure there are some left blank so that the parents can add their names & the baby's name, possibly any future brothers & sisters too. This makes a heritage quilt. Dianne
As a grandmother living eight plus hours from one, and soon to be two, granddaughters, I love the experience of having a web-cam. These can be purchased at any electronic store, are not expensive, and are easy to install. WE spent many hours with her and her mother and father. The connection is free if you have an internet connection.
hey Lisa, every time you send a gift, try to take a picture of
yourself with the gift. As the baby ages, he/she will associate YOU with the gifts you send! A friend of mine had grandkids born in Germany, and she did that for several years. When she finally got to see them, they knew exactly who she was!
How about saving the newspaper from the day the child is born and sending it out to the new parents?
We have done this for each child. It is very interesting later on in years to see what was in the news and to see what items were selling for at the time.
Another nice keepsake is to purchase a "proof set" of coins from the year the child is born. Any coin store/dealer or the US Mint would be able to help you with this.
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