Today I attended my very first baby shower in 51 years! After having had 3 kids and with friends who too have many kids, this was actually a surprise to me when I realised it. Then I remembered that people didn’t have baby showers in France, which is where I spent my “baby raising” years. We visited them with our presents, either at the hospital after the birth, or at home. In Singapore, we normally did not have baby showers either and family and friends could not visit the mother or baby until only 1 month after the birth of the baby. The one month period was called the “confinement” and the mother and baby could not leave the house (or bedroom!) during that time or have any visitors, to protect both of them from catching any diseases. After a month, we held a large party and we served red eggs to guests who came bearing red packets (ang pow) with money inside. Why red eggs? Eggs signify birth or a new beginning and red means prosperity and good fortune.
Today’s baby shower was for the same dear friend who was the first to welcome me in Ulm, when I arrived almost 4 years ago. This is their first child and they are going to have a boy in 5 weeks! It was a fun party thrown by a dear friend of ours, with a nappy smelling competition (luckily not with real poo!), baby taboo and a delivery date lotto!
It was really fun making this card for her and I used the stamps from Stamplorations Heaven sent set, which I had specially ordered to make this card. I coloured in with my Zig real brushes and then just added ink splotches to show her how messy babies can be! I tried to make the bears look furry and plush and I hope I succeeded. I cut the panel with a scallop rectangle die from the MFT blueprint 20 set.
Hope you enjoyed the card and let me know how you celebrate the birth of children in your country!
I’m playing along with:
AAA Cards – Masculine
Casology – Welcome
The Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge – Day 4
Stamplorations never ending Anything Goes