Her happy birthday banner is made from cards we received ever since we first anticipated her arrival into the world. So, there are "congratulations on your pregnancy" cards, baby shower ones, happy one month wishes, and baptism celebration cards. I tried to preserve much of the writing inside the cards by using it as a backing. If I had more forethought (rather than just diving into my fit of crafty craziness before the mood passed), I may have taken pictures of the writing in the cards as a kind of historical record before cutting them up.
The letters are glued together with a piece of heavy thread.
I had some odd sized cards left, which I cut into circles for a second banner.
And finally, I freehanded some fancy letters (inspired by these) to spell out baby's name. I used bits and pieces of paper I had around the house; card stock, tissue paper, and I even cut one letter out of an old gift bag that I liked the pattern of. These were strung together in the same fashion as the birthday banner, only I used cardboard as the backing.
Her crown is knitted from this pattern, and I hand sewed her initial on the front using a piece of scrap fabric from an old onesie.
So there you have it! It's nothing fancy, but it's a bit sentimental, and I really enjoyed making these things, all the while thinking about my sweet babe, and letting all the (surprisingly strong) emotions that come when remembering a first year of life be part of the creative process. It's in those details that the true celebration lies.