Creative Exchange Preset {or better late than never}

I'm hoping none of you noticed how one of the organizers of The Creative Exchange didn't have her present posted on August first. I hope you're also not noticing that it's the 9th. So no one noticed? Good!

There were a few bumps in the road with paring people up during the exchange. I'm glad there were! It let me be partners with my buddy Kelley from The Grant Life.

Basically, this was cheating. Kelley and I have been blogging buddies for awhile now and have transitioned in to real life friends {I'm so stoked that we get to hang out in like a month!}. Well, I know that Kelley has two adorable little kiddos and a love for all things nautical. I had a blast making presents to reflect this.

First up is a shirt for her little boy, Avery. Now he can sport some nautical love, too.

I used my Shilouette to cut out a freezer paper stencil. The anchor was a free design a while back. The paint is Martha Stewart's craft paint in Deep Sea. I mixed it with the cheapo Joann's fabric medium. It was my first time using one of Martha's paint. It was on sale and I had a major coupon. I love the color, but don't think I'll pay more for it in the future.

Riley is a very girly little girl. So, I knew some accessories were in order. All of these little guys are on clips. Mostly, I just made it up as I went along when it came to the flowers. It was a great scrap buster! The bottom right was based on a tutorial from Jamie from Scatter Thoughts of a Crafty. It didn't turn out anything like it should have but I like it anyway! I have a whole board of flower on Pinterest, if you need some inspiration to make your own clips!

The kiddos are each getting some fun little snack sacks from the Dollar Spot at Target, too!

I made Kelley a large tote bag using duck cotton from Hobby Lobby. As a momma of one, I know large bags are my savior. I can only imagine how much you'd have to haul around with two under the age of three!


I had too much fun wrapping. Each kiddo is going to get their own little package to open.

I know opening presents makes my day! So, Kelley's is wrapped up cute too. 

Add a cute mailing envelope completed the look and the present is {finally} on its way! Thanks for being so patient with me, Kelley!

Thanks so much for the kind feature! 

Positively Splendid 

Come party with me!


  1. I love it all! Everything is so stinkin cute Michaela! I laughed when I opened the package for Avery. I have a serious anchor obsession problem. Haha. Thank you for everything! Cant wait to see yall next month! :)

  2. Love that nautical shirt. AHHH. so cute!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. You are one talented lady!
    Amber from

  3. PS.
    I'm your newest follower!

  4. These are sooo adorable.. the nautical shirt is too cute and I just adore the little flower clips! Love the name of your blog cause I am ALWAYS covered in Mod Podge.. I am your newest follower~
    Hope you share with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2012/08/pink-hippo-party-91.html
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  5. The shirt is adorable! I love the anchor. The clips would be perfect for my Riley too.

  6. The little anchor shirt and clips are adorable! I like the chevron tote too - bags are so necessary as a mommy.

  7. What sweet gifts! I am sure that they loved them! Thanks for sharing with us this week!

    Take care,


  8. Thank you for linking up to our Pretty Things Party. Hope to see you back next week!