Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.
~Emilie Burchwald

The Farmhouse fulfilled her intended purpose of being a family gathering place this past weekend by hosting a baby shower honoring Baby Girl who is expecting our first grand-baby this coming March.  And, while the weather had previously been quite chilly down right cold and there was some concern that we would be able to heat the old house to a comfortable temperature, the day turned quite balmy for winter.

The baby shower was a “vintage book/library” themed event (see my Pinterest inspiration board).   As The Farmhouse was once called “Grandmother’s House” (at least by all the grandchildren), we played off the storybook, Little Red Riding Hood.  Invitations were created utilizing scanned images and PicMonkey.

The buffet was dressed with an old suitcase filled with Little Golden Books, old alphabet blocks, wooden toys, and a stuffed bear from my girls’ childhood.


World globes, my baby shoes, the girls’ childhood books, and Skippy John Jones completed the vignette.

A bunting was made by scanning the pages of one of several Little Red Riding Hood books, printing the pages, cutting them into elongated triangles…

and sewing double-folded bias tape along the top edge to complete the bunting.

In our usual DIY Farm Chick Style, Sistah and I decided to use half-pint, jelly fruit jars for drinks – pink lemonade or warm spiced cider.  To protect fingers from the heat of the cider, we made and affixed warps to each jar.

Keeping with the book theme, I scanned the inside cover of a Little Golden Book and printed the image in columns using WordPefrect.

The 8.5 x 11 sheets were then cut into strips, yielding five wraps per sheet.

In similar fashion I made bookmark favors in WordPerfect by creating columns and adding a bunting graphic and quote from Emilie Burchwald.

This sheet was then cut into five strips. Cotton thread was looped through a punched hole to complete the bookmarks.

Instead of a decorated sheet cake, I chose an “old-fashioned” layered cake in pink (strawberry), to which we attached a bunting made from the scanned images of the Little Red Riding Hood book, printing selected images as a contact sheet, front and back.

The table was arranged with additional Little Golden Books and other vintage toys from my attic.

Refreshments were simple: cake, cheese cubes and crackers, and Grinch fruit kabobs.

Other “vintage” baby decor was placed throughout The Farmhouse, alongside the existing Christmas decor.  This little crochet dress was worn (for a very short while) by my eldest daughter long, long ago.


Because Baby Girl and her husband were home from Virginia for the Christmas Holidays and would be traveling home at the end of their visit, we asked that gifts be limited to cash or gift cards and, in lieu of greeting cards, that everyone gift a signed book.


This picture could be captioned: “Four and a Half Farm Chicks” – all very precious chicks in my life: my daughter Callie, carrying my granddaughter, Penny; my eldest daughter, Cassie; and my Sistah, Pam.

Callie reviewing all the books given to start Baby Penny’s library:

Mom- and Dad-to-be admiring cuddly little baby things:

And my favorite picture of the day, Eldest reading to Baby Girl and Baby Penny:

A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas,
a place where history comes to life.

~Norman Cousins