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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Preserving Christening Gowns or Outfits

No matter what the cost of the Christening garment, it will be cherished and saved. While plastic and vinyl provide a covering to the garment and a nice display the helps sell the item, you should understand that long term storage on a plastic hanger or in a plastic bag will cause your special garment to become yellow and deteriorated. Special care should be given any garment that is to be preserved.

There are two ways to preserve a garment. One is to have it cleaned and sealed into a container at a high quality dry cleaner. This process is not only expensive, but it makes the item inaccessible to view and enjoy. Additionally, once the seal is broken, the process must be repeated to continue the preservation.

The important elements of preservation can be achieved without the cost and inaccessibility of sealing the garment. First, the garment should not be in contact with any petroleum products. This includes zippers. Second, the garment should be kept from any chemical contaminants often present in many fabric bags. Third, dust and excessive light should be kept from direct contact with the garment.

The Heirloom Preservation Bag offered by Christening Essentials is made of 100% unbleached muslin and is free of any petroleum or chemicals. It contains a wide buttoned overlap so as to keep the garment free of dust and separated from any plastics. The provided hanger is also made of unbleached material. The base of each bag is extended so special accessories can be placed in the bag as well. The total package is intended to provide the best possible scenario to be found to preserve special occasion garments.

The Heirloom Preservation Bag provides the best alternative we can recommend for long term storage. Any customer wanting to store and maintain a special occasion item will want to consider the Heirloom Preservation Bag.

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Christening and Baptism Keepsake Ideas

A baby’s christening or baptism is a very special occasion. It is the very first step in their spiritual life so there should be as many keepsakes of the day as possible. Since the baby won’t have any first-hand memories of this special day, it’s up to the parents, godparents and family members to create lasting memories for them.

There are always the popular items that make treasured keepsakes, but there are many other ideas that might get overlooked. For instance, are the invitations just for inviting guests to the celebration and providing all the important details? That is their main purpose, but saving just one of them to be framed or placed in a memory album/scrapbook will create a lasting souvenir of the occasion.

Here is a list of some more obvious and not-so-obvious items that make great baptism or christening keepsakes creating lifetime memories for the baby.

Gown or Outfit – Choosing heirloom quality fabric and taking the proper storage measures will help preserve the gown or outfit for future generations or just for a lasting remembrance.

Accessories such as shoes, socks, bib, blanket, bonnet, towel, headband, boutonniere - They all add an extra special touch to the gown or outfit and make great mementos.

Favors – These are perfect for showing appreciation to guests and giving them a take-home token. Many types of favors can be personalized.

Certificate – This is a great way to create a written record of the baptism or christening that can be framed and displayed.

Bracelet – What could be more precious and beautiful than a baby bracelet adorning the infant on her special day?

Personalized Gifts – These are normally items designed specifically for a christening or baptism such as a photo album, photo frame, Bible, cross plaque, doll, prayer bear, or candle. They are extra special because of the personalization.

Share of Stock with Framed Certificate – This is a gift that will educate and grow with the child throughout their life and the personalized frame will commemorate the date of their baptism or christening.

Godparents, in particular, should really consider giving their godchild a keepsake gift since part of their responsibility is to help the child grow in their spirituality. Since their baptism or christening is the beginning of their spiritual life, it should always be remembered. There are special godchild, goddaughter, and godson gifts available that can be personalized with the baby’s name and the date.

Keepsakes are a wonderful way to honor the memory of a baby’s christening or baptism through the years as they grow, both physically and spiritually.

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Friday, 20 March 2015

How to Make Christening Invitations

By eHow Parties & Entertaining Editor

A christening is another word for a baptism or a welcoming of a newborn into a Christian faith. Depending on your family, a christening may be the first time your entire family gets together to meet and welcome your new baby. If you're having a christening, you may be wondering about invitations.

Instructions

Step by Step:

Step 1

Decide if you want to make hand-made invitations or personalized invitations printed off your computer. If you want invitations printed off your computer, websites such as Blue Mountain Cards and MakeOwnInvitations can help you.

Step 2

Choose whether you want folded christening invitations (with a message on the outside and inside) or two-sided invitations (messages on both sides). Two-sided invitations may be easier to create.

Step 3

Think about using a picture of your baby on the outside or the inside of a folded invitation. This is a great way to personalize the invitation.

Step 4

Consider using Christian symbols as you create your christening invitations. Look at preprinted invitations for ideas.

Step 5

Budget carefully. If you are using lace, stencils, tissue paper and beads on your invitations, the costs will quickly rise. If your budget is small, keep your invitations simple.

Step 6

Stick to basics. Remember, you have a new baby in the house and probably don't have a great deal of time to create complex invitations. Include your baby's name, the family name, RSVP information and date, place and time on the invitation. Consider putting small maps inside the envelopes before you mail the invitations. Invite your friends and family to contact you for further information about the christening.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Godfather Gifts for a Christening

By Barbie Carpenter , eHow Contributor


Godfathers play an integral role in the christening --- and development --- of the newly baptized child. Thank the godfather for his participation in your child's life with a thoughtful christening gift. This gift can illustrate the relationship between the godfather and his godchild, or it can simply serve as a token of appreciation for the godfather's contribution. Consider the godfather's interests when selecting a christening gift for him.

Godfather Items

  • Celebrate his status as a godfather by giving him a godfather-themed christening gift. Choose a picture frame with "Godfather" engraved in it, or engrave his godchild's name on a sterling silver frame. Include a picture of the godfather and his godchild in the frame, or leave it empty so that he can put a picture from the christening in it. Frame a picture of the godchild's handprints, and write her name, birthday and christening date on it as a keepsake that the godfather can keep in his home to remind him of his goddaughter.

Religious Items

  • Since a christening is a religious occasion, a religious-themed gift is appropriate to give the godfather at this event. Choose this gift only if the godfather is religious and shares the same religious beliefs as your family. Give him a new Bible with a quality leather cover. Engrave a special message on the cover, such as "Thank you for being my godfather. Love, Tyler Joseph." Even if the child is too young to convey this sentiment, it remains thoughtful. Check out religious specialty stores for godfather-themed items. You can find religious statues and plaques intended for godfathers, and he can display these items on his desk or in his home as a reminder of his godchild.

Items of Appreciation

  • Perhaps planning for and attending the christening has taken time out of the godfather's busy schedule. Thank him for his effort with a gift that encourages him to relax and enjoy himself. These gift ideas work particularly well if the godfather and godmother are a couple --- that way, they can share this experience gift. Give him a gift certificate to an upscale restaurant in town for a night to relax after the christening. Find tickets to a local ball game, and grab a few extra for your family to make it a special godfather-godchild event. Or, give the godparents gift certificates for massages at a local spa.

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Friday, 13 March 2015

Funny Gifts for a Godmother

By Randi McCreary, eHow Contributor

updated: January 26, 2010


  1. The primary role of a godparent is to watch over your godchildren, as if they were your very own. If you have a godmother and want to send a special gift of thanks, here are three lighthearted ideas.

Wear it Proudly

  1. Sometimes there's no better way to flaunt being a godmother than with a T-shirt. To show your godmother how much you care, give her a T-shirt that boasts her special role: "World's Greatest Godmother" or "World's Best Godmother." Make your own shirt by purchasing a blank T-shirt, then iron on the letters. Check with specialty shops also. Cafepress.com is a great starting place and carries several godmother-inspired shirts.

Charms

  1. Present your godmother with a charm bracelet. Purchase a bracelet from your favorite jewelry store and fill it with little charms that will remind her of her godmother duties---including a bottle, a diaper or a soccer ball. Or find a shop that custom makes charms. Charms are found at stores such as Nordstrom, Uncommon Goods or Red Envelope.

Fairy Godmothers

  1. Shop with a fairy godmother theme in mind. Give a personally engraved wand as comical memorabilia. Or buy a plastic wand and decorate it with special colors, streamers and ribbons designed especially for the recipient. This gift idea is sure to get a laugh as well as a smile.


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Monday, 09 March 2015

Christening Gowns and Fashion

Up until the 17th century young babies were wrapped in tight Swaddling clothes carried to the font in a bearing cloth. This was a large square of lavishly trimmed silk. Mid 18th century it evolved to a front opening robe fastened with ribbon ties showing a petticoat beneath.

The first Christening robes were made in the style worn every day by 18th century children. Both boy and girl children wore slip dresses, with a very long flowing skirt falling from a short, tucked bodice, low neck and short sleeves. This fashion has remained popular for Christening ever since. Partly due to the tradition of handing down these robes from one generation to the next. Large families were popular in the Victorian era and a mother might make one very beautiful gown while she had the time while waiting the arrival of her first born child.

Although many women had access to a sewing machine in mid Victorian England the gown, being small and compact, would often be entirely handmade and could be easily moved around, from room to room in the young mother's needlework bag. Once used and admired along with the new baby; it would be carefully packed away awaiting the next birth. As a result would become a family heirloom. Mid 19th century christening gowns were decorated with fine white embroidery known as Ayrshire work.

This consisted of embroidery worked with extra needlework fillings and cutwork. This white on white originated in the Scottish lowlands. When the bodice came down to the front in a point; with tradition the point was kept on the outside however when used for a girl the point would be tucked in when christened.

Mid to late Victorian era christening gown skirts were lavishly ornamented with pin tucking and lace insertions with embroided bodices and the baby always topped with a bonnet. Very special christening attire ensured that any baby wearing the best looked picture  perfect for the occasion and the event of having a family photograph taken to record the day.

Christening gowns are one of the few pieces of costume history that has survived across a broad range of society because they launder well, are small enough to store easily, and have continued use to another baby! 

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Wednesday, 04 March 2015

Becoming A Christian

Becoming a Christian is receiving God's gift of forgiveness and a new life. It is receiving Christ into your life and turning your life over to His direction and control. "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life." (John 3:36) "Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:13)

Dear God I know I am a sinner. I believe Christ died on the cross for my sin and then arose. I now confess you as Lord and trust you alone for my salvation. According to your Word I believe you and receive you by faith. Thank you for the free gift of eternal life. Amen.

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