Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A bunch of baby gifts

Love these Mary Jane booties (from a pattern I bought on Etsy)

Sheldon the Turtle

Drool Bib (from a pattern I bought on Etsy)

Baby Wall Hangings

Styrofoam Wall Hanging

I am so excited about this project. I found a brochure at Michael's this week and couldn't resist. The wall in our family room has been desperately needing some color since the couches were re-done. I bought 3 styrofoam panels, and cut them into 12 inch squares. I covered the edges with ribbon, and then attached scrapbook paper. Modge Podge and spray adhesive both seemed to cause bubbles, so I ended up just pinning the paper on the same way I pinned the ribbon. From a distance, you can't tell at all, and the surfaces are perfectly smooth, which was important to me. Then all I had to do was insert the picture hangers in the back, and hang them. I think they look really good, and they are just what I was looking for on that wall, plus they were CHEAP. I'm going to do something similar in the downstairs bath, but I'm waiting for some paper I ordered this week.

Thomas' Chalkboard

My nephew turned 3 last week, and I made him this chalkboard. I bought a plain piece of wood at Michael's so it would have nice finished edges. I painted the front with chalkboard paint, and then modge podged the stickers in place. I covered all the painted surfaces (not the chalkboard) with a coat of polyeurethane... at first the stickers were peeling up, but once it was 100% dry, it was just fine.

Amy Butler Nappy Bag

My Sister in Law is pregnant, and is expecting her first baby in December. It hasn't been a very easy pregnancy, so I wanted to make her something special. I made her an Amy Butler "Nappy Bag". I have to say, it really was pretty easy, and I was very very happy with the results. I also made the coordinating changing pad and carrying case, and a little diaper / wipes holder. I love the fabric, although I bought the fabric for the changing pad later, and then I wished I had used it for the whole thing. The only trouble I had with any of it was sewing the batting to the changing pad, and after I adjusted my presser foot tension, it was fine. I'm planning to make another one, and I'm going to be brave and attempt an Amy Butler Weekender bag for myself sometime soon.

Presents for Enzo and the twins

A good friend recently had a baby boy... they were planning a Mickey Mouse themed nursery.. so I painted a letter V for him, and made him a bib and some shoes. I did the bib pretty much freehand, and I think it turned out pretty well. The shoes are based on this pattern

which was super easy to follow. Another good friend was having twins, and I made her these bibs and shoes, which I think are adorable

Fabric Bookmarks

Lately I'm really doing a lot of stuff with fabric, and I'm loving fabric covered buttons... I can't get over how simple they are and how adorable the results are... I made a bunch of these bookmarks using 4 inch paper clips I got at Staples

"Mosaic Tile"

I made this for Jack's teacher at the end of the school year. I took each of the kids' school pictures, made little resin tiles, with a set of resin tiles that I made using some "school" themed stickers I had... then I put them all together. I think it turned out cute, I know she liked it.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Reasons I haven't been knitting

We've been in full blown home improvement mode around here lately. It all started when Mike gave me new slip covers for our family room couches for Mother's day. They are great, and I'm super happy with them. The new slipcovers meant we needed new pillows for the couches, though

I also re-did the kitchen valance in the polka dots, but seem to have deleted that picture off the camera. :(

Just last night I finished the living room curtains. They had been a green and blue plaid, which actually went with the couches we had 7 years ago when we moved in, but didn't after the face lift :) I can't get a great picture of them, but they are a pretty tan linen... I ripped the linings out of the old ones and used them to line the curtains because the room gets so much sun. They still need to be distributed better across the curtain rod, but here's the general idea.

At that point, I had really caught the sewing bug... and Mike was cleaning out the basement. I had bought two chairs a couple of years ago, with the intention that the kids could use them as extra seating in the living room. Mike hated them from day 1, one ended up banished to the basement and the other never even got assembled. Since they are basically just pillows on frames, I re-covered them and put one in each boys' room. Jack's is pirates (natch) and Ben's is Buzz Lightyear (double natch).. My friend Tracy had given me some other fun pirate fabric a while ago, so I recovered all the little pillows in Jack's room with it. He then spent two days telling everyone he saw how he "re-designed" his room. Cute!

Next on the list was the bathrooms. I painted our master bathroom, and it looks great. No pictures yet, I'm still working on some finishing touches. Our main floor powder room had been covered in a hideous red wallpaper... cabbages roses in abundance. I stripped the wallpaper, scrubbed the walls with steel wool to get the glue off the wall, and painted it a really pretty yellow. It's not quite as dark as the pictures make it look. Then I added some wall decals I bought on Etsy

I put a couple of the decals on some inexpensive vases I bought at Michael's, and made these cute candle holders. Last, I painted these little canvases that I just hung up today. I'm really happy with the room so far. It needs a new mirror and light fixture, and I'm toying with the idea of priming and painting the vanity. We've been saying since we moved in that we were going to put a pedestal sink in this room, but it hasn't happened yet, so we'll see.

Next up is Christies' room. She has already painted the room a lovely blue, and she is painting polka dots on the walls in a pretty chocolate brown and white. She has two walls done (two more to go!) Mike has bought all the stuff he needs to put wainscot and crown molding in there, and I ordered fabric this week to re-do her curtains and window seat cover, and to make her a new duvet. Pictures to come soon !

Sunday, May 11, 2008

How I spent Mother's Day Weekend

After a couple of attempts at resin tiles, I was ready to take the plunge this weekend... on Saturday I went to Archivers and stocked up on a bunch of great paper, and then last night after the kids went to bed I made like a zillion of these... so easy and so much fun...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Resin Pendant and Hair Baubles

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Catching up some fo's :)

I have a bunch of things I need to take pictures of... but here are a few things I knitted as gifts

a pair of bronco's booties :) and some bronco colored canvases with his name on them.