Tuesday, April 9, 2013
I have the Pinterest bug... bad, and even worse, I have been "nesting" and bugging my husband with tons of Pinterest ideas. Painted curtains was one that I figured I could do on my own during my little man's "snooze" time and preschool preoccupying my toddlers. I wanted to make a change in my children's bathroom, so this link really inspired me. M.E. Beck Design is brilliant. I love her style and everything she does. Check her out!
Cutest little helper resting peacefully.
What you need?
My curtains are from Target... but I bought them new at GoodWill for $3.99 each!
These are 84" panels... I marked along the sides every 6" and then matched each mark with the tape. I painted every other space with the roller and gray paint.
I really like how they turned out... especially for a whopping $7.98! I thought I wanted 96" panels, but these are perfect. Since they have grommets that fit on the pole... you will have to tack or sew a liner in, but totally worth the extra step if you go the grommet route!
Now for the rest of the house!
Friday, March 15, 2013
I love food writers, especially for my little artists, and what could be more fun than writing on cookies! For Birthdays and special occasions, I love an eye popping dessert table more than anyone, but sometimes it takes that fun out of the party and changes the focus. For my son's 5th Birthday, I made our favorite sugar cookies and covered them in fondant cut outs with the same cookie cutter. The fondant creates mini canvases for the kids to color and draw.
You can find food doodlers or food writers in the baking section of any craft store.
Everyone had fun decorating the cookies. We wrote special birthday messages for the birthday boy... we drew pictures of our most recent FAVORITE movie, "Wreck it Ralph" and just created for fun and they taste good too!
Make these for any special occasion. Try them...
for the kid's table at Thanksgiving... they can draw what they are thankful for.
Valentine's day... draw Valentines
an art party
any Birthday party
for a rainy day and the list goes on... my infant is ready for a feeding, so I am signing off!
Sunday, February 10, 2013
In my previous post, I highlighted my daughter's secret pal. I have been working on little lovie pals for my children while on bed rest in the hospital. They have recorded messages from me on the BAB "Say it with Sound" recorders. When my children feel blue or miss me, they have their soft friends they can cuddle on, hear my voice, and they have little pockets so they can double as tooth fairy pillows! A multi-tasking mom creating a multi-use stuffed animal! Each pillow friend reflects my children's personality, meet them and the tutorial that inspired them...
|Here is my mini craft room in the hospital.|
|It all starts with a sketch... The robot is for my son, Matthew. This robot was inspired by this tutorial.|
|I wanted to make a doggy for my son, Joe... when I gave him a clue to his special pal... he excitedly squealed, "A DRAGON!" Yes, of course. This little guy was inspired by this stuffed dragon I saw on ETSY.|
|This was for my little girl... Her favorite colors are pink and purple, so Jennifer Paganelli fabrics had to be the way to go! This bunny was inspired by this tutorial...|
These little pals were fun to make... there are details that are hand-stitched that I could do while in bed. The majority was sewn on my machine. They have made the time go by quickly, and now each of the kiddos have one of a kind pals. My husband says that my 2 1/2 year old daughter played hers the car ride home from the hospital laughing! He says my son, Matthew, slept with his and kept playing his message over and over. Joe got his today and he hugged on him. I love being a mommy and am grateful God has blessed me with them. We will soon add one more blessing to the clan. I wonder what kind of pal he will have?
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
At 32.2 weeks, I was hospitalized for high blood pressure, which has since then turned into preeclampsia which means the hospital is my "home" until we deliver our sweet little blessing, Jacob Thomas. Our goal is to get to 37 weeks and I have 2 1/2 more weeks to go. The biggest hurdle is missing my children... my 6, 4, and 2 year old are pulling my heart strings. I have many special people praying for me, so the majority of the time I am here, a blanket of peace has covered me which lead me to the idea of making some little loves for my kiddos with recorded messages in them. I started to search Pinterest for some inspiration. This link was the inspiration for my daughter's doll.
|Pink and Purple are my dd's favorite colors, so Jennifer Paganelli's vibrant fabrics were the perfect fit .|
|My sewing nook. Thank goodness my hubby is so good to me. A few trips to my room and I have a good selection of fun fabrics to light my sewing fire.|
|These are the main pieces that I have... I added a pocket to the back so that these can double as tooth fairy pillows. Hoping those toddler teeth stay put, they are special pockets for now.|
|I embellished it a bit with some quilting, handout felt flowers and a scrap of lace from my Baptismal dress that I couldn't throw away, and now I am happy that I didn't.|
|I am happy with how she turned out. I love the colors, and she is so soft.|
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Hoffman fabrics has 2 lines of Gabba Fabric and they are fabulous! I was thrilled when I saw tweet feeds from quilt market with Gabba characters! OVER the MOON! In years past I had created shirts with characters... and we found the hats here.
I made this little ruffled, tiered skirt using free sewing tutorials. I have tons pinned here. We found the top at Old Navy and she ready to go to the theatre to see Gabba Live! We can't wait to party, party with DJ Lance Rock and the Yo Gabba Gabba gang!
Sunday, January 13, 2013
What we have here is an old wooden play kitchen remodel. It was flat, dinged up and had painted burners and black plastic knobs. It has been princess-ized for our dd who enjoys hosting tea parties. After 2 boys, most of our home has been dinosaur-ed, hot wheeled, cowboy-ed out, so the pink kitchen is perfect for our hostess. It is one of her favorite colors.
|The burners are wooden skewers with E6000 glue and silver spray paint.|
|Curtain fabrics are inspired by our dd's bedding and designed by Tanya Whelan and Bari J. Ackerman.|
Saturday, January 12, 2013
The kids have had a really good week and frankly, I was craving chocolate cake. To make it fun for everyone, I made cupcakes and let the kids decorate with piped frosting from zip lock bags. We used some leftover treats from our gingerbread kits too.
|I made 2 dozen cupcakes and lightly frosted them with some Pillsbury light blue Vanilla icing.|
|After icing all the cupcakes, I added more blue food coloring and confectioners sugar to thicken up the frosting.|
|We placed the icing into ziplock bags and let the children be creative. While I was baking, my boys were intrigued with some how to videos on Youtube.com. We particularly LOVE howtocookthat.net. Ann Reardon can pipe really pretty flowers using zip lock bags... you should check it out!|
|Even the princess got into the action... she enjoyed the candy pieces.|
|In the end, you can't tell who did what... they are so pretty!|