July 13, 2012 § 1 Comment
The drought friendly symmetry of succulents is very much in vogue this year. Lots of trendy home decor stores have stocked them and I can not get enough of their blossomy shape. On our recent spring/summer wandering, we spent 52 days and over 7000 miles enjoying new places and people. I brought along planted cups of succulents to leave with some of our gracious hosts. Pinterest shows many images of the beautiful plants. I ordered a box of 36 assorted succulents from Amazon here. Though it arrived badly bashed, the plants were packed pretty well, and most survived transplanting and thrived.
I used a glass bit to drill holes in thrifted pots and dishes, and got the colorful mugs from Marshalls. Succulents are planted in special soil which I got at my local nursery and seems to be crushed rock. They must drain well. I covered the soil with gravel, which makes it look pretty and professional.
I carried them in a crate in the car and they traveled beautifully. They can take the heat of a hot car and only need to be watered about once a week! Here you see them in our car contents on the right.
July 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
Legos are one of my favorite toys, and our family spends hours playing with them. The lego mat is an easy way to keep them corralled. It is both storage and play surface and makes clean up easy. It prevent bruises from stepping on legos and keeps the baby from eating stray blocks. I have made two. The first one is made from vintage striped fabric and muslin and is about 54 inches wide, the width of the muslin. The drawstring is in a casing between the layers
This second one I made bigger, out of two thrifted sheets, and the drawcord just goes through grommets from back to front of the mat. If you are thinking of making one, I like the bigger grommets of the second mat, but the internal casing for the cord of the first mat.
May 19, 2012 § 1 Comment
May 11, 2012 § 4 Comments
This took me a few tries, a painted canvas hot sauce love note! I first saw this card and placed it on my pinterest “to make” board. I think it caught my eye because my husband consumes a lot of hot sauce and the Sriracha bottle is so iconic. My canvas is 8×10″ and as always I sketch very carefully to get shape and scale right. The lettering was tricky, I tried to mask my letters with painters tape, but it was so thin that the paint leaked under so I redid the letters witha toothpick. The long skinny letter are my favorite part I believe.
And now it hangs on the “I love daddy” wall.
May 8, 2012 § 3 Comments
There are so many cute teepee’s used in nurseries and children’s rooms and featured on blogs. You can view some of them here. I used Butterick pattern B4251 found at the fabric store. I really love the 6 sided shape and large size; it is five feet high inside. Lots of children can fit in this one. I got the outdoor canvas fabric at deep discount and along with the PVC poles, the cost of this project was somewhere around $50.This tent folds up really easily and tucks into a corner, and the kids can set it up themselves. I just don’t like the pattern though and am selling this one. A plain tea colored canvas one is in the works now, I like it lots better. Though the pictures are outside, we use it only indoors.
May 4, 2012 § 1 Comment
Hearts and maps go together so well, speaking wordlessly of the places you love or that have significance to you. There are tons of happy DIY projects with maps on pinterest. See here and here. So I got a US atlas and world atlas at Goodwill, about $2, cut out hearts of our places of birth and places we’ve lived, and put together a shadow box using one I’ve had stashed forever and a bit of blue painted artboard. It is personal and colorful and goes beautifully in a memory filled gallery.
It also makes a terrific gift!
April 20, 2012 § 2 Comments
Birds have been in vogue for a few years now though they might be on their way out. I love the bird mobiles that various creatives have made; you can see some versions here and here. There is a simple and stylish FREE pattern for making these little fabric chirpies found here on my pinterest “to make” board via spool. Instead of a mobile I made a wall installation with three bamboo poles, found at Target on clearance, and a few brackets from the hardware store. The birds are great for using up scraps and are stuffed with thrifted stuffing, so they cost almost nothing. And my guest room has a large and cheerful flock of visitors. This gallery has 30 birds and they are adhered to the bamboo with hot glue, which is sturdy but removable.
April 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
Matroyshka, or russian nesting dolls, have been quite popular in recent years. Click here for innumerable images and ideas. I really liked a view of their graduating sizes, kind of like this one on my pinterest boards. So I painted a long canvas of the dolls and used features of many different prints and images to make each matroyshka unique. This picture is so quiet, there was actually tons of measuring and paper templating and pencil sketching to get the sizing right.
It hangs in our up stairs kids and guests bathroom and beams benevolence on all. Matroyshka dolls are very peaceful. The kids like to pick their favorites.
The three buttons and one flower are glued on and have dimension.
April 6, 2012 § 2 Comments
I printed a picture of it and cut apart each section to duplicate it in fabric. I grey painted a canvas for the base.
I very much love it. I am not an artist so I must carefully measure and sketch designs to get what I want.