Pinterest project- drawstring lego mats

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.

Pinterest project- lobster

May 19, 2012 § 1 Comment

An easy hand and footprint lobster from my pinterest “to make” board. Red paint and the squirmy appendages of three kids make a cute critter memory to look back on.

Pinterest project- awesome sauce!

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.

Lace lovely

May 7, 2012 § 1 Comment

A large piece of lace, thrifted for $2. An old tablecloth perhaps? Such lace has been used so effectively for stenciling furniture lately, I did consider that. But the needs of our household run closer to imaginative play. I flipped a quarter of it back on itself, sewed a casing and gathered it on a headband. I added a comb to keep it on and viola, another girly addition to the ever expanding dress-up bin.

Apparently it is necessary for princesses to spin. A lot.

Pinterest project- places we love

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!

 

Pinterest project-the first of the bunting

April 25, 2012 § 3 Comments

My preferred party decor is strands of yard and strung felt beads, but I do love bunting too. Take a look at all the bunting inspiration on pinterest!

This set of banners was made from a thrifted quilted jacket. $6.

Unique, right? When I cut the lining out the construction was double sided quilted pieces stitched together with raw edges. I cut a template from a cracker box and sliced out my triangles. This coat yielded 43 pennants and over 9 yards of banner goodness. There are a lot of mattress ticking type patterns.

I made it to hang in the master bedroom but it is not quite a perfect fit so I’ve listed it in my etsy shop.

Pinterest project- birds on a wire

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.

Pinterest project- Matroyshka canvas

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.

 

Pinterest project- pink elephant

April 6, 2012 § 2 Comments

The first time I saw this elephant collage I wanted to make it. It started as a pin on my “walls” board via etsy. The brilliant artist uses paper to collage her animal works of art.

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.

Trend alert

April 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

It is fun to watch what people like and what people buy. So the whale is the new owl in kids decor. You should buy a stump to use as a chair or side table. And succulents and cacti are filling favorite retail establishments. I see new things to sew! Take a look at these fabric potted cacti. From Anthropologie.

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I am going to plant some. There are miles of plant pots at the thrift store.

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