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