Happy 3rd Birthday to my baby bear!
Happy 3rd Birthday to my baby bear!
Here are a few of my favorites from this week.
I absolutely love decorating children's rooms. And I adore a good theme room...they can be so hard to pull off. I am Momma Hear Me Roar shared one of the cutest cowboy rooms I've ever seen! Check out the bed...made from MDF and painted....oh. my. goodness.
And speaking of decor the kiddos, this adorable child size chair makeover from Rambling Renovators took my breath away! (love me some turquoise furniture!)
I'm always on the lookout for a great message board. I just love this one by Nice & Easy Antiques. Burlap and chicken wire! Be still my heart!
All Thingz Related shared how she made this lovely spring bird's nest shadowbox. So pretty!!
Spring is a perfect time to lighten up your decor. Holly's Haven shared her restful powder room redo. I especially love the textured wall treatment...wait til you see it!
And last but not least...Stephanie Lynn shared a very clever vase made from a recycled sweater. This is definitely one for my files!!
Thank you to all who participated in last week's Frugal Friday! Can't wait to see what you all come up with next time!
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I must admit that I have a bit of a fabric obsession. It's amazing what fabric can do for a room. Let's take my son's room for example. A typical basement bedroom. It has a very small window which doesn't provide much in the way of a focal point. (or much light for that matter, so please forgive the photography.)
Here's the after of that same room...with fabric added in the form of a roman shade, drapes and accent pillows. What a difference!! (Again, please forgive the low light photography....not the best to show off how cute everything actually turned out...sigh.)
First up, the roman shades and drapes. I actually made the shades using a vinyl mini-blind, Fabritac glue, and denim. A super easy and inexpensive way to create custom roman shades in whatever fabric you choose. And when I say easy, I mean this is seriously easy folks!! And since I used a tutorial to make these....I'm going to share it with you! Here's the link.
The drapes were created using blue and white ticking fabric. They were very simple to sew. I chose not to create a rod pocket, so all I did was hem the top and bottom, leaving the selvages instead of hemming the sides. Then I pinched the tops and attached curtain rings to hang them.
Here's a closeup of the back of the roman shade, so you can see the "skeleton" I created from the mini blind, and I tried to get a decent closeup of the window treatment....you can sort of see the folds of the roman shade...(drat that basement lighting.)
In this photo, you can see the way the ticking drapes frame out the bed. The addition of handmade accent pillows adds softness and personality to the bed.
I made these pillows using one of my favorite tricks...photo transfer paper. I just love my son's handsome face looking back from his bed...even when he's not sleeping in it. The firetruck pillow features a vintage firetruck photo and more blue ticking to tie in with the drapes.
A couple of tips on using photo transfer paper...first, I recommend the Avery brand. I am not being paid by them, I have just tried pretty much EVERY brand of photo transfer paper out there, and I have had better and more consistent results with Avery than with any other brand.
Second, if you are using text in your design, MAKE SURE YOU REVERSE IT. You will need a photo editing program to reverse the text...but make sure you do it. Unless you are extremely particular about an image, they can usually be printed without reversing them. I didn't reverse either of the images used in this project, and I can't see a difference.
Then all you need to do is follow the directions on the package. Photo transfer paper is very easy to use, and can create some great custom pieces for your home.
For the pillow with my son's photo on it, I simply ironed the photo transfer directly onto the fabric I was using for the pillow. For the firetruck pillow, I ironed it on a seperate piece of canvas, cut it out, and then sewed it as a patch onto the ticking fabric. (Which leads me to another tip on using transfer paper...you don't want to use the transfer paper on fabric with a print...the print will show through).
After seeing how cute the portrait pillow turned out, I think I may have to make one of each of my other three kiddos....wouldn't they make a great addition to a family room?
Like I said, it's amazing what fabric can do for a room!!
The competition is getting tough over there at So You Think You Can Decorate. If you liked this project, please hop over and give me your vote. I could really use it. ;-)
Have a great Monday~
When I was redo-ing our master bedroom, I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for in the pillow case department. So I decided to create my own. Well, to be honest, all I did was embellish a pair of store bought cases.
I purchased a pair of white wrinkle free pillow cases, and then all I did was sew on some ribbon. Easy peasy.
What's that you say? You don't sew? No problem. Even someone who has never sewn can do this project. All it involves is one straight line of stitching.
Pick out a ribbon of your choice, and then simply stitch it along the seam of the pillow case edge. In my case, I decided to add pleats to my ribbon. But I am not super picky when I do this kind of thing, so I didn't fold and pin...no I didn't. I just folded the ribbon as I sewed....eyeballing it for spacing. Truly, it was soooo easy, and it turned out beautifully.
So pretty, in fact, that I use the cases more like pillow shams...they add just the right touch to my bedding. (And all for pennies!!)
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This is a great idea to keep in mind when you really want a piece of art that will complement a space, and you just can't seem to find the right one. (Although my father-in-law who is an honest to goodness real life artist and Professor of Fine Art would roll his eyes at the concept of choosing art to "go with" a room...his decorator daughter-in-law, that would be me, does it all the time.)
In the case of my room, I really wanted to incorporate gray damask. I was hoping to use it for the curtains, but with the amount of yardage I needed, my budget would have been sunk. So I decided to bring the damask into the room in a stylized piece of art.
Here's what I did...
1. I found myself a piece of wood in our back room that had a smooth surface (you could also purchase a canvas, but I was aiming to use what I had)
2. I found a damask pattern I liked. In this case, it was a picture of a fabric sample, Natele from Duralee, which I printed out so that I would have a pattern to work from. As you can see, the pattern was quite intricate, so I tried to simplify it as I drew it out...but I'll get to that in a minute.
Natele from Duralee
4. Here's where you can go a couple of different ways. In my case, I have a photo projector. I placed the print on the projector and then traced the projection onto the wood. Or if you are good at this sort of thing, you can look at your picture and freehand it in pencil onto your wood. Finally, if you don't have a projector, and aren't good at freehanding stuff, you can draw a grid on your picture and then draw each section of the grid onto your wood. (I wouldn't suggest drawing a grid on the wood - it's difficult to remove the pencil lines - but the grid on your picture will help you get the proportions correct when you draw onto the wood. )
Don't forget tomorrow is Frugal Friday again!! MckLinky goes up at 12:00 am EST for all you night owls.
And this week's winner will be announced at So You Think You Can Decorate on Saturday...next week's challenge goes up on Sunday. You can vote until Friday at 12:00 MST.
Have a great day~
In order to make the headboard "substantial", the first thing we did was to glue three long planks together back to back to make them thicker (one plank on the back and two on the front). You can see in the photo above that we left a seam, and chose purposely to use the side that was more uneven and cracked as the front.
We clamped the boards and let them dry overnight. After they were thoroughly dry, the hubby cut the boards to length (approximately 80") and set to work trimming the "door" out with 1x3's.
He simply cut 80" lengths for the top and bottom and then cut the shorter lengths (5 of them ) to make the "panels" - and yes, 5 cross pieces creates 4 panels - not 5 - and I'm okay with that. From here all we did (and when I say we, I mean the Hubby) was screw them together. After I saw the finished product, I asked him to add another small piece to the top and have it hang over about 1/4" to give it more of a finished "headboard-ish" feel.
Now because of the Hubby's need to make this headboard "substantial", it is, shall we say, slightly weighty...okay, it is dang heavy. So to secure it to the wall, we needed to use large L brackets and long drywall screws. You can see that the brackets stick out just a bit further than the headboard, but that's okey dokey because my pretty curtain panels cover them.
Today, I just wanted to share a smattering of the inspiring posts from my fabulous readers...
Bliss Bloom Blog shared these wonderful Washi tape easter eggs. How pretty are they?
I just loved this bright and cheery dresser makeover at Peppertowne!
I love the serenity of the entry hall redo at Just the Right Angle.
And finally, this amazing Foam Easter Egg decoration at Room to Inspire. I've got to make me one of these little beauties!!
I will be posting more about my Master Bedroom redo in the coming couple of days. I have had so many questions about it, so don't worry...I'll try to address them all. If you haven't had a chance to vote over at So You Think You Can Decorate, please go over and vote today!!
This week's challenge is to use the color white. "No problem", says I. I just love white!! Our Master Bedroom has received no love at all since we moved into our house a little over 2 months ago. My plan was to use a large dose of white in this room. Perfect for the week 4 challenge!!
Here is a before photo...and a perfect example of how NOT to use the color white.
So let's see... a list of everything I needed to get this room out of its bad-dorm-room-funk and into master-bedroom-retreat-mode...
- a headboard
- window treatments
- pretty bedding
- a bedside table
Wow! That's a tall order...but here we go!!
Now here is an after photo....hard to believe it's the same room, huh?
I wanted to use a piece of architectural salvage as a headboard. So off I went to the only architectural salvage store in the surrounding area. I decided to use an old 5 panel door. The problem was the price. Just a little more than I wanted to pay. Enter my dear husband who built me a "5 panel door" headboard out of a bunch of old wood in our storage room. We painted it out in a pale dove gray to match the gorgeous curtain panels I found.
Here is a closer view of the headboard. Join me here later this week, when I'll go into more detail about our design process and how we put this together.
The Pretty Bedding:
The side table was in our basement and was old and beat up. I gave it a coat of fresh white paint and it became the perfect partner to the bed. To accessorize the table, I added a lamp that was previously black metal. I simply spraypainted it with the same Krylon paint I used on the curtain rods, and it looked perfect. I added a favorite photo of the Hubby and me in a silver toned frame, and for a bit of color some lovely pink stalks in a large vintage canning jar with a unique metal lid that added to the color scheme (and helped with the flower arranging.)
Finally, to finish off the grouping, I added a painting I made of a stylized damask motif. I found another piece of scrap wood in our storage room and used leftover paint from the headboard and table. It ended up being just what the room needed...a little modern but with a vintage feel. (You can see it a little better in the photo below.)
Welcome to another edition of the Frugal Friday Linky Party!! I'm just loving all of the frugal inspiration you share here on a weekly basis...gives me loads to put on my "to-do" list.
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I've had many emails inquiring about my cupcake recipe. So I have a confession to make. I am not a baker. No, I'm not. Although I love carb-rich goodies like home baked bread, I find baking to be rather time consuming and well (forgive me all of you who love to bake) tedious. Don't get me wrong, I really admire people who are good bakers. I think it is an art. Just not one that I'm particularly good at. So, that said...my cupcake recipe belongs to Betty Crocker. Yes, I admit it (and it may just ruin that great "Martha" reputation I have - ha ha) I use boxed cake mix.
So, that said...
Are you still there?
Do you even want to know what I have to say now?
Hey, at least I bake them, right? I could just buy them premade. But then what would be the fun in that?...I wouldn't get to pipe the frosting on top...
Okay, I'm off the subject.
Yesterday, being St. Patty's Day, my two youngest, AKA the Toddler Demolition Team (TDT), and I decided to make a special treat for our family to celebrate the wearin' o' the green.
I got the idea from my bloggy buddy Kristin...but hers are much prettier and stay in nice layers of color while mine blend together...could have something to do with the enthusiasm of my helpers. ;-)
Okay, so I admit they might not be the prettiest cupcakes I ever made, but that isn't really the point is it? Sometimes I have to let go of the "Miss Perfectionist" side of my personality and remember that it really is all about the time spent with and love for the kiddos...not about the "pretty factor". And my two little leprechaun helpers were so proud of themselves and their colorful creations, that I think these cupcakes are true works of art!!!