I did several custom dog paintings this year, although mostly this fall/winter. Hopefully 2018 will be a little more consistent since I’m not absorbed with learning all about a new baby 🙂
In addition to the handprint towels for presents, we also made some trivets! I bought tiles at Home Depot, and finished them with felt squares on the back and EnviroTex Light Pour on High Gloss Finish.
Again, seated him in his high chair as he is super entertained in there with some food! Did all the prints, then went in with the details. Used the envirotex (see previous posting on coasters as well) and covered the back with felt squares (had picked up somewhere a stack of these already precut). Perfect unique trivets!
I had several commissioned pieces this past year- again, didn’t do much in the spring as busy adjusting to life as a mom, but now that I’m more into a routine, I’ve gotten back into the swing of things. Thought I would share some of my feline portraits of 2017.
So I’ve been super remiss on posting at all this whole year! And what a year it has been. Our little man is 11 months old and I’ll be honest, until August I really didn’t do much art OR crafts (baby life)…. but for Christmas presents we got on the bandwagon of footprint and handprint gifts. Horray for Pinterest ideas! We did kitchen tea towels for the grandparents and parents…
Some were plain foot prints, others I converted into birds, etc.
Basically he was awesome in his highchair with some food to distract. I set up the towel on the clip board, inserted a piece of cardboard under the first layer to prevent soaking through, and a clip at the bottom to keep in place. Then painted his foot with the soft sponge brush and made a print bringing the clipboard up to his foot! Was able to clean his foot easily with baby wipes and then some water and paper towels. After they were all dry (and the little man was napping) I could go back in with the other details!
Besides Christmas gifts these can make great gifts for grandparents for birthdays or Mother’s day…
I had some extra glass jars from Goodwill (usually you can find in the kitchen section!). Then I purchased some toy animals from Michael’s and some green spray paint (again, we’re doing green accent colors in the nursery). Glued them on and you have fun animal themed glass jars for organizing! For now, have the mittens in one, socks in another (so easy to lose otherwise!) and pacifiers in another. I’m sure this will get switched up as we see what works and what we need out!
For the dresser that is holding the clothes in the baby room, I made my own drawer dividers. Super easy, does not take much time at all!.
All you need:
Measure out the length and width of each drawer, then cut the sizes out of cardboard that you need. I then hot glued the fabric on. After that was done, I measured out thirds and did cuts into opposite sides of each so I could slide them onto each other. Makes it easy to divide up the pants, onesies, etc!!!
I had seen a variety of felt mobiles on pinterest and I had a plethora of extra felt. All the ones I saw weren’t quite the color schemes I wanted (and I had the supplies), so I decided to make my own forest animals to go with our woodsy/green theme in the room. The mobile base itself was easy to purchase (and inexpensive) from Amazon (although I may end up switching it up for a wooden one later on). All I needed otherwise was the felt, embroidery thread and stuffing which I had (and some wooden accent beads I had as well). If you’re not crafty, there are some amazing ones you can find on Etsy to purchase! Check them out- there’s a ton of options.
Onward with baby room/nursery projects. We have less than 4 weeks left (+/- since you can’t predict!) so we’re finishing up the room! (And I’m finishing up my crafty parts of it). For the recliner (amazing and so comfortable), I wanted an accent pillow…and my husband wanted green. Thus with some scrap fabric, made a fantastic pillow cover that I can take off and wash and brings a couple different greens into the room! And yes, the painting in the background I did as well- Lava Lake, Big Sky, Montana.
So I’ve been doing some homemade things for upcoming February (February 2nd! Eek! Really seems not that far away now). I had come across various closet dividers on Etsy and pinterest. I wanted to make my own vs buying them, but it was hard to find a standard hanger to decorate or use. So I went along the lines of http://www.twotwentyone.net/baby-closet-dividers/ using wooden Os I purchased at Michael’s craft store.
For these, I got wooden Os at Michael’s and had a lovely friend cut the bottom for me since they have real tools vs a hack saw that I have which would have taken awhile. Then I just painted the cut edges white to match the rest of the O. Rest of the materials needed:
We have a woodsy theme going for the baby room, so I stuck to foxes, squirrels and leaves for the decorative stickers on these. For colors, we’re having some pops of green. But you can definitely make these work for you and whatever theme you want to pursue (since again, there are infinite sticker and paper options!).
This was a great project in front of the tv while I was doing laundry.
I started doing a side at a time, and by the time I got through I could repeat on the other side since the Mod Podge dries quick. The scrapbook paper you want thicker so it isn’t wrinkling up on you as you put it on, but doing a later of Mod Podge under and over does the trick. If the stickers don’t have enough of a sticky backing, a little extra Mod Podge helps as well. I found it helpful to layout what I wanted with each one, making each side almost a mirror of each other.
Again, pretty easy to put together and you can definite make it whatever you need it to be for your own theme!