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:
- Decorative thicker scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge and foam brush to use
- Stickers (again, found them in the scrapbook section).
- Sticker numbers
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!
One of my friends recently had me do a set of two paintings- of her Bulldog and her Frenchie….
What to do with extra shells?
I’m somewhat of a packrat in that I tend to keep things for potential craft projects. Well, I had collected shells ever since I was younger and I’m sure plenty of you have collected shells on vacation. What to do with them? Repurpose them into something useful and fantastic looking- a shell serving tray. I made two at the same time as gifts.
I will admit, not the cheapest gift, since you end up using a LOT of EnviroTex to seal the shells in. However, it is unique and turns out well.
Horray! Paintings up (and available for purchase!!!!!). Since most of my recent paintings are custom portraits, I wasn’t able to have any of those awesome ones, but these are some others. Check them out at Perrier Wines & Liquors on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul, MN (by Ace Hardware)…and buy some booze while you’re at it.
Every year I make my co-workers gifts for all or part of their presents for the holidays. Last year I did the coasters (see posting from last year of cat/dog silhouette coasters). This year…. FLEECE BLANKETS.
Basic materials: fleece blankets (purchased at a brick and mortar store), embroidery thread, and felt! Basically every time we were sitting on the couches watching TV, I’d work on them.
I wish I had pictures of all of them (I think it was eighteen total), but of course I didn’t remember until I gave them to everyone!
I’ve been remiss on posting for awhile (slacker). I should have actually posted this project in the spring…
For FIRST BIRTHDAY presents I made some alphabet letters. Two of my friends were having first birthdays for their daughters, I had lots of extra fabric, and voila. Fantastic gift. Soft enough to put in their mouths without breaking, they can throw them around, and easy to put away, and as they continue to grow, they can start to spell words out on the floor as they learn:
I was ambitious enough to do UPPER and LOWER case as well.
Who wants to be creative with me? I’ll post any additional projects I do of course!In college I worked in Residental Life for a bit, and since they knew I was crafty they gave me a bunch of the old skeleton keys that they were getting rid of. They’ve sat around forever and I finally decided to do something with them…or at least with one of them: