Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Rainy Day Craft Corner

After finishing Sawyer's table and chairs, I got to (finally) set up his rainy day craft corner! Everything was re-purposed from around the house, so we didn't have to spend a dime. I used free printables from Mr. Printables for his flash cards and "Rain, Rain Go Away" poster.
I'll be switching out the flash cards for a new letter, number and shape for us to focus on each month.
More pictures to come, I just need a sunnier day to take them! We will be making great use of our corner this week if the forecast is right. :)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Chevron Chair DIY

We had been looking for a cute table and chairs for Sawyer for a while, but had no budget to work with. (Cue craigslist hunting, garage sales, etc, but nothing I loved was jumping out.) While up at my dad's house, I noticed the perfect set sitting in his carport! It turns out it was a set my sisters (now 8 and 11) had when they were little, and it had become their lemonade stand table. They were nice enough to donate it to the cause!
Some of the original damage. 

It had been living in the open carport, so it needed some love. It was also victim to paint, nail polish, and lots of itty bitty bits of tape, but it cleaned up pretty nicely! (Seriously - Magic erasers are my friend.) I used the same steps and products that I used on our coffee table makeover (here), so this project was 100% free!
Chair on the right, primed. Chair on the left, painted.

After priming and painting the chairs white, I made a chevron stencil on thick scrapbooking paper. I just used black acrylic craft paint to fill in the chevron pattern, and sealed with 2 coats of polyurethane! Done and done.
My Chevron stencil. (I used 2 inch squares to create the look I wanted.)

I'm so happy to have a special spot for Sawyer to do his colouring and craft projects. I also like that I won't be stressing about him getting it messy! (If it was brand new, yes, I would be neurotic like that. haha.) What do you think? Are you victim to the chevron craze like I am?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ombre Tidings by Cassandra, see more holiday photo cards

Ombre Tidings board by Cassandra. See more holiday photo cards

This is my entry into the inspiration board contest! Visit and favourite mine if you get a chance!

Monday, August 13, 2012

DIY burlap engagement banner

Photo by Brandie Coe Photography

***UPDATED to include photos!***
We are planning an engagement shoot with the amazing Brandie Coe of Brandie Coe Photography, and I thought it would be fun to make a banner for the pictures! I recently got a giant bag of burlap scraps for free on Craigslist, so they were the base of my flags.
Step 1: Cut burlap to size. (I used a thick sheet of scrapbook paper to make a template, traced onto the burlap with a sharpie and cut out.)
Step 2: Sew or glue a fold at the top of the flag. (I used my fave glue gun.)
Step 3: Stencil your letters onto the burlap. (Measure to make sure they are in roughly the same place on each flag.)
Step 4: Fill in the letters! I used a sharpie to colour the "C"'s and sponged on some acrylic paint for the blue heart detail.
Step 5: Thread onto twine or a ribbon, and it's done! (Optionally,you can seal the edges so it doesn't fray. I haven't done this yet, but probably will.)
Filling in the letters!


Photo by Brandie Coe Photography

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Coffee Table Makeover

We got a set of awesome Urban Barn couches on Craigslist, and they threw in a free coffee table! I wasn't a fan of the colour (see below) and it didn't really suit our living room, but we needed a coffee table. I knew I had seen a few pins on painting laminate furniture (thank you Pinterest!) so I went to work.
I used 2 coats of primer (Zinsser cover stain is great. Use an OIL-BASED Primer to stick to the laminate!), 2 coats of paint (A mix of 2 different ivory paints I had bits left of), and 3 coats of matte varnish after painting and Mod Podging the wrapping paper. I got the wrapping paper at Hallmark, and 1 roll (22 1/2 sq. ft) fit the space I needed to cover perfectly. I applied everything using foam brushes. I love foam brushes!

The supplies!
The starting point. Nothing wrong with it, just not the colour for us!

After 2 coats of primer, and 1 coat of paint. 

Mod-podging the wrapping paper. (1 roll of paper fit perfectly.)

Trying it out in the living room.

In front of our new couch!

Working with a whole roll of wrapping paper is tricky! It kept unrolling and re-rolling, and folding awkwardly. Anyway, there are more bubbles than I would like, but I'm happy with the finished product. If I did this again, I might measure and cut the pieces for each side instead of trying to do it in one go.
Yay, we have a coffee table! (Well, it's officially a new road for Sawyer's "vroom-vrooms", but I'd like to think us grown-ups can enjoy it too.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mother's Day - Peapod Necklace DIY

I've been on the hunt for Mother's Day gift ideas, and I keep seeing these cute peapod necklaces! I love the idea of a pea in the pod for each child in a family. Adorbness. I saw a couple I liked on Etsy, but of course I left it too late and would never have had one shipped in time for Mother's Day (May 13! Don't forget!).
In my Pinterest travels I found this awesome DIY tutorial from Heidi's Hubbub.
Here's my attempt! (Sorry about the picture quality, I took these on my phone.) I'll try to get a better shot on Mom's Day!
And here's the tutorial if you want to make your own:

Share your Mother's Day craft projects in the comments!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Quick Hair Clip DIY

Paint an old hair clip with nail polish for a new look. I don't think this one really needs a tutorial, options are endless! Use scotch tape to tape off patterns, or free-hand - Up to you!

I started with this clip below...I like it, but I've had it for so long that I don't wear it anymore. I used 3 coats of my favourite Essie polish (Turquoise and Caicos) and used a Gosh polish (Pink Rose) for the accent colour.

Done and done! Finish with a clear polish to keep it from flaking off the edges, and you're golden.