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1  Hexagon Art in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by jennique on: January 24, 2015 10:34:04 AM
Hexagon's seem to be popping up everywhere right now so I decided to jump on the bandwagon with some art for my spare bedroom.



What do you guys think? I wanted to draw in the reds, golds and blues that were in the fan above the bed.
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2  Re: Bunny Nursery in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by jennique on: April 25, 2014 06:03:38 PM
Thanks everyone for your nice comments!

I do have a close-up of the felt board. The light beige background isn't felt. My original plan for the felt was to actually make a series of large felt trees and attach them to the wall, to make a "forest wall" but I abandoned the idea and went with this instead (hence why I had so much extra felt) and why I didn't have a background colour of felt. To hang it I used two wooden dowels that I got at the hardware store and slid them through pockets, like you would for making curtains. I put a dowel along the bottom edge of the board to give it weigh and hold it flat.

  - click here for the original size if you want to see more detail

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3  Bunny Nursery in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by jennique on: April 23, 2014 06:40:05 PM
I decided on a purple and brown theme for our little girl's nursery and went with a vague bunny/nature theme in the room.

I sewed the crib skirt and the curtains and my MIL made the crib canopy for me. I can't believe how much work the crib skirt was. I saw the three-tier ruffle style on Pinterest and loved it but I'm not sure I would have embarked on it if I knew it was going to take 3 nights to finish after an exhausting day pregnant chasing after a toddler. Yikes.

 

The felt board is one of my favourite parts of the room though she won't be playing with it any time soon. I bought way too much felt, I'm not sure what I am going to do with the rest. It was really fun to make though because I just freehanded the whole thing. The photos were all found online and printed and I got the unfinished wood frames from a yard sale. The letters for the name were bought at the dollar store but I painted them to match the fabric in the room.

 

We already had the chair but I bought a new foam cushion and made a reversible cover for it (the idea being that when I'm done with it in the nursery I can flip it to the underside fabric and put it in the rec room. The reverse side of the fabric came from Ikea and though its really funky the orange/grey didn't really go with my colours. ^.^ I didn't make the log pillow, I was thinking of making one but then I lucked out and found one at our local bargain shop for $14 and I know how much of a pain it is to make cylindrical pillows. I also love the bunny hat for the chair - I got that idea from Pinterest too. I stuffed the ears with polyester fill and a length of wire to give them a bit of shape.

 

I made this door stop to discourage my toddler from closing the door to her room. Of course that's not the problem at all - the problem is him opening the door it turns out lol. He just likes to pick up the bunny and move it around, oh well. I filled the bottom with rice to give it weight.



I found the driftwood for the clothes hangers at the beach and I attached them to the wall using hook and eye hinges. We used to have a closet in this room, but long before we thought about kids we had converted it into an office and removed the closet to make a walk-in off our bedroom which backs onto this room.

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4  Thread choice?? Advice please! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by jennique on: June 12, 2012 09:59:12 AM
I'm working on a quilt and I was looking for advice on thread. Everything is ready to go to be quilted but I'm not sure what colour my thread should be!

The quilt has a dark blue squares, light yellow squares and then a variety of patterned squares with blue, yellow and other soft "baby" colours in it.

I'm not sure if I should use two different threads for my quilting. If I go light, it will show up really stark on the dark blue squares and blend more on the other squares, but if I go dark I'll have the opposite. Is this going to look ok? I'm not a very experienced quilter so I'm not sure what is right here.

As a side note, I would say I have an even number of dark and light squares.

Edit:: I decided to just share a picture - duh.



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5  Our blue and yellow nursery! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by jennique on: June 12, 2012 09:19:47 AM
I'm expecting at the end of July so I've been diligently working away on the nursery for a few months now, with some help from the SO. I wish I had a before picture of the room but I can't find one. If you can imagine in it, it was bologna pink. The baby is a boy though, so pink just wouldn't do. I ended up going with a cheery yellow colour.

So.. the parrot on the wall is a construction paper cutout that I made. I also sewed all the crib sheets and the curtains and I am working on a quilt which incorporates all the fabrics I've used in the room. The "stained glass" frames in the window were actually made by my in-laws. The little table my SO made when he was in scouts as a child and my FIL found it in the basement of their house and stained it to match our furniture. The lamp shade I recovered with the same fabric as the curtains. Oh and the "jelly fish" hanging from the windows I made with fabric scraps and ribbons, and I stuffed them with lavender!!! That was a fun project.

The room isn't completely finished, but there's just some things that I won't be getting around to for a little bit so I wanted to post pictures now while I can.
Also, obviously the stroller and the bassinet won't be staying in the nursery, we're just storing them for the time being.

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6  Re: Parrot Papercut picture! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jennique on: January 30, 2012 07:00:50 AM
Well I gave it a try. I couldn't find any colourful cardstock in town so I used construction paper. Its nothing near yours but its ok for a first attempt I think. More layers would have improved the effect I think, so I'll keep that in mind next time.

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7  Brownie Oreo Cookie FUSION! in Dessert by jennique on: October 25, 2011 09:25:35 AM
OK I saw this most fabulous looking delicious dessert at: http://www.kevinandamanda.com/whatsnew/new-recipes/ultimate-chocolate-chip-cookie-n-oreo-fudge-brownie-bar.html


This is what I made Cheesy


Essentially, it is a layer of chocolate chip cookie batter, a layer of double stuffed oreo cookies and a layer of brownie mix, baked in the oven then cut and stacked into a monstrosity of sugary goodness. I used my own tried and true favourite chocolate chip cookie and fudge brownie recipes. The website provides a cookie recipe but calls for boxed brownies, I'm not a fan of the boxed brownie mix.

It also recommends baking it at 350 for 45-55 minutes, maybe its different when you use a box mix but I found this far too long for my brownie mix. Next time I make them I will take them out at 35 minutes, I think that will be sufficient. Chewy brownies tend to get hard when over cooked, always better to under cook them.




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8  A picnic adventure worthy of Pippy Longstockings in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by jennique on: July 19, 2011 09:57:33 AM
So I've always always wanted a classic picnic set to go picnicking with! I'd planned to make myself one many times over the years but it just never happened.

Well, last year I found this adorable little picnic basket in a thrift store for about $3 which has been bothering me to get crafting ever since. I think a lot of people buy them thinking they will use them and they don't. I vow to use mine this weekend! Anywhoo, I purchased some picnic dinnerware (plastic plates, cups and cutlery) for a few dollars at Canadian Tire and got to work. I went with a blue theme because the plaid lining is this blue and red colour.

I was originally going to use food themed fabric but decided at the last minute to not do that. Everything I used (in terms of fabric and thread) was already in my crafty stash (YAY ME!), except for the tarp.

Cutlery Role:
So simple and easy to do, I am really impressed with how nice it turned out and I was inspired by all those yarn needle holders people make on here. I made individual pockets for each piece of cutlery and for the napkins. The napkins are backed with a cream coloured fabric left over from some curtains I had to shorten. Everything is top-stitched.

Picnic Blanket
As for the picnic blanket, I rather think this was a little ingenious on my part. I bought a cheap plain blue tarp from the store and cut it to the appropriate size and then I used some left over denim for the front. The point of the tarp, which I am sure you can surmise on your own, is to keep the blanket from getting dirty or wet or trapping sand in the fabric! I chose denim for the front (even though its heavy and not a typical picnic blanket fabric) because it was soft, comfortable, thick and durable. Plus I had enough of it in my fabric stash. I used an old mattress cover (you know the quilted padded kind) for the quilting batting and stitched it all together. The blanket is just over 5ftx5ft.










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9  Pages from a book turned to art in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jennique on: May 30, 2011 10:13:53 AM
I saw this project several times on the internet, including here on craftster, and I knew I had to do it. I saw it more recently on craftster as well but I can't find the post.

Anyways, I used pages from a book titled The Seven Seas from the 1950s. I found it at a used book store in town and it was in fairly good condition and the paper was a nice quality. It had aged a little but I thought the off-white of the paper was much more pleasant to look at. I just found several ocean themed pictures online, edited them up in photoshop and printed it onto the pages which I cut from the book. I specifically selected a page to match each picture.

I used some basic wooden frames from the dollar store and spray painted them gold. Then I mounted the pages on blue scrap booking card. I think I will hang them in the bathroom but they are just sitting in the living room for now.

The pirate ship: a page about pirates
The lighthouse: a page about ship wrecks
The non-pirate ship: a page about the East India Trading Company

   
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10  Hoot Hoot, I am a sparkly owl! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jennique on: April 27, 2010 09:47:15 AM
I was inspired by some designer shirts that I saw which were basicaly designs made of these round shiney pieces (somewhat like washers) scattered over the material.

I dug around and found some plain t-shirts, in blue and white. They were both mens and too large so I resized them and added some dimension to them so they weren't just plain shirts. The blue one now has semi-puffy sleeves, and the white has a yoked top. Then I planned out my designs and embellished!

I made a cursive J and an owl ^.^ If anyone wants any info about how I made them I'd be happy to share it was all pretty simple and you can probably figure it out, but I also have some suggestions on attaching the washers because some of mine fell off of the white shirt.








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