The requirements of this project:
No painting walls (yellow), changing floor coverings (brown!), adding picture hooks or whatnot. It's a rental.
The room is for a six year old girl who has a spectacular imagination. Fluffery is a must. She likes pink and purple.
More storage space!
All things should be handmade, thrifted or recycled. Satisfies my creative yearnings and a modest budget.
The whole thing must be a surprise!
So here's what we end up with:
*2 sheer, white and purple butterfly curtains with corded hem
*3 purple swags and 2 matching tails
*3 purple banner/pennants to hang behind bed
*Mozzie net (thrifted!) to hang over bed, which is threaded onto an embroidery hoop, then tied to the curtain rod behind.
*4 flower garlands (purchased) hanging with the net
*Purple velvet and white satin throw blanket, complete with tassels
*Harlequin pattern blanket made of hundreds of pink and purple cotton diamonds (to all the lovely quilters out there - you people are mad. Lovely and talented, but mad.)
*New pink cotton sheets (purchased)
*Revamped pink bed valance - added extra polka dot ruffle.
*New cushions, made from bits and pieces of fabric and embellishments
*Slipcase for long body pillow made from about a million ruffled fabric scraps
*Painted existing table and chairs
*Glittery tulips in an upstyled, thrifted ugly!vase
*Writing feathers - prettied up feathers hot glued to a gel pen
*'crystal' vase to hold the feathers - upstyled glass cup with beaded trim glued on
*Thrifted bookcase with pretty fabric glued to the back panel
*Bookends to keep things in order, decorated with bejewelled slipcovers
*Two lamp tables, ugly cheap things painted white
*Thrifted lamp with new shade and beaded trim
*Bright turquoise mat (purchased)
*Revamped frame with her name, decorated with scrapbook paper, jewels and stick-on mirrors (still on their plastic backing so the frame can be remade as she gets older)
*Thrifted teapot, teacups and saucers
I think that's about it. All the work was done while miss was at school or out of the house. On Christmas Eve, she camped in her baby sister's room so they could wait for Santa together. When she FINALLY went to sleep, hubby and I set up all the pretties which had been hiding in our bedroom for a month or so. Her gift under the Christmas tree was a treasure map that led her to the room.