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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Yellow and Gray Nursery (Warning: massive amts of pics!) on: July 09, 2010 08:06:39 AM
I'm finally mostly done with my daughter's nursery in our new house. I wanted to do a color scheme of yellow and gray. I ended up throwing in a little pink and green here and there for contrast.

I painted the walls gray (Castle from Kilz) with a stripe of yellow (Banana (i think) from Valspar) and stenciled a design on the stripe in more gray.

Closeup of the wall stencil:

Here's the view from the door:

The rocker in the corner I reupholstered. It was ice blue velvet before.

Here's the back:

I still need to find some trim for around the edges, but haven't found anything matching yet.

Owl night light: (The moon lights up)

I repainted the outside black. (It was faux wood (brown) before).

Here's the corner with the crib (I apologize for the weird coloring in this pic):

I made the quilt and crib sheet from new fabric, the skirt was made with an up-cycled yellow eyelet lace curtain. I did not make the bumper.

Banner above the crib w/ Maddy's name made out of scrapbook paper and grosgrain ribbon:

Art in corner made from old window frame and vinyl cut on cricut:

Changing table area:

The dresser was one my mom refinished for me. Birds are more vinyl cut on cricut. Ugly bookcase for storage is covered with a thrift store scarf.

Lamp I redid (spray painted to match rocker, recovered lamp shade):

Art above changing table (Still a work in progress)

Knobs are drawer pulls from $1 bin at Michaels screwed into the wall (w/ wall anchors). Frame is from Creative Memories. I plan on putting pics and mementos in the frame (haven't had time yet) and hanging some other kind of art on other two knobs.

I would love to hear some feedback on this. I think it's the most cohesive decorating I've ever done!

More details about individual projects are on my blog here if interested.
22  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Shirred Baby Dress on: July 02, 2010 09:12:59 AM
When I saw this challenge, I knew I had to enter! I found the cutest vintage sheet at the thrift store. (I misplaced my before pic of the sheet, I will take new one and put it in here later). I have wanted to try shirring for awhile now. I was inspired by this tutorial and this one.

I definitely need to play with the settings on my sewing machine more to get the shirring to work better, but all in all it worked ok. I lost my in progress pics (hubby might have deleted them.) but here's the dress:

I used one of my girl's dresses for a general idea of how big to make it. Basically, it's a big rectangle. I hemmed the top and sewed a contrasting band on the bottom. I shirred six rows on the top, then sewed the two ends of the rectangle together for one long seam on the back of the dress. I sewed on four ribbon ties on the top. I made it kind of long, hoping it will adjust with her as she grows a little.

Here's some action shots:

Closeup where you can see ribbon ties:

Closeup of fabric. It's cotton poly, but it almost looks like linen closeup:

I hope you like it! I learned a lot making the dress. Now I need to make more. Perhaps I'll make a pillowcase dress next time with the same sheet. I have lots leftover for other projects.

C & C welcome!
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Window Art for Nursery on: June 24, 2010 08:29:55 AM
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My daughter is two and half months old. We just bought a house and began decorating. I decorated the nursery in mostly shades of yellow and gray, with a little pink and green thrown in for contrast.

Okay, enough background, on to the details of this project! I rescued an old window from my neighbor's dumpster before my daughter was even born with this project in mind! Smiley  

Here's a pic of what the finish was before I did anything:

I would've left it as is, but paint was probably lead and it was going in daughter's room, so I decided to sand the frame and paint it yellow. Then I borrowed my mom's cricut to cut out words and some cute pics in vinyl. I did one word for each of the three panes. Here's the finished product hanging on the nursery wall:

Sorry the pic is a little blurry, it was hard to get a pic without any glare as this is opposite the actual window in the room! Wink

C & C always welcome!
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recovered Dining Room Chairs on: May 27, 2010 08:12:21 AM
We got a huge dining room set including a table with two leaves, 6 chairs, a hutch and a buffet all for a very cheap price. The wood is beautiful, but the fabric on the chairs was not so good. It's white. That's right, white fabric on dining chairs.

Here's a before:

I am putting red and white with shots of turquoise in our kitchen. I found a really great red and white cotton duck that's stain resistant at Walmart of all places! Here's one of the chairs with the new fabric:

(please excuse the mess in the background we just bought a house and are still unpacking)
This is much better than white stained seats!

What do you think?
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Gray and Yellow Baby Quilt on: May 27, 2010 08:04:45 AM
I recently had a baby girl. I am decorating her room with shades of gray and yellow. I decided to make a quilt for her with various fabrics in those shades. This is my first quilt. It's slightly larger than most crib quilts, so it will grow with her a little bit. I just did yarn ties rather than quilting the top, mostly because I was unsure of what I was doing! Wink Okay, enough babbling!

The whole thing:

Closeup of top with yarn ties:

I just made the back out of plain black flannel:

So far I learned that I cannot cut straight even with a rotary cutter! Wink oh well...the baby won't notice if things are a little crooked!

C & C always welcome!
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mermaid and Flower Bookmarks on: March 29, 2010 02:20:20 PM
I made a couple of bookmarks recently with some blanks I had laying around for awhile.
First I made an ocean themed one with a mermaid blank I had:

Then I made a copper one. The pendant has black and blue flowers on it, so I added a blue beads.

I really like the wavy line on the copper one. What do you think?
C & C always welcome!
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Nautical Tin Memo Board on: March 29, 2010 02:11:24 PM
I guess this board is the place for this project (or at least as good as any). I made a magnetic memo board out of a vintage tin tray. The tray is nautical themed, so I decided to use cotton rope to make a hanger and I covered buttons with a white and blue striped ticking to make matching magnets.

Close-up of the knotted rope details:

Magnets at work:

I have stacks and stack of these vintage tin trays (all different themes and colors). I was thinking about doing more of them. What do you think?
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Newest Steampunk Piece on: March 29, 2010 01:49:38 PM
This is my newest steampunk creation. I made the base out of a silver plated napkin ring. I cut a part off the ring and pounded it flat. Then I hand-stamped the word "Faith" on it. I added some gears and watch movements and a chain.  For reference, the pendant is about 2 inches long.

C & C always welcome!
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / New Steampunk Pieces on: March 08, 2010 01:58:22 PM
I've been trying my hand at some steampunk pieces lately. Here's what I have finished so far:

First, I used an acrylic chandelier crystal for a base and added watch movements, gears and a leftover piece from a vintage spoon handle.

Second, I used a vintage spoon head as a base, flattened it out with a hammer, hand-stamped it and added a watch movement and gears.

Whadya think? C and C always welcome!
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny Square "Doily" on: February 15, 2010 01:29:57 PM
I started this project about 5 years ago! I originally thought it would be awesome to crochet my mom a tablecloth, but then I got realistic and decided to do a large doily instead. I finally finished it last night.

It's made with variegated cotton yarn. I still need to block it a bit, but otherwise, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

C & C always welcome!
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