Saturday, February 23, 2013

Modern Baby Boy Nursery

I hunted every store and website for the perfect bedding and room decor for our baby boy but found nothing but an abundance of over used themes. Trucks, trains, boats and airplanes. Dinosaurs, puppies, and sports.... So I decided to break down and try to come up with my own design.

 My inspiration piece was this adorable fabric that I found at JoAnn Fabrics.

I painted these trees with acrylic paint on stretched canvas from our local craft store. It took several layers to get the dark brown to cover evenly.

 I wouldn't exactly call myself a sewer but I was able to stitch some simple straight lines to create a window valance and bed skirt.  I used a bright orange blanket binding ribbon to finish the edges of both.

I was able to order basic fitted sheets and changing pads with coordinating colors from Carousel Designs.  This site has so many different fabrics! I really wish I would have found it first before fighting with my sewing machine.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Snowman Gift Jars

After months of saving baby food jars in hopes of using them again, I finally came up with this crafty little project!  I gave these adorable little snowman out as holiday party favors. I also used a few as gifts for  neighbors and teachers.

I filled most of them with mini marshmallows and put them in small gift bags with packets of hot cocoa and a coffee mug.

A few were for younger teen-aged girls so I stuffed those snowman with cotton balls and made manicure gift bags by adding nail polishes, a small travel sized bottle of nail polish remover and emery boards.  

To make these snowman jars I started with a clean empty baby food jar, although any size jar would turn out just as cute.  I then used a hot glue gun to attach felt or fleece along the outer edge of the lid.  I also made a few of the hats by using Christmas socks that I found on clearance! You can either measure the circumference of the lid and ad a quarter of an inch or use a piece of fabric longer than what you need and trim off the excess after it is glued.

The fabric needs to be around 4 inches tall.  No need to measure exactly, I just eye balled it.  Use a strip of hot glue along the loose end to create a seam. This will become the back of the hat.

You can us a variety of material to create the brim of the hat.  (pipe cleaners, ribbons, scrap material, cotton balls, puffy paint)

Next take a loop of ribbon and hot glue it to the inside of the hat.  This piece can be used to slip a ornament hook through so it can be displayed on your Christmas Tree! Then Tie a ribbon (or twist a pipe cleaner) around the top third of the hat to give it a sock hat shape. Finish off the hat by adding bows, sequins, rhinestones  pom poms etc!

The faces were painted on with 99 cent bottles of T-shirt /puffy paint. If you can make black dots and an orange triangle you are good to go!

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