One of the first things that Little C said to me when I told her that we were building a new house that would have a new room of her very own was:
“I want a purple bedroom. Dark, bright purple.”
We’re officially addicted to making banners at our house.
Apparently we now need a banner for every major holiday, and we decorate the side of our kitchen pantry with the banner and related seasonal artwork that Little C creates.
Many, many hours of planning were spent over the kitchen design of Our DIY House. I even Photoshopped various light fixtures into my Ikea kitchen layout to make sure I was happy with the result. I spent days deciding between an island and a peninsula (I chose an island), and I stared endlessly at kitchen design photos in magazines and on Pinterest. [Read more…]
My Little C (4 years old) is quite the fashionista and decorator already.
Her favourite colour is dark purple, and the second runner up is hot pink.
For her new room in our new house, she requested that it be her favourite colours. I convinced her to throw a bit of turquoise in the scheme, and we agreed upon a purple, hot pink and turquoise bedroom decorated in hearts and flowers. What a girl!
For starters, I’ve made these simple pillow covers out of faux fur and a wonderful ribbon rosette fabric I found from Fabric.com. Both of these pillows look expensive and complex, but all I did was follow my old standby method to make simple throw pillow covers.
What makes these DIY pillows look so special when they’re really quite easy to sew is the fun fabric! For the faux fur ones, I just used the fur on one side and used a plain broadcloth on the other. The satin ribbon rosette fabric is so lovely – it has so much texture and it looks like I could have fashioned the rosettes by hand (but I didn’t – so easy)!
Purple & hot pink striped shag faux fur fabric: Fun Shag Faux Fur Ribbon Stripes Hot Pink/Purple
Purple ribbon rosette fabric: Splenda Satin Ribbon Rosette Plum
The best thing about having a mom who’s currently obsessed with sewing pillow covers? Pillow forts!
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Within the next couple of weeks, I’d like to share with you my decor ideas for all of the rooms in Our DIY House. With our drywall scheduled to be finished this week, we’ll soon be on to painting and finishing (hooray)!
My dear hubby chuckles at me as I put together the decor ideas for our home. I mean, I started dreaming of how the finished product would look as soon as he dug the first chunk of dirt up for our basement with his bobcat! You know what, though? I think it’s incredibly important to have a clear vision of a room’s finished look in order to choose all of the things that need choosing as you go along on a house build. If I have a vision of a completed room in mind, it’s easier for me to pick finishes that match – from the flooring to the paint colour to the door knobs.
In a feeble attempt to start organizing my home, I started sifting through Little C’s bins of artwork we have stuffed in various places throughout our garage house. I adore every little bit of art she creates, be it a sheep made out of cotton balls or her first ever “people” that looked like potatoes on stilts.
I had no choice but to put many pieces in the recycling bin – one can only keep so much paper! Imagine keeping every piece of art your child makes for their whole lives? You’d have a houseful! I’ve been researching creative ideas on how to store and display children’s art, and there are so many wonderful ideas out there. Here are some of my favourites; I hope you find them inspiring too!
Do you keep your children’s artwork? How do you display or store it?
When this website was first conceived in 2009, I didn’t want it to be a blog.
I thought blogs were for deep, personal thoughts. They were for poetry and journals. I wanted thediymommy.com to be a static website – a resource for moms who wanted to make things for their babies.
Then came Pinterest. Pinterest, a place to “pin” inspirational photos of things that you loved, wanted to do, or wanted to make, started to explode in late 2011. I’ve loved it ever since I got my first “invite” in its beta stage. It was like Google, but a million times better because it was in curated, beautiful photos form! Not only did I love it for its entertainment factor, but here’s why else: Pinterest helped me grow my website from 2,400 unique monthly visitors in January of 2011 to over 41,000 unique monthly visitors in January 2013!
I know that might not be an impressive number to the upper echelon of crafty bloggers, but to me this is amazing and wonderful and inspiring. This growth of readership helped nudge me to post more often on this site and turn it into more of a blog format. This boost in readership gave me the courage to give glimpses of my personal life more often on here.
How do I know that Pinterest is one of the main causes for the growth of The DIY Mommy? When I look at my jump in readership (via my statistics program on my web host’s control panel and via Google Analytics), I can see how sharply it started curving upwards when Pinterest became popular.
I can also see that I get more referrals from websites than search engines to my blog, and Pinterest now gives me over 80% of those referrals!
Do you use Pinterest? If you’re a blogger, have you noticed a change in your views because of Pinterest?
A couple of weeks ago, I received the most delightful email. Treion Muller, author of “Dad Rules: A Simple Manual For a Complex Job”, wrote to inform me that he and his wife Soni had included my blog as a resource in their new book Mom Rules: Because Even Superheroes Need Help Sometimes! As you can imagine, I was thrilled. These last few months have been very stressful because of our house build (and all of the “fun” things that come with that), so I was in need of some exciting news like this.
I had the honour of reading the book this past weekend, and I really enjoyed it. Mom Rules: Because Even Superheroes Need Help Sometimes is an easy, light read and as a relative newbie mom of two little girls I could really identify with the “rules” in the book. Some of them made me chuckle out loud because they were funny (“If you want it for yourself, hide it”), they made me laugh because I’ve totally been there (“Be prepared for a potty-training marathon”), and some even made me tear up because they struck a chord with me (“Be a messenger of hope”).
The book is divided into 82 little “rules” like this – which are more like inspirational thoughts on mothering with a small paragraph below with ideas and resources (thediymommy.com is listed as a resource under the “Power tools come in pink” rule!). You could read the whole thing at once, pick it up every now and then for a good laugh or for a thought-provoking snippet of wisdom. I think Mom Rules: Because Even Superheroes Need Help Sometimes would also make a unique gift for a new mom (imagine it in a basket with some mommy pampering products as a baby shower gift)!
Here’s what the authors have to say about the book:
“All 82 rules in the book represent years of experiences, study, and mistakes—some from personal experience; some from observing other Moms; some from the review of books, blogs, and articles; and some from actually asking other matriarchs how on earth they did it.” Says Treion Muller. Soni adds, “The part we enjoyed the most about writing Mom Rules was listening to the stories and advice from over three dozen moms. Many that we included throughout the book.”
“Our greatest hope with this book is that it will not only motivate mothers to accept their superpowers but also inspire them to be better mothers and enhance the quality of relationships that they have with their children.” said Soni Muller.
To celebrate the release of Mom Rules: Because Even Superheroes Need Help Sometimes, I’m hosting a giveaway! You could win your very own copy of this book (mailed to you from the publisher) to keep for yourself or to give away to a mommy friend.
To enter to win your copy of Mom Rules: Because Even Superheroes Need Help Sometimes, all you need to do is comment below and tell me just one thing you’ve learned since becoming a mom. It can be silly or serious – it doesn’t matter.
If you’d like an extra entry, you can go “like” the Rules 4 Families page on Facebook and make an additional comment that you’ve done so.
This contest closes on March 29, 2013 at 11:59 PM MST. The winner will be chosen randomly via random.org and will be emailed immediately. If they do not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and contacted. By commenting below, you are agreeing to my Giveaway Rules (please read them by clicking the link).
Good luck and thanks for entering!
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