Guess what?! We are THISCLOSE to having Our DIY House entirely painted! We only have a hallway and one more room to go.
The entire process has taken us about a week. I’d love to say that I completely DIY’d this project, but it’s been more like “WTKWMFAHDIT” (Watching the Kids While My Friends and Husband Do It Themselves). Continue reading
A master bedroom suite should be a place to relax, to dream and to retreat… especially when you have young children that demand your attention all day long!
I haven’t had a place to retreat to in a very long time (except for the bathroom in our Garage House, which is less than glamourous). Our DIY House will have a bedroom just for me and the Hubs – with a lovely ensuite and walk-in closet to boot! I am over-the-moon-crazy-freaky-excited about this spot just for us. They’ll be no babies in bassinets by my head, no change tables, no file folders, no electrical box… and so much room.Continue reading
The materials for this project have been hiding under my kitchen table (a.k.a. my craft table, a.k.a. our microwave table) for several months and I finally had a chance this weekend to put them all together and make this pretty DIY jewelry holder!
This project only took me a few hours and I really love how it turned out. I tried some hand painting just for something different, but it would also look nice decorated with decopauged fabric or stenciled paint. The glass knobs are a feminine touch, and I’m more than happy to display my necklaces as pieces of art on my wall (most of them are by my talented friend, Bella’s Beaudoir of Jewelry).
paint (I used latex paint samples I bought from testing colours for our new house)
knobs (I used pretty glass ones)
Sand the tray thoroughly (the back of this tray was laminate, so it helps paint to stick and look nice and smooth). Paint all sides and crevices carefully with a brush (I used Valspar’s Tempered Gray for my main colour).
Let the coat dry, and then paint another coat.
I chose to add some hand painted details inside the boxes of the tray with white paint (Valspar’s Ultra White) and one of my daughter’s little craft brushes, but you could also skip this step or try painting with a stencil (or painting the back panels a different solid colour). The options are endless!
One of the best furniture painting tips that I learned last year was to always finish up with a few coats of clear Varathane to protect the paint and give it a satiny smooth finish. I used two coats on this project.
Next, attach the knobs to the tops of each compartment. I used super glue instead of a drill – it was a lot easier and it seems to be holding well!
Screw the little cup hooks along the bottom of the tray (I used 5). I started trying to do these by hand, and then finally gave up and had my hubby drill pilot holes so that they were easier!
This tray happened to have a nice ledge at the back that I used to hang it, but if yours doesn’t you’ll need to attach some kind of picture hanger to the back.
I didn’t have enough knobs for all of my panels, but I’ve decided that I’ll leave the big one knob-free. It looks cute as a little brooch or bracelet shelf!
Oh, this is a much better (and prettier) way to store my necklaces than the jumbled mess I had on my dresser before!
It’s amazing what a little bit of paint and glue can do (and how much I’m falling in love with this soft, gentle gray as a potential colour for our new house)!
I saw these little grey, stretchy baby mittens at Walmart for $0.60 cents and I had an idea:
They were little and sweet, but very plain and needed a little embellishment for my baby girl! I’ve never embroidered before, but I had some happy-coloured scraps of yarn that I thought would look so sweet as little flowers on these mitts.
I decided on a whim to add more petals in the spaces between the previous petals in a contrasting blue colour (instead of adding more individual flowers).
A third layer of petals, now with green yarn, goes between the blue petals.
Finally, I stitched a layer of white petals between the blue ones, as pictured above. The design is simple but pretty and I think it livens up these wee mittens so much!
I think these mittens would make such a cute shower gift for a winter baby and the best thing is that they cost less than a dollar to make between the 60 cent mittens and the scraps of yarn! I think that they’ll keep my little one’s hands warm and toasty this winter in handmade style.
I’m excited to be able to share a simple infinity scarf tutorial with you today. As the summer draws to a close an infinity scarf can be a fun accessory to help transition your wardrobe into fall. This is my first guest post, so bear with me if I’m over explaining things ☺ The instructions are for a ‘mom sized’ scarf, but you can easily adapt it for a toddler or child by making a shorter chain.
Let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need:
worsted weight yarn (pretty much any yarn will work, for a thicker scarf use a thicker yarn)
crochet hook size 6.5mm (again not super important-the bigger the hook, the bigger the scarf)
We’ll be making a simple crochet chain. To start, make a slip knot-insert your crochet hook into the slip knot you just made, hook the yarn and pull it through the slip knot. You’ve just made one chain. Continue to lengthen your chain-for my scarf I chained 180. You can hold the chain up to yourself to see if you’d like it longer or shorter.
Once your chain is the desired length (picture 4), join with a slip stitch into the first chain you made. Picture #5 shows you what this looks like. Once you’ve joined your chain, you’ll have a big circle.
To make the scarf thicker, we’re going to repeat the steps we just did. You’ll start chaining from the slip stitch you just made (picture 6). Chain 180-or the amount you used the first time. Then join with a slip stitch where you started the chain (picture 7 & 8).
Now you’ll have 2 strands to your scarf (picture 9A). To keep your scarf from getting tangled while you continue to add bulk; I recommend draping it over something to hold the shape. I used 2 little IKEA chairs (picture 9B).
Continue chaining and joining with a slip stitch at the starting point (it doesn’t need to be exact-we’ll be covering it right away). I made 16 strands for my scarf. Again, if you want a thinner scarf-use a thinner yarn or make less strands. If you’d like a thicker scarf with more bulk, use a heavier yarn or add more strands.
Once you’re happy with the size of your scarf, cut a tail of yarn about 1 meter long. Use the tail of yarn to tightly wrap the area where you joined all of your chains (picture 11). When you have a few inches left, thread the yarn needle and weave it under the yarn you just wrapped. Secure with a knot and tuck in the loose ends.
You’re done! Now you can wear it out or stay home and make lots more in pretty fall colors. This is also a super-fast last minute gift idea ☺
Karla Ziegler is a wife to one very smart guy, a stay at home mommy to one very active little boy and is very excited to be expecting a little girl this fall. In her spare time she enjoys designing and creating. Her Etsy shop, Twisted Fibres, is full of knit and crocheted goodies for both mom and baby. To see what she’s currently working on, find Twisted Fibres on facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/TwistedFibres or email Karla @ twistedfibresshop (at) gmail (dot) com.
I’m working on giving my master bedroom a little makeover this spring. I love the look of decorative cushions in fun colours, and they do wonders for changing the look of a room! These pillow covers were based off of a pillow cover I had purchased with a buttoned opening on the back. I loved the buttons so much that I decided that the buttons should be on the front side!
This tutorial is really simple. I found the hardest parts were ensuring the measurements were correct and sewing the button holes (I avoid any type of closure sewing – buttons, zippers, all of them). But once you make one, you’ll want to make a half dozen for your home! They are a quick little project to brighten up your living room, your baby’s room, or your bedroom.
Square pillow form
1/2 yard cotton decor fabric (or a full yard if your pillow is larger than 16 inches)
3 buttons (3/4″ to 1″ wide)
I purchased my fabric for this project from fabric.com:
Measure your pillow form from end to end. For my master bedroom project so far, I purchased and measured one 20″ pillow form and two 17″ pillow forms.
One side of the pillow is plain, so cut one square of fabric that is ONE INCH larger than your pillow form measurement (to allow for 1/2″ seam allowances). If you want to center a pattern from your fabric on the pillow, keep this in mind when cutting (above, I centered a yellow flower on the back piece).
Multiply your pillow width by 0.66 (2/3). Add 6″ to this measurement (for a seam allowance and fold + an extra 3″ to go beneath the large piece for the button placket). This is the width your large front piece, which is approximately 2/3 of the pillow width (the length is the same as your back piece/pillow form length). The button holes will go on the hemmed edge of this piece. Measure twice and cut once, keeping in mind fabric pattern placement!
Multiply your pillow width by 0.33 (1/3). Add 3″ to this measurement (for a seam allowance and fold) . This is the width your small front piece, which is approximately 1/3 of the pillow width (the length is the same as your back piece/pillow form length). The buttons will be sewn on the hemmed edge of this piece. Measure twice and cut once!
Now you will be sewing the large hems on the front pieces for the button placket. On each front piece, using the side that is the regular pillow form width, turn the raw edge over 1/2″ and press. Then, turn again 2 1/2″. Press. Sew along this hem, approximately 1/8″ from the fold.
Lay the larger piece over top of the small piece with the hems facing eachother. The large piece should then overlap the smaller piece by 2 1/2″, covering the lower piece’s hem. Pin at the ends to secure, then stay-stitch the ends 1/4″ from the raw edges.
Now, lay this front piece over the previously cut back piece, right sides together. The nice thing about this project is that if you measured the front pieces incorrectly, you can trim either side at this point to match the front piece! Pin around the perimeter, then sew the pieces together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Trim the corners at an angle (this gives a nice crisp corner when turned right-side-out).
Turn the pillow right-side-out through the opening. Poke the corners out. Next, find the center of the top button placket using a measuring tape. Mark the center with a pin near the hem sewing line. Using another pin, mark your button’s width directly below that (example: if your button measures 3/4″ inch, put a pin 3/4″ below the first pin) to mark where your button hole begins and ends.
I unfortunately have a manual button holer on my machine, so I have to use this marking process. If you have an automatic button holer – bonus! Follow the directions on your machine to make the button holes.
Then, use the same pin-marking technique to place one button hole centered between this middle button hole and the edge of the pillow. Repeat for the other side.
Hand-stitch the buttons on the lower placket by measuring in the same manner and marking with pins. Center them vertically on the lower piece’s hem.
And, voila! You are finished. Press the pillow cover if you wish, and place the pillow form inside. Button it up & make a few more. So pretty!
Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.