Yesterday was one of those days with my children where my patience was non-existent.
I was extra snappy, extra tired, and I wasn’t exactly the mother that I’d like to be.
I’m sure you have these moments too. You go to sleep with some regrets and hope to wake up in the morning with extra hugs and kisses for their little faces, a kinder voice, and more patience to hear their wee requests.Continue reading
Currently, my “craft room” is my kitchen table (shared with our microwave and Hubby’s stash of paperwork) and my office is a 5 foot wide nook right next to Little C’s room (shhhhhhh… don’t type too loud)!
Needless to say, I’m ecstatic about having an office/craft room on the main floor of Our DIY House that has doors that can open to the kitchen and living room or close for privacy.
The look I want for this room is colourful and fun with a bohemian vibe. I want to include colours from the living room and kitchen for flow (yellow, red & turquoise) and it will have a desk and oodles of storage for paperwork, fabric and crafty supplies.Continue reading
I’m excited about every single room in our new house (because we’ll actually have rooms for individual things and people), but this nursery for Baby A is one of my favourites.
Baby A has never had her own room (because our current Garage House is too small for that). This new “sunny woodland” sunny woodland” nursery will be a spot that she can call her very own! It will be wonderful for all of us.
I want a fun and playful bedroom for Baby A with lots of sorbet-inspired colours (sunny yellow, cheerful coral-y pink and minty blue) and retro woodland animals. When I found this fabric panel from Fabric.com ( Woodland Tails Panel Blue), it really inspired this space.
What do you think – will Baby A feel happy in her new, sunny room-to-be?
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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.Continue reading
DIY drink coasters have been popping up all over Pinterest and the web lately and I think they’re great! What a fun way to incorporate your decor scheme into your table/coffee settings.
I picked up some inexpensive coasters at a dollar store and used up some scraps of extra fabric I had in my stash to make a few coasters to match my living room’s colour scheme. These lovely, simple coasters in yellow chevron and a turquoise graphic print turned out great and they were so easy to make. My 4 year old helped me with most of it!
ceramic coasters that you want to cover (or, you could use ceramic tiles and glue felt squares on the back)
scraps of fabric (cotton decor fabric was used in this tutorial)
white paper or fabric (if your covering fabric is a little see-through)
Using the coasters as a pattern, cut out square pieces of fabric (with sharp scissors or a rotary cutter). If the fabric is see-through, cut out some more squares out of white paper or white fabric.
Apply a thin layer of decoupage onto your coaster’s top (this is an fun project for children)!
My white & yellow chevron fabric was a little see-through and my original coasters were dark, so I had to apply a piece of white paper first. My daughter did this part, and then she even did the next step – applying another thin layer of Mod Podge over the paper (let it dry before moving on to the next step).
Apply a square of fabric in the same manner, smoothing it out well. Let it dry completely.
Apply a thin layer of decoupage over the fabric. Let it dry, and then apply one final coat.
The Mod Podge will appear milky before it dries, but will dry to a smooth, clear finish.
After the coasters are completely dry, trim off any uneven edges of the fabric square if necessary.
All done! Enjoy a Chai Tea Latte on your new coasters (or gift them to a friend for their housewarming)!
You know the early-90’s-ish glider rocking chairs you can buy from big box stores for your nursery? The ones that are beige coloured and “blah”? We had to snap one up when our first baby was born. Do you know why? Because the thing was just so darn comfy!
With baby number two now here and with the fact that we had to move the glider to the living room due to space issues, I thought it was time to update the chair to make it more modern and fun looking.
To be honest, I found this project quite challenging – a definite “labour of love”! I really like the results, though, and the hard work was well worth it.
Want to know how to update your dated glider with fabric and paint? Here’s how I did it:
1 yard of cotton decor fabric in contrasting colour/pattern (for sides of cushions and piping if desired)
2 cans paint + primer spray paint in white
reupholstery batting (it’s a heavy-weight, fluffy batting)
upholstery zippers (for back and for bottom cushions)
Remove all of the cushions from the chair and the ottoman if you have one. Paint evenly with spray paint outdoors, following the paint’s directions. I decided to distress the paint with sandpaper, sanding all of the edges of the chair as shown above for a shabby chic effect. This works well if you’re painting over a dark coloured stain.
In my opinion, something that really dated the look of this glider was the rounded back cushion with the buttons. I covered the entire cushion with thick batting and squared the corners (I stuffed the corners with polyester batting to fill them out). I also cut strips for the edge of the cushion, making it have a “boxier” look. I hand-stitched the sides to the front and back loosely, just to hold it all in place over the old cushion. I repeated this process for the seat cushion.
Next, make some piping if desired for the edges of the cushions (I definitely wanted some on mine to define the edges and give my cushions some interest). Measure the diameter of your cushions and multiply that number by two to determine the length of piping that you need. Cut 2″ wide strips of fabric and sew them together at an angle (like the first photo above). Fold them over some piping cord and sew to secure (like the second photo above).
Measure both of your cushions carefully and cut out the front and back pieces for each cushion based on your measurements. If you’re using a largely patterned main fabric like I did, make sure you decide whether or not you want to center any motifs on the cushions and cut accordingly! Cut the side, front and back rectangular pieces from your contrasting fabric based on the measurements of your cushions and the thickness of your cushions. For the back of the seat cushion and bottom of the back cushion you will be sewing a zipper in, so cut this piece 1 inch deeper (higher) and then cut in half lengthwise (as pictured in photo one above). Sew the piping onto the edges of the tops and bottoms of the cushions, meeting the raw edges of the piping with the raw edges of the cushion (as shown in picture two). Where the piping meets, cut the cord so that the beginning and end just meet, and ensure the fabric wrapping it is slightly longer. Then, fold one side of the fabric from right to wrong side to create a finished seam and sew down (as pictured in photo three above).
For the side pieces, start with the zipper side and sew the zipper in place – it joins the two narrower strips as shown in the first picture above. Topstitch, and then fold a scrap piece of fabric in half and sew on the wrong side against the short raw edge as shown in picture two above to create a zipper “stop” that will prevent the zipper from falling off. Now, sew these side pieces to the other front and back pieces of the cushion that you’ve cut out and have added piping to previously. I used a TON of pins for this part, and even then I found it quite difficult to get my seam at a nice location so that the stitch on the piping wouldn’t show. The corners were hard too! I did the best I could by machine, and then hand-stitched the corners and the little mistakes I had made earlier. It worked for me!
If your glider has a rocking ottoman, it’s a cinch to recover! Flip the upholstered piece over, remove the staples around the edges of the bottom covering fabric. Cut a piece of main fabric and batting about 3″ larger than the ottoman on all sides. Lay the fabric right side down on the floor, then the batting, then the ottoman (centered). Pull the fabric around and staple it down to the underside of the ottoman on all four sides, tugging gently and smoothing as you go. For the corners, I gently pleated and pulled them to create as smooth a corner as possible (as shown in picture three above). Finally, replace the bottom cover piece with staples.
Stuff the cushions into the cushion covers you’ve just made, place them on your glider and sit back to admire your work! I was general happy with my glider update. It certainly was a tough project, but it gave my rocker such a different look and it will look so sweet when we are able to put it in a nursery for my little girlie!
Since I did not go into detail on some upholstery basics for this post, you may find the following links helpful for this project:
Don’t be afraid to give this project a try! In my opinion, it’s well worth the effort and much less expensive than buying something new. Plus, it’s totally custom and you could make it match so perfectly with any nursery decor!
I’m not a very good housekeeper and when it comes to organizing bits of paper and mail around the home, I’m terrible at it! I’m slowly trying to put together a little corner in my house to collect random things like mail, pens, phones etc. I installed a small corner shelf in a spot by my back door and then made this easy bulletin board that doubles as a mail holder to hang above it. It’s a simple project that requires no sewing and very few supplies!
bulletin board that’s no more than 12″ wide (I bought mine from Walmart)
Cut the top 2″ off of an ice cream bucket. This will help keep the pocket on your mail holder nice and stiff and you’re repurposing something!
Lay the plastic strip across your bulletin board’s width and determine where you’ll need to cut it to make the top of the pocket. I cut mine so that there was approximately a 2″ rise in the center (from the board to the plastic strip). Also make sure the ends of the strip curve over the sides of the bulletin board and are flush with the back. Cut the strip.
Lay your bulletin board right-side-down on your fabric, and cut your fabric to size. Make sure you have enough fabric on all sides to pull over the side and back edge of the board (leaving extra fabric is always better than cutting it too small)!
Using a glue gun, pull the fabric taut around the front of the board to the back and glue it down on the back edge. To glue the corners down, fold them as pictured above, and then fold them again along the second angle before continuing on.
The covered bulletin board will look like this, above – how cute! You could use it as-is, but adding this little pocket takes this board to the next level…
Cut a piece of fabric that is as long as your plastic piece + enough to wrap around the sides of your bulletin board and as high as you want the pocket to be (I made mine about half the height of the board) + enough to wrap around the bottom of your bulletin board + 2 1/2″ to wrap around the plastic strip. Glue about 1/2″ of the fabric, with the right side of it down, to one edge of the strip. When the glue is dry, fold the fabric down so that the right side is showing (as pictured above). Leave an equal amount of fabric on each side of the strip; this is what you’ll use to fold over and glue to your board later.
Turn the fabric over the strip and pull it up over it. Glue it down on the other edge.
Glue the pocket onto the bulletin board by gluing the edges around the board as you did with the original fabric piece. Make sure to pull the plastic strip and fabric taut so that the pocket will be smooth.
You’re all done! Now you have a functional catch-all board that matches your decor!
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.
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.
I have to argue that three-year-old toddlers are more of a challenge to parent than two-year-olds. “The Terrible Threes” – it has a ring to it, no? While I love my children more than words can express, today was one of those days where my toddler was more than a handful and I felt myself spiraling downward near the end of the day.
Last week, I designed myself some artwork to hang on a wall in our home based on these verses from the Bible:
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
I admit that today was a day where I felt I did not share some of these in my home, but it is these difficult days that remind me that I need to rely on God’s Spirit to parent my girls with these qualities. Tonight, I am thankful for God’s strength and His grace. I am thankful for a loving support system of family and friends that encourage me as a mother.
I am sharing this printable artwork with you with the hope that it will encourage you too!