Monday, January 31, 2011

Valentine Wreath

This wreath was created from things lying around my home.
a wire hanger
fabric scraps
ribbon scraps
a felt heart with a clothes pin on the back
a ribbon to hang up the wreath
a thumbtack

1. I bent a hanger into the shape of a heart.

2. I then tied knots with fabric strips and ribbon.

3. I randomly added in felt hearts with small clothes pins on the back.

3. I then wrapped a ribbon around the middle of the wreath and hung it up using a thumbtack.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Valentine Garland

Here is an easy-peasy "knotting" garland to make for Valentine's Day:

1. First cut out a variety of sizes of ribbon and fabric.
2. Cut a length of a ribbon that will cover the area you wish to string across.
3. Then you just tie a knot with each fabric or ribbon as close or as far away as you wish.

4. I added in felt hearts with a tiny clothes pin on the back.

A huge thank you to Veronicca at "the adventures of miss v" blog for the inspiration of a ribbon garland.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

What a Difference A Day Can Make!

So the other day I found a great little dresser on the side of the road, and was inspired to begin working on transforming my laundry room. To date, this laundry room has been an utterly cluttered, hideous mess! Yes, I know I shouldn't be so hard on myself, because I do have young twins and the laundry room wasn't a top priority. Well, in only one day, thanks to my wonderful mother-in-law to entertain my children and a very willing and resourceful handyman father-in-law, my little laundry room has had a complete overhaul.

Now, I still have a lot of work to do, including covering that window/plastic mess in the corner, painting the plywood under the washer and dryer, cleaning the old sick and taps and do a bit of hemming and trim painting, but what a difference! I can now walk, nay breeze into my laundry room, without tripping over random junk piles.

The Process
I dragged the dresser into my house (thanks to the 'towel' method perfected by my friend Kylah).

I cleaned, sanded and prepped for painting all in my tiny kitchen.

My father-in-law then cut out where the middle 2 drawers had been, so I could turn the bottom half into a cupboard.

I gave the dresser two coats of outdoor trim with-primer-included paint, because I had left my primer outside and it had frozen over. The paint turned out to be a real time saver! Next I sewed a curtain from fabric I had lying around, and used a tension rod, and here is the result. I still need to buy a handle for the drawer...

So the transformation has begun, but I still need to figure out a way to cover up the window in the corner. Any suggestions?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Shabby Chic Makeover

So with the New Year came visions of “finishing off” my home. One of the projects to cross off my list was to embellish a boring lampshade.

Well, I believe I have definitely gone in a different direction from boring, perhaps even travelled into the realm of “gaudy”. This lamp is what I affectionately call my “tu-ruf” (tutu-ruffle) lampshade.

I found the gorgeous lamp base for a few dollars at a thrift store.

Then I found a children’s tutu at a used clothing sale. I simply placed it over the lamp shade and then sewed a ruffle out of an old rose patterned bed sheet, and then glued the ruffle on with fabric glue. To top it off, I glued on a strip of lace to hide the top of the lampshade.

Voila! A slightly gaudy, yet whimsical lampshade in full shabby chic glory!

Final Touches to a Shabby Chic Paradise (very budget-friendly)
This fall I converted my bedroom from a harsh black and white design to my airy, shabby chic, Rachael Ashwell- inspired-paradise.

My father-in-law finally pulled himself away from his little granddaughters long enough install my chandelier (thanks to a super deal at Canadian Tire), and a curtain rod.

The lace curtains were a few bucks at Value Village (VV) and after a simple sewing job they were ready to be hung up with curtain rod hooks.

The duvet cover was a wonderful treasure discovered at “VV” for only $12.00! It is trimmed in lace and blends in wonderfully with my exquisite Ikea ruffle blanket. The bed curtain was another find at “VV” and the accessories were collected from rummage sales and thrift stores over the last few years. *the above picture was taken pre-tu-ruf lamp*

The hat is my husband’s grandmother’s hat.

I made a fun fur lampshade!

I found this bunny in my garden and painted it white.

This chair was a VV find and I covered it with an old rose patterned bed sheet.

I discovered this when I was walking by a church that was being converted into lofts!

I had this shutter ‘lying around’ so I placed it in front of a boring corner!

These were my ballet shoes from my very short and uneventful dancing career as a 6 yr old. The fabric painting in the background is one of my creations.

And now that my bedroom is finally complete, I am onto the daunting task of transforming my laundry room/dungeon. I am overwhelmed just looking at this picture!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Why the apron?

Why the apron? Over the years one of my passions has been to search through garage sales, rummage sales and thrift stores for aprons. I could never quite explain why, but now that my office and daily landscape involves a kitchen and 2 little toddlers, the apron is essential to my existence. In fact, I hardly realize I am wearing one, and recently a delivery man came to my door and in a questioning and slightly condescending voice, asked "you're wearing an apron?" I kind of stumbled around for an answer, but in retrospect, I should have boldly stated that yes, I proudly wear an apron!

Here are a few of the essential uses of the apron for me:
1. It holds the snotty Kleenexes when my monkeys have a runny nose.
2. It holds my phone, which is one of my lifelines now that I am a stay-at-home mummy.
3. It acts as a tea towel when it seems impossible to reach for a tea towel.
4. It hides what I like to reluctantly but affectionately call my "twin belly" from turning into a "muffin top".
5. It ties me to the countless other women throughout history who have struggled through the ups and downs of motherhood.
6. Most importantly, depending on the style, it makes me feel funky, frilly, functional or festive

And I am absolutely thrilled each time my daughters go to their apron drawer when it is time to "help" mama in the kitchen!