Saturday, May 28, 2011

Delaney's Nursery!

Since I am planning a room re-do for Delaney and Baby Max (who will share a room for as long as we are living in our current apartment) I thought that I would show off what I did for Delaney's Nursery a few years back.... 
(boy does that make me sad... she was a baby 3 years ago!)
We were living in another apartment at that time and couldn't paint so I jazzed up the room a few other ways! 
(I am so glad we can paint this time around because right now the room is purple... yup girly all the way in there!)
Please excuse the poor photography...

I went kind of gender neutral last time around even though I knew I was having a girl because my mom had me terrified that the ultrasound tech was wrong and that I might be bringing a boy home to a girls room....  
I went for the Winnie the Pooh theme and made almost everything myself!

First up I bought these letters on Clearance in a set but I didn't want to cover them with just any old paper so I used Winnie The Pooh Paper... I just glued it right on to the letters and then used ribbon to make a hanger on the back... You can also see her lamp right there as well you can see it in more detail below....

I painted the top and bottom rim of the shade with green paint (just plain old acrylic craft paint) and then drew the characters on with a black fine tip marker. 

Then I sewed her laundry hamper I took an old fabric hamper that was ripped and took it apart with a seam ripper to use it for a pattern then I cut out my Winnie The Pooh fabric and my Yellow and sewed it up... 

These paintings I did on small canvases I bought at the Dollarama! (I love that place!) I did these by choosing my pictures (mine came from a coloring book but you could certainly print them from your home printer) then I took an ordinary pencil and rubbed the outline of picture on the back of the paper, then I taped the picture to the canvas (right side out) so it wouldn't move and traced the picture from the front onto the canvas. I took a fine tip sharpie and went over the pencil lines and then it was like a paint by numbers... I just painted my picture as I wanted it colored... (My one recommendation is make sure your picture isn't too detailed or it will be hard to get good lines with your pencil/sharpie)

I made this small Winnie The Pooh Pillow pretty much the same way as I did the paintings except I did it on fabric... and because it was yellow fabric I just painted his shirt, hat and honey pot... but because its is done with sharpie and regular acrylic paint it isn't washable and is completely decorative only! 
I also made her curtains... I just made simple panels by sewing a hem along the bottom and along the top as well.
Hope that this gives you some inspiration if your planning a gender neutral room or a Winnie The Pooh room... 
All of these ideas of course could be adapted to any theme and I plan on using some of them in the new room too...

Happy Saturday to you!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Photo Friday! Hearts Ease Beach!

My In-laws live in a place called Little Hearts Ease... 
It's about 2 hours drive from our home and it is one of my favorite places... 
If you go back through past Photo Friday's you will find many of the pictures are from there... 
It's quiet, it's on the ocean and you can be outside all the time! 
Rain or Shine, snow or sleet it's a beautiful place! 
Its a place where I can think and breath and just relax!
This is one of the beaches in the area, it's great for a picnic, or just a walk, or for dipping ones toes in the ocean (all though my husband thinks I'm crazy when I do)!

So here it is in all it's glory Hearts Ease Beach in Little Hearts Ease NL!

Just looking at this makes me wish I were there... and it makes me a little more relaxed too... even for just a minute... 

Hope you get a great shot of your favorite place this week... or at least take a minute to look back at one from the past!
Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tell the Truth Thursday! Egg Salad Sandwiches and Strawberry Jello...

I think its kind of crazy, these pregnancy hormones make you do some silly things....
Yell at your sister, mother, husband, kids... who are we kidding you yell at everyone.
Stay up till 1 in the morning making sure the fridge is clean as clean can be.
Prepare a nursery/baby room that will likely go unused for months.

But the craziest of all to me is the things these hormones make us want to eat.

I am a fan of Jello... your never too old for J-E-L-L-O
Lately however I have been partaking in an extraordinary amount of Jell-o... Strawberry Jell-o... 

Now I am also a fan of an Egg Salad Sandwich... I always have been but usually the occasional one at a baby or wedding shower is lots for me... I like them but I wouldn't go out of my way for them on a regular basis. 

However this combo as weird as it sounds has been my go to meal if Delaney wants a Grilled Cheese or Peanut-butter Sandwich.... Yup a few times a week I am partaking in Egg Salad Sandwiches and Jell-o.... 

Even writing it out my self just now I went ewwww... who would eat that??? but then I thought hmmmm is it lunch time yet? 

See these hormones are majorly messing with my head! Hopefully I can recover from this craziness in about 2 and 1/2 months! If not I may just give in and live it up with my Jell-o and Egg Salad!

Are you Pregnant? What are you craving or what did you crave when you were? I'd love to hear if I am the only crazy one who wants strange food! 

P.s. So sorry if the J-E-L-L-O song is stuck in your head now... I know its stuck in my head!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Another Quick Gift!

Do you have a lot of readers on your gift lists? 

I do I even have a new reader on my list and this is who this gift is for... My niece has just started (well is about to graduate from) kindergarten this year and has started reading on her own... So I figured what better gift for her for her Graduation or Birthday or Christmas than a bookmark! 

Ive made tons of bookmarks in the past, paper or fabric ones but this was my first knit one and I bet it will be one of many!

I knitted this up in about 1 hr last night... and it was super easy and took no planning....
I started by casting on 2 stitches and then adding 2 stitches every second row until I had 8 stitches total. (giving me the triangle look on top)
Then I knit until I felt it was long enough... I knitted it to be 9 and 3/4 inches total. 

Quick easy and in her favorite color too! 
This is a great project for using up scraps too... 

Have you whipped up any good quick gifts lately? I'd love to hear all about them in the comments!
Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Write and Wipe!

I have let things get away from me.... 
I swear we have a long weekend, the sun comes out and its so easy to get distracted...
I didn't even know that it was Tuesday until about an hour ago....

So here is a quick craft... one that I should have posted a while ago....

It's located in my Kitchen and it's honestly helped me eliminate a lot of paper lists and random sheets of paper in my house... (now that's not to say that our fridge isn't covered with papers and such we do have a toddler)

 I made this write and wipe the same way I made the "Notes" write and wipe I made for the desk organization project that I did a while can find that one here.

It's super easy and not time consuming at all. All you need is a frame (scored for $3 at the Sally Ann) some scrapbook paper and scrapbook letters.

I made this one with two colors rather than one.
(to divide "What we need" and "to do" AKA Honey do list!) 
I also changed the frame on this one I just used some glue to add some scrapbook paper to the frame to jazz it up a bit. (this one wasn't as nice as the one I used for "notes" one)

I wanted to make this one after seeing how great the "Notes" one turned out and I have seen some around the bloggy world done for menu planning (but we all know that menu planning isn't for me...)

I hope that it helps you reduce your paper lists and such in your kitchen!