Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Little Red Lantern

I love lanterns! I was so excited when I found this one at Goodwill for only $2.50.

I cleaned it and then sanded the areas where the paint was pealing. Then I gave it a couple coats of this red spray paint I had from a previous project.

I think it turned out really cute! And for now it's joined the summer shelves in the breakfast room.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Paper Pinewheels

I'd been meaning to try out this cute paper pinwheels idea I saw on Martha Stewart so one day during craft time Claire and I decided to give it a go.

First you cut out your paper into a square. Mine are 3.5". I was using left over scrapbook paper from Claire's circus party (almost 3 years ago) so my size options were limited. Then you fold it in half diagonally and then fold again.

Unfold it and you'll see the lines.

Using your scissors, cut on the lines about two thirds of the way to the point.

Then start folding in every other point.

Once the points are all in the middle poke a push pin through to hold them in place.


This is where I realized I didn't have the map pins I needed to add to the middle to make them spin. So we improvised. I hot glued the points together.

Added some buttons to the top...

and made a garland to garnish the old window I recently purchased.

Claire was disappointed they didn't spin so I still plan on getting the map pins to make some spinning ones for her. I think I'm gonna start making some for the guests at her Alice in Wonderland birthday party this year. Details to come!!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Little Birdie Nursery

I love all the little bird decor that is out there right now so I was thrilled when I found out I was having another girl! I would have wanted to do it if it was a boy also but my husband was insistent we do a Boston Celtics room. (Yay, no smoking leprechaun in the nursery!!) Anyway so here is what we did for above her changing table.

You will need:
1. A branch- either fake or from your backyard.
2. Fake flowers 
3. Cup hooks
4. Hot glue gun
5. Little birdies
6. Bird house
7. Scrapbook paper
8. Stencils or Stickers for name banner
9.Writing utensil of choice (if using stencil)
10. Birdie vinyl decals
11. Ribbon
12. Little nails
13.Rubber cement


Sorry I don't have a ton of pictures for this but at the time I didn't think to take them. First choose your branch. I already had a ton of fake branches so I used one of those. If I hadn't I would have gotten one from the yard and maybe spray painted it for some added character.  Then I placed it up against the wall where I wanted it to determine the best placement for the cup hooks to go. I only used two hooks on the straight part of the branch on the right. One is at the very end and the other is right above the bird house (hiding behind the white flower). Then I hot glued some fake flowers to it. I found the bird house at Hobby Lobby and added the green paint so it would stand out more. Then you just need some fun little birdies to live on it! You can get them here if you need some. The vinyl bird decals I ordered from etsy and used scrapbook paper and stickers to make her name banner. I put nails in close to the birds mouths and tied the ribbon around it so you can't see them. Here is a close up of the birds.

Here are a few other pictures of her room. In an attempt to save money I used Claire's old baby bedding. It's the Pottery Barn Sophia collection. The birdie branch decal is from etsy. My crib and changing table were given to me by my former boss at Pottery Barn. She was the sweetest!

I made these window treatments when Claire was born. She moved into her big girl room so we reused them for Maddy.





Hope you enjoy! I'll be posting pictures of Claire's big girl room soon.





Friday, June 10, 2011

An Old Window

I've been wanting an old window for a long time now but with two little girls and the general craziness of life I just haven't had the time to go out and look. Well a few days ago Matt got off work early and offered to watch Claire while I went to a thrift store I'd been wanting to go to. I usually take Claire and Maddy with me when I go out shopping but hey he offered! So Maddy and I ventured out by ourselves (she's a momma's girl). And low and behold we hit the jackpot!

Tons and tons of windows! Luckily Claire wasn't there since there was broken glass all over the ground. Maddy was safe and sound sleeping away in her car seat while I dug through this pile until I found the perfect one! I took it home and gave it a good scrubbing.

Old windows can be used in a ton of different ways like framing photos in them or using them as a memo with a dry erase marker. Also, they could be hung on the wall like a painting or turned into a coffee table (mine and Matt's favorite idea). As of now it's home is the breakfast room all decked out for the fourth of July.