Monday, April 25, 2011

Wearing our flowers

This weekend we had quite a few opportunities to wear the felt flowers I made with Good Friday, Easter and L turning the big 3. So we did wear them...

In her hair:
She was sick all weekend- doesn't she look pitiful? She sounds even worse.

And on my belt:

And we were cute :)

Friday, April 15, 2011

More flowers

I wrote a while ago about some flower clippies I made for my University friends. My friend Jen then sent me a link to a whole lot more pretty flower projects. A few I have already made, a few weren't my taste and a few were so tempting I just had to try and make some.

L and I went to Michaels for some other stuff but bought felt while we were there so I could make this.
So cute! I bought grey, blue and purple as well as green for leaves. The colours are nice and greyed out, I am not a vibrant person. And the felt is made from post consumer recycled bottles. Impressive. And it was 50 cents a sheet so the whole project was about $2.
I followed these directions on the blog I am Momma Hear Me Roar.
1 inch strips
make slits
glue gun it together*
add leaves

And voila a beautiful little garden.

I intend to get some hairclips to glue them on. L will have a little purple boutonniere and hairclippie to go with her hot-pink-with-purple-flowers that she chose for Easter. Yes she definitely chose it, remember I am not really a vibrant person.

*Is there anything that glue guns can't do, really? My Mom used to hem pants with them (sorry I just told everyone that, Mom), my hubby laid down the in-floor heating with a glue gun too as per the directions. Gotta love it!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Getting Ready for Easter

I saw this Easter Lily on the Graphics Fairy today and had to print it out. Not sure what I'll do with it but it makes me feel spring-y.

Any ideas? It's in my kitchen now so I can enjoy it and try to find it a good home.

I am working on a few different projects and trying to prepare for a 3 year old birthday party and Easter fun coming up in the next few weeks. That is to say, no great pictures now but I hope to have some soon!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Coffee Sack ottoman

Ok, I bought these coffee sacks for a dollar each from Lee Valley Tools when I was Christmas shopping in Dec 2009. Wow. I wrote about them here, and received the lovely suggestion to make them into a bulletin board from Lynn from A Little Chippy. I have thought on that for quite a while. Recently, I saw on Jones Design Company that Emily made a woven pin board out of burlap. A very similar idea.I couldn't quite come up with a great place to put a bulletin board so I kept thinking. I have seen hundreds (at least) of pillows made from burlap or grain sacks all over the internet. Thing is my coffee sacks are authentic with old un-roasted coffee beans left in them and everything. So even though I washed them twice, they still shed. A lot. Then I stumbled on this from Urban Outfitters. Very nice. It reminded me of a burlap covered ottoman that I saw in a Home Depot inspiration book a while ago. So my family room ottoman became the target.
And here is how it will look. Turns out after I cut and pinned everything that I don't really have thread for my sewing machine that hasn't seen the light of day for 2 years. Cough, imagine that.
So for now I just pinned it in place and will finally drag out the sewing machine next week when I get home. That's the plan anyway. I know it's a bit weird but I really do like the texture and rustic quality it bring to the brand new room. Yay!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Reno News - countertop progress

So it's definitely not done but I have to celebrate progress as it comes. This week my lovely husband has been on a mission to install the counter and sink in the downstairs kitchenette. In order to make it look like we have done more than we actually have ;) I will show you the before too! This before shot is before we bought the house- therefore not our junk. Just thought I'd mention it.
Ta-da! Ok, I am aware of the lack of knobs/pulls on the cupboards, the missing light fixture over the sink, lack of a kickplate, the unpainted windowsills and the hole where a bar fridge will soon be. But c'mon. You have to admit it's getting there!

There was a gap at the end so A made a wine rack to fill the space. Yes, built it from scratch. The hole where the wood and tool box is now will be a mini fridge, probably stainless.

And he also put in the sink. Cut the hole, installed the faucet and hooked up all the plumbing. He is good. I am so thankful for a handy husband. It make life so much cheaper in the long run!

Anyone want a glass of water from downstairs?

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Spring Bedding for the Boys Room

I love a bargain and Superstore is clearing out the winter stuff to bring lighter, more colourful blankets in stock. Lucky for me I have been moving towards making the boys room more grey. So for half price I snagged new coverlets for the bunk beds! Around $30 to freshen things up! I am still working on an accent colour for this room, among other things.

Their shelves are still sitting in the corner of the master bedroom because I want them centered over the new dresser we have sitting in our basement waiting to be painted. So still a bit of work to do. I guess I need to go searching for some inspiration pictures... maybe next week.
This week I'm living it up on a business trip. Hehe. It sounds funny just to say but I am at a hotel for a week being trained to instruct a class for my coworkers. Hope my family is having fun without me... love you!