Posts Tagged ‘kid’s room’

My goodness… Lily is a patient little one.  She has waited for 2 years to have her mamma sew her a new blanky and I finally surprised her with one 2 weeks ago!  And let me tell you, she has not put it down since the moment she laid eyes on it. 

You see, she is always watching me and often helping me sew blankets and rag quilts for lots of other people, envious she pleads for me to make one for herself.  Soon, soon I would always tell her.  So patient, so sweet, never complaining and always understanding.  So when she came home after a weekend away at her Grandparents house I surprised her with a beautiful bright pink one… finally!  She beamed.  Apparently it was worth the wait.    

That same weekend I surprised the kids with a room makeover which you will soon see all the exciting details in the weeks to come.  I promise! 

Quick tutorial: The quilt was very simple to make, even with basic sewing skills.  From all my scrap fabrics I cut 30 – 9×9″ squares.  Placed the squares into 6 rows of 5, sewed them all together with a half-inch seam.  Placing the wrong sides together I cut a white piece of  plush minky the same size, pinned and then turned the blanket right side out and finished off the edges with a zig zag seam.   Easy shmeezy.  All together it took about 2 hours.  Oh and I forgot to mention that all the fabrics were prewashed.     


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So finally, I am getting around to posting the photos of my 2-year-old (almost 3) niece, Rachel’s, bedroom.  Originally I was not happy with the photos I took, so I went back recently and – the room but was then still not happy with the photos.  Gosh, its definitely a challenge trying to photograph a space especially when I have no experience doing so.  Hence, the “take a photography course” on the goal list.  Anyhow, the photos ended up turning out just OK, I guess good enough to finally share them with you.

So onto the story of the room.  I was given the same budget as Sarah’s room of $1,000 and quickly worked away at finding the perfect fabric that we can use as the inspiration for the entire room.  Unlike Sarah’s, I did not want to go with soft and pretty, I preferred a little bit more punches of color and fun things for this energetic and happy little girl.  And after ordering many many MANY swatches of fabrics online I finally found the exact one!  Take a look at the drapes, the whole room was designed around this particular print.   After this, the room came together very easily and in a very short period of time.  You can see listed below are all the great finds I bought from Etsy (my go to shopping site) and do want to share with you that Apartment Therapy’s kids site, Ohdeedoh, played a huge part in the design inspiration.   I would love to hear your comments so please don’t be shy!

There you have it.  Many of the beautiful items seen in the room were purchased from Etsy… of course!

Pink Monster Pillow from Cranky Pants Knits

Keep Calm and Carry on Postcard from Lilly and Coco

Little Dreamer print from Trafalgar Square

Just Like Me little girl from Little Bit Funky

Owl Drawstring Bag Tutorial by Winter Peach

Perfect Pear Pillow from My Dear Darling

7 Piece Pom Pom set from Orange Kisses

Black Paper Cutout Letter from Papercutdiecut

I also have to mention that many of the items were hand-made by myself :  the doll bedding, peg family, fabric flower garland, trinket shelf, porcelain red and white mushrooms, LOVE bean bags, throw & floor pillows,  bird house, wall photo blocks, and hair clip frame.

Update – since first creating this post I have enrolled myself into a photography class which I’m still in the midst of.  So much to learn and loving every minute of it!  And happy to be out of auto and into manual mode now.  2 fist pumps for me!  So I make this serious promise to you all that from this point on my photos will be nothing less than perfect (hopefully).


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I am giving you a little sneak peek at some paintings I did a couple of years ago.  They have been hanging around my house being moved from room to room and decided that I should list them on Etsy.  I love this style of painting, its refreshing to just work outside of the lines and add layer upon layer until you get that certain feel of being just right.  So I would like to share you and once I sell these ones then that will make room for more of these to create.  Oh, and if I am listing them on Etsy does this count as 1 of the 3 new products I wanted to create for Etsy from my Goal List before the end of the year?  Hmmm, or is that being lazy?

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Well, here it is!  My little 1 hour turned 2 day project.  But well worth the wait.  Heres the before again:


So much cuter now!  See more before pictures here.

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Last weekend my Mom, Lily and I went for a girls morning out to our local flea market on the search for some good finds.  I stumbled upon this little stool that would be perfect for the kids room re-do.  It needs a complete overhaul but it was in great shape and liked that the top actually opens up and thought it would be a perfect place for the kids to store those little hidden treasures.  And not to mention, I could probably have it looking brand new in under 2 hours.  Gotta love those easy projects.  So I picked it up for the full asking price of $5 and off I went.  Here’s the before pics.

And today I started ripping it apart and probably would have gotten it all done while my little jungle boy (Ethan) was napping but first ran out of staples and then my white spray paint can got clogged.  So that was it for today.  Off I go to the Home Depot tomorrow for more supplies!  I will keep you posted!

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Recently my sister approached me and asked to help her re design her 2 little girls rooms.  Sarah just a 6 month old baby 2 and a half year old Rachel.   Both rooms were a completely blank slate, white walls, white furniture, no personality.  They moved into their new house 1 year ago and have decorated the rest of the home, but left the girls rooms for last and now she had run out of steam and inspiration.  So that’s where I stepped in.  And as we spoke more about what we could do, she became confident that I understood her vision and left me with a budget of $1,000 per room (not including drapery and main furniture) and asked that I keep it all as a  surprise for her.  Wow… what a great challenging opportunity!  I jumped on that right away without any hesitation.   So here’s Sarah’s room before:

So the only thing she asked was no typical Pottery Barn Kids room (no offense Pottery Barn!).  She wanted eclectic, fresh, colorful and maybe a little soft and pretty shabby chic.  So where did I head first?  Straight to Apartment Therapy’s 0hdeedoh for all my inspiration.  I spent hours going through pages and pages of room tours and started collecting ideas.  Soon, in my head I had a vision and theme for each of the girls  rooms.  I was so excited to put everything together and see if I could actually make it functional for her little ones AND look good.   After 3 months of collecting and hard work, here’s how it looks now:

Here are some of the items (mostly from Etsy) used in the room:

Black Paper Cutout Letter from Papercutdiecut

Dainty Cuckoo Clock in pink from Callaghan Art Gallery

Just Chillin Paper Butterfly Pack and Wedding White Paper Butterflies from Jaime Mancilla

Mini Fabric Bunting from Knotted Nest

Owl Drawstring Bag Tutorial by Winter Peach

Paper and Wire Cow Sculpture from Boo Kee Sue

And I do have to admit that the fabulous book rack is from Pottery Barn Kids… just couldn’t help myself!

Hanging Hot Air Balloon Mobile from Hanging Mobile Gallery

And some of the items like the wood building blocks, fir wood shelf, rag quilt, wall hooks, framed hair clip holder, and the many colorful throw pillows were all made by myself.

Watch for Rachel’s toddler room makeover to be posted soon.

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