Playroom Bunting

Bunting Reveal

I have finally gotten my groove back when it comes to Lucy’s playroom.  Actually, to the point where I am up at 4 am each morning thinking of what projects I can conquer that day.  I had not planned on making a bunting, but I thought it would be a cute touch.

I chose the fabric for her playroom very carefully.  I didn’t want anything too trendy or too childish.  So, that meant no owls, chevrons, princesses, etc.  Notice I didn’t say anything too girly!  I chose my fabrics from Fabricworm after having found this site through the Prudent Baby blog.

I also wanted to use burlap in the bunting as well as this adorable gingham bias tape I found at Wal Mart months ago.  I started by cutting the fabric, burlap and Wonder-Under fabric webbing into squares.  Since I was using the burlap for the backing, I cut those squares a bit bigger.

I then cut letters out from black felt.  I printed the letter templates from a website that I can’t remember the name of,  but if you Google “free alphabet stencils” you will have lots of options.

Next, I ironed the creases out the fabric and the burlap and then ironed the Wonder-Under onto the fabric.  Once those cooled down, I removed the backing (Wonder-Under) from the fabric and ironed the fabric to the burlap.  I glued the felt letters to the fabric with fabric glue.

The glue dried really quickly so I moved on to laying out my bunting.  I wanted to make sure it was properly spaced.   When it looked right, I pinned everything to the bias tape.

I was ready to sew everything together… very carefully!

I have to admit that I wanted to hang this over the reading loft, but it was too long.  It ended up over the books which is still super cute and when Lucy can read it will remind her that READING IS FUN!

I am linking to:

iheartnaptime
Positively Splendid
Tatertots & Jello
The Gunny Sack
Gingersnap Crafts
Live, Laugh, Rowe

 

 

Silhouette Ring

Ring- Final

I am so excited to share this project with you!  It came to be after a trip to Joann’s this morning.  I meant to only pick up a couple of things, but you know how it goes.  I hit the clearance area and came away with several cute items to be used in future projects (that list grows daily)!  Among them were a blank brass Ring Bling ring ($1.97) and some really cute Anna Griffin card stock ($2.97).  I typically wouldn’t by a blank ring, but my crafting instinct kicked in and it was SO cheap.  I knew I would come up with something… and I did!

On my way home, it hit me.  I would make a silhouette ring with Lucy’s silhouette.

For this simple project you will need:

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

Blank ring

Card Stock

Copy Paper

Scissors

Pencil

X-acto knife

Black Ultra Fine Point Sharpie

Compass

Black Fine Tip Sharpie

Spray Adhesive

I already had a silhouette of Lucy that I used to make an applique for a pillow.  If you don’t have one, just get a profile shot of your child and trace it on tracing paper.  I shrank the image on the copier at 50% three times.  So… I put the tracing paper in the copier, decreased the size to 50% of the original.  I took the resulting copy and decreased the size by 50% and so on.

Fill in the silhouette starting with the ultra fine point Sharpie on the outside line and finishing with the fine point Sharpie.

With an X-acto knife, cut the silhouette out.

For the background, use any card stock you would like!  I am on a yellow kick right now so that is what I used.  I used a compass to measure the inside portion of the ring where the card stock will lay and then I made a circle of that size on my paper.  I cut the circle out and trimmed it a little to get the fit exactly right.

I used spray adhesive to attach the silhouette to the card stock and the card stock to the ring.

This is the first time I have used Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.  The first thing I did was shake it and then read on the bottle not to shake it.  Oops.  There were bubbles as the label warned, but I learned very quickly that you can pop the bubbles with a straight pin OR they will stick to your finger tip if you are careful!  I set the ring in a ribbon spool to keep it steady while I filled it with Mod Podge.

Don’t worry!  It is supposed to be cloudy.  It clears up as it dries.  The instructions say to wait 3 hours, but I would wait 24 hours just in case.  The possibilities are endless for this project- it is only limited by your imagination!

I am linking to:

I Heart Nap Time

Loaf Pan Upcycle

Loaf Pan 3

 

 

I picked up a couple of these 16″ loaf pans at a vintage market… I don’t think they are vintage, but I thought they were cool.  I didn’t quite know what I was going to use them for, I just knew I liked them!

I have always wanted to do something simple in the windowsill over my kitchen sink, but nothing ever looked right to me.  I was washing dishes and the idea came to me to plant succulents (the only plant I can keep alive) in the loaf pan.

I liked it but I didn’t LOVE it.  I thought maybe a stencil might work so I pulled out my Martha Stewart Monogram Serif stencils and some black paint.

And now, I LOVE it!  I stenciled rather quickly because I was anxious to get it done.  Not perfect, but it has a little more character!

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My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Home Stories A2Z


Monday Link Parties

Happy Monday!  Today is Lucy’s first day of school and her first day of gymnastics!  I am hoping that makes for an early bedtime!

Also today, I am linking Easy Button Hair Elastics to the following:

Happy Monday!

Easy Covered Button Hair Elastics

I am back from my summer travels and diving back into crafting!  However, I can’t get motivated to finish the details of Lucy’s playroom.  Luckily, it hasn’t stopped her from playing in there!  What I need to do is make a list and just go item by item.  That will be the next post…

In the meantime, I am having fun with some other projects.  When I was in Montana, I saw these adorable covered button hair elastics in a children’s store, but they were $10 per pair.  No way.  I knew I could figure it out on my own.

I already had the naked buttons with the tools and I have a ton of fabric so I was on my way.

1. Gather your materials: fabric, cover buttons and tools and hair elastics.  I just love the brightly colored hair elastics.

2.-5. You will need a fabric circle twice the diameter of the button.  I like to center a part of the print over the button.  This one has one of the flowers from the print right in the center.  I have 4 and 5 out of out of order.  Whoops.  You will start with the white tool, then fabric, button top, button bottom and blue tool.

6. Start with the larger white plastic part with the deepest side facing up.  Center your fabric circle right side down over the circle.  Push the button cover right side down over the fabric.

7. Fold the fabric into the center and place the button bottom over the fabric making sure to keep the folded fabric completely underneath it.  Push the blue plastic part (deep side down) until you feel a little pop.  That is the bottom of the button fitting into the top of the button.

8. Stick a hair elastic through the button shank.

9. Loop one end of the hair elastic through the other and pull.

10.  Right side up and so pretty!

I am linking this to:

I Heart Nap Time