Monday, August 13, 2012

Maia's Room Make Over - DIY Desk Station - Part 4

Today I'm going to share with you a project I made for my daughter's room. Above her desk, all there was, was a bare wall. You all know what happens when there is a bare wall behind a desk? Yes, you guessed it... scratches, dents, crayons, holes in the wall. Well, that was my fear of having a 6-year-old next to a freshly painted wall, lol! 

At first, I thought I would just hang up an eraser or corkboard up, but then I thought I would like to see something a bit prettier than I could coordinate with her room.  So this is what I created!  Pretty, right? The best thing is that it's so functional!

Maia's Room Make Over - DIY Desk Station - Part 4

Here is how I did it!


Supplies I used - Art canvas, picture frame (bought a while ago in Micheal's clearance bin, knew it would come in handy one day!), acrylic paint, hot glue, batting, fabric, glass beads, and ribbon.


I moved the hooks from the frame to where I needed them to be.


I needed to hang this picture frame on the wood pieces of the canvas so I had to figure out how to center it on the canvas.


Pretty easy to feel where the wood was through the canvas so I found my center and placed nails on each side, for where the picture frame would hang.



It would have been way easier if I had just spray painted my frame, but I didn't have any on hand so acrylic paint it was! It took 3 coats. Thank goodness it was a hot day, so it dried up pretty fast!


Then I laid the batting down on the canvas and just cut around it.


Did the same with the pink fabric.


I used hot glue to secured the edges to the frame. My staple gun just broke, this worked just as well!


Poke the nails through the fabric, so I knew where to hang my frame.


Put the picture frame back together, I used some ribbon to embellish it and just printed out a basic calendar and another piece of paper that read Maia's Notes. The glass from picture frames makes perfect dry-erase boards!


Decorated the canvas with crisscrossing some ribbon, and then added some glass beads as buttons where the ribbon intersected. They look so cute!

Maia's Room Make Over - DIY Desk Station - Part 4

And here it is again! My daughter loves this idea! She is always drawing on it and soon it will be filled up with her pictures and artwork! 

Hope you liked this post! 
Happy crafting :)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Maia's Room Make Over - Lighting - Part 3

Not sure why had chosen this light fixture originally. My guess is that at the time we built our house (about 9 years ago), this kind of lighting was the "in" thing! Well, it isn't any longer, time to come down! Not feminine at all!

Maia's Room Make Over - Lighting - Part 3

So here is what we replaced it with. I found this fixture at Costco! 

Maia's Room Make Over - Lighting - Part 3

Perfect look, great price, and Maia loved it!



Monday, August 6, 2012

Maia's Room Make Over - Sneak Peak - Part 2

As you know we have been working on updating my daughter's room. She wasn't a "baby" anymore, so it was time for a room makeover!

Maia's Room Make Over - Sneak Peak - Part 2

Here is Maia, excited for what was about to happen to her room! Although after the first few hours she kept asking when it was all going to be done, lol!

Maia's Room Make Over - Sneak Peak - Part 2

And here is a  peak of the colors we chose, kinda reminds me of Neapolitan Ice cream, doesn't it?!
It was a lot of work covering up the permanent black marker, but it was actually easier than what I had anticipated. Thanks to the Kilz Clean start primer


Then to do the 3 colors was also challenging. The pink was the first color painted, then the brown. Once they were both dry then we painted the white stripe along the middle.  The funniest part was pulling off the tape, only a few spots needed touching up because of bleeding under the tape. Overall, I was happy with my first ever paint job!

Happy crafting "painting" everyone :)



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Maia's Room Make Over - The Before - Part 1


Today I thought I would start sharing with you all my daughter Mais's room makeover! This post will focus on the room as it was before.

When I was pregnant with my son (over 8 years ago), I had painted this mural of Winnie the Pooh in this bedroom (at the time his nursery). Then when my daughter came along she moved into the nursery which is now her room. Well, she turns 6 next week and tells me all the time that she is no longer a baby. So I guess it was time that my beautiful work of art came down :(

Maia's Room Make Over - The Before - Part 1

For those of you that want to know how I did this on the walls, it was pretty simple actually. First I drew out a picture of what I wanted. Since I had a really tall wall I wanted it to look like Pooh was using all his friends help to get to the honeycomb. I used pics from a coloring book and combined pictures of Eeyore, Tigger, and Pooh so they were all stacked on each other.

Maia's Room Make Over - The Before - Part 1

I then took the picture I drew out and projected it on the wall. Using a pencil with light pressure I traced it all out. Then I painted everything with acrylic paints. 

Maia's Room Make Over - The Before - Part 1


Poor Eeyore looks so sad!

Maia's Room Make Over - The Before - Part 1

Maia's Room Make Over - The Before - Part 1

Maia's Room Make Over - The Before - Part 1

Piglet and Roo, watching from afar! 
I miss seeing these cute characters in her room already... it's hard when you realize you don't have babies anymore! :(

Next post painting the room!
Happy crafting :)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Personalized Etched Glass Souvenirs | DIY

It's almost time for our Portugal vacation!!! Can't wait to see all our family! I didn't realize how much Canada stuff I had bought to give away, I think I'm going to have a suitcase full just in souvenirs! I hope I have enough room for everything! Hopefully, I'll be able to get some blogging time of my adventures there, if not I have scheduled posts for while I'm gone!


Anyways, I always find it hard to decide on what to take everyone. So for a few people that I know love crafts I decided I would make them a personalized etched glass mug. This one is for my Aunt Judite (Judith in Portuguese)! Hope she likes it, I know she loves crafting so I know she will appreciate it!


On the backside of the mug I added a maple leaf!


 Love how it turned out. If you want to know how I did this check out my previous blog posts on etched glass projects! Here, here, and here!

Happy crafting everyone :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

DIY No Sew Floral Headband

I've been wanting to try this out for so long. Today I finally had to do it! When I get something in my head I won't rest until it gets done so, while I made supper and did some laundry, (no time to waste, lol) here is what I made...  my first fabric floral headband for my daughter. The best part was that it was a no-sew project. It literally took 10 mins to make!

DIY No Sew Floral Headband

I used an old summer dress of hers that was way too small and had ripped seams in so many places. I really didn't feel like fixing it :(


I started off by cutting strips of fabric. 1 inch wide by as long as I could go with the fabric I had.


Start by tying a knot.


Twist the fabric around itself and then wrap it around the knot. Use hot-glue to adhere to the back of the flower as it gets bigger.


Tuck the end of the fabric underneath the flower and glue it in place.

DIY No Sew Floral Headband

Once you have all your flowers done, arrange them how you like and glue them to a felt backing. Then choose your headband (I just used and elasticized band) then used felt to secure it in place. And voila a brand new OK recycled headband! I'm sure I'll be making more of these :)

 Happy crafting!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Wedding Invitation turned Wedding Card | DIY

What do you do with wedding invitations after you have been to the wedding? I usually keep them for a while and then like anything else they end up in the recycling bin :(

Well just so happened that we are going to a wedding tomorrow and I completely forgot I didn't have a card yet so I thought well why not use the card stock from the invite. That way it for sure would coordinate with the wedding itself! So easy and simple, it saved me so much time trying to pick papers! I wished I had taken a picture of the invite itself, so you could see the difference, oops next time! Hopefully, the couple won't take offense to me taking their invitation apart, lol!

Wedding Invitation turned Wedding Card | DIY

I used today's freebie from My Scrap Chick - Blooming Mum, and cut it out with my Silhouette Cameo. Isn't it pretty?  

I love how it turned out and how quick it came together!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!




Thursday, July 12, 2012

DIY Party Hat, Birthday Card and 3D Number Keepsake | Olivia's 1st Bday Party | SVGCuts

My Niece Olivia is turning 1 next week! So I thought I would have some fun making her some paper goodies for her party! My Sister in law (also very crafty) is decorating the event with pink and green and turns out I just had the perfect paper stack to coordinate with for her party! I love this paper, it comes from the DCWV Cherry Limeade Stack.

DIY Party Hat, Birthday Card and 3D Number Keepsake | Olivia's 1st Bday Party | SVGCuts
 I used the files from SVG Cuts HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU SVG KIT, and their 3D NUMBERS PARTY SVG KIT. I love how it all turned out! Everything was cut using my Cameo.

DIY Party Hat, Birthday Card and 3D Number Keepsake | Olivia's 1st Bday Party | SVGCuts

Pictured above is the card I made for Olivia... I combined a few files from the HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU SVG KIT to create this card. I'm not much of a card maker but just love how it tuned out!!! I think I will just have to enter it in the SVG Cuts Facebook Challenge for the Summer, wish me luck! The competition is amazing :)

DIY Party Hat, Birthday Card and 3D Number Keepsake | Olivia's 1st Bday Party | SVGCuts

And here is O's party hat! Isn't it adorable?! 

DIY Party Hat, Birthday Card and 3D Number Keepsake | Olivia's 1st Bday Party | SVGCuts

Finally the number 1... a great keepsake from the party! I know she won't remember her party, but when she looks back at photos when she's older I'm sure she'll love it!

I hope this has inspired some of you to pretty up your next party!

Monday, July 9, 2012

"All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go..." | 3D Paper Suitcase Treat Box Silhouette Studio File | Free Download

Every time I pack a suitcase, I think of this song... not that I'm packing, well not yet anyway. We will be leaving soon enough to visit our family in Portugal! So excited can't wait, my son is already there with my In-laws and I miss him terribly, and even though his sister hates to admit it she misses him too!

Ok, ok, now back to the fun stuff!!! My cousin Marisa, asked me if I could make her a suitcase out of paper for her son Marko's 1st Birthday Party. Her theme for his party is travel by plane, train, or car... so a suitcase is what she chose to fill as a goody bag/treat for every child! That meant I would have to make 15 of them! Wow, anything for you Marisa, good thing I love soooo much!!!

It probably would have been a lot easier if I had bought a suitcase file, but if know me I always like to do things the hard way! I made this file with the Silhouette Designer Studio Edition Software. I'm so used to using SCAL, so this was a bit more challenging for me... but I think it turned out pretty well!


"All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go..." | 3D Paper Suitcase Treat Box Silhouette Studio File | Free Download
"All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go..." | 3D Paper Suitcase Treat Box Silhouette Studio File | Free Download

 Cute right?!
"All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go..." | 3D Paper Suitcase Treat Box Silhouette Studio File | Free Download

The suitcases measure
4.5x3x1.5 inches. Big enough to hold some treats for the kiddos! Or as you can see here big enough for Barbie's clothes, lol!










Hope she likes them! I love how they turned out! Too bad I'm sure they won't last more than a few minutes in kiddy hands... :(

"All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go..." | 3D Paper Suitcase Treat Box Silhouette Studio File | Free Download

So I'll finish with the end of the song, cause it still continues to play in my head! Bah!!!, don't you just hate when you can't rid of a song in your head, lol!

 "And I'm leaving on a jet plane,
I don't know when I'll be back again,
Oh, babe, I hate to go!"
I'm happy to share with you this suitcase file but,
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Suitcase box - .studio (Silhouette) file

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