Monday, August 29, 2011

Air Balloon and Sunshine

Remember seeing the sneak peek picture above?
Well now I can show you the full project!
I made two canvas' One an Air Balloon and the other the Sun.

I made these for babies room (which is definitely been a work in progress). You may remember that I had painted three Monkey Canvas' for the room if she had been a boy. I also had other decor items ready in boy/monkey theme, so I was a tiny bit unprepared when she was a girl. (not that we actually knew which gender we were having, it was just a hunch)

I did these the same way as I did the Woodland Canvas', a painted background with paper cut out and modpodged to the canvas (I do not own a cricut so for these canvas' as well as the woodland canvas' the images were all drawn out and cut out by me! I like to do things the 'old fashion' way, haha).
On the air balloon I did some stitching with the sewing machine as well as hand wove the basket with inked kraft cardstock. I chose to use hemp to connect the basket to the balloon instead of paper, I think it looks a lot better.

I had to postpone sharing this project because I was waiting for my Close to my Heart order to come in which had the alphabet stamp (The brand new, Trinity Alphabet ) that I wanted to use on the Sun canvas. I stamped the words with Stazon brown ink, I was glad they came out looking a little weathered rather than a solid stamped image. I also hand stitched the mouth and eyelashes with brown embroidery thread.

Baby loves to look up at the pictures when getting changed,
a much better view than just a blank wall.

Looking forward to sharing more of the babies room with you....but it may be awhile, I have a long way to go before I deem it finished! You may see more projects along the way!

linked to:
I heart naptime
The DIY Home Sweet Home Project
Sweet Little Gals
tatertots and jello
sugar and dots
Someday Crafts
fingerprints on the fridge

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Not as Easy as it looks...

Isn't the above picture sooo dang cute?

This idea is floating around blogworld and Pinterest (yes, I've finally been sucked into the vortex known as Pinterest and I have to say, I LOVE it! ...but more on that in a different post).
Using chalk to write out the childs name and have the child be a letter (more specifically the letter 'I' or 'L'). Now from what I've seen from people doing this are kids that lay down nicely and the pictures turn out fabulous like here and here.

But I have to say...not as easy as it looks folks!

Now since I didn't want S drawing all over it with chalk before I snapped the pictures, I decided to do the names while she was down for a nap. It was a hot summers day, so I put Baby in the stroller and after sweating profusely I was able to finish both names and snap a couple pictures of T before heading back into the house.

This was the best I got of her:

Yup, she is complaining in this one....I'm a horrible mother.

Now after S woke up I was pretty pumped to show her the surprise outside.
Well she was really excited about the drawings on the ground but wasn't to keen on laying on the you can see:

This was the only one where she was looking and sort of in the right spot:

And of course the name is cut off! What I was really hoping for was a couple of great pictures to hang in the playroom but these will have to do.
I took T out again the next evening when the whole pad was in the shade and she was happy to pose for me (the first picture). I had also done a butterfly, which I didn't even attempt to get S to lay down for, but T did. I think she looks adorable with wings!

This may be an idea I try again when both girls are quite a bit older, but it was worth a try!

Linked to:
I heart naptime
tatertots and jello

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Guest Bedroom

Finally I am able to post the Guest Bedroom, sorry for the wait it was a long time coming. There is not much to it but there were a couple of homemade projects that I wanted to incorporate.

The duvet (from Ikea) used to be in the master bedroom but when I got a new set this one made it's way to the guest bedroom (check this post out to see the replacement bedding). The colors in the Duvet became the inspiration for this room: white, purple, grey, and tan. On the bed is the bolster pillow from this post. Above the bed is a decorative piece that I found in the clearance bin at Winners for $11, it just needed to be touched up with paint. I think it works great to draw your eye to the bed...somewhat like a headboard.

On the nightstand (which I spruced up in this post) sits an alarm clock, an inspirational quote in a frame, a little birdie tealight holder and the ruffle lamp(from this post).

On the wall facing the bed I repainted some old frames and stuck two flower pictures from an old calendar in them.

The wall next to the bed houses the closet and a wall light (not pictured), so there was no room for anything to be put there.

The curtain was actually a shower curtain that I picked up in the Ikea As-is section I thought the grey leaves would match into the color scheme. I cut, hemmed and made a rod pocket, a cheap and easy way to give some privacy from the outside world!

All that's missing is a bed skirt and I'm determined to find one for cheap. Instead of keeping you waiting I thought I better post without the last piece of the puzzle.

So that's it, our guest bedroom! A clean-cut, relaxing get away for those that come to visit!

linked to:
Sugar and Dots
Tatertots and Jello
I heart Naptime
The DIY Home Sweet Home Project

Monday, August 22, 2011

Good Ol' Saskatchewan

You may have guessed from my lack of posts that I've been on summer vacation these last two weeks! We packed up the vehicle and headed to my parents farm in Saskatchewan. It's one full day of travel with kids but it went really well. Husband stayed for the first week and then it was just me and the girlies with Grandma and Grandpa (a.k.a 'mama' and 'papa' to S)for the next full week.

The above picture is me with baby in the snuggly and my dad pulling S in the wagon (mom's behind the camera). We are coming out of the lane to my parents barn yard (In the background is my grandparents yard). Such a beautiful quiet country road that they live on.

Here are some highlights from our trip:

My parents own a cabin at a near by lake and our whole family
was able to spend a few days there.

T lounging at the beach.

Papa and S meeting the boys coming back from some tubing.

Nothing better than a nap on the beach.

An attempt at a decent family picture at the end of our cabin stay.

I was able to go to my sisters for an overnight stay while my mom kept S.
It was a treat to go shopping without a toddler in tow.

We went to a parade in my hometown.
It was so much fun to watch S go and grab candy as well
as clap and yell 'yay!' for every float.

Mom put on a little birthday party for the soon-to-be two year old.

...and of course we couldn't go to the farm without a horsie ride.

There's one more major highlight from the trip, I chopped off my hair!

So that's what I've been up to for the last little while. Of course there are many many more pictures and highlights from our two week adventure but the post would be way to long! In other news I did manage to do some crafting while at my parents, I started sewing together a new diaper bag for myself.

Well it's back to the grind for me (particularly laundry and planning a birthday party!). Hope you enjoy the last few weeks of summer!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Big Girl Room: Additions and Details

Remember when I first posted the Big Girl Room, well the one wall was still kind of unfinished. I wanted to share with you what her room looks like now:

I added a watercolor painting that I did in Grade 11 and had been in my room at my parents house (which is why it wasn't in the original post, I had to wait for it to come). The painting is based on a picture that I had seen on the internet called 'If I was a mermaid and you were a Unicorn'. If you look at the waters reflection it is just a normal girl and a horse (click on the image to enlarge)... I love it, it's still one of my favorites! Also my dad made the frame for it way back when and I can't bring myself to paint over the natural wood stain.

Above the dresser I added a white shelf which holds another watercolor painting that I did (also in Grade 11) of Bambi and his friend Flower the skunk. I just love Bambi he is so dang cute!

The white blob on the wall just right of the dresser is actually a clay imprint of my daughters hands and feet done when she was a couple of months old.

You may have noticed the cute TV on her dresser in the first post, it is actually a fish tank given to her on her first birthday from grandma and grandpa. To the left of the fish tank is a vintage dish that I found at Value Village for $2 and now holds her soothers (which shouldn't be there for too much longer and will be moved to the nursery). And I'm not a huge fan of winnie but this cuddly bear was given to Sadie from my husbands cousin who shares the same birthday and there is also her birth year printed on Pooh's foot so he has a special spot up on the dresser.

On the opposite wall I changed a few things around as well and wanted to share some details:

Isn't this just the cutest wall sticker, Owls that are just above the headboard of the toddler bed.

Below you may recognize the memory match game from this post. There is also a 3D hand and foot of my little girls on the shelf made from a plaster kit from Michaels.

I'll end things off with this adorable Owl wall sticker that is perched above the light switch, so cute!

Hope you enjoyed seeing some more details from the Big Girl Room! If you missed the first post find it Here.

Linked to:
Sugar and Dots
Tatertots and Jello
I heart Naptime

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sweet Blog Award

A few days ago I was surprised by this award given to me from Becky over at Scrappin' Becky B. She is so sweet herself, I would have liked to give it straight back to her! So, thank you Becky!! Go check out her blog, it's really great and irresistibly sweet!

Now the rules for accepting this award is that I have to say 7 things about myself as well as pass it on to 7 other sweet bloggers. So here it goes:

1. I have been patiently waiting to go to Disneyland again, I wanna go so bad!! (it's been 14 years)

2. I move my laptop beside my rocking chair at night so when baby gets up for late night feedings I can peruse the blog world/ facebook to keep myself awake.

3. I've recently signed up with Pinterest and I'm lovin' it.

4. I was born and raised on a farm in the beautiful province of Saskatchewan.

5. My favorite color at the moment is yellow.

6. I have moved 6 times in the last 4 years.

7. I love having naps when it's raining....actually I love having naps anytime!

And here are the lovely ladies I would like to pass this award onto (in no particular order):

Allison at Little Lovelies
Molly at Wild Olive
Laurie-beth at Pursue Joy
Amy at Madamyt
Laura at Come Together Kids
Katy at Sweet Verbena
Lindsay at The Cottage Home

Take some time and check out these blogs, they are awesome!
Thanks again Becky for such a sweet surprise!