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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Mini Hutch Makeover

I found this cute little doll house hutch on clearance at Michael's. My friend just got married and moved into a cute apartment. I have a firm belief that every girl should have a hutch. It's just the one furniture requirement of a female. Vanity desk I can do with out, but a hutch, OH, it is a necessity.

I painted this cutie gray on the outside, white on the inside, turquoise on the shelf edges and on the knobs. Afterwards I took white to the edges of the gray for a distressed look.

I wanted to make a mini wreath for it, but was pressed for time, so a happy bunting did just fine!

Owl baby mobile

To go along with the owl painting I made for Jackie's new baby girl, I decided to try to make a mobile using the same method from when I made a DIY Solar System Mobile.

I sewed together little felt owl, giraffe, and flowers to hang on a dressed up embroidery hoop. I then added some QuicKutz dies up the string. They really are the magic touch.

For hanging I made the string extra long so that you can wrap it around a thumbtack that you can pin into your ceiling. An elementary method, but it actually looks really pretty.

Owl Family and their House Painting for a Baby Nursery

My dear friend Jackie is having her third baby! She is due within the next couple weeks and just had her baby shower. She got this cute owl baby bedding set from Target so I knew I had to paint something cute to go with it.

It's got a Papa, Mama, and three little girl owls. Their last name starts with a B so I was pleased to stand back and realize the owls are sitting on branches that form a B shape. What a happy accident!

No matter how hard I tried, I could NOT get a picture that represented the colors accurately. It is so pretty and soft in person.

I also added patterned paper for some of the leaves. It's one of my favorite baby paintings.

Here is the display at Target. This bedding inspired the painting.

I also made a pretty baby mobile to match. You can see it here.

Monday, September 10, 2012

DIY Solar System Mobile

I was busy making a mobile for my friend's baby girl that's on the way. Calvin saw what I was doing and asked for his own, so I made him one of the Solar System. He is really into Wall-E, so this ties into his obsession.

I feel bad that this mobile is completely inaccurate, but since he is four and I'm not a Science enthusiast, I let it slide.

I think Neptune will be feeling really blue when he finds out.


  • One hoop of a 10" embroidery hoop (I like to get them from my local thrift store for cheap)
  • Dental floss (for the string--it's strong, thin, and smells minty)
  • Scrapbook paper (for planets, stars, and hoop covering)
  • Hot glue
  • Die cuts (2 circle die cuts from Accu-Cuts, 1 sparkle die cut from QuicKutz)
  • Paper Trimmer (to cut the paper for covering the hoop)
  • One thumbtack (for hanging


Similar to the Martha Stewart Solar System Mobile.

(I really didn't follow her directions. I just made it up as I went along and used hers for inspiration.)

1. Trim and glue paper for hoop
2. Cut out shapes for planets and stars
3. Hot glue planets together
4. Add floss to planets with hot glue before sealing up the planet and tie onto hoop.
5. Tie hoop strings for the top
6. Add planets
7. Add stars to the string
8. Wrap the end of the dental floss around a thumbtack and stick on the ceiling
9. Be proud of the mobile you made that makes your kid super happy :)

And there you go!

One happy little Fireman/Astronaut :)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Volland Watercolor Experiments

My mom is a fabulous watercolorist.

In fact, she is an all around wonderful artist.

You name it, she's mastered it.

But I have been secretly in love with Volland style illustrations from the 1920s. I figured I would try experimenting with watercolors, and boy-oh-boy it sure is fun. Here are some photographs of my floral, modern interpretations of the Volland style of art:

If you like one, I have the originals for cheap on my etsy.

I have had the account forever, but have never actually tried to list anything. So I think that works to my disadvantage, because it says I have been a member for years, but have never sold anything.

I thought I would give it a try.

What do you think?

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Clara Painting

My little Clara has red hair.

And the personality to match.

She is fiesty, but oh so charming.

Of course she needs her own painting!

I even love that she considers herself to be an artist. She takes her coloring and painting quite seriously!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bachelorette Gift Basket

I was invited to a lingerie shower before my friend's wedding. She had already had a bridal shower, so her cousin wanted to throw her a fun (yet still tasteful) lingerie shower. I knew everyone would bring her beautiful lingerie, but as a married woman I knew those lose their appeal fast. I wanted to do something fun, so I put together this gift basket!

1. "DIY Edible Underwear" (i.e., Fruit by the Foot)
2. "Something sweet to make tasks a treat"---Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup
3. Strawberry Syrup (I couldn't find sugar free)
4. Sugar Free Caramel Syrup
5. "Just In Case!"---Pregnancy test (from the Dollar Tree...I've heard they work!)
6. "In Lieu of Whipped Cream"---Snack Pack puddings (wish I could've gotten whipped cream, but that would obviously go bad)
7. "For the Sexy Secretary/Librarian"---Glasses from the dollar store with the lenses popped play sexy secretary or librarian
8. "Comfy AND Cute" underwear
9. "For Playing [Naughty] Nurse"----A nurse headband (she is a nurse...I made it with a headband, felt, and the glue gun)

You could make your labels as scandalous or tame as you please.

My gift recipient was on the tamer side :)

And then concealed in cute dollar bucket with a tissue paper flower :)

Ummm, can I say it was a hit?!

Hair Bow Kite

I just absolutely love the kite for hair bows on Ruffles and Stuff. I followed her tutorial to make a present for my friend's daughter's 5th birthday. Of course, my 4 year old boy wanted his own (minus the hair bows), so how I could I resist?

Calvin's is made out of a scrap piece of sailboat material, an old wire hanger, ric rac, ribbon, and blue scraps of material for the bows.

Clara's is made out of Heather Bailey fabric, ribbon, an old wire hanger, and lots of felt hair bows and flowers!

Oh, and of course I also used a glue gun. Glue guns rock.

 Check out the Ruffles and Stuff tutorial because it is really easy and turns out just darling!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

January Hutch Decor

I just can't get over my adorable book page wreath. I really need to make more.

Here are my snazzy decorations for my hutch this January.

I was pleased to find big bags of oranges, pears, apples, and other produce at Big Lots this week. Only 98 cents for a whole bag of each fruit. Win!

Once again, here is the fabulous tutorial on how to make it.