Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
The book as a whole is really cute and has some projects I will definitely be trying out. I'll try to do a more thorough review soon, but for now you'll just have to gaze at my projects!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I like that I can change things up a little just by swapping out a few pictures rather than starting from scratch. We'll see how long this one lasts!
A few notes, not that you were going to ask, just because I can actually remember right now! From bottom left, going clockwise:
- original art from Sydney displayed on a magnet board made with metal roof flashing
- a matryoshka doll from my grandma displayed on a shadow box shelf
- scrapbook paper in a shiny frame
- Sydney crossing a bridge last summer in Alexandria, MN
- Looking up a tree, last summer, Edward Lake, MN or was it Lake Edward?
- Fabric on embroidery hoop
- Lily pads at the lake last summer
- Sydney's folded hands at 3 days old
- An abandoned bird's nest we found in the yard this spring, displayed in a shadow box
- My sister's photography
- Patterned paper from Paper Source
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The story of the kitchen:
I've wanted my daughter to have a play kitchen for as long as I've had a daughter. We had one when I was a kid that my dad made and I have many great memories of playing with it. I've been scouring the Internet for great deals, but man those things are expensive! I knew it could be made, but my construction partner (my husband) was not really on board. After much pleading he finally relented after I gave myself a deadline - one week to find a second hand table to start with or I would give up the dream (until Christmas at least!)
We "installed" a faucet we found for $2 at a Habitat for Humanity Restore* and new knobs that turn, a towel bar on the side, oven knobs, a long fridge like handle for the cabinet and cut a hole for the bowl sink in the table.
The oven door I made from wool felt. It has a velcro door with a vinyl window. We thought for a long time about making a real door for the oven, but decided this was a much easier, cheaper, safer method.
So here is the breakdown:
$12 Cabinet (although since I was cleaning out the garage I think this shouldn't count)
$ 2 faucet
$43 for oven knobs, faucet knobs, towel bar, shelf, tension rod and misc. supplies
$ 3 acrylic high gloss spray finish (my black paint was eggshell so this gave it a nice shiny, cleanable finish)
$ 6 stainless steel bowl
$86 Total Cost (not including a whole Saturday and several evenings of labor)
Used black paint, silver spray paint, screws, plywood, fabric, felt, and velcro already on hand.
And...the finished product.
I love it! And thankfully so does Sydney. She was also lucky enough to receive some super cute accessories from a crafty friend and a crafty Nana!
A little funny story for you in closing...I purchased several plastic baskets for Sydney to organize her food, dishes, etc. in her kitchen. Monday morning I was trying to help her get everything set up. She insisted we leave one basket empty under the sink which I insisted was where her dishes should go. She informed me that was the dishwasher! Of course! Why would she think she should wash dishes in the sink - I never do! :)