Small Apartment Nursery Nook Reveal

I’ve enjoyed creating two nursery spaces the last couple of months. The first one was the guest room/nursery space in my own home (see links below).

Guest Room/Nursery reveal @diyshowoff

Today is my daughter’s birthday! Happy Birthday, Ali! Creating a space for baby is one of her birthday gifts. Fun!

This one is a temporary space (functioning as a nursery until spring of next year). I call this sweet little room the nursery nook since it’s located in a small one bedroom apartment. Until I rescue photos from my old laptop, this is the only before picture I could find of the space:

bedroom-before

This part of the bedroom was made into a ‘dressing room’ type closet space a few years ago since storage is limited (I promise I’ll dig out the small apartment before and after pictures in the near future) but now part of the one bedroom is a cute little nursery nook for a soon to arrive little boy.

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As you can see, it’s not super baby themed since it’s a temporary/rental space. We’re saving a fun boy-themed nursery design for next summer. 

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Source List:

  • Sauder dresser
  • Crib – Ikea
  • accessories, accent rugs and wall art – HomeGoods 
  • curtain – Target
  • DIY arrow accent wall

Metallic gold arrow accent wall tutorial

metallic gold arrow wall at diyshowoff.com

See my guest room/nursery space for more nursery inspiration:

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Guest Room + Nursery Makeover Reveal

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You guys! There is a new little grand child arriving in just a couple of weeks! #EXCITING! So of course, this first time grandma needs to convert the guest room to allow space for baby sleep overs. The before is pretty enough…

blue orange and gold guest room bed at diyshowoff.com

It needed a good freshening up. And I’m sure that I’ll still be playing ‘doll house’ in this room, moving things around, adding a little something here and there but for now…it’s guest AND baby ready! 

Nursery  Guest Room Reveal @diyshowoff

I started with a mood/design board to get a feel of how things would look, things I liked and things I already currently had on hand.

nursery design

And here it is…

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There’s still a bit of a to-do list:

  1. A new (used) dresser…of course I plan on giving it a DIY makeover (just have to find one first).
  2. Light fixture: I’d love to swap the existing for something gold.
  3. DIY wall art for above the headboard.
  4. Replacement casters for the portable crib.
  5. I’m thinking that the weathered green oar would be adorable mounted horizontally with some coat hooks.
  6. Of course you know me, there will probably be TONS of baby related DIY coming in the future too. 

There are fairy lights strung between the curtains above the crib. The arrow near the rocker has a battery operated lights and a switch. There are fairy lights hanging around the top of the bed frame. So plenty of soft “night light” after sunset. 

Do you spy the Young Living Aria Ultrasonic diffuser? Definitely a splurge but oh my goodness…this diffuser combines the latest in ultrasonic technology with a variety of useful features. The included remote lets you choose from a selection of soothing, built-in sounds or enjoy the multicolored LED lights. With the built-in speakers, you can plug in your own personal music player and enjoy the music of your choice. Diffuse some peace-inducing calming essential oils and it’s like a spa. I’m moving into the guest room! 

Sources:

  • Wallpaint color: Blue is a mix of paints (sorry), “white” is actually Valspar Sandstone Gray. Tutorial coming soon!
  • We already owned the bed.
  • Light fixture…installed 7 years or so ago so I don’t remember where we got it. It was originally black but I used some Rub-n-Buff to give it a patina’d look.
  • DIY A to Z book ends
  • Painted storage box
  • Framed felted deer head wall art tutorial
  • sheer curtains
  • DIY banner
  • Molded plastic Eames-inspired rocker
  • Vintage photographic print canvas set of 9
  • Safavieh Carla Rug (Joss & Main but sold out. I do have to say that the rug shown did not arrive in good/brand new condition however Joss & Main/Wayfair customer service was excellent. I paid for a beautiful rug (this was not a review/free item) and so a few days later, a new replacement rug arrived. I haven’t had the chance to empty the room, roll the original back up and unroll/install or see the condition of the replacement but fingers crossed that it’s “new and stain-free”~ I’m optimistic and pleased with the service I received despite my original disappointment.
  • Carousel Designs mini crib sheets (birch forest, grey raindrops, patchwork plaid). Birch forest shown.
  • Pinch pleated comforter from Target in gray
  • Megan Romo ‘Fair V’ Canvas Art

So what do you think? Quite a mismatched collection of styles, right? You know I love “eclectic” best. Now all we need is the baby. ;) 

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

DIY Nursery Wall Decor

I’ve been giving our guest room a bit of a makeover to include a little nursery space for my very first grand child who is scheduled to arrive next month. I can’t wait! You guys, a sweet baby boy will be here soon! I’m so excited, I can’t stand it! 

Materials: I found this old oval wall art at the thrift store for 3.99.

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I had the wrapping paper and felted deer head (used in our stairwell/landing makeover originally. I looked and it’s no longer for sale…sorry but I did see awesome paper mache deer heads at Michaels that would work well too…plus you can paint/decoupage to coordinate with your room.). So this is a thrifty treasure for me…just $3.99 for the dusty framed print + shopping the house since I had the spray paint on hand already too. 

What I did: Gave everything a good cleaning and removed the backing from the frame (set aside). 

I spray painted the frame gold and let it dry. 

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I traced the oval backing onto chevron wrapping paper. I did glue the wrapping paper over the print on the front. However, it’s not required if you’d like to preserve the print.   DIY nursery wall art  tutorial   DIY nursery wall art  tutorial DIY nursery wall art  tutorial

Then just reattached the backing to the frame. 

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I hung it on the wall and hammered a nail in the center to hang the felted deer head and added a DIY banner…just card stock, Project Life cards (scrapbook section at Michaels) and twine. I added a string of mini LED fairy lights too. 

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See my guest room nursery space for more nursery ideas:

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

And yes…it’s crazy here. From Halloween to baby shower to some Christmas decorating, a guest room/nursery makeover, an entire home before/after in progress (family members), always Young Living recipes, events and sharing my story, and another small apartment nursery nook. There’s a LOT going on and DIYShowOff is ALL over the place! You may want to subscribe to get reminders to check back often! ;) 

Have a great week!

Small Shared Room Nursery Inspiration

It’s unusual to see me thinking along the lines of nurseries since we have an empty nest and no, noooooo!, I’m not expecting! However, I do have a special announcement to make:

I will be a grandma later this year!

::excited hugs and happy tears all around::

It's a BOY! @diyshowoff

and…it’s a grandson!

It's a boy!

What?! You guys! Ready or not, it’s onto life’s next chapter for me. Gosh! Am I old enough? (Wait, don’t answer that!) Despite a few years of loving grand-kitties, a grand-doggy and even a grand-piggy, I feel so un-prepared! The proof is in my knitting…

knitting fail

first knitting attempt: epic fail!

Not to mention…I’m clueless when it comes to boys. My experience is limited to girls!

It’s finally just starting to sink in…me, a grandma?!

Yep! And despite my destructive knitting skills, I’m going to be one awesome grandmother! We will be the best grandparents. I just know it! My baby. Having a baby. ::please pass the tissues::

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Okay, on to the topic of DIYs and nurseries…

For now, at least until next spring, Ali will be staying in her dinky apartment (which I still have yet to fully reveal…perhaps we’ll do that soon too), so we’ll be brainstorming some small space ideas for the new little one’s temporary nursery nook in the tiny one bedroom apartment for at least six months of tight space living. 

small nursery inspiration

Here is a collection of small nursery nooks for inspiration: 

small nursery space

Small doesn’t have to mean skimping on style. {via Apartment Therapy}

small nursery at Adventures of a British Housewife in New York

It does mean getting creative! {via Adventures of a British Housewife in New York}

changing station at Mandy Busby Creative

and making the best use of little space. {via Mandy Busby Creative}

even if it’s a tight squeeze… {via Apartment Therapy}

crib closet

A Bit of Sunshine nursery

{via A Bit of Sunshine}

small nursery inspiration

Love this fun space! Great colors, fun patterns! {via Apartment Therapy}

nursery corner at Bleubird Blog

{via Bleubird Blog}

Nobody puts baby in a corner unless it’s a cute nursery corner.

small nursery

{via Apartment Therapy}

Stay tuned: Tips for creating a small nursery space in a one bedroom apartment. Space may be tiny but love is BIG!

How about TWO nurseries? Why yes, I think so! Grandma needs to create a nursery space in one of our guest rooms for overnight stays, right? So lots of baby love, baby related DIY and decorating and preparing for a precious little one coming right up! I can’t wait!!!

DIY Nursery Reveal (and more) – The House of Wood

I love meeting “new-to-me” DIY blog friends. I just recently met Jen from The House of Wood. Jen is a songwriter. When she’s not writing, recording or touring, she is enjoying everything life has to offer with her husband and growing family. Being 7 months pregnant hasn’t stopped Jen from DIY-ing! She loves DIY as much as we do and she just calls it “nesting” so she doesn’t get any grief from her husband. haha!

The House of Wood

She looks so cute too with her safety glasses and little baby bump (had to include this picture too, Jen!)

Jen

Her little girl’s room is super sweet and packed full of DIY projects.

Yellow and Gray Birdie Nursery Tour - a full nursery tour with a bunch of DIY projects involved: curtains, crib skirt, pillows, bookshelf, bunting, mobile, and more! Visit Jen’s original post for links to the ‘how to’ for each project and full details. 

DIY nursery reveal

yellow nursery DIY

nursery makeover

DIY nursery reveal

DIY nursery gallery wall

Adorable!

There are so many other great DIY projects at The House of Wood. Here are just a a couple sneak peeks:

Restoration Hardware Night Stand Knock Off Tutorial

DIY restoration hardware inspired end tables

DIY Box Planter Tutorial

DIY box planters

Go ahead – you’re invited to stop over, introduce yourself, say ‘hello’ and be inspired.

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Decorating Obsessed Nursery Reveal

Hey there, DIY friends! Wow! You all had some amazing ideas and suggestions yesterday  about my DIY dilemma! Thank you!  I’ll keep you posted!

Today I’d like to introduce you to Ashley from…

Ashley is awaiting the pending arrival of her sweet baby girl soon and she’s just finished up  the nursery.  It’s an awesome combination of old, new and LOTS of DIY. The result is amazing! I love the bold non-traditional colors, don’t you? (Even her blog header looks good mixed in with the reveal photos!) 

First thing you can’t help but notice is the gorgeous argyle wall. Something that’s definitely going to catch baby girl’s eye.  

The also painted the base of the crib – isn’t that a clever idea to give it some special detail?

Want to see the before pictures? Like most nurseries, this room started out as a guest bedroom:

   

Now, it’s a beautiful space to grow, snuggle and play…

The attic access bothered Ashley…

So, they turned it into (non-permanent/easily removable) recessed shelving…

Check out this girl’s closet! 

I love the details and accents.  Isn’t this little guy sweet?

How fun is the DIY art (there’s more to see at Decorating Obsessed)…

You can get all of the details, more information and see more cute pictures at 

Guest Room

Attic Access turned Recessed Shelving

Nursery Reveal

Don’t stop there, Ashley’s blog name says it all. She’s “Decorating Obsessed” and her entire home is worth checking out!

Wishing you a happy, healthy and easy labor and delivery, Ashley!  I can’t wait to “e-meet” baby Audrey!

Roomspiration – Nurseries

There is no need for a nursery in our home but that doesn’t mean I don’t like looking at them and wishing my girls were little babies again.  
If I had a little precious princess, her sweet room would be Restoration Hardware inspired using a soft pretty color palette…
It’d be filled with pretty and personal details…
My little boy would have a vintage or rustic themed nursery like these…
Here are a few of the nurseries I’ve featured over the past couple of years.  Sweet and inspiring real rooms by decorated by blog friends. Go ahead, pin these. These ladies deserve recognition for beautiful, inspiring magazine-worthy nurseries.  
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But making baby gifts is as close as I get…
Do you have a real nursery to share?  Head over to a la Mode and link up or pop over to view real baby rooms in real homes. Shelli has the most precious nursery!

 

Linking up at this fun regular baby/kid party hosted by Nan:

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The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling
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Enter to win a Shaw area rug – winner’s choice of design AND size (even 9×12!)

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DIY Project Parade and Handmade Boutique Baby Collection

This week, I finally finished this…
My Handmade “Boutique Baby” gift Collection…
Warning: 
This is a long post with a couple of tutorials, links and LOTS of pictures!
I finally wrapped up (literally) my handmade baby gifts. 

I think I got a little DIY-happy but I really wanted to create a handmade boutique baby collection. Everything was so easy and I just couldn’t stop. ;) I shared the sweet banner I made a few weeks ago…





as well as the Super Easy No Sew Tutu Tutorial
(This is the one I made for my niece’s 1st birthday when I took her pictures as her gift but I made one for the gift collection too.)


Here’s what else I tucked inside the gift box:

Baby Legwarmers Tutorial
Materials: A pair of ladies size socks (these ones are from Target – I had a hard time finding the right pink). Scissors and thread/sewing machine (or by hand).


1. Lay out each (ladies)sock and cut just above the heel. Set the “leg” part of the sock aside.

2. Cut the ‘heels’ and ‘toes’ of each off. 


3. Fold the ‘foot’ part of the sock in half (underneath) so inside and out shows the right side of the fabric and makes a ‘cuff’.


4. Slide ‘leg’ part into ‘cuff’ all right sides out, lining up the raw edge.


5. Pin 3 layers together evenly, lining up the raw edge.


6. Sew as close to the edge as you can, making sure to capture 3 layers.

7. Trim if necessary and flip up cuff. Cute legwarmer from ladies socks!


Handmade Peony Headband Tutorial

Materials:  Plain elastic headband, silk peony and rhinestone. Hot glue.

1.  I used a wipes container to stretch headband. 

2.  Disassem
ble the silk peony. Use wire cutters if necessary.

3.  Hot glue layers of the flower onto the elastic headband.

4.  Add layers until as full as desired.

5.  Hot glue rhinestone into center. Let dry.

Ta-da! Pretty BIG flower headband!

And using these beautiful fabrics (fabric.com) and baby flannel for the backing (reversible bibs, aprons and burp cloths from Joann Fabrics).


Premier Prints Trey Stripe Bella Pink/Cozy
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Premier Prints Royal Suzani Bella Pink/Cozy
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Premier Prints Twill Suzani Cozy/Bella Pink
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Premier Prints Madison Cozy/Bella Pink
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Premier Prints Dandelion White/Bella Pink
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Premier Prints Gisella Cozy/Bella Pink
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I sewed a few baby apron bibs, contoured burp cloths, a bib and some appliqued onesies. 



Baby Apron Bibs
(Bapron Tutorial at Craftiness is not an Option)
Aren’t these sweet? Bib/Apron for baby!



Contoured Burp Cloths
Bib
(Tutorial)
(shown middle)




Appliqued Onesies Tutorial
1. Iron interfacing to fabric.

2. Trace shape onto paper side and cut out.

3. Peel away paper and iron onto onesie.
4. Iron applique into place in center of onesie.
Note:  I drew on eyes using these!!!  Sharpie Fabric Stain Markers! 
(another project non-baby related utilizing these coming up!)



5.  Stitch into place.
Ta-da!


Or cut shapes from fabric pattern:



argyle onesie tutorial (live a little wilder) 
I did my own version using the applique method above and the sewing machine:

Lots of “after” pictures.  I’m just so proud that the entire collection is handmade and pretty cute. :)

What do you think? I think it makes me want a baby girl! I hope she likes it all and loves pink!
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DIY Counting Sheep Baby Banner

It’s rare, but there’s a baby related project in the DIY Show Off house! NO! Not for me! I‘ve been invited to a baby shower and I just love giving handmade baby gifts. (Tara, if by chance you’re reading, please stop right here!) Unfortunately, I can’t make it to the baby shower (my baby girl’s graduation party is the same day) but I have a whole handmade collection planned and here’s the first thing in the gift box: 


A sweet baby girl counting sheep banner, inspired by cute bird, butterfly and bunny banners but designed and DIY’d by me with a counting sheep theme.

Not guaranteed to help baby sleep, but it sure is cute. 

Materials:
Scrapbook paper (It doesn’t take much. Two 12×12 sheets will work but more if you want more designs.)
2 ribbons (I used almost 1 spool of organza, 1 thin satin)
Baker’s twine (a thin ribbon or twine would work just as well)
Number ink & stamps or stickers #1-10 (or free hand)
Tape

Tools:
Pencil
Scissors
Hole punch
Optional:  Xacto knife

Counting Sheep Banner Tutorial
10 steps to 10 sheep
#1 Print a lamb stencil or template from online onto card stock and cut out. (Optional: you could also use your Cricut or Silhouette to make die cuts.) 


#2 Trace onto scrapbook paper and cut out sheep shapes. I used an Xacto knife and alternated the direction (flip the sheep stencil) so my sheep were facing each other in sets of two {><} rather than all facing left {<<} or right {>>} or back side to backside {< >}. Trace and cut out 10 sheep. I used pretty paper in pinks for baby girl (to coordinate with other handmade items planned).


#3 Punch 2 holes beside each other near the top of each sheep. Near the top keeps sheep from twirling on the string. I tested punching holes in different areas. Near the top works best. (Optional: reinforce with eyelets. I also punched holes for eyes…animals without eyes make me sad. You could draw on closed/sleepy eyes too.)


#4 Number the sheep 1-10 using rubber stamps, stickers or draw on with markers.
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#5 Cut 11 five inch pieces (eyeball it…no need to measure) of pink ribbon and 22 five inch pieces of organza (or do your own ribbon combo/thing). This is tied between each sheep.


#6 Pull a length of baker’s twine. Tape off the end (it keeps the twine from fraying and makes threading easier).


#7 Add sheep. Thread from back to front in one hole. Then front to back in punched hole right beside it. Repeat for all 10 sheep.


#8 Space out evenly. I left about 10 inches of twine on each end for hanging. Cut and tie a loop on the ends of the twine (loose knots to allow resizing the loop for bigger hanging on drawer knobs, smaller loop for thumb tacks or safety pins).


#9 In between each sheep, I took 2 pieces of organza with 1 piece of satin ribbon and tied a knot. (Shabby Chic option: use frayed pretty coordinating fabric pieces or strips of tulle.)


#10 Space evenly again (leave them semi-moveable to accommodate different areas in the gift recipient’s home or tape twine on back to keep in place). Ready to hang!


Isn’t it so cute? I want one for me and I don’t even have a nursery. I love pretty decorative banners and ‘counting sheep’ is perfect for a nursery! 

  • Hang it across drapery
  • Tie on dresser pulls 
  • Use as wall art
  • Cute learning to count tool 
  • Baby shower decor. 

Lots of options. Now lots of pictures:

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hope she likes it. :)

What have you been doing this weekend?  




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Super Easy, Cheap, No Sew Tutu Tutorial and DIY Project Parade

Well – OOPS!  This was to publish Sunday but I messed up the date. Welcome to the party one day early!


My niece’s 1st birthday is coming up and as our family’s (amateur) photographer, my gift is portraits.  

Her mom wanted pictures of her in a tutu. So cute!  Loving DIY and little girl stuff, I offered to make one.  

No Sew DIY TuTu Tutorial
under $10!
This might not be anything new or unique. I’m not up on the latest DIY baby but in any event, here is what I did.
Please pardon the blurriness of these pictures. I forgot to change my settings. :(

Materials:  Ribbon, Roll of Tulle, Scissors

How to:

1.  I guestimated my niece’s waist size (and it was perfect too!).  Measure around waist.  Add 12″ to each end (24″ to waist measurement) and cut ribbon to length. 

2.  Tie a knot 12″ in from the end on each side.

3.  Cut strips of tulle to desired length.  For a 1-yr.-old, my strips were 12″ long.  If you have tulle in yardage, just cut strips on your own about 6″ wide and desired length (which will be folded in half in next step). For my niece, I used 30 (12″) strips of tulle from my roll.  
4.  Gather strip of tulle.

6.  Fold strip in half. Put “hole” (fold) of tulle over the ribbon between the knots.

7.  Pull ends of tulle through ” tulle hole” and knot (pull ends underneath ribbon and up through the ‘tu
lle hole’. Ribbon will be inside tulle).
Knots will look like this:


8.  Weight one end of the ribbon (I just put it under a heavy vase) and continue steps 5, 6 and 7 until finished from one knotted end of ribbon to the other. Weighting the one end allows you to slide knotted tulle into place.
Finished tulle knots:

9.  Trim tulle and ribbon if needed.  Optional:  Add ribbon in a different or coordinating color scattered throughout. Add flowers. Use different colors of tulle – get creative!


Super easy, right?  TUTU cute!

I‘ll be sharing a few more DIY baby girl projects coming up – I’ve been invited to a baby shower too and love handmade gifts. Don’t you?




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DIY Easy Wall Art (and Niski update)

First, I want to thank you all SO much!  Your comments, support, love and prayers give us comfort and strength to get through this with Niski.  We’ve chosen conservative treatment at this time with meds and 8 weeks of bed rest.  I think we’ve established a routine.  My mom also had a cart (for flea market shopping) which Niski fits into.  She has enough room to lie down and be immobile (bed rest) but can be in the same room with us.  Here she is hanging out with me in the living room today:


She isn’t in any pain and still has bladder control and wags her tail. She still has an appetite and has resigned to taking the meds without too much of a fight. So, please keep the prayers coming.  It’s going to be a long summer without being able to chase birds and chipmunks but if she’s back to herself after that or even paralyzed but able to have a happy pain-free life, then it’s worth every minute.
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Now to the topic of DIY!  Brooke from Sweet Mint Studios has the cutest DIY wall art project going for a nursery. She is also the sister of Britt, one of the most creative DIY’ers I know!  Here is her post and precious wall art:


Decorating :: Easy Wall Art, Part I

My sister, Britt has been sharing a series titled “Easy Peasy Wall Art” on her blog A Penny Saved. She has some really creative ideas. Take a minute to hop on over there and check them out! This week, she has asked me to guest-blog for her, so I’m sharing some of my own DIY art, and of course I wanted to share it with my readers as well! So, here it is:

Let’s start in our girls’ room. When I was 8 months pregnant with Clara, our first child, I waddled into Hobby Lobby and stumbled on an incredible sale. They had marked tons of frames 90% off. If you’ve ever been in a situation like that, you KNOW that their buggies are way too small! I fit as many frames as I could in my buggy, and then I was faced with a dilemma. Should I walk away from the other frames that I wanted in order to grab another buggy and hope that they would still be there when I got back? No way! I grabbed all of the frames I wanted, and threw them over my shoulder… and then my other shoulder. Then I carefully, precariously made my way to the check-out counter. By the time I got all of my treasures home that day, I was pretty proud of my accomplishment. I showed my hubby all of my deals and he wanted to know what in the world I was going to do with so many frames??? So, I then had a mission to fill them. I’ve used several, but secretively, I have many, many more hiding under the guest bed! So, without further ado, here is our little girls’ room.



With so many frames to fill, my goal was to get creative because art, mats, and glass can add up quickly. Here’s how I created the wall art above:
1. I hung the frames and then using light pencil marks, traced the inside dimensions of the frames onto the wall. Then I took down the frames and got to work.
2. Painted the entire outline white. So there were four white rectangles on the wall.
3. I cut a scallop stencil out of a piece of cardboard and used it to trace the scallop outline on top of the white rectangles. Then I filled them with pink paint.
4. I brushed some light green details on the edge of the scallops.
5. My hubby hung the glass knobs for me.
6. We put the frames back up where we had initially hung them, but this time, there was art inside the frames.

There are so many different things you could hang from the glass knobs. In the pictures above, the baby dresses that are hanging are dresses I wore when I was a baby. It’s sweetly sentimental. Right now the girls are still little (they just turned two and one). As they get older, I’ll take down the baby dresses, and frame something else. It’ll be such a quick, easy change that will really allow the frames to grow with my girls!
Click HERE to see Part II of her DIY Wall Art series.  Here is a sneak peek:
Thanks for sharing your creativity Brooke!  Beautiful job!  Sentimental, pretty and easy!  LoVe!
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DIY Project Parade

Did you DIY this weekend? I didn’t (last minute party at my house so I was busy with DIY housecleaning and hosting) but I have some things to show off for others then link up and show off your latest project!

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Life All Around – Dawn claims to be a beginner but her built-in shelving is a success!Tales and Trials (tutorial here) – Abby makes it look so easy!

Make your own carseat cover – Simply Designing shows you how!

Pamela – From My Front Porch to Yours gives her mantel a new look. I love her technique!

This one is SO cute! She added safety straps and reupholstered an old high chair. Check out the details at Notes from a Very Red Kitchen!

I love this foot stool rescue too from Citified Country Girl
Here is her post:

Before

Old footstool Before

Sanding...

Reupholstering During…

To give my $3 foot stool a little something extra, I lined the inside with black velvet. Adhered the velvet with spray on adhesive and trimmed the top.

Velvet and new hardware

New footstoolAfter!

Isn’t is gorgeous? Great job Sarah!

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The DIY Show Off

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DIY Baby Gift Set

Editing to participate!

Practice makes perfect. I originally made some bibs/burp cloths for my soon-to-arrive nephew. See the boy patterns I chose & DIY tutorial HERE. I had the opportunity to make some more for a baby girl. I love Michael Miller fabrics and they turned out so cute! Great gift idea!

This one is my favorite (damask/houndstooth). Front Side:

Back side is made from a hand towel
Burp cloth is made using cloth diaper
and
sewing a strip of pretty fabric down the middle
wild peace:

flower power:


Tie with ribbon

They’re so easy to sew. I made 3 sets in just a few hours.
The mother-to-be loved them.
No two alike…no trip to the store to return
doubles.

Great Christmas gift too!

Elephants On Parade – Nursery Details

I have been preparing for blog parties all week – working on some nursery details for my sister.
I love participating in Kimba’s DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land and I’m excited to join in the fun for Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage too! The best part? We don’t even have to get dressed up for these parties! (Thankfully! Because lounge pants and a tank top is the best DIY uniform.)

I wrote out separate tutorials for each project otherwise this post would be really, really long and I’m not quite sure what would happen if I wrote a novel-length blog post. Are you? Is there a limited # of characters to each post? Does blogger tell you to “zip it”? I don’t want to risk suspension for excessive chatting! So – just click on each link to view the tutorial for each of these projects if you’re interested in the “behind the scenes” details.

Ready for me to get to the point? I thought so.

The cutest little vintage-inspired elephant pull-toy-decor. Isn’t he so cool?

Click HERE for the tutorial.

(I’m not 100% comfortable with it being a real “toy” since I’m not a professional. I tried to make it child friendly by securing everything, but just in case – it’s for decor purposes only.)






I made this cute little elephant/grapevine mobile:

Click HERE for the mobile tutorial.




This is the nursery bedding that I bought. I considered making it, but this set was so cute. It’s where I came up with the color scheme and ideas:


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The removable changing table pad and valances that I sewed (no tutorial – I just designed, measured, cut and sewed what I had in mind):

I really want to paint this trim…but “no touchy”. :(


And finally, a transformation:

Nursery Lamp - my sister had this old sconce type lamp. Had I known – it’d be mine but she needed lighting for the small nursery space so I accepted that without a “mine” tantrum or tug-of-war and redid it to match the nursery. So easy.

Click HERE for the lamp makeover tutorial.

Before:

After:

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Baby Bibs & Burp Cloths

Hey – I’m late … as usual. I posted this Monday, but I love participating too! Here is the DIY project I worked on last weekend (and a little tutorial from While They Sleep too):

You guys know that I love introducing you to new creative DIY-ers, right? I’m so excited to show off this next post for Hannah from While They Sleep. It IS very easy and she has a lot of cute projects and 3 darling angels, so click over and take a peek!

I love etsy – I could “shop” there all day and when I kept seeing the cutest bibs and matching burp cloths while shopping for my soon-to-arrive nephew, I knew I must get some. But…I wanted 5-7 sets and it gets a bit pricey so I thought – I’ll tackle these myself! VERY easy and VERY inexpensive.
I made this:

Here is Hannah’s tutorial for the bibs which is nearly exact what I did (I added my comments in bold italics – hopefully her tutorial with my minimal comments will help you):

The EASIEST EVER Bib: A Tutorial

You could probably just scroll down to follow the pictures and understand how to make this but I will provide commentary just in case. I decided that the girls can never have too many bibs (these girls can DROOL like nobody’s business…not to mention the projectile spit up we get to experience a few times a day).

So I decided to save some dough and make my own. I figured that using a thin, cheap towel (from Target) (I got mine at the dollar store and was able to use washcloths – but make sure they’re the ones with the woven band on the end (the bottom)- the ones without the woven band will shrink too small. You can get 2 bibs out of 1 handtowel, 1 bib from a washcloth if it has the woven strip towards the bottom.) and some of my scrap fabric the total cost is about 25 cents each. I also love the idea of having bibs that are unique (me too!). So here is the tutorial:


I just traced one of the girls bibs that I liked (size-wise). Then just cut the it out to make my pattern. (I did this too. I made myself a homemade compass using a sharpie taped to another one. One with lid on and one with lid off. I then traced the real bib with the lidded sharpie to create a small sewing allowance. I also traced the finished pattern directly onto my fabric with a washable marker – easier to cut out without the pinned-on pattern. I don’t have bibs, so I did purchase one at the dollar store to use as a pattern for my “pattern”.)


Make sure that your fabrics are washed and ironed…I hate this step because it requires patience which I have very little of…but it is really important for things like this. You don’t want your bib to be all weird after it gets washed do you? My new rule after I purchase fabric is to put it right in the washer when I get home…then when I get the urge to create…I don’t have to wait! (I agree and I hate this step too…fabric does get all wrinkly and frayed, but it is VERY important!)

Next just cut out your pattern from each piece of material…the towel…


and then your scraps.
You should have two shapes that look like this.

Then just put the right sides together and pin.

Now it’s time to sew!
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then…turn it right side out

and it looks great except for that little opening…so now just tuck both sides in and pin
(I ironed during this step…but cool to know it’s not important.)


and then I just start there and sew about an 1/8 inch all the way around

almost done…
Then just sew your little 1 inch velcro onto both sides and …
(Remember – One on the fabric side on the left and one on the towel side on the right.)

YOU ARE DONE!!! The front


the back (or whatever side you choose).

Laurel likes it…in fact she thinks it good enough to eat!

How cute! I don’t have a model…but here are the ones I made for my soon-to-arrive nephew.

Additional Tips:

  • I also sewed in the middle of the bib when completed to give it a little bit of a “quilted look” and to help with future washings.
  • I recommend using thread that is the same color as the towel – to help keep it looking good. For example – in Hannah’s tutorial above, she could have used a bright blue thread, but the white side of the towel would have shown the seam and using white isn’t as noticeable on the patterned fabric.

Coordinating Burp Clothes

Here is a quick tutorial for the burp cloths I made (step by step photos to be edited in later):

Materials:

  • 1 – cloth diaper
  • 1 – 6″ x approx. 21″ piece of fabric
Again, wash fabric and cloth diaper before sewing.

Iron both.

Fold in 1/2 borders around the strip of fabric and iron.

Pin to center of cloth diaper (over the extra padded strip)

Sew onto cloth diaper. I used 3/8 seams. I also sewed a geometric pattern throughout some of mine to help with future washings. It looks quilted and will help the burp cloth keep it’s shape. I also find that using the same color fabric as the cloth diaper helps to disguise crooked lines/etc.

Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial, Hannah! It’s a wonderful gift idea!

What do the DIY Show Off readers think?

Vintage Inspired Elephant Toy-Decor

Public Service Announcement!
This is a DECORATIVE ACCESSORY!
Not intended for play!My Vintage-Inspired Elephant Pull-Toy Decorative Accessory

DIY vintage elephant toy decor

Here is my tutorial. Feel free to email me with any questions.
Materials:
Wooden shape
Scrapbook paper
Wood filler
4 Wooden Toy Wheels
2 – 2″ Screws
Washers (I used 8 metal ones)
2 Nuts (the hardware kind…this is a family-friendly website!)
1 yd. decorative rope
2 wooden beads
Spray paint
Spray laquer
Mod Podge
Tools: Drill, 2 disposable craft paint brushes, xacto knife or scissors

Trace the wooden shape onto the back side of the scrapbook paper.
Flip wooden shape the other direction and trace on the 2nd scrapbook paper.Cut out paper shapes. Helpful tip – trim smaller than the actual tracing so it doesn’t hang over the edges of the wooden shape.
This elephant was originally meant for a wall hanging. I filled the holes with wood filler and sanded.

{Sorry! The rest of the tutorial pictures did not transfer over from moving to WordPress}

I used a pencil to mark where the wheels would go so that my husband could drill holes for the axles. (I used a mechanical pencil with the lead out more than normal – yes, it broke a few times, but I was able to scribble inside the tiny holes for drill marks.)

Next I spray painted my elephant and his wheels. I used a satin oil-rubbed bronze color. It’s my new favorite color of spray paint! A rich dark chocolate brown with bronze/gold flecks.

I almost wanted to leave him like this. But, then I remembered my pretty scrapbook paper (I love pretty papers!). So, I used a brush to apply Mod Podge to one side of the elephant and the back side of the paper.

and applied the paper to the glue-side of the elephant. Slide it around a little until it’s perfectly in place.

Smooth out with a dry towel. I used a wooden skewer to poke through the paper where the drilled holes were and rotated it around a little.

Let dry.

Once dry, repeat the same steps with the other side and let it dry.

Next I used coordinating paper to cut out elephant ears. Apply Mod-Podge to the back side and put in place. Smooth out with a dry towel.

Repeat on the other side.

Once everything is completely dry, I took a clean brush and applied Mod-Podge to once side to seal everything up. I use circular motions for texture. Let it dry again.

It dries clear.

Then repeat on the other side.

I then took it outside and sprayed a coat of stain lacquer finish. Once dry, I flipped and repeated.

I used a piece of decorative rope and threaded it through the cut out for the eye for the pull string. I tied knots and used beads. I also used thread and super glue to make sure everything was secure and didn’t make the string too long. Again – this is a decorative accessory, not a toy.

Once that was done – I was ready to apply the wheels, which I bought at Michaels (1 1/2″ wooden toy wheels). Mr. DIY and I made a trip to the hardware store for bolts, washers and nuts to use as axles. We spent a great deal of time trying to figure out the best way. A dowel rod would also work since it’s only for decorative purposes.

And here he is…all done!

DIY vintage elephant toy decor
It’s a lot of steps but it’s so easy. I feel like one of Santa’s elves. I just love it. I think it’ll be a perfect hand-crafted (with love) keepsake gift. What do you think?

Roeshel

Edited: I’m linking to Mod Podge Mania at This Is The Year!

Flying Elephants Mobile

This is a little hard to explain but hopefully the pictures help and if you have any questions…just shoot me an email.

Elephant/Grapevine Mobile

I found a picture of elephants that match the bedding and cut/paste it into a word document, resized then printed on card stock. I cut them out to use as patterns. Fold or double the felt and then trace, pin and cut. I added a little more size to mine.


I also cut the ears out of the original pattern to use.

Un-pin and sew on the ears. I did the first one with the sewing machine, but did the others by hand since it wasn’t too difficult.

Sew on beads for eyes.

Then pin with wrong sides together and sew around the edges (whip stitch). I started at the top side of the trunk and stuffed it once I got to the bottom of the first leg. Then worked my way around the feet to the backside. I then stuffed the feet and mid section and sewed it closed. I found that a skewer was helpful for pushing the stuffing into tight spots.

I used embroidery thread to make a small tail.

Cut 2 pieces of ribbon to desired length (I think mine were about 27″). Tie each end around the grapevine wreath, spacing them out evenly.

Hold up the middle of both ribbons and tie a knot. This makes a loop for hanging.

Cut pieces of ribbon to desired and varying lengths. Either sew the middle of the ribbon to the top of an elephant and then tie onto
the wreath which these pictures show:


Or…change your mind like I did and use fishing line. I tied a small knot in one end, making a loop then used the loop to secure to the elephant with a few stitches. I then tied the other end of the fishing line to the wreath.

I also bought a grapevine ball, decorated it with ribbon around the middle and a ribbon for hanging from the top to the top of the “hanging hook” of the entire mobile.

Add more ribbon/etc. to decorate. Here’s how mine turned out: