Family room re-do inspiration

22 02 2011

Inspiration for my fam room

I saw this picture on the web somewhere and fell in love. I would copy it exactly if possible. However, I live in the real world with a real (tiny) budget. So I’m using this as inspiration and not a literal starting point. I love the colors and feel of the room.

My room is much smaller. And needs to contain toys. Because we live in here and a lot happens here (mostly activities that involve brightly colored plastic.) It’s a bit quieter than the front living room where the tv is, so I prefer this room. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I crave a little less color. I want a quiet grown up room to relax in. Not so grown up that the kids aren’t welcome, though.

fireplace in family room

This is the fireplace in the corner. Corner fireplaces are weird. The big white canvases cover a hole meant for a tv. I put shelves in it and hide lots of the kid’s games and puzzles in it. The mantle is actually an IKEA shelf that is a bit too short and not screwed in all the way. 😉 I just added it the other day. I want to remove the canvases and replace them with functioning doors, something shutter-like. I’ll probably have to build something. Eventually I want to rip all the black stuff off of the fireplace surround and replace it with slate.

my corner

Here’s my slipcovered chair in the corner. This is my favorite spot to sit. The sunlight that comes in the window is lovely. The table next to it is actually an outdoor table that lived in Mabel’s room until recently. It is pink but it won’t stay pink for long. Come on, spray paint season!

You may have noticed this room is carefully cropped and not completely shown. That is because it is always covered in toys. Step 1 of this room redo will be to tame the toys.

mood board for fam room
This is my inspirational mood board. They help me to envision what I want. It is also a way to “create” when I am unable to do it for real. I have changed my mind about some things since I made this.

For my wall color, I am searching for a perfect grey. I think the Flint paint at Restoration Hardware might be perfect. However, I might just be partial to the name. I might end up doing a stencil on one wall, similar to this one. The stairwells will be repainted a nice creamy color. The yellow was always a mistake. My blue IKEA chairs will be slip covered in tan canvas. My lamps need a small shade re-do. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all shapes up.





I love baby crafts

11 09 2007

I’ve compiled a list of my favorite tutorials, inspiration sites, etc for babies and here it is.

If you know of any other good ones that I’ve missed, please let me know and I will add to it as I have time.

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This is some stuff i picked up Friday at the thrift store. Anyone noticing a theme? 😀

Some additional information I wanted to add were some pointers on making bibs.
For a pattern, I traced one of Cale’s old bibs that I liked. I always preferred the tie-on bibs versus velcro because he could rip the velcro ones off, even at a young age. I know ties can be dangerous for a small baby, but I never left a bib on him unattended; he only wore it while feeding. Snaps are another options so if you have access to a professional snap setter, that sounds great. Us normal people however do not, and sew on snaps don’t seem to be sturdy enough.
So for the ties, I use either store bought bias tape or I make my own. It is important that it is actually cut on the bias because this will allow it to stretch around the curves.
It is a pain in the ass to sew, I will not lie. You could do it the right way and sew on one side, then hand sew the other side on like a quilt, or you can do like I do and try to get it done at once. Zigzag stitching (or other fancy stitching) will make your job sooo much easier! That and pinning it like crazy. If you’re using store bought bias tape, you will notice that one side is slightly longer than the other. Put that side on the back and when you sew the shorter side on, you know it will catch the longer side!

My other tips are about care of handmade items. I know they look like you shouldn’t use them because so much work went into them, but they really are made to be used. Embroidery holds up excellent in the washing machine, even after being bleached.  And always remember that Spray `n Wash and Oxyclean are your friends!





Marie Claire Idees Summer issue

31 07 2007

On my trip back from America in June, we had a layover in Germany. I took full advantage and hit the newsstand. I love magazines and was hoping to find Ottobre. Plenty of Burdas, but I prefer my Burda in Italian, where I can at least somewhat translate it. As I was about to give up, I spotted the coveted Marie Claire Idees. Its a French craft magazine and is full of wonderful eye candy and inspiration. I’ve already seen some stuff posted at Allsorts, so here’s a few more that I liked. The Allsorts link shows some of my faves so check it out too.
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Cute embroidery

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Aren’t these dolls the cutest? I think they’re about the size of a Blythe doll. (But cuter, IMO.) 25 euro. I wonder how shipping would work.

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Italian Vacation. The little purse is so cute. And the vespa cracks me up.

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I love these mirrors. I’m not sure what they’re made with. I’m thinking some kind of clay, maybe salt dough? They remind me of something I would see in a 70’s craft book. But instead of being hokey, they’re pretty.

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This is so amazing! A lady made from chicken wire. Imagine it covered in vines. Too pretty!

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Colorful storage ideas always catch my eye.

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Like this monochromatic one.

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This is something I have been thinking about for a while. I saw a knitted one over at Knitty, so I figured an umbrella could be recovered with fabrics as well. I would love to do this for my outdoor patio one.

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I love this idea, maybe not the way it’s done here, but with way cuter fabric, this would be awesome.

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Look! It’s a vacation article about my favorite place ever. 😀 This picture is of Acitrezza, the place where my husband goes diving.

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This is an ad for a kitchen magazine. This pink kitchen makes my heart hurt. Its so lovely. It makes me wish that my husband were either a little more colorblind or ambivalent to my choices for decor.

Hope you enjoyed!





Cool scrapbook supplies from a surprising source*

2 07 2007

First, thank you to everyone who sent me kind messages about my pregnancy.  I’m still feeling ill so I still have not been crafting.  Plenty of craft planning though.

I get so many catalogs in the mail. One that I have really been enjoying looking at is from Oriental Trading Company.  No it’s not filled with cheap party favors and supplies.  Its for scrapbooking.  Now, I’m not much of a  scrapbooker (I never finished Cale’s baby book!), but I am always drawn to cool paper supplies.  And I love making cards. 

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I put together a little collage of stuff that I think is cool. They have this line of paper called Homecooking.   I am so in love with it and I want it all.  There’s even a recipe card kit.  There’s cute reversible paper (I would love fabrics like these!), clear stamps for making recipe cards, alphabet letters and kitchen themed stickers, metallic accents, cute retro ribbons and brads.  I’m not sure how I feel about reversible paper.  It seems like a lot of cuteness goes to waste.  For some projects though, I can see it’s purpose. 

I never realized how much I need brads in my life until this catalog came to my mail.  At first I was like what’s with all the brads?  Then I saw tiny ones in bright colors and glittered ones (not pictured.)  And then really cute themed ones, like these fruit and drinks ones, and the rockets and cars.  They also have really cute ant ones.

Stamps.  They have stamps.  And stamp pads.  And you can buy many colors at a time for pretty cheap. I like these Hawaiian and picnic themed ones a lot.  They also have them in sets for making invitations and cards. 

The baby animals are more brads.  They are cute, cute, cute!  And check out the pink glitter chipboard letters.  I really like alphabet stickers and the next set are really random and pretty.  The last set are 70s style and they’re cute as well. 

In addition to all this goodness, they have blank cards, card making sets, cool accordian journals, glitters, glues, punches, buttons in huge bags, and tons of other stuff that is amazing. 

The website is confusing to find stuff, so I would order a catalog.  They also have catalogs for early learning supplies as well.  Cale looks through them and points out all the cool toys. 

*I have no affiliation with Oriental Trading Company.  I just wanted to spread the word on a pretty cheap site that sells awesome supplies.  And because the Homecooking set is so adorable, I had to share it. 

I hope to have more posts in the near future.  I bought an issue of Marie Claire Idees that I’m dying to share with everyone. 





Rambling about favorite color combos, bedding plans, and why I feel like a failure today

6 04 2007

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My favorite colors. Sometimes I love the way my dishes look stacked together as they’re drying. This particular color combo always makes me smile. I find it in every room of my house.

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Like my bedroom. It took me so long to get my bedroom just right.
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Sadly, my choices were not smart choices and my lovely quilt is covered in pills (which drive us nuts), the sheets help my dust bunnies be red, and the pillow cases are faded now. (Plus my husband insists that a king size blanket is too small!) Thinking about new bedding was kind of dreaded until I ran across this:
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As usual, there are no ready made choices (at any price range) that fit my vision. I want a patchwork cotton duvet. In bright pretty colors (or at least not brown-y colors). This keeps me up at night. What I am thinking of doing is buying a few yards of fabric I like, either a khaki or white duvet, and maybe a bedspread from Urban Outfitters. Then I will sew squares over the duvet to make it patchwork-y. This solves the inside-being-finished problem. It also allows for some quilting. I’m quite happy with this idea. To solve the problem of being “too small”, I plan on sewing a flange of fabric around the sides and bottom. It’ll be a Franken-duvet! Now to convince Kevin.
(*By the way, does anyone else ever notice how the clothes in the closets for those adds always match the decor?)

Now onto being a failure. As my mom used to say before I even knew what she was talking about, my Auntie came to visit me today. This is not good news for someone who’s trying to get pregnant. Last month, it came with a cruel twist of fate. Right as I was peeing on a pregnancy test (I was 2 weeks late), my period came. So it’s here and not even nice and gentle. My stomach hurts so bad I feel like I need to throw up. Not even Aleve has killed the pain. And nothing can kill the pain in my heart or the feeling that its never going to happen. I feel like we’re running out of time. We have no clue where we will be in a year. If this is going to happen, it kind of needs to happen now. I was so certain this month would be the one…





12 Things that make me happy

25 01 2007

The beginning of this week started out kind of rough for me. Homesickness is hitting me. Doubts about myself. Feeling under-appreciated. Icky potty training situations. So I thought it would be nice to do a post about things that make me happy.

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1. There are tons of artists that I love at Etsy but right now I’m really loving Browntown. I want every single one of his prints. They’re even better in real life.

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2. Peas and Carrots charm pack. By American Jane from Moda fabrics. These are so cute. I’m mentioning these because I actually have these in my possession. But I’m dying for these Dick and Jane fabrics! Among other things. (Psst. Husband, if you’re reading this – I want fabric for my birthday. :D)

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3. Tracing paper. I showed you the great pattern magazines that I bought. Well, some of the patterns would be more my taste with something either added or taken away. This is a great way of seeing if its possible. A few examples: A shrug with a ruffle thing would look better without it, a wrap shirt easily becomes a wrap dress when you combine the shirt pattern with another dress pattern, a jacket becomes one of those cute 3/4 length sleeve jackets, sleeves can be shortened, same with too long skirts.

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4. Jewelry. Making it is so easy and so much fun. Note to self: must make more jewelry in the future. The top one was made from a long necklace; the bottom one from a belt that I took apart a long time ago (with intentions on making it into jewelry.)

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5. Feeling like a good mom. Why is it that if you give your kid glue, crayons and paint, that you suddenly feel like you know what you’re doing. I have been seriously wondering about my parenting skills this week. Sometimes I feel like I’m missing some of those motherly genes that I’m supposed to have.

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6. Shiny stuff makes me happy. This is probably my favorite part of the whole house.

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7. Magazines make me so happy. Threads is awesome if you sew garments. This month has an article about copying your favorite garments and fitting shirts through the bust.

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8. The first picture is from Country Living, the second from Domino. The pink and aqua paired with the toile makes my heart skip a beat. Some day I will have a room in these colors. Even if its just a closet. 😀

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9. This lampshade. I foresee me ripping the fabric off of my lampshades and covering mine with a similar starburst fabric.

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10. Spring is near. Although we have had a very mild season (no rain and hardly any cold), the thought of spring is always a pleasant thought. Mornings filled with digging in the dirt with Cale along side me, just as grossed out when we find frogs, as I am. That’s my boy! He’s pretty excited and wants his own garden this year. My strawberry plant is already blossoming. New growth can be seen on most of my plants. So bring on spring!

11. Good music. I am currently in love with Fugazi. Who cares that my headphones suck? (One pair falls out of my ears, the other squishes the blood flow out of them) It blocks out every other noise so I can concentrate on my crafting.

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12. Recent sewing. The blue shirt was bought and when I got home, I noticed a hole in it. So I appliquéd little lapel things on it. The fabric is Denise Schmidt. I really love this shirt now.
The red shirt was made from a vintage pattern. Its the previously mentioned made-on-a-fat-day-shirt. Its still a little too big, I guess. I had to add a kick-pleat at the neckline to make it smaller. I think it needs a bow or two as well.
***Please note that its really hard to take pictures of yourself. Also, I look funny because the skirt I am wearing has a weird waistband. (Maybe I need to take more pics of my outfits so that I know how I really look!)