Pink play kitchen

11 02 2011

My lovely girl loves to pretend. She can spend hours “cooking” and having picnics. For her birthday I decided to make her a play kitchen. The main part of it a a $15 nightstand from Ikea.

I made her a play kitchen for her bday

From there, I added a door with a handle for the stove, knobs, painted black circles for burners. The faucet is an upside down “J” from the craft store and the handles are little wooden peg people. The sink is a dog bowl. The skirt is hung from a dowel. Her new favorite color is green, with pink close in running so the kitchen is pink and green. Right now she’s cooking Barbies. Bon appetite!


A quilt for a girl named Mabel

10 02 2011

Just like I made one for Cale, I knew I wanted to make Mabel a quilt as well. I started it about a year ago. It took me a while to collect vintage sheets, plus as I found more, I added them to the cut stacks. It’s the same pattern as this quilt that I had made for a friend, a pattern From DS Quilts. The quilting follows the flowers on the vintage quilt on the back and they all connect. Not the prettiest quilting, but it works.

The pillow was made a few months ago. I love them together.


Forgive the camera strap. It’s the only picture without Mabel jumping on the bed. Even then, she had thrown a “blanket” on the bed. She found a few yards of fabric that I had intended on making pajamas out of for her and insisted that they be blankets instead.



Tiny steps

9 02 2011

In an effort to get back into blogging, I’m going to try writing again. I could give a million excuses but if you know me, you already know of them (school, kids, home life.)

chair from craigslist before

Anyways, a few months ago I bought this chair from Craigslist. I loved the blue ticking, but it was impossible to get clean. Kevin hates this chair but it is my favorite, so comfy. I had bought it with the intentions of slipcovering in white denim. After a few weeks though, the intimidation of white got to me. I knew I had to find a cleanable alternative. That’s when I ran across Miss Mustard Seed’s tutorial for bleaching drop cloths. Drop cloths are perfect. Light in color, durable and interesting in texture. Plus since I already bleached them prior to sewing them, I don’t worry too much about stains.

slipcovered chair after

I would love to say that sewing it was easy and came together quickly and perfectly, but that would be a lie. It was a labor of love though and I am so happy with the results. I love the ruffle at the bottom. And cheeto finger prints can be easily washed away.

The white is quite a departure from my normal palette but I am finding that I crave quiet colors as the stress in life increases. It sits in the room where I spend most of my time. The entire main floor of this house is pretty open so I have to be mindful of that as I make changes. I have a few changes in mind to make this room a little more peaceful, including new paint color, retiling the fireplace, closing off the space over the fireplace and more slipcovers. That will come in time. Like I said, baby steps.

Dining room redo and Mabel’s bday

17 01 2010

Newly painted dining room

Here’s our dining room all decked out for her party. Not that I want to take the flowers or pendants down any time soon. We bought this chandelier, oh about 3 years ago in Sicily. It has been rewired and hung finally. I’m so in love with it.
A mirror will eventually be hung behind the table.

tutus for little princesses
I made tutus for her friends.

Yum, plates!
And she had a blast at her party. My little princess is 2. It’s been a long 2 years. She is a handful. And finally getting easier.

Starting this week, I’m trying to re-do my craft room. It’s dark and dreary and uninspiring. It’s in the basement with a tiny window and dark pine ceilings so lots of primer and paint will be involved. I’m hoping I will want to spend more time down there if it’s more pleasant. We’ll see.

Christmas came and went…

26 12 2009

And now I’m planning Mabel’s 2nd birthday.  Here’s a peek at her evite:

My little princess is having a fairy princess/woodland dress up party.  Her little princess friends will get fairy crowns and tutus and her little princes will get gnome beards and hats.  🙂

I’m so excited.  I know she will love it.

PS.  New banner!!!

(*Digital scrapbook images via twopeasinabucket.  Free!  Imaging software from GIMP, also free.)

Beautiful room for a beautiful girl

18 08 2008

sweet vintage curtains


recovered glider and footstool



shelf and rack over changing table

sweet vignette

glass knobs and vintage decals on the changing table

Mabel's bed

The best room in the house.  The only finished room in the house.  I’m so happy with it.  It’s exactly how I envisioned it.  I still have a few small things to do, like slipcover the Dora couch behind her bed, and make pretty storage pails, and dollies, of course, but for the most part it’s done.  Filled with pretty patterns, loving gifts from special friends and handmade touches, this room makes me beyond happy.


curtains: vintage, from thrift store

bedding: bumper: Amy Coe toile circus (given to me from friend), skirt: made by me

decals on dresser: sweet gal decals

paintings: The Black Apple

see my flickr for more details.

swiff it good…

8 08 2008

One of the things high on my to-make priority list was a crocheted swiffer cover. The disposable ones fill up too fast and it just seemed like another wasteful product. However, sometimes a floor just needs a quick clean up, a swiffing, I guess. So in comes a crocheted swiffer pad to save the day.
crocheted swiffer pad

I used the pattern here, only I had to enlarge it because either I crochet smaller or the newer swiffers are larger. It is such a fast project though.  Even for me.

So it would seem like with crafting a cleaning project so high on my list, that I must like clean all the time.  The truth is, I’m struggling to keep up with everything right now.  I’m so glad we don’t know anyone here, because if someone were to stop by unannounced, I would be mortified.  Not in a oh-my-house-is-so-dirty-but-its-not way, but in a oh my god, where do I walk way.  Yeah.  Not something to be proud of.

This 2 kids thing is HARD.  Add to it a new house that needs decorating and painting, a husband who is always gone for work and the fact that one of those kids is 4 and makes messes faster than I can clean up, and well its not pretty.  My life here is still not settled.  Its nothing like it was in Sicily and it has really been getting me down lately.  I miss those simple, relaxing days, sitting outside, looking at the mountain.  I don’t really get much sitting around time lately.  I’m still very much trying to adjust to our new life and so far its just not going very well.

As with anything, I know I will look back at this and laugh.  And wonder what the fuss was all about.  But right now, its all about survival.

My poor blog sits here, much like a houseplant, not forgotten, but neglected anyways.

I have a lot I need to post about.  My thrift/garage sale finds have been awesome lately.  (I shop instead of cleaning, so what!)  And I have managed to make a few things.  Just gotta take some pictures, as well as find a clean place to take pics.  😀