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!


Heart day fashion

10 02 2011

vday inspiration

Originally uploaded by craft.junkie.

So I’ve decided to use polyvore to make clothing idea boards and post them. I often do this when I’m trying to figure out what to wear to something or pack for a trip.Though this is only one outfit, I typically try to use about 10 clothing items (of stuff similar to what I own) to make packing easier.

Anyhoo, Valentine’s day is coming up and I have a special night out with the hubby planned. I own none of these items but thought it would be fun to make it anyways. They are all from inexpensive resources such as Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe.

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.)

watch this space

2 12 2009

Still here. Two kids are kicking my ass. Can’t lie. I have plans on making a come back though. Do I still have any readers?