A while ago I took a cue from Megan at Honey We're Home and made a fabric canvas wall hanging for my gray and yellow bathroom. But coupled with my "keep calm and carry on" sign, there was an awkward open space. Then one day at Home Depot I started grabbing yellow paint samples for the bathroom, unclear of what I was going to do with them.
At home I had an 8x10 frame I got on sale at Target so I got the idea to assemble the paint samples in the frame for a pop of color.
I cut the samples into squares and rectangles and started taping them to the insert that comes in the frame (to make sure it fit)
Voila! Pop it in the frame... all done!
Some other pops of yellow in my bathroom... Spongebob! This is is the bathroom Sam uses so this is his soap :)
My yellow and white striped bathmat (do you like my tan lines on my feet? Courtesy of the Caribbean)
The bottle that inspired the yellow.
and my yellow candle I've yet to light...
and remember this magazine rack hanging above the toilet? (convenient and classy, eh?) well I finally added labels to it.
The paint sample picture has inspired me to make a bigger one using lots of different colors.
As you know from this post, I've been working to get stuff done for Sam's upcoming birthday party in April. Since the theme is Ice Cream Parlour I wanted a cute banner to hang above the toppings table and this one is so great because there's no sewing required. Materials ribbon fabric pinking shears hot glue gun
Cut a piece of ribbon as long as you want the banner. I laid my triangles out before cutting so I knew exact length.
Cut out fabric triangles in the shape you want. I first made one on card stock with a ruler then used that as a template so they'd all be identical size.
Glue along top of pennant as close to top as possible so you don't get glue squeezing out under ribbon.
Ribbon should be on TOP of fabric, not behind it.
Pick your pattern and glue all your pennants on.
Hang and admire! After Sam's party I'll move this banner into his room, probably hanging over his window. I think these are super cute in kids' rooms! You can add letters by printing them out on iron-on printable fabric like I did here, but I kept this one blank so it would be more versatile.
Hope everyone had a great weekend! Tomorrow it's back to the daily grind!
If you saw This Post you know I make all my own cards online with Picnik.com... the cheap way! Well, Sam's second birthday invitations are no exception, except this time I did them a little different (and a little cheaper!) Last time after I created the card on Picnik.com I uploaded them to Walgreens.com and picked up my 20 prints 15 minutes later for about $2.28 (make sure you always Google "Walgreens photo coupon codes" first) But THIS time I was worried the text would appear too small on a standard 4x6 size and the 5x7 was more than I wanted to spend soooo instead I printed them out for FREE by using my own printer and card stock paper!
They turned out just as nice!
And they say nothing in life is free!
I've found that there are TONS of free resources online, and I always do my best to share them with you all! I recommend Picnik.com to everyone who uses Shutterfly, Target, or any of those companies that print cards and invitations for a costly price. Picnik allows you to do the same thing at no cost.
My posts have been a bit scattered lately since all my energy is going into getting everything ready for Sam's party.
Every year I try to do a theme apart from the matchy-matchy character decor at party stores, and this year's theme is Ice Cream Parlour.
I've been feverishly working to make banners, find candy scoops, and print off freebies from my favorite websites.
I'll share them all after the party and come on, you KNOW I'll have photos!
Nah, me? taking photos? never! ;)
Make this birthday shirt!
I made this shirt for Sam to wear on his 2nd birthday and it was (of course) easy and cheap!
All you need is a t-shirt in the appropriate size and printable fabric...
In Microsoft Word I found a font I liked, blew up the size of the big "2" and printed it onto printable iron-on fabric. Ironed it on, and voila! Easy peasy cheap and breezy!
Got my newest creation ready to go: a wristley clutch-zippered pouch hybrid.
This bigger wristlet pouch will hold all our essentials like passports, money, sunglasses and ID's without me having to carry a purse around. It measures about 9"x7.5" Maybe I'll add some to the shop when I get back and see how they do.
Sammy will be the in the care of both grandmas while we're gone on our past due honeymoon Caribbean cruise. I'm trying not to be a worry wart but I guess that's just what moms do. I know he's in good hands :) We're sailing Royal Caribbean to St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and Nassau Bahamas. Yours truly *ahem* is part of the Crown & Anchor Society with RC but Danny has never cruised and I'm so excited to see his face when he sees the ship!
I will have lots of pictures to share when I get back. Until then, have a great spring break!
PS- I'm leaving the shop open during my trip. Just know that I wont be able to ship anything until my return on March 18th :)
How many times have you drilled holes in your wall while "eyeballin' it" and ended up with a crooked shelf or lots of holes? This little trick will keep your walls clean and give you perfect shelves every time...
Break off a piece of standrad chalk and push it in the hole provided for the screw to go in.
It should fit snugly.
Now lay your level on the shelf and tilt it until straight.
Once straight, push shelf up against wall so chalk can make its mark.
(the beauty of this is if you mess up, simply wipe chalk marks off and start over)
Now you should have two white dots where the screws should go.
Now bust out the best tool ever invented!
...or at least it's less talented partner
(my batteries ran out on me)
Screw the screws in, take chalk out of the holes, and hang onto screws- perfecto the first time!
And now for hanging large frames with nail holes on sides...
Instead of guessing where the nails should go, I tie twine to each side anchor loop.
This makes hanging (and adjusting) soooo much easier.
(this is the backside of my chalkboard. I kept the ugly artwork in the frame for some reason)
Screw one long screw in, and hang twine onto it.
(make sure your twine, rope, whatever- is strong enough to support the weight!)
Now just slide side to side until straight.
And find out here how I made this easy DIY chalkboard!
For small lightweight things like picture frames I use a different trick:
I take tacks like this and put them through the holes. I hold them there with each index finger while I hold the frame up to the wall (set level on top if frame is thick enough). Once it looks straight I push, and the tacks will anchor the frame to the wall. This is easier than putting the tacks in the wall and hoping you place them correctly.
...but each has their own unique style. Most the ones I saw have an opening in the center, but because my cones didn't leave a perfect circle in the middle, I covered mine up with a coffee filter I burned the edges of, and then a vintage bicycle graphic I printed off from The Graphics Fairy.
The last photo is from Primp! and she has a really great tutorial if you want to make one of your own.
I didn't have vintage sheet music laying around, nor was I willing to take the time to tea-stain my paper (cut me some slack, I work all day!) so mine is white, but I kindof like the way it turned out.
I also didn't use a foam wreath like Primp does. I just cut an "O" out of cardboard and hot glued the cones to that- it worked great and it's probably cheaper too.
If you make one, make sure to let me know so I can come see it!
PS- Sorry my posts have been so far and few between lately... I'm prepping and planning for a Caribbean cruise in one week so the things on my mind have been like "Danny needs swim trunks!" and "Do we have sunscreen?" and it's left very little room and time for blogging...or sewing!
I hope to get some done this weekend.
I'm trying to bring lots of fun springy colors and lots of variety to the shop.
I got some super cute Amy Butler fabric a while back that I'm dying to cut into.