Monday, 29 August 2011

A Low-Cost Makeover for a Children's Bathroom

Home Decorating:

This is what our second bathroom looked like before I painted to update it a bit. As with most of my "renovations"... everything had to stay the same (the slate, sink, vanity, taps etc) and so I had to just work with what was there.



There was certainly an abundance of slate, and it sits halfway up the wall which makes it hard to hang pictures to cover it so that it's a bit more balanced... but I got a selection of my child's paintings (plus one of mine - the black and white one), and stuck them up with blu-tac over the wall and the slate.

Then I added some lettering (also stuck on with blu-tac), a starfish, a mirror that I purchased half-price from Target and painted white, and all the other bits and pieces that need to go into a bathroom for everyday use! On the ground next to the bathtub is the top of an old broken shoe rack from IKEA that I had... it looks great as a wooden bath mat!


And this is how it looks now!


Happy decorating!

Emma

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Simple Summer Shorts for a Toddler

Sewing:

I can barely believe it - but winter is all but over here and summer is surely on its way again.

This weekend I knocked up a few pairs of shorts for my little man. The pattern is a Burda pattern (Pattern number 9793) which is nice and simple to make.

The London Shorts

I’ve made a few pairs of these shorts before, and each time they seem to look a little better.

Cute Summer shorts - on a grey yucky rainy day!

These will be a great addition to the little man's summer wardrobe!!

x Caity

Monday, 22 August 2011

Simple Red Bird Canvas

Artwork:


This is a very simple design on canvas and I painted it for a friend's living room.

The colours she has used in her room are light browns, creams, whites and, of course! red.

It sits on the wall behind one of the sofas and the block of red colour plus the contemporary bird design really helps to modernise her room.

Happy painting!

Emma

Friday, 19 August 2011

'Busy' Wonky Log Cabin Quilt

Quilting:

I have never really tried a log cabin design before - well, apart from the needle case I made for Cath back here.  

I’m the first to admit I am not one for precision - my corners never seem to meet and I can start off with 2 squares exactly the same size and end up with an extra inch left over on one seam - how does that happen?

Anyway, I have been admiring the current trend of the ‘wonky’ block. It seems everything that was once rigid is now completely ‘in’ if it's ‘wonky’!

This is perfect for me for the reasons mentioned above, and so many more....so I figured I better get in and make myself a wonky quilt while I can!

This quilt was therefore produced in THE most wonky fashion you could imagine.. but it was fun and therefore......

First wonky log cabin block!
 .... before I knew it the quilt top was finished!

Finished quilt top
For the backing I just used up scraps I had left over from the blocks -I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out and it was fun playing around with the scraps to try and make a geometric design for the backing.

I just did some very basic quilting on this one - straight-ish lines are my kinda thing!

Finally I bound this quilt in an aqua spot which looks really cute and complements the aqua already in the quilt.
Back of quilt
Finished! (PS. that's Em in the background holding up my quilt for me!)
A close up of the quilt top

Finished Dimensions: 150cm x 150cm

x Caity

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Cup Circles Painting in Black and White

Artwork:


The design for this painting was inspired by the amount of time I spend in the kitchen packing and unpacking the dishwasher!! One day my small cups left a dainty and neat watermark on my bench... and it was then that I visualised a whole painting of it!

I painted the board black first using a paint roller. By 'board' I mean that I used an old picture that was past its prime, and just painted over the top of it. The handy thing was that it already had hangers and everything on the back of it.

Then I just put some white paint onto a plate, dipped my cup in, and started the process.

This could be done with any colour to suit a room, and you could also do another one to hang with it, in the contrasting colours (i.e. white background and black circles in my case) - thanks to my sister for suggesting that one.

Happy painting!

Emma

Friday, 12 August 2011

Simple Girl's Kimono Dress

Sewing:
 
Chiara's dress!
Don’t you love little girls clothes? I often wander around the children’s section and wonder why they (‘they’ being the clothing store giants) don’t make the equivalent gorgeous cardigans, light summer dresses with ties on the shoulders or cotton skirts in adult sizes??

Having a love for pretty things and not having a little girl of my own to share it with means my friends, who have their own little girls, often find themselves with random girly gifts of kindness.

I’ve been eyeing off all the pretty dress patterns there are out there for girls lately - and finally gave in to buying one as honestly you can only make so many pairs of shorts, pants and t-shirts with trains, boats and puppy dogs on them before you snap and want to do something pink, pretty and possibly with flowers, love hearts, birds or all of the above...

SO I was understandably SUPER excited when I bought this pattern.. designed by Amelia Herandez of ManiMina.



Claudia's dress!
It really was the simplest dress to make (if you read the instructions that is - I made the first 2 just winging it). I made one slightly different with bias binding around the edging - yes it took a lot longer (as I’m hopeless with bias binding) but it looks amazing!

Chiara's dress!
I would also really love to try the ruffle style too - but I might leave that for another time... too many other projects on the go!

Note: Little Claudia, Chiara and Milla - your dresses are on their way!

x Caity

Monday, 8 August 2011

Painted Wood Canvas Designs

Artwork/Craft:


For some time now, I have been wondering what to do with all those little bits of wood that come with canvases. I know they're supposed to be used to hang the canvas... but for the life of me I've never been able to work out how they actually DO that!!

Instead, I have used them in a picture! I roughly painted them in children's paint (and I was assisted by my daughter), and then I glued them onto the black painted canvas using superglue. Because the bits of wood have angle edges, I made a zig-zag pattern with them where possible.



Happy painting!

Emma

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Fleur Play Mat & Soft Baby Toy Flower

Sewing/Craft:

Close up of the petals
The first part of this post goes way back, to 2009 to be exact, when I was eagerly awaiting my first bub! Being a life long sewer and lover and maker of quilts, not to mention loving pretty things I guess I naturally assumed this meant I would have a little girl.

(oops - got that totally wrong - as I have 1 very boisterous and totally lovable 2 year old BOY who loves trucks, football and trains, but wouldn't change it for the world!)

So I was flicking through the Homespun magazine at the time and found this pattern for a beautiful little playmate which I instantly I envisaged would look so sweet in my little girl’s room.

Long story short - I made it and it was insanely simple to do and lots of fun to see all the scrappy colours come together.

The Fleur Play Mat!

I have even used it (although I admit it is currently positioned under a Thomas the Tank Engine play tent in my little boy’s room!).

However the second, and current part of this post relates to the
mini Fleur version which you can see here that I saw with it. A cute little soft toy flower which would be another great way to use up scraps and make something for all my girlfriends who WERE having GIRLS!

So this weekend I decided to have a go using up more scraps from my ever growing scrap box.

I embroidered the face and cheeks on the little flower by hand and coloured them in with crayon.

I’m really happy with the result and think I better make a few more as I now have 3 good friends expecting bubs in the next 6 months!  

Little mini Fleur- enjoying the winter sun

Back of mini Fleur - just as pretty as the front!
x Caity

Monday, 1 August 2011

Red and Orange Blobs Canvas

Artwork:


This is another picture that I painted during the weekend for a friend's house. It is to hang in the entrance to her home.
She has started to use a bit of red and orange throughout the rest of her house, so I wanted to paint something that would work in with that.

In addition, the wall that it will be going on is a large one, so the design needed to be simple, bold and modern.

Happy painting!

Emma