Showing posts with label children's bedrooms. Show all posts
Showing posts with label children's bedrooms. Show all posts

Monday, 30 September 2013

Ideas for Updating a Toddler’s Room

Home Decorating:


This is my little boy James’s bedroom as it looks right now! Recently I changed it around a bit as I wanted it to reflect his age (he’ll be 3 at the end of December), and to show more of the things he likes at the moment.

Of course, my makeover was very simple and cheap! I didn’t want to go to too much trouble or expense for the moment. So, his room basically has all of the same things in it that it had when he was a baby.

The paint colour is also exactly the same. But, post-makeover, the look of his room is completely different!


I really only changed and added a few things. Firstly, I added some colourful pictures and artwork to his walls. I stuck all of these things up with Blu-Tack. Surprisingly, he only pulled these off for a few days… I persisted and kept putting them back… and he eventually gave up! Great!

His sister Poppy kindly painted the canvases for him. I just love the underwater scene one. The other pictures are things that Poppy has done at school, a drawing from a cousin, a lovely gift card from someone, and some little wooden fish from a magnetic game. Really, you can stick up whatever your child likes!


The ‘sharks’ picture with accompanying warning (courtesy of sister Poppy) is particularly handy. (!)


I've now got baskets under his cot so that James can easily get his toys out, and put them back – not.

I added a big European pillow for sleeping on and a couple of other decorative ones. The duck one I had made in a previous post, and the beautiful patchwork dog is a cushion that I had when I was little.


I have also made a little library by lining up some of his books along the bottom of the wall.


The only thing I purchased for his “new” room was a rug. From memory it cost about $40 posted to me. The rug looks nice and retro, plus he does play on it a bit with his cars!

And James loves his room! However, at night times you wouldn't think so because he spends so much time getting out of the cot and hanging around in the corridor, trying not to go back to bed!!

Enjoy any decorating or re-arranging that you get time to do this week!

Emma

Monday, 26 August 2013

Photocopy Your Fabric for Endless Decorating Options

Artwork:


This week my daughter Poppy and I had a bit of a tidy-up and a rearrange of her bedroom. We put things away, packed up clothes that were too small, changed furniture around… all fun things!

I couldn't resist buying this really pretty doona set from Ezibuy for Poppy's room. I liked the floral side, rather than the stripey one. It's one of the prettiest ones I've seen lately.


I wanted to cheaply make a couple of pictures to co-ordinate with Poppy’s new doona cover, so I purchased two white frames from Kmart. I can't remember how much they were - a few dollars each.

I have (in a previous post)painted a copy of some fabric onto a canvas, but this time I wanted to do something that was a bit more quick and easy.


I didn't really want to cut up the pillowcase, so I had to think of another way to quickly get the same look as the material on the doona cover.

So I stuck the pillowcase into my printer/photocopier and photocopied it! 


It turned out really nicely.

I did put a wad of A4 paper into the pillowcase before I photocopied it, just so the colours wouldn't be affected by the material on the other side of the pillowcase coming through on the photocopier.


Then it was a simple matter of cutting the pieces of paper to size, and putting them into the frames. 



I also removed the stand from the back of the frames, just so that the frames would sit properly on the wall.



This project opens up ENDLESS ideas for decorating options. You might have lots of things that you like the pattern of, but don’t really want to cut up. For example, a tablecloth, a skirt or a cushion cover that you have purchased. Just put it in the photocopier and see how it turns out!

You could make more framed artwork with your photocopies, or maybe some bunting, or maybe even get some of your paper laminated to put around your home (like at the back of a cabinet with blue-tac for some colour in the shelves).

Enjoy your week, and I hope you manage to fit in a creative project of your own!

Happy photocopying!

Emma

Monday, 8 April 2013

Colourful Blu-Tack Pictures for Children’s Bedrooms

Craft:



This project is a really cheap and easy (and non-permanent!) way to decorate your child’s bedroom! I still have my Blu-Tack Scandinavian-StyleChristmas Decorations on my wall… and the other day I thought I’d expand on that idea and create something for our son James’s room.

James is two now and so I have started to add a few ‘toddler’ things to his room, but his room is really still in the in-between stage. I am going to change it around and make a new bedcover etc for him in about 6 months’ time… but until then, I wanted to put something up that was very easy to change again!


All you’ll need for this project is a few packets of coloured Blu-Tack (which usually costs around $3 per packet). As a guide, I used a full two packets for my decorations here; Poppy used another one for hers).


There are an ENORMOUS amount of options for this project! I just did something up quickly to show what the Blu-Tack can look like. I decided to go with a train, a kite, the number two (seeing James is two, and he says that a lot!), a few letters of the alphabet, and a simple circle, square and triangle.

You could do something along the skirting board, or even something on the roof! A little boy would love an aeroplane! Even Blu-Tack bunting would look fantastic! You can create whatever your child likes at the time.

If you have trouble getting the shape right yourself, just do a google search and find something that you can copy. You can do simple shapes or detailed pictures; stick with one colour only; do large or small designs.


You could also ask your older children to make pictures for the younger one. Poppy did this car… 


and this kite… 


and this lovely little mouse for James!


James loves his pictures. He was talking about them this morning when he woke up in his cot, and I also saw him yesterday trying to put his cars into the carriages and make them stick. So cute!

Happy decorating!

Emma

Monday, 11 March 2013

Simple Cushion Using Children’s Art

Sewing:


This project was very easy-to-do, and not much sewing skill was required at all! The concept is quite similar to another project that I did last year using children’s artwork.

I just love the simple shapes and designs of the things that children draw. And it’s nice to try and use their pictures where possible, rather than putting them away in a drawer.


Firstly, I made this cushion the same way as my No-Zip Cushion Cover, and I just made it out of different scraps of white material that I had lurking in my cupboard. The only difference with THIS cushion is that I put two pieces of material together to make the front panel, so that the front of the cushion was going to be strong enough to 'hold' the sewing. This is a view of the cushion from the back.


Then I chose one of my daughter Poppy’s drawings to use – the bird! I’d also like to have a go at doing this horse too at some stage in the future. Isn’t it lovely? 


Just make sure you choose something simple, and something that will be easy to sew the outline of.

So, I traced the outline from the original picture onto some tracing paper.


Then I went over the outline on the other side, then flipped it over again and traced the outline again onto the material. I had to go through this process so that the duck was pointing the way I wanted it to be on the cushion!


Once I had the outline traced onto the material, it was just a matter of sewing over the pencil marks. I just used a basic cotton thread that I had purchased previously at Big W for one of my Christmas projects.

I went around once, sewing the outline, and then I went back over it and ‘sewed in’ the gaps. 


Not very technical, and I’m sure it’s not even the proper way to do it. Someone asked me, “is that called back-stitch?”, and I said “no, it’s called rough-stitch” !!

And I’m very pleased to say that my cushion won a Highly Commended in the Handicraft at my local Show over the weekend.

Happy sewing!

Emma

Monday, 28 January 2013

James's Bedroom is in a Westpac Ad!

I’m very excited to be able to let you know this week that a photo of my son James’s bedroom has been used for a new Westpac Bank advertisement. Look closely at the little photo in the last section of the “W” and you’ll see it.

These ads are on billboards in areas of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. I was very lucky to have my photo included – what a treat!

I have shown the ad to James and he is far more excited about the car in the ad, rather than his room. He is only just two, though!!

I’ll be back next week with my usual project post.

Happy banking! (ha ha!)

Emma