Showing posts with label decorating for little boys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label decorating for little boys. Show all posts

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Safari Life Quilt

Quilting:


I recently ordered a bundle of the Happy Drawing fabrics by Ed Emberley for Cloud 9 fabrics. I wanted to make Thom a new quilt for his bed since I realised all his quilts where still cot size.

I wanted to choose a pattern that didn't cut into the great fabrics and found the really simple 'turning twenty' pattern. 


It's a really simple pattern that starts with a single square which you just cut into three pieces. For my quilt I started with 12" blocks which I cut into a 4" wide strip (see the giraffes above), next cut the remaining 4" x 12" block into a 8" square and a 4" x 8" strip.

It was so quick and easy I got the whole quilt top done in a single night.
 

Now just to get it quilted before winter is over!

Caity x

Monday, 9 July 2012

Soft Colours for a Baby Boy’s Bedroom

Home Decorating:


I first started decorating my little boy James’s room when he was very little (see my previous post from 2011 Things for my Baby Boy’s Bedroom).

I was talking to someone the other day about softer-style decorating for baby boys, so I thought I’d do an updated post of how James’s bedroom actually looks now it is finished!

James is now about 18 months old, and the design of his bedroom still works really well.  I have, however, changed it around a bit, and added a few new things.

Originally, I matched up a couple of different materials I purchased from Spotlight, and sewed a bunting, basic quilt, a toy rabbit and a mat for the change table. That sounds like lots of sewing but they really were very easy projects.




I then matched some paint (Dulux Dewpoint Quarter) to the materials and painted a feature wall. These colours really are lovely and calming for a little boy.

Then I painted a canvas and chair to match the room – for the canvas, I copied a bunny from one of Lauren Hinkley’s designs. And I also purchased a basic small white paper lightshade for about $5.


Since then, I’ve added:
- More storage for toys and books – a couple of nice baskets and a rustic wooden tub


- A ‘mobile’ of sorts over his change table – it is more of a wall hanging really, but I wanted something that was a bit rustic (again) and natural looking


-    An elephant Tiger Tribe mobile and wooden running writing lettering. I just purchased the wooden lettering as is, with no paint or treatment given to it


-    Some lovely little wooden vintage-style cars that I purchased from our local Craft Shop

-    Some of my old Noddy books – James just loves looking at these pictures when I’m changing his nappy (or trying to get him to have a sleep!)

-    … and an even lovelier wooden pull-along rabbit that was given to me by a friend whose children had finished playing with it. Her grandfather had made it for her children, so that makes it even more special!


As you can see I still need to get the powerpoints in this room changed over from brown to white, so I suppose his room actually ISN’T finished for the moment! Oh well!

I also plan to cheaply update his room again in about another year, so that will be another exciting project for me to look forward to.

Happy decorating!

Emma