Showing posts with label girls' rooms. Show all posts
Showing posts with label girls' rooms. Show all posts

Monday, 26 August 2013

Photocopy Your Fabric for Endless Decorating Options


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!


Monday, 5 August 2013

More Pretty Dolls to Make


This week I was busy making some more of my little Travel Dolls. There have been so many new baby girls born in my world lately, so I needed a new stash of handmade gifts for them!

These Travel Dolls are an ideal present for a little girl. They can be used as a decorative cushion in a bedroom or as a doll and bed to play with and especially to take away for a night away from home.

I have previously posted the step-by-step instructions on how to make these dolls – they really are very simple to sew. Hardly any sewing talent required at all!

Enjoy your creative project this week, whatever it may be!


Monday, 21 May 2012

Decorating and Storage Ideas for a Little Girl’s Room

Home Decorating:

I recently refreshed the decorating in my daughter Poppy’s room to reflect the age she’s at and the interests she has at the moment. It was so much fun! Luckily Poppy is pretty casual and let me change lots of things around!

We needed some more storage in her room for things like soft toys, dolls’ clothes, lego etc, so I purchased some large white baskets from Freedom and put them under her bed.  I did have a builder custom fit some floor to ceiling shelving in a corner, so that also gives me lots of room for storage and display.

I wanted to do a picture display of a few things too: embroidery that was given to Poppy, an old longstitch (remember that!) of mine from when I was little, some Brambly Hedge pictures I had bought years ago, and some other nice pictures I had made from material and Kath Kidston writing paper. In her room I have also used a cross stitch that my mother made for me.

I hung them above her bed and barbie house, which doubles as a bedside table. In the photo below you can also see the little travel doll and bed that I made for Poppy.

Poppy likes to also put her own pictures up on the wall (i.e. the pictures that she particularly likes), so I made a corner where she can do that. We just use a bit of blu-tak and some pegs to hang her things. It's also her dolly corner... and you can see the doll's cradle that I made for her in this photo below.

Some of the things that have a tendency to be messy and fiddly, hair stuff, jewellery etc, I put into IKEA jars. I also put up an elf hanger that I bought years ago for her to hang some jewellery on.

I also painted an old chair and a decorative bird for the large shelf in the same pink that her barbie house is painted so that everything is linked colour-wise.

This chair gets moved around quite a bit but is mostly used for us to sit on when we're reading stories to Poppy at night. I also made some pictures to go above the chair - they are IKEA frames and I've put wrapping paper inside them.

I've used two quilts on Poppy's bed and their patterns work together very nicely. I didn't make either of the quilts! One was made as a wedding present for us by the mother of a very good friend, and the other was made by another friend for Poppy’s birthday last year.

We are very happy with how nice it all looks! Poppy loves her room too.

... And this is what Poppy’s room usually looks like when I haven’t tidied it up for photos!!

Happy decorating!