Showing posts with label kids' artwork. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kids' artwork. 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, 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