Let’s Play some more

I finally finished… is anything ever really done? the playroom!

I am methodically working my way through repainting and fixing rooms up in a way that only makes sense to me. I told my husband that things are ranked in my head from most offensive to least offensive and that’s how I am fixing things up. Aside from the offensive things that would cost to much money the house is coming along nicely. And so it came time for the Playroom to get a little spruce.

These are the best I could find with minimal effort of the before, shortly after we moved in. I am a horrible before picture taker. :)

With a 6 month younger not as much crazy haired Norah front and center.

Not much big stuff needed to be done. The trim was oak before so I painted that White, and then the walls got a nice fresh coat of Benjamin Moore’s Owl Gray it was a buttery beige before as seen in the above pictures. We used the owl gray in the family room and since this room feeds directly into that room it made sense to paint it the same. I then embarked on planking the back wall and painted that white. It makes it feel so much bigger with the horizontal Planks and bright white.  I achieved the planking by cutting 4′ x 8′ luan also called underlayment plywood into strips, this wall is 8″ tall planks. I then just used my nail gun to attach them on the wall, cutting to size as I went. Then I hand brush painted the whole wall with primer and several coats of white until it was fully covered. You could definitely roll the paint but I like the texture of hand brushing on a plank wall.

The Playroom sits at the top of the back staircase which is located in our family room. In the above picture I am standing at the top of the stairs. The door to the right is my sewing room, and the door to the left goes into a small hallway that leads to my closet and two steps up to our master bedroom. You can go through the Master into the rest of the upstairs. The beauty of having two staircases makes the house a loop and we kind of really love that. It makes games of hide and seek rather fun!

The above picture looks over toward the reading area at the top of the stairs, and you can see it has a loft like feel over there being open to the family room.

I was able to get rid of two big boxes of toys without the kids noticing to much. They have asked for two of the things I donated so that’s a win! The shelf below is from Home Decorator’s Collection and  holds two big canvas bins, from homegoods, of dress up stuff, above those are Luke’s biggest trucks, above those are a couple Vintage Fischer Price Play things, and then the top as some random fun stuff. Chalk, bird houses the kids painted, wool felt balls in a jar, a jar of chalk, some vintage toys, a globe I paint with chalkboard paint awhile ago, and a green box with some craft project supplies. You also get a glance into my sewing space which is right off the playroom.

Here’s a better peek at the reading area loft and into the Family room. That’s the brick of our family room fireplace. The reading area up until the redo was just a landing spot for junk that needed to go elsewhere. There was a little armoire, a small table, and a bunch of random home decor sitting here for far to long without a proper home. Now it has a much better function as my children LOVE to read, especially Norah.

 

The Bookcase is the Bitrade from IKEA and was purchased because it was the perfect size and cheap. I am not sure this will last but for now it’s perfect. I used left over planking from the wall and stained it dark, then I nailed it to the back as this shelf has no back. I used a couple more of these green boxes, also from IKEA, to house puzzles and more craft supplies.  Our Play Room Quilt sits perfectly on one of the shelves for easy access.

 

I hung a bunch of random Chalkboards up here. Oddly enough my kids don’t use them to much. I think I like to doodle more than they do. The Bean bags are from an awesome Project Nursery tutorial I came across on Pinterest.  I stitched the zippers closed so we haven’t had a problem with leaking beans. The beans themselves are from clearanced out regular style bean bags from Target. They were the cheapest option I could find for buying beans. The Stripe fabric is from IKEA, and the green on the bottom is a linen I found several yards of while thrifting years ago. This style of bean bag is so much more comfortable and cute than the average ball shape in my opinion, I can sit in them comfortably and play for awhile too!

 

At the top of the stairs we have two wrapped canvases, one of each of the children of their 1 year photo session. Photos are by my awesome brother who along with his wife had a professional Photography business. They are transitioning to new careers now, not for lack of talent. :) The Canvases are from Canvas Bundle and Easy Canvas Prints, they are both 16″ x 20″ and are both super great quality.

 

Playroom art is so fun don’t you think? I love picking art for kids spaces it’s so much more whimsical, bright, and quirky. The La La Love you print I have had  for so long as is from SparklePower on etsy, the Hip Hip HooRay banner I made myself, the Plus Symbol hoop I also made, and the bird I made from perler birds off a picture I saw on pinterest. The chalkboard which you can see in some of the other pictures is one my mom bought me while we were shopping at the Main Street Market in Rockford, IL. Definitely a must go if your in the area.

The Fox Mini Quilt I whipped up last week using Elizabeth Hartman’s fancy fox pattern, the clock is from Homegoods, the Print is from Pen and Paint, and the Bear Head is from Joann’s.

Over by the Teepee (the teepee was my husbands as a child) I hung the Busy Board I made for Luke several years ago, our old rotary dial phone, a small smile embroidery hoop I made, and an embroidered snippet of a bible verse. “you shine like stars”

I painted the shelves for toys white, they were thrifted 5 or so years ago and have been a redish maple color up until now. I  put a new top on this cool old table I found several years ago. It used to have a laminate top with a metal rim. Not quite the style I was going with. The little chairs are a few of the ones I have thrifted. I am a sucker for child size chairs.

I finally figured out how to hang up the kids artwork!!! Like seriously I thought about this sooooo much! I used Tim Holtz clipboard clips I found at Joann’s a hung them directly to the wall. Inexpensive and they work super great!

 

One of the fun things I enjoyed was making yards of garland and stringing it and white globe lights up on the ceiling. I love this aspect of the room and it is so fun to play up here at night with it on.

Lastly I finished the quilt I had been planning for the play room. It is simple half square triangles. It’s a copy of Denyse Schmidt’s quilt she made in her Hadley fabric and Kona Snow as the white. The back is pieced and it is bound in a neon pink solid I have had in my stash for years. This quilt is so gorgeous in person, the colors are super lovely, and I straight line quilted it at 3/8″ apart which takes forever but gives the most amazing texture.

 

Thanks so much for taking  tour or our playroom with me! I love to share the spaces I pour my heart and hard work into with you all!

 

 

 

 

Wrap it up!

I put together a little wrapping/shipping station a couple weeks ago in my basement. It’s in my creepy not yet remodeled (maybe never will be) laundry storage room. But it is a bright spot in a ugly room and is working great to have things in one place to get things ready to ship.

I painted a square (well it might be a rectangle I didn’t actually measure) on the wall with chalkboard paint. I have had the paint hanging around for months waiting on another project that has never happened. I marked out the squarangle with my level and then bordered it with Frog tape. Seriously, DO NOT use any other tape beside Frog tape if you want a crisp line. I have used a ton of different painters tape in my past years of DIY and working with clients. When I found Frog tape I fell madly in love. I used it for my first project of my Son’s bedroom seen here. That was a lot of stripes at 7+ months pregnant and frog tape was amazing. This is not a sponsored post and I am not being compensated for saying this at all I just firmly believe in crisp paint lines and the easiest way to get them . :)  Oh and did you know you have to let chalkboard paint cure for several days and then condition it? Who knew. ;)

Okay moving on from the chalkboard. I found this enamel top table on the side of the road several years ago and have had it in my laundry room for folding since then. It is great and I can still use it for folding in it’s current location/use. The bins underneath have some of my etsy product, and larger boxes for shipping. Oh and isn’t that floor the bomb? I would never even consider taking it out. ;) Those rad metal tubs are from West Elm right before I started this project. They are for planting winter bulbs. :) But I have a black thumb and they where to cool and inexpensive to leave behind.

I’ve had these wire baskets laying around from my oooooold craft room before it was Luke’s room and have never found a place for them. So up they went for pretty supplies I want to see.

Um this idea for storing washi tape came to me as I am pulling everything together on the wall! I think it’s quite genius. :) At least for my use. It’s just the outer ring of an embroidery hoop. I have a drawer full as I can’t seem to pass them up at Thrift stores. Never buy them new, they are seriously less than a dollar at a thrift store.

I hung some  bakers twine on a string so it’s easy to roll off and cut.

I brought my lovely little brass fruit in here to keep me and the jingle bells company.

Well that’s about it! It is much more pleasant to wrap and ship lately. :)

Pardon the odd lighting in the photos, remember it is in my dingy barely lit laundry room.  Just keeping it real, although I guess if that was completely true I would show you the rest of the room but that’s not going to happen.:)

 

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Insta Friday

It’s Friday and I am actually on time and joining in the Instagram fun. It has been a long couple of weeks and I am tired. In a good way. I have just had a lot of projects that are not share worthy, at least yet.  But enough about that.  Here’s a little of what we’ve been up to lately.

 

bath time is always fun for this guy /thrifting luck / sick boy

custom owls/ daddy and chicken luke / Construction Luke – he calls himself Thomas when he puts on that hat

falling backwards on the sofa is too fun / posing? future model? lol / building with daddy

finished the base for my December daily album – I will finish it this year / Luke’s b-day gift came, he wanted to open it /silly boy

Luke got a new coat / riding the escalator with daddy / I finished one dining room chair makeover

 

“washing dishes” / my new bulldog earrings, LOVE / Eskimo Luke

 

Linking up with Jeanett from Life Rearranged for her InstaFriday. Check out all the other lovely ladies.

The Dinosaur Tutorial is coming up this weekend. Sorry it’s taking longer than expected to edit. :)

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Insta Saturday again…

Another Busy week as passed us by! Sharing my insatgrams a day late again. Oh well! :) Being busy just means we are getting lots done and having fun, right?!?!?

Linking up with Jeanett from life rearranged. Thanks so much for hosting Jeanett

 

Contemplating polkdotting a cardigan / Luke found some wheels / Knitting a hulu while I wait for my hubby to come to bed

Made myself a top with this awesome Field Study print / Playing play doh / Luke made you a play doh cookie. yum.

We went to the zoo on our 80+ degree weather day / I blogged about my new wall color in my living room /Luke being silly per usual

I finally got some art up on the wall in our upstairs hallway / Eating is much better with Mommies fork / Quilting the From:Me To:You October Prize. Have you nominated anyone this month?

 

Here’s to a productive and on time ;) week! Do you instagram? I would love to check out your feed.

 

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The Pec Thing – Vintage Trunk Debut

My Mom and I participated in our first Flea Market this weekend! It was awesome. This is our booth. Vintage Trunk, my mom came up with the name. We had such a blast, preparing and setting up the booth. It is so much fun to be validated by selling vintage you find to someone else.  LOVE IT. I will hopefully be doing a little etsy sale of some vintage in my currently closed woollypetalsvintage. So stayed tuned. In the meantime take a walk around our booth.

The check out area. I sketched our logo I designed onto a chalkboard for a booth sign.

Some furniture and toys.

This was a fun display of linens and kitchen utensils.

The school and travel stuff. Every one of those globes sold. And some of the luggage too.

Christmas, not as popular as we expected but we’ve still got a bit of time before the Season starts.

Some trays, lampshades, art, and fun mid century lamp, and some embroidery I did.

Some embroidery pieces will be making there way into the shop.

Lots of dishes and randoms things.

Graters, sifters, and games. Oh My!

Thermos’ and bundt tins.

Some vintage fabric garlands.

And back to the sign and the checkout spot.

We participated in The Pec Thing in Pecatonica, IL. It is a good sized show and had record attendance this weekend. If you are ever in or around Rockford (closest big city) in September or May you must attend.

We have a lot to learn, but we had a blast and did super well. I can NOT wait for the spring show. Now I get to shop some more. ;)

 

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InstaFriday – Week #6 & #7

Oops! I missed last week. My parents where in town and David and I snuck away for a night, and morning.  So I am sharing the last two weeks. It may be a lot. Bear with me. ;)

Linking up with Jeanette from Liferearranged again! Check out all the fun blogs that link up. I love peeking into other peoples daily lives, don’t you?

Okay get comfy! It’s been a busy couple of weeks.

Deer embroidery / daddy and Luke checking out a kite / family smore making

Family Swinging / car washing with a freind / Luke Doctoring

Before bed playtime / Loads of Corn on the cob being consumed / Um yeah

He snuck a bite in the store too / talking to daddy (not really ;) / runrunrun

Thrifted fabric awesomeness / Where ya going? /Found him on the pouf, he asked for a book

Daddy and Luke sharing a fire, er.. pillow / Teepee fort fun / Top golfing morning date

Found the best “big” park / made a t-shirt scarf necklace thingy / Loving Lemons

He cracks me up / Gaga over the backhoe / teething crabby baby

Binding my string quilt. finally blogged / looking for something / Mommy and Luke lazy morning

Riding the horsey / new chair from grandpa and grandma – getting a makeover / Made a clutch

Chipotle, our favorite / Can’t find cute clothes lately, so I made a shirt. Juries still out ;) / Two drink miser

Trail walking / Friend Instagramming – Hi Delilah! / Flowers from the Hubby, he’s my fav.

New Felt from Benzie – cutest packaging

 

What have you been up to? Do you link up with Jeanette? Let me know Instagram is my favorite.

 

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Gallery wall

So I finally jumped in and tackled my gallery wall! I am rather smitten. It turned out better than I expected and was really quite simple, at least thanks to Sausha from Sweet Pickins post about how she tackled a wood wall in her kitchen.

 

Okay let’s start at the beginning. My old wall, missing a couple pictures. I knew I wanted a change, not to mention we needed to add new pictures of Luke and other family. I had been tossing around the idea of a white plank wall for awhile but thought it would be to expensive, and typical pine wood planks are almost an 1″ thick which I didn’t like.  But once I saw Sausha’s post I set out to tackle this wall.

A few in process pictures. I had a helper picking up my wood. I had Home Depot cut my 8′ x 4′ strips into 2′ x 8′ strips. My husband and I then use a table saw to slice them down to just under 6″. They are by no means perfect, but I think that you probably can’t tell and if so it adds to the charm. Then I just attached them to the wall with my non compressor battery operated nail gun. I admittedly had to use a hammer to help some of the nail gun nails in.

Hanging the frames….

I had all the frames as seen in the before picture. But I have been looking at thrift stores and found the three washed wood, and then painted a third teal one. I just put pictures in the frames based on size of picture matched to frame size, but not there orientation on the wall.

I don’t have any in process pictures of hanging the pictures, but I basically do a rough layout in front of the wall, and then start in the middle and work my way out in a spiral. I judge everything from eyesight only, but I have done walls for clients in the past where I am more precise and measure everything out. I like this way a tiny bit better for my own home, plus it’s easier, which is good.

 

I cut the arrows out several weeks ago with my jigsaw not knowing where I would hang them. But once I started the wall project I knew they would fit in perfectly, they are painted a neon yellow with grey on top, then sanded down so the yellow pops through.

I stitched up this little smile embroidery and covered the hoop with vintage fabric, to add a little whimsy to the wall.

Like I said, I am smitten!

 

Have you ever done a wood wall or gallery wall? I would love to see it if you have.

 

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InstaFriday Week #5

InstaFriday! YAY!

It has been a busy week. I spent sometime on a home decor project. I will be blogging more about that later. Mostly I have been working on bigger things this week, and less instant gratification. So here ya go! Linking up with Jeanette at Life Rearranged.

 

 

Luke helped me out getting some wood / the start of my wood slat wall / learning to use utensils is messy business

Luke gets more and more adventurous everyday, I guess Danger is his middle name / Family Photo / Washi tape entertains well for awhile

Working on some stitching / new pjs are the best / a sneak peak at my almost complete wall

Cool Luke, he actually wore his sunnies for longer than 30 seconds / POPcorn is the best / Me and my boy

 

Oh Instagram, how I love thee! You make my grainy cell phone pictures look so much better.

 

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From:Me To:You

Do you know about my Handmade Gifting Page? If you don’t please, please check it out.

You can click on the picture above to go straight to the page, or the link up there right under my header all the way to the right has some more info on it.

But the general idea is, you go and like the Facebook page. Then each month I have a post you can nominate someone on. I like to hear why you nominate that specific person in about one sentence. I love it when people nominate others who are having a hard time, in the midst of a medical issue, or relationship problem. It’s nice for everyone, but especially people in rough times to feel love. And what better way to receive a handmade item specifically for them.  At the end of the month I randomly draw a name and then send that person a gift on behalf of the Nominator. No Stings Attached.

Here are a couple of gifts, I have given.

Owl Pillow – I have a few of these in my shop

Typewriter Case Bag

For my two year celebration last October I gave away two vintage sheet quilts I made.

Ruffled Apron

A Good Book Stitched Art

Just a few of the gifts I have made. You can click on the description to get more information on each one in their blog posts.

I usually don’t give items I have in my shop away, but sometimes, as you can see, if the item fits for the person I make one specifically for them. I find it a fun way to express my creativity in items I may not sell, or use for myself. I also just like giving to people, and I feel my creative gifts are a gift from God, and I have the responsibility to share what He has given me, be it by making things for people or teaching people.

I don’t always blog about the gifts, so you can see more in the albums on the Facebook page. I would love it if you came and had a visit.

 

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Friday’s ramblings

There is no winner for Thursday because nobody commented!

So today I have TONS to do when Luke wakes up from his nap. I am helping my friend prepare for her daughters 2nd birthday party tomorrow, I have a couple things to make in the way of gifts,

I need to finish up Luke’s 1st Birthday invites so I can get them in the mail, along with a couple other projects I need to finish up and grocery shopping! I hope Luke is super happy and ready to go after his nap. :)

So I am posting my final giveaway this week a little late today! You understand, right? ;)

Don’t worry if you already posted on the other giveaways or won! I would rather the items go to someone then sit in storage in my house.

 

So I have three items today! All going to 1 winner.

 

A tall 100% wool felt snowman who stand on his own. He has fabric stars stitched on, and a raw scarf, and a sprinkle of sparkly snow on his head.  A mini Owl with all handstitched detail. Last a nice little zippered pouch that is the perfect size for makeup, a catch all of stuff in your purse, or to store your little handy project you want to carry with you.

You could keep all these items for yourself or give some away as a Christmas or a just because gift. :)

To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment telling me you favorite thing about the holiday season. I will be leaving this giveaway up till Sunday the 20th at Midnight and will announce the winner on Monday!

Make sure your email is in your comment or attached to it.Good Luck!

 

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