6.02.2010

A Little Math Problem

These fabrics...

Divided by this shower curtain....

(see how well the tabs match her room colors?!)

and these pillow cases....
Plus these ribbons....


Equals several projects towards creating Avery's new room.

I'm thinking ruffles and ribbons and trims and a big fabric flower embellishment. So excited to get started!

Yesterday my friend Suzanne and I had lunch and visited the 50% off sale at Textile Fabrics in Nashville. It's the only place I know of around here with the designers I love most. Had Avery been a little more cooperative, I could have spent hours there, but even a few minutes in a store with nothing of interest for a four year old is asking a lot. But still, I was in fabric and notion heaven. I went there several times with my grandmother when I was a teenager, but their new store is much easier to get around in.


My hope is that that room at least will be almost completely done when we move in. Knowing the exact dimensions, window placements, etc makes that easy to do. And her room is the one I've had the clearest vision of during this process. And it's probably the only room where we're not taking anything from this house (we haven't done a big girl room for before this).


Oh, and the sale is going on until June 26th, so if you're local, you still have time to visit and get sewing!!

6.01.2010

DIY Decor: the Bathroom

First, confession: I am a bad blogger. Six weeks and no posts. Sheesh. And the sad part is that I have been crafting, so I have lots of things to blog about. Maybe that is the problem: I have been crafting (and teaching and building a house and being a wife/mom) instead of blogging. But as of this afternoon, I am FREE from school for two glorious months, so I will try my best to do better.

And so, here is a super cute, super easy accessory I whipped up for Avery's new bathroom. (I just want to say that I am thirty and have NEVER had my own bathroom. Avery is getting one at four. Good grief.) So here's what I made...

Cute, right? I just painted polka dots on a $5 soap dispenser from Tar-jay. I know you're thinking, "Really? That's blog worthy?" Well, I'll admit it is simple, but it's the process, not so much the product I wanted to share.

How do you get perfect polka dots when you can't trace or predraw (because of the slick surface)? I used to have some little circle foam brushes, but they were no where to be found. And I figured they would leave a texture I wasn't after. So I looked for something else. And looked. And then I found...


Yep, a hot glue stick. Round, firm enough to not spread, flexible enough to get an even image on the round bottle. I just dipped the end in paint, and stamped it on. I need to go back and fill in a few of the polka dots, but that will require mixing some colors, so I'll wait until I have some more painting to do.

I really like how it turned out. I have no idea how well it will hold up, but since it took me all of ten minutes, I figure it won't be a big deal if I have to redo it after awhile.

And just to give you a sense of the direction I'm going in Avery's suite (as the builder calls it), here are the washcloths we picked up at Homegoods.


We went to buy a quilt for her room, and when she saw these washcloths she said, "Mommy, wouldn't these look wonderful in my new bathroom?" (Yes, that's how she said it. She's 4 going on 17.) She was right, of course, as they are a perfect match for the other decor. Love them!

So that's one project blogged. I have several others to share in the next few days, and will likely have more after Suzanne and I get back from our trip to Textile Fabric tomorrow! Michael Miller, Moda, Heather Bailey, Amy Butler...Yay!



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