Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Faces of Elyse

Elyse has quite an expressive face of her own (all captured in a matter of a few minutes!)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fabric Floor Mat

I saw this picture a few months ago on a blog and I've been wanting to make one ever since.

The blog didn't have much in the way of directions so I kind of had to wing it so here is what I did.

I started with a charm pack of Anna Marie Horner's new fabric line. Just like this one.

I arranged the squares how I wanted them and then sewed the squares together.

I decided to sew an old piece of home decorator weight fabric on the back but didn't want the layers to shift so I used a bit of wonder under in between.

I ironed it first to the back of the pieced side, peeled off the paper and then sewed the two layers together, right sides together.

Then I flipped it and ironed the second side of the wonder under in place.

Then I edge stitched around the whole thing (look, mom, I'm using the right foot!)

I took it outside and painted on two layers of rug backing. It made the fabric feel rubbery so it won't slide around (just like a rug you buy at the store). After two layers, it was set.

My initial plan was then to cover the front with modge podge. I thought this would make it sweepable and keep it clean. Instead, I decided to leave the front side alone. The rug backing is washable and I figured it would be easier to keep it clean by tossing it in the wash.

I love the punch of color this adds to the kitchen.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Gallery Wall

I've been wanting to create a gallery wall in the playroom for awhile and I finally got everything put together!

I've really been into yellow lately so I tried to use yellow to tie it together a bit.

Here's what I put together:
1. "Living the Dream". I made this sign a few weeks ago and I'm *satisfied* with how it turned out. I bought the board at Michael's for only a few dollars and spray painted it white. Then I cut the letters out of freezer paper and tried to iron them onto the board. Then I topped it with a coat of black spray paint. Unfortunately, the seal wasn't perfect and lots of "spray over" got under the letters. I cleaned it up a bit with some white paint and a brush but I still think it looks a bit childish. I think I'll redo it when I get one of these. :) "Living the dream" is Dennis' response anytime someone asks him how he's doing. And we really living the dream are so I thought it was appropriate.

2. This is a free printable I found here. I just printed it out on regular white paper and stuck it in the frame.

3. Family picture from our photo shoot last year.

4. The "K" I painted.

5. This little picture is of two little heart trees with a big heart tree in the middle. I bought it when I was in London during college. I like what it represents.

6. My map.

7. Framed pictures, one of the girls and one of Dennis and I. Here's a closer shot of the pic of Dennis and me. It's from our real first date, almost 11 years ago. We don't look a day older today, do we?! :)

I bought the frames at Goodwill for a total of $10. I spray painted the frames white and added a piece of yellow scrap booking paper before adding in the pictures.