Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Evie's New Room

I've had a long absence on this blog. But I've been BUSY. Not busy crafting and creating, but busy with life. We have been moving and moving again and everything has been boxed up. It's taken me a while to get organized but most of my crafting is still in boxes in a storage room until the craft room is finished. (That will be a GREAT day!) A project I have started to tackle is Evie's room. We transitioned her from a nursery with a crib to a big girl bed in a big girl's room. It has been quite an experience for her, but a fun project for me to do. I'm still not done and the painting will have to wait until Spring after the baby comes--but we're on our way! I chose hot pink, cotton candy pink, chocolate brown and spring green to decorate with. I think they are so fun and they just pop in her room. I used all the same papers to craft with to make it all tie in together. So here are some pictures:

This is her new big girl bed. I still haven't found a bed skirt for her bed that I love, so I am just using a flat sheet for now, folded to fit. I LOVE her comforter, a hot pink minkee comforter that Evie says is just so cozy and comfy.

I used 8x8 canvas and decorated them with 4 paper patterns that I love. I just mod-podged the paper on and then sanded and distressed the edges to give it a softer look. I've had these white chipboard letters forever and finally found a use for them. I left them plain so they would pop better and just tied some matching ribbon around each letter. Yes, matching ribbon that I used in the rest of the room too. Then I just stapled ribbon to each canvas and hung them above her bed. Evie loves to spell her name whenever she sees the letters.

I found a little white clock that I just redecorated the face on. It's hard to tell, but they are white glittery number and flower stickers. I added some matching butterflies, spray painted the hands brown and added some buttons. I don't love it and might change it later, but Evie loves her butterfly clock.

I found these hot pink sheer curtains on super sale and added another sheer white curtain for the back drop. I think it frames the window nicely.

This is Evie's reading corner. I love organizing with these cubbies. I have two more fabric drawers in cotton candy pink and hot pink, but I took them out to make room for more books. So once I find a cheap bookshelf to make over, then I can add them back in to hold her animals and toys she likes to keep in her room. We got her a little pink rocking chair that has since replaced the bean bag (that is getting recovered and going in the baby's room to match her nursery). So she likes to read her little books there, it's awesome.

I had an old frame laying around that I spray painted brown, added some batting and covered with fabric. Just stapled it to the back of the cardboard backing . I found ribbon, (I'm thinking too much ribbon now) and stapled it to the back of the cardboard-weaving them through each other. I tied some ribbon to the top picture hangers and now Evie has a cute place to clip her hair bows.

And of course I had to do another butterfly frame. I spray painted the frame brown of course... This time I took out the back of the frame and used electrical tape to keep the glass attached to the frame. I printed out a piece of paper with dots marking where I wanted each butterfly and taped it to the glass. I used glue dots to attach each of the butterflies in their spot. I used my matchy-matchy paper to punch the butterflies out and folded the wings to give them that 3-D look.

Up close of matchy-matchy butterflies.

This is the top of Evie's big girl dresser.

I found two little matching frames at DI for $.50 and thought about what to do with them. So I got out my Cricut and starting playing around. I came up with these little birds. You probably can't tell, but they have little buttons and sparkles in their eyes which looks super cute. I had these cute little green polka dot puffy plastic stickers to work with. I took out the backing of each frame, spray painted them brown, and taped the glass back up with electrical tape to secure. Then I tied the ribbon through the hangers on the back. I love how they turned out.

I found this little birdhouse at DI for another whopping $.50 and decorated it one afternoon while Evie was napping. (I let Evie help me paint it brown though--she loves to paint crafts.) Then i just mod-podged bits of matchy-matchy paper to the bird house and sanded off the edges for that softer look. I am still looking for a hot pink bird to sit on the perch of the house. I was hoping to find one in the Christmas ornaments, you know those glittery feathery partridge looking ornaments... but no such luck. Maybe I'll just happen to stumble onto something great or venture into making my own.

I just used an old basket I had and spray painted it brown and tied the matching ribbon onto the sides of the handles. I put her animals in there when she wakes up so there is no losing them and we always know where they are.

The lamp is one of my favorites!! It was at Walmart for $1.50 when they were reorganizing the store here. It had a lampshade but I took it off and tore it apart so I could use it as a pattern to cut my paper. This is where I had to get creative. I cut my four panels and laid them all out. I used my ribbon to connect the panels. I taped the ribbon to the panels, two at a time and then stitched with my sewing machine to secure it. Then I just attached the ric-rac to the top and the bottom with hot glue. And added a touch of ribbon bows at the bottom of the panels. Then I used masking tape to secure the lampshade to the original wire frame to make sure the paper wouldn't be touching or anywhere near the lightbulb. I also spray painted the base of the lamp brown... it was originally silver.

Just showing the other side of the lampshade. And yes, a pink piggy bank that Evie painted and wanted in her room. I put little googly eyes on and a pink bow. Miss Pinky.

I had a wood block I wanted to use, so Evie helped me paint it green. I used my Cricut and cut out the letters in brown vinyl. I used scraps from the papers and hand cut a circle flower, added two buttons for dimension and made a stem out of green ribbon tied into knots.