After a very long hiatus that can be blamed on house hunting, moving into and decorating said house, and being generally anxious and excited that we are expecting our firstborn, we have a new post!
This room is my favourite in the house, mostly because there will shortly be a baby in it. But also because it is adorable, and we are proud of our rookie decorating skills. We decided before we knew the gender of the baby that we wanted to do a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs theme, because it’s actually pretty gender neutral for a princess story. If the baby ended up being a girl, we could always play up the princess/castle theme, and if it was a boy, we’d go for a more woodsy look. Plus, I have a ton of Dopey ornaments and collectables from when I was a kid.
Can you tell what we’re having based on the room?
Mr. C made the felt apples above the changing table. A tutorial is available at Purl Bee: http://www.purlbee.com/apple-coasters/
And I made the bunting above the crib:
The bunting tutorial doesn’t exist, but I mean, come on. They are fabric triangles sewn onto a ribbon.
We also made the wreath on the door full of apples and diamonds (because diamonds aren’t just for girls- the dwarfs seemed to love them). The “I’m Grumpy” throw on the bed is made from one of those cut and tie blanket sets from Joann Fabrics, but unfortunately it looks like the item is no longer available! I’m glad we snatched it up when we did.
Now all we have to do is wait for Baby Arts&Crafts to arrive!
All the adorable zombies made here are from the wonderous book, “Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead” by Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate. Pick up a copy at your local library, like we did!
(Mrs. A & Mr. C)
Another Dollarama canvas has been transformed! Like the canvas from my earlier Mona Lisa makeover, this one had a black and white, paint-by-numbers-esque line drawing of Van Gogh’s famous “Sunflowers” painting. I toyed with the idea of doing another steampunk painting, maybe with clockwork flowers, but I was finally inspired by the beautiful felt artwork over at Checkout Girl’s blog. If you have not seen it, you are missing out!
I completely covered the canvas with fabric, so the black and white sketch didn’t really help me as far as layout goes. I just cut a bunch of felt into sunflowerish shapes and layered them together in a pleasing way. The buttons were a last-minute addition, because I felt (ha) that something was missing. I think they help pull the whole colour scheme together.
When I hung this on my wall, I couldn’t help but think that a little bit of the 1970s had worked its way into my living room. Something about the orange, gold and brown hearkens back to the days of this and this. In a completely pleasing way, of course. I am now considering painting my dining room orange. According to the crazy psychologist people, orange is a good colour for digestion…is that why A&W does so well?
We have just returned from a very sinful Vegas vacation (with all the mix-ups and hi-jinx of the National Lampoon movie) and we have brought with us an adorable little baby Joshua tree! Well, right now it is just a small terra cotta pot with some desert dirt and seeds, but hopefully it will sprout in 10-21 days and become an adorable spiny twig.
Is gardening an art? I like to think so, but let me know if you disagree. Gardens themselves are pieces of art, says Wikipedia, so I’m going to go ahead and file this post under “Arts.” Also, I’ll be a little ahead of myself and file this under “Home Decor,” in hopes that this boring pot of dirt will eventually lend something to the room.
I’m going to call him “Bono.”
I’m always losing something (my keys, my pants, my mind, etc…). And while browsing the shelves at Value Village, I found a lovely old brass iron rack. Seeing as our house is sans-fireplace, it was an odd purchase. But I had a plan that involved rubber cement and me no longer losing my keys. The result:
Ta-Da! An old bowl and lonely iron rack get together to make beautiful, key-holding magic!