My Next Project: DIY Burlap Ruffle Lamp Shade

My Next Project: DIY Burlap Ruffle Lamp Shade

A ruffled lamp shade in burlap and lace will be my next project. A quick tutorial here but I think I’ll stitch my burlap on and use some lace ruffles in between layers. I can see it in my head. Can you?

Tree Murals

How to make tree murals:¬†Tree Murals– a great list ūüôā

I’m thinking of making a picture/scrap-booked¬†version of this up my stairwell in my apartment. Thoughts?

This is the one I’m thinking of for my stairwell

I’d love some ideas from you!

A New Dresser for Meghan… Sorta..

ImageI’ve had this sad little dresser sitting around the house for a while. It has so much potential but I’ve never done anything with it. (That’s sort of a trend in my house actually.) It started out as a garage sale find of my mom’s back in early 2002 or so. In 2003 when Grandma moved in with them, mom lined it with some floral contact paper and Grandma used it as a night stand and dresser. Most recently however, it’s been sitting in my son’s room virtually unused. Someday I hope it’ll be for fabric or craft stuff in my own office/studio but alas today it needed a new life!

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My sister Meghan is coming to live with us in a few weeks and I have nothing really for her to put her things in or furniture of any sort for her really. So here comes this sad little dresser. I was looking at it and thought it really could use some cheer.

I have TONS of scrapbooking paper but thought of a set of paper specifically in purples, blues and greens with knights, castles, stars and more fairy tale fun on it!

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I  got some pretty contact paper at the dollar store for the inside, and pulled out my favorite bottle of Modge Podge and all the purple colored paper to go along with these two I could find!

Two hours later and the final project came out pretty good. I doubt this will be the final changes to this dresser but it should serve Meghan pretty well while she lives here.

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My Project of the day.. The CRAFT ROOM…

Transformation: Disaster Zone to Functional Beauty 

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Today’s project was the craft “room”. Since moving, a year ago this past August…¬†so¬†August 2011… to our new apartment in Vancouver, I de-constructed our craft space in our last place and moved it into a sort of ‘storage” mode here. It just never became a priority. It resulted in the quite the chaos in both my crafting table area and my closet space.

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The fabric and supplies for my quilting, costume making,¬†scrap-booking¬†and more were shoved in every nook and cranny I could find. The boxes were never really unpacked, they just got dug through when I needed something or just avoided all together. Sadly, not much has gotten done in the last 17 months since our move in the craft¬†realm¬† I’ve had a few great projects but nothing to the¬†magnitude¬†of what was done before.

So today was the day. My mom came by to help out with the project. We moved everything out of the “Harry Potter” closet up to the loft which is half craft area and half my daughter’s room (this space is huge, think 25 ft long..). I’m so grateful to Mom for helping out since my neck is still super sore (ugh!) and she wasn’t feeling great either. But together we got it done!

The finished product:

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I hung some great little burlap flags I made back before Christmas above the area and put two Raggedy Anne dolls my Grandma gave my daughter before her death.

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My mom showed up with the great bobin holder she had gotten many years ago at a quilting expo with my grandma. She said a little man was making them and selling them for $23. ¬†I remember it hanging in my parents house as long as I can remember. I’m so happy to have it now ūüôā¬†Image

This is now a great functional space and my daughter has already spent about 2 hours creating paper doll dresses out of all the¬†scrap-booking¬†paper we found. I can’t wait to see all the projects that will come out of this space!

Happy Crafting!