11.03.2016

Boy's Shared Room

Since we are moving, I wanted to post about the boy's rooms before packing everything up. Okay, so a little background. We have four bedrooms, a playroom, and theater room upstairs. Basically it's the kids level of the house. One of the bedrooms was for our daughter, the other three originally for our three boys. It worked out perfect. The end boy room was the NURSERY {Check out that post HERE!}
 I had so much fun putting that nursery together. 

Here is the middle brother's old room before we rearranged. His room was simple and doubled as the guest room since he had a big bed. {See the new, no cost guest room HERE} I used clipboards to display a bunch of puppy prints, because he was puppy obsessed.
I made the whale out of plywood that I cut with a jigsaw. 
Across a jack-and-jill was big brother's room (which I am struggling to find pictures of... I'll update if I find some!)

As the boys all got older, and my baby less of a baby, some rearranging needed to happen. 
The two older boys wanted to share a room, so they moved in together, and baby moved into middle brother's old room. Now all three of them were closer, just a jack-and-jill bathroom away. Rearranging worked better logistically, but it also meant I needed to do some decor coordination amongst the newly combined roommates. 

At first they had beds arranged like so:

That lasted a couple of days, then we moved to bunk beds.
The bedding still didn't match, but we made it work until I got around to a whole room revamp. After some inspiration searching and mood board planning, I came up with something classic yet fun.
All of the bedding was found at Target. The quilts were on clearance for under $10 each because they are twin XL for a post back-to-college sale!
Wall mounted task lights and painted spice racks all from IKEA are perfect for bedtime reading.
These bunk beds have a cool history- my uncles had them as children, then they got handed down and my sisters and I used them when we were kids, and now my kids use them! I love that they've been used by three generations and are still look great!
This clip board is simply that, I painted a 1x6 in a shade darker than the walls and attached large dog clips to display artwork. 
I built the bench and shelves from supplies found at Home Depot. I used a Kreg Jig to attach the two boards together on the bench, then used metal piping to create the legs. The shelves were so easy to make and are pretty self explanatory.

I love how the room turned out!

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11.01.2016

Halloween

With our home being on the market during October, I didn't want to go all out with my Halloween decor. I thought spider webs and bats might scare off potential buyers. Instead, I kept our decor very simple and pretty.

We did however, have fun with our Halloween costumes! I normally like to try and coordinate the whole family, but the kids wanted different things, so I just let them be what they wanted to be.
The boys wanted to be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This costume was super easy to create. I bought green pj tops and pants from Primary.com. These can double as actual pajamas after Halloween- win-win! I made felt ninja masks, and made turtle shells out of large roasting pans spray painted green.

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I also sprayed their hair green with THIS.

Raphael:

Michelangelo:

Leonardo:

My daughter wanted to be something creepy. We settled on a ghost and came up with my favorite costume to date! I made a cape out of several layers of tulle (I basically followed this TUTORIAL from Martha Stewart for the cape,) She wore it over a white old fashioned night gown I made as well. I painted her face to make her look dead and she was thrilled!
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And apparently even ghosts like a little donut challenge!
When nightfall came, this ghost was back to her spooking duties:


How'd we get her to glow? I used THESE LED battery operated lights that we wrapped around under her tulle cape. She was the hit of all our Halloween festivities!

As for the grown-ups, we dressed up as Sheriff Longmire and a local native. If you haven't watched the show, you need to!
Getting one of our kids to take our picture was easier said than done.

It was a successful Halloween season! The best part was that we had a showing for our home on Halloween nigh, and they ended up making us an offer and buying! Maybe those simple flowers and pumpkin sealed the deal ;)



8.31.2016

Tufted Upholstered Headboard

We've been married over 10 years, and have never bought or owned a headboard! I finally decided to just make one. Why I waited this long, I'll never know! It only took three days of nap time working to finish, and under $100 to make, but what a difference it makes to our room!

I build the frame using plywood, 1x6 and 1x4 boards.

I then used two layers of egg crate padding, batting, and finally the upholstery fabric. I stapled it to the back of the frame, making box folds at the corners.
When that was done I tufted it with buttons I covered with the upholstery fabric.

I love how it turned out and what a simple impact it has on the room.

8.29.2016

Custom Boho Wedding Dress

When one of my favorite girls and previous babysitters told me she was engaged and wanted me to make her wedding dress, I was SO excited! Nervous, but excited. I mean it's only one of the most important dresses a woman will ever wear. No pressure!


We got brainstorming ideas right away. She knew she wanted a lace crop top look, with a fitted gentle mermaid skirt, so we designed based on that.


I had never made this style of skirt before, so I acted like I was from Project Runway and did a muslin mock up first.

After I fitted the muslin to her body, it was time to cut into the good fabric. I did a two layered skirt with a satin base and chiffon overlay. 


We used bridal buttons wherever possible!

Then it was time to start on the top. The bride wanted a dipped hem in back:
I handcut around some of the edge flowers to use as a trim along the back dipped hem. Then I hand sewed each of them on.
The top came together quickly. This was before the neck facing was applied.





We did several fittings to get the dress to fit just right.
And when wedding day arrived, the dress fit perfectly!
Such a happy day for a beautiful bride!

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