Friday, May 21, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
My sister-in-law designs patterns for sewing things. She was about to send her patterns to the printer and wanted some help testing patterns to make sure the instructions were clear and made sense and such. Since my degree is technical writing and I love to sew, this is right up my ally! Here is the first item, the Addie Jo skirt.
And I already showed this before, but I must remind you of the cute matching bow:
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
This is an art project you can have your child help out with and give to Mom or Grandma. They are blocks that spell out the word "Grandma" (or Mother, Mom, or Grandmother, etc.). I dedicated one block per person and put pictures on it. I did one block for my Mom's Grandmothers. One for her mom. One for my Dad's mom. One for my mom with Brayden. And one for her with Kaitlyn. Since I gave her these, two grandchildren have joined the family, so I will have to update them!
Now, you can tell from this picture that she doesn't actually show the "Grandma" spelling. She really just likes it for displaying pictures. If your Mom/Grandma would be like that, then you can skip the letter part of the blocks.
Wood blocks the size of your choice. We bought a 4x4 piece of wood from Home Depot and cut the blocks to our desired length. I am sure you could find something similar in a craft store like Michaels.
Photos of your choice, cut to the appropriate size for your blocks.
Vinyl Letters or you could paint letters on
Sandpaper if you want a "distressed" look
Paint the blocks using the paint and foam brush. This is something your child can help with. Most of the block is covered by photos, plus if you distress it , you will have little need for a "perfect" paint job. Plus, we love things made by the children we love.
If you want a distressed look, gently sand the each edge of each block. You can decide if you do this part yourself or with help. Wipe all dust off.
Put some decoupage or mod podge on the block.
Put some decoupage or mod podge on the back of a photo.
Place the photo on the block.
Continue for all sides.
Once you have photos all around the block, move on to the other blocks and put photos on those.
Decoupage or mod podge over the top of each photo. This will help protect the photo from scratches, water, etc.
You are done! And you have a lovely gift any mom will love.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
I am slowly working on decorating Brayden's room.
I am really loving this look right now. You take four square frames and put them in a square on the wall, like so:
And here it is on the context of the room:
I got these frames at Hobby Lobby.
You could do any number you like. You could do six and put them in a rectangle...