My baby boy is here! He made his debut last Thursday at a whopping 8 lbs 13 oz. So much sweetness.
Things will be quiet on the blog for a bit while I adjust to life as a momma of two. I wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
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The one perk about having a baby that bakes past his due date is having ample time to get things checked off my list before his arrival! I’ve got 20 freezer meals stocked, Christmas presents are wrapped, and – most importantly – my hair and nails are done. And his “Animal Silhouette” room is pretty much complete – though I would like to make a pillow for his rocker at some point. I’m sure I’ll find the time to do that somewhere around his first birthday.
This room will serve double duty as a guest bedroom, so I wanted to keep that bedding more adult than baby – though I couldn’t resist throwing that turtle on the bed for good measure. In hindsight, I wish I would have ordered a larger “Visit the Zoo” print to go above the bed. Otherwise, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I made the mobile and the two sets of artwork using my Silhouette Cameo – in love with that thing! And I mixed and matched bedding from Land of Nod.
Here are some pics!
One I saw the Jingle pillow in the Pottery Barn catalog, I knew it would be a Christmas present perfect for my stepmom. But I didn’t want to spend $39.95 on something I was pretty sure I could make for under $8. And I enjoy making such things – though I must admit gifting a homemade craft can make me a little anxious when it comes to actually giving it to someone! But this was worth the shot.
I don’t know if this can be called a “knock off” since I took a lot of liberties with it. I mostly took the idea as inspiration and ran with it. I skipped the burlap…I love the burlap look, but I think it is perhaps one of the worst materials to put on a couch. So uncomfy! I used muslin instead. I had a 12×16 pillow on hand, so I used that instead of a longer lumbar pillow. And to go with a softer fabric, I went with a softer font with more curves.
I had this brilliant idea: instead of buying a new rug for under the kitchen table (where My Girl will be spilling her food for the foreseeable future), I would revamp the one I have! Such a simple idea. Not such a simple project.
As you can see, the rug was looking ROUGH. (As are my floors – we’ll blame that on the dog.) But I’ve had it for over five years in a high traffic area, and I think it was like $60 when I bought it. So I didn’t have much to lose if the project was a total disaster.
My first brilliant idea was to use Fabric Spray Paint for Upholstery on the edges. (Apparently I don’t know how to use the focus button on my camera.)
So I taped up the rug, got my cardboard out, and went to town.
As you can see, that was a bust. The paint didn’t take at all. My dog was really disappointed in me.
So then I decided to paint the edges with fabric paint, which looks a lot like the puff paint my mom would use on my sweatsuits in elementary school. If it was good enough for me then, surely it would work for me now.
And it worked! I was so excited…
…until I peeled off the tape and saw the vague rectangle that my previous spray painting accidentally created. I could not stop laughing at this point. What a mess!
So then I thought I could paint the rectangle a solid color to make it not look like a total accident. Round 3: Paint the inner rectangle with fabric paint. If you have ever wondered if puff paint works on sisal, it doesn’t. Another total bust.
On to Round 4: Purchase real deal Luicile spray paint and spray paint the inner rectangle.
And this time it worked! The edges aren’t perfect, but I think the rug is worth keeping around. At least until My Girl can properly use utensils.