2/28/11

Playroom Part 4: Silhouettes

 I have been wanting to make silhouettes of my girls.

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Found here. You know this room!
And silhouettes seem to go perfectly with my new playroom design scheme. Black and white. Fabulous!


Now I know people have been making silhouettes forever. But whenever I googled the process, it  involved using photoshop (which I do not have).  And how do you get a 16 month old to hold-still long enough to make it the 'old fashioned' way???


Found here

So I just decided to do it the way it made sense to me. There are probably more efficient ways. But this worked for us. Here is what you will need:
-camera
-computer
-black card stock
-a pencil

 I had my girls sit still (turn on the tv to help!) and took a photo of their profile. Having a window or light source behind them seemed to help illuminate their little faces.


Then I inserted the photos into a Word document and made each picture big enough to fill an 8.5 x11 document.


Next I printed out the enlarged photos.
Then cut out each face.

And then I traced them on black card stock and cut those out.


To show off them off, I decided to place them on a newspaper covered background, like the pic above from Jones Design Company. So I used mod podge to adhere the newsprint to a piece of cardboard. And then I used mod podge again to attach the silhouettes.


And here is the finished framed project! But now I am thinking they may need bows.


There we go! Now they are finished!



Are you ready to see the finished room?  Promise I will show you on Wednesday.

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2/26/11

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Spring is on the way-- time to order bows, headbands, and tutus!






I am busy making lots of new things. And the best part is, you can get some pretty accessories for free.



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2/25/11

Playroom Part 3:Painted Wallpaper

Once I had the newsprint dress and lamp done, I looked around my playroom and wondered, "What next?" Then I saw this amazing room at Jones Design Company.



 Are you in awe? Me too? Tan, black and white. Feminine, but not too girly. How could I incorporate this into my Ballard inspiration?

The walls, it's got to be the painted wallpaper.


And I wondered, could I do painted wallpaper? Well, I looked again at my playroom and decided that one wall "might" be do-able.  Look at the wall where the tv sits...


I knew my hubby would probably think I was crazy, so as you know, I waited until he went out of town. And I spent 7 hours working on the wall. If you don't like to sit still at night, this is the project for you!


First you hand draw (using the pattern I found here) all over your walls. You should probably use a level or measure or at least start at the top of the walls and work down. I did none of this. Like I mentioned before- nap time doesn't last long and I do have to sleep at night! Then use a thin paint brush and hope your hand is steady.



It is a lot of work, but it is turns out beautiful. And I didn't even get anywhere near "Jones Desgin Company" standards. But I love it- imperfections and all! Adds so much visual interest to the room.



And the best part about painted wallpaper is, to 'remove it',  just paint over it!
But I will not be doing that anytime soon. Right now I'm kinda proud of myself for being so risky:)

2/23/11

Playroom Part 2: "Ballard Knock-off" Newsprint Dress

Now the pillows are done- feeling really motivated. So on to the walls. First, the art work.

Here is what I have on my walls.

Here is what I want to make.
Ballard Catalog
Supplies needed:
-mod podge, paint brush
-newspaper
-poster board
-bit of cardstock and fabric

Now the way I did it, was just to eye-ball the dress and start cutting out pieces of newspaper. It might be helpful to sketch the dress first, but I didn't want to take the time. (Nap time doesn't last forever.) I laid everything out and then when I was happy with how it looked, I stuck it to the poster board using mod podge.

Then I decided I needed another, coordinating piece of art. So I decided to do a cute, curvy lamp.
Notice that a bit of the 'check-fabric' I used on the pillows ended up on the dress and the lamp?





Fun, and so inexpensive to make!

2/21/11

"Ballard Inspired" Playroom Part 1: Pillows

While browsing through the Ballard catalog last month, I spied this...


And it got me thinking about my playroom upstairs.

Like the mess? I decided to show you the room in it's worst state!

Even though it is a room "just for the girls to play in", I do spend a lot of time there. So why not make it a space that I enjoy looking at?



I wanted the decor of the room to be inviting and coordinate with the color scheme downstairs. And when I saw this Ballard room, I knew it was the inspiration I had been looking for. Black, white, tan. And this dress- so feminine- perfect for our girls' playroom.


So where to start first?

Pillows. These pillows came with the couch. Probably not a good sign. But they are perfect for recovering. I looked again at the Ballard picture- patchwork, black and white.


So off to JoAnn's. I sewed the fabric together using a zig-zag stitch. (My favorite stitch.)



 The backs are different than the fronts...
 Before and After. 

And then I found this cute bird pillow at Home Goods- only $20!


Next up, the walls. Stay tuned :)


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