Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Crafty Gift

A friend of mine is pregnant and had her baby shower over the weekend. I tackled a gift that I have been wanting to do for a little girl for sometime. Actually, I was going to do it for my little girl, but alas it was always on the perpetual "back burner" so I decided I would finally complete it for a gift.

My friend and I recently went to a consignment sale and she purchased barrettes for her unborn daughter, so I was excited to make this gift for her.
I had most of the supplies because I had been collecting them for my daughter.

I started out by purchasing a pine framed mirror at the craft store and ribbons to match the nursery decor. I also got white paint for the mirror. Note: Paint primer on pine first. Otherwise you will have to do 6 coats of paint. Pine is a thirsty wood that drinks up paint. 

To paint the frame, I put painters tape over the mirror and lightly sanded the wood. I then put on a coat of Titanium White acrylic paint. (Side note: whenever I see or hear Titanium White paint I think of Bob Ross... the most zen painter in the world. If you are ever stressed out, watch an episode. And laugh with the happy trees.) Then that dried. Then I lightly sanded the frame. and then I put on another coat and another coat and another coat and another coat..... then I went back to the craft store and found a glossy shimmering white paint that I put three coats on the frame. This last paint was nice because it was glossy and I forgot to get a top coat to finish it off... whoops.
Then I wrote the name of the baby on the frame with a silver sharpie.

For the ribbons, I glued them on the back of the frame and sealed the ends with glue. I also looped the bottom of the green ribbons with velcro to attach headbands.

For the barrettes, I used curler clips and hot glued ribbons on them with different charms and decorations for various holidays. Warning.. either have fingers of steel or practice yelling expletives while gluing before attempting. Hee hee. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mental Floss

I am in need of some major mental floss... I feel as though I have a million ideas floating in my head and no energy or time to execute. I have been dreaming of a completely organized house lately. One where every toy has a nice organized place to go, not the gigantic pile that grows daily in our living room. Something that incorporates nice storage like this:

( I copied this from, I tried to find the original source to give credit but I couldn't find it)

A note about this: I don't want these colors, after all the room will also house the computer and tv that my husband will watch after the kids go to bed.

I also like this:

This picture is from : Marcy Penner

Do you see a theme here?  

And I want an organized kitchen. And an organized laundry/storage area. And I want the dishes to be done for more than 5 minutes. And the laundry to be done for more than 10 minutes. And I want to write and do crafts and cook and read and sleep...  Is that too much to ask for in a 24 hour day? I guess so.... maybe if I have another cup of coffee....