July 26, 2013
I recently worked on my first (amateur) refinish, so the timing felt perfect when Chronicle Books invited me to take part in their latest blog tour!
Barb Blair is the founder of Knack Studios and also a miracle-worker with furniture pieces that are past their prime. Her book, Furniture Makeovers, has over 26 techniques to transform old furniture and 30 examples of before-and-after makeovers with instructions on how to do it yourself.
If you’re interested in getting your hands on a free copy along with a tote back from Knack Studios, just leave a comment below! Giveaway closes next Saturday, August 3rd at midnight EST. Good luck!
Update: Congrats to Marty, comment #28 for winning the Furniture Makeovers book!
July 17, 2013
One of my July projects for Hellobee was this mini treehouse and peg doll set. I admit it may look a little on the sparse side, but I was going for simple so it can double as a display shadowbox when not in use. And my youngest son played with it non-stop for a few days (before moving on to a new set of Legos, naturally) but what can I say? My kids are used to playing with recycled items and whatever cardboard creations I throw their way, especially finding fun when adding in their own action figures, cars, and funny dialogue.
Full instructions can be found here!
July 7, 2013
Since it’s too late to greet you with a happy 4th, I’ll wish you a happy July instead! The celebratory month that sees the birth of our nation and incidentally, the founding of Chipotle as I’ve just learned today.
Below are some early previews of projects I completed this weekend. I love working on children’s crafts. There’s a lot of latitude in how cutesy a project can get as long as it’s intended for kids.
And after years and years of wanting to do something with this vintage sideboard that I literally found on the side of the road, I rescued it from its sad state by giving it a makeover. I didn’t think to take a before picture with the doors and drawers, but I think you can easily tell it needed a good dose of TLC. We’re really happy with it and I’ve received lots of compliments from the kids on my painting skills.
June 27, 2013
Only three weeks into summer break, and I’m already running out of activities for the kids. Help! We have some road trips planned for later this summer, but we’ve done nearly everything there is to do locally short of playing in the trees (saving that for my birthday!) and I’ve also exhausted anything of interest to the boys on my ‘potential activities to do with the kids’ Pinterest board.
A lazy day at home and bored (eg. messy and cranky) kids spurred me to think of an easy craft with a satisfying payout, because projects with a longer prep and clean-up time than the actual project itself are a complete buzz kill. Painting with the kids, for example, equals…panic attack!!! Or is that just me?
But paper! Yes. Cut into tidy geometric shapes with a paper cutter and paper punch. That is something I can handle while my toddler tears apart the kitchen (typically Tupperware, cooking utensils, and occassionally a bag of marshmallows because of big bro’s forgetfulness). Armed with glue sticks, glue dots, and these cute inspirational postcards that came with my latest Birchbox package, the boys set to work designing their own cities out of the shapes I prepared for them.
I find that my kids are more invested and engaged in their projects if they have an example to loosely follow and be inspired by.
I think their artwork turned out awesome. They must have thought so too because they’d stop and admire their work every so often.
And not at all related, but three necklaces, stickers down her arm AND pigtails warrants pictorial evidence. My heart explodes.
June 17, 2013