Friday, October 3, 2008

alphabet hunting

I've seen more and more of these alphabet art companies popping up during the past year. I first saw the idea featured on Martha Stewart with the company Sticks and Stones. I'd love to start looking for letters in everyday life - especially with my little girl.

canvas rug

This project from Martha Stewart looks fun. I'm wondering how easy it is to clean?? I'd love to try it under where my little girl eats in the kitchen.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

trick or treat jar

Now that it's October, maybe I can feel a little less guilty about the hundred of candy corns I consume every day. I just can't stop. I'm hoping this candy jar I made will encourage me to just leave them in the jar. It looks so much prettier filled with candy. Sadly, the reality is I'll probably restock it several times in the next 30 days. Oh well, Halloween only comes once a year.

Glass Jar
Black Vinyl
Transfer Tape
Silhouette Cutting Machine
Spiderweb Shape (Mine is available to download for Silhouette from QuicKutz)
Font (I used Old English)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

removable wallpaper

Speaking of decorating a wall, I first heard about removable wallpaper several months ago. It seemed to be the perfect solution. You could decorate a wall or room in a fun texture or pattern but not feel overwhelmed that it would be nearly impossible to ever take it down. I spent some time going through books online but didn't find any patterns I absolutely loved. A product development discussion for work brought the topic up again (thanks, Laura!) and I was inspired to search again through available patterns online. There are a definitely a few I'd like to try. It's not cheap, but I think a little would go a long way.

decorative panel

I want to try this home decor technique. I think it's a great way to add pattern, color and/or texture without too much commitment. While I love some of the trendy designs and patterns available right now, I'm not ready for it to be permanently plastered to my wall.

I think there are several materials you could use to accomplish this technique - wallpaper, fabric, patterned paper....I'm not sure what I'll try first, but I'll let you know how it turns out. (I've heard Trupan Ultralight is the perfect backer for these panels - has anyone used it or know where to buy it?)

*Image from Country Home Magazine

Monday, September 29, 2008

a kid's workspace

With my work, I spend a lot of time sitting at my desk. I created this workspace for my little girl so she could sit next to me and have a space of her own. She looks so cute "working" - sometimes only in a diaper! The board is a wood frame with a sheet of metal in the center that I purchased at the craft store. I cut strips of patterned paper and modge podged them to the frame. The board works great for hanging pictures or letting her play with magnetic shapes and letters.

monogram vase

This monogram vase was easy and inexpensive. Simply use a cut out design from vinyl (I used my Silhouette) and adhere to the glass vase. Brush on glass etching cream and then wash off with water. Finally, remove the vinyl. You can create any design or style for the monogram. Perfect to decorate your home or give as a gift!