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Ella’s "Pink and Chinese" Room — Reveal

8 Dec
Ella has been asking for a room redo for her birthday since April. Her only stipulation was that it be “Pink and Chinese”, which presented me with a interesting design challenge.
Here is a before:

 And after:

The first thing I did was find some Asian looking fabric with women in Kimonos. I loved the colors and decided to play up the coral color {kind of pink…} in the fabric. Then I found a quilt that color and I had the paint mixed to match the quilt.
I knew the wall color was bright, so I didn’t want to overwhelm the room with too much color, so I balanced the bright coral color with a soft neutral tan.
I love wainscoting and thought it would be a fun spin on the traditional look of wainscoting to add sheet metal panels. So we cut panels of sheet metal and nailed it up. Then we put strips of wood between the panels to cover up the nail heads. I still need to caulk….

I have never loved the plain white ceiling fan that was in the room, so I found an inexpensive girly one at Ikea and changed that out. And last summer while visiting my sister in San Francisco, I went to China Town and found these paper umbrellas which we secured from the ceiling with wire.

Then I made some curtains and added a little visual interest with panels of material that match the pillows I made.

We had this playset in our basement, but it isn’t used much, so I decided to bring it up for her room. I think she will have a great time playing in it up here. I put a little white table and a chair for her to use as a desk inside, along with a little chalkboard.

I am still looking for a little rug that will bring out the colors in the room. And, I ordered some vinyl that is cherry blossoms with her name in an Asian font. So when I get that installed, I will show it to you. I think it’s going to be very cute!

Ella was so excited when she saw her room. She spent about an hour in there today just going around and looking at everything. She loves the magnetic panels and has already hung many pictures on it.

 
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Have a Wonderful Day!
XOXO

A litte project, a big winner, a room redo and a birthday girl!

7 Dec
Here’s a project that is floating around the blogosphere right now.
 
 I made this one up for our “Super Saturday” class last month. The kids love changing the date on the blocks every day. You can order a kit a few places, one I found is here. Or, if you are super skilled, you can make your own blocks. Also, countdown blocks would be great for most holidays and other events like birthdays or vacations. I may have to make another set that I can keep out all year long. I love this one:
I’m linking this up to Xazmin’s Mod Podge Mania and
Heidi’s Monthly Craft Challenge! Go over and see the fun projects!
And, the winner of The Pleated Poppy Giveaway is:  The Popes! Congratulations! And thanks to everyone for entering! Thanks to Lindsey for the great giveaway!!! And speaking of giveaways — I will be hosting a really exciting Christmas one tomorrow!
And I was able to take a break from the room re-do to meet one of my favorite bloggers yesterday! Connie from The Young and the Relentless. She is just adorable!!!
It’s Ella’s birthday and we got the “Pink & Chinese” room pretty much finished — woo hoo! {Let me tell you I wasn’t so sure it was going to be done last night at 1 AM.} She was so excited! I will post pictures tomorrow night! Happy birthday to my sweet sweet little girl.
 Thanks for stopping by!
XOXO

A litte project, a big winner, a room redo and a birthday girl!

7 Dec
Here’s a project that is floating around the blogosphere right now.
 
 I made this one up for our “Super Saturday” class last month. The kids love changing the date on the blocks every day. You can order a kit a few places, one I found is here. Or, if you are super skilled, you can make your own blocks. Also, countdown blocks would be great for most holidays and other events like birthdays or vacations. I may have to make another set that I can keep out all year long. I love this one:
I’m linking this up to Xazmin’s Mod Podge Mania and
Heidi’s Monthly Craft Challenge! Go over and see the fun projects!
And, the winner of The Pleated Poppy Giveaway is:  The Popes! Congratulations! And thanks to everyone for entering! Thanks to Lindsey for the great giveaway!!! And speaking of giveaways — I will be hosting a really exciting Christmas one tomorrow!
And I was able to take a break from the room re-do to meet one of my favorite bloggers yesterday! Connie from The Young and the Relentless. She is just adorable!!!
It’s Ella’s birthday and we got the “Pink & Chinese” room pretty much finished — woo hoo! {Let me tell you I wasn’t so sure it was going to be done last night at 1 AM.} She was so excited! I will post pictures tomorrow night! Happy birthday to my sweet sweet little girl.
 Thanks for stopping by!
XOXO

Friday Favorites!

4 Dec
How is it Friday already? 
Where did the week go?? 
My Christmas is still strewn all over my house. 
There are so many great ideas floating around the blogosphere right now! Here are some that caught my eye this week:
 
Are you still trying to come up with an advent calendar idea? Wenderful made a cute and quirky paper bag one that makes me smile.
 
And Amber’s Pottery Barn knock-off calendar is stunning. And I loved her post — Pretty with a Purpose.
Jen at Lipstick and Laundry has a fabulous typewriter key tutorial. This is on my to-do list for sure.
And I found something that would go perfectly with my burlap trees!
 
These will look so cute with mine. I bought some styrofoam cones today in fact so I can add them to my little forest. Find out how to make them at Red Writing!
And this is my new necklace. I love it — can you see what it says?
Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake!
With a little cupcake on it too!
 
And this is just amazing. Check out Project 320. On December 14th bloggers from all over the world are going to join together to raise money to build a well. Go check it out  — Wonderful!
And this is going to be my favorite thing — if I can get it finished.
Ella’s room re-do. 
That is what I’ve been working on tonight and will be through Saturday.
I can’t wait to show it to her — and to you!
Have a Happy Friday!
XOXO

Friday Favorites!

4 Dec
How is it Friday already? 
Where did the week go?? 
My Christmas is still strewn all over my house. 
There are so many great ideas floating around the blogosphere right now! Here are some that caught my eye this week:
 
Are you still trying to come up with an advent calendar idea? Wenderful made a cute and quirky paper bag one that makes me smile.
 
And Amber’s Pottery Barn knock-off calendar is stunning. And I loved her post — Pretty with a Purpose.
Jen at Lipstick and Laundry has a fabulous typewriter key tutorial. This is on my to-do list for sure.
And I found something that would go perfectly with my burlap trees!
 
These will look so cute with mine. I bought some styrofoam cones today in fact so I can add them to my little forest. Find out how to make them at Red Writing!
And this is my new necklace. I love it — can you see what it says?
Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake!
With a little cupcake on it too!
 
And this is just amazing. Check out Project 320. On December 14th bloggers from all over the world are going to join together to raise money to build a well. Go check it out  — Wonderful!
And this is going to be my favorite thing — if I can get it finished.
Ella’s room re-do. 
That is what I’ve been working on tonight and will be through Saturday.
I can’t wait to show it to her — and to you!
Have a Happy Friday!
XOXO

Sweater Redo #2 and update on "pink and Chinese" bedroom

3 Dec
 
Here’s a fast and simple redo to update a top or sweater. I really liked this sweater, but it was a little boxy and I really prefer cardigans. So it sat in my closet, only worn a couple of times.
This is a 30 minute project. Here’s what you do:
  • Take your sweater, find the center. Cut a straight line down the center.
  • My top was a little wide, so I cut out a 2 inch section of fabric from the center. 
  • Take your seam tape (available in many colors from your fabric store), cut two sections of tape a little longer than the length of each sweater side.
  • Lay the tape over one of the side, folding it in half with the sweater seam in between and the sides of the seam tape matching up. Pin it in place.
  • Fold the ends of the seam tape under on the top and bottom of the sweater seam.
  • Sew it together. and do the same thing with the other side of the sweater. 
  • Hand sew the clasps on the inside of the sweater opening.
  • I took the leftover material, cut it into small lengths and joined it with ribbon to make a little flower embellishment.
 
  • Now go enjoy your new sweater!
And — it’s T-minus 3 days until Ella’s birthday and deadline for the “Pink and Chinese” bedroom. Have I painted the room yet — no, made the pillows or curtains — no. Do you think I need to get a move on??? I think I’m starting to panic!!!

Have a great day!
And, if you haven’t checked out the Pleated Poppy Giveaway I’m hosting – click HERE — it ends on Friday!
XOXO