Before we got pregnant we knew we wanted a blue nursery with clouds, it was set in stone. Planes for boys, hot air balloons for girls – Done! So that part was easy setting it up was the hard part – considering the planes and balloons we liked we saw in New Orleans…
We had a lot of work to do to make it meet our vision, but we both are pretty happy with the end result, Paddy hasn’t really told us yet if he likes it! But all the other little people in our lives seem to think that he does!
We painted the room ourselves and CJ’s mum painted the clouds – you can see how she did that here
Paddy grown so much he has started this week sleeping in his cot in his room! He no longer fits in the bassinet in our room, he is 8 weeks old so I had a good run (I did contemplate moving his cot into our room.) But Paddy loves his room so much he sleeps better in there, so there he will stay ;-(
Our cot, drawers and cubes are from IKEA
Our plane and hot air balloon are AUTHENTIC MODELS HERE
Map, cloud cushion, cloud light and aqua baskets are KMART
Since moving into our new house, there has been a couple of things that we have wanted to do. But as most people we don’t have endless money but also CJ and I have very different tastes, which makes agreeing on stuff very time consuming! So we decided to have a wall off! Cam gets one wall and I get one wall to style and buy things for, in a budget. More about our “wall off” later but today I’m going to show you how I painted and updated this wooden buffet I bought from EBay. I paid $200 which CJ thought was excessive but once we picked it up he agreed it was a pretty good price for the size and quality of the piece!
So first step was I to pull it apart. The drawers and doors came off. The drawer pulls also came off so I could paint easily around them. We left the hinges on because they were brass coloured and so I sprayed with black with the paint/primer.
Next we needed to sand it back – we had brought a primer and paint in one. But the buffet still needed a light sand so we sanded it back with 80 grit sand paper by hand. The top of the buffet was only going to be varnished not primed and painted so for that I got out the electric sander with 80 grit sand paper and sanded it back until no shine was left – it took a couple of goes but otherwise the stain would never of took.
I then used the spray paint/primer to spray the sides and the front of the buffet ready for the turquoise paint. I used Rustoleum Ultra Cover Paint and Primer in black and used 2 cans for the whole project. (at this stage I was contemplating leaving it black, I really liked it, but thought it would blend int the wall too much)
I mixed 1 tablespoon of plaster of paris with 1 tablespoon of water to make a paste. make sure its smooth before you add the paint.
Next I added about 1/2 cup of paint (I used Dulux Riveria Sea) mix well – it makes the paint a lighter shade so just be aware.
Next I finished painting the buffet – but I left the top with out any paint or primer!
Allow to dry!
Stir the stain for the top – I used a brush to apply and did two coats – making sure all brush strokes were going with the wood grain. The instructions on the the tin said to leave for 5 mins, but I left it on a lot longer – like 4 hours. I think this is because I didn’t sand the top back enough! Once the top stain was set to touch I sealed with a clear sealant.
Cam then helped me re-assemble it and screw the door back on etc and move into the front lounge room! I am still deciding on if I will sand back parts of the buffet to let the undercoat come through – what do you think? The wall behind is still a work in progress, I need to update our photos with some new ones and add some things to the top of the buffet to dress it more but so far I am really happy with how the buffet turned out!
Part 3 of how I made this wedding dress – the lace overlay.
The lace overlay was probably the hardest part of the dress and definitely the part I dreaded the most! The thought of cutting in expensive lace and possibly making a mistake really got my heart pumping! But I managed (and sewed grandma slow!) and I think it was worth the effort! The lace fabric that Jess settled on, came from New Zealand! We searched high and low, but we didn’t find anything that we liked and was in our price range! But Grace and Lace had all the answers!
First of all, bust out the good scissors (this is what you have been saving them for) or at the very least get yours sharpened! If you are really nervous I suggest buying some very cheap curtain lace that is a similar width to your lace to practice cutting out so that you know if you have bought enough. Or which way to cut it out. Jess wanted lace with a scolloped border, which is understandable because it looks AMAZING! But that means that your cutting out needs to be perfect! For this dress we put the scollop around the neck and back and around the hem line to get the best look. The only problem with this was – this pattern connected two pieces of fabric to create the neckline – so I had to create new pattern piece for the the bodice to get the full affect of the scollop.
1. Using your original toile pattern pieces for the bust – roughly sew them back together so you can make a new pattern piece for the the lace. This is the only new pattern piece you will need to create. I laid out a large piece of paper, and put the toile bodice piece down, you want the straight edge of the paper in line with the neck line – this is how you will get the scollop edge to be neckline. Trace along the bottom of the bodice – move the toile neckline along the straight line. Trace where the toile ends – you will have a large pattern piece, to make this fit you will need to put a dart under the arms, but it is worth the trouble to get the scollop to become the neckline.
2. Roll out lace and start placing the pattern pieces down. I did each piece separately, but on my toile I took the time to label every piece which side was the right side and which was the edge we wanted the scollop on. Once every piece was pinned down, I cut each one out and left them attached to the toile pieces so I didn’t need to label the lace.
3. At this point you will need to change the needle on your machine to make sure that it is for fine fabrics such as lace, you will also need to use a scrap of lace and practice sewing on it. You may need to change the tension so you get a nice smooth stitch. You can see the massive difference changing the tension can make.
4. Sew together the skirt pieces first. I recommend sewing this with french seams – this means sewing your fabric with the WRONG sides together (opposite of the normal way) and then trimming the seams and folding them back so the the seam is enclosed in a seam and is neat. It is a good idea to do this with a fine lace because overlocking would be very obvious and it gives the seams extra strength and looks finished! Pin together the pieces starting at the bottom making sure that the scollop edges match up. Leave the side open – on the same side as the zip.
5. Start the bodice – start by putting the bodice on yourself (Pin at top of the shoulder) pin in a dart so that the scollop forms the neckline. Pin in darts on both sides – sew them. Try on again and make sure you are happy with the scollop placement and if you are – trim away excess fabric from the back of the dart.
5. Attach the bodice front with the back under the arm and at the shoulders. Leave one side open to get on and off.
6. Using the french seam method attach the bodice to the skirt – leaving on side open.
7. Roll the arm holes in onto themselves and hand or machine sew down. Alternatively you could make very thin bias binding from the satin and bind around the arm holes.
8. Place the nearly finished lace over the finished satin dress – mark where is zip ends with a pin on the lace. Sew using french seams the open side seam – up to the mark of the zip.
9. To get in and out of the lace dress I used clear plastic press studs hand sewn up the sides. I thought a zip would of been way too obvious. By hand I sewed 5 press studs up the opening.
10. Try on both dresses! Finally I marked by hand where I wanted more press studs to go. I put them on the shoulders so the lace wouldn’t slip off, at the back of the open back so to didn’t move, the neck line and lastly under the bodice so it would sit tightly on Jess’s rib cage so the lace didn’t just hang.
11. Once that hand sewing was complete the last thing was to do was make 2 small cuts in the lace at the centre back seam. This was so that the button and loop would poke through and the lace could also be hooked up at the back.
12. COMPLETE! Congratulations you have made your own wedding dress!!!!!!!
3. Bunny Money! Cute, easy and suits pretty much everyone! The clever people at crafty journal have you covered!
4. Bunny tails! A cute jar full of fairy floss with a free printable label! Cute! Thank you lilluna
5. This cute library bag is a multi functional drawstring bag for all your needs, pop some books in it and your ready to go! Check it out on Etsy
6. The perfect gift for every little person you have ever met! Who doesn’t love dinosaur tails! Check it out at Two Little Feet’s made it store
7. How about this adorable bunny! It’s a DIY, so you will be able to personalise it to suit anyone! You can check out the template here the lovely people at eab designs have it all sorted for you!
8. Another great idea, especially if someone can’t enjoy chocolate because of allergies. These cute ideas, will keep everyone on a sugar high! Check these out here
9. The hungry bunny! Cute and practical, after Easter it is still useful! Full pattern and tutorial here
10. This awesome idea could be done to any bottles! An easy idea that would suit everyone and every drink! From chocolate milk to beer! Check them out here
I hope you have enjoyed my non-chocolate Easter presents! A little more exciting than scarves! These pictures and ideas are from the listed web sites, but they are on my list because I think they are awesome! >
How annoying is it when you starting sewing, you come to a point where you have to iron, so you have to go down stairs to iron then back upstairs to sew. The down, up, down, up all day long! My craft room is too small to move the iron board up when I’m sewing. So I made myself a ironing board, it fits nicely on top of my washing machine so perfect for the quick ironing job without lugging out the big ironing board! WIN WIN and perfect for sewing days, it can sit on the floor or on the ground.
What you will need for my DIY iron board
Piece of wood or chipboard cut to your desired size
Wadding, scrap pieces are fine as long as they cover the wood.
Think woven fabric eg drill
Spray glue/ glue gun
1. Cut wadding to size of wood, plus approx an inch over each size, to fold over the edge. Depending on how thick you would like the ironing board. I used two layers. If using scraps just make sure that the wadding is nice and even.
2. Glue wadding to the board.
3. Once glue is dry and wadding is stuck, lay fabric out flat. Facing down.
4. Place the wood, wadding side down onto fabric.
5. Fold fabric up onto wood, turning raw edges under. Staple one side.
6. Repeat to following sides, making sure that the fabric taught. On adjacent sides, turn the fabric in creating a triangle edge.
7. Fold edges under to create neat appearance on the back, and so the board sits flat.
8. Done! Enjoy not having to get the big iron board out every day!
So as most of you already know, I made my sister in-law to be’s wedding dress. You can read about that here http://monaandolive.com/2013/09/30/tips-for-a-homemade-wedding-dress/ however, I thought it would also be nice for Jess to have her own garment bag (like you get when you buy a dress). But different! And you really shouldn’t store your wedding dress in a plastic type garment bag as it doesn’t let you dress breathe properly, which is especially bad for long term storage. So here is how I made a personalised wedding dress garment bag for the bride. But don’t stop there you could make one for the whole bridal party or your niece who is a dancer or actor! I chose to write “Mrs Tracey” on to Jess’s but after once I had finished I also thought “Happily every after” would of also been cool!
here is what you need,
1.5 – 2 metres of cotton fabric, at least 112 cm wide. (Depends on length of dress, I used 1.5 meters, but dress wasn’t pouffy)
a long zip, mine is 61 cm /24inch.
Approx. 20 cms iron on interfacing, (I didn’t have iron-on on hand, but it would of been easier!)
Approx. 20 cms of contrasting fabric (I used wedding dress scraps)
Decoration (I used scrap lace, also from the dress)
Puffy paint (see bottom of post)
1. Wash and iron your bag fabric.
2. I wrote free hand onto the interfacing, but you could print off what you want to say and cut it out and pin that on. Write or pin onto the shiny side of your interfacing. Cut out the interfacing.
3. If you were smart (smarter than me!) and used iron on, iron your word onto the back of you fabric, shiny side down. If you didn’t use iron on, pin down each letter written on side down on to the back of the fabric. Cut each letter out.
4. Lay out your bag fabric with selvedges meeting down the middle. This is the way your bag will go. lay your coat hanger on top of the bag, where it will sit. Use the side to mark approx. where you want the words to start, I marked 40 cm from the top of the fabric.
5. Turn fabric over and place flat. Position words and decorations on, move around until you are happy and start pinning down. Pin down only what you are immediately sewing down.
6. Start to applique onto your fabric, once complete, lay flat again and pin on the next section. Continue until complete!
7. Turn back to form bag, with applique on the back. Pin in the zip, down the salvaged edge. Pin zip in as wanted, I pinned mine on the outside of the bag, for an exposed zip and because it was easier!
8. Sew zip in. Tie off threads and cut off.
9. Turn bag inside out with the zip down one side, sew the rest of that side together, from the end of the zip to the bottom of the bag. Unzip the zip!
10. While still inside out, sew together the bottom of the bag. (Check your zipper is down)
11. Sew together the top of the bag, from one side to the middle, stop 1 cm short of middle, reverse. Do the same in on the other side of the top of the bag, stopping 1 cm short and reverse stitch. This hole is for your coat hanger!
12. Finish the coat hanger hole by either turning out the sides and sewing them down or by sewing bias-binding around the hole.
13. Turn bag through to the right side (this is why your zipper needed to be unzipped 😉 ) and iron.
14. Put your wedding dress in!
15. Wear on your wedding day and live happily ever after with your prince charming!!!
If this all applique seems too hard, you could also use puffy paints to customise your garment bag! I used a darker colour of the bridesmaids dresses to keep in the theme of the wedding but allow the writing to stand out!
If you love this idea, but can’t sew, message me and I can make one for you through my etsy store! xxx
If you’re interested here is the dress that I made for the bride! – http://wp.me/p3WXOW-4k
Finally I can reveal the Wedding Dress that I made for my new Sister In Law! As you can see Jess made a stunning bride. It was a very special way of being part of the wedding! Very soon I will share with you how I made the dress – now that the dress is out of the bag 😉 Hope you all had a lovely weekend – I sure did! xx
If you would like to see how I made this dress, check it out here –
I have been busy trying to tidy and organise my study/sewing room/dumping ground/office. And since I have been busy sewing and going to markets and stocking my shop. (which you can visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/monaandolive) It has taken me a while to work on. But I have finally finished working on my new spool holder! First I didn’t want to spend any money, so I had use what I had laying around in the garage. So I found a piece of laminated board and got started. I chose blue and red, not to be patriotic but because I had to use spray paint for the laminate and thought mixed together it would be purple, not some other hideous combination!
So – here is what I used, 2 cans of spray paint, laminate board and masking tape, (This was to paint) and long nails and a hammer.
To make it into a spool holder, I also brought a packet of long nails.
1. First off I cleaned the board, as it had been in the garage for a long time, but also before I painted so the paint stuck to the board.
2. And the decided on a design, I chose chevron but afterward thought that a saying or quote would also be effective. I taped the chevron pattern onto the board.
3. Once the board was taped off, I went outside to paint. I put down newspaper and the board. I chose a still day as I didn’t want to paint anything and everything. One of my friends paints in an old giant box her fridge came in, which I think is the best idea ever!
4. I painted in long strokes to create a mixed affect. Using blue and red paint so where the colours mixed it made purpleish colour. Allowing to dry for about 4 hours I then carefully moved it inside, so over night it didn’t get possum foot prints all over! Then allowed it completely dry about 24 hours.
5. I took off, the tape and realised it probably would of been better to measure my chevron design. But I decided to live with it as once I added the spools of cotton it wouldn’t be overly noticeable!
6. I then nailed in the long nails. I nailed then as far as they would go to make sure they could take the weight of the cotton spools. I started doing this in my study/craft room but because it is upstairs in out house the floor was too bouncy so the nails would start to come out when I started to nail in the nail next to it. But once I went downstairs the went in very easy. I nailed them in close together up the top, and the further apart down the bottom for my overlocking thread.
A couple of years ago I got married, YAY! and I wanted to make my own wedding dress. I looked around and couldn’t find the exact pattern that I wanted, so I knew I would have to make the pattern and the dress…. A little daunting! And then a good friend told me how her grandma had made her own dress and hadn’t finished it so she wore it down the aisle with pins in it! This story I knew was going to be me! So I by a stroke of luck found a very similar dress I wanted in a store closing down in Melbourne after they had been on Project Runway Australia! So I bagged a eBay bargain and altered it to become my dream dress
However I always was a little miffed i didn’t get to make my own dress – however my time has come! Kind of… My brother is getting married and the always amazing JESS has let me make her dress! So this is my guide to making your own wedding dress at home. Even if your aren’t a pro, which I am definitely not!
1. Find a pattern that is close to what you want. You may need to use your imagination on how it will look in the white lace number you are wanting, I used a very attractive McCalls bridesmaids pattern from the the 90’s, and both the bride and I are pretty happy with the results. I brought the pattern off eBay in a bulk pack of a nice older lady Ethel who couldn’t sew anymore. I got 20+ patterns for $15 and Ethel the dear sent her husband round to hand deliver the goods on the same day! Talk about service, I even got a postage refund!
2. Make yourself a toile. A practice run out of cheap fabric, if you are really on a strict budget you could even make it out of your lining. Cut it out, sew it up (no overlocking), try it on. Make alterations until it is your dream dress and them unpick it and use that as your pattern when you are cutting out your expensive fabric. It will take your blood pressure down a bit when you know for sure it is going to fit! Traditionally the toile would be make out of calico or 100% cotton but I made mine out of poly cotton as it was cheaper and that was the reason we were doing this! My mum came up with a great idea afterwards, a bed sheet would work well and be cheap! THIS BY FAR WAS THE BEST THING THAT I DID – DONT SKIP THIS STEP!
3. Be realistic – don’t think you are going to make a dress in a weekend! You will snap a needle or run out of thread or a million other things, give yourself heaps and heaps of time. It has taken me about 4 weekends of about 10 hours sewing from start to finish. You don’t want to be my friends grandma!
4. Buy yourself new machine needles and change them before start sewing so you know they are sharp! Not sure which ones would be best? Check this out first – http://www.feathersflights.com/2012/09/sewing-101-sewing-machine-needles.html
5. Buy yourself new pins so you don’t accidentally create a run in the $50m satin or worse silk!
6. Take off your engagement ring if you are using delicate fabric and/or lace. We don’t want you to become distracted by the amazing rock and dreaming about how much better it will look with your wedding ring BUT also you really don’t want it to snag the fabric or lace, trust me I know the horror!
7. Practice on the fabric before hand. My tension wasn’t right for lace and it looked terrible, I little turn of the dial and it looked pro! Its worth reading your book or googling it! Mine went from a 2 to a 1 and it made all the difference. (I have a Janome.)
8. Learn and practice french seams! A french seam is when you sew you fabric wrong sides together, then trim the fabric seam and turn it again and sew so that the seams are on the inside, but incased. A great technique if you are using sheer fabrics and don’t want a nice bulky overlocked seam running down the middle of your gown. It looks great but also makes to more durable and doesn’t rub on the person wearing it – so very popular with babies clothes. My mum made her wedding dress back in the 1960’s and used french seams on the whole gown, no overlocker in sight. Even now that dress is still looking like it has another 40 years left in it and mama can still fit into it!
9. Buy your thread and then fill up at least two bobbins – you do not want to run out and not realise. Then have to unthread your machine to fill a bobbin! A nightmare – be a girl scout and be prepared!!!
10. Go crazy and use the good scissors – the sharper the better. If you have to get them sharpened than do that – this is your dream dress and deserved to be treated with respect.
11. Try it on and then try it on and try it on again. If I have Jess with me everyday I think she would be trying it on every half an hour – better to try it on too many times and it fits. Than think you don’t have time, sew it together and it doesn’t fit so you have to make besties with you unpicker. Or if your lucky enough use a dress model, if your trying to keep costs down – you can make one like here – http://personalizedfashion.blogspot.se/2010/02/how-to-make-your-own-dress-form.html?m=1
12. Clear out the sewing room/office/laundry/garage where ever you sew. Don’t take on any other jobs like hemming you husbands jeans. I don’t care that you have had them for 3 months – you have worn them un-hemmed for that long one more weekend won’t kill you! Have full concentration on the dress, changing tension and thread and foot etc is unnecessary things that you could forget to change back!
13. Enjoy it! It is suppose to be fun, don’t stress, people will think that you are beautiful even if you turn up in a brown paper bag with a safety pinned hem! Just give yourself a cut off – mine is 4 weeks before the wedding to have it finished by. That way you can finish it and enjoy everything else without constantly feeling guilty for not hemming this or unpicking that!
14. Keep your scraps! Wedding dress fabric scraps make awesome christening gowns or ring pillows.
15. Ask for help! Don’t think that you have to come up with all the answers. I have asked all the girls I work with and my mum heaps of questions of what they would do when this or that happens. Even if they aren’t big sewers a different approach is sometimes all you need. When in doubt google it!
16. BONUS ADVICE – when your finished put it away. You don’t want to be staring at it for the following weeks and either get sick of the sight of it or find all the faults in it. You did the best you could and you will look amazing on the day – trust me! Every bride does. Or make yourself a garment bag to store it in (plastic ones aren’t great for long term storage as the fabric doesn’t breathe) out of sight out of mind! Here is one that I made for Jess if your interested in making your own http://wp.me/p3WXOW-44
Keep on the look out for the dress – coming after the big day on the 26 October! Wish us luck now I have to make my own dress! Good Luck if you are making your own dress – let me know how it goes!
Check out how I made the dress here – http://wp.me/p3WXOW-5M
For some time I have been working on this picture for our bedroom wall. I found this picture on Pinterest, and thought I could do this!
I found it here, http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vCVPHSeIXDA/T5FqSkh6LvI/AAAAAAAAIJQ/AIBKQyP3ZLg/s1600/life.jpg but I couldn’t find any more details.
So I wanted to make my our for our bedroom, originally for valentines day but as time got away its now a late anniversary present to us!
I found this link on Pinterest, on how to transfer type onto something to paint the same font. And as I’m an amateur at this kind of thing I need as much help as I could get!
At Homespun Happenings, she uses a charcoal pencil which I didn’t have so I used white chalk which I though worked just as well!
Ok so what you need is a canvas, a saying printed in the font you want to copy, paint, a teeny tiny paint brush, chalk, and a lead pencil.
So I first printed off my saying because I wanted it to look fairly similar to the one I found on Pinterest but I change the colours to suit our room. I also would recommend using chunky types of fonts if this is your first attempt as this was mine. Cut it out and lay onto your canvas as you want, I used different fonts and different sizes and I think the mix looks pretty good!
Have your canvas painted and dry in your choice of background colours. When you are happy with you placement of words, start to transfer them onto the canvas. I did this one at a time. First I covered the back of the word with white chalk, as much as you can first time until you can work out how much you need to see the outline.
When the print is where you want the words to be you carefully trace the outline of the letter with a lead pencil, with pressure, but not too much that you pierce the canvas. Once one line was traced I then painted it, I didn’t want the chalk to rub off which it does quite easily. So work in small sections and its easier!
(Yes I work on my sewing room floor on carpet with paint, yes I know I’m naughty! Haha)
I stopped and started to make sure that each line was dry before I started so I didn’t smudge any wet paint. This worked well with the paint but this is also why it took me a couple of months to finish!
But overall this way of transferring type was pretty easy and effective! I think to make it even easier you could use either a paint pen like a sharpie or a chalk pen, which would make much cleaner lines than the painting.
Hope this makes it easier for you guys to make your own word art? I was thinking of making a couple for my nephews for their bedrooms with Dr Seuss quotes!
Any questions please ask!