Thursday, February 28, 2013

Recent Projects

Here are a couple things I've been working on this week:

A custom frame inspired by Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham

A custom quatrefoil frame for a yellow & gray nursery

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My Little Man's Big Boy Room Reveal

I recently posted a sneak peek of my little man's big boy room.  Well, now I'm ready to reveal the whole room.  My little guy is just over a year old but he just seemed too old for his owl themed nursery and since he's already exhibited a love of all things "wheeled," I decided to go with a transportation theme for his big boy room.  "All aboard" the room tour!

First Stop: Book Wall

I bought three inexpensive picture ledges from Ikea and used them as book shelves.  I love that you can see the artwork on the covers of the books and that, as Little Man grows, he'll be able to select books much easier than if they were stored on a traditional bookshelf.  I snagged the Route 66, oil can, and stop sign at Hobby Lobby when they were 50% off.  Have I mentioned that I love a great deal?!  To finish off the book wall I bought the custom road sign on Etsy for less than $15 shipped!

Speaking of great deals, I bought these Pottery Barn "vroom" letters from another mom on a local moms' buy/sell/trade site for $8.  They're hanging over the closet door.

Next Stop: Art Series
If you read my blog or check out my Etsy shop, it's no secret that I love chevron.  It's a great print to use in a little boy's room.  So many prints come off very feminine but chevron is completely neutral.  My DIY wall art prints showcase the navy and lime color scheme for the room.

I bought these inexpensive white frames at Michael's.  I cut the transportation themed images using my Cricut machine and I used chevron fabric as the background.  This was such a simple project but I think it has the most impact in the room.  There is a series of seven prints in the room.  See the rest below.  I think the dump truck is my favorite.  I wonder which one will be Little Man's favorite? 

In my Etsy shop, I specialize in custom personalized frames so Little Man's room had to have one!  I love this train print paper.

Here are a couple more of the prints in the series.  Below the prints hangs a custom shelf my nephew made in shop class for my little man.  Isn't that sweet and crafty?!  I picked up the hood ornament clock at the Hobby Lobby 50% sale and my MIL bought the name train for Little Man before he was born.

I recovered these wall letters from Little Man's nursery in blue stripe, train print, and lime stripe papers to coordinate with the new room.

This corner shelf was also already in Little Man's nusery.  I just added a couple of airplanes and now it's at home in the new room.  I bought this shelf at a local thrift store for $10.

The final two wall prints.  I'm not sure if it's clear in the picture but the bottom one is a bike.  The lamp on the table is an upcycled lamp I picked up second hand.  Check out my previous post for before & after pics (

My parents bought this adorable gas pump piggy bank for Little Man.  Hopefully, he's a saver, not a spender!!

Next Stop: Mama & Daddy Bear Chair
I made a new cover for the throw pillow using the same navy chevron fabric that I used for the wall prints.

Final Stop: Baby Bear's Chair
I made a matching pillow for Little Man's little chair.  He loves this little pillow!
I hope you enjoyed the tour of my Little Man's new big boy transportation themed room.  I spent less than $100 on this redesign!

Friday, February 15, 2013

New This Week

I love working on custom frames and especially frames for children.  This week I had the opportunity to work on a few baby shower gifts and I had a great time!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Sneak Peek: Big Boy Room

My little man is 13 months old and I know that doesn't sound like a "big boy" but he just seems like he's outgrown his owl themed nursery.  He has also begun to demonstrate a strong affinity for cars, trucks, and "all things wheeled."  The shift coupled with my love for redecorating means Little Man is getting a big boy transportation themed room.  I will unveil the entire room soon but I wanted to give you a sneak peek of one of my favorite projects in the room. 

I bought this airplane lamp on a local moms' buy/sell/trade Facebook page.  I love the airplane shape but I wasn't a big fan of the colors (the new room is lime and navy) and I was not in love with the tappered shade.  Also, I want Little Man's new room to be one that grow with him (even though I'm sure I'll get the itch to redecorate it in a couple years) and one with a modern flare.  So, with a new drum shade (under $5 with a coupon at Hobby Lobby), some cute chevron fabric, navy ribbon, and a trusty can of white spray paint, I transformed the lamp!