Recently our playroom got a good makeover: a new coat of paint, molding, wall decal and more “grown up” furniture. On one part of the room we decided to install shelves along the wall, but because of the high ceilings it looked kind of empty on the top.
To make this clouds I used some leftover of 1/4″ sheet of wood. After drawing its shape, I cut them very carefully using a scroll-saw; the same machine I use to make my night lights. Then I applied two coats of white paint in an eggshell finish.
Before painting the clouds and in between coats, I used a fine grit sanding sponge to get a better finish and also to smooth out the edges all around them.
After drilling two small holes on the top part of each cloud, I hung them up by installing hooks on the ceiling and secured with anchors.
I think that they look pretty nice, giving a fun and whimsical touch to the playroom.
At first I thought about just leaving them in the natural wood tone, but I couldn’t help it. I love white and think they tie the moldings and furniture in the room together much better.
Here is another addition to my “Casita” night lights! I made a barn, complete with a couple of cute farm animals and some green bushes around it to give it more color…
For all of my night lights I have been choosing soft pastel colors, and when I thought about making a barn I was a bit dubious about painting it red, but this is its characteristic color and I truly love it!
Hope you like it too! It’s available right now at my Etsy shop!
We are having an unusual cold winter this year and it seems to me that it’s going to be a long one too.
I am so longing for spring and sunny warm days, that I decided (between juggling quite a few tasks and activities) to gather some “springy” colorful fabrics and begin quilting again.
I am always more inclined to choose same color fabrics and patterns; this time I decided to try something completely different and see how it turns out.
So far, I love it!
I’ll share more pics with you as soon as I finish… (hopefully very soon)!
On a Saturday morning when the temperature outside is -6 C and your kids are bouncing back from a cold, there’s nothing better to do than rather just stay home and keep warm.
The good thing is that it gave us the opportunity to catch up with the messy week’s stuff and do some clean up.
And from there, we went on moving furniture around and re-thinking the whole layout of my daughter’s room.
I am so thrilled about the fact that my daughter agrees with me and thinks that embracing change is good, and so we have become “partners in crime” taking charge of the entire house’s decoration.
On the other hand, my son and my husband are a bit resistant and prefer avoiding change at all costs… may be it’s a “man” thing.
Once we were satisfied and agreed (that’s another great thing that I love between my daughter and I) it was time to do some drawing and painting.
So far, we are really enjoying our day at home!
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This paper punch makes one of the prettiest flower shapes. It has a very detailed cut out of a daisy and those cuts are crisp and clean. I haven’t tried to use heavy card stock though, but it works really well with regular paper. It is so pretty that it can be used in so many creative ways.
Like a paper garland that I made, using twine and just passing the punched daises through. Unfortunately I got distracted for a second and now my garland is all coming apart and tangled up. Oh well…
I completely fell in love with this necklace when I saw it. The tiny pair of scissors and the little sewing machine charms are just beautiful!
It quickly became my favorite and I had been using it for a long time now. It’s not a pricey necklace, but I think it’s lovely with its gold tone, lobster-claw clasp, and peach enamel on the scissors charm.
A week ago, when I went shopping at that same store, but in a different location, I found another one.
I thought it would be nice to buy it and organize a giveaway for my blog friends that, as I do, love sewing and keep me inspired by being so talented and creative! But everyone is welcome to participate… worldwide!
So, if you would like to be part of this giveaway, go ahead and just leave a comment on this post and one winner will be drawn at random on Friday, January 31st!
I am not being sponsored by anyone. I just love how cute this necklace is, and wanted to share it with you!
I must have taken this dress apart at least three times. I never worked with thick elastic denim fabric before and probably this would be the last time I do! After a while I gave up.
Although the dress doesn’t look the way it should, I am not completely dissatisfied with the results.
Perhaps I’ll add some buttons and may be a pair of pockets on the front, but my daughter seems to like it the way it is. She already wore it with a pair of warm tights and a cardigan on top.
I think my sewing machine will get a break… the desire of sewing faded away… at least for now!
I just finished building another night light. This time I made a little house in a different shape that took me a bit more time to finish because of its size and many details but in the end, I am very happy with the results!
I hope you like it too. It’s already available at my shop and you can always visit it here!
While building this little house, I listened to a great audiobook that I really enjoyed not only because of the book itself but also because of Rosalyn Landor.
She is one of my favorite narrators and her voice and the way she recounts the story is truly a delight. I do recommend it!
We visited our pet store by chance a few days before x-mas and saw this little guy… then I couldn’t stop thinking that this would be the best present ever for our kids.
Growing up, I never had cats and instead considered myself more of a “dog person”. But our children kept talking about how much they would love to have a kitten as a pet.
In the beginning it took me a while to get used to him. However, I could never have imagined how much I would have got to love him as I do now.
I thought cats never showed emotions, but I was wrong. He is so sweet and playful and my kids adore him!
This for sure is the best present that Santa could have gotten for our family.
(Oh!… my daughter sewed the little mattress for his basket all by herself! She did a great job… It turned out so soft and comfy! You can see it on my Instagram account)
I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for all your love and support. It really means a lot to me!
For those of you celebrating Christmas, I hope it’s everything you could ever wish for.
Happy, happy holidays and ALL the best to you and your dear ones… ♥
I just finished building two more little houses/night lights. As a suggestion from one of my readers who was looking for ocean/beach hut style night lights, I decided to make a couple of those to add to my shop! That was a great idea for a boys bedroom.
And with these new additions, I decided to bring all my prices down for the holidays!! You are invited to take a look at my Etsy shop!
Our cardboard reindeer head is decorating our kitchen board and we thought it would be nice to place cards around its wreath with some wishes for this time of the year…
The idea was not to wish for material things but instead for what really matters and what’s important…
I feel that the holidays seem to be all about buying and consuming materialistic things instead of spending time with family and doing something good for others… and so my kids wrote their wishes in small cards as a reminder of how we should celebrate this time of the year… and I’m really proud of them!
This is a rich and hearty delicious soup that I like so much especially because of the barley and all the nutrients that this cereal provides… If you’re not very fond of barley you can always use rice or small pastina instead.
Here are the ingredients you need:
-1 (3 pound) beef chuck roast
-1 cup barley
-2 tablespoons oil
-2 carrots, chopped
-2 stalks celery, chopped
-1 onion, chopped
-4 cups water
-3 cubes beef bouillon
-1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
-1 tomato chopped
-1/2 cup corn and/or green peas, if you like
-salt to taste
I found a lot of recipes on the web that recommend to use a slow cooker, but because I don’t own one I just cook it on the stove.
So to make this recipe on the stove top you need to cut the beef into bite-sized pieces.
Then heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a stock pot over medium-high heat.
Add the beef cubes and cook until browned on all sides, stirring frequently.
Remove the meat and set aside.
Reduce the heat to medium, add the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil, and stir in the carrots, celery, and onion.
Cook until the onion is translucent and the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
Add the water, bouillon, tomatoes, barley, and pepper. Bring to a simmer.
Stir in the beef cubes and simmer, covered, until the beef is tender and the barley is fully cooked, about 2 hours.
Add the rest of the vegetables in the last half hour of the cooking time and… ready to enjoy!
(It tastes even better the next day!)
Right after Thanksgiving we began putting up some of the Christmas decorations around the house…
Of course it’s an exciting time for the kids (usually they will start pulling EVERYTHING out of the boxes ALL at the same time…) We have a smaller tree for them, which they get to decorate themselves with all the ornaments they have been collecting and making at school every year since they were in kindergarten.
There’s still more decorations to go up and our big tree is next. Hope you’re not stressing out dealing with store’s crowds, traffic and the thousand things to do at this time of the year, which makes me feel that x-mas is coming more and more surprisingly quickly every year.