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When I thought about setting up the nursery for my little one, I knew two things going in: 1) I was on a budget and 2) I wanted to make the room as personalized as possible. Ikea was, of course, my best option for nursery furniture while Pinterest was, of course, a wonderful source for handmade inspiration. Nursery1I preferred to go with a medley of pastels -aquas, yellows, and pinks- rather than a specific theme. I decided to recycle the poms poms I made from my baby shower and hang them over the crib and changing table.

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This quilt I had sewn several years back with the hopes to have it ready for a little one. I had come close to giving it away a couple of times but just didn’t have the heart to part with it (glad I didn’t). I made the banner using muslin and calico fabrics and was a last minute project for my shower and later for the nursery.  Although I loved this idea of a ruffled bedskirt, I really didn’t want to spend too much time on this sewing project, so I found a printed fabric and cut and sewed on rectangular sheets; I added a crochet edging to finish the bedskirt.

Art-wall1 I really love whimsical prints and had collected some over the years, but hadn’t found a place for them. Finally they have a home! Woodland creature prints from papersparrow, daisy painting made by my bf, woodblock prints by danita art, embroidery made by me using Cathy Gaubert pattern, and Red Fox by berkley illustration.

Nursery2 Without planning it, the birdhouses I painted seem to be a focal point for my newborn every time I change her, but it also might be that she just likes staring off to the right (she constantly does that) .

Shelf Love this little shelf, it showcases another painting made especially by my bf for our little girl, my bf’s beloved knitted bunny from his childhood, the decorative letter I made, and the garland I crocheted using the rosettes from my shower. One last thing, the picture book Extra Yarn is pretty amazing. I fell in love with the story and the illustrations are really adorable.

I’m really happy with how the room came together. I feel like the little handmade details and keepsakes really make the room feel cozy and special! Sue

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During my summer vacation, I’ve been slowly working on some handmade decor for the baby’s room. I really wanted to make a decorative letter for her room and as always Pinterest is a great resource. I decided to give it a weathered look and used what I had in my stash.

Here’s how I made mine: 1) I first painted a base coat of wicker white (2 coats) and then hand-stamped “Homemade with Love” with black ink over the dried base coat. 2) Once the stamping is completely dry, I brushed a heavy layer of crackle medium over the letter (let it dry ’til it has a tacky consistency). 3) I evenly painted one top coat* of Martha Stewart’s “Beach Glass” (love this color!). * Note: do not re-paint or try to go over certain areas, you’ll end up smudging the crackle medium and undoing the crackling effect. 4) For the border of the letter I inversed the colors – Beach Glass base coat, crackle layer, white top coat  5) To help prevent chipping and yellowing, I sealed the paint using Liquidex Satin Varnish (3 thin coats).   DSC05743On the inside of the “P” I cut and glued a strip of pink gingham fabric as a contrasting accent to the seafoam color. I also recycled a crochet rosette I had leftover from my baby shower (I had made them as brooches for my guests). I’m so happy with the result, the crackling effect came out great . . . DSC05745
So great, I wanted to replicate the same weathered look on my birdhouses. I followed the same painting process and covered the roof tops with calico fabric. I highly recommend using Martha Stewart acrylics for this project (other brands did not work as well with the crackle medium). My color palette was Beach Glass, Raspberry Ice, and Chamomile.

DSC05746 I really loved working on these projects; they were fairly easy to do, came out so cute and were affordable to make. This a testament that decorating a room doesn’t always require you to go out and spend tons of money. Being resourceful can go along way, don’t ya think?   Sue

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These are some lovelies I plucked from Flickr land!
February Faves
1.Red Bow Brooch, 2. Valentine Cupcakes, 3. Ella and Nigel, 4. heart cookies, 5. Love Owl, 6. doily gift wrap, 7. ipad cover, 8. hearts, 9. untitled

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new-dolls

They’re done! Well, they’ve been done since my last show and these were the gals that returned home with me. This time around, I really loved how the fabric schemes came out for each doll – really girly and most importantly CUTE! Now let’s meet the girls shall we?

Dahlia

Miss Bliss can be found here

Prinia

adopt Miss Future Ornithologist here

Victoria

visit Little Miss Priss here

Rosie

She loves scones! See her here

Marsha

Lil’ Miss Bookworm; more here

Amber

adopt some sunshine here

I have some more patterns that I’ll be working on this coming month; I’ll keep you posted on the progress!

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It’s progress . . . slow but still progress. Sometime I wish I could magically assemble my doll parts in one day. Once I do get over that hump of the process though, it becomes more fun because I get to focus on forming the dolls’ personalities through their smiles, hair color, dresses, etc. Can’t wait to finish them up!

 

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I have the Retro Indie Market coming up on February 2nd. It’s my favorite craft show because I feel like my shop fits in nicely with the show’s vintage theme.

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Since the show is less than 2 weeks away, I’m starting to feel the crunch. Been packaging up my bows which means coffee-staining lots of tags. Even though it can get a bit tedious, I really love to extend the whole handmade idea even down to the packaging.

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Making mini goals for myself, so I’m hoping to finish up with some new dolls by this weekend. I’m crossing my fingers!

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Here are some really cute creations making the rounds in FLickr land!

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1.Plush, 2. TV Hoop, 3. She and her dog, 4. Finley, the fox, 5. Party Bear Stamp, 6. They call her bun-eye, 7. Ichigo Strawberry, 8. A New Lady, 9. tall house

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