Category Archives: Art

Little Boys’ Bedroom Redecoration

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Here is a little bedroom redecoration teaser…..I am waiting for the room to be repainted before I can really get my hands on the room but take a look at what I have already purchased for the redo…..

Just before Christmas we decided to move our two boys into a room together. We weren’t sure how it would all go, but we could not be happier.

The room was previously decorated in a dinosaur theme…… Dinosaur themed boys bedroom

And this worked for both of them while I could buy matching dinosaur linen for our youngest’s cot. However, once Master C moved to a big bed, I could no longer source a comforter to match his brother’s.  Apparently that is a big deal to a 2 year old.

So I was forced to visit my favourite Children’s linen store, Adair’s Kids ;) . Here we chose a travel/plane themed ‘Toby’ comforter and the matching cushions.

Decorating a Boy's Room

Decorating a Boy's Room

Decorating a Boy's Room

Isn’t the suitcase cushion the cutest!? That is what really sold me on the whole set.

I didn’t love the matching artwork that they sold in Adairs, so it took some hunting to come up with something to go on the walls.  Finally I found two very amazing Etsy stores with the most amazing prints.

Firstly, I picked up this set from the lovely Trish at Strawberry Jam Studio.

Redecorating Little Boys' Room

 

And here it is framed waiting to be hung in a freshly painted room. (Sorry for the poor picture, the weather here is still miserable!)

Decorating Little Boys' Room

I cannot rave enough about how amazing Trish’s customer service was. Thank you, Trish!

The colours perfectly suit the linen. The boys love the dog and giraffe flying the planes and I love the typography and quote.

The other piece I picked out for the room was this brightly coloured world map from Wallfry. Decorating Little Boys' Bedroom

Decorating Little Boys' RoomAgain, the colours are perfect and the Geography teacher in me loves a map.

So there is the start of the makeover. I am itching to sort out some better storage solutions in this room now that Master O has started school. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

Simple St Patrick’s Day Artwork

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Last week I showed you a picture of the canvas print I picked up in the clearance section of a local discount store.St Patrick's Day Art and CraftThe plan was to transform it into a simple St Patrick’s Day artwork with the kiddies.

After surfing the internet for a bit of inspiration, we came up with this….

The kids got right into the task with Master O helping to paint the letters and trace the shamrock. St Patrick's Day Art and Craft

Initially, the plan was to just paint the shamrock, but on drying we found that the paint was cracking. Not wanting to persist painting to have the same problem happen again, we chose to cover the shamrock in buttons. Master C loved picking out the green buttons from my button collection – I couldn’t have dreamt up a better fine motor skills activity!St Patrick's Day Art and CraftSo this piece is now out on show and we are planning on some St Patrick’s Day treats for tomorrow.  We have made some hideous green cupcakes for morning tea and have planned a leprechaun treasure hunt with a horde of gold covered chocolate coins. It should be a bit of fun.

Happy St Patrick’s Day.

 

Cute Bedroom Art

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I was lucky enough to have some kid-free time today to have a browse of the shops.  One store I love to have a look in when I am unhindered by children is Typo. It has great stationery and homewares and is very well priced.

After picking up some great pens on sale to do my Project Life journaling, I was drawn to their range of freestanding letters and letter canvases.  It is ridiculous how much I love typography.

I couldn’t leave without picking up these cute little canvases to pop into the master bedroom, which is getting a little bit of a revamp at the moment.

Cute bedroom art

The letters and symbols are printed on burlap and strung on a canvas frame.

I picked these three up for $10.  I probably couldn’t make them for this price.  However, what a fun project it would be to make your own if you had leftover materials and supplies on hand.  Print or stencil your letters or symbols on your fabric and staple it to canvases or frames.

Until I find the perfect home for these, they will sit on the low boy in the bedroom.  Cute.

Cute Bedroom Art

 

Easter Craft: Thumbprint Easter Egg Gift Cards

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I came up with this cute card design to accompany my kid’s teachers’ Easter gifts.

Fingerprint Easter Egg Gift Cards

The kids were able to get involved and we had a lot of fun completing them.  Give them a go yourself.

What we used:

Blanks cards – we purchased ours or you could make these from card stock

A variety of acrylic paints

Paintbrush

Coloured textas

Green paper

scissors

How we did it:

Taking the first colour, I painted each child’s thumb and got them stamping.  I directed the kids to stamp away from the very bottom of the card – you will see why later.

Before we used the other chosen colours, we washed and dried our hands.  This helped to keep the colours crisp.

Fingerprint Easter Egg Gift Cards

Once the thumbprints had dried, we used textas to decorate the eggs and to add a greeting to the card.

Fingerprint Easter Egg Gift Cards

Taking a strip of green paper, I cut out a zig-zaggy section of grass.

Fingerprint Easter Egg Gift Cards

Using some glue, we secured the grass to the bottom of the card.  As we had positioned the thumbprint eggs further up the card, they appeared to be hiding in the grass.

Fingerprint Easter Egg Gift Cards

And that is it.  Relatively quick and easy to make and they look gorgeous.

We have attached these cards to a bundle of mini eggs for each of the kids’ teachers.

Fingerprint Easter Egg Gift Cards

As we had such a fun time doing this, I have dreamt up other uses for fingerprint Easter eggs. Tune in tomorrow to see them elsewhere.

Under the Sea: Kid’s Artwork Design Shirt

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Here is a cheap art activity you can do with your kiddies and they will feel pretty proud of themselves doing it.

Pick up cheap cotton t-shirt.  I picked this one up on clearance at Target for $1.73. Bargain!

Kid's Art Shirt

Kid's Artwork Shirt

Using a dressmaker’s pen, get your child to draw their t-shirt design onto the fabric.

Kid's Artwork Shirt

After placing a piece of paper in between the shirt’s front and back, trace over your child’s  drawing with laundry pen.

Kid's Artwork Shirt

Kid's Artwork Shirt

Wash the shirt to remove the dressmaker’s pen marks and its ready to wear.

Kid's Artwork Shirt

You of course could skip a step and allow your child to use the laundry pen to draw the picture.  Just be aware that there are no ‘do overs’ and that on some fabrics the pen can bleed quite easily.

To keep with our Under the Sea theme, Master O drew some sea animals – fish, jelly fish and sea urchins. So cute.
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Christmas Craft: Handprint Snowman Family

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I regularly take imprints of my boys’ hands.  I love looking back at those paint-splodged reminders of their pudgy little fingers.  So cute!

Our latest handprint has been given the Christmas treatment.

Christmas Craft: Handprint Snowman Family

You have probably seen these about the place.  I think they are just to precious for words.

To make these handprints extra special, I purchased some small blank canvas which I painted a background colour.

Christmas Craft: Handprint Snowman Family

 

A white hand print, some snow blobs and a bit of texta work later, the snowman family was complete.

Christmas Craft: Handprint Snowman Family

These are great as Christmas gifts for the family.  The ones I have kept for myself, I have attached magnets to and hung them on the fridge.  I hope to do a series of these over the years.  They will be a great visual reminder of how they have grown.

 

 

Button Love – Framed Monogram

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I am a little in love with buttons right now.  Despite going crazy and buying bulk packs to craft with, I didn’t really have any planned projects.  Lovingly pawing over my new acquisitions, I recalled a cute button monogram a friend had hung in her daughter’s nursery.    I thought I would do a ‘C’ for Charlie to frame and put in my youngest’s room.

Choosing to use what I had on hand rather than purchasing a new frame, I pulled a small white frame out of storage and neatened it up with some red spray paint I had left over from my kitchen art project.  I arranged my selection of blue buttons into a perfect size and shape monogram.  I used the matt board from the frame as a guide to help do this.

Using a hot glue gun I stuck the buttons to the card. 

Popping the card inside the frame, the finished piece looked like this,

Not fancy but I like it anyway.  It has inspired me to tackle something a little more challenging.  I have been madly pinning button monogram projects for inspiration. 

Drop by and have a look if you want to see some awesome stuff. 

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.