Monday, February 28, 2011
My friend Rosa gave me the idea to make storage containers out of cardboard boxes and burlap, and I just had to try it. I made a few boxes to put into the changing table in our nursery.
It's a SUPER-cheap way to create storage. And they look pretty cute, too.
You'll need a cardboard box, burlap, and a hot glue gun. Then any embellishments you want to use.
So, here's how you can make your own...
I started with two sturdy cardboard boxes. Since I'm drowning in babies right now, I have lots of diaper boxes and a baby wipes boxes, so that's what I used. They were a little too tall, so I cut off the tops with a box cutter and made them the same height.
They were too bright and I could see the graphics through the burlap, so I covered the outside of the boxes with white paper and white masking tape, but you could use just about anything.
I then cut the burlap (which I bought at Walmart) and covered the entire box with it, using hot glue to secure the edges and corners.
Then I sewed a ruffle using a scrap of dropcloth that I had. I cut the dropcloth doubling the length I needed and sewed a straight stitch through the middle, then ruffled it by pulling one of the threads tight. I then hot-glued the ruffle onto the box.
The labels came from my scrapbooking stash that I haven't used in years! But you could make your own labels or buy some. There are so many creative ways to make labels.
I use the boxes to hold the cloth diapers that I use for Jack and Violet. In case you are wondering, the diapers are called BumGenius and you can buy them from my friend Jen's website here. I highly recommend them!
Overall, it's a pretty easy project but takes some patience when wrapping and gluing the burlap. And there are a million different ways you could embellish them.
Let me know if you have any questions. Have fun making your own! And be sure to share your pictures with me!
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I've added a few art pieces to my Etsy shop this week.
Here is a canvas piece I did that would be a perfect gift for a stylish girlfriend! It can be hung on a wall or propped on a shelf.
This is a wood welcome sign with a bird cage motif.
And here's another canvas piece...
Monday, February 21, 2011
My latest Goodwill find (above) has me dreaming about summertime on this cold and dreary Monday morning.
Breezy skirts, flip flops, warm sunshine....oh, my.
Picking flowers outside...
Going to the beach with the hubs with no prego belly this summer!
Fetching eggs at our cousin's house...
Digging in the sand with the kiddos who couldn't care less about getting filthy...
And enjoying an ice cream cone at the creamery...
What are your summertime dreams?
Thursday, February 17, 2011
When we finished renovating our nursery last year, I was expecting a baby but we didn't know if it was a boy or a girl. So we kept the nursery on the neutral side. Since Violet was born, I've been adding little feminine touches here and there.
This is by far my favorite room in the house. Is that weird? I love all the textures and creamy colors. It just feels so warm and COZY!
This is a little side table that I picked up at a yard sale for a couple dollars. I painted it pink and distressed it.
This is a great way to do free art in a nursery! I hung a frilly pink dress on the wall using pins, then put an old frame around it. I think I had found the frame at Goodwill a few years ago and painted it white.
Here is the other side of the teeny-tiny room. There are no closets in the room, so this is where all of Jack & Violet's clothing resides.
I found the changing table at a yard sale and, of course, painted it white. No surprise there! Nothing fancy but it does the job. All of the furniture in the room was either thrifted or given to us or made by us.
I hotglued little chalkboards (found at a craft store) to the front of these hanging baskets from Ikea. They are perfect for holding disposable diapers.
I made these storage boxes that hold cloth diapers. A tutorial will be coming later...
We decided to keep this brick wall instead of putting drywall over it, which would have made it look newer. And we decided to keep the electrical pipes exposed. This room was built onto the house at some point, so this used to be an exterior wall. I just painted it a cream color.
I wanted a lot of texture in the room, and I think this brick brings texture as well as character. The window looks into Jack's bedroom.
The green cabinet is a laundry shoot that I wrote about in this post. The mirror was a $10 find from Pottery Barn Outlet.
I handpainted the lettering and made the crib bedding. Just don't look too closely! I'm not exactly a great seamstress! I made it myself, because I just couldn't find anything that worked for me without spending a ton of money.
Here is what the nursery looked like when we bought the house. Paneled walls, tiled ceiling, concrete floor - pretty much a disaster. We just used it for storage for the first few years that we lived here.
And here it is now - cozy and much loved!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
It's Wednesday, which means that it's time for another "What I Wore" post linking up to the Pleated Poppy.
Purple top: Goodwill (Ann Taylor Loft)
Gray sleeveless top: Goodwill (new from Target)
Pants: Banana Republic Outlet
Belt: Goodwill (new from Target)
Shoes: Sofft from Marshall's
I wore one of the felt flowers that I made a couple weeks ago:
I love the details and color of this jacket! It's one of the many that I've found at Goodwill in the past year or so.
White cardi: Goodwill (Ann Taylor Loft)
Scarf: gift from my mom
Scarf: gift from my mom
Monday, February 14, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
It's GIVEAWAY TIME!!
Who doesn't love a good giveaway, right?? This one comes courtesy of Back40Life.com, which is a company that makes vinyl wall decals like this...
How adorable is that nursery??
And I love this...
And this is classic...
They are offering a $25 gift certificate towards products in their shop. To enter, simply leave me a comment on this post.
Check out all their fun products here!
Giveaway ends Sunday, Feb. 13 and winner will be picked at random.