Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wooden Block Family

This project was inspired by this pin on Pinterest.

I saw these wooden dolls and fell in love. One of my sisters is moving away, and I wanted to make her a little doll family to help decorate for the holidays, since she won't be able to come home for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Items Needed:

Wooden blocks (I got mine from the 'wood' aisle at Hobby Lobby)
Acrylic Paint
e-6000 glue
Pom Poms (optional)

Instead of wood blocks purchased from Home Depot, I used wood blocks from my local Hobby Lobby:

Using the original article's advice, I also purchased some e-6000 glue.

I arranged the blocks until I got the shape I wanted, then glued them down. Then I started painting!

Here's the 'mom' up close.

Some little extra fuzzballs I had got incorporated into the project.

I really admire the colors and patterns of the original poster, but my paintbrushes weren't fine enough for that level of detail, so I stuck to my big blocky colors. I love my little family and would consider making more in the future.

Total time: 4 hours.

Cost: $20

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Guest Bedroom

This is incredibly late, and for that I apologize.

In the last post we looked at a nightstand I'd refinished because my best friend was coming in to town. Today I'm showing off the entire room!

Here was my pinterest board for the inspiration. I originally envisioned lots of teal and blue with orange accents. Here's how it turned out:

There's an infuriating story behind those Target curtains. They were absolutely perfect for what I wanted but there was only one curtain panel available in store. Assuming I could just order another online or from another store, I bought the single panel and put it up, only to discover that the Target website apparently had no clue it had ever carried this particular brand or product number.

I called the 1-800 number. I called all my local stores. No system had those numbers in it. Totally infuriating. I finally started googling the product name and miraculously found a website hosting a picture of these orange ombre curtains.... with a link to where they could be ordered on Target's website. Don't ask me why the website couldn't find the product number when it clearly carried it.

These glass bottles came from Home Goods, and I got them on sale!

Here's the little table from the previous post. I filled it with lotion and chaptstick!

The artwork of Brian Andreas, which my BFF and I first discovered in a boutique store when she was visiting me in Chicago. Great memory, and also amazing art. Vases from Anthropologie.

Various decorative items acquired over the years, plus some good books for late-night reading if my guest has a problem sleeping.

Pictures from some events in BFF and mine's childhood, and a drawing she did of the two of us.

On the walls hung a picture of NYC, a mirror, and a corkboard with movie stubs, ticket stubs, funny phrases, etc., from our time together.

Later the room played host to my sisters at various times, and I was so, so glad that we invested in a guest bedroom, even though the entire creation process was exhausting. So there.