Come check out a very easy and cute Valentine Tutorial I wrote for Whip Up today! You can see it here http://whipup.net/2012/02/02/guest-post-stuck-on-you-valentine/
Check it out peeps. Look at what a little paint can do! We went from a cave-like feel to light and bright. At some point this part of the house will most likely be remodeled so we didn’t want to do anything expensive. We have a teeny tiny bathroom on the other side and would like to take half this room at some point to make a laundry/half bath. And the floor needs work, it’s really awful and stained and just gross. I’m thinking I might paint that too.
I think we did quite well, what do you think?
Artwork by Eloise. Don’t we look so much happier now that we have a nice mudroom?
The first room we walked into at the open house for our new home was the mud room. It was a huge let-down to walk into that room. It had dark paneling, no light and was quite dismal. Our home, however, is a cheerful, bright little spot on a long road with lots of old farms, some new construction and mostly lots of trees. I love how it’s like a little ray of sunshine when you mosey up to it. This room does not reflect the personality of our house!
I tried my best to take photos but they all look awful because frankly…..the room is pretty awful. It’s great now, short of a remodel it’s about as good as I can make it. Mostly I’m thrilled because I actually have a mudroom and a place for all my girls coats, bags and whatnot.
yikes, right? I left the really dark picture because it was the only one I didn’t alter with the filter on Iphoto. All of these photos had to be adjusted. On the entry there is one door and one window. Directly in front of you is the other side of the room, one door that goes out the back. It’s pretty square and utilitarian.
I’m neck deep in a long project of painting and remodeling. Most likely it will take us three years to get our home where we want it, possibly more. This is the third home we have owned together, my husband and I. We have lived in 5 different apartments and 3 homes in our 15 years together! That’s a lot! We have painted and updated every time. We love a project but we hope this is the last one for at least 10 years!
Look for the “After” pictures on Thursday!
We are settling in over here slowly…slowly. We have moved room to room deciding what to keep, what to change, what to paint, who sleeps where, etc. There is so much to love about our new home. It is so quiet here. My driveway is bigger than any yard I’ve ever had, ever, growing up. I look out my window and I see trees. I can see a neighbor or two but not close enough to see IN my home or theirs. I was unsure of how I would feel about that. There is a certain coziness in urban life, buzzing that hums and makes you feel safe. Being in an area with room used to make me feel like I needed to find some pavement, fast! But now I am enjoying the peace and feel relaxed. And I am seeing the gift of having neighbors with space in between and even though we are not close in proximity, we can feel close all the same. One of my neighbors rode her bicycle to deliver homemade bread for Christmas. That made me feel warm, welcome and a part of something. I feel like I can begin now and maybe not move from this spot for some time. That’s new for me. I’ve never settled in one spot but I think I can do it and feel good about it. Growing roots, that’s what I’m doing.
In fact, right now, I am writing this from. my. studio. Okay, maybe not STUDIO maybe it’s part guest room, part studio. I unpacked and put away a lot of things, my husband built shelves for me and I can finally see what I have and sit and make a thing or two. This space is shared, but there is a door here and it can be quiet and maybe I can write more and MAKE more.
Fingers crossed. Thank you for still coming by even with all the quiet. New good things are coming this year friends, for you as well I hope.
I had my girls make these sections of fabric for my mother in law for her birthday. This would make an excellent gift for a sewist or quilter, or even to frame.
PFD muslin or fabric
Fabric paint or markers
First I had the girls draw a single design three times so we could have a few to choose from.
Tip: The simpler the better, printing with children can get messy!
I took a glue gun and simply covered the drawing with the glue. After it dried I used scrap cardboard handles to make it easier to print with.
Tip: Trim close to the image so you don’t get overlap of color where it’s not wanted.
I had the girls paint directly onto the stamp and then press onto the fabric. You can get 3 or more prints with each turn. I don’t recommend dipping the ink with this kind of stamp, it’s too messy and the image doesn’t come through well.
Allow to dry and then color in (or leave blank) the image with fabric markers.
After it’s dry, through in the dryer for 30 minutes on high and you’re done!