Friday, April 26, 2013

DIY Floor Pouf

A while back, I'd say a year or so, I came across a DIY for a floor pouf on Better Homes & Gardens.  I took some time searching for the right fabric and wanted something bright and timeless.  With the way things change around here, I wanted to be sure the fabric could withstand a few years of design trends.  After months of searching in the clearance bins I found this trellis fabric at a local fabric store. And $12 for only 2 yards of this fabulous fabric, I was in business.

I used this pattern from Better Homes & Gardens to make the pouf.  And made a few minor adjustments to it.  That's the beauty of a DIY, you can make it to your liking.  So first off, materials... 

What you need:  

2) Scissors, tape, pins, sewing machine, 1-spool of coordinating upholstery thread

3) Four standard bed pillows (I buy the cheapy ones from Target or Walmart) or Fiberfill if you must and two old bath towels

4) Two yards of fabric of your choice (either an outdoor fabric or an upholstery fabric works best)

This project took me about an hour to complete, from start to finish.  If you can sew a straight're good as gold.  

Step 1:  Print and cut out This Pattern from BHG. 

Step 2:  Sew the pieces together, leaving a ten inch opening so you can stuff your pouf with filling.  

Step 3:  Now, using the old towels you have on hand, lay them inside on the bottom of your pouf.  This will give your pouf some stability. 


Step 4:  Now you'll take your pillows (or fiberfill) and cut them open.  I bought my little one's new pillows for Christmas and decided to keep their old ones for this project.  And if you're like me, you buy the pillows on sale for $2-4, for your little ones.  Or maybe I'm just that cheap.  So I was able to save myself a ton of money by just using the fill inside of them to stuff my pouf.  

Step 5:  Finish the pouf by hand sewing it shut and that's're done!  

P.S.  Just a bit of an FYI, since this purty little thang is so bright and light I had to protect her from the little hands and feet that will be using her as a jump pad.  I use Scotch Guard spray on all of my pillows and chairs so I can wipe her clean if and when she gets a little dirty.  Seriously, Scotch Guard is a God-send!  Mother's: Use it generously.  

She's the perfect little addition to the living room, but I see her moving throughout the house as time goes on.  The kids have definitely taken a liking to her.

Have a good one guys!

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Updates and Storage in the Kids' Room

As I've been adjusting to the lack of color in the kids room, since I decided to paint over their lovely blue walls.  I'm focusing on changes I can do within the space like colorful pillows and pattern throughout.  Originally, my little girl had a printed comforter, but I thought I needed to keep the prints elsewhere and keep their comforters in solid colors.  But as you can see, I did keep with the texture.  Mr B's comforter is green, but has round circles to keep it from looking flat.  And so I went with a solid pale purple for my darling girl, with rosette squares.  It's the details that count, right?

Lots of pattern and texture.
And some of her closest friends.

But my darling girl thought there just wasn't enough animals in the picture. 
She insisted that more of her friends join in.

As per, the storage in here.  I had been trying to decide what to do for months and months with the canvas bins, I originally purchased years ago.  They were not holding up and looked terrible beyond repair, they had to go.  I kept thinking of just one large toy chest, metal bins, metal baskets, or just about anything that seemed indestructible, but couldn't find anything within price point or to my liking.  But while at HomeGoods one afternoon, I saw these canvas totes (not sure what they are exactly) and thought they could handle the wear and tear of this playroom.  They are double lined and stand well on their own without any help, so I'm thinking they might work longer that the others did.  Oh gosh, I really hope they do!  

Now the question remains, what to do with this little bookcase. ???  I need a bookcase of sorts to hold their books and allow me to still place their lamp on it.  I just wish it was sturdier, I'm surprised it's still standing really.   

Small changes here and there are good for us.  They don't happen often, but to tell you the truth...most projects and/or purchases I make, I sell things we don't need or try to pick up jobs on the side.  Because honestly I don't have the money in my budget always to buy whatever I want.  Most people don't know or even remember that when I first started this blog, given my blog name, I had a closet full of craft/sewing/crap stuff that I needed to dive in to.  What I didn't want to keep or re-make, I sold.  I was trying to be resourceful with what I had.  In a way, it can get a little annoying that I can't just go out and buy everything...but in a way, it keeps me creative with what I have or again, more proactive in reselling and buying what I do want.  I'm sure we all can resonate with that at one time or another in our lives, yeah?

A few other little changes here and there will be happening in the coming months within these walls, and I am looking forward to showing them to you.


Monday, April 1, 2013

Gallery Wall in the Kids' Room

I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend. The kids and I spent ours with family on Saturday and then at home on Sunday.  It was a quiet day, but exactly what we needed.  Suffice it to say, we have enough candy and junk food to last us for another month.  

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my photo a while back asking for some help with this here little wall.  I originally did have a little something on this wall in the kids' room...but it needed an update badly.  

I first started with just the "Love" print, Alphabet print, and the picture of Christ.  Because in the back of my mind that I wanted to nix the whole gallery wall and keep it simple.  But it just looked a little too bleh--it needed color.  Enter paintings by: Ben & Lizzie.  Using the kids' own artwork was a no brainer and my little girl loved it.

From left to right: 
 Painting by Ben/ Christ print entitled "Innocence" / ABC Print / Watercolor by Ben/ 

It took me a while to decided on how to hang the kids personal artwork.  There are so many cute things now a days, but I didn't want to over do it.  We're also lacking in wall space in here.  There are only two large walls, this one and the opposite, where their bunk beds sit.  And another wall is their large closet and then the window, which neither leave room to do much with.  So to allow for some artwork and the kids artwork, I had to mesh what I wanted together. 

I framed one watercolor my son did, and then hung a simple clip on the wall to allow us to switch out paintings as they come.  What I love about this wall is that I was able to personalize it with the kiddos art and make it their own.  And since I used all the frames I originally had, I spent no additional money on the gallery wall--always a plus.  

This little guy, sitting below the frames is from Grace for Grace.  
I picked it up a few years ago at Sew Funky Market.

Little by little things are getting done in here and I'm liking the outcome.  Because honestly, when I painted this room, I was sad.  I guess I had become attached to the color in their room and didn't realize it.  But it is just paint, and I'm enjoying making this little cave special for the kids again.  

Happy Monday friends!