Monday, February 28, 2011

Simple Silhouettes

On my quest for new wall art, I came across several blogs that posted tutorials for silhouettes.  They looked so easy, I decided to try and make my own.  

First take profile pictures of your subjects:

 They look a little like mug shots. 

Enlarge photos to an 8x10 size and print in black and white on regular printer paper.  Staple a sheet of tracing paper on top of the paper.  Trace along the outline with a pencil.  Detach your tracing paper and staple it to a piece of black card stock.  Cut around the traced outline with sharp scissors or an x-acto knife. 

I used spray adhesive to glue these to scrapbook paper:

If you're going to make more than one silhouette, stack the traced outlines on top of each other before cutting.  That way you can ensure they are basically the same size and the angles around the neck line up. 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Blue Room

I finished painting H & L's room yesterday.  I was inspired by a picture I found at Sherwin Williams that was similar to this:

I knew I wanted to use two different shades of blue, similar to ones in this photo.  I also was dreaming that someone would come in and put up a chair rail in their room.  WikiHow even has a tutorial on how to do it.  Seems easy enough.  But I knew I would need help and my handyman is too tied up with work.  So I came up with another option.

Wednesday afternoon I put up tape to separate the walls and create a line for a white stripe.

I painted two large squares on this wall and let my two little assistants go to work.  I told them to just paint within the square.  It was kind of a mess, but they had fun.  You can see some of their work below.

Top and bottom painted, tape peeled off.  I let this dry Wednesday night.  

Thursday I came back and taped off the area I was going to paint white.

This is my favorite part ... the satisfaction of a straight line.  I find it's easiest to take the tape off while everything is still wet.  If there are any drips, they're still wet and you can usually wipe them off with a rag.  

I used Sherwin Williams Atmospheric on the top and Vast Sky on the bottom.  

Thursday, February 24, 2011

H is for Hudson and L is for Landon

We had some excitement here in the Hahn house Tuesday night.  It was not a big party in honor of my birthday ... it was yet another trip to the ER to get a head stitched up.  The boys were chasing each other around the basement and Landon gave Hudson a big push into a bookshelf.  Poor Hud ended up with a 2" gash on his forehead.  I had to look up directions to the ER (so much for being a prepared mom) and call Steve to meet us there.  Three hours later we left the hospital with two stitches and two tired kids.  Hudson is doing great and his stitches will come out Sunday.

The following project is dedicated to my two little daredevils.  I decorated their room about a year ago using Riley Blake's Wheels fabric.

Their new room has more wall space than the old one, so I decided to add an H & L to their walls.  There are some really great things you can do with wood letters.

I found this on a blog.  I like the idea of the framed monogram.

I love the alphabet wall, but don't have the patience to collect all the letters.  My friend Kylie did one in her playroom and it's adorable.  

And check out my friend Katie's letters that she sells at The Polka Dot Pig.  They are super cute.

I decided to craft my own and bought the big gold letters from Hobby Lobby.  If you have visited Hobby Lobby in the past two years, you have probably seen them.  I also found some Riley Blake scrapbook paper that closely coordinated with their bedding.

I sprayed painted both letters white:

Then I turned the letter over and traced it on the wrong side of the scrapbook paper.  

Since the letter was larger than my paper, I had to use two different pieces of paper.  In hindsight, I should have/could have used wrapping paper.  I covered my letter in Mod Podge and put the cut paper on the letter.  The letter was not flat and I ended up cutting some interesting shapes to get it to fit.  I would recommend using a flat wooden letter.    

I gave the Mod Podge 30 minutes to dry and then put a layer of MP on top of the scrapbook paper.  I ended up adding two more layers after that (wait 10 - 15 minutes between each layer).  

After hanging the letters on their walls, I realized they needed something else.  PBK featured a room a while back with framed single letters.  I went back to Hobby Lobby and bought two unfinished open back frames.  They were $18.00 and half off.  I primed them and sprayed them Krylon's Leather Brown and hung them on the wall over the letters.  Here is the finished result:

I'm going to paint their room today so it will look a little more interesting in 24 hours.  

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Painting Projects

The boys have been asking for piggy banks for the past couple of weeks.  They are really into carrying around change.  I even found a pile of change next to Landon in his bed last night.  Today I picked up two race car piggy banks.  They went to town painting them.

While they painted, I worked on my semi-homemade coat rack.  Hobby Lobby is keeping up with the typography trend and has some cute hooks with a number stenciled on them.  They were half off, so I paid $2.50 for each.  I also picked up a piece of wood to paint and mount them to.  It was around $6.  

I primed and spray painted the wood white.  When it was dry, I distressed the edges with fine sandpaper.  I have not had much luck achieving the distressed look by applying stain afterward.  However, this time around I used a stain pen and just traced the outline of the wood.  Then I rubbed it in with a paper towel.  I think the stain pen tip gave me better control than a paintbrush dipped in stain.  Here's how it turned out:

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Eating Our Way Through the Weekend

Early one morning a few months ago, our neighbor Kylie brought us some extra cinnamon rolls that another neighbor of ours, Katie, had made.  They were some of the best cinnamon rolls I have ever had.  They were the Pioneer Woman's Maple Cinnamon Rolls.  I've never had much luck baking things that require yeast--but these were so easy to make.  The recipe makes about seven pans of rolls, so I ended up taking some unbaked rolls to some of our neighbors.  You can find the easy to follow recipe here.  You know anything that calls for whole milk, sugar, and butter is going to taste good.  Here's how ours turned out:
We took these over to a neighbor's house with a side of icing so they could bake them in the morning. 

These are ours ... just out of the oven.  Hungry yet?

They tasted as good as they look.

We also spent some time watching basketball and the boys asked for some popcorn.  I've come across some recipes online for making popcorn in a brown paper sack and decided to give it a try.  I put about 1/4 cup of kernels in the bottom of the sack and tossed it with a teaspoon of oil (vegetable, canola, olive--whichever you prefer).  I taped up the sack, shook it up and put it tape side up in the microwave.  I let mine pop about 2 1/2 minutes.  Just listen for the popping to slow down.  



Happy customers:

Friday, February 18, 2011

All About Boys

I made some shirts last week for one of the girls from my old neighborhood.  I'm working on the girl version this weekend.  Here are a few shots of the boy shirts:

Amanda sent me a picture of a shirt similar to these and asked if I could make her a Jill be Nimble version.  I used Amy Butler's Full Moon Dot fabric and the stripe is from one of my favorite new lines.  It's by Cloud 9 fabric and it's 100% organic.  Here's a shot of the entire collection called My Happy Nursery:


Since this post is all about boys, I have to include a picture of my boys:

Aren't they cute?  That Hudson just loves his Daddy.   

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Oh Target dollar spot, how I love thee. Let me count the ways ...

If you are severely addicted to the Target dollar spot or you are married to me, close your browser now.

The boys and I visit Target at least once a week.  I noticed the dollar spot was running a little low on inventory when I was there yesterday.  I had to run in today to pick up some plain shirts for an order a friend placed yesterday.  Imagine my delight when I found it fully stocked today with new things--really really cute things.

Here are some of my bargains:

We are attending a birthday party on Sunday and the birthday girl has an 18 month old little brother.  These were all 50%--so for $1.50, we can bring him a little gift too.

I did not find these at Target, but have been admiring them on Etsy for some time now.  One of these days I thought I would get around to covering some clipboards with fabric or scrapbook paper.  Now I don't have to because I found these at the Target DS:

I'm always finding things I want to attempt to sew online.  And Kylie emails me ideas pretty frequently.    I usually bookmark the page and then forget about it.  I'm going to arrange these clipboards on the wall in our study/sewing room, print out ideas, and hang them on these clipboards.  That way when I'm looking for a project, it's right there in front of me.

Does this stuff even need an explanation?  Super cute notecards for $1, magnets, and a notepad.

I also picked up a few of these little stackable totes.  

While you're in the shopping mood, Kate Spade is having an online sample sale that ends tomorrow, Feb 18.  There are some pretty good deals to be had.  Check it out here.