Friday, September 30, 2011

Painted Curtains!

It's time for my true heritage to shine through... guess how much these curtains cost me! Oh bah, my Mennonite family will be proud. Did you guess? ... and I don't Derek guess. (Side note= Derek is my brother, and whenever I think I found a good deal on something I would ask him to guess the price, he always guesses a ridiculously low price just to wipe the proud smile of my face) Answer: 4 dollars! All I had to buy was a 4$ flat sheet from the thrift store.

I first cut it in two then sewed it along the cut and a seem at the top for the curtain rod to fit through. Next I penciled on a stencil, then I painted it on. Super easy. My only regret is that I should have bought fabric medium to add to the latex paint I used. (I used the same paint as on the dresser) Honestly, I was too lazy to go to the store and too excited to start painting. ... yes, I was excited and lazy at the same time.... it happens. But all in all, totally pumped at how they turned out!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Give me an "M"

Give me an "M" .... give me an "A".... give me an "X"
Yeah Max!
Luckily Max has such a short name... it allowed me to frame each letter. I love how it turned out. Personally, I think it looks way better in real life.... so how ever much you like it, just know you would like it just a little bit more in real life : )
I had these frames in my dinningroom before, with different scrapbooking paper. But I am in the mood for a wall art shake up, so I am moving stuff around, modifying a few things. So when I decided to use these for Max's room I thought I would look for scrapbooking paper again... but whilest fabric shopping I found a print that I loved and matches his bedding... and way cheaper then buy the 6 pieces of paper I would have needed. The letters are cardstock cut outs that I painted with the same paint from the dresser.

Beautiful Blue

I finished Max's dresser... and I am so in love with the color. I think this is one of my favorite projects.

Sadly, this is the only before picture I have, I have almost finished sanding it here.

I bought this dresser of kijiji for 100$.... that plus 16$ worth of paint, 10$ shelf liner and lots of hours of love =

Saturday, September 24, 2011


This post is for my Grandma T... but everyone else can read too : )

Grandma we are so excited for your visit. Here is a photo of Max and me to get you excited for your visit! Max can't wait to meet his great grandparents! See you soon

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Max's Room... take 2

To theme or not to theme...
In the beginning of planing out Max's room I was trying to come up with a good theme. I had planed on doing Jip and Janneke. They are characters from popular children's books in the Netherlands. I used these books to try to learn the language when I lived in Holland and totally fell in love with the illustrations.
I had big plans for using these characters... including a painted mural, but in the end we only used a few photos of the characters here and there.So I guess I wouldn't call it a theme room.... because of this it leaves room for incorporating other things in the room. On the floating shelves is one of my husband favorite childhood books, Professor Wormbog... which has amazing illustrations as well.
Anyway... here are a few photos.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Max's Room ... take 1

I did the tree mural from my last post and I love it! I have been finding it a little challenging to decorate Max's room, but I feel that things are on a roll now. I am currently working on painting a dresser for his room and modifying a crib bedding set that I bought... hopefully pictures will be up soon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

One Sleepless Night

Last night i couldn't sleep... because of this I think it will lead to many more long nights. I spent my time looking at amazing projects... so now I have been inspired to do about 30 new projects. Check them out...

These three pieces of furniture are made from old doors and windows... of which I have an abundance of! I really want to do the red shelf project... but make two and paint them white. They are from

I am thinking of doing this project for my bedroom.

I love love love this mirror... its made with paint stirring sticks. The wall stencils and the mirror are from

I have been struggling with what to to with Max's room... and then I saw this birch forest from