I’ve been working on Jenna’s closet for an upcoming post on Modern Parents, Messy Kids, and one of the items in need of an update was her mirror. It’s a basic, tall, white-framed mirror that we most likely purchased at Target or IKEA years ago. It’s held up pretty well, but it just didn’t fit the girly look I was going for.
My solution: add a border of paper half circles to create a scalloped frame.
Here’s how I did it. For a more sturdy and permanent solution, you could also use balsam wood circles (found at many craft stores) painted in any color.
Today is my first guest post on Modern Parents, Messy Kids. I’ll be contributing to a new-ish series called The Forever Home Project and sharing my journey of making our house a home. Today’s topic: creating a shared study space.
I made a simple holiday garland this weekend using material I had on hand. I purchased some felt balls from Purl Soho a few months ago and had been wanting to put them to use. I’ve seen a couple of felt ball garlands online and it made me wish I had purchased more. Since I only had a handful, I decided to combine them with felt flowers and pom poms.
I made the flowers by cutting petals out of felt and sewing them together in the center. I used this tutorial, minus the decoupage/glue step.
For the poms poms, I used this tutorial. Jenna really wanted to help, so I wrapped the yarn around her hands to form the pom poms instead of my own.
Once the pieces were ready, I threaded everything onto red and white striped twine.
And then I placed the garland along our windows in the kitchen.
Last week I had the opportunity to work on a fun project with Land of Nod. They let me pick out my favorite chairs from their collection and show how I would make them my own. My approach – dip dye and dots! See more of the project here.
I’m seriously loving all of the use of boxes, drawers and crates for displaying cherished little objects. But I have to wonder if the objects displayed stay on display. In my kids’ rooms, the shelves are usually bare and every other surface – especially the floor – is completely covered. Maybe my kids are just messier … or maybe I just need higher shelves?
I am always on the lookout for ways to display children’s art. I especially love ideas that let children hang up their own art, as Jenna loves to decorate the walls with her pictures. Last week, I made these simple ‘art dots’ that allow you to easily display something on the wall and just as easily remove it or reposition it later.
We’re down to less than 2 weeks before Jason’s starts school. I haven’t seen his classroom yet, but I’m pretty certain it will look nothing like the classrooms I remember. The desk in #6 looks so ancient to me now, but I’m certain I sat in one of those back in the day. I can’t help but have a bit of nostalgia for the classrooms of my childhood, but I certainly hope Jason’s digs are more comfortable.
Jason is starting kindergarten this year, and I’ve recently started talking to him about what to expect at school – the activities he’ll be doing, how he’ll get there, when he’ll come home, etc. And since I’m pretty obsessed with Instagram, I decided to make a clock using pictures I’ve taken of his daily activities. This way, he’ll have a visual depiction of his day. Now maybe he’ll learn what to expect when school starts and - even better – learn how to tell time. I think it might be catching on. When I first gave him the clock yesterday afternoon, he immediately told his sister it was time for playdough. Lesson learned.
I’m working on a step-by-step tutorial, but here’s a sneak peek:
As many of you know, I’m a regular contributor to Land of Nod‘s blog, Honest to Nod. Today is their first birthday! To celebrate, they are offering a chance to win a Land of Nod giftcard, and I’m sharing a few of my favorite posts below. Happy Birthday, Honest to Nod!
Earlier this year I wrote about a blank space in our living room – the sometimes Christmas tree, sometimes play area space that we have yet to decorate. My plan was to buy a new chair and side table, but once again, playing has won out over decorating.
It started after Jenna’s birthday party, when we moved this table from the playroom to the backyard to serve as the main tea party table. After the party, we moved the table inside and, temporarily, placed it in the living room. I think carrying it upstairs seemed like too much work at the time. Since then it’s become the main space for playing and drawing, and I realized that I liked having a large table in the living room. This week I decided to convert the table into a chalkboard surface, which was surprisingly easy.
I started by cleaning the table and taping the edges of the table with painter’s tape.
I used Rust-oleum chalkboard paint and a small roller brush to cover the surface. The paint goes on very smoothly and dries to the touch in about 30 minutes. It’s also recommended that you wait 3 days before using chalk on the surface.
But, of course, that untouched surface didn’t remain for long. J+J covered nearly the entire surface in chalk as soon as I let them start drawing.