Last year I gave my husband a bunch of “12 Days of Christmas” presents. It was a huge hit!
This year I spent some of pre-Charlotte time making my own fun tags to go along with his gifts this December.
Feel free to download some tags for your “12 Days of Christmas” gifts!
Well this was definitely a Pinterest birthday. From marshmallow pops to a party hat banner and balloons on a string to hot chocolate on a stick. I had a lot of fun making some details for Rylie’s first birthday!
In my opinion, photo galleries are the best solution for big spaces which is probably why I have about 4 different ones in my house. This one by far the biggest at 95 inches by 51 inches.
This project would have been a lot quicker had I not wanted pink frames but black just wouldn’t do! So, I grabbed some spare frames, some donated frames from a friend, some spray primer and craft paint and got painting.
If you know me, you know that I love garage sales! This trip was a little tough because I had Rylie in tow and she is one heavy girl! But with the help of the lovely seller, I was able to bring this puppy home for only $8 (Regularly $24.99 I believe).
2 – sandpaper (had on hand)
3 – artist brush (had on hand)
4 – craft paint in Apple Tart (had on hand)
5 – chalkboard paint (had on hand)
7 – primer (had on hand)
8 – painter’s tape (had on hand)
9 – Ikea Gulliver’s kids table (garage sale $8.00)
Quick Steps >>
1 – give a quick sand over the entire piece to remove any varnish
2 – 2 coats of primer with foam roller and artist brush for hard to reach areas
3 – 2 coats of base coat with foam roller
4 – measure the height of the “dipped legs” and use painters tape to create a strong edge
5 – coat painter’s tape with clear nail polish or base coat (half of brush on tape, half of brush on base coat) to prevent the accent colour from seeping through
6 – 2 coats of accent colour with foam roller or brush
7 – 3 coats of chalkboard paint on top
8 – 2 coats of varnish on all areas except the chalkboard top
Well little Miss Rylie is on the verge of crawling… I can just feel it! With this new giant milestone approaching, I realized I needed a more “crawling-friendly” area for her to play in. So the once well-used office is slowing transitioning into her completely child-proof playroom. First things first – a new play mat. My colour scheme for this room is going to be blue, green & a raspberry pink so the standard multi-coloured play mats just won’t do. Enter a new project for me! Super easy to do, if you have a lot of time to put into it. After squeezing in crafting during some nap times and late nights I was able to finish this in a weekend.
So here are parts of the mat after about 6 months. As you can see it’s a little worn out… not too bad, and definitely still acceptable 🙂 The mats dented more than I thought they would, and to be honest, I didn’t expect on any peeled paint. Oh well, I still like it more than the multi coloured mats!
1 – foam mats (Walmart $10.48 x3)
2 – artist brush (Dollarama $1.05)
3 – stencil brush (borrowed)
4 – foam brush (had on hand)
5 – blank stencil (Michael’s $4.33)
6 – foam roller (Dollarama $2.10)
7 – all natural shellac (Home Depot $14.93)
8 – primer (had on hand)
9 – latex paint in Silver Dust (had on hand)
10 – craft paint in True Blue (Michaels $1.33 x2)
Update* – you can download my template if you plan on tracing with a blank stencil. Just print and trace! Circle Template
Quick Steps >>
I painted the smooth side of the pieces while unattached so I could move them around my house as they dried. I tried the textured side first but the paint kept chipping off.
1 – 2 coats of primer on the smooth side with foam roller
2 – 2 coats of base coat with foam roller
3 – stencil (create your own or buy one) with pieces attached to make sure the design matches up with craft paint and stencil brush
4 – touch up any stencil slips with base coat and artist brush
5 – 2 coats of shellac with pieces unattached with foam brush
6 – put mat together and let the crawling begin!