Monday, May 16, 2011

Season 3: Week 3 - Blogger Knock-Off - vote for your favorite

Upholstered, Tufted Headboard
I was hoping to make it to Week 3 because I was so looking forward to getting at least one tutorial off my to-make list. So, yay! The list is officially one project shorter!

I have been wanting to make an upholstered headboard for (literally) years. There are so many great headboard tutorials out there, but I ended up following the incredibly detailed and helpful tutorial from Centsational Girl along with some helpful hints from the tutorial at Green Your Decor.

This is the first time I have had a headboard in my adult life. It's awesome. I LOVE it.

AND. Did I mention that I only spent about $80 on a king-sized headboard? Because that totally happened. I am so pleased with our new, pretty, grown-up master bedroom. I hope you like it too!

Felt Car Play Mat

We have a little friend who is having a birthday very soon and loves cars and trucks. When I saw this tutorial for a felt car play mat that turns into a house on Cook Clean Craft I knew it would be the perfect gift.

I used a different layout and a few different buildings than the original, but overall I didn't stray too far from her example. The biggest difference would be that I sewed everything down instead of gluing it. I love that it folds up nice and neat into a little house for easy clean up and travel.

I am really pleased with how the play mat turned out. I hope our friend likes it too!

Life Is Sweet Wall Hanging

And this SWEET piece of art came together!!
I used some favorite scrapbook papers, threw in a super-sweet quote, mixed it all up with modge podge, and crowned each confection with jewel buttons for cherries!
I'm in love with this wall hanging!!
Hope you like it too!!

The Princess Fortress
Does any body else secretly hate it when dad and kids fill the living room with every blanket, chair and broomstick in the house in efforts to build the most space consuming fort they can? Not to mention it "has to" be left up for at least a day making any other purpose for the main living area unattainable.
Because I do secretly hate all that, this idea from Design Sponge was very appealing to me. It's a semi-permanent, out of the way, and much more glamorous fort to satisfy the needs of the children. Not to mention, it was a rather genius way to fill an empty corner of the princess room.
And I have to tell you, I haven't had this much fun playing with loads of luxurious fabrics since I was a little girl raiding my grandma's stash.
So I suggest you check out the design sponge how-to and make a princess fort for yourself! I've so loved the tea parties and piles of books we have already enjoyed in here.
Wouldn't this also be dreamy under a shade tree, or glamorous over a bed. I also love how design sponge used it as a romantic escape.
Finally, for you fabric hoarders like me - this too can cost you nothing!

Chicken Wire Frame

This week's theme is my favorite! I love finding great tutorials from crafters and following them! I decided to make a Chicken Wire Frame and I followed The Project Girl's tutorial. Not only is her tutorial really easy to follow but she has free printables for this project as well! The cost for this project for me was free! I already had a frame that I wanted to re-purpose, spray paint & staple gun and I used some of my grandpa's chicken wire. I am thrilled with how it turned out and it makes me want to make more of them! Here are my before and after shots (it's a pretty big change!)

And here are some up close and personal shots I took so that you can see how cute the printables look on it!

Birdie Wings
Inspired by Llevo el Invierno
I cannot remember how I stumbled on Ari's blog, Llevo el Invierno. She lives in Mexico and her blog is written in Spanish, which I don't speak at all, but some things are universal. Like crafts. I saw these amazing wings and fell in love.  I always planned on making my own and this week's challenge was exactly the push I needed.  Ari has very minimal instructions on her blog post, so I had to figure a few things out, but I got her permission to write a step-by-step tutorial after this week's voting.

I made a few changes.  Ari had ribbons attached as thumb loops and around the neck to attach the wings to the child.  I knew my kids could not tie those themselves, so I made my thumb loops from elastic and put Velcro on the neck sash so my little birdie could get winged herself.

One of the very best parts of this craft? I did not purchase any supplies.  I used up fabric scraps, leftover ribbon and other sewing bits and pieces I already had on hand.  Bonus!


  1. Another round of amazing projects! Hey, I would LOVE if you guys had the subscribe button on your blog where we could have your post sent straight to our emails.

  2. Oh my gosh, you all are so remarkable!!!

  3. hiya , great round of projects it took me a while to pick a fav ! tfs

  4. Another tough choice, great projects!

  5. What great projects! (I had to vote for the one using my tutorial though - it turned out fab!)

  6. Those are some awesome projects!