Saturday, February 26, 2011

Monogrammed "Suitcase" Pillow

This little hottie is my grandson.  He's seen here modeling a pillow I made for his airplane themed bedroom.  

I won't say what I had to promise to get him to do this for me but I'll just share this little tidbit...he's not cheap.

I used a standard size bed pillow for the insert.  The body measurements were the same as those on the tag of the pillow plus 1/2 inch all the way around for a seam allowance.  

Here's a picture tutorial...

The finished pillow...

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

DIY French Style Jug

Things like this never, ever happen to me.  But, just this once...
I got lucky.  

And, it was a perfect fit, a match made in heaven, a pretend vintage french jug in the making.

All I had to do was water down some dark brown acrylic paint, coat the basket to give it some age... 

...and clean up the jug a little.

That's it.

How lucky was that?

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Making and Enhancing Children's Silhouettes

These little cutie patooties with their perfect little profiles are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside.  They're adorable...

I'm working on their grandmother's master bedroom, wanted to add their silhouettes to the room and thought I'd share how I made them.

How to...
All the pictures were taken in profile against a light colored wall.

 After enlarging and printing the pictures I went to work adding a few enhancements -- penciling in collars, buttons, 
bows, ribbons and the like.  

I think these little additions make all the difference in the world.  

I also traced the outline of each profile carefully so it's easier to follow the line when cutting the silhouettes out.  

I trimmed around each picture leaving a border.  I added a tiny bead of glue around the outside edge of the picture (not on the picture itself because that would just be dumb) and pressed 
the picture onto black paper. 

I do it like this so I can cut the picture and the black paper out at the same time.  This way,  by cutting the picture out only once, 
the silhouette is more accurate.

The frames are cream and are lightly distressed.  The backgrounds are a smokey gray blue fabric I used in other projects in the room.


Adorable.  But I said that already.

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