Sewing/craft room DIY

Over Spring Break, better known as Masters’ week where I live, I decided to start working on my sewing room. Quick history: Hubby and I bought our house November 2011. We (I) decorated our bedroom and nursery since I was already a few months pregnant with baby girl. The third bedroom quickly became the “storage/whatever we don’t need right now/whatever baby girl has outgrown” room. We kept the door closed most of the time, and went on about our business. Last summer, I got the “I need to paint something” itch, and created the office Hubby had been desiring. That blog post is here.

Hubby was happy, I was happy. Good, right? Well, yes, at first. Making the curtains for the office awakened a sewing/crafting maniac that I did not know was hiding inside of me. I began churning out skirts, scarves, and wreaths. Hubby’s computer-programming room had become an office for two. We dealt with cohabiting the space, but my craft materials quickly began to outgrow the office. I knew that I was going to have to do something about the space issue, but the idea of tackling the neglected room was very daunting.

Fast forward to March, when we finally got the “storage” room cleared out. I picked out fabric from my trusty favorite, Carousel Designs, that matched my DeniseMay Creations logo. I then went to Lowe’s and picked out a matching gray (I’ve been looking for a reason to paint some walls gray) color in Olympic One (eggshell finish). The rest is (soon to be) history.

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This is the view from the door. That ceiling fan up there? This lady installed it! As I mentioned in the past, the previous homeowner took all lighting fixtures when they moved out. We usually just kept a lamp hooked up for light, but for sewing, lots of light is needed. You can also see the rocker that was previously kept in baby girl’s room. I don’t use it much, but baby girl and Hubby like to sit in it sometimes while I’m working. Okay, now a quick run-down of the different areas of my room. My sewing desk came from Walmart.com. It was super inexpensive, and is super functional. It stores all three of my machines. Pictured here are my Singer sewing and Brother embroidery machines. Inside the side cabinet is where I store my Singer serger. photo 1 (14)   Next is my Closetmaid cubeicals organizer. I literally have one of these in just about every room in different sizes. I use one as a shoe rack in our foyer, there is one in our entertainment room, two in the office, one in the living room, one in my daughter’s room, one in the Master closet, and one in the Master bath. They are relatively inexpensive and can be customized for whatever your needs may be. For this room, I bought the largest one in the house because I know I have a ton of odds and ends to keep up with (cloth, thread, shipping supplies, paint, etc). We either purchase ours from Target or Walmart. I have also seen them at Lowe’s. DSC_5132 I was going to stage the organizer and make it look pretty for the picture, but I wanted to be real with y’all. It’s a work room, and therefore, looks worked in. 😉 Next is a different view of the desk. You see a hanging plastic mannequin my parents had leftover. Also hanging on the wall is a huge board I found at Hobby Lobby for a steal (with a coupon)! I can’t find the exact one, but here is one that is about the same size. Mine has a wood trim, and I don’t think it’s magnetic. I covered the edges of the white area with painter’s tape and painted the wood a pretty blue to match my logo. I use it to list the open orders I have, as well as any business-related tasks I need to care of. Having it in plain view helps a TON.photo 2 (13)DSC_5114     Above is a picture of how I organize my embroidery thread, as well as a few spools of sewing thread. Since I embroider several times a week, it helps me to be able to have it within easy reach. I found the rack at Walmart. It is meant to be propped up, so I drilled one hole at the top of each side and secured it to the wall with large nails.   The following pictures are sewing-inspiration-related pictures I found online. The first: “Periodic Table of Sewing Elements”, came from The Scientific Seamstress’s blog. Her blog is full of functional cuteness for sewers/crafters. I just printed, trimmed the edges, and stuck it in a frame. DSC_5131 Next, is a printable from KooserDesign on Etsy. “She turned her can’ts into cans and her dreams into plans” is my new motto regarding my small business. DSC_5129

Finally, is one I picked because it’s pretty self-explanatory! I found this on Etsy as well at Heart Impression’s shop. DSC_5128

“Do more of what makes you happy”

   Shot of the whole wall with the organizer, chair, and artwork:DSC_5127I have my rotary cutter mat hanging behind the door: DSC_5125And I found this frame online at Michael’s. I originally bought it to put around my thread rack, but #1: it’s not big enough for it to fit, and #2, it’s cut to hang vertically, not horizontally. I refused to take it back, though, so I painted it pink, hung some hooks in the wall, and hung my rotary cutter and extra pair of scissors inside of it above the dresser that holds my infinity scarf fabric stash. DSC_5123I found all of these organizers months ago at the dollar section in the front of Target. I randomly bought 1 or 2 at a time, with no real original use for them, I just thought they were cute. Turns out they match the overall color theme pretty well (or at least close enough to live with). DSC_5122 The following dresser is very near and dear to my heart. It’s the dresser I used when I was growing up. My parents bought all three of their kids one, and I took mine with me when I moved out during my second year of college. It was a much lighter color than this originally, and the handles were gold. I had it in the corner, and when I called my husband to come look at the progress I was making, he said “That dresser has to go!” He meant it in the nicest way possible, though. 🙂 I totally agreed that it didn’t match, but I couldn’t part with it just yet. I did what any paint lover would do: bought a couple of cans of a brown-black color spray paint (I think I used Dark Walnut) from Jo-Ann, and a can of chrome-colored silver Metallic paint and painted the dresser and handles. It looks brand new! DSC_5121Shot of the wall from top to bottom:

DSC_5120A copy of my logo that my Hubby had framed in glass for me hangs above the closet:

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**Update** I forgot to include a shot of the curtain valance! This is one of the last things I did, besides painting the dresser. I found the silver curtain hooks and rod at Lowe’s. It may be a little hard to see all of the detail, but I linked the fabric at the beginning of the post.

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That’s pretty much it! I still can’t believe I finally did my room. It’s so peaceful to work in and makes me feel really productive! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and reading my ramblings! 🙂

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Minnie Mouse 2nd Birthday Party: DIY Recap

On April 12, we held the long-awaited (at least, for me) 2nd birthday party for my little toddler. Here is a recap of how it went and what I did. I’m not including pictures of everything, just the DIY items.

Here is Nadia wearing her fabric/tulle tutu and applique tee I made her. She is also wearing her Minnie Mouse ears. Every child got a set to wear. The tutorial for them is here.

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The next two pictures show how the centerpieces from this tutorial were used. I put them on the two 8′ tables I pushed together, as well as on the mouse ears/bubbles table.

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In the previous picture, I used this tutorial from a blog called Crackers and Carrots as a guide to make the info poster. It now hangs on her bedroom wall. The original does have our last name on it, but I edited it out for privacy purposes.

I made these goodie bags (with a little help on assembly from my Mom) for each kid guest. They were very easy and fast to make (sorry, no tutorial). They were filled with age-appropriate gifts since we had several ages present. I used things like: crayons, Play -Doh, stickers, baby board books, jump ropes, sunglasses, ball and paddles, pencils, Rubik’s cube, etc. All were Mickey/Minnie theme with the exception of the Play-Doh, and were found at Party City, Michael’s, and Target.

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The back had the following sticker, found from this shop on Etsy.

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Next up is one of my favorite touches from the party: the food signs! I used this tutorial from Laurel Lane crafts to get myself started.

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Nadia LOVED the dipped cookies! She kept sneaking away to get them.

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A friend made this cake, but it was so adorable, I had to share!

Oh, and here is a family shot with Hubby and I wearing the Mickey and Minnie Mouse pocket tees I embroidered that morning along with the birthday girl. His tee came with the pocket, but I made mine from a fabric quarter I bought at Hobby Lobby:

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I think that pretty much covers all of the DIY projects for the party. Simple, but full of pink, black, and white. Baby girl and her guests had a blast, and I was really happy with how it all turned out! Thanks for reading! Which was your favorite? Have any questions? Leave a comment below!

Minnie Mouse Centerpieces

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If you’ve clicked on this post hoping to get a tutorial to make this adorable centerpiece, you won’t be disappointed! This was super easy and cheap to make, so keep reading if you want to make them too!

I started out with these cute pink pails from Target. They were on the cute aisle when you first walk in that’s full of treasures and goodies if you’re crafty, a teacher, or a Mommy. In my case, I’m all three!DSC_4783

Black paint and paintbrush from Joann:

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Cute hot pink/white polka dot wired ribbon and floral foam (Joann):

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Small and large Styrofoam balls (Joann):

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Pink and white polka dot paper straws (Target) and black tulle circles (Joann):

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Toothpicks (Kroger)

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First, I protected my table with an old tablecloth and laid the balls out like this:DSC_4799

I grabbed the brush and acrylic paint and got to painting!

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They took a while to try. A couple of days later, I had time to get back to work. I cut the floral foam in half using a dull kitchen knife, and inserted a paper straw in the center. I used “StyroGlue” to help secure it to the bottom of the pail.

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Next, I took several tulle circles, folded them, and pushed them down around the green foam. Poof! The foam is invisible!

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Just a few more steps! Take one of the large foam balls and push it on the top of the paper straw. Stick toothpicks on either side of the “Minnie head”, and attach the small balls on either side for the ears. If you prefer larger ears, simply purchase larger styrofoam balls instead of the smaller ones. 🙂

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I made a bow, and used a stick pin to secure it to the top of the head. I hesitate to use hot glue on styrofoam, which is why you see me trying out styrofoam glue and pins and alternate methods to attach things to it.

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That’s it! I have 5 more to make for the party and I’ll be set.

We’re going to have 3 tables for food, and one of these will go on each side of the table.

Since the party is now almost a week out, I will probably put up only one or two more posts before then. I’ll take lots of pictures of the decor and put it all in a handy dandy post for you to recap the festivities. Thanks for reading!

Birthday Party Planning: DIY

As mentioned in the first post, this special young lady turns two in April!

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Well, April is just around the corner! The party is 12 weeks away from tomorrow, which sounds like a lot of time. However, if you’re like me (wanting to create a lot of personal touches), 12 weeks is just enough time to create the Minnie Mouse party I see in my mind.

When I sat down to plan her party, I came up with the following categories:

  • Party theme
  • Party date and time
  • Guest list
  • Invitations
  • Decorations
  • Favors
  • Activities/schedule
  • Menu
  • Cake
  • Photography

Once I had the categories, I researched to see how much each should cost, as well as when we need it by. I split the total cost up over January-April budgets, and will slowly purchase everything needed between now and then. My motto for this is: “Slow and steady wins the race”.

Last year, we had her first birthday party at our house. While it went well, there was a LOT to be learned from the experience. I spent a lot of time of Pinterest (and I do mean a lot), and came up with ideas for each category listed above. I have started enlisting the help of those who are needed to pull this off, and I have made my list to DIY projects for the party.

The posts over the next several weeks will show the process behind completing those projects. They include:

  • Pin the bow on the Minnie like this:

Pin the tail

  • Centerpieces like this:

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  • Minnie/Mickey ears like these:

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  • Favor bags like these:

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  • Birthday outfit like this (I think….I may do a cloth tutu):

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  • And, info board like this:

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I plan to tackle the Minnie/Mickey ears first, so expect to see how those turned out on the next post (1st Friday of February). So that’s it, y’all! A (very) brief synopsis of how I get the ball rolling when planning a small event. I’m sooo looking forward to digging in to all of the DIY awesomeness!