I have seen this specific design on pinterest for a long time and knew it would be perfect for Charlie’s room. Here are some other design’s that are just as awesome and are a little less work on your part.
I am remembering how slow projects go when you have a newborn.
I took months for me to finish Rose’s crib project because of lack of motivation and short time in between feedings. Now I have a three yr old that would love to help by smearing paint everywhere. So I am only working on the side table after bedtime.
In the morning Rose was so excited to see it was turning pink. So excited that she had to get some of her books to test it out.
For Christmas we wanted to Santa to bring a play kitchen for Rose. I had a few different options that I liked: Pottery Barn kitchen (very expensive), Playschool plastic kitchen (Big bulky and to cutesie for my liking), Ikea kitchen (economical but involved traveling to the store in another state), or make one myself (fun to design but a big project).
There are lots examples of really fun DIY play kitchens from Pinterest that gave me ideas. Refurbishing a entertainment center seemed like a novel idea cause they are reasonably price on Craigslist and I could make it look exactly like I want.
But then I looked at reality and saw the unspoken costs involved. So I asked myself when is it ok for me to forgo making and just buy it from the store. When should a crafter see the writing on the wall and realize that they should just buy it?
1. Do you have the tools needed?
One can not justify the cost of buying power tools to make something especially if the needed tools cost more than what the item would cost from a store. I agree that if you would use a chop saw everyday then it would be worth the price but unless you are going to become a carpenter at night the purchase would be a waste of resources.
2. Can the look or quality be duplicated?
If you have in you mind a very specific look or high quality can it be remade by your self?
3. Do you have room to devote to your project?
If it is a big project it could take several days or weeks to finish it. If so ask yourself can you and your family stand the mess that long? We live in an apartment so I don’t have an out of the way space to make such a huge mess. Plus it would be a battle to keep Rose out of it.
4. Would it be a constant reminder of stress?
Did you and your spouse have a major blow out while making the project? Did you want to pull out all your hair half way through? If a project caused so much angst and it is sitting in your home do you want to be reminded of those bad feelings. For Rose’s room I made a ruffled curtain. It turned out great but sometimes when I see it I am reminded of how much work it was to cut the fabric, sewing each piece, ruffling each piece, and placing each layer. Also if we move her into another room with more than one window I will have to sew another one.
5. The biggest question to ask yourself- Do you have the time?
Our time is the most valuable resources that we have and once it is gone we can not earn more. So ask yourself how is your time be best spent and be honest with yourself.
These could be applied to when to do your own home improvement, making your own beauty supplies, or sewing your own clothes.
In the end we chose one from Ikea and Rose loves it.
My latest project was inspired by Do it yourself Diva with her revamping a recliner. Tom reclaimed his recliner so I needed a new chair in Rose’s room. I snagged a solidly build recliner from a garage sale for $30 but it was not very pretty looking. With on sale fabric for $50 I set out to see if it could be done.
Some tips from the Diva that were very helpful were
1. take lots of pictures. Even if you think it is over kill you will forget how something fits back together and they will save your bacon.
2. Make sure the stuffing/padding of the chair is still good so that you don’t have to basically rebuild a new chair.
One little hick up was that the previously chair owner shared it with a small animal. Which meant such drama when both Tom and Rose had watery eyes and running noses till I tossed the original fabric. Learn from my mistake if you have family members with allergy’s check super close for cat hair before you buy.
The chair is in the living room right now. I kind of think that it will not going to make it to Rose’s room because then Tom couldn’t lay back and watch tv in it. But now that I have proven to him that I can successfully recover a recliner there is a 70’s orange chair that I now have the permission to update.
I admit it I have a girl. I love to dress her in girly things.
I dyed a onsie and some lace with a mixture of Rit Scarlett and Tangerine dye following the stove top instructions. I think I have a thing for this color because I wear it all the time and I find myself drawn to it over and over.
Then I cut five pieces of lace, centered of each to the onsie, and attach by sewing one layer at a time.
The ruffles took less that 15 minutes and I loved how cute it turned out.
In efforts to keep busy and still be creative I like to make things for Rose. Here is a headband that I out of things that I have around the house. I call it her Cheerleader headband.
From a t-shirt that I no longer wear I cut thin strips.
I then wrapped the strips loosely around my fingers and tied it in the center with a double knot.
Cut the two loops that are around my fingers finishing the pom pom.
And finished it off by sewing the pom pom to some thin elastic. Simple, cute, and easy.
I added another flower for her week photo to add some variety.