Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Turtle for a Baby

My brother-in-law loves turtles, so I knew I wanted to make my soon to be niece a stuffed turtle. At the last minute before the baby shower, I managed to (mostly) complete it. I realized that I forgot to put the eyes on it. Oh well. Since it's a gift for a baby, I  opted not to add the felt flower. I used this pattern from Heather Bailey and some of my stash of Full Bloom fabric by Bari.

I spent last week, not only speed remodeling a bathroom, but also cleaning, decluttering, and making this guy. I also whipped out a large curtain panel for the family room. One more to go and that's over, thank goodness. I have some other sewing projects waiting in the wings.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bathroom Mini Reveal

It was hard work, but I finally got the bathroom remodel 'finished' for my sister-in-law's baby shower. It's not really finished, because the new floor won't be installed for another two weeks. Add to that a new vanity, painting the wall cabinet, and finishing the faux board & batten ala Welcome to Heardmont.

Here's the before. You can't see all the patches, spackle, and random primed section in this photo. You'll just have to trust me when I say it was UGLY! Don't even ask about the nasty grout that cannot be cleaned. Ugh.

Here's a mock up.

Drum roll please…here's what it looks like now! I love it!!!

It took me forever to choose the color! My youngest son picked it, but it seemed to over the top even for me. I finally went for it when I met Danielle Hirsch at an OSH grand opening! Remember her from Color Splash? She agreed with Josh on the color. She was so sweet!! Meeting her was the highlight of my day! Check out her Restore my Decor to win a makeover!

Here is a sample of the board & batten (and the bathroom inspiration I used) I'll be installing next. You can see the tutorial here.

I can't wait to be completely finished with this project!

P.S. the color is a Martha Stewart Araucana Teal

Monday, September 19, 2011

A quick check in and a Collage Portrait

Last Mother's Day I made this collage portrait for my friend, Paula Prass. I was so saddened when she lost her son. That's every parent's worst nightmare. Making this portrait for her was just a small way for me to reach out to her and let her know she's not alone. I'm so happy to hear it made it safely to her new home, despite the straight-out-of-SNL movers she hired. You can read about those guys here.

This last weekend was our church's Festival! It's the highlight of the year. My kids rode their favorite ride, The Zipper, over and over and over again. They have cast iron stomachs.

And here is my trusty assistant. He's helping me choose paint colors for the half bathroom. More on that and who, ultimately, picked out the color tomorrow.

Friday, September 9, 2011

A wagon full of friends

I completed a last minute piece for my portfolio. Here's the sketch. I'm thinking of squeezing in one more.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sketching and Illustrator's Day prep

I'm busy prepping for Illustrator's Day this Saturday. I finished my Gingerbread Man homework project last night. I still have to print out my portfolio, but I'm trying to squeeze in one more piece first.

These are a few sketches I've done recently in my sketchbook, not to be confused with my completely untouched and neglected Sketchbook Project. Ahem.

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