Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Whimsical, Wanderlust Nursery on Studio 5!

Studio 5 - Nursery Makeover
Welcoming a new baby into your home is such a big life step!  Since my brother and sister-in-law, Jessi, will be welcoming their first baby this spring, they've been making all the necessary preparations...the nursery being a major piece!  In conjunction with Studio 5, I teamed up with Jessi to create a whimsical wanderlust nursery that she'll love laying her sweet baby to sleep in.  Goodness!  I love it so much, I may be sleeping over too!
The idea for the nursery really began at the top...Literally!  Despite Jessi's reservations, I convinced her that we just had to do a hot air balloon ceiling for the baby's room.  Now that it's complete...We both couldn't be happier!  It is so fun and happy, you can't enter this room without smiling!  See the full instructions for creating a circus top ceiling of your own here.
Since Jessi and I both have a love of travel and wanderer hearts, we concurred that this baby girl's room needed to instill the love of adventure, dreaming, exploring and soaring high.  I love the thought of bringing motivation and strength into a room's decor, and that's exactly what we set out to do.  Once the ceiling was complete, we added a number of hot air balloon inspired elements to tie in our theme.
I got this adorable handmade Hot Air Balloon basket from Mindi Hannan of  Birds Eye Blue.  I fell in love with it first for it's baby photography potential, but it doubles as such an adorable storage bin for our room, I just couldn't resist!  These balloons are totally customized and made individually.  It really adds such a fun element to our room.
Our gallery wall was built from a number of frames (check out your local thrift store and add spray paint), filled with a variety of hot air balloon images.  I used free images found online and printed them at my local print shop.  Try using your photo editing software to add inspirational text or even customize the color of your images.
A little baby bunting goes a long way.  I love the way this little banner (pieced together from 2 pre-made banners available at Target) adds to this simple floating shelf.
Ever world explorer needs a good map!  I designed this watercolor map and had it printed in large format at Costco.  We then repurposed a thrift store frame with spray paint to create the perfect above the crib wall hanging!
You can't have a nursery without a mobile!  I love the way this little soaring mobile turned out.   The best part is...it was so easy!  Each balloon and cloud were hand drawn, cut in half, and then traced onto 6 sheets of paper, folded in half.  Cut each pattern out (with the folded side staying in tact) and then glue the 6 sheets together.  Attach string as desired.
Hanging the balloons from different heights allows for lots of movement for baby to watch.
I hung the mobile above the crib using a little c hook in the ceiling.  So simple!
One of my favorite pieces of the room is this Anthropology inspired hand painted globe.  Not only was it fun to create, but it is also an adorable accent piece for the travel inspired room.  See the full tutorial for creating a globe of your own here.

Forget the walls, paint the ceiling! on Studio 5

The very first time I saw a circus tent ceiling, I knew I needed to create a room around the idea!  So, when my sister-in-law approached me about her nursery, I roped her into the idea!
In the interest of full disclosure, it took 3 people about 20 hours combined to create this ceiling, but we would all say the end result was worth every moment on the ladder with our arms over our heads! The finished product is just absolutely magical!  So magical, that I have another balloon ceiling in the works for my new house!  Yay!

With that introduction....here's the how to for creating a circus tent ceiling of your own!
Begin with your wall color. For us, what began as a bubble gum pink room quickly transformed into a soft grey with a few coats of paint.  (Valspar's Blizzard to be exact)
Next, tackle the base color of your ceiling. Luckily, the ceiling in our room was already white, so we just taped off about 11 inches and continued the white down our wall to create a nice canvas for the stripes.
When selecting a paint color, keep in mind that colors on a wall are much bolder than they appear in a paint swatch.  Our original color got toned down to just a tint of tiffany blue in order to achieve our final results.  (We used Valspar Stillness to create our blue stripes).  We had originally started with a darker shade that would have been much too bold.
To measure our stripes, we used this very professional measuring guide (aka homemade cardboard cut to size).  We wanted even stripes around our room so we made one cardboard piece to size and the other to take in to account the two pieces of painters tape.
Note, the finished measurements alternate between what looks like one fat stripe and one skinny stripe.  What appears to be a skinny stripe is actually the same width as the fat stripe once the blue tape was removed.  Once the stripes are taped, mark each colored stripe with a small dot of colored paint, this will help you immensely in the process of painting and taping.
The next step that made this process sooooo much easier was using a chalk line system to mark off the tape lines.  Taping and chalking is definitely a two man process.  One person holds the chalk line in the center of the room, while the other holds it against the edge.  Once the line is placed, the tape is easy to apply.
Make sure to apply tape as firmly as possible, especially with textured ceilings.  A tight seal is imperative to getting a clean finish.
Have tape run as close to the center of the room as possible without blending lines.
We applied just one coat of blue paint so that the coverage was soft and ethereal.  You can definitely apply a second coat if desired, but keep in mind, the bolder the color, the more imperfections will show.  Remove tape while paint is still wet to insure a clean line.
Once all the tape is removed, gaze up and admire your work!  You won't be able to stop smiling!  It's just so engaging!  Once tape is removed, you can touch up any spots that are in need.
These vinyl wall decals (available at Target) made the perfect edge for our striped ceiling. 
We applied these decals just like a sticker to the bottom of our stripes.  With our textured walls and fresh paint, we did have to use spray adhesive to get them to adhere well.  The gold shimmer adds a bit of bling to the room and finishes off the stripes just perfectly!
Whether you use a scallop or a simple stripe, you'll want some way to finish off your stripe edge.
Since the circus tent stripes really draw your eye to the center of the room, the light fixture you choose is a major player in how the room turns out.  This gorgeous Murray Feiss bird cage chandelier was picked up at Lighting Design (Layton and Draper).  Their showrooms were just to die for!  Visiting their store made me want to replace every fixture in my home!
Because the stripes get tighter as you approach the room's center, you'll need a large fixture to take up the slack. Instead of using an expensive chandelier medallion to finish the center of the room, I found a 50 cent thrift store platter and cut a whole in it to fit the light fittings.  It couldn't be a more perfect centerpiece for this nursery!

To see more on the nursery process, watch the Entire Studio 5 Segment.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Countdowns 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and that means it's time to start counting down to the big day!  Today, I joined Studio 5 for another rendition of my Handmade Christmas Countdowns!  It's been nine years running, so it feels a bit like one of my own Christmas traditions. I hope you'll love this year's creations!

The Pallet Tree

I've been wanting to make my own version of the pallet board tree for several years now, but was always too overwhelmed by the idea.  This year, I finally bit the bullet and it was SO EASY!
Here's what you need to make your own:
4 wood fence slats (available from hardware stores)
A hammer
Furniture nails (for hanging bags)
Bags and numbers of your choice

Cut wood slats into pieces-one of each into the following lengths in inches: 52 (main post), 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 25, 29, 33, and two 10" lengths for the base.  Use nails to assemble tree as shown.
Once tree branches are nailed in place, assemble base with several nails to secure as shown.
Add furniture nails to hang treat bags on.  Decorate treat bags as desired and label with numbers. 
Fill bags as desired and watch as Christmas gets closer each day!

The Pin Board

From numbers to pictures, this vintage santa inspired calendar turns the days to Christmas one at time. No sugar involved!
Here's what you need to make your own:
Cork board (mine is from Target $9.99)
Mix of lettering and decorative elements for title (clean out your leftover bits and pieces)
Stick pins (mine are from the wedding section of Michaels)
Jewelry Pendants, tags, or just plain card stock (I got my pendants online from United Crafters. Love them!)
Brown ink pad to make edges look aged if desired.
Get creative with your scraps and put together a collage topper you love.  Start with a solid base piece and build from there.  Add different combinations of lettering and embellishments until it's just right.

Print downloadable file on card stock and cut for pendants or tags or your desired media.
Adhere vintage santas to one side of the pendants and numbers to the other so that as days are turned over, they reveal a santa print.
Use stick pins to tack numbers into place.

Turn numbers over each day to reveal a new santa picture and count down the days until he arrives!
The Party Cracker
This cheery countdown couldn't have been easier to put together and it makes a great centerpiece for the month of December!
Here's what you need to make your own:
Pre-Decorated Cardboard tubes (got mine from Michaels for about $5 for 24)
Cellophane wrap
Shred for tube filler
My Free Belly Band Download printed on paper weight paper
Wrap tube in cellophane cut to 4-5 inches longer than the tube length.  Secure with a small piece of tape in the center of tube.  Twist one end of wrapping and secure with ribbon.
After first side is tied. Stuff tube with treats and shred and tie opposite end closed.
Wrap belly bands around tubes and adhere with adhesive.
The Giving Tree
This tree brings a bit of nature into your home during the cold month of December.  I love the functionality of this countdown as it can be used on a table, counter, or shelf.
Here's what you need to make your own:
Branches cut from a tree (the tighter you fill the jar, the more stable it will be)
Mason Jar
Natural fabric bags (I got mine from Michael's)
Countdown tags and ribbon for attaching
My Free Iron on Transfer Number Printable (this will print in mirror image onto iron on transfer paper, which is available at most stores)
Free Number Printable (If you want the non-mirrored version of the numbers for regular printing)
If you're attaching numbers to fabric bags, print the iron on transfer number printable onto transfer paper and cut to size.  Use an iron according to instructions on paper packaging to adhere printing to fabric bags.
Fill bags with treats and hang from branches.
Design a tag using bits and pieces available from scraps of stickers and paper.  Use ribbon to tie tag to jar.
The Tin Pail Parade
If you're in need of a little mantle decor, this might be the ideal countdown for you. Pails are plenty big to hold a plethora of treats or games to help countdown to the big day! It would also be great as a table runner or shelf, or how about a window sill?

Here's what you need to make your own:
Small pails (I used 12 from the dollar section at Target)
Number tags
Treats and shred to fill
Design a tag that works for your decor.  I used plain craft tags and then built  up decorative elements to spice it up.