20 Oct 2014

DIY Feather Headband Costume

We had the boys' teepee party over the weekend and the boys just loved it.  I didn't have time to go through all the photos to share the whole party with you yet.  I do have a little feather headband costume that I made for the party to share though.  Both boys wore their headbands at the party and the next day too (when I took the photos you see below).  This was a super easy DIY that you can make in 5 minutes or less and was really the cutest thing ever on all the little party guests.  It would also make a really simple diy Halloween costume/accessory for both kids and adults.  I don't know if you really need a tutorial for this headband since it is so simple, but I thought I'd share a couple of tips that you may find helpful in the how to below.  It's also a good excuse for me to indulge in some pictures of my little tribe members.

DIY Feather Headband How To:

*I didn't take photos as I made the headbands so the photos below show the steps on an already completed headband (in step 2. the feather should not already be on the band)*

1.  Materials:  You will need: - thread + needle/sewing machine, 1" braided elastic, hot glue + glue gun,  large feathers (I found my glitter and dipped feathers at Michael's)

2.  Measure and cut a piece of elastic to approximately the circumference of your child's head.  Sew the two ends together by overlapping them by about an inch.  Use a zigzag stitch if possible.  This will allow your stitching to stretch with the elastic.

3.  Attach a feather to one side of the headband using hot glue.  I attached mine at the part where the "hairs" started on the feather to allow for a little more surface area for the glue to stick.  *Depending on the shape of the wearers head/neck, you may need to trim the pointed end of the feather off so that it doesn't press into their neck.  It is recommended that you trim the sharp end off for small children for safety.
*I did this for my older son(seen in the photo above) and will be adjusting the one that my younger son is wearing in the photos as well.

The hobby horses were made by my mom for the party and were also a huge hit.  I'll be back with more details on them soon!

14 Oct 2014

Kitchen Progress: Countertops and Backsplash

We have been SO busy over the past couple of weeks with three birthdays, Thanksgiving, our ongoing kitchen reno, and party planning for the boys' teepee shindig this coming weekend.  I hope you can forgive me if I'm a little more MIA lately.  I'm just trying to somehow get everything done!  I hope all of my Canadian friends had a really lovely Thanksgiving.  I spent my Thanksgiving day cooking Thanksgiving dinner and re-sewing the boys' teepee.  The teepee suffered a little accident and required some tough enough for rambunctious little boys reengineering.  I am happy to say the teepee is finally done and hopefully ready for this coming weekend.

Today, I wanted to share a little on the progress of our kitchen.  It is really starting to look like a kitchen now.  The doors are all in place, but still need a little adjusting in a couple spots.  The biggest change is definitely our countertops and backsplash.  It took us forever to find the slabs we used.  They are statuario marble and they balance both the hubs' and my tastes.  He liked the marbles with the really heavy veining and I prefer a relatively quiet marble.  I find these counters have enough of both to satisfy both of us.  We decided to forgo the traditional backsplash tile and just had a piece of marble cut for the backsplash (which is 20" high for anyone wondering ;) ).  I really like how it goes with the overall minimal look I'm trying to achieve in our kitchen.  Here are a few pictures of the counters and backsplash. 

I'm super happy with our progress so far, but there's still a lot to do/missing:
-floating shelf to the right of the uppers
- adjustments on some of the doors and drawers
- lighting: sconce and pendant (still haven't decided on the pendant!)
- fix the flooring in the opening to the dining room (we enlarged it to allow for flow to the new walkout)
- paint all the walls and trim (I've picked up Farrow and Ball's All White and am excited to see how it looks!)
- move and/or add the pot lights 
- install the hood fan and venting for it
- order stainless steel panels to line the inside of the hood fan cabinet
- electrical (keypad and wire an outlet)
- paint french doors
- decorating/styling (the fun part) :)

I'm really not sure how I'm going to be able to get it all done by the Fall in Love Room deadline, but I'm sure going to try! 

8 Oct 2014

DIY Polka Dot Cloud Mat Two Ways

Today's a pretty exciting day.  Not only do I have a super cute and simple DIY for you, but my countertops should be installed this afternoon and even more importantly we have a little birthday celebration too.  Our kitchen should look very close to being finished by the end of tomorrow (minus the shelf, lighting, floor patching, painting…).  Oh, I guess there's still a lot of work to do, but I'm still super excited to see the countertops in!

Today's DIY is a little polka dot cloud mat.  I decided to take pictures of the mat in two different contexts in our home.  I plan to use the mat in the boys' room with their play kitchen, but I also think it would work equally well as a fun door mat (you can see pictures of it at our back door below).  This mat cost me only $2.00 and is a mini Ikea hack.  I found a semicircle door mat at Ikea as part of their "deal of the day"(I think the regular price is not that much more - maybe $5?).  It's also available in a few colours.  When I showed my mom the mat and told her the price she asked me why I didn't buy more to make for my sister (maybe my mom secretly wanted one too!).  I think I may end up having to get another the next time I'm there.  You might remember my cloud "Some Things" post where I shared a very similar cloud mat DIY.  I guess I couldn't get the idea out of my head.  I added a little interest to my mat by painting some of the dots that were already pressed into the mat white.  I think it goes perfectly with the boys' black and white Brio kitchen. 

I also tried it out at our back door and I really like it with our grey door and pink mums.

DIY Cloud Mat

This DIY is pretty straight forward and you might not even need to read these instructions, but I'll try and add a few tips that may help.

1.  You will need a small foam backed door mat (i.e, one that won't unravel if you cut it).  This one is the Ikea Tvis door mat.

2. & 3.  Use a template to trace a cloud shape or draw one freehand onto the back of the mat.  I cheated a little and used a coir cloud mat that I picked up from HomeSense(HomeGoods in the States).  The coir mat is by Danica Studio.  You can find a template for a cloud mat here.  I also used chalk to draw my cloud so that it would easily rub off after.

4.  Cut out your cloud shape.  I used a sharp pair of scissors to do this which worked really well for me.

5.  If you wish, add a little interest by painting every other of the pressed dots in the mat.  I put two coats on each dot.

6.  After the paint is dry you're ready to use your mat.
I hope you like the boys' new mat.  If you are interested in getting a sneak peek of our new countertops as they're being installed, make sure to catch me on instagram.  I'll do my best to post a pic or two there this afternoon as long as everything goes smoothly!

3 Oct 2014

DIY Teepee Party Invitations

I've finally sent out the boys' party invitations and we're going loosely with a teepee theme.  Since I shared the invitations from last year's fox party, I thought I would share this year's here as well.  You'll also get a sneak peek at the boys' teepee (which is still not completely finished since one of the poles broke and I'm now going to have to resew the pockets for thicker poles).  

I made the front of the invitation in Photoshop.  I was so happy to get a picture with both boys smiling! They have such different smily faces and I love them both to bits.  I simply printed my design at the photo store and then glued on a backing out of the same Marimekko shopping bag I used for this DIY art.  A whole was punched at the top and some ribbon (from the dollar spot at Target) threaded through.  I loved the triangle ribbon since it reminded me of little teepees.   I'm really happy with how they turned out.  I'm also sharing both the photoshop file and a slightly different PDF version at the bottom of the post (*both are for personal use only).  

I had to share the couple pics of my youngest holding the invite since his outfit matched the colours pretty well.  I think he was more interested in the plane though. :)

Here is the PDF, slightly different, version of the invite for those of you who do not have access to photoshop.  The downloadable version has blanks for you to fill in your child's name and the other information.  Click the picture below to access the download.

To access the photoshop template click here.

I hope you like the invitations and have a really lovely weekend!

*If you would like me to edit either one of the invitations to include a photo and/or your contact information, I would be happy to do so.  I just ask that you follow me on any two of the following:  
A) Bloglovin, Email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and then email me at anu(at)nalleshouse(dot)com letting me know where you followed me, which invitation you would like edited (i.e., the photo invite or the black teepee invite) and the information you would like added.  I will then send you the file for the invitation in pdf/jpeg for you to print off.  

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