Monday, May 14, 2012

Shh, she’s kinda crafty

It’s probably no secret that teens can be a bit… well let’s just say, teenagers.

My daughter has always been a bit crafty but for the last couple years she didn’t like to admit it and was fairly vocal that she thought the crafts I do aren’t usually to her style or liking at all.  But something changed recently.

After close to a year of talking about it on and off that she wanted a new bed and the best way to get what she wanted was to be a part of making it she agreed.  A few months ago after great plans from Ana White she is the proud owner of a new Pottery Barn style platform bed.  You can check out the plans we used here.

Forgive the slightly messy bed, it is a teenagers after all and the pictures were taken in secret and without the best light.

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We modified the plans a bit to suit her room and I don’t think she could be happier with her new bed.   With the help of a wonderful brother in law and sister we built a twin platform bed with a modified bookcase facing toward the bed.  It even has some secret compartments for unseen storage. 100_9522

Along with a new bed we put up a large chalkboard with some molding and chalkboard fabric.

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After seeing lots of crayon art myself I was surprised to find out that my daughter wanted to make some of her own.  I had some canvas boards that she painted black and then arranged and melted crayons onto them.

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The dark colors didn’t show up as well as she may have liked but I think the whole display turned out great.

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After trying another shape she asked to use a large frame as a display piece in her room to showcase some of her pictures.

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And to show her latest love there are lots of the teen sensation group One Direction all over her room.

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And what I was most surprised about was her picking out some wood accents and painting them with Glitter Blast to use as accents on her chalkboard.

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I have to say, my daughter is kinda crafty. 

Just don’t tell her that I told you as she is a teenager after all and probably doesn’t want to be know to enjoy the same thing as her mother.

 

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Spring nest and glittered birds

Here’s a nest that is sure to stay occupied all summer long with glittered birds and butterflies. 

100_9575     They started with a few dollar store finds.

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These butterflies were cute but came to life with a coat of glitter spray.

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The same thing with these birds, a coat of Glitter Blast brought out their inner beauty.

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They needed a new home and the wicker bird cage I found last year was just the place after a coat of yellow spray paint to bring it back to life after a winter outside.

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I made the nest with some vines and plant materials.

100_9573   It is not the usual nest you would find in a bird cage but I like it.

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Now all summer long I’m guaranteed to have birds just outside on my patio.

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With a couple of dollar store finds and some spray paint I’ve got a bright colorful display for my patio.

 

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