It's been over 2 months since I've updated, but I have a good excuse - our baby girl was born! She was born on February 19th (we had a beautiful home birth which I love talking about, so if you have any questions, please ask!) and she has kept me extremely busy!
I'm sure I should have known this, but it's very hard to find the time to do crafts and renos with a little one around. Since she's been born, I've had the time to make a few things for her (knotted beanies and shoes, which I will post tutorials for soon!) and I've started working on a quilt, which will probably take me forever to finish.
I still have a few art projects that I will share in the next while from when I was teaching. I won't be back in the classroom for another 10 months, but I am running a little art camp for 2 weeks this summer, which means a whole bunch of new projects to share!
Aside from that, I will leave everyone with a little taste of who I spend my time with everyday.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Our main floor bathroom was a hideous disaster that I'm surprised we tolerated for as long as we did.We went a good 7 or 8 months living with the "before" bathroom, which I actively hated, before I took this renovation on in the summer. Had I known the makeover would have been so simple and inexpensive, I would have done it the week we moved in.
The previous owners had the bathroom decorated like this, and I would actually argue it was better than what we did when we first moved in. At least their shower curtain had a bit of life in it.
We moved in, used an old shower curtain from who knows when, changed out the toilet seat. and called it a day. But, like I said, months of seeing that dank, dark bathroom finally got to me, and for only about a hundred dollars, we were able to transform the bathroom into a much more beautiful space!
The first thing I did in the bathroom was repaint. A while back I scored an amazing deal on paint (25 cans for a buck a piece, that I could come back and retint whenever I wanted) so I brought in two cans and got one tinted in a nice teal color, and a second one tinted in an antique white (to paint the wainscoting.)It took a couple of coats to cover that awful beige, but I was so happy to see it gone.
The wainscoting made the biggest difference in the room. Since the bathroom isn't very big, it cost really little to do. I can't find the exact product we used online, but at Lowe's, we found a big sheet of wainscoting that, when cut in half, gave us the perfect height for what we wanted in the bathroom. Each sheet cost $35, and two sheets was enough to do the entire bathroom. In the interest of keeping it really easy, I had the sheets cut in half at Lowe's, so that we would only have to do minor cuts to fit it in the bathroom.
The installation was super simple, and I ended up doing most of it myself. I placed it over the previously existing baseboards (which were double height for some reason, but I actually really like the way it looks.) I used a nail gun to put the pieces in place, and then topped them off with a piece of chair rail. I then painted the entire bottom portion in the antique white color (baseboards included.)
The last thing I had to do was find the perfect shower curtain, and find a few decorations to spruce things up. It actually took a couple of months for me to find a shower curtain, but I finally came across one at Home Outfitters for about $20 (it was on sale half price) that fit the room perfectly.
Joel's parents had a great old scale they were getting rid of that they gave to me, which matched the walls really well. The old window I got for $5 at a garage sale a few years ago, and I've just been waiting for a spot to put it (it used to be hung here in our kitchen, but we since put in a real window!)
There are many things I'd do if money weren't an issue - I'd love to change the flooring (can you believe that's actually the color of the grout? It's not just dirty!) to something much darker. Maybe a dark, wood look ceramic tile.
If I had the money, I'd also change the vanity to something much cuter - probably to something simple and modern, still white cabinets with a darker counter top. And while I'm dreaming, I would throw in a claw foot tub instead of the standard builder tub that's there right now. But for now, I'm content to live with our inexpensively made over bathroom!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
It's been suuuuch a long while since I've updated! Waiting for a baby will do that you, I imagine.
I'm currently on leave already, and I've thought a lot about how that will change my blog. It shouldn't be too different though - regardless of if I'm crafting with a group of kids or not, I'm always crafting on my own, or working on my house, or doing something, so I'll have lots to share in the year that I am off! Plus, once my baby arrives, I'm sure I'll want to share a few pictures.
This project is one that was done by an art teacher at my school. She's amazing - she works with the grade 7 and 8 classes, while I do the grade 6 art. I learned a lot from her this year. She's very process driven in her projects, teaching a lot about the foundations of an art style before jumping into a project. As a result, the artwork the kids produce is stunning. I have a few of her projects which I'll be sharing over the next while (and still a healthy backlog of my own!)
These popart prints were beautiful, and quite large in person. I'm pretty sure each of the pictures was a full sheet of drawing paper, then they were attached from behind. I can't wait to share more of her art projects!
Sunday, January 19, 2014
It's a bit hard to show true before and afters, because the room is so different, and angles that existed in the room before don't exist anymore. For an idea of what the room looked like when we moved in, here is what we began with:
The room is shorter now, and the closets are gone, space which we used to make our mudroom/laundry room. My husband also added in a little hallway on the left side, and added a door to the hallway.
This was standing from near the entryway - it was a really large room. When the house was built, it was originally two bedrooms, which is why it has two ceiling fans, two windows, etc.
From the far end of the room (near the closets) the room before looked like this:
And now, it's our wallpaper wall!
So with that all out of the way, here's a full tour of our nursery!
This is the view from the doorway, when you first enter the room:
My husband made the honeycomb lights, which is actually one of my favorite parts of the entire room. He just sort of brainstormed them one night, and a few days later, we had this beautifully constructed honeycomb light in the room. He took some pictures while he worked and put together a little tutorial, which I'll post soon hopefully!
To the left when you enter is our clothing hanger. We made this using an old branch we found after a windstorm. We have all of our outfits hanging from 0-6 months, which is more than enough.
In our little nook is my change station. This beautiful mid-century modern dresser was given to me by my mother in law. It's just so perfect!
The horizontal paneling is an idea we found on Vintage Revivals. It only cost us about 20 dollars for the materials to do it!
Then we have our toy shelf, then back to the crib!
One of the things I'm most proud of in the room, and which took me longer than anything else, was the quilt I made for our girl. It's the first quilt I've ever made, and while it's not perfect (not even close!) I am so so happy that I got it finished before she comes.
On the topic of quilts, my best friend made me an incredible quilt which she gave to me at my baby shower. I just love it so much!
- Installing lights on the wallpaper wall
- Putting up artwork (we have about 7 frames with photos, waiting to go up!)
- Some kind of window treatment
Friday, January 10, 2014
This week, I began studying geography with my sixth graders. We began by reviewing the world's continents and oceans, and I wanted to do an art project that could help consolidate our learning. I love projects that utilize negative space, so I thought it would be really fun if students did negative space maps of the world!
I began by printing copies of this map for each student onto 11x17 paper.
The first thing they had to do was cut out their map pieces and tape them down to a sheet of white paper. They used two to three balls of masking tape per section of map.
My favorite part about the cutting was the geography language they were using - as they were working, they were saying things like "which direction does Australia go?" "Should South America be touching North America?" "How far away should Europe and Africa be from North and South America?" For a group of students who were using an atlas at the beginning of the week to label a map of continents, it was SO neat to see them using what they had learned and putting it into practice!
I told them not to worry about little islands or details, because they were so small that taping them down with a ball of tape would be nearly impossible. I just encouraged them to use their best judgement as to what to include.
Once they've taped down their pieces of continent, they can start stippling. We used tempera pucks to paint. Students held down their continents with their fingers, so that paint wouldn't leak underneath their map pieces.
The stippling takes about 15-20 minutes. It's really important that students not worry about perfection. The thicker the lines and the more variety in paint color, the neater it will look. I kept reminding my students to make it look like an explosion of paint!
After they've stippled all around the continents, they can add additional paint markings, and splatter all over the entire map.
Once the paint has dried (usually in the about of time it takes them to clean their brush and wash their desk) they can remove the paper cutouts of their continents, and enjoy their beautiful art!