Over Christmas, I also found the time to make my son some fun shoes.
Over Christmas, I also found the time to make my son some fun shoes.
Whew! Today I’m sharing the big reveal of my little home office makeover. This space has come a long way in what has been a long two week process.
I had to wait until my boys were away so I could get busy cleaning, tossing, purging, decorating and rearranging my home studio/office. The task has been a long time coming. I can’t even remember the last time I could see the floor. Some days I would just open the door after returning from the store after buying some sewing or art supplies and just toss the bag in the door.
What stinks about that is that I haven’t been able to really do any projects or DIYs or sew. I have all these plans and I’ve had no space to accomplish them. BUT NOT ANYMORE!!! My room is clean and I’m ready to create. In a 12 x 10 space, I’m bursting at the seams (pun intended) but I like to call it my creative clutter. There’s a lot to see but I was tired of hiding the things that inspired me the most.
With my room clean, now I’m ready to create a solid plan for opening the doors of a sewing and fashion studio for kids and a program specifically for underserved kids. I’m ready to write a manual for all those looking to start a similar program. I’m ready to start a fashion design and sewing subscription box to complement the program. I’m ready to get my lesson plan ready for the Digital Fashion Design class I’m teaching in September and October. I’m ready to take what I HOPE will be my final classes so that I can apply for certification in May.
Here’s what the room looked like a couple months ago.
Even though I still have WAY TOO much stuff in there (I’m a creative hoarder, I guess) I finally have room to work. And now that it’s clean my husband and son can’t seem to stay out of my sacred space. 😦 Oh well. Here’s what she looks like today.
I really had fun making some changes. I had this awesome rug from Ikea just sitting in the closet for future use in my sewing studio but I decided to pull it out for my office. I figure that I wouldn’t want this rug in the studio anyway with it being such a nice white. Don’t those buttons look great.
I took advantage of a Michaels coupon and an 80% off sale to get the letters to spell out ART, SEW and WE ARE FASHION. Michaels was also the source of the CREATE and BELIEVE décor on the window sill and the K on the wall.
If you haven’t stopped by yet, you must go to the fun section at the front of Target stores. You can always score some cheap cute finds like the peg boards, dry erase boards, chalk boards and magnetic boards I found in circles and in squares.
No makeover would be complete without some storage essentials from Ikea. LOVE IKEA! Can you live there?
I think that the most fun project I tackled in this makeover was my desk. My husband built that desk for me when we were just dating and he’s been trying to get me to get rid of it. But I really love it. It’s a nice width and height. So instead of replacing it, I just decided to give it a little facelift. I’d found this great paint color Party Dress Pink from Mystic Paints (going to use it on the walls in the studio) and I knew that I wanted to use it in my office too. So I painted my desk and to make sure that the paint job would stay pristine, I went over to Lowes and bought a sheet of acrylic and used stick dots to attach it to the top my desk. Then I attached the drawers from my Grandmothers antique sewing machine to the front and underside of the desk. For some they might seem out of place but they’re just perfect to me.
Eventually, when I get in a classroom and open the studio some of my prized possessions on display will find there way out of my office but until then I’ll enjoy seeing them every time I open the door to my office.
So often the creative call in my life involves projects I’ve done with or for my son. When he was about 3, he was particularly interested in play kitchens but I had no interest in buying him a kitchen that I didn’t think he’d use for long. So I decided to do a hack/makeover of an old nightstand from IKEA that I wasn’t using and I could see that it would make a perfect stove and oven.
First, I had to nail the drawer shut. He wouldn’t need that anyway. Then all the wood (not the back) was primed with white primer(I let the primer set overnight), I got a metallic spray paint and sprayed the whole nightstand and the piece of wood that I was using as the door. I did have to break out the power saw for the door, the back and the microwave oven (I’ll talk about that later). As long as you know the measurements you can have someone at the hardware store cut the wood for you.
The door was cut to fit inside the nightstand opening. I cut a 6 x 7 rectangle in the middle for the oven window and used a piece of plexiglass (from Lowes) and screwed it on the inside of the door over the rectangle.
BAM! Oven window.
Then I used another piece of wood larger than the opening and nailed it closed in the back.
To attach the oven door, I used hinges at the bottom and strong magnets on the corners of the door and the edges of the opening. I found that the door slammed to the ground, so I added ribbons and stapled them on the inside of the door to keep it from slamming to the floor when he opened it up and then added a handle. Once I did that it really started looking like an oven.
Our oven is blue on the inside so I painted his oven blue inside as well. I didn’t do it but while it’s still wet you could sprinkle in some glitter to give it more of a real oven affect. The finishing touch inside was a cookie cooling rack that sat on two pieces of 1″ thick wood screwed on either sides of the oven.
While I was at Lowe’s, I picked up a set of 5 oven knobs. I drilled five holes in the drawer front and inserted dowel rods. Then I put the knobs on the dowel rods. *Don’t glue them in because you want your child to be able to turn them.
You can use CDs painted black or anything round or you could paint the circles directly on the nightstand but I used black furniture movers to make the burners. Sorry about the front two burners but my son put stickers on the burners.
After I finished the oven, it looked a little lonely and I wanted to add a microwave. I found the perfect one at IKEA but it was too wide for the nightstand, so my husband cut down the wood and re-screwed it together. Perfect fit. I used wood glue to attach it to the nightstand, let dry over night and we had an oven/microwave kitchen set.
Up-cycle hack complete!
Below is a breakdown of materials.
IKEA DUKTIG top section for mini kitchen
IKEA LANSA Handle 9 5/8″
3 Cans White Primer
2 Cabinet Hinges
3 Cans of Krylon’s Stainless Steel Spray Paint (The stainless steel paint gave it a modern kitchen look)
5 Oven Control Knobs
Instead of buying plastic pans and pots, I actually found mini pots and pans from Marshalls and bought food from Amazon. For a good while he LOVED it but as I suspected he grew disinterested. I couldn’t bear to part with this awesome creation so I’ve stowed it up in the attic for now. We’d like to adopt and maybe soon it will find a new life and be a new love for another child.
Today I was going to write my usual We Are 101 post but today is the last day of our vacation and quite honestly I’m beat and I can’t wrap my mind around a post as serious as We Are “Activists”.
So in honor of our last day, I put together a fun little video courtesy of the flamingos, sea lions and performers at Sea World San Diego and the San Diego Zoo. When I was growing up the Running Man was very different but with each new generation comes new dances and new dance moves. As parents it’s to our benefit to get to know what our kids are doing, what they are listening to, what they are watching, what they’re wearing and just getting to know them in general. So I’m going to keep doing my Running Man but I’m going to learn this new one too.
In the spirit of fun and family, we put together this video we were all inspired to share after seeing the wonderful animals at the San Diego Zoo and at Sea World San Diego.
Sadly, these places are going to be the only way we can see some of the wonderful creatures that our Creator has given us. When you walk through these places it truly is mind blowing the shear amount of different and unique species we share this world with and we must do our part to ensure that future generations can see these animals not just in captivity but in their natural environments.
Hey Everybody! Things continue to go well in our household. Our son is doing well with his chores. We’ve only had one official Family Meeting where we discussed the needs and wants for our family. Family Meetings don’t always have to be a “meeting”. You can use that scheduled time to watch a movie, play a game or even go to an amusement park which is what we did for our family meeting.
During our first family meeting at the end we did something really fun. I’d seen this idea applied to classroom teaching and I knew that I wanted to adopt it for art but then I found it on Pinterest when I was looking around for family activities and I knew that it would also be perfect for Family Meeting.
Guess what my boys loved it! It’s so simple and cheap to do. All you need is a Sharpie and a inflatable beach ball. With summer right around the corner, you can easily grab one or more at the dollar store. Taking a lead from the pin, I used the marker to write topics and questions on the ball.
Before we ended our meeting, I brought out the ball out and took turns tossing and wherever our hands landed on the ball, we answered the question. What fun sharing! If you’re looking for a way to get your kids to open up to you, give it a try!
You can also pick up these fun premade inflatable conversation balls from S & S Worldwide. They have Toss and Talk balls from reminiscing, positive attitude, getting acquainted, movement, the Original Toss and Talk ball with a mix of topics and questions and tons more for you to choose from that suit your needs.
These balls are great for teachers, parents, friends and anyone looking to encourage open conversations and looking to build relationships.
Stay classy and communicate!
So after one week with our responsibility system , I had to make one change. One of the things that I liked about the Fisher Kids System was the paycheck but we don’t pay by the day, we pay by the chore so I went back and tweaked the paycheck it fit our needs. Take a look.
Now he just writes in what he earned and then (teaching some math) he just adds up the amount, writes the total and presents his paycheck to the bankers (Mom and Dad).
I’m adding two free printables. The first is the paycheck that I made for my son (recommended chores for children 6-8) and the second is a blank one for you to write in your chores. Click on the image to download. Enjoy!
Teaching our kids to fish.