I love gingham. In fact, I think I have approximately 892 gingham items in my closet right now. It is a classic pattern, and I was inspired to decorate some furniture with the design. This could really not be easier. You will need watercolor paint (I chose red) and your choice of Smalltown Flats (I painted two – the Trestle Table and Pair O’Chairs). Paint … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Glorious Gingham
This sweet little Lovely Loveseat is decorated using a simple crayon resist. Supplies list: watercolors, white crayon, white acrylic paint, scrap paper (used to cut out the heart template). First trace a heart on a piece of scrap paper. I used cardboard but I think paper would actually work better as it’s easier to cut. (In fact, if you have any of those handy heart-shaped … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Nested Hearts
This beautiful 4-Poster Bed features whimsically stamped Dandelions across a painted blue sky. Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Dish Brush Dandelions
Make a fun diamond pattern with a crayon and watercolor resist technique! Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Diamond Crayon Resist
I love when I have craft supplies on hand. I love it more when I can find items to repurpose, ones that would otherwise be destined for the trash can. One day as I was wrapping a present, I discovered my serious stash of tissue paper and found some sheets with pretty scalloped edges. I thought they would make ideal bedsheets for the 4-Poster Bed, … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Thrifty Tissue Paper
This Lovely Loveseat was decorated with Elmer’s Rubber Cement and paint (I used the blue & red acrylic paint thinned out with water that I used for the bubble tutorial, so technically, there’s dish soap in it – but plain watercolor works well too). The dish soap in the solution made a cool denim fabric look, as micro-bubbles danced in lines across the random brush strokes. … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Super Stars
This was such a fun experiment. I mixed together some regular ole blue and red acrylic paint (about a tablespoon of each), then added about 1/2 cup of water and stirred it. I squeezed in some dish soap and mixed it again. Once the solution was fully integrated, we bubbled the liquid with a straw. VERY IMPORTANT: Don’t forget yourself and mistakenly drink it!!! When … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday -Painting with Soap Bubbles
This is a Kate Spade-inspired chair. Simple and elegant. Supplies needed: something to stamp circles (we used some Martha Stewart circle sponges, but you can use sponges cut in a circle, or plastic bottle caps), fun glitter (fine glitter looks the best) and glossy Mod Podge. We used the Smalltown Flats Lovely Loveseat. Basically, stamp using the sponges and the Mod Podge, placing the circles … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Sparkly Bubbles!
I’m sure you have seen this technique before, but I had never experienced the joy of it first-hand! This is so simple and fun, and the only supplies you need are shaving cream, food coloring, and toothpicks or the end of a paintbrush. Also, of course, a Smalltown Flats piece of furniture, which in the picture above, is our Cozy Couch. I have now done this … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Marbling!
When I had little-littles in the house, it was a daily struggle to balance everything I had to do AND be engaged in their playtime. I enjoyed being with my girls, and being a SAHM afforded me the opportunity to “be there” with them through all of developmental milestones, which I will treasure forever. When it got right down to playing with them though, I have … Continue reading Playing with your Kids