Monday, December 30, 2013

"B" is for Best of 2013

A recap of the best of 2013: build, paint and sew


Thank you to all my readers for your constant support.  It's no surprise I love to build, paint and sew but the best part is sharing all those projects with you here on my blog.

Today it's a compilation of your most favorite posts from 2013 and 9 out of the 10 posts are building projects! 

Friday, December 27, 2013

"F" is for Fox Costume

Sew: fox costume


Make your own fox mask and zip hooded sweatshirt with ears for a fun fox costume.



My nephew recently had a birthday and happens to love the Ylvis song "What does the fox say?"
So I made him a fox costume with a mask and hooded sweatshirt:


My girl #2 modeling the fox costume:


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"T" is for Tic Tac Toe Game

Build: diy tic tac toe game box


We are quickly approaching Christmas but there's definitely still time to build a few last minute gifts.
Ana White and I are bringing you another gift build plan today that's sure to please anyone on your list.


Today it's this super fun and functional diy tic tac toe game with it's very own storage box:


"C" is for Christmas Journal

Craft: diy Christmas journal


Today I'm sharing this easy last minute gift idea over at Pretty Handy Girl.
It's a kids composition book covered with brown kraft paper and red and white duck tape.  Then I added a Christmas 2013 label and a velvety red pencil with jingle bells.


This journal makes the perfect place to list gifts received for thank you cards, record all the exciting events surrounding the holiday, write about travels during the school break and on and on.



All wrapped up it makes a great gift for kids who love to write and draw.

See the full tutorial over at Pretty Handy Girl, there's still time to make this easy, useful gift any child will love.

Monday, December 16, 2013

"B" is for Building Blocks

Build: diy building blocks


We still have eight building days left before Christmas and Ana White and I have come up with a few fast last minute gift builds.


This set is made up of 100 building blocks!
And you don't even need paint for all those glorious colors - I used gel food coloring on the blocks which makes this gift safe for toddlers who tend to stick everything in their mouths:

Friday, December 13, 2013

"P" is for Princess & the Pea Play Bed

Build: diy princess & the pea play bed


It's Friday and Ana White and I have teamed up again to bring you another gift build, a project you can build using Ana's free plans just in time for the holidays.


Today we're sharing the cutest little doll bed you ever did see.
It's the princess and the pea bed with beautiful styling and fairytale details:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

"P" is for Princess & the Pea (doll, pea & mattresses)

Sew: princess & the pea


Make your own princess doll, the pea and mattresses for her bed.
This princess and the pea are part of a larger gift which includes the bed, 7 mattresses and the storybook:


Today I'm sharing the princess, pea and mattresses tutorial.
I also built the bed, the plans are from Ana White and are part of our Handmade Holiday series.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"F" is for Family Ornament

Paint: diy family ornament


Today I'm over at Stephanie Lynn's blog Under the Table and Dreaming for her Fourth Annual Handmade ornament series.


I'm sharing how to make these wood cheese box top family ornaments complete with vintage looking reindeer and trees:


Click here to see the full how-to with photos and you'll be making family ornaments too!


I'm linking up to:
Inspiration Exchange @ City Farmhouse
SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
That DIY Party @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
The Scoop @ Lolly Jane
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming

Friday, December 6, 2013

"M" is for Manger

Build: diy manger


It's Friday and I'm back again with new gift build plans from Ana White.
Today we're sharing a diy manger:


Ana made the plans super simple you can build it start to finish in about an hour.
And even better it only costs about $3 in lumber!!
I used almost two cedar fence planks to construct this manger which kept the materials cost very inexpensive.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

"N" is for Nativity Figures

Build: diy nativity figures


Build your own simple nativity figures using wood scraps.


All the figures fit together in this diy manger to make a complete nativity scene that's totally kid friendly.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"I" is for Ipad Stand

Build: diy personalized ipad stand


I combined the Shanty girls ipad stand with Angie's Roost ipad stand to make this personalized ipad stand.


It's a fast and easy build using minimal supplies that makes a great holiday gift.

Friday, November 29, 2013

"N" is for #1 Shelf

Build: diy #1 shelf


It's official, we've past Thanksgiving and Christmas is just around the corner.


Today it's a number one shelf for that #1 kid.


She's super smart and made the plans using 1/2" plywood, one 2x4 panel will do which puts this build at about $20 once you add in the cost of the 1/4" plywood back panel too.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

"V" is for Vanity Stool & Slipcover

Build & sew: kids play vanity stool and slipcover


Make this kids size vanity stool using Ana White's play table stools plans here and then sew your own slipcover.

Perfect for a kids play vanity:

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"B" is for Banquette

Build: diy kitchen banquette


A kitchen banquette built for a friend of a friend.


(There will be pillows and maybe an upholstered cushion eventually, I took this picture when the paint was still wet.)

Monday, November 18, 2013

"M" is for Monogrammed Ornament

Paint: monogrammed ornament


Make these handpainted wooden circular ornaments and finish with an easy frame made from a metal clamp.


You can use nearly any font.


I'm linking up to:
SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
That DIY Party @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
The Scoop @ Lolly Jane
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming

Friday, November 15, 2013

"C" is for Cupcake Stand

Build: diy cupcake stand


It's Friday and time to share another handmade holiday diy gift build with plans from Ana White.


Today we have a cupcake stand:


Just with a simple change of trim moulding and finish you can tailor this build exactly as you like: