Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Disney's small world playroom

My favorites from Disney are the classics and Small World is definitely one of those!!  I wanted to do something fun in the playroom but it couldn't be too obnoxious like elmo (no offense, elmo lovers) because it can be seen from the family room.  I love the retro shapes and simple lines of the small world.  I also decided to keep the colors simple, again so it wouldn't be too much too look at.  Anyway, here it is:

I painted the mural and my mom made the glockenspiel out of a table topper from Home Depot and attached it to the wall to give it dimension.

The real small world doesn't have letters but I thought this was a little more educational.  Plus I hid my girls birthdays and initials in it.

This is a Mary Blair Lithograph my mom got at Disneyland and lucky for us decided it didn't work in her house.  :)

Here is the mosaic my mom made.  I posted about it before.

My mom made these when I was pregnant with my first.  They were in the nursery for both girls when they were babies.  She had this collection of figurines and put them in shadow boxes.  One of them has the lyrics to "It's a Small World"

Here you can see how it looks from the family room/den area.  I eventually want to put some curtains so I can have adult time if I want to.  Anyone know where I can get a good deal on 4 95" gold(ish) curtain panels? :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Anthropologie Wandering Pleats Curtains

I have had one last window to cover in our new house since we moved here in October.  This is my craft loft (and my cat):

I bought curtains, hung them and returned them.  Nothing seemed to do justice to the table I love that sits in front.  Of course I could find curtains I love on Anthropolgie but they would cost 4 times more than the table.  I bought the antique table for $100 at a consignment shop and I love it!  Anyway, I took these curtains from the Anthropologie website as inspiration:
When I was digging through my scrap fabric, I found a muslin backdrop that I don't like to use because its impossible to keep the wrinkles out.  Luckily, it's huge so it was plenty of fabric to try out these curtains myself.  It's 10' x 20'
I cut (4) 8 inch wide strips down the long 20' side and pleated them.

I left the edges unfinished like they did.  Then I made 2 regular 84" curtain panels and attached them to the front.  They actually used a heavier fabric for the curtain (linen) than for the ruffles (voile) so if you attempt this and you don't already have something laying around to use, you can try to find the same type of fabrics they used in the same color (or dye it to match) but this was free so it works for me. :)
And Voila:

(2) 84" Anthropologie wandering pleats curtain panels $336.
(2) 84" homemade curtain panels: $0
woop woop!
If anyone wants more detailed instructions, let me know and I'll expand this post.  Thank you to my seamstress auntie for the tips. :)