Cork Board For The Playroom

My kids create massive quantities of art work, a lot of which I feel compelled to keep.  I put quite a bit in my cubicle at work.  I have a name for my cubicle, kinda cheesy, but I call it the COMA, like the MOMA but Cubicle Of Modern Art, because children’s art work definitely has a modern vibe to it.

I also wanted some place to display some of their artwork at home, so I decided to make a cork board for our play room.  When I was at Michaels one day, I noticed they had rolls of cork so I bought oneand also a poster size frame.  I chose a white frame because the toy bins I bought for the room are also white.

Post er frame  & cork roll

The cork roll is a little longer than the poster frame, so it will need to be cut down.  I used an X-Acto knife.


Then I simply glued the cork to the inside of the back of the picture frame and discarded the clear plastic sheet that would have protected a poster.


I decided the best place to hang the cork board would be above my girls’ art table.  Here’s the finished product.


I would recommend using thumb tacks instead of push pins.  The cork isn’t as thick as the length of the pin and the thumb tacks have a slightly shorter pin.



Happy crafting!


Baby’s Nursery

This is a “getting to know me” post, so you can see my tastes and learn a little more about me.  I wanted to write about this project even though it was so long ago, because it was my first attempt at making a quilt.  It isn’t fancy and isn’t even quilted properly, but it is still being loved every day by my youngest daughter, so I consider it a success.

Prior to decorating my daughter’s nursery, I mostly sewed clothing for myself.  I made some roman shades for the sun room at our old house, but that was pretty much the extent of my non-garment sewing attempts pre-2010.  Part of the reason I made all the decor for my daughter’s nursery was the cost savings.  But also, I didn’t really want the exact same stuff that everyone else gets for their kids from a big box store (even though I love getting a Land Of Nod catalog in the mail and always read it thoroughly).

I made a quilt, curtains, a pillow, a bumper guard and a mobile.  I went to my favorite fabric shop in Gastonia, NC, Mary Jo’s and browsed their quilting cotton for hours.  I found one print that I loved immediately.  At the time I didn’t realize it was a Free Spirit fabric, but now it makes sense that I loved it so much, since I like all their designers and fabrics.  The print is from the collection called California Dreamin’ by Jenean Morrison.


Then I chose several monochromatic fabrics to match the colors in that print, plus a hot pink and white fabric from Michael Miller that kind of reminds me of a lattice design.

The theme for the bedroom was bunnies.  I appliqued bunnies that I cut out from white minky on the quilt and the pillow.  My dad bought me an adorable bunny lamp for the dresser.  At an antique store, I found a white ceramic planter that is shaped like a bunny (what luck!).  And I also found the perfect print to match the theme and my focal fabric on Etsy from the store Make Me Some Art.  Since my girls now share a room I don’t have a place to put this print, but I intend on rehanging it in my future studio.


For the bumper guard, I just sewed equally sized squares together, sandwiched them around quilt batting, bound the whole thing and added ribbons to tie it to the crib rails.  It was pretty easy to measure the inside of the crib to determine how large the squares of fabric should be.  It wasn’t very time consuming, but did require a good amount of fabric, so it’s a shame I had to remove it as soon as the baby was able to sit up, at about 5 months.  I don’t even think I used it at all for my second daughter.


The pillow was also really easy.  Again, just rectangles sewn together with a single piece of the white print for the backside.  I sewed coordinating ribbon on the seams, but I didn’t even bother to put a zipper in it; I just sewed it closed.  This was the quickest item created for the nursery, but the most useful for me.  I am so glad I made this pillow because I sat in that rocking chair nursing and rocking my little babe for many, many hours and the pillow was the perfect size to support my back.


The quilt matches the design of the pillow and bumper guard.  It is simply rectangular strips of fabric sewn together. The back is hot pink minky.  There are 3 white minky bunnies appliqued onto the green section of fabric.  I didn’t take a full picture of it when it was still new and clean looking, but a good portion of it can be seen in the picture above with the bumper guard.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a good picture of the mobile either, but it can be seen in the picture below of the whole nursery.  However, I can tell you a great hack to make a custom mobile to match the rest of your nursery decor.  I bought a mobile that was on the clearance shelf at Babies R Us.  The package had been opened and damaged, but the mobile operated perfectly.  When my sister came to visit, she actually finished this task for me because I was so tired.  She took apart the umbrella portion of the mobile using a seam ripper, then used those pieces of fabric as a pattern.  She cut new fabric from my selection and sewed it back together just like the original.  Then I used that same bunny shape to cut out 4 more bunnies and hung them from the corners of the mobile’s umbrella using ribbon.  It looked fantastic.  I would highly recommend this hack to anyone who wants the mobile to coordinate with the other fabrics in a nursery.  It only took my sister a couple of hours to complete the mobile and she even went the extra mile and added cording where the pieces of the umbrella joined.

Here are two pictures of the completed nursery.




The quilt is still used every single day; all day long actually.  My oldest daughter really took to her Jelly Cat giraffe, but my second daughter took to the blankie and never let go!  She loves the soft minky on the back.  She carries it with her all over the house and sleeps with it every night.  The binding is starting to show wear and it is kind of dingy looking even though I wash it frequently.  I have thought that if it starts to show too much wear and tear or if my daughter is still this attached to it after she becomes too tall for it to cover her body that I still have all the fabric from the bumper guard and from the curtains, I could rework a new quilt in a queen size or lap size for her.


Happy Sewing!


My Work Space Is Also A Playroom

Everyone loves to see other people’s work space.  I’m happy to share mine as well.

I have a finished room over my garage (FROG), most of which is my girls’ playroom.  There is also a staircase that comes into the room and on the other side of that is a small office area, which I have completely taken over.  Since we moved into this house 2 years ago, I have gradually been making the playroom side more fun looking and kid friendly and I’ve been trying to get the work side of the room more organized for me to sew in.  I’ll post more about projects I’ve done for the playroom, but first I’ll show my work area.  There is a built in desk on one side and built in cabinets on the other.


I bought some shelves to store my fabric on the counter.  I like having it out so I can see it and be inspired.  However, I think I still need some more shelving because I have more fabric stashed around the room, mostly my garment fabric.  I used to try to keep my stash to a minimum when we lived in a much smaller home.  My sewing machine was moved around the old house several times as we constantly tried to reorganize and squeeze ourselves into 1700 square feet.  Now that I am not so restricted with space my collection has grown.


The eyesore on the bottom right that appears to be a missing cabinet is actually a spot for a mini fridge.  There was one there previously, but it did not have a front vent and ended up leaking and causing a spot on the ceiling below.  I will probably get another mini fridge at some point when my kids want to hang out up here and watch movies with their friends, in about 10 years.  For now, I can throw my crap in the empty space.  One of my favorite things in my workspace is the piecing wall in the left side of the picture.   It is a vinyl table cloth that I cut down to fit the wall and then used thumb tacks to hang it up, fuzzy side out.When cutting out pieces for a quilt, you just lay them on the wall and they stick to it.  It’s great for figuring out placement and keeps everything off the floor and away from kids and pets.    It isn’t as big as some other people’s piecing walls, but it’s perfect for a crib quilt which is mostly what I make.


My sewing machine sits in the middle and I can quickly get to the desk or up to the cutting board on the counter.  I need to find a better place for the iron.  I would like to say that I keep it neatly folded and stored away in the closet but that is not the case.  It just stays out because I use it a lot.

I bought some cute curtains for both sets of windows in this room.  I got two extras so I can make coordinating throw pillows for the play area later on.  We still have to recover a couch and love seat to go in there, so there is no rush on that.

This is the side with the built in desk.  It’s always a cluttered mess and my sewing books and magazines are slowing overtaking my other books, so I need to reorganize the whole thing sometime.  I also keep all of my girls’ messy art supplies on the shelves, which I need to clean out, since I am always adding to their stash.  Maybe I’ll get to that next year 🙂


I am considering encroaching on my kids space a little bit and putting a tall table where the pile of stuffed animals is.  I already have two old bar stools that I can use with it.  I have seen some IKEA hacking online and so my plan is to copy something I have seen on that website.  I am hoping to incorporate a place for the ironing board on the tall table, because it really is a nuisance in the middle of my sewing area.

It’s a small space so there isn’t much else to write about.

Happy sewing!