Thursday, June 10, 2010

room changes & a sewing project

When Lucy moved into her "big-girl bed" she and Grace switched places.

It's taken us a while to transform this:...into this:
(This is before the paint color change this week...and taking the plastic off the lamps, etc....more on that later...)

Why did it take forever you ask? Well, first of all, because I'm slow. And I'm indecisive. And because Grace and I decided to make her duvet cover. Yes, we really did. And after three different mistakes on the fabric we wanted, we got to work (and now we have some spare fabric sitting around for making aprons this summer).

I love sewing projects. I love to create things...especially when it's with my girls. Maybe the reason I love it so much is because we don't get to do it all that often, so it makes those rare occasions extra meaningful.
And the fact that something actually turns out makes it pretty exciting too.

I was pretty proud of us that we did cording and everything! (Thanks, Angela, for explaining how the heck to do that.)
...and somehow we got the flowers to semi-match up along the seams. Let me tell you, that's no small feat for our little sewing duo!
But there we have it: A new bed for Grace.
And we're pretty happy about it.

31 comments:

Cristina said...

That's beautiful, Shawni!

Audra said...

That is so beautiful - I'm super impressed. What is that fabric?

Karlene said...

Wow!! I love it! I wish I dared try that!

Sonja said...

Really love it. And am impressed with the cording. Is that an Amy Butler fabric?

Shumway Family said...

That looks amazing! I'm so impressed. i was just going to ask you where you bought the bedspread b/c the colors are so great. Maybe I can glue gun a bedspread together?! :)

Jo Lynn said...

The bedspread is adorable. I wish you could teach me to sew!

Melanie said...

Those are beautiful fabrics, and you both did an amazing job!

pakosta said...

it's BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
tara

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Hey Shawni: First thing I was going to ask as soon as I saw the photo was where you got the amazing duvet. Instead, I'd like to know what fabrics you used. (and where you got the amazing pillow). ;-)

Thanks,
Wendy

sweetpea said...

It is beautiful! I am impressed at the duvet cover!!!! We just did room transformations at our house as well! That fabric is a perfect Tween look!

shawni said...

The fabric is Heather Bailey fabric from heatherbailey.com. I love her stuff. The pillow is just from Marshall's.

HELLO my name is Jill said...

you did an amazing job on the duvet. i love heather bailey!! We are redecorating too its so hard to decide on colors and fabrics and stuff!!

Little Birdie Secrets said...

Wow, it's fabulous!

KathyD said...

LOVE that fabric, it is so cute! You two did a great job.

donna said...

very cute!

Susan said...

Geez girl. I know you say that you try to keep it real, but is there anything you can't do? You sew, you take amazing photos, you're an awesome mother, you are asked to speak at different functions, you play tennis. Please tell me you can't sing and I'll feel better. Not that I can, but you seem to be the Jill of all trades.

stacy said...

GREAT JOB!!!!

Lindsay Ruiz said...

Shawni, that's awesome! It looks great. I love making things, too. I've been blessed with three little girls, so it's been a lot of fun to complete projects for them. I should send you a copy of a pattern for slippers. You're girls would love them. I'll be at the retreat this weekend and look forward to finally meeting you.

Pam said...

Ok...you have totally inspired me to get my machine out (and learn how to use it!)....LOVE IT!!

Rebecca said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! Congrats on your progress!

What a cool thing that she'll be able to look back on for years and say, "I made this with my mother."

meg duerksen said...

my favorite fabric ever!!!
i love that.

Julie said...

Cute Shawni! I LOVE the end tables, too.

So, long story short, I just found your family portrait on awkward family photos! Impressive! :)

Cath said...

Shawni - can you PLEASE come decorate my house??? I would hire you! The duvet cover = beyond darling!

Hi, I'm Hannah. said...

I just found your site. I have been a big fan of your parents books for a long time and now am raising three daughters. I just love what you share...thank you!

And this bedspread is AMAZING...even more amazing? That you and your daughter did it together!

twolittletots said...

LOVE it...great job with the sewing project...that is a big project to take on. but, i am so impressed with it.

Dana at StrawberryTart! said...

What an awesome job. I really wish I had the patience to sew with Shelby or she had the patience to sew with me.

Raskills said...

How fun is this!! I love that you include your kiddos in so many hobbies. :)

Susan said...

The room is super cute! Where did you get your gray cardi that you are wearing in the pictures. I always find myself asking, where did she get that skirt, or that shirt?? Maybe you would share these mysteries?? ;)

Eyrealm said...

No one will ever know just exactly all it took to produce this room. Glad I was there for a little part of it! Gorgeous!

Krissy said...

That's beautiful!! I wish I could make a duvet like that! :)

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Allison, Wes, and Aiden said...

I am thinking of making my own bedspread. How much fabric did you get? I am trying to figure that out.

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