Monday, June 6, 2016

A Painter's Smock

This weekend I was reminded of a project I completed years ago - probably 30 years ago or so - back when our two daughters were young and heading off to school. They needed painting smock and I decided to make them each a special one designed and crafted by me. I saved those smocks and gifted them to my daughters as presents at their first baby showers back when they became parents. Yesterday was the birthday party of one four year old granddaughter and we gave her the Melissa and Doug easel because (in her words), "I just HAVE TO paint!" My daughter brought out the smock made for her about 30 years ago.


Handmade gifts tend to create special memories!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Lantern Banner Construction Set

I am still designing files for the Silhouette and Cricut cutting machine world.  This month I designed a paper lantern sized to fit a battery-operated LED tea light and then I made it into a banner.


But the neat part about this file is that the letters are interchangeable. You can switch them out for different celebrations. Happy birthday this month, Congratulations, next month.


I also created a couple of generic themes for patio tea light strings. Here is my Stars, perfect for the patriotic holidays......
And butterflies.....

Feel like paper crafting?  The files are available here, and the step-by-step assembly tutorial is here.

Happy crafting!

©2016 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design




Wednesday, May 25, 2016

IKEA Kura Loft Bed Hack

Time for another Gramzee IKEA hack. My grandson just got an IKEA Kura loft bed for his room. He needed more playspace and the lofted bed provides that but it also creates the opportunity for a neat hiding spot. There have been lots of different posts on how people have enclosed the space but I made an important discovery for this treatment.......


I used a standard fabric shower curtain 60" x 72" for the fabric. It was just about the perfect amount of fabric. Amazon has so many neat shower curtains and this space themed one was perfect for a seven year old boy.  And it cost only $20!
  • I cut the shower curtain in half horizontally and sewed velcro to the top of each half. 
  • I attached the other half of the velcro to the bottom edge of the bed. I used double stick carpet tape and then a staple gun to attach this.
  • The top half of the shower curtain fits across the large opening in the front.
  • The bottom half fits along the base and wraps around behind the ladder.
  • I then pinned up the bottoms and hemmed them to fit. 
  • I also created a slit door in the middle of the front but I don't think that was necessary.
Quick, simple and perfect for Taylor!

©2016 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design