Blogging Q & A with my Four-Year-Old

kid-in-grassMy little four-year-old has become quite the character.  He’s a huge talker and big on hand gestures.  He’s pro at constructing infallible arguments and has near perfected the art of sweet talking.

Exhibit A:  We recently ceased doling dessert upon completion of dinner (it was usually a cup of mangoes or a bite of a sweet) because we reasoned that the extra sugar was causing him to have overly vivid dreams from which he woke up screaming a few times a night.  After a few dessert-less nights, he concocted this little gem of an argument: “Mommy, I do think I should be allowed to have desserts after dinner again because it’s not true that I have crazy dreams from the sugar when I eat desserts.  I only dream about how much I love you and that’s not crazy!”  Nice try.

Here’s his take on blogging and home design:

What’s a blog? A blog is like something that you put on a photo and take a photo then you put it on the computer and look at the pictures.

Why does mommy blog?  Because she loves blogging and that makes her happy and if she don’t then that makes her sad.  That’s so true!

Why does mommy have so many emails?  Because she likes everybody and she likes some people that she doesn’t know.  I think he’s referring to my blogging friends.

What’s your favorite room in the house and why? Uh, uh, my room.  Because it has all the stuff I need and your room doesn’t have much stuff it only has one cabinet and my room has a bunch of cabinets and it likes me.

What’s your favorite decoration?  You.  What does that mean?  It means people.

How would you describe mommy’s decorating style?  By looking at what color it is and what name it is.  If it doesn’t have a name then I will give it one.  The end.

magnetic black and white alphabetWhat’s your favorite project mommy has done?  Uh, this thing cause it has a lot of magnets.  I think this was his answer just because it so happened to be in his hands.  The end.  I had enough questions.

rearranging-furniture-boys-roomOkay, last one.  Is mommy clean or messy?  Clean and messy sometimes cause you made a big mess in my room.  I’m in the process of moving things around so yeah, it’s a bit messy at the moment and he hates it!

Also, I may have had to omit the word ‘poop’ a time or two.  Just keeping it real!

I know it’s been a bit unusually kid-heavy around here lately but I do have some bigger home projects coming up.  I’ll see you guys back on Monday when I take on another One Room Challenge.  This time I’m tackling our bonus room in just six weeks.  Eek!

How to Transfer Kids Art to Canvas

how-to-transfer-kids-art-to-canvas-Brave-New-HomeMost kids are little artists and while almost every artwork deserves to be hung on the fridge some pieces deserve a little special attention.original-grey-marker-kids-artLast month, my four-year-old drew my portrait (obviously).

Mushy mom moment here: It was around Valentine’s Day.  My husband was deployed for our anniversary and Valentine’s day (two back-to-back holidays for us) yet again.  My Galentine’s Day plans (a Valentine’s celebration with your gal pals) were falling apart.  I was feeling understandably a bit down.

I talked to my little guy about it and he left the room and returned with this sweet portrait of me with a big heart because he loves me so much.  Of course, I love the picture he drew but more than that I love the thought even more.

The drawing was on a piece of paper he torn from a notebook.  Not exactly the best candidate for framing.  So I decided to transfer it to a blank canvas (after asking the artist’s permission, of course!).tracing-kids-art-to-transferI started by flipping the paper over and generously tracing the drawing with pencil.orienting-kids-art-on-canvasThen I positioned the drawing on a square canvas.  The off-center positioning makes the composition feel more artistic and intentional to me.transfering-kids-art-rubbing-pencilThen using the back of my pencil, I rubbed the front of the drawing to transfer the pencil onto the canvas.kids-art-transferred-to-canvasYou can see the faint pencil outline on the canvas.  If you want to keep the original as-is, I suggest making a photocopy to work off of.grey-painted-kids-art-transferred-on-canvasThen I painted over the lines in dark acrylic grey paint.  Keeping the lines a consistent width will help add polish to the final painting.DIY-child-drawing-transferred-to-canvasI haven’t decided where this painting will go just yet but I’m thinking on the wall by my computer.  It’s touching because of the reason my son chose to draw the picture itself but the painting also serves as a reminder to me.  I was so focused on what was missing (my husband, girlfriends, etc.) that I failed to see the joy right in front of me (my son).  Talk about a poignant and humbling moment.DIY-childrens-art-rubbed-on-canvasI think I may make it an annual habit of commissioning my little artist to draw my portrait.  He’s currently pretty reasonably price and will complete most work for a chocolate or gummy vitamin.  I should probably hedge my commissioned drawings now before he starts charging, yaknow, an i-Phone.  How fun would a wall of portraits from over the years be?  Now there’s a fun gallery wall idea!

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Mini Planters from Plastic Easter Eggs

Thanks!: Thank you to Anna of Annabode for nominating Brave New Home for a Liebster Award.  Check out some of my past answers for this award here and here.  Thanks, Anna!

DIY-mini-bullet-planter-case-study-planter-plastic-easter-eggsAs a parent, there are certain phenomenons you must inevitably succumb to.  Never being allowed to lock the bathroom door behind you (you can try but be prepared to answer questions like, Why is the bathroom door locked? and, Are you doing number or number two?).  Tacking on an additional 20 minutes per child to get your foot out the door.  And a collection of plastic Easter eggs that seem to multiply like well, another icon ubiquitous to Easter, bunnies.

I made a mental note to myself last year to figure out some way to make a dent in our plastic Easter egg stash and came up with these mini planters.materials-for-plastic-egg-mini-planterYou’ll need as big of a plastic Easter egg that you can find, black and white spray paint (I ended up using some primer, too), wire and popciscle sticks.

I made a bullet planter from the top of the Easter egg.steps-to-create-easter-egg-bullet-planterThe traditional bullet planter has a three legged stand but since my wire had a smaller gauge, I opted to make four legs for added support.  Start with four pieces of wire, bend one end of the wire over the egg and use the natural curve of the wire in your design.  It will fit the egg perfectly.  Repeat on the other side then twist together at the bottom.

Do the same for the next set of wire.  At this point, I taped all the wires down to keep them in place.  Then I folded the wire a bit the way you would those plastic lanyards you used to make at summer camp.  Or, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you could just twist them together.  Then I folded the ends to make hairpin type legs.  How many trends can I squeeze into one project, right?

My next planter was inspired by those Modernica case study planters.  Swoon!process-modern-planter-from-easter-eggMake marks on your popsicle stick to measure the diameter of your egg.  Then cut the rounded ends off four popsicle sticks.  For the base, you’ll want your egg to lay flat so instead of gluing one popsicle stick on top of the other to make a cross, hot glue the wood to either side of the stick.  For extra reinforcement (it’s funny to be talking about reinforcement when we’re talking about popsicle sticks…), flip the base over and hot glue an extra piece of popsicle stick.  Then glue the legs to the base.priming-plastic-easter-eggI decided to prime my Easter eggs before spray painting them with white in case the red of the egg bled through the white.  And the wire legs got a coat of ORB.mini-case-study-planter-plastice-easter-eggThen fill up your little planters with plants or grow some of your own. elephant-watering-can-mini-case-study-diy-planterIf you wanted to, you could even drill little holes in the bottom for drainage (I didn’t).mini-modernica-bullet-planter-plastic-easter-eggmini-bullet-planter-plastic-easter-eggmodernica-inspired-case-study-mini-planter-diyThe Modernica inspired one is my favorite.  I wish it was full size!diy-mini-planter-plastic-easter-eggcraft-from-plastic-easter-eggDo you have any favorite ways for re-using plastic Easter eggs?  I don’t want to keep recycling the extras every year if there’s some awesome purpose I’m missing out on!

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Marimekko Inspired Floral Wreath for $3

1 - Marimekko Uniko inspired Floral Pool Noodle Wreath - Brave New HomeWhen I was unpacking boxes (yes, we moved over a year ago and some things are still in boxes…) I came across a black felt wreath I had started waaaay back when I had participated in Lindsay‘s 31 Day Modern and Fresh Fall Home Tours.

I’m really trying to stay away from crafts and focus my efforts on more permanent home decor and improvements but since this wreath was half done I figured I may as well finish it.

As it’s clearly no longer fall, I thought about what would look good on a black felt wreath.  Marimekko’s Unniko, meaning poppy in Finnish, flower pattern (which just turned 50!) immediately came to mind.

To make this wreath, you will need a pool noodle (I got mine from the dollar store), duct tape, cardboard, tooth picks, a hot glue gun, ribbon or fabric and a couple sheets of felt (they’re about 20 cents a sheet).  So the total cost should be somewhere around $3 since I’m guessing most of you already have most of these items on hand.2 - materials for marimekko inspired wreathFirst take your pool noodle and duct tape the ends.  No need to cut the foam or anything like that.  Just bend and snap tape.3 - pool noodle duck taped into wreath formThen take strips of felt (I cut strips lengthwise from my black sheets of felt), wrap them individually around the pool noodle and hot glue them in place.  Repeat, repeat, repeat until you’ve completely covered your pool noodle.4 - cutting flowers from feltThen trace your flower on your felt.5 - felt pieces of unniko flowerThese are the pieces I cut to assemble my flower.6 - completed marimekko pink felt flowerThen just hot glue the pieces together.  In the end, the stems didn’t really add anything to the wreath so I left them off.7 - gluing cardboard to back of felt flowerThen I cut cardboard (I’m sure many of you parents instantly recognize this kid favorite pasta box) for each flower and glued it on the back to help give the felt flowers more structure.6.5 - arranging felt unniko flowers on black wreathNext, arrange the flowers how you will want them to appear on your wreath.8 - adding toothpick to pack of felt flowerCut the end of a tooth pick and hot glue it to a few of the flowers that you want to pop out in the foreground.  This will give your wreath a bit more dimension.9 - poking hole into wreath formsThe toothpick alone will not penetrate through the felt and pool noodle so use some sort of pokey tool (I used a mini screwdriver) to create a hole.10 - wreath with unikko flowers attachedThen go around and fill in the rest of the flowers.  The majority of them will be glued directly onto the wreath.11 - adding ribbon to hang wreathTo hang the wreath, I used some black and white fabric but a ribbon would work just as well.black marimekko flower wreathYes, the wreath will be so lightweight that you can actually hang it with washi tape alone.felt unniko flower wreathDon’t the flowers kind of seem reminiscent of butterflies somehow?modern pink red flower pool noodle wreathI think this is a fun wreath to display towards the end of winter but not quite yet spring.  I’ve never been one for the typical spring color palette of pastels so something a little bolder like this is definitely more my style.using fabric and washi tape to hold wreathBlack and white goes so well with Marimekko’s Unniko print.  The geometric lines add a nice contrast to the more organic flowers.graphic floral felt pool noodle wreathI think I may even display this is my daughter’s room when it’s past season.  It’s so pretty!felt red pink black pool noodle flower wreathThis post may be linked to any one of these link parties.

P.S. Egg carton wreath and another summery pool noodle wreath.

P.P.S. My Marimekko Unikko wallpapered closet makeover.