First sewing project of the year, and who is it for? The basement of course. Crawlspace, to be more accurate.
I know what you’re thinking… “This coffee’s cold. I’m tearing myself away from this super exciting blog post to refresh my cuppa joe.” Ok, maybe you weren’t thinking that, but now you are. Fine, go refill.
M’kay, now back to my basement. My gooooooorgeous inviting basement, complete with thick 80’s carpet and popcorn ceilings that look more like the surface of the moon than an intentional design choice. This lovely haven of tranquil serenity is just where my kids want to spend hours playing on these freezing winter days, right? Not on your life. And to be honest, I don’t really want to go down there either.
But that was 2013. This is 2014, and 2014 is not ok with playrooms that look like creepy horror movie isolation cells, drenched in all the glory the 1980s could muster. This is the year for a BASEMENT PLAYROOM MAKEOVER! [thank heavens]
Truth be told, new carpet wasn’t in the budget (the kids are gonna wreck it anyway, right?), and those popcorn ceilings aren’t going anywhere in the near future, but I do think we were still able to give it a little boost of friendliness, starting with some big, fat nautical stripes…and twinkle lights of course.
That’s great, but what about this totally random hobbit door? I mean, um, crawlspace door. I can’t put furniture in front of it in case we need to fly in to deal with a *home system emergency*….hmmmm.
When in doubt, make a quilt.
Yes, my dears, I whipped out a little improv curved piecing to make a little happy landscape scene for this formerly dreary little door, added some curtains, and voila: a sad hobbit door-turned-magical elf window.
And after seeing fabric designer Ann Kelle’s ridiculously darling booth at Quilt Market this past fall, I knew I just HAD to use some of her fabulous fabrics for this project. So stinking CUTE! The lil’ park buddies, the clouds, the zigzags…simply perfect for my room of play!
That little desk was a special project as well… It’s an old solid wood school desk I found at a garage sale last summer for $7 (!!!)- the top was a funky blue color, but the minute I saw it, I knew I’d paint it with chalkboard paint.
Well, looks like everyone’s happy with this mini-makeover!
Even Humpty Dumpty, which, considering his particular set of circumstances, means a lot. :)