Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

DIY Modern Pet Bed

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Today is the day we’re kicking off the Summer “Get It, Got It, Go” Blog Hop with projects completed with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and supplies purchased at The Home Depot. I’m excited about this campaign, there will be three dozen bloggers contributing ideas and I’ll be sharing them throughout the summer!

I’m starting the event with this modern pet bed we built for our good friends, they have the cutest pair of dachshunds so we built a bed for them to lounge outdoors during the day, but the bed can also be used indoors too. I painted the base a bright orange and topped it off with a striped cushion in a durable outdoor fabric.

diy modern pet bed

The bed is elevated with tapered metal legs for easy cleaning underneath and the bright color is so fun for summer! This little pup is waiting for his treat… 

modern pet bed striped cushion

 

To recreate a similar version here’s what you’ll need!

Supplies from Home Depot: 5/8” plywood sheet cut to size of base; ¾” x 5.5” poplar planks for sides; 1½” x 4’ poplar hobby boards for decorative trim; ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape, 1¼” wood screws, primer & exterior paint (if using outdoors). 

This elevated pet bed is project you can build in an afternoon, it took us 2 hours from start to finish not including the painting process. I had the plywood base cut at Home Depot, then we attached the planks after we trimmed them to fit with our miter saw at home. The dimensions I worked with were 28” x 38” based on the pet bed cushion I picked up at Petco, here’s the basic box we built.

basic bed shape

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Floribunda: Projects & Printables

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

In our yard, we have five white Iceberg floribunda rose topiary trees that are twelve years old, and they bloom without fail each and every April through September. Floribunda in Latin means “many flowering” which is so true with ours, these roses bloom in multiple clusters of widespread petals. They also possess that intoxicating garden rose scent that fills the nose when you approach a bouquet so naturally the garden spiders share my affection for these blooms. 

floribunda roses garden spider

One of my favorite things to do with Adobe Illustrator is design flowers, there are endless ways to do it and countless blossoms to inspire. The latest project and printable was inspired by those roses just outside my window, the printable quote border was given a pinkish coral tint and includes a favorite garden quote.

if you have a garden printable 8x10

Also an embellished flour sack towel in a yellow colorway for the kitchen.

yellow floribunda rose flour sack towel

The flour sack towel was created with an iron on transfer which I’ve avoided for years. I’ve always had mixed feelings about iron on transfers, the pro is they allow you to apply any image you can create to fabric but the con is so often you’re left with that shiny glossy patch like applique that feels plasticy. But I tried it again, and this time I got a better result. To avoid that plastic glossy result, try these two tricks which worked for me:     

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