Bath Time – Week 2

This was a great first week! It was so hard to choose a favorite!

Here are the crafters and their projects from this past week.

Quilted Strap Cover by Cheryl @ A Pretty Cool Life
Love Birds by Jess @ Running With Scissors
Checkers by Ann @ DecoMOD Studio
Ruffle Quilt by Holly @ Bijou Lovely
Guitar Dress by Lynette @ Get Your Craft On
Modern Quilt by Chris @ Pickup Some Creativity
Guest Book by Charlene @ eWillow
Pendant Lamp by Deidre @ A Craft A Day
Butterfly Shadows by Shilo @ “Toad”ly Crafts
Tile Trivets & Coasters by Marjorie @ Living With Three Moonbabies


It looks like Cheryl was our winner with the Banjo Strap Cover. The tutorial will be coming in the next few days, so keep your eyes out for it!

We have to say goodbye for the first time of the session to Marjorie. Her tiles were awesome weren’t they though? Keep checking up on her over at Living With Three Moonbabies, and check back on Wednesday when we get to learn a little bit more about her.

And now for the winner of the Lisa Leonard $50 gift card giveaway. The lucky lady is announced over at the giveaway so go check to see if it was you!

Now for the this weeks theme…Bath Time! It’s going to be another great hard week. But please remember to only vote for your favorite ONE. Like always, the voting will be open until Friday at 9 pm MST.

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Craft #1 – Spa Bath Art


Did someone say bath time? Or was it RELAX TIME?


SPA BATHROOMS are the big trend in bathroom design and decor.


Create some modern wall art, fit for a high end retreat,


with a few simple supplies and a couple of dollars.

Metallics are big in fashion and decor. Combine them with earthy colors and clean lines

to create some very soothing wall art with.

You get a lot of bang for your buck on this one. Easy and fast, and neutral enough to go with most decor. Switch up the colors and sizes for many different looks!!


Modern, simple, soothing

Craft #2 – Modern Shower Curtain

A modern shower curtain with unique details will add a little visual interest to your bathroom.

Using a full-sized flat sheet as the base of the shower curtain cuts down on fabric costs and hemming.

The stitch and slash technique creates a bold graphic pattern, and the raw edge will fray nicely over time.

A winning tutorial will teach you the basics of making a shower curtain and how to perform the stitch and slash technique to add unique and interesting patterns to all kinds of projects.


Craft #3 – Bath Pad

The bath pad is the perfect solution to prevent sore knees when giving your child a bath. The top and bottom are padded, providing cushion for your arms and knees.
Simply use the suction cups on the top to hold it in place and wash away. The bath pad is waterproof so there will be no issues with mold. Just wipe it off and store it.

No more soap bottles falling in the tub! The pocket in the middle is perfect for holding your child’s bath needs.

And for Mom’s safety, there is nonslip material on the bottom.


Craft #4 – Stay-Put Hand Towel

Don’t you just hate it when you go to dry your hands off and you find the towel lying on the floor? Eliminate that problem completely with this super simple, yet super functional Stay-Put Hand Towel.

Your kids can now reach the towel because it hangs down low enough for them, yet they can’t pull it off. It buttons in place to keep it securely on the towel bar. Keep that towel exactly where you want it!

And it looks cute too! Happy hand washing!


Craft #5 – Pedicure Set

When I was given the theme “Bath Time”, I immediately wanted to create something pampering for my mom. She works full time, takes care of my dad, and I wanted to do something to encourage her to relax. The result is the Pedicure Kit.

It includes a bag with a ruffle detail, which measures 10 by 12 inches, to hold all the important tools needed for a great pedicure. The kit is kept closed, when not in use, with two snaps. Inside, the bag has small pockets to hold tools, an inner zipper pocket for nail polish, and a stretchy pocket to hold another key part of the kit… a pair of spa slippers.

These slippers are styled like flip flops to prevent smearing the nail polish. They are made with soft terry, and use grosgrain ribbon for the toe hold. The bottoms are non-slip, and inside they have a soft foam insole. The side panel allows you to dress these slippers up any way you’d like to.

The pedicure kit would make a great gift for Mother’s Day, or for any woman needing a reminder to make some time for herself.


Craft #6 – Birdbath Centerpiece

I think it’s safe to say that birds are the only other creatures besides humans who have bathtubs designed just for them! And who doesn’t like to glance out of their window and catch a glimpse a birds having fun playing in a bird bath? It’s an adorable sight.
You can use this birdbath as a table centerpiece for a wedding or a baby or bridal shower.

You can fill the bath with flowers, candy, or anything else you can think of!

You can make several birdbath centerpieces. They can double as the table decorations for your party and also be the prizes for the lucky winners of the shower games that everyone loves to play! Tweet tweet!

Craft #7 – Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies

Don’t let these tasty looking cake slices fool you!


These delicious looking desserts are actually a pampering, skin softening bath fizzy!

The wedges were made with a “mold” that you can pick up at your local grocery store. A few ingredients, a sweet Sugar Plum scent, a layer of “frosting” and you have a delightful and unique party favor for all those summertime showers… that will do double duty as a fun center piece!


Or package them individually in a box or a cello bag…


(Be sure to notice in the bottom of this picture, the bath fizzy in action, softening your skin while it bubbles and dissolves in your bath tub!)

…tie with a pretty bow and tag…now you have a great little gift for your co- workers, girlfriends or just to brighten someones day!


Craft #8 – Vintage Linen Storage Bins

No one wants their overnight guests to struggle looking for essentials in the bathroom. These fabric storage bins not only keep everything in plain sight and within arm’s reach, they’re as pretty as they are functional.

Made from vintage linens and lined in cheery gingham, they’re lovely to look at, unlike their plastic counterparts.

And once your guests have returned home, they’re perfect to use for your own bathrooom belongings.


Craft #9 – Washcloth Puppets

It’s bath time!
Rather than your typical washcloths, kids can have fun with washcloth puppets!

Shark.

Fish.

Alligator.

Made with actual washcloths, these simple designs are quick and easy to create.
A great bath toy, and a functional way to wash the kids.
Kids wear the puppet.

Puppets “eat” the soap.
Kids get washed!

These are machine washable, so you can throw them in the wash with all your other towels. I also included ribbon hangers so after bath is over, you can wring them out and hang them to dry on the spout of the tub, or you can buy these plastic suction cup hooks for $2.00 in the bathroom accessory aisle of your hardware store/ Target/ Walmart.

Anthro Inspired Shower Curtain

*Project by Emily @ Nap Time Creations for the season 9 Knock Off challenge*

Well, I must say I took the term “knock-off” pretty loosely. I didn’t really mean too, it just sort of happened and I really love the finished product. But, does it look anything like the original… not really. I do love the diagonal pattern of the flowers and the overall ambiance of the curtain though.Photobucket

From the beginning of this project I knew I was going to make it quite a bit different from the original. I had a flower shape in mind and just went with it. Some supply and dying issues got in the way, but I was able to overcome.

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The finished product looks incredible hanging in our (dingy, little) bathroom. I am waiting for the spray paint smell to leave, but I already love it and can’t wait to use it. Totally wishing I had an awesome bathroom like in the Anthro catalog, but at least I have a great new shower curtain!
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Puppy Dog Towel

*Project made by Ashley @ Cherished Bliss for the Make Believe challenge*
Make Believe. This is such a fun theme, especially having kids. EVERYTHING is make believe when you have kids. Couch cushions become a tent, food becomes missles, it’s really rather crazy what comes up in kids heads. My son is super big on super hero dress up, capes, anything he can put on and take of really fast. He also loves to swim in his little pool in the backyard and run through my house soaking wet. So I decided to create a “fun” towel for him that he might actually use!
I got the idea for a puppy dog because he has been running all over the house on his hands and feet barking at me, so naturally, it seemed appropriate : )
The hood is detachable (snaps) should he want to take it off and become a super hero.

Chevron Shower Curtain

*Project made by Robin @ The T-Shirt Diaries for the Dollar Store challenge*

I love the Dollar Store Crafts challenge. I mean what better challenge than to work with products from a store not known for its mad crafting supplies.

So while I was there I had a genius idea. I would make an ombre ruffled shower curtain. I grabbed a bunch of shower curtains and headed home to get started.

Then I realized that I saw something similar done during S.Y.T.Y. C. Season #7 by See Kate Sew. Bummer, but great minds think alike?

Now I had several shower curtains and nothing to do until it struck me, make a Chevron Shower Curtain.

Chevron is hot right now (an understatement) and I have paint so why not.

I got things started on my basement floor, added chevron stripes and…

I need let it dry overnight. Now I just needed to hang it up.
I love Chevron, now I want to remake my bedroom into a  black and white haven.
Oh and the total cost for the new shower curtain $1.00. Not bad because when I looked up Chevron Shower Curtains they run between $78.00 and $95.00 each.

Birdie Hand Towel

*Project by Jama Cool People Sew for the Scraps challenge of Season 11*

Oh my do I have a lot of scraps!!!
I continue to save them, because I knew they would come in handy.
Check this out…
From a scrap of terry cloth, fabric, old dress, and a button
The scrappy hand towel was made!
Bird inspired because it is spring time!
This is sure to surprise those using your guest bathroom.

Elegant Bathroom Re-do

*Project by Camille @ Sugar Baby Boutique for the Elegant challenge of season 14*

I love how this challenge turned out. I have hated my bathroom for the last 5 years. Let’s just pretend it was the first owners who painted the bathroom that color. And let’s also pretend my Mom didn’t warn me that I would hate it and that it would turn the bathroom into a deep dark hole of a room mmmkay?? I’ve regretted painting it ever since and finally got the gumption to paint it back. My husband thought I was crazy going with white and told me it would take forever but lo and behold it didn’t! I used Behr Paint & Primer in one and it seriously worked wonders! I covered that dark dark paint in only 2 and a half coats. Then I had the wonderful idea to paint my cabinets blue. Love. Them. I painted them my very favorite color, sanded the edges and used my all-time favorite glaze to finish it off. Then we hung my thrifted mirror up and I was one happy girl. It looks so big now {even though it truly is tiny} All I need is a fun light fixture/chandelier and it would be complete. I love my new elegant bathroom SO much compared to the black hole it was! Hope you like it too :)

 

Bathroom Hooks

*Project by Mandy @ SugarBee Crafts for the Organization challenge of Season 10*


Our hall bathroom - aka the kids bathroom, aka the elephant bathroom (see “lovely” wallpaper) – used to be a nightmare.  The towel rack was coming out of the wall and towels were piled on the floor – even if the towel rack were functioning, kids can’t use those!  Looping a towel over and through just isn’t one of their skill sets.  There is one drawer in that bathroom and when all four kids are brushing their teeth, fighting each other for drawer access – yikes!  So I saw a simple cup idea on pinterest (linked to THIS Etsy Shop) and expanded that idea to work in our situation.

First up, I splurged the $4 and got each kid their own toothpaste.  Now they each have their own supplies in their own spot – no more drawer fights.  Each cup is numbered for cuteness.
Probably one of the most important aspects of this mini-bathroom organizational makeover is the loops sewn on to the towels.  Makes is SUPER EASY to hang them up.

 I am happy to say that this Bathroom Hook Organization has worked wonders!!  Why didn’t I do this years ago??  So simple, but so effective.  So here’s to hoping I can get your vote for an easy way to organize the towel disaster and drawer fighting that comes with a kid bathroom.

Surf Board Towel Rack

*This tutorial is made by Cheri at I am Momma…Hear Me Roar*

To make this towel rack you will need a large sheet of MDF.  I purchased a sheet that was 4′x8′ and a half inch thick.  (You’ll have extra MDF for another project.)  I think the easiest way to get the surf board shape is to cut one long strip first so it’s still 6′ long, but about 2′ wide.  (Usually they will cut make a few basic cuts for you at no cost at the Depot.)  Then sketch out a surfboard shape and cut it out.  Sand the edges.  (Find a cute nephew to model the cut board.)
Paint the surfboard.  You can use regular acrylic paint like you’d find at the craft store.  Paint the whole board white (or whatever color you’re currently loving).

Next paint the stripes. Painter’s tape is a must for this one.
Now it’s time to paint on the name, which could be a surf board brand OR I used the last name of the family who the surfboard was for.  I usually free-hand it, but if you’re not comfortable doing that, find a font you like and print the text off your computer.  Turn the paper over and scribble all over the reverse side of the paper where the text is.  Line up the paper where you want the letters to appear on the surfboard.  Take a pencil and outline the letters.  This will create a faint outline of your text on the surfboard.  Now paint in the letters.
To give the board an aged look, rough up the edges with sand paper.  If you want it really antiqued you can get out the electric sander.  Once it’s roughed up as much as you want, add the polyurethane + stain shown in the picture above of the paint.  I like to dip a rag into it and rub it on to my liking.
Lastly, screw on your hooks (following the instructions on the package) and hang your board.  My sister painted the pictures above and used the same stain to antique them as well.
That’s it!  Now you’re ready to find a big wave in the bathtub.  Surf’s up dude!