I don’t know about you, but I get bored. Bored with my hair, bored with my clothes, bored with my crafts. It seems like every so often I need to find something different. It was just 2 years ago that I decided to take my craft schizophrenia to the next level and add in power tools. Now, I’ve always been pretty handy with a tool, thanks to my Dad, so it wasn’t a far stretch. What I didn’t expect was that it would rocket the creative juices into an entirely new realm of madness, which is saying a lot for someone who doesn’t have a sense of fear of potentially tackling something they don’t know how to do. I’m sure we will have plenty more examples of that as we go along so I won’t subject you to that all at once.
This is the Lilly Project. Lilly is my super adorable niece that I refer to as “Fro-Puff” because I can get away with the that kind of thing. I’m a huge fan of up cycling things and and even bigger fan of the motto “go big or go home” so I decide to make her felt food, but why stop there!?! No! I can’t do that. Let’s make an entire play kitchen.
As you can see, Lilly is a big fan of pink. Being a tomboy myself, and having two boys, I don’t get the chance to use a lot of pink so this was fun for me. I found some great little retro, 1950’s oven knobs and handle to use for the refrigerator door on eBay, and the faucet was in my stepdads garage, so hooray for free! The night stands were a craigslist find from an old hotel that was going out of business and the fridge was a old cabinet that I got from our local Habitat for Humanity Restore.
The oven door was, by far, the biggest pain in my ass simply because I wasn’t sure how to do it. I ended up using an old picture frame and put a thick piece of plexiglas in it. I’ve figured out how to make it sturdier now and have better tools. I mean it has to stand up to the beating a three year old can dish out, right?
I really am happy with the way it all turned out. I founds the adorable little percolator and pans at a flea market and it was a perfect little fit. I did a ton of felt food for her as well, but that is for another post because that’s what fueled this whole new direction.
All in all, I think the entire project was a success. She still plays with it a ton and it’s held up well.
I have several more that I’ve made since this and have opened an Etsy shop for the felt food that has taken over my house, so there will be more to see going forward, as well as all of the other felt projects that I’ve been doing. Check back often, because I’m sure there will be no shortage of craft craziness in my future which translates to a lot of reasons to laugh at the mistakes I make or the sarcasm that I spew. Either way, feel free to come back and join the madness.
Keep it Crafty!