Kid’s Art Smock from a Man’s Shirt with GUEST: 42 roads

This is another one of those “I don’t know how I found her” but “her stuff is cool” blog posts.

Anna of 42 Roads is most well-known for her Cardboard furniture creations (which she has a pattern for HERE):
And for her Cardboard Doll Furniture, which landed her as a guest crafter on……yes……MARTHA. How cool is that? Totally jealous.
But what I fell in love with on her site is her amazing art work. Custom Stencil Oil Portraits (made from your photo). Puts my freezer paper stencils to shame! I’ve had this on my Christmas list for a couple years now (a painting of our kids) Maybe next year I’ll make it happen (more info on paintings in her SHOP):
But Anna is really a jack of all traits. She also sews and refashions. Hmm….maybe that’s how I met her.

Today she’s sharing the perfect sewing project, from an artist’s perspective.

Nine months ago, when my son was born, I definitely had to do a crafty u-turn! I’d spent three years before that sewing things for my girly-girl daughter Lara – and you know what that means, right? Colorful crowns, ruffles, skirts, and sparkles, sparkles, sparkles! Now, not only do I have to tone it down, I also have to really plan out my time well… and that means making things that are practical as well as fun to do. Before he was born, I made Jakey a few toys, sewed him some bibs and crib sheets.
And I built a changing table for the small travel crib he used for the first few months. He is now just starting to play with the cardboard kitchen I built for Lara a few years ago.
I absolutely love making things for my kids and teaching them about the process of creating. That’s why the tutorial I’d like to share with you makes me so happy. It’s a way to convert a man’s dress shirt into a quick and very effective smock. Brings out the artist in the little ones, and also does a very nice job protecting the cute stuff you’ve already sewn for them from paint splatters!
You can see Anna’s Kid’s Art Smock Tutorial HERE on 42 Roads.
Thank you Anna for sharing your talents with us.

What’s SHE up to?

  1. Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having a tough time locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an email. I’ve got some creative ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it develop over time.

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