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Bed Sheet Do Over!

6 Sep

I had this bed sheet lying around and was determined to make a few things out of it so that’s exactly what I did this week! Throughout the next two/three weeks you’ll see other projects that I’ve done with this bed sheet so this won’t be the only one ๐Ÿ™‚

The pattern on this sheet was way too cute to just toss so I decided to take off the fitted part of it to make it easier to work with.

I took my rolling cutter and cut around the edges of the elastic until it was completely off.

Then I did the same thing with the seams – cutting them out to get the fabric so it would lay flat.

I’m keeping the elastic edges for another project you’ll see soon ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m pretty darn excited about it!

After that is easy to lay flat – it just needed a little ironing and I cut the pieces to make my first project out of all this fabulous material.

I cut out the pieces for …. you guessed it – a pocket pillow!

I’m going to make another matching buddy for this one to have and then I’ve already thought of two more projects to do! I’m so glad I kept this bedding around – it’s going to make a ton of fun projects. Who would have thought this one thing could last me so many hours of fun!?

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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The Pocket Pillow

23 Aug

After doing my zipper mess up pillow last week I decided to show off how I make my pocket pillows. I also wanted to show everyone what it was in case they didn’t understand. I’m not really sure what these pillows are really called – so pocket pillow is my name for it!

First I cut out the fabric in three pieces. The two back pieces I ironed down a half an inch to make it a finished edge.

After sewing down the half inch edges I pinned the pillow all the way around in preparation to sew!

That zig zag triangle stitch is obviously my favorite ๐Ÿ˜‰ I feel like it makes everything so sturdy!

Once it was done I flipped it inside out!

Put the pillow in through the pocket in the back and it’s ready to go! Pocket pillows are my favorite because they are easy to sew, easy to get the pillow in and out for washing (I do have a messy toddler in my house), and you never have to worry about laying on an uncomfortable zipper when you are taking a nap ๐Ÿ™‚

The one negative to a pocket pillow is because it has the opening in the back it doesn’t hug the pillow extremely tight. I don’t mind that so it’s not a problem for me.

What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

 

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Shopping and Receiving

17 Aug

So this week has been a huge shopping week as well as boxes being sent to me in the mail! โค I love surprises like that – even if I was the one that ordered it – chances are high I forgot about it and TADA surprise again ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out what I’ve gotten recently:

A newย mannequin! (Which I’m going to have to learn how to spell that word without spell check – honestly) YAY! This is to have to show off my scarves for my etsy shop as well as display for my craft shows. SO DARN EXCITED about this purchase ๐Ÿ™‚

I got this awesome new necklace in the mail from my new best Etsy friend ๐Ÿ™‚ Her shop is attached to the picture. She obviously knew what I’d love because she chose pink and green (my favorite colors) and this is exactly my style for jewelry!

Here’s a close up – HOW COOL IS THAT?

This one obviously wasn’t for me but I will definitely be playing this! I ordered this for my husband, we have a ton of Guitar Hero and Rockband songs we play together and he was missing his old version.

I bought this weeks magazine review ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m so excited to get started on some holiday gifts – aren’t you?

And of course I can’t go without raiding the remnant bin but for so long ๐Ÿ˜‰ You are looking at future pillows right here!

This is one of my favorite ones so I think I’ll be making a pillow out of this on Saturday ๐Ÿ™‚

I am also crazy in love with this fabric ๐Ÿ™‚ it might be a pillow after Saturday as well!!

What do you think? I think I’m going to have to up my budget for spending if I keep buying all this madness!

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Love Always,

J

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A Wow Moment – Pillow and All.

15 Aug

On my to do list the past Saturday I had:

Make a pillow out of my new favorite material!

and last Saturday – I did just that! So I thought I’d share with you all exactly how I did it. Now you’ll notice in this preview that I didn’t have the right size zipper so I just used a small one. When it came time to put the pillow in the case I bought cried! It took a lot of shoving, a littleย bitingย myย tongue, and a lot of UGHHHHH’s.

 

I ย cut the fabric 14×14. Even though this pillow is a 10×10 you have to account for the depth of the pillow as well as the amount you’ll be taking off when sewing it. I always leave myself a good half inch for sewing.

 

Now for all you “know how to sew pillows or zippers in general people” I know this isn’t the best way to sew a zipper.. now. After a long discussion with my mom on how she sews zippers I will be trying this differently. So what I did is I folded the two edges over a half an inch or less, pinned the zipper, and stitched it.

Note to self: I am either sticking to pocket pillows (which I’m good at) or attempting this again with the right length zipper and the right way to sew it!

Okay! Then I laid it inside out so both of the outer pieces were facing each other, pinned, and stitched all the way around.

 

I flipped it inside out and attempted to shove that huge pillow in a 6 inch zipper opening ๐Ÿ˜› I wish I had taken pictures during the process but I was too busy UGHHHHing to stop and take a picture ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

and TADA! Here’s the finished pillow which if I do say so myself turned out pretty spanking awesome except for the bottom zipper which we won’t ever speak of again ๐Ÿ˜€

What do you think?

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

How to Restore Old Furniture

6 May

Hello There!

I’ve started my bedroom makeover that I’ve always dreamed of having. Since we are on a tight budget things are going to happen slowly but surely! Yesterday I took our side tables out and gave them a little touch up to get started. Restoring old furniture has become one of my favorite things to do to really make a difference in a room on a tight budget. Instead of spending a fortune buying new furniture to replace what you have, why not give it a little makeover instead and save some money?

I took these two side tables given to us from my mother-in-law and decided to make them pop a little more!

My goal for this room is to slowly transition everything into a black, gray, and white color scheme and have pops of yellow throughout. These two side tables completely blend in except for the fact that my two lamps are making a statement! They each also have a little wear and tear on them.

You can see here that the handles are a little scratched up as well as a few other places. So I cleaned out the side tables and took them outside for a little sanding. Please note – you probably shouldn’t go through your husbands side table to clean it out without asking him. Luckily, all I found was video game things and change ๐Ÿ˜› Gotta love my hubby!

There are two ways you can sand furniture. You can hand sand it with a sand block or use a palm sander. I chose a palm sander because it’s faster but for the intricate parts of table like the drawer you are going to need a sand block. Since this side table had only been painted once there wasn’t layers upon layers to sand so a quick light sand is all you need. When something is painted previously with a gloss or there are obvious layers of paint then you are going to want to use a heavier sheet of sand paper or heavier sand block in order to make the process of sanding easier on you.

As you can see I didn’t take off the entire layer of paint. That’s not necessary – it’s just important to get off the top gloss and give the paint somewhere to hold onto when you paint it. If you decide not to sand and just paint as it is then the first time you scratch the paint or nick it a little it’s going to peel a good chunk off of your furniture. Paint needs something to hold on to in order to really stick.

Here comes the fun part – the first layer of paint! Your first layer is never going to look good. Especially when you are painting over a dark surface but it’s okay! Give it a nice little layer and let it dry for a couple of hours. If you are impatient like I am, find something to do to keep busy until it dries – in my case I painted the second shelf and the drawers!

You don’t always have to paint the entire drawer. I wanted to paint the inside because I plan on putting shelf liner in it to make it pop when you open the drawer, so I wanted to make sure the rest of the inside of the drawer looked pretty too!

Once you have let everything dry you can go back and do the second coat of painting. A hard lesson that I have figured out is to let the second coat dry over night. If you are like me – you will want to put it all together and put it back where it was to see the finished project and be proud of yourself for accomplishing it! Don’t.. The paint will feel dry but it’s still wet underneath. If you put the drawers back in and let it sit the paint will try to dry and end up sticking to whatever it’s touching. Which means you won’t be able to open the drawer and if you do – you might be damaging the paint job you just worked so hard at finishing.

Once its dried over night it’s ready to be used! I’m really excited about the white transformation! My next step to finishing these babies up is to by shelf/drawer liner to put in the drawers and the back panel of the cubby. I’m looking for a yellow pattern that will go along with the lamps but I’m having trouble finding exactly what I’m looking for so I’ll keep searching and wait until I find what I’m looking for!

It definitely gives it the POP of white that I was looking for ๐Ÿ™‚

When you are a person like I am, that changes their mind about what they want, what they like, and their favorite color – you really should be thinking about the most budget friendly options. I change my mind so much that it’s probably best to keep all the furniture I have and just keep repainting it until I’m happy with the outcome!

The next thing I am going to attempt for this room is a handmade headboard! I’ll be searching Pinterest for brilliant ideas and budget friendly tips ๐Ÿ˜›

Thanks everyone for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

What are some tips and tricks that you use while restoring old furniture?

Monday Moving Madness!!

22 Nov

Is anybody else as crazy as I am when it comes to rearranging furniture? It’s something that I do every couple of weeks/months just to make the room “new” and see if I can find extra space for extra things or just clear some stuff out the room. This is something that I am almost positive drives my husband insane but sometimes it turns out great! Hey at least I am not buying new furniture we can’t afford constantly ๐Ÿ˜‰ So that is precisely what I did this morning. I took our love seat out of the storage today and made it work in the living room (which is seriously small) but we have been lacking seating area and now that E is a couch hog this gives me more room for her to hog ๐Ÿ˜›

Instead of this wide open wall space with toys for E that we had I made a little corner nook for her to play in and used the rest of the wall for couch space and she seems to like it! She went back into her little nook and played for a little while and seemed pretty happy! Although it doesn’t take much to please this child.

So now that I have successfully wasted my morning moving furniture I am leaving the rest of the day up for grabs!! Who knows what I’ll get done today but I do know that Monday’s are going to be my new whatever days. It’s going to be completely spontaneous and a lot less I have to get this done. Everybody should deserve a relaxing Monday!

Love Always,

J

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