Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
- my three munchkins, and that I don't have to work, find daycare and worry about them. I get to stay home with them.
- cuddling M. after she wakes up from her nap.
- reading with I. at nights. We lay in my bed and I read my book and she reads her book. I love it.
- I made yummy crescent rolls - bread products usually scare me! I used Jenni's recipe. Thanks. (of course, poor little M. had to go without).
- G's honesty - you get it whether you want it or not, and it usually makes me laugh.
- Tom's a hard worker and cares about details.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
It is WAY easier for my kids to sort by color than any other book sorting method. Even M. can tell most colors. If we are looking for a specific book, the kids usually know what the cover looks like and we can find it quickly. Plus, it's prettier.
But, I'm in good company. Look at Kevin Sharkey's office (he's a big wig with Martha Stewart. His actual title is executive editorial director for decorating):
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Boy, was it a hit!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
- 9:00 church and Sunday naps
- Bar-b-ques and delicious blue cheese turkey burgers
- showers after long runs
- finding a good deal
- finding a good paint color
- phone calls with my sister that make me laugh
- that it is summertime!
Have a great week - we've got tons of company coming tomorrow and hopefully we have a super productive week.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
No need to fight - it's super easy to copy. I'll show you:
I had this pillow that I bought at HomeGoods after Christmas for $5. I don't love the print, but I knew it was a shape that would come in handy. I also have some tan linen that I've been saving for something to do. I used about 2/3 of a yard. The pillow measures 25 1/2" long by 13" wide. Not a standard size, huh? Quick calculations
I need to cut 2 rectangles for the front - each 7"x26" long (Take 13 and divide it by half is 6.5. Add 1/2 inch for seam allowances - is that too confusing?) Because I want to be able to take this on and off, and I'm too lazy to sew a zipper today, I think you call it an envelope back. Ribbons hold it together. The back pieces need to overlap. Cut 2 rectangles for the back - each 8 1/2" x 26". For the pleat, I thought a 3" width was fine - so cut a rectangle 6" x 52" (double the width you want, double the length you want). That is the hardest part, seriously. If you have a different size pillow, hopefully you can follow my math and figure it out. Hopefully.
Next, fold the pleated piece in half longways and iron. I found the center and marked a line every 3" starting at the center. Then, take the first line to the right of the center and fold it to meet the center - iron. Then just keep folding marks to match. Does that make sense?
I pinned it to a front piece, and sewed it. Than sewed 2 front pieces together, finished their edges:
For the back, I finished the edge and then folded over 1" ( I could have folded over more, but I forgot what I calculated by that time). Stitch.
Line everything up, pin and stitch around the entire pillow. Finish the edges and clip the corners.
Turn inside out and push out the corners - I use a chopstick. Iron
Stitch on your ribbons. I zig-zag them on. I tried to put them about 1/3 of the way.
Pray that you did your calculations right - Moment of truth:
So cute - I love making pillows that I know are unique and not everyone else looks at them and knows exactly where you got them. They are pretty inexpensive to make and add so much to a room.
Seriously, it took me WAY longer to write this out, then it did to sew it. Next up for this project - black and white ticking seat cushions. I may or may not tuft them. I may or may not get distracted by another project.