Friday, September 26, 2014

Bias Tape Pumpkin Pillow

I've never been one to switch out my throw pillows for the seasons, but I decided this year to give it a try. Why? I don't know. Just felt like it. Maybe because I am excited about Fall?

Anyway, here's the first pillow:

I cut a square piece of fabric to the size I needed to cover the pillow, then I grabbed some orange bias fold tape. I found the center of the fabric, opened the bias tape up so I could see the center fold line, then started sewing it down in a spiral. I didn't pin or anything, just kind of freehanded it. It took a lot of stopping and adjusting to get the tape to lay and turn they way I wanted, so if you make one, be patient! Just remember, it doesn't have to be perfect. The texture and the uneven, irregular shape add to the charm. Here's a close-up:

The finishing touches were a brown piping stem and green ric-rac leaves sewn onto the top. Then I sewed it into a pillow cover that will be easy to get off when the season is over.

I have a few more pillows to go and when they are all done, I'll show you them all together.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Saving of An UGLY Couch

I can't believe I've never showed you my couch. It's one of the most dramatic D.I.Y.'s in the whole house and you've never seen it. Helloooo... what was I thinking?!

When we got married 11+ years ago, we had nothing. My parents found an old, ugly couch for free and since we had nothing, we took it home. There's a reason it was free, people. Look at it:

That's one UGLEEEEEEEEEEEE couch!

Luckily it didn't stay that way for long. My talented mama came over one Saturday and made this amazing, custom, tight-fitting slipcover:

Can you believe the difference?!?! It was amazing to watch her work. She draped pieces here and there, cut pieces out, pinned things on inside-out, then started sewing. The body of the couch is all one piece and the two cushions have separate cases.

I have to say, now that I've had a couch with a slipcover, I kinda love them. I can't tell you how many runny noses, leaky bottles and sticky fingers have touched this couch. Whenever it's looking dirty, I just throw it in the wash and it's as good as new! That's why after 11 years we are still hauling this little couch around. We love it!

And here's the side-by-side comparison, because I know y'all love those (I do too!).

I've been getting my front room ready for Fall, but here's the throw pillows from Summer:

So can you believe the transformation? Oh, and the fabric was $1/yard when she bought it (of course, that was 11 years ago... dang you, inflation!) so the whole couch cost something like $8. For real. It just doesn't get any better.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Halloween Smoothies

I love fun Halloween foods. Every year we do a special Halloween-themed dinner. The idea is to offset the candy binging that happens later in the day with food that is nutritious, but still festive and fun to eat. You can see some of the things I've made in the past HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

This is my latest idea for a spooky snack:

Yep... smoothies! The green smoothie is spiked with spinach and the orange smoothie gets it's color from a carrot! Both taste fantastic and are easy to make. All I did was draw the faces onto clear cups using a permanent marker and BAM... they become a Halloween treat. You can use any recipe you like, but this is how I made mine:

Green Monster Smoothie
1 banana, frozen
1 peach
1 TBSP orange juice concentrate
1 cup milk
1 handful spinach

Orange Smoothie
1 banana, frozen
1 peach
1 TBSP orange juice concentrate
1 cup milk
1 large carrot

Monday, September 22, 2014

Gender Neutral Children's Bedroom

My daughter and son share a bedroom, which creates a decorating delimma. It's hard to be gender neutral!

I shared the hexagon wall I made in their room a while back. It didn't stay up. I was so tired of re-taping hexagons that I pulled the whole thing down.

Today I wanted to show you one little corner of their room...

This is all I've got so far, but I think it is a good mix of masculine and feminine.

I rounded up a bunch of old frames and painted them in red, aqua, yellow, and navy. That middle frame really is navy, even if it looks black in the photo. Then I filled the frames with a mix of artwork, an old poster, scrapbook paper, word art and a favorite photo.

Have you decorated a gender-neutral kids room before? I'd love to hear your ideas!
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