Monday, September 28, 2015

How to make pillow for less than $3 ~Plus a Giveaway~

I love to decorate and re-decorate my home! I love to make beautiful spaces for my family to live in. I also have a passion for crafting and creating new things. 
I do this blog in hopes to inspire you to make something beautiful for your Home and Family.


I've been working so hard in my sewing room coming up with lots of creative ideas and I'm so excited about this one.  Why?  Because it's super economical and who doesn't love that!  
Also, I am holding my first giveaway!


So, lets get started!  Today I made this adorable green striped pillow for less than $3!  And I'm going to show you how I did it, but first, let me tell you how I made this work.

Late last summer I was wandering around Pier 1 Imports (one of my FAVS) and I noticed a few striped napkins in the clearance section.  I thought they were really cute but they didn't match my dining room.  So what happened next, was that struggle we all do in our heads.  You know you don't need it, but something inside tells you "just get it".  Of course that little voice won out, especially when I saw they were only $0.98 each!  Yes 98 cents!
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So I put 6 in my basket, brought them home, and put them in my dining room buffet.  And that is were they have stayed until this morning.  I came across them when I was cleaning and thought to myself... I MUST make something cute with these!

And since this is just a re-cover I only have the cost of the fabric.  Now, if you don't have the pillow already you will have that additional cost.  You can always find pillows at discount stores for really cheap!

First, I removed the old covers so I had 3 bare pillows.  If your pillows need some cleaning now would be the best time to do it since I don't recommend washing once you sew these new covers on.
You will then want to lay out two napkins, wrong side to wrong side and start pinning around three side.  Make sure to leave one side completely open.
And start sewing about 1 to 2 inches from the edge, depending on your pillow size.  (Note: This technique worked well for these napkins because they have a surged edge. If you have a rough edge you would need to turn down a hem first.)



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Once you have three sides sewn together, you can insert the pillow.  I pushed the pillow down to give myself plenty of fabric to pin, and started pinning the last side.  This part gets a little tricky so you'll want to go slow.  My machine has a setting to change the sewing speed so I turned it down to low.  That way I could catch if the needle started to go in the wrong direction.  

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Once you finish that last side and trim your edges, fluff the pillow up and voila!

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So that brings me to the GIVEAWAY!  

If you LOVE Pier 1 Imports as much as I do you will love this giveaway!

Click the link below and you will be entered in my giveaway for a $20 Pier 1 Imports gift card!!!  YES, $20 to Pier 1 could be all yours, it's that easy!!
{This giveaway ends 30 days from the date of the original post}

I hope you enjoyed this project and you give this a try.  I really think you'll love the finished product.

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you come by often!
~Jamie

Friday, September 25, 2015

Let's talk about dining rooms!

Hey Friends!  Lets talk about dining rooms today.  These spaces are often neglected, I know mine has been since we moved in.  For my family this is the room we only spend time in over the dinner hour.  We take our food to the table, we eat, and we get up.  So when I came across this Pin on Pinterest it immediately had me inspired to decorate this space!  This article was originally written by Jordan from Picklee.com.  (please visit her blog, her style and ideas are amazing)   This is an older Pin but the styles she shows are classic and timeless. 
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After flipping through these I hope you are as inspired as I was to make any of your neglected spaces pretty.

 Here are just a few of my favorites from the list:
This space is light and bright!  I love the simple table scape and the amazing beaded chandelier.

This eat-in kitchen/dining area is B-E-A-utiful!  I absolutely love the table and the tile on the floor.  It's just an added bonus that it opens to an outdoor space, which I'm sure, is just as beautiful!

There are no words to describe my love for this dining space.  It is incredibly feminine, soft and luxurious.  The chandeliers make this space perfect!

This dining space is very open and airy.  It's clean and minimal.  The farm table brings that rustic country look and there is enough room to seat everyone.  The more the merrier!

AHH... this table it fantastic!  I love the rustic look and the color is right up my alley!  I love that the chandelier does not compete with anything else in the room.  Everything is beautiful on its own and nothing is over-done.  

Pure elegance!  This farm table is perfect with the upholstered chairs.  It looks so warm and inviting.  The orange tulips add the perfect pop of color too!

Jordan from Picklee.com added this one and so I had to also.  It's not a dining room but you could eat here!  I love how soft and bright this looks.  The pillows are mismatched but the colors go beautifully together.  And the coffee table made from old doors gives it a really rustic, country look.

Please spend some time checking out everything on her site.  Trust me you will love it!

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you come by often!
~Jamie  


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Check out this amazing decoration blog ~ The Shabby Nest ~

If you get a minute please check out this great blog I came across today!  I absolutely love all of her decorating ideas.  She has several homes and all of them are decorated beautifully.  


I added a few of my favorites from her site below:

(This is a mini mudroom, what a fantastic idea)



Thanks for stopping by!
I home you come back often!
~Jamie

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Harvest Bunting Banner


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I do this blog in hopes to inspire you to make something beautiful for your Home and Family.


Today, while I was redecorating my Living Room, I decided to make this Harvest Bunting Banner to add to my Fall decorations.  It was really easy and I'll show you the steps to make it here.

Here is what you will need to complete this project:
          ~ 1 yard fabric (I used an old table cloth)
          ~ 1 brown paper bag (or any sturdy fabric)
          ~ scissors, roatary cutter and mat
          ~ letter stencil
          ~ black paint and brush
          ~ twine or ribbon
          ~ Sewing machine

Step One:  You will need to decide how big you want your triangle to be.  I did 10 inches wide x 12 inches long.  (I chose this size to make sure my widest letter fit on the triangle)  Since 12 was my longest length I cut my fabric to a 12 inch width.  Then I cut at a diagonal every 10 inches and that is how I got my triangles.  Also cut your backing triangles.  I used a brown paper bag for this project but you can use anything sturdy.

Step Two:  Sew your front and back triangles together.  I used a 1/4' seem allowance all around the outside edge.

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Step Three:  Use your letter templets and draw the outline of each letter onto the triangles.  Making sure to center each letter.  You will then use the paint to fill in the lines to make the letters bold.  (You will need to take a break after this step to allow your letters to dry)

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I do this blog in hopes to inspire you to make something beautiful for your Home and Family.Step Four:  Once your letters are dry it is now time to sew them together.  This is where you can get really creative.  I've made all different kinds of bunting and I've done it all different ways.  You can choose to string them together or sew them together on the string.  (At the end of the post I'll show you some examples of each of these ways)
Here is what I did:  I started at the top corner of the first letter and started sewing across the top.  Once I was about 1/2" away from the end I stopped sewing with the needle down. I lifted the presser foot and placed the next triangle down (making sure it was the next letter) and continued sewing across the top.  I did this until all of the letters were sewn together.

Step Five:  In this step I added the string on the ends that would hold up the banner.  I decided to use twine since I thought it matched the look of the fabric nicely.  


I cut 4 strips of twine all about 10 inches long.
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Then I took two pieces and placed them on the top triangle of the first letter.  I decided to sew them on backwards to give it more stability.  (see picture)  I used my back-up button on my machine to do a back and forth stitch over the twine.  I went over it about 4 times.  

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I then did this on both ends of the banner.

Step Six:  Tie the twine ends together.  This is where you can get creative again.  I used a bow but you can do just a simple knot.  

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I do this blog in hopes to inspire you to make something beautiful for your Home and Family.


And now you're ready to hang it up!  YEAH!
Here's another decorating tip I use a lot!  When I'm hanging banners like this that are just temporary I use a very light duty staple gun.  It makes it super easy to hang and the holes are so small that when you take out the staple you won't see anything left over!
Also I use tape to hold it in place before stapling to make sure it is even and centered where I want it.  Then staple and pull the tape and you're all set!  

Here are some other bunting banners around my house.  If you would like to know more about any of these please message me for more details.  
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This banner is on burlap and black card stock backing and strung on twine.

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This is a mini bunting I have hanging in my craft room.  It is actually the same table cloth I used for the Harvest Bunting here.  It is sewn onto ribbon with lace and buttons.

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This bunting is a little hard to see.  It is hanging in my laundry room and it doesn't have great lighting.  It actually says laundry and it is a scalloped blue stripe fabric that I doubled with quilt batting between the layers.  I also cut the letters using my Cricut and then I sewed them on with a zig-zag.  It is also strung on twine.  

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you come by often!
~Jamie





Happy Fall Y'all!

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Happy 1st day of Fall!!  
Cooler nights, pumpkin spice lattes and bonfires mean the season is changing!  

So... today I decided to get my formal Living Family Room ready for fall.  If you haven't noticed, I really like redecorating my rooms!  This process has a way of making me "fall" in love with all of my knick-knacks again :)  Plus it's a great excuse to add a few new pieces to my seasonal collections.  

I got started by emptying all of the shelves to create my blank slate.  I put all of my decor on the floor so I could see what I was working with.  
Here is how I got started:

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Then I just followed the steps from my previous post to add my decorations back onto the shelves.  You can find those steps here.
And voila...

I love to decorate and re-decorate my home! I love to make beautiful spaces for my family to live in. I also have a passion for crafting and creating new things. 
I do this blog in hopes to inspire you to make something beautiful for your Home and Family.

I love to decorate and re-decorate my home! I love to make beautiful spaces for my family to live in. I also have a passion for crafting and creating new things. 
I do this blog in hopes to inspire you to make something beautiful for your Home and Family.

I love to decorate and re-decorate my home! I love to make beautiful spaces for my family to live in. I also have a passion for crafting and creating new things. 
I do this blog in hopes to inspire you to make something beautiful for your Home and Family.

I love to decorate and re-decorate my home! I love to make beautiful spaces for my family to live in. I also have a passion for crafting and creating new things. 
I do this blog in hopes to inspire you to make something beautiful for your Home and Family.

So it took me about an hour to get this look and that included doing a little dusting!  You can totally do this!  

I also whipped up this adorable Harvest Banner shown in the last picture.  My next post will show you step by step instructions on how I made it.  Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you come back often!
~Jamie

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Follow me on Pinterest!

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You can now follow me in one easy step.  Just click on the link in this post or on the left of my page and you will be directed right to me page.  You will be able to see all of my favorite things in one spot.  
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I absolutely love Bloglovin', it makes following all of your favorite blogs so easy! Once you log into Bloglovin' you will be able to find blogs that interest you and follow them.  What Bloglovin' does then, is gives you one news feed of all of the latest posts from your favorite blogs!  Including mine :)


Follow these steps to make it happen:
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I do this blog in hopes to inspire you to make something beautiful for your Home and Family.