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Pinterest Inspired Project

If you’re following me on pinterest, you may have seen me pin this pin. In my everlasting search for organization ideas, I was excited to find this tutorial because I too have lots of diaper and other boxes around the house. Iย also happen to have a few yards of various home decorating fabric I had purchased a while back to make some pillows…cometofindout the DH doesn’t want lots of pillows on the couch but, never fear – there is always another purpose for fabric!

I’ve been collecting books for me & Mr. T to do some home-preschool in the fall and recently purchased the infamous cube organizer a alย Target for a little taming of the books. However, there were several larger books and binders that didn’t quite fit in said cubes. :/

Semi-Organized Cube Organizer…

Seeing as how this is in our living room, I wanted to hide everything as much as possible so I took my tutorial pin and this lovely box:

Box Before

Bought some spray adhesive and fabric glue & voila!

Box After
All those lose too-big books and binders nice and hidden

Just need a few more cube bins and one more transformed box (for visual balance, of course) and we’ll be good to go for the fall! Thanks Pinterest!

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My husband hates this table runner

I used to work at a Quilt Shop here in town and my boss there made me this wonderful table runner. Now, it’s not COMPLETELY my decorating style, but I do love stars and I really appreciated the gift. When my son was born and consequently started pulling himself up on the furniture, we were no longer able to keep the heavy tile coasters on this table because he would pull them off onto himself or beat the table with them (and I love my table!). SO – I decided this would be a good idea for the table. The baby could play with it and it wouldn’t be damaged, but it still protected my table from cups, etc.

However, my husband often makes fun of it and says it belongs at the proverbial “Grandmas House”. My argument to him was everything I mentioned above, but his response was, ‘Well, you could make some coasters?” – DUH!

So here’s what I made during nap time today from some home dec fabrics I hope to use on a larger scale in the near future. ๐Ÿ™‚ He hasn’t seen them yet, but I’m sure he’ll like them better than the table runner. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I like them too!

Also, over the weekend I made this valance for my dining room window. I like how it turned out!

Here’s the print up close…

So I hope your holidays were blessed! What, if any, home dec projects do you hope to accomplish this year?

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Maya’s Pillows Finished

Just wanted to post some proof that I’m actually done with Maya’s pillows. I did a different fabric on the front and back and pieced piping. Here’s the “front”

And here’s the “back”

Now only one more project before I can sink my teeth into the new Etsy product I’ve been thinking about! CAN’T WAIT! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Pillows & Babies

Well, as Maya moves into her cottage this weekend, and I face my sister-in-law’s wedding next weekend, I have endeavored the past day and a half to alter my dress and start Maya’s pillows. The dress only needs some minor hand sewing, now, and is essentially done so I look forward to a non-dress project. It keeps things interesting!

Remember, here are the fabrics Maya so wonderfully chose for her new pillows:

Maya gave me 4 pillows sized 18″ x 20″, 2 pillows 14″ square and 4 pillows 12″ square. We decided to do the larger pillows in one fabric each, accenting them with contrasting piping. I was able last night to get two of the largest pillows done.

The other two are cut out and ready to be sewn, which I intend to do after this post. But first, I wanted to highlight a really good source for making your own bias tape & piping. I’ve known how to do this for several years now, but recently came upon a tutorial at Sew, Mama, Sew’s Blog. Click here for that wonderful tutorial on making your own bias tape and piping.

Additionally (and I didn’t mention this before) I will be making some curtain panels for Maya’s dining room. Here is the fabric she chose and a picture of the windows:


Remember to go to Maya’s Blog, “Flavors of Cottage Life” to follow all her rennovations!

On another note, I’ve been so blessed over the past month to be a new Auntie to a couple new babies…and my cousin is due this month! Pictured below is just one of the brand new ones, born July 16th (my birthday!), Luke Christian. He is my step sister’s newest son.

Here’s another picture of my son, Tyler (left) and Luke’s older brother, Jeremiah. Grammy now has THREE BOYS! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Finished!…Almost

Well, all the major work is done…now to making sure all the threads are clipped and seams are pressed and a final steaming!

Here’s the top up close:

And the skirt:

Now just a technical note here…How did I get the skirt to stand out like that at the bottom? Well, besides the cut of the dress, the answer is twofold.

1. Netting! Now I had a fight with the netting to get it to behave the way I wanted it to. First I had 3 layers of gathered netting: two shorter really gathered layers and a long slightly gathered layer on top of those to try and even it out. What I got was a poofy middle of the skirt and a droopy bottom so it looked like a ball was hiding under the dress or kind of mushroomy and not at all what I was going for!

So I decided to put a tiny, really gathered layer of netting at the very bottom to make sure it stood out well. Well this was eventually the fix, but I initially placed it in the wrong place. I put it on the lining, under the rest of the netting. WRONG. I had to take it all off, remove the not so gathered layer of netting that was over everything and then attach the short really gathered netting to the outermost layer of netting. All that to say, what is there now is a medium lenth gathered netting layer under another medium length layer placed higher up, to which was attached the short really gathered layer of netting as you see here:

2. Horse hair braid! To those of you who do this type of sewing, this is a no brainer, but for some reason it wasn’t my first thought. Only when I saw the mushrooming effect of the netting did I think – OH YEAH! I don’t know how I could have forgotten!

I imagine once upon a time this stuff was actually made of horse hair, but nowadays it’s synthetic. What it does is provide stiffness at the hem to make full skirts stand out.

So there it is, the right combination of netting and horse hair braid makes a happy skirt!

Now, on to my next project: Pillows for Maya. Here’s the fabrics…

Maya just closed escrow on an adorable 1930’s cottage! You can follow the renovations by visiting her blog Flavors of Cottage Life. Oh, and she posts yummy recipes too!