Archive | December 1, 2012

Give Thanks Pillows

Sometimes I read some crafty blogs and feel wholly inadequate – half because they seem to have it all wired tight and half because they also seem to have the dishes done.  I always tell myself that I’m not seeing what is just to the left of the camera lens, AND, I may also appear to be that wired tight crafty mom and I know my real life.  Just in case someone was giving me a superwoman title I have to admit that my crafts are often at the expense of some other house keeping thing BUT as I’ve been home for a few months now things are actually getting better overall in the tidy department.  When I was working and going to school I still wanted to do crafty things but with the 2.5 children I just managed to do a craft here and there and at the expense of laundry usually and I could not even give a thought to really organizing the xyz closet etc.  Now I organize and craft with the kids and do the careful things when they are napping and my creative side is so much more happy.  I have been collecting fabric to do seasonal curtain panels for years and I finally got them done for both Halloween and thanksgiving/fall and I have Christmas/winter ones ready to go. Organizing with them takes 10x as long as it would without them but it isn’t impossible and I think I actually have a playroom that is worthy of writing about sometime soon.

The pillow set is another inspiration from Pinterest (my muse, my meth, my motivator .  The one I pinned was one long rectangular pillow but I like the two separate toss pillows better, plus, I can sub in other words.  I got the pillow forms from Ikea for 1.50 each, I got plain white pillow cases from walmart for $6 for the pair and I googled ‘free type fonts’ for a cool font to print onto iron on paper, this particular font is called ‘FoglihtenNo04’.  I did not cut down the pillow case since it was so thin you could see right through it, I just folded it up such that there is 4 layers of fabric around the pillow and I hand sewed it shut.  I ironed after I had placed the pillow because there was zero chance of getting it centered otherwise so I put a cutting board with a dish towel around it into the opening to iron onto and it worked ok.

The curtains are JoAnn’s fabric on Ikea hardware.  The hardware is $5 a panel and incredibly easy to use once you have the rail set up.  It is just a top and bottom bar on a straight piece of fabric that you slide onto the rail.  I originally thought that I would just have one pair per season but I am thinking now it might be worth making the reversible and making Halloween and thanksgiving share so all I have to do is flip it around – save me a few $$$ and time and storage space.

I like little decorator touches like this that can be part of our lives not ‘do not touch’ items.  Who knows, maybe in like 10 years I’ll have organized everything to the point that it just stays tidy…  I’m not taking bets on that however….