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Pillow talk

Hey guys, 

DIY home decorating is so fun and exciting! I love having little touches here and there that I made myself. As you know I’ve been making throw pillows for the couch and everywhere else I feel that one can cozy up with a pillow :-)

Besides these simple envelop pillow cases. I started kicking it up a knot by adding texture and interest to the pillows.

First up, starburst pillow :) This fabric already has all the fun and games going on but to add some very small touches of texture, I made some starburst designs. Just simply fold the lines (I chose to have them symmetrical), iron it down and use some pin to hold it in place…

Take it to the sewing machine to place a straight stitch down on the fold as close to the edge as possible. Look closely at the image below, the needle is down to show you how close it is to the edge of the fold. This is especially fun to do…I felt like a little kid again trying to color inside the line. But hey, if you don’t feel like being a pain in the neck perfectionist, sew a complete “wonkie” line and the design will come out just as interesting. Having fun is the whole point here :-) 

Here is the final product…I love it!

Next, I wanted a hippie pillow :-) Instead of making a new pillow case, i added the peace sign to the other plain envelope pillow I had made. Here I’ll show you have to add applique to a completed pillow…

I used a plate and a bowl to draw the circles and finished the rest with my ruler

Cut it out…

I placed my paper template on the wrong side of the pillow, aka, inside. On the outside, I pinned on a piece of fabric, aka, an old yellow tanktop :-P

The I sewed a zigzag stitch along the shape of my applique from the inside. I went really slow and making sure everything was in the right place. It would have been a lot easier if the pillow wasn’t complete and I only had a square piece of fabric to work with. I wouldn’t have to do the applique backward like this…

Then, I trimmed out the excess fabric after sewing. Again, an applique scissors would have been a dream but the key is to do everything nice and slow…enjoy the process.

Ta-da, not bad eh?

So this is the couch with the lovely pillows :-) 

Last but not least, my latest pillow, the cute, rustic, ruffly pillow that is now an accent to my bed. Watch the video on how I made it here

Hope you enjoyed our pillow talk. Until next time…

Have a great weekend!

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My very own 99 cent thread rack.

Hey guys, 

So, my grandma and father in law gave me tons of sewing supplies including these pretty, pretty vintage threads.

Aren’t they pretty?

Here is the problem: I don’t like keeping them in containers and having to go through them every time I need a color. I needed a thread rack. But…

I don’t wanna pay $17.99 on Amazon

or $23.99 at Target.

I paid $0.99 for a bunch of nails and this is what I did: I measured, marked, and pulled out my hammer to put some nails directly onto the side of my sewing nook. I put each nail 1.5 inch apart from each other and 2 inches in between the rows. And, of course they’re nailed in at an angle. 

Putting the threads on there as I go to make sure I put just enough nails, no more, no less.

and here is what I ended up with…

pretty eh? I like! :-)

What I like about this “thread rack” is that it doesn’t take any space at all. I have all my pretty threads out on display and at my finger tips without having to compromise the tiny space I have for the sewing nook.

By the way, I said I would give you guys updates on the nook…here is the left corner of it. I have my card making supplies on those shelves. When I want to paper craft, I can just put the sewing machine on the floor and free up some space on the table. Look at this post here to see the before.

Hope you like this cheap DIY idea and hope you’re having a great Tuesday! :)

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DIY Decorative Pillow

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DIY Envelope Pillowcase

Hey guys, 

If you know how easy it is to sew some envelope pillowcases, you’ll want to make a tons…like me :) Let me show you!

I got this pillow at my local D2 store for $1.99 each. It’s surprisingly good! :-) I’m all about getting great stuff for less :)

First, we gotta make the pattern. According to my tiny shiny glittery measuring tape, my pillow form is 16x16. So I’m adding an inch to the fabric and make the front of the pillow 17x17

For the back, in order for the “envelope” to close properly, I added 6 inches. So that make the fabric for the back of the pillow measured 17x23

After cutting out the pattern for the back piece, fold it in half right down the middle and cut. 

The next step is pin and cut.

This is what I ended up with after cutting

To hem the edges of the “envelope” I folded the fabric in toward the wrong side about 1/4 of an in and fold again on itself so no raw edges showing.

I pressed it nicely using my teeny tiny iron. I love love love this iron. It heats up so quickly and the fact that it’s small, works to the advantage of jobs like this…I bet it would be awesome for quilters too!

Next, take your fabric to the machine and hem it using a basic straight stitch or a zigzag stitch. 

After hemming, put the front panel down, pretty side up.

The 2 back panels on top, pretty sides facing the front panel and sew around. 

The fabric that I’m using is thin and doesn’t hold its shape too well so I had to pin every inch or so to keep all my pieces in place. 

That’s it. Done. Ta-da! :-) It fits like a dream!

Here is what it looks like from the back. 

OK, now back to the part where I realized that the fabrics that I used…FRAY like crazy. So I decided to add this part to this blog post to show you how I “fixed” BOTH of my pillow cases.

Look closely at the edge of my second pillow case here. This is what it looks like after I sew around all 4 sides with the zigzag stitch… 

So, this is how I dealt with it. I took it back to my ironing board and basically did the same thing I would do hemming all 4 sides. Fold down a 1/4in and fold down again. No raw edges showing. 

I was just being extra careful and put a pin where the layers are a little thicker to remind myself to slow down while sewing. These fabrics are surprisingly thin though. 

Ok, so this is what the wrong side of the pillowcase looks like after I “hem” all the edges. It could practically be worn from this side :)

Anyways, this is what it looks like all done…

…and from the back

…and both pillows together on our white couch. This is basically my vision for the apartment. White furnitures and added colors from accented pieces like pillows, rugs, kitchen appliances…stuff that we can swap out easily and not get bored after a while. We’ll see how that works out for me :) 

Psst: Check out this awesome video tutorial of how to make envelope pillowcase by Vanessa of the Crafty Gemini. If you love sewing, you’ll love this lady. She’s really good with explaining/teaching and making things easy for her viewers! I obviously learned how to make these fun pilowcases from her…

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Hubbie and I got a Jasmine plant this past weekend. I put it on the window in the kitchen. The flowers are blooming and they make the kitchen smells awesome!

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Ambient lighting

You probably already know that I love ambient lighting :-)

We had a few engagement shots under the ambient light of Union Squares

I used about a thousand candles at my wedding to create the warm, cozy and intimate feelings. Mind you, our wedding was in the middle of winter :-) And hey, I saved money by not having to hire people to do special lightings ;-) 

So, candles were everywhere:

At the place card table (those cards were handmade by the way)…

…at ceremony site

I made these unity candles too, check them out here

Can you see the candles on the rims of the ceiling?

I think it’s totally true that everyone looks good under ambient light :-)

At home, I also want to create that warm, cozy feelings with ambient lighting and it’s so easy, I just need to light a few candles. To give it some interests, I place my candles in a wine glass…

…a vintage teacup ( I got this teacup at the flea market, it’s so darling)

…and even an empty jar I kept… You can use these jars for so many things, check out other ways of using them here

If you have a party with a theme color, you can always add some ribbons around these containers to tie in the whole theme.

That’s all it takes. I love dining with friends and families at home in the candle light. When you use different interesting objects around the house for your candles, you automatically create depth for your table setting with the different heights you get from these containers. 

Hope you like ambient lighting as much as I do…

Psst: I’m invited to do some guest posts over at my friend’s Tumblr called Knotnotes. I’ll spill all my money saving DIY projects I did for my wedding. I’ll of course let you know when those posts are up but you can always head over there and check out all things wedding :-)

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RM100: Snug Mug Spoon Wall

Such a cute, sunny and some how romantic look for the kitchen! If i ever make this myself, I would want white instead of yellow but I should start collecting cute, colorful looking spoons and mugs now :)

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The work room progress

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