Monday, January 31, 2011

More new pillows... Yes.

I have been in pillow making mode all week.

The ruffled pillow cases came first.

Then I decided to re-cover the pillows that came with our bedding.

Here they are in a big pile after I drug them all downstairs last week...

The ruffled pillows took the place of the 2 on the bottom.  Then we have 2 Euro pillows and 5 accent pillows...  Plus two regular pillows that currently have our flannel pillowcases on them.  I'm not messing with those yet.

I picked out some Fabric for 3 of the accent pillows and the Euro pillows (which are folded up...)

 I made the Euro shams of another chevron patterned fabric. 

I looove them.

I am more than happy to replace the old ones with these.

Then I did the 3 accent pillows... And I suppppppose I'll give you a sneak peek to the bedroom since this is the only picture I have taken of those pillows finished.

The comforter is flipped over so the leaves don't show.  They were only at the foot of the bed anyways, but it looks better with the new curtains and pillows that they aren't showing.
I love that the colors of the Euro pillow fabric goes with the comforter and ruffled pillows... and I LOVE our new curtains.  It is so much brighter in there now and I love the colors and pattern.

I like the accent pillows too.  These were not my best work, though... All of the pillow cases are too big for the pillows, but... I'm ok with it.

That's all you get to see of the bedroom so far, and honestly there isn't a whole lot else to see yet :) But still! You have to wait.

I am planning on covering the remaining 2 accent pillows, but for now they are just hanging out in the spare bedroom.

(I am collecting R's if you couldn't tell. I have another one that I need to hang up, too... and one that I have had for a long time that I haven't seen since we moved in.  No idea where it went.)

I am still trying to figure out a good way to cover that neck roll pillow (or whatever they are called), I have never done one before.

I found 2 tutorials that seem like something I could handle.

I am just kind of burnt out on pillows at the moment, so they will have to wait.

I also re-covered 2 of our couch pillows in the same fabric that I made our curtains out of because I ended up with almost a yard left over.

This was the old pillow case:

I made them a while back and found the tutorial here

It was really easy and I still think they are really cute, but the felt is getting all fuzzy and it has been bugging me.

They look pretty good still for being as heavily used as they are, but Dexter has taken a liking to them and thinks he can chew on the petals.  He doesn't do it very often, but I'd like to have pillows on the couch that don't have anything on them that are too temping to him.

And... I was just ready for a change.  That's the main reason, honestly.

Making these pillow cases is so easy...

I had to take a picture of the back of this pillow because it was totally a coincidence that these pieces matched up so perfectly.  

I wasn't trying to make them match because I really don't care what the back looked like, but I was impressed :)


On the couch:

I like them a lot!

I'm pretty happy with the way all of the pillows have turned out.  

Saturday, January 29, 2011

We have an organized pantry. Finally.

I have been meaning to organize our pantry for a long long long time.  I had it pretty organized when we moved in, but it slowly started to become a disaster area.

After seeing this ridiculously amazing pantry from House of Smith's I decided I needed to quit putting it off.  

 Pretty much amazing, right?

There is no possible way it was going to end up looking this good partly because of the size of our pantry (teeeeeny tiny), but I gave it a shot.

Let's look at some other awesome pantries first, shall we?

I love all these turn tables...

Awesome huge pantry...

Huge.  I am so jealous of this space.
A little of this.  A little of that.

Perfectly organized pantries/closets/cabinets/lives make me so happy.  These all look so good.  Our pantry is pretty tiny, but I did my best!

I ordered a bunch of suuuuper inexpensive plastic containers from  That is one of the most random websites I could've gotten them from, but they work!

Here is what our lovely pantry looked like before I got to work:

It drove me crazy how close that second shelf was to the top shelf.  That box of corn starch was seriously pushing it's limits.  It was really stuffed in there. So I definitely wanted to move that down after everything was out.

I like having a pantry but it would be soooo nice if this was just a little bit wider. 

First I took everything out, including the shelves:

Spaced the shelves out a little more evenly.

I bought these rolls of shelf liner at Michaels in their dollar bins...

Putting shelf liner on the shelves was much more of a pain than I imagined... Especially with Dexter's "help"

But I got it on there!

 For some reason, when it came time to put the shelves back in they did not want to cooperate.  I had to really pound some of them in there, and they were definitely not that hard to take out.  So they must only fit in there a specific way.  Frustrating.  They're in, though, and that's all I care about.  They might not ever want to come OUT, but we'll deal with that later :)

Shelves back in.

I like it!

I bought some photo boxes at Hobby Lobby the other day to put some of the packaged food in.  I knew I wanted to use these, but didn't want to buy them for $5 a piece at Michaels and that was really the only place I had been finding them until I remembered to check Hobby Lobby.  Hobby Lobby has them for $4 AND they were 40% off this week!  I was pretty excited about that.
I wanted these so that I could put labels in them, but I haven't gotten that far yet.  This one has Swiss Miss packets, oatmeal and popcorn.

I imagine these shelves will get rearranged quite a bit over the next few days, but I like it a lot better!

I bought a turn table at Bed, Bath and Beyond, too.  After I started putting stuff away I wasn't even sure I was going to need it.  But then I had a few random jars sitting out still, so I stuck them on there, and I like it a lot! 

I ran out of liner for the bottom shelf :(  I might go get some more though because I really don't like looking at that crazy blue stuff.  I don't even know what it is...

I bought a couple of tiered shelves for soup cans.  These fit PERFECTLY in the bottom of the pantry, but only if they were sitting on top of that little bit of molding that's down there, which led them to sag in the middle.  So for now I just stuck some carboard there, I'll put something else there eventually.  I couldn't think of anything else to shove in there yesterday and had lots of cardboard sitting around.  It works.

Boxes/packaged foods.  Pudding, jello, peanut butter, etc.  It is actually driving me crazy how I have these stuck in there... I'm not sure how else to arrange them to make me like it better, so I'm sure it will stay this way for a while.  I might need to go buy another box or two I think.

Oh, and I am TERRIBLE at putting shelf liner on.  Look at what a mess the front of this shelf is... BOO.  I'll have to go try and fix it.

Turn table with bouillon cubes, toothpicks, cocoa, corn starch and... salt maybe?  The box is full of baking goods.  Baking powder and such.

Corn flakes, saltines, rice cakes and cheerios.

 Gluten free stuff... Noodles, flour, bread crumbs, cookie and cake mix, more noodles... Chocolate PB2.  PB2 is the best invention ever.  All peanut butter is gluten free, but this stuff is delicious.  It is powdered peanut butter that you mix with water... It sounds gross, but it is so good.  The chocolate is so much better than the original though.  Oh, and it's only 50 calories for 2 tablespoons rather than 190 which is why I love it so much.  I used to eat it allllll the time when I first started eating gluten free because it was an easy snack to figure out.  I had it with apples and rice cakes mostly.  I don't eat it as often now, but it's pretty great.

Our pantry looks sooo much better... even if I didn't do a very good job with the liner.  Gah.

Before                                 After

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bed Skirt Pillow Cases

Welllll... Since Kristin is BEGGING me to post something, I suppose I will.  Because I'm a nice sister :)  And I actually do have some things to share.

I am obsessed with ruffles.  Ruffled bedding, in particular.  It took everything I had inside me not to buy this bedding when we moved in here... 

...and now I wish I just would've done it because we've lived here for not quite 3 months and I'm already trying to switch our bedding around.  I am not getting rid of it or buying new bedding, but I'm trying to figure out how to keep it... and make it look totally different.  Michael is thrilled, let me tell ya.

I'm still not going to show you what our bedroom looks like now, but I'm a little happier with it already.  I will show you the fabric I made our curtains out of though:

 Dexter fleeing the scene... probably because I yelled at him and threatened to spank his booty.  I tell him I'm going to spank his booty about 50 times a day... and that is the ONLY time I ever say the word booty... I don't know why, so don't ask :)


I made the curtains yesterday.  NO you can't see them... Michael came upstairs last night and said ''What are these??'' and I said ''Curtains...'' and he said ''When did this happen?'' ... Um... today?? He is not very observant so it wouldn't be out of the ordinary for him to have not noticed them for a week.  But, good for him, he noticed right away :) I suppose they are a pretty noticeable change from these:


SO... To bring my love of ruffles into the bedroom somehow without making a ruffled comforter, which I thought VERY seriously about (I would have tried to make one like this because it would've been A LOT quicker than the other Urban Outfitters one I love... we all know how impatient I am, right?), I made some ruffled pillows... out of the bed skirt that came with our bedding.  We don't use it because we have a platform bed and a bedskirt just isn't really necessary.  Plus I'm not a huge fan of them anyways.

The bed skirt that has been sitting in a closet since November.  

I don't believe I threatened to spank Dexter's booty during this one... 

The part of the bed skirt that goes under the mattress is what I'd be making them out of (and I used the part that hangs down for the ruffles), but this fabric is THINNNN.  So I decided it had to be lined with something.  And since I made new curtains, why not line these bed skirt pillows with our old curtains?? 
Getting the pieces cut out.

After all of the pieces got cut out, I used fabric glue to glue the pieces together so they'd stay in place.  Fabric glue is my best friend... especially since my sewing machine likes to jam up every 20 seconds.

 (I like the bubble on top)
I started making these pillows yesterday, but decided to take a break since my machine was completely jammed and all I could think about was throwing it out the window.

Thankfully I got it working fairly well today, so I am getting them finished.  Phew.

Starting to put the ruffles on the top of the pillow case.  I started to make the ruffles like this because I thought it might turn out a little better than how I normally do them.  But, after doing one this way, I decided that it seemed like kind of a waste of time to stitch through them all then pull the strings to make it ruffle up, then pin it to the pillow case and then sew it... (BUT, I do think it is a good way to do ruffles. Again, I am just too impatient.)

I ended up doing what I did on our stockings and just kind of smooshed the fabric as I was sewing.   I don't have a better way to describe it than "smooshing" unfortunately.  It is a lot faster. 

One done! I could have made these much more full if I had made my strips longer, but I like them like this.

After I got all 4 ruffles sewed onto the top of the pillow, I turned them all so that the right sides were facing each other then pinned all of the pieces together to finish up!


On the pillow...

I am still finishing up the second one, and I plan on making other pillow cases for the rest of the pillows on our bed too... but probably no more ruffles.

I kinda love it though.  I am happy we still had our bed skirt because now these pillows will match our comforter perfectly and look like they belong.

Oh, and I have flipped our comforter over so now the leaves are facing down and our comforter is just plain beige.

It's going to be cute!!!!

Hopefully I can get it finished up soon.