Nov 162011
 

When the boyfriend and I merged households several years ago, we both had couches neither of us were willing to part with. Big couches. Luckily, the house we rent has a nice, large living room with plenty of space for both of the monster sofas. Unluckily, the marriage of the two sofas is a bit of an odd mix. The man’s sofa is a more relaxed style that reminds me of a really over sized lazy boy and mine is a little more traditional with an updated twist. But, in order to keep everyone happy, ya work with what ya got. And, now that both of my children are out of the spread food, goo and who knows what else toddler phase I feel somewhat safe in doing a little redecorating.  My hope is to find some styles or colors that will work with both couches and possibly make their union a little more harmonious.

As usual I’ve started searching online versus the stores.  I like to find items and ideas that are more unique, than what you’d find in any of the big box stores.

  1. Green Bow Pillow
  2. The Bovine Pillow
  3. Ruffled Pillow
  4. Bee Pillow Cushion Tutorial
  5. Felt Monogram Pillow

My pinterest finds…

 

 

 

 

Source: flickr.com via chai on Pinterest

 

Oh, this is a hard one. I love something about all of these pillows whether it’s the shape, style or the fabric. Decisions, decisions.

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Nov 112011
 

This year I am determined to sew Christmas stockings for my kids and actually get them hung before Christmas day.  The Christmas holiday season seems to follow a similar pattern each year for me.  I start out with the best of intentions on my checklist…decorate the Christmas tree, hang holiday lights outside, add some Christmas cheer to the interior of our home, find some cute stocking stuffers and HANG THE STOCKINGS.  Some years are better than others and I’ll get most of my checklist completed in time, but I’ve yet to complete the last on the list.  Now before you start thinking I’ve deprived my children the joy of having a Christmas stocking to dig into each year, I have to confess one of their grandmother’s goes all out every year and each of her grandchildren has a personalized stocking.  When I was married we spent Christmas Eve at the in-laws and everyone opened presents, including Christmas stockings.  And, even though I’m no longer married, we keep the holidays as fun for the kids as possible by continuing that tradition (minus myself) on Christmas Eve and then another celebration here at home.  So this year I would like to start a new tradition here at home by sewing some special stockings for the kids and here are some of the great tutorials I’ve found.  All of them include step by step instructions and a few actually include patterns to download.  Now all I have to do is pick a favorite or two and get to work.

  1. Lined Christmas Stocking with Cuff
  2. Christmas Stocking with Batting Tutorial
  3. Satin Stitch Embroidered Stocking
  4. Stitch and Flip Christmas Stocking
  5. Chenille Stocking with Free Pattern Download
  6. Embellished Christmas Stocking Tutorial
  7. Retro Style Stockings
  8. Fast and Easy Stocking Tutorial
  9. Fun and Funky Christmas Stockings
  10. 4 Creative Stocking Tutorials

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