Friday, December 21, 2012

Fancy Pillows-- Envelop style

I watched this tutorial and followed her instructions to the letter. It was easy. The results were fantastic.

So I started with the fabric I had purchased for the very special draw string bags I made this fall. Even thought I bought a remnant, it was nearly a yard! I had more than enough for the bag and two pillows.

 It is no secret. I am horrible at cutting fabric. So I made a pattern. I followed the instructions in the video and I used an old atlas to make a pattern. It worked like a charm.

 After cutting the fabric using my pattern, I hemmed the edges of the fold as instructed and then pinned the back to the front, right sides facing. Then you simply sew the square together. This is so easy.

 And they are simply beautiful.

 I used a simple silk on the back. So elegant.

 I made these for the almost staged living room. The chairs are a great peacock blue velvet. I love them, but wanted a throw pillow. The pillows really have a touch of every color we have going in the living room, which ties it all together very nicely.

This project required no materials, as I had the fabric and the pillow inserts. I would estimate it took me maybe an hour or so, from start to finish.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Music Monday: Imagine

“We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.”

John Lennon
We can do better America. We can do better. If only we imagine a world drenched in LOVE... not hate and blood...
Children are dying in suburban America. Young girls are being blown up in Afghanistan while collecting firewood. Kids are being crushed in building being blown up in Syria. Children are dying on the streets of America, because they have inadequate health care and lack of food. Children are dying due to the very actions of adults. Adults, who choose selfishness over love and responsibility.
It needs to stop. It must stop... It stops with us... When we stand up and say enough. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

And today is finally the day...

I allow Christmas music in the house. Seriously, there are 12 Days of Christmas if you believe that song, so really, I ask you, do we really need to break out the Holiday Tunes the minute the candles burn out in our jack-o-lanterns.

The kids have been teasing me, singing silly changed up versions of Frosty...

E confided that he and Daddy sneaked some Christmas music while I was out of the house with L. His little face was so cute and mischievous.

And L and I discovered that our favorite Christmas song is the same one... Neat-O!

We made this discovery after her modern dance class, where they were preparing a dance to the song. I can't wait to see that!

I think we will all enjoy the music more-- having not OD'd on it in November. Any song gets old after so and so many repeats.

In November L, had this bit of advice for the Xmas music pimp in town.

She drew this the first week of December. For the record, I did not provide any enticement. She formed this opinion on her own.

I think it is fair to say, now on December 12, we are ready for Holiday tunes!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Music Monday: Flo Rida -- Good Feeling

The kids and I were driving home the other night and this song came on the radio. Unprompted, we all said "Oh I like this one."

So there it is. Today's song. Enjoy!