One hour projects: Pillow bed

Now that I have two little girls that nap at my house and I only have a couch and a chair in this small apartment, I wanted to make some cool pillow beds. (I have been wanting to make one since the first time I saw one on pinterest)

I went and got 4 standard size pillows (I just sent my husband to get 4 more) and also picked out 2 different patterned materials; 2 yrds a piece.

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I still had an hour before the kids came back, so I got started on one of the pillow beds.

I started by hemming the length of the fabric on both sides

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Then I layed the fabric face up and folded both sides (length wise) to overlap in the center by 2″. (Like a slipcover)

I sewed each end.

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Turned right side out.

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I measured and marked 17 1/2 inches from the end- you can mark a straight line by using masking tape if you are like me and have a hard time stitching a blind straight line.

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You will want to make sure your overlap is the same all the way down your case, I set mine at 2″.

Stitch the width of the case.

Continue to measure and stitch 2 more times to create 4 pillow slots. (should be a total of 3 vertical lines)

Now put your pillows in the case, my first bed has a little gap on the back where the pillows are inserted because the material is not wide enough, you can add velcro, buttons, snaps, or ties to keep them closed. I think I’m going to add an extra 4″ to my second one using solid color fabric or a sheet.

I just finish putting the last pillow in and snapped a picture when I heard a little knock on my door; I had finished just in time!

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Alison was so excited to see it, she sat down right away…

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and within 25 minute she was fast asleep and looking so comfy!

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Even my little Klairah-bell loves it, she’s sitting back watching daddy play video games.
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Day 1 & 2: Bathroom cabinet makeover

Well I finally got some time to start my first furniture makeover-

I was able to buy all the supplies I needed on Saturday, I was really anxious to get started so as soon as I got home from “do it best” center & Wal-Mart with my supplies, Klairah and I dug out the miter saw and got to cutting all the outside pieces for the cabinet doors.

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She is such a big help!

Remember I showed you my unfinished cabinet, and remember all those annoying little doors?

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Well me noooo likey, so I decided to make two tall doors instead.

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The cut pieces for my doors (still need assembled and fastened)

I also attempted to start removing the paint with just a paint scraper, but I didn’t get very far

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And since I was pressed for time on Saturday I gave up :-(

That brings us to today, I had no kidos to babysit today (other than my partner in crime) and I figured I better make good use of it.

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I sent Mr.K to get me some paint remover, but what do you know; he comes back with a can of AUTO paint remover, he says it will work, but I didn’t want to take any chances on ruining the wood on the cabinet so I went and got some of my own.

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And it works! See the bubbly!?

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Even with the paint, remover it took me a good 4 hours to accomplish what I could today.

Little missy started getting cranky so we had to go in for the evening, but here is what we got done today…

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This side is sanded, but the brown patch is lacker and I will have to go over it with paint remover.

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We really got a lot done, I’m a little impatient so it’s taking all I have to keep me from cutting corners.

What I learned: this is not a project for quitters

P.S. I bet you wonder what that piece of furniture that is in the corner of a few of the photos…. Well I’ll keep you wondering :-)

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Craigslist finds: matching nightstands

Looks like my cabinet project may have to wait a few more days because I spent my supply money on more furniture…

But I couldn’t resist the quality of the items nor the price tag

I have been on the lookout (which means I have been stalking craigslist and my local “garage sale” Facebook pages) for matching night stands (with drawers) for the master bedroom.

Last night I found them! Solid wood, with 3 drawers, perfect! Although they are in superb condition I plan to paint them and change the hardware to fit my changing style.

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(Yes I stole his truck, but I brought him Starbucks)

The price… Wait for it…. $25 for the set! And as my husband would say (as I try to mimick his voice) “plus your $10 for fuel to go pick them up”. Why does he do that?? I guess I should tack cost of fuel to his tire purchases, haha! I love that man.

But even with the cost of fuel I got them for $35, so ha! That is still a great deal!

I pretty much dreamed about them last night, and first thing this morning I checked my email to see if the seller had replied… I may have been a little pushy, “shrugs” the seller was happy to see them go, it was a win, win.

This refurb project has to wait till I complete the bathroom cabinet, so this macho girl carried them up the stairs, (may I say they were heavy?!) Now I have to remind myself that when I go to tackle this project, I will have to carry them down the stairs, then back up again… Its going to be so worth it!

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Bathroom cabinet

Wow it has been awhile since I have posted, I guess life kind of swept me away; well that and I have been day dreaming and planning colors and design for our apartment! I can’t wait to start getting some stuff done!

I’m going to show you before pictures of my first project that I plan to complete this week.

Curb alert!

My husband found this for me (after I complained to him about a cabinet slipping through my fingers on my local facebook “garage sale” page). Truth is I like this one better, it’s bigger and I couldn’t beat the price, FREE!

The plans are to paint it yellow…. “wait did she say yellow”?… “She is painting something YELLOW”?

Yes indeed I have found that my dark, woodsy, rustic, country style is somewhat changing- not altogether but since this apartment is small, I need to lighten it up with colors that are light and airy, not dark and doomy.

So back to my cabinet, I’m putting it in my bathroom as a linen, laundry supply, medicine, and personal care products cabinet. (that was a mouthfull)

The color scheme for the bathroom is yellow and grey, with patterns, & prints that put out a modern vibe, but artwork that still grounds the country girl in me :-)

Ok I think I’ve said just about all I need to say, “a little less talk, a lot more action”, right?

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(Please excuse the weed garden in the background, we have been working so hard all summer trying to get it to grow and FINALLY it has) :-)

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It’s called life

So much for my weekly pinterest project to start last week-

I had a slight bump in the road, it all started last Thursday night while I was asleep on the couch waiting for my hubby to go to bed; I wake up with this excruciating pain in my back & under my right rib; so I get up to try to get the pain to stop, but it only got worse to the point where I was panting to get a breath, and wasn’t able to find a comfortable position, the pain eased but I felt nauseous and still a slight pain- this continued throughout the night and throughout the day on Friday off & on.

I was unable to eat or drink much due to the fear of puking it back up.

I was dehydrated and trying to breastfeed, it was a losing battle.

Saturday: I wake up feeling great!

I get my baby girl up, feed her, dress her, then grab the tire and rim for my great-aunt’s Kia soul and head over to the local tire shop to get it mounted. (cracked rim needed replaced)

I then grabbed some breakfast from famous Mcds and drive around town looking for garage sales, but to my dismay we only found 3, so we headed home to clean the garage.

It is about 2 pm by the time we get started, (I’m still feeling fine) about 2 hours in I start having pain again and feel constipated, so I tell my hubby and grandmother that I’m going to be right back…

After sitting for a little while (and trying to releave some pressure) I realize that something is not right, my stool is white :-( I start researching Google and realize that I may have gallbladder issues.

My husband packs me up and takes me to the ER

We sit and wait

And wait

And wait

Finally we get to a room, they run labs and we wait for results, my levels are high and all signs point to a gallbladder issue.

They call in their ultrasound tech, we wait.

They gave me pain meds.

We wait

And wait

They decide to transfer me to St Francis south in Beech Grove.

We wait for an ambulance…

By the time we get to Beech Grove it is past 1am Sunday morning.

Sunday: The doctor comes in around 8 am and tell me that my bilirubin, (and some other things) are still high and they want to wait till Monday morning to see if they go down.

They put me on a “no food by mouth” diet.

Wasted all day Sunday just waiting

I’m starving.

Monday: my levels are coming down but they are still high, they decide to do an ERCP (send a scope down my throat and into my ducts) so they can see if I have any stones blocking my ducts.

Around 3:00 pm I go down for this procedure, they find sludge, and remnants of stones that had been passed, they also put a small slit in my duct near my pancreas.

They put me on a “light liquid” diet

Still starving but never so happy to see jello.

Tuesday: they toy with me making me think I’m going to go home, they say they want me to schedule out patient surgery to get my gallbladder removed.

Then they say I should do it while I’m here; this is what I would prefer, I’m here, just waiting, let’s get it done… But since they didn’t plan to do a surgery on Tuesday and they allowed me to eat and drink (from their liquid diet) they now have to wait till Wednesday to do the surgery.

Wasted all day Tuesday waiting.

Upped my food to “full liquid” diet but nothing after midnight.

Wednesday: 9:45 we head to pre-op. 11:20 I’m in the operating room, 10 minutes later I’m out cold, and the rest of the afternoon is a blur.

By supper time they finally let me eat real food.

Thursday: I’m determined to go home, surgery comes by and says I can go home, I bug the nurses.

family practice comes by and says I can go home, I bug the nurses.

Finally at 11:15 I’m signing discharge papers and I’m out the door!!

Now I’m chilling at home with my hubby and little sweet pea, it has been a rough week on them as well.

Thanks to my mother inlaw for watching Klairah for me on Sunday and to my mom and sister for keeping Klairah overnight, and for bringing her up to see me when they could.

Since this week has been rocky, I’m concerned that my milk may dry up , but we are going to keep priming the well.

Thanks to everyone that held me in their thoughts and prayers during this time.

Good night all and sorry for the lengthy, & somewhat descriptive post.

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Weekly pinterest project

If any of you know me you know that I am addicted to pinterest, and I don’t want to quit!

I have 97 boards counting my “secret” boards, these categories range from recipes, sewing projects, diy, budgeting, organizing, blogging, relationship, trucks (yes this country girl loves those trucks what can I say?) and a ton more that I can’t even think of or seem to find when I’m trying to pin more objects.

I have been thinking I need to dive in and make, or do some of these great ideas. If I had more time I would try to do one project a day, but…. I am tied up with 3 kiddos during the week so I’m going to set the goal at 1 project a week (maybe more but not committing to it)

I will include links to the original site and my insight on the project.

So that’s it! If you want to suggest a project for me to try, just send me the pin.

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Update- queen of the crib onesie

Many have requested to see the tushy of the “queen of the crib” onesie, so here it is

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Klairah’s Kountry Kotton Dress

Just finished making this little Kountry Kotton dress for Klairah. I wanted to try my hand at using elastic thread and I think it turned out pretty good, so we went outside to take some pictures, my baby girl is getting so big!

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The excitement begins

Tomorrow I start my “stay at home job” as a child care provider, I am so excited that I have this amazing opportunity to be able to stay at home with my baby and still provide some income.

Looking out into the future; I applied for college classes in business management, I know I am rusty on math and English skills so I have been trying to polish up. Today I started working with math, I found a really cool site that Is free its called math planet it explains concepts an is very insightful, they also have practice tests for ACT & SAT, I’m nervous about having to take my entrance test but I will put my big girl panties on and deal with it…. It’s all in preparation of our future.

Here is to hoping I get my acceptance to college within 2 weeks.

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How to sew: tutu onesie

My latest quicky project was to put a tutu on this very cute “queen of the crib” onesie that aunt Kristie found for Klairah.

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How to sew: tutu onesie, how to make a tutu onesie

How to sew: tutu onesie

How to sew: tutu onesie

I cut the tulle 6x’s the length of the onesie.

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how to sew: tutu onesie

Then I ran a gather stitch length wise down the center, then I gathered it.

How to sew: tutu onesie

How to sew: tutu onesie

I folded the ruffle in half so the thread from the gather was at the top, then I pinned in place.

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how to sew: tutu onesie

how to sew: tutu onesie

how to sew: tutu onesie

Sew to onesie.

I then cut another strip of tulle 6x’s the length of onesie, ran a gathered stitch, gathered, then pinned the second piece an inch above the first ruffle.

Instead of folding the second ruffle in half I laid it flat and following the gather stitch I sewed it to the onesie.

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how to sew: tutu onesie

I then scrunched the tulle with my hands to give it a nice full look.

how to sew: tutu onesie

how to sew: tutu onesie

Tada! Now I just can’t wait for my lil princess to wake up so we can see how puffy her tushy will be!

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