Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Work, work, work

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I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is next week and day by day my to-do list is growing.  Speaking of Thanksgiving - I wanted to take a second and reflect on what I'm thankful for.  Life goes by so fast that it's easy to go through the motions without being thankful for the small things.  I am extremely thankful for my wonderful husband, family, friends, and abundant blessings that have followed me through my life.  ALSO - our little boy who is due in January; every day I get more and more excited about meeting him.  Lastly is something new I'm thankful for - this blog - I didn't realize how much fun I could have sharing about something I'm passionate about.  

Since my last post I have been frantically working on trying to finish the other storage cube, sew some pillows, and pick a paint color for my mom's living room.  Last night I worked on some throw pillows - here's the result of one of them. It didn't turn out the way I wanted it, so I have my work cut out for me over the next couple of days.

Here's a quick back story on how I started sewing -

A couple of years ago my girlfriend and I were walking through a fabric store and I decided since throw pillows cost so much money I was going to start making my own.  I think at that exact moment my obsession for home decorating began.  I grew up watching my mom, grandmother, and aunts all sew, so I knew I had some good teachers if needed.  Plus I figured how hard can it be to sew a square??  I immediately went home and convinced my husband I needed a sewing machine.  He thought I was crazy.  WHAT IN THE WORLD WAS I going to do with a sewing machine??? After much debate, I won and  happily clicked the "purchase" button.

A couple of days later my sewing machine arrived and I was determined to show my husband this would be the best INVESTMENT ever.  Every weekend I would run to the fabric store and buy more fabric to sew more pillows to prove to him this machine was worth buying.  In the midst of trying to prove to him this was worth the money - I fell in love with decorating and re-decorating.  I think every project has improved my sewing skills and I truly look forward to accomplishing a project.  I have made so many pillow covers it's kind of insane.  The majority of them are sitting in my craft box waiting for someone/anyone to use them at this point.  You many ask - why so many??  Here's the thing - whenever I want a quick update to my home, I run to the store, pick a fabric, and sew a couple of pillows.  It instantly changes the look of the room.

Recently my sewing skills have expanded towards sewing curtains, crib skirts, and slipcovers to recover anything I can get a hold of.  Since I'm working on this project for my mom I figured I would help to keep cost down and sew everything myself.  Plus I love a good project.  

Here's a couple of pillows that I have done over the past year for my house.

Hope everyone is having a good week.  I'm so excited about the weekend.  Besides my house projects that will keep me busy we have a great party that we are going to on Saturday and on Sunday we are celebrating a bunch of family birthdays.  I love this time of year!!!   


  1. yay for throw pillow and friend thanksgiving :) jeff and i are going to try and make it, but we'll see how that goes. you'll understand very soon how difficult travel is with kids :) -nellie

  2. Hopefully y'all will be able to make it!! I just read your blog and it's great!

  3. I don't even recognize some of these pillows....where are these in our house?