Spring Refresh

Spring is on the horizon, well actually, here it is pretty much in full swing and we are loving every minute of this beautiful weather. With the changing of the seasons, it got me thinking about giving a little update to our most used room in our house, the living room. We spend about 75% of our time as a family in our living room right now and I am ready to lighten things up a bit.

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For spring I like to stick to lighter neutrals with lots of texture and a few pops color to brighten things up.

Sofa – The sofa is a staple in any living room and this sofa has slip covers that are machine washable! As a mom of two kids, I would love to have the option to wash them whenever sticky hands or a spill occurs. Check out Arhaus’ Living Room page for more colors and some non-slip cover options.

 Ottoman – We have an ottoman very similar to this, it is easy to clean and perfect for corralling/ hiding toys. Plus the padding is very beneficial when you have a new walker in the midst.

 Rug – I love this light grey rug, make it extra plush by adding a rug pad underneath.

 Cream Floral Pillow / Watercolor Pillow / Basketweave Pillow–  I love utilizing throw pillows to add texture and extra color because you have so many different options and no matter what you choose, its never overwhelming since they are on a smaller scale, so have fun with it!

Brass Picture Frame – Spring is a great time to update your pictures, these brass picture frames are my current favorite.

Table Lamp– With the days starting to get longer also consider updating your lighting. I love this gold table lamp that would create a little more ambiance in the evenings, instead of always having overhead lighting which can sometimes be a bit harsh.

Tray – A must have with a padded “coffee table” to hold my mug full of cold coffee…

 Gold Pineapple Candle –  Also perfect to set on the tray, a spring scented candle. My favorite (and what is currently burning right now) is Violet and Freesia, but I also love Lavender for spring.

Throw Blanket– Even though the days are warming up, nights can still be a bit chilly so a lightweight throw is perfect for cuddling up in on those crisp evenings. I especially love the ruffling on this one.

What are some of your favorite ways to update your home for Spring?

xoxo, Cassidi

DIY 2×4 Cinderella Pumpkins

If you recall, last year I made these cute orange pumpkins thanks to a tutorial by the sweet ladies at Lolly Jane.

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This year, as I was pulling out all of my Fall/Halloween decorations from the garage, I noticed some extra 2×4’s and 3/4″ wooden dowels left over from the project.

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Instead of adding more orange pumpkins to my little pumpkin patch, I thought that a few white Cinderella pumpkins would fit in perfectly.

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Armed with my sanded 2 x  4’s and 3/4″x 1″ dowels, I drilled shallow 3/4″ holes into the top center of each of the 2 x 4’s.

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Then I grabbed some paint from my stash, Handmade Modern (from Target) in Metallic 20k Gold, Martha Stewart Crafts Multisurface in Mother of Pearl and Apple Barrel Colors in 20575 Sandstone.

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I painted the stems gold and the base of the pumpkin with 2 coats of sandstone and 1 coat of mother of pearl on top.

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Using 80 grit sandpaper, I roughed up the pumpkins to give them a rustic look and attached the stems using E-6000 (my favorite for everything) glue.

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After tying a green ribbon around the stem, off they went to live with the rest of the pumpkins in the patch.

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And of course, since its October, my two Jack-O-Lanterns are showing off their smiling faces!

Happy Crafting!

xo, Cassidi

Made It Monday – Fitted Tablecloth Tutorial

This was a make based purely on necessity and long overdue. We were totally those double income, no kids people when we furnished our house. While we knew we wanted kids eventually, for some reason we really didn’t take that into consideration when we were making our purchases. And so, we proceeded to buy expensive things that we quickly learned are certainly NOT toddler proof.

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I’ve actually had this idea mulling around in my head for a while now. I purchased this fabric on a huge discount ($1.50/ yard) from Joann’s when Brynlee was only a few weeks old, knowing it would make a fun tablecloth for us to bake on together. And while I don’t know what took me so long to turn it into one, I’m glad I waited until I thought of making a fitted tablecloth, I hate how much conventional tablecloths shift around with the amount of squirming Brynlee does. This one stays put and I love it!

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The corner pockets hug the table nice and tight.

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We spent one day last week making cookies to test out this tablecloth.

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It performed exactly as imagined, zero shifting, no getting caught under Brynlee’s knees and I never had to worry about Brynlee pulling the tablecloth down and knocking our baking supplies on the ground. Plus, we had plenty of work space.

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It was a lot easier for Brynlee to particpate in baking on the table, where she could comfortably sit in a chair, instead of standing on a stool at our tall kitchen island. She would sometimes have trouble reaching something or would wobble a bit and I was always worried about her accidentally stepping off the back or side.

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Baking and decorating cookies at the table was a lot more comfortable.

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Especially for this pregnant lady, I’ve been getting a lot of back pain when I’m on my feet for too long, so this was a nice alternative.

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We still got to do one of our favorite activities together.

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And Brynlee really improved on her cookie decorating skills. I’m not sure what was more fun for her, decorating the cookies, or licking her fingers.

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When we were done, I simple wiped the tablecloth down with my favorite cleaner and it was good as new! And my wood table was perfectly protected!

Want to make your own?

Supplies:

Oil Cloth – measure your table, mine is 46″x 92″, so I needed about 2.75 yards ( you can get oil cloth here, here or here)

5/8″ Elastic- I used 3 yards for my large table, which was about 1/2 of the total perimeter of my table. You can use more or less depending on how stretchy the elastic you use is.

Cutting mat and rotary cutter

Sewing machine

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 This tablecloth has been so great for our family, we love to bake on it, Brynlee can color on it without us worrying about marker on the table and it’s beyond perfect for crafts, especially when glue is involved. This tablecloth cleans up very nicely and I’m not worried about it getting ruined. It only take a couple of hours and is inexpensive to make.

If you make one of your own use #blissfullymadeblog so I can see it too!

Happy Sewing!!

xo, Cassidi

Pom Pom Pillow Covers

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I just wanted to pop in and share two new pillows I made for our living room. Our couch came with a lot (like 9) hideous standard throw pillows and I’ve been working to find pretty fabric to make pillow covers for them.

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I used an invisible zipper on the bottom of these, but you could make it even easier on yourself and make a pocket pillow cover if you want to make some.The fabric is from Joann’s and so is the yarn I used to make the pom poms.

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If you’ve never made pom poms, these make it super easy and quick. I used the larger size for these, made 8, one for each corner on my two pillows and hand sewed them on once I finished the pillow cover.

I love how they turned out and Brynlee has declared them to be her most favorite pillows. I could barely get her off them long enough to take these pictures and currently, as I type this, my dog is using one of the pom poms as a pillow while she sleeps. So, I’d say they are a win!

Now on to make about a dozen more, okay, 7 more…

xoxo, Cassidi

Pom Pom Pillow Cover Tutorial

A good friend of mine had a baby in August and asked me to help her with her nursery. The colors she chose were coral, mint and gold, let me tell you, this nursery turned out gorgeous! I love it and I know her little girl will too! I already shared the quilt I made for her here, but she also wanted a small pillow to go with the rocking chair she had. I love how it turned out! The pillow is actually fabric that was left over from the drapes I made her so it matches the nursery perfectly!

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I purchased a 16”x16” pillow form from Joann’s 2 yards of pom pom trim. I only had about 4 inches of trim left, so if you make a larger pillow make sure you get extra trim. I like to use ½” seam allowances on my pillow covers, so from your fabric you will cut one piece 17”x17” (this will be the front piece). Then you will need two cuts for the back piece to make the envelope closure. For this, cut two pieces 17”x12”, I got this number by dividing 17 in half to get 8.5, then I always add three inches to give me plenty of room for the envelope closure bring it to 11.5, then, just to make things easy I rounded up to 12 for the height of each piece of fabric and 17” will stay the width (I hope that makes sense).

Next, you will want to iron one long edge (the 17” length) under ½” and then again another ½” on each piece of your back fabric. Fold over the first edge and sew, then fold over the second and pin in place.

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Now your back pieces have finished seams and your thread line will not show on the back of your pillow.

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Taking your front piece of fabric, cut 4 lengths of trim to the sizes of each edge of fabric (so all of my pieces were 17” long) and pin your pom pom trim around the perimeter.

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*On a side note, I like to use these alligator clips in lieu of pins on projects like this because I find that they hold everything together really well and are easy to use. Plus I never get poked in the process, so that’s mice too!

Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew the pom pom trim to your front piece of fabric. This will make it much easier to sew when you are sewing your front and back pieces together and you will not have to worry about the trim moving around.

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Next lay your front piece of fabric (with the trim attached) right side up. Line up the edges of the two back pieces, right side down, with the front, overlapping them in the middle and pin them together.

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Using a 1/2” seam allowance, sew your pieces together. The added bulkiness of the pom pom trim can be a little tricky, but if you go slowly, you shouldn’t have a problem.

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Clip your corners.

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Turn your pillow cover right side out and wa-la! You have a beautiful pom pom pillow!

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Brynlee loved this pillow, I ended up having to it hide from her, so I guess I will be making another one for her soon!

Felt Rose Garland

       I’m back sharing what I did with all the felt flowers I made from earlier this week. I decided that a felt rose garland would go best with my party décor, plus I can use the garland in Brynlee’s nursery once the party it over. I’m not sure yet where my garland will go at Brynlee’s party, I’m trying to decide between lining a table with it or hanging it along a wall or stair railing. I figured I would wait until I start decorating to see where it will fit best.

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If you want to make a garland, make your roses stopping before you glue your felt circles to the back. You will also want to make your leaves.

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I used jute for my garland, but ribbon would work well too. Start by measuring out your spacing. I spaced my 6 inches apart and used a marker to mark where each flower would go.

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Using one of your felt circles, apply a generous amount of glue and attach your leaves and jute.

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If you need to add more glue to either the felt circle or the back of the flower, do so and place your flower to the felt circle pressing down to secure.

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I ran out of pink felt, so I cut my circles from some green I had left over. Since the back of my garland will not show it didn’t matter. If you think yours will, you might want to cut your felt circle from the same color as your flower.

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Continue on until all of your flowers are attached and you are done! I love how versatile this garland is, I think it would be really pretty at a baby or bridal shower. This would also be great for spring décor in your home or you could use it outside for a spring/summer BBQ decoration. I love that I can use this garland over and over again, I always hate throwing away decorations at the end of a party. I can’t wait to use this at Brynlee’s party and will be sure to post pictures of it when I do! This is most likely where it will end up in her nursery.

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DIY Anthropologie Knockoff Pillow

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I was in Anthropologie a few weeks ago when I spotted this pillow, but with a hefty $70 price tag, I knew it wasn’t coming home with me. After a few days of pining after that pillow, I was walking through JoAnn’s and passed by their embroidery section where I spotted row after row of colorful embroidery thread. That’s when it hit me… I’ll just make my own tassel pillow!!! After picking out 9 different colors of thread (I bought 2 of each color to make sure I had enough), I headed to the fabric section to find some white or cream colored velvet. Well, not only could I not find white velvet, but the only velvet I did find was very expensive. But I didn’t give up, I kept searching for anything that would be similar and that’s when I found a white velour fabric that came in at $12.99 a yard, plus it was on sale that day for 50% off. SOLD! I bought one yard, as well as a 20-22 inch cream (they didn’t have any white at that length) zipper. Using a 40% off coupon for the zipper and I already had a pillow form I could use at home, this project came in at less than $15. Much better than the price of the original pillow.

I got home and got to work on my pillow… and I worked and worked and worked. Thanks to a lovely little crawling 11 month old I was only able spend short bursts of time on it over the course of about a week. But the time paid off! I love how it turned out and it was actually pretty simple to do.

Here’s what I did (I’m sure others would do it differently and there might even be quicker ways to do things out there, but this is what worked for me and I am very happy with the outcome):

Supplies:

1 yard of velour fabric (I made and 18”x18” pillow, but one yard is plenty to make a 20”x20” or even a little larger if you want)

Embroidery Thread- 2 in each color you chose. I purchased 9 different colors for this project, but you may want more or less depending on the size of your pillow.

A Tapestry Needle

Zipper – I used a 20”-22” hidden zipper for my pillow cover

Pillow insert- While I haven’t used them myself yet, the kind folks at pillowcubes.com offered to give my readers a 10% discount, use code BLISSFULLY10. Their pillows are all American made in Tennessee and there are a variety of options to choose from.

First, start by making all of your tassels. I used a dinner fork to make my tassels so they would all be the same size.

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  1. Start by wrapping your thread around the fork tines, I wrapped mine 25 time to get the tassel to the thickness I wanted.
  2. Next, cut a tail a few inches long and wrap it around the top tine on the fork twice and tie it off.
  3. Take your needle and thread the tail through the top end of your tassel
  4. Pull it all the way through to prevent it from coming loose.

Once all of your tassels are finished, set them aside and it’s time to make your pillow cover.

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  1. Cut your pillow cover one inch larger than your pillow form to allow for ½” seam allowances. Mine finished pillow was 18”x18” so I cut 2- 19”x 19” pieces.
  2. Next cut the length of one of  your fabric pieces 4” from the top, so you will have one piece that is 4”x19” and one piece that is 15”x19”. This is where you will insert your zipper.
  3. Take one of your cut pieces and lay it right side up and place your zipper on top of it right side down. Pin it into place.
  4. Time to sew!! With your needle in the farthest left position sew as close to the zipper teeth as your machine will allow without sewing over it. Once done, repeat with your other piece of fabric.

Now that your zipper is in, it’s time to put your pillow cover together!

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  1. Place your zippered piece of fabric right side up, then lay your solid piece of fabric right side down on top of it. Pin together.
  2. Using ½” seam allowances, stitch all four sides together. Make sure your zipper is open before you stitch the last side so you will be able to turn your pillow right side out.
  3. Trim your four corners.
  4. Turn your pillow right side out. I used a knitting needle to push the corners out, be careful not to push so hard that you make a hole through your corner.

And your basic pillow cover is done!! All that is left is adding your tassels and your project will be complete!

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 You have two different options for adding your tassels, I used both on mine and they both worked out fine. You will need to measure out the space to between each tassel so they are equal distance from each other. My pillow cover was 18” on each side and I attached 10 tassels from corner to corner (18/10=1.8), so I attached each tassel just over a 1 ¾” from each other.

Option 1- Using the tail to attach the tassel:

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  1. Thread your needle with the tassel’s tail and insert the needle into the spot you want to attach your tassel (in the picture I am attaching a corner tassel).
  2. Pull your thread all the way through the inside of the pillow cover.
  3. Push your needle back through to the front just slightly offset from your original hole, so it comes out on the other side of the tassel.
  4. Next, thread your needle through the top of your tassel.
  5. And push it through to the inside of the pillow cover again.
  6. Make a knot to tie it off and you are done with one tassel. Continue with will method until all tassels are attached.

Option 2- Using a separate piece of thread to attach the tassel (you will need to trim all of your tassel tails for this method):

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  1. Take one piece of thread and pull it through from the inside of the pillow cover to the outside.
  2. Thread it through the top of your tassel and back through to the inside of your pillow cover.
  3. Make a knot to tie it off.
  4. Trim and you are done! Continue with all remaining tassels to complete your pillow cover.

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Once you’ve attached all of your tassels, insert your pillow form, admire your handiwork and enjoy your new pillow!