Hello friends! Hoping your year is off to a good start. The new year in our home has been…very busy! We have rid our house of 1/2 a ton of stuff (let me say that again…one-half of one ton!) I am a little scared that by saying that you will think that I have been , or should be, featured on ‘Hoarders’. I promise you, we are not really hoarders, but we have accumulated many things over the years.
In addition to our ongoing Unclutter Your Nest and Lighten Your Load Boot Camp, Kate and I spent some time repainting and redecorating her room over the Christmas break. It was time to take her room from a tween room to a college student room. We up-cycled a bench, painted the walls in her room, painted her bed, painted and re-covered panels in her bulletin board, recovered the cushion for her window seat, created some art for her gallery wall and created a passel of pretty pillows.
Holy cow…in retrospect we accomplished a great deal over the Christmas break. And, we accomplished the re-do on a budget…spending less than $200 for all the paint, spray paint, fabric and bench. Well done, us!
Kate wanted ‘a bunch of pillows’ for her room and for the most part we worked with pillow forms that we had in the attic or other parts of the house to DIY pillows for her room.
I made the ‘K’ pillow several months ago and you can go here for instructions on how I made it. The gold was a fun, textured ‘pleather’-like fabric that we found at JoAnn’s Fabric.
We used leftover ‘fur’ from her fuzzy bench to make the large pillows. Kate made the tassels from gold DMC embroidery thread and we attached them to the corners of the big fuzzy pillow. It took 2 skeins to make the 4 tassels.
Her bed features self-corded pillows made from the pink we used for the window seat, a large gold ‘pleather’ pillow, the ‘fancy’ & ‘shmancy’ pillows and one more little furry pillow made from the last scrap of fake fur.
When Kate was young, she had several fun sayings that we still use today. One of those sayings was ‘fancy shmancy’. She was so fond of tossing that out when something special caught her eye. At some point that saying popped into one of our minds and we decided we wanted to use it in our pillow population.
At first we thought of one pillow which said ‘fancy shmancy’, but then we decided on splitting the phrase between two pillows. We made the pillow covers out of white Kona fabric edged with a tiny pom pom fringe that I already had in my stash. Then we took them to our favorite local monogram shop and had the phrase embroidered on the pillows. They turned out better than we hoped.
With the last little wee bit of fuzz that was left over from the bench, we made one last little pillow. It needed a little something to break up all the white and I thought a gold button in the middle would be just perfect. While I had a bunch of buttons in my button bowl, I didn’t have 2 gold ones of the same size.
This diy pillows project was a good project for Kate and me while she was home for the month, except that she wasn’t too happy to leave it to head back to her dorm room. But I’m glad she has a room she loves when she’s home on break. And…we really did need to paint it anyway. I’ll be back to share the rest of the changes we made to her room with you next week.
But, right now I need to continue the unclutter assault on the attic. We have had the warmest month on record and so of course, I wait until the week that the temperature plummets to start working in the attic and the garage. ?❄?❄
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