We all have them…those times in our lives when our carefully considered and thought out plans are tossed about like pool floats in the ocean, specifically an ocean under assault by a category 5 Tsunami.
Right now, my plans and I are feeling like one of those pool floats. Specifically one of those brightly colored pool balls…I’m trying hard to keep my colors shining, but it’s all I can do to stay afloat. Before I go any further, I don’t say this so you’ll feel sorry for me. Believe me, I know that some of you reading this are going through much tougher times.
I say this to explain my recent radio silence. I’d love nothing more than to do fun things all day, take pictures of fun things all day and write about fun things all day…but the universe sometimes thinks I need to be doing other (not so fun) things.
It’s also a good reminder that we don’t know what turbulent ocean those around us are struggling through and it’s always a good thing to just be kind. That gal with the crying child and the overflowing grocery buggy who is holding up the checkout line up when you are already 5 minutes late is probably treading water as fast as she can just to keep her head above water.
So, by now you are probably wondering…what does all this have to do with Gold Medallion Pillows? Well I am glad you asked so let me tell you...absolutely nothing!
So without belaboring it, let’s talk about these Gold Medallion Pillows…
Kate came home for her summer break (which was all of 5 days) 2 weeks ago. We had a lovely, though very short time, with her and somehow it came up in the conversation that sofa in their apartment could really use some pillows.
This was a very fortuitous pronouncement as Terry had just diagnosed me with ‘a pillow problem’. Somehow in his distorted view of the world, he thinks that the 9 pillows on our bed is 7 pillows too many!! I surely don’t get it…but in any event, I was able to use 2 of the pillows that were up in the attic to make these pillows for Kate, thereby reducing the stash that seems to cause him issues.
Do you remember this painting I did for their apartment this past fall? Well, Kate and her roommate wanted to stay with the blue/gold feel for these pillows too.
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And lucky for them, I had a roll of Gold Iron On Foil that I was dying to try out with my still new-ish Cricut, as I’m still pushing this handy little machine to see what all it can do. However, unlucky for me…I didn’t read the directions and wasted an entire roll of foil. So…
N&N Pro Tip: When using the Cricut Iron On Foil, put the good side (the side you want to show, in this case the gold foil) FACE DOWN on the mat.
Anywho…once I figured out the right way to cut the Iron-On Foil, this project was easy, fun and more importantly, was just what the girls wanted for their apartment.
I used Paper Lace 2 in Cricut Access (#M3BF26) for the medallion and cut it in several different sizes. A standard grip mat worked perfectly.
For each pillow, I cut at least one medallion in half…I like the look of them being half on and half off the pillow.
Ironing on the foil was super easy. If, when you peel the clear liner off a wee bit of the foil wants to pull up, then stop and iron the decal again, making sure the liner is between the iron and the decal.
I’ve got to honestly admit that the Cricut is really opening up crafting and making opportunities and my mind is always working on new Cricut possibilities.
Here’s a little video just showing the weeding of the medallion and peeling off the liner. No rocket science here, but just to show you how easy it is.
I sewed the three sides of the pillow with my machine, filled it and then hand-stitched the fourth side close.
So, I’m getting ready to put these pillows in the mail and send them to my sweet girl and her sweet roomie. AND THEN…I will have 2 fewer pillows in my home, so Terry can’t say anything about my ‘pillow problem’ any more…as if it were a real thing anyway!
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