then there are four large pillows

project #2 – the four large pillows

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After I finished with the accent pillows, I eyed the four large brown pillows on the couch.  It looked like a lot of work, especially because this time, I wanted to add invisible zippers.  It reminded me of the days when my mom had me work on some alterations and invisible zippers were her thing.  I recall watching her put them together on a skirt… and boy, it looked difficult.  Nevertheless, I felt confident enough to take on task/project #2. Below is the BEFORE  picture of the couch:

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I went back to Mary Jo’s Cloth Store, in search of thick, durable cloth. I wanted to make sure that the pillows would not only hold up nicely on the couch, but also hold up in the washer and dryer.  I decided on the heavy duty white duck cloth.

I first used measuring tape on each pillow, then added 1.5″ to each side.  I had to account for the volume of batting around the pillows. Additionally, I wanted to add some life to the pillows since over time they had become flat.  The material inside the pillows were comprised of loose cotton stuffing.  But I was afraid that if I added more cotton stuffing, the pillows might end up lumpy.  The solution? I decided to wrap the pillows with a batting sheet made for quilts and it turned out great.

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After wrapping the batting sheet around the pillow  and reinforcing the cotton with a simple sewing using thread and needle, it was time to move on to the covers of the pillows.  The tricky part was adding the invisible zipper.  Thankfully, my friend’s sewing machine came with a foot, attached to the sewing machine that was designed for attachings zippers (Thank you Olivia!!! Check her out at: The Bean in Wonderland). It was simple, yet time consuming, but I finally did it!  Four pillows later…  It came out like this:
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The finished product?
Yep, super happy.  The apartment looks more spacious with the four white pillows!  Now onto project #3 : two large seat cushions . To add zippers, or to not add zippers?  That is the question…

drawsomething app ~ on an iPhone


I love to draw!  I was flipping through my phone camera roll and noticed that I had screen printed some of my favorites from the app, DrawSomething.  Let me tell you, when the app first came out, I was addicted, having 10 games going at a time.  After a couple of days of obvious drawing,  my friends quickly guessed.  So I decided to challenge them a bit and decided to draw things in a less-obvious and round-a-bout way- haha!

Here are a few of my favorites. These are not the best. I have seen far better out there. But I enjoyed playing, not to mention, drawing on an iPhone was quite a challenge!

Enjoy!

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The picture on the left, is what I drew myself as a “girl.”   I often use this picture as my profile picture for other social media programs.

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Feel free to start a game with me on DrawSomething username: sunshinebelle

couch makeover, almost a cinch!

project #1 – the accent pillows
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About two years ago, my in-laws dropped in for a visit and took a quick tour of our apartment. At that time, we only have a few things: a television on the floor, an air mattress in the bedroom, and two high chairs by the high counter for when we eat. The thing is, I had my eye on a lovely velvet, tufted white sofa from Macy’s. I knew that I had to have it and I was willing to save money for it. Unfortunately, my in-laws insisted that we needed a couch right now. They took us shopping and I was given three options to choose from. Of the three, sadly, I chose the one that I best saw fit for the time being… a micro suede brown couch with leather armchairs (faint yay). Which means, goodbye Macy’s sofa 😦

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Fast forward to today. So after the pillows wore down and the brown couch started to irk me, I looked online to learn how to upholster a couch. It looked like it would be a challenge. After a couple of days I had a vision of what I wanted to do, and was very excited to get started. So I broke it into 3 mini projects:

1) Start small, cover the accent pillows
2) Next, cover the four large pillows with one complementary color to match
3) Finally, cover two large seat cushions, to finish the final product

To get started, I needed a sewing machine, which lividivvy so graciously lent me. Next, I picked out my fabric at Mary Jo’s Cloth Store which has a great selection. It reminded me of High Fashion Fabrics in Houston and I happily walked around and saw the fabric that I wanted for my accent pillows.

As you can see below, this is what I started with:
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I felt that the pillow needed more volume, so I bought batting to give it some fluff, and wrapped it. I have made accent pillows before, and know all too well that if I do not reinforce my pillow somehow, the batting will get out of hand. It took forever to hold down the batting around the pillows (with needle and thread) -but I tell you, it was worth it! Afterwards, I took the fabric I had bought, and made it in a way where it was simple to sew, without any zippers, called “the pillow envelope.” I was starting small, and easy!

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The result, ta-da! (BTW, the couch pictured is my friend’s white couch, which I used as a backdrop)
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decorative wall art, made out of toilet paper rolls

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My wall space above our French doors were bare and needed some pop. I had come across The How-To Gal blog’s page, and knew I had to make this.

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Below is the finished product after working on this for about a week (spray painted it silver).

classy and decorative wall art, made out of toilet paper rolls
My hunt for collecting over 40 rolls took about two to three months.

After a month, my wall art décor started to sag and droop in the middle, and it was not pleasing to the eye. With all the hard work I put into this tedious project, it needed to be salvaged. The answer, “framing the art itself!”

So as you can see below, I bought some square dowels, that can be bought at Lowe’s Home Improvement for about 98 cents a yard.   I used a hot glue gun  to hold together the structure.

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The picture below showed my first attempt at making a frame around the toilet paper wall art.  I had used Aileen’s Tacky glue.  Although it adheared well..  the hot glue gun was much faster to work with.

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The final product? Much better, it’s defined and has structure! I was very proud of myself.

** What I have learned on my second time around **
– I used a large paper cutting board to help speed up the process of making each of the rolls into individual strips.  The board really helped with making the strips even and clean.
– Regular Elmer’s glue is just as good as Aileen’s tacky glue, to glue the toilet paper pieces.  The regular glue takes a little longer to dry.
– I used a hot glue gun, to stick the dowel to the art, because it was much easier and faster to use.

 

Here are some other crafty projects I have made:
Envelope Pillows

Garden Label Stakes

Hello World!

Hello All!

I wanted to first start off by saying, hello to everyone who will be taking a journey with me with my crafting baking, and fashion endeavors.  I am a nervous wreck, hoping that this will actually go somewhere.  Nevertheless, I am ecstatic and filled with joy as I type up these words and bring you all the things that I have made with love, along with some miscellaneous stuff.

Yours truly,
Belle

Sunset at St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

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