Wednesday, January 28, 2015

*Love Pillow

An oldie but goodie... I had several items on a different site that I started years ago. But it's getting spammed like crazy, so I decided it was time to take that site down and transfer the posts here. I hope you enjoy!

I call this the "Love Pillow" because it features the people that I love! 

It's really easy, you can adapt it SO many ways and it uses the same basic concept as printing on burlap. Except I printed on canvas instead. (I bought a large canvas drop cloth from Lowe's for a little more than $5). 

So print out your image onto canvas. (Use any word processing program to do that). 

Ok- let me give you a sidenote on these pictures. The couple is my grandparents when they were young. 
The guy is my grandfather. He really liked photography and as a joke he added his head to this body builder. 
He had quite the sense of humor and that photo always makes me laugh. 

You are going to 'frame' your printed photo with your fabric pieces. 
For this tutorial I'm going to use the one of my grandparents.
My photo measures 8in x 5.5 in. 

So I cut 2 pieces (for the sides) sized 8in x 4in  
and 2 more pieces (for the top and bottom) 12 in x 4in. 
(This finished pillow measures about 12 in x 14 in) 

Once everything is cut, it's time to start sewing!

First, peel the freezer paper off the back of your photo. Then you are going to sew the side pieces first. One of either side of your photo. Place the right sides together and sew a seam. 

So when opened, it will look like this... 

When both sides are sewn, iron the seams down. 

Then add the top and bottom pieces the same way..... 
making sure the right sides are together....

Now you have the front square/rectangle of your pillow.
 Iron down all the seams so it lays nice and flat. 

Now cut your backing material (if you didn't already). 
My square is 12 in x 14 in and I just used the front piece, that I just made, as a pattern. 

Trim the sides, pin and sew around three sides, leaving an opening on the 4th side. When I sew around the sides, I like to sew into the fourth, on either edge and then leave the opening in the middle. Like this...

I think that helps later on with the overall look. Once that is done, snip the sides....

And flip right side out. Iron flat. The opening you left a minute ago is now nice and crisp. 

Stuff your pillow and use pins to close the opening. 

Now hand-stitch closed. 

You are done! Go admire your work! 

I just love this pillow of my wonderful grandparents! My grandfather died a few years ago, but my grandmother is still here and I am fortunate to have a wonderful relationship with her. She's an expert seamstress and has offered me lots of help and advise over the years. I'm definitely still learning! 

This was the first "Love Pillow" I made. 

It's our engagement photo. 
The words behind are part of a love letter my sweets wrote me. 
I scanned the letter, then took a part of it, enlarged it 
and the did some editing in my software (I used Microsoft Publisher).

But please note- that using this method... your pillows can't get wet! The ink will run. 
As I sadly figured out.... 

Oh well- it was easy enough... I can redo it. 


Friday, September 26, 2014

New Site Address!!

We've moved!

We are bigger, better and a bit more organized.
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I'm in the process of moving everything over, so please be patient with that process.

In the meantime, past projects are still on this site, but with time they
will be moved to our new location.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

*Rock Island, Tennessee

We try to get out and do something as a family every Saturday. Whether it's a bike ride, swimming at the pool or a day trip. We know that soon these little ones will grow up, be involved in sports or clubs and then life will be pretty hectic. So until then, we try to squeeze in as much family time as we can.

I recently saw this article about Tennessee waterfalls and knew this had to be one of our trips. We chose Rock Island, Tennessee mainly because it was the closest and the hikes were kid friendly too.

We had to drive around a bit to find what we wanted. And we did stumble upon a small trail that lead to the Twin Falls. The trail was only a half mile, but it was pretty steep. It was narrow, wet and rocky, so if you go with children- be careful! But it was really neat.

On the way down we came across this small beauty....

The kids liked sitting on a rock and watching it. Moss covered rocks are just so cool. I really wanted to scoop up that moss. But I wasn't sure how to get it home without it drying out (I didn't have a plastic bag with me, mental note for next time, or is that illegal?? I have no idea).

The trail did lead to rocks and pools that were perfect for swimming. In fact people were coming down the trail in droves with swimsuits on, towels, and even swim noodles. We missed that part, but apparently it's the happening place. We didn't think we would do that this time around. But maybe next trip!

It was hard to get any pictures because I was carrying our 2 year old. But you can see the trail was rocky and full of roots. It was really kind of neat. And I'm shocked I didn't topple over carrying my added weight!

We hiked back up the trail, trying to figure out how to get closer to the falls when a park ranger pulled up. Ah, Mr. Park Ranger! You saved us! He explained how to get closer to the falls and a few other things. Thank you!!

Now this was more like it. We were standing on a bridge that went over the river, and it was the prefect place to see Twin Falls.

You weren't allowed to swim in the area under the falls because the water is too fast. But lots of people we watching it from the rocks (we didn't hike down there). There were also some kayakers going down, and they were fun to watch as well. Kayaking- I just don't know how people do it!!

On the other side of the bridge.... a pretty river area and I'm assuming an electric plant.

We had to watch the little one on the bridge!

By this point the kids wanted to get wet. We weren't convinced of their sturdiness on the rocks, so we drove over to a beach area. This was another hot spot as it was filled with people. All these hidden gems that we knew nothing about!

I had brought everyone some water shoes and a change of clothes, but we didn't bring swimsuits. So we let them wade a bit on the shoreline. It was really rocky, so I was glad we had the extra shoes! The baby was so excited to wear shoes in the water- that's why he's lifting up his foot. he's saying, "Shoes! See?!"

After this, we headed home. We had two very tired boys and a girl who was borderline as well. As it turned out, she was the first asleep on the drive home. The boys didn't fall too far behind.

Anyhow, it was a wonderful day trip. If you are in the area, I highly suggest you stop by this lovely State Park. I know we'll be going back!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Lessons in Character- Creativity, part 3 of 3


We got pretty busy with friends and water activities this week, so we only did 3 days of our character qualities. It actually worked out great because it didn't overwhelm anyone (including myself!) but yet provided some fun activities when things got boring.

Again, we started off by talking about the word CREATIVITY, reviewing what it means and how was can use and find it in our lives. For day one- click here, for day two- click here.

Our project was simply painting rocks. I had hopes of family walks, in which they would gather their own, but that never happened. So I just grabbed some on walks I took throughout the week.

At first, our 3 year old was cranky about it. But after he started painting, he said, "Mom, I'm sorry I screamed at you about painting rocks. I like painting rocks!" Awh, such a sweetheart.

Aside from the actual painting, their plates of paint, when mixed together, of course formed other colors. So we were able to talk about that and how there are endless colors, ideas and really there is no end to creativity! It comes in many, many shapes and forms... from story books, to paintings, from building designs to all the gorgeous landscapes across the world. The world is really one gigantic piece of the Lord's creativity.

Once they were dry, they put all the ricks in my garden. It's fun having a little added color in there. And it's been fun listening to them talk about CREATIVITY all week. Just bits here and there in conversation. I know we didn't go into great depths about it, but just planting a little seed gets them thinking and I love watching that seed grow.