Friday, September 12, 2014


Its Fall Vignette time, people.

Click here and here for past fall vignettes.



Yeah, I decided to not even try to crop out that play kitchen out of the pic.  And the fireman hat and baby rattle on the breakfast bar that you can see in the mirror?  Didn't even realize that was there until I uploaded the pics and I am too lazy to go back and take new pics.  This is real life, people.  My house looks like a daycare.  I am not going to apologize for it.  It is being embraced.

This is one of my two new feed bag with barn wood frame pieces.  I love it:)

Here is a shot of our dining room table.  I got the chalkboard bunting banner from JoAnn Fabrics.  In.Love.

 (I promise our house is not crooked and I was not drunk when I took this pic.  I could not straighten it because we got a new computer and I am still figuring how to edit my pics on this computer.)

And some more dining room autumizing...



And lastly, some chalkboard art...

I even autumized the kids and myself this morning.  Sweaters and jeans, skirts and tights.  I didn't have time get a pic this morning but snapped a few this evening...

Hmmmm, he is 3 going on 13 and refused to sit by his sister for a pic.  Stinker.

And then there is this one.  Happiest baby on the planet:)

Happy Fall!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hello, Wisconsin!!

Now that I have my lovely entryway bench, I needed some pillows for it.  I made this pillow with a placemat I bought from Target.  

But it still needed more.  I knew what I wanted and I needed it to be durable since it was going to be in the entryway and that area sees a lot of traffic.  I remembered I had bought some dropcloth when I painted my kitchen but I never used it because I was too lazy.

I didn't want to mess with a zipper so I decided to made an envelope-type pillowcase cover.  I cut one piece for my front and then two pieces for the back (to make the envelope part).  I am not going to reinvent the wheel. I you want to know what an envelope pillowcase is and/or how to make one, Pinterest has that covered.

I decided to cut a Wisconsin state out of the front.  To get the template, I just pulled up a map of WI on my computer, traced around it and cut it out of a piece of paper.  Then I laid it on the pillow front and traced it.

And cut it out.

Then I pinned a piece of duck canvas to the back of the pillow front so that when I flip it over, it is covering the WI cutout.

This was left over from my ruffle while making the ottoman cover.

And then I used my awesome good-enough sewing skills to sew it into place.

While I toil away on projects, this is what my little shadow is doing right behind me.

"Mom, these markers smell good!"

Ok, ok.  Back to the pillow...

Then I cut out a little red felt heart and sewed it in the general area of Madison.  After making my back envelope, I sewed the front and back together and stuffed an old throw pillow in it.  And there you have it.

Love.  Wisconsin.