5.30.2012

Wedding Wednesday: Colorful in Ohio

I can't believe it is Wednesday already! This is crazy talk, I tell you! This week is going by so fast (not that I'm complaining). Luckily I already had a wedding picked out to share with you. I ran across this one on 100 Layer Cake and it just makes me so incredibly happy inside! If I were to get married again (to the same guy of course), I would love for my wedding to look something like this....

            All photography by Christa Kimble

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5.29.2012

DIY: Bolster Pillow (Made of Pants!)


Hello! Today I am so excited to share my very first original DIY project with you! I have linked to other ones in the past, but today's project does not come from another website. :) A friend of mine showed me how to do this using a pillow form, but since I didn't have a pillow form on hand, I tweaked it just a little to use fiberfill and fabric squares. I even took step-by-step pictures! (Go me!) So if you are looking for a fun, easy, quick summer project, give this a try!


What you will need:
* A pair of old pants
* Some fabric scraps
* Ribbon
* Fiberfill
* Sewing Machine


1. First, lay out your pants and cut off one of the legs. One side of the pillow will end up being a little bit bigger if you are using women's pants just due to the fact that we have hips, so don't worry about it. :) Be sure to cut off the cuff of the pant on the bottom too. I forgot to do this and had to do some resewing later, so save yourself a step!


2. Next, fold in each end of the pant leg about 3-4 inches and pin it.


3. It will look something like this when you are done. What is visible is how long your pillow will be, so adjust accordingly. 


4. Using your machine's free-arm function, sew around the folded edge of each end of the pant leg. 


5. When you are done, pull out the folded parts of the pant leg. It should look something like this. 


6. Now you are going to make the casing for the ribbon drawstring. Fold over the raw end of each side of the pant leg about 3/4 inch, depending on how big your ribbon is. Mine was pretty small, so I didn't need a lot of space. 


7. Pin this down and sew around it completely, leaving room for the ribbon to eventually be in there.


8. Don't worry if the line isn't completely straight. The end of these pillows is very forgiving. But each end of the pant leg should look something like this now.


9. Choose one end of the pant leg to focus on first. Using your seam ripper, tear a small hole next to the seam of the pant leg. This is making an opening for the ribbon to enter. Make it large enough for a safety pin to fit through. 


10. Using the safety pin method, string your ribbon through the folded over section of the pant leg. Pull it all the way through and don't cut the ribbon until you have both ends of the ribbon through the hole. (The next picture will explain this better.)


11. The ribbon should now be all the way around the inside of the top folded section and both ends should be out of that single hole that you made with your seam ripper. Now, cut the ribbon, leaving a few inches for a tail. 


12. Now, pull the ribbon tight, creating a drawstring effect on the end of the pant leg. Once you have it as tight as you want, tie off the ribbon in a knot or a bow. 


13. Take a small square of your chosen fabric and, keeping it flat and face down, push it through the wider opening of the pant leg until you reach the drawstring end. It should look something like the following picture:


If it looks like this, then move onto the next step.


14. Now it is time to stuff! Get the fiberfill and stuff as much as you want into the pillow. I made mine really soft because I am using this more as a decorative one rather than a practical one, so I didn't want to use a whole lot of the fiberfill. 


15. Once you have the amount of fiberfill you want in your pillow, take another square of the fabric and place it around the top of the stuffing. 

16. Now close up this end of the pant leg by repeating steps 9-12 on this end. Once that is done, you will have your finished product!


Feel free to add any embellishments to the pillow that you want. I am thinking about making some of these and pinning them to the pillow. You could also do bows or even pockets, as long as you sewed them on prior to stuffing the pillow. The possibilities are endless! These make great gifts and often take less than an hour to make, depending on your sewing level. 

If you make this, I want to see pictures! Post them to your blog and leave a link in the comments so I can check it out! :) Happy sewing! 
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5.28.2012

Monday, Monday

Well, we are unofficially out of our apartment. Our lease doesn't actually end until the end of June, but we decided to move out early so that we could save money on internet and electricity. So today, we moved a ton of our stuff to Justin's parents' house. It has been a crazy day but exciting at the same time! It is another step in our post-graduation lives! 

On another note, it's only FIVE MORE DAYS until Disneyland! I can now count down on one hand! Sorry today's post is so short. Life is busy! Did you know that? Anyway, just so you can share in my excitement, here is a picture from the last time I was at Disneyland. :)



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5.26.2012

Photo of the Day: Bathroom Adventures

That title sounds much more interesting than the actual picture. Don't worry, nothing inappropriate here! Unless you think that a messy counter is inappropriate. Tonight I decided to tackle packing much of our bathroom items. I've pretty much been packing all day (hence no Currently Obsessing Over). So I thought I would share this lovely little snippet of my day with you. :)


Also, while I was packing up the bathroom, I was watching Shaytards (yes again) and I kept thinking about how I would love to do something like that. Unfortunately I do not have cute kids at this stage of my life, but that doesn't mean that my life isn't worth documenting! So I think I'm gonna give it a shot and we'll see how it turns out! It will not at all be anything fancy, but we'll see. Ha. Anyway, all this to say that I decided to finally experiment with my camera's video setting. I'm not going to upload it because it is basically just a video of me mumbling weird things to myself and discovering the manual focus on my lens. But hopefully within the next couple of days something slightly interesting will appear. We'll see. :) It is extremely possible that I will make it and then hate it and never show anyone ever. Ever. 


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5.25.2012

A Few Recipes For You

Happy Friday everyone! This is an especially monumental Friday for me since it is my last day as a Developmental Therapist. I will take a few weeks off and then start up on my summer nannying job! Pretty exciting! 

I have a few recipes to share with you today, one of which you can probably guess because of yesterday's photo. I have a banana bread recipe and a peanut butter cookie recipe! So, without further ado, here are the recipes.

Easy Banana Bread

This one I found at The Fresh Loaf and altered it to make it even a little more healthier, which is a big step for me since I usually go in the opposite direction! It is really easy and super delicious! Unfortunately I didn't take any step by step pictures for you today, but I don't think either of these recipes need it. 

First, combine these ingredients in a bowl:
4 Tbsp. butter, softened
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas
2/3 cup of sugar

Use a fork to mash up the banana and mix up all of those ingredients.

Next, combine the following ingredients in another bowl:
1 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon 

The original recipe says that the cinnamon is optional, but unless you really hate cinnamon, then do it! I didn't actually measure mine, I just kept pouring until it looked right, so I may have even put more cinnamon in. Also, I did a dash of allspice. I have no idea if it made a difference, but it sounded good at the time. :)

Combine both the wet and dry ingredients and mix until they are blended together. Then pour dough into a greased pan and bake at 350 until a toothpick comes out clean. It took around 50-60 minutes for mine to bake. 


Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

I found this recipe over at One Good Thing and it looked so good and easy that I had to try it! I am blessed not to have to worry about eating gluten, but I have many friends who have a gluten intolerance, so I think I will keep this recipe on hand for parties and get togethers. It is pretty good for not containing any flour! They are a little crumbly, but have great flavor and texture once they are in your mouth. 

Combine the following ingredients in a bowl:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 egg

To mix them up, just use a wooden spoon. It is super easy and then you don't even have to get out your mixer!

After it is all mixed up, roll the dough into balls, roll the balls in some more sugar, place on a cookie sheet and press flat with a fork. Then bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. (I had to cook mine a few minutes longer since I kept opening the oven to get a picture of them!)


So there you have it! A few super simple recipes for you! Maybe give them a shot this weekend! If you do, let me know how they turn out. :)

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5.24.2012

Photo of the Day: Mmm...cookies!

Sorry no real post today. :( Seriously, I've been so stinking busy! I haven't even really had time to work on Etsy stuff because my life has been consumed with packing. I did, however, find time tonight to cook these yummy looking peanut butter cookies! They are cooling as we speak, and if all goes well, I will share the recipe with you tomorrow! For now, enjoy this picture of them baking.



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5.23.2012

Wedding Wednesday: Vintage Australian

Sorry this Wedding Wednesday is so late! Honestly, I totally forgot that today was Wednesday! Yikes! Now that I am not in school, I tend to lose track of days of the week. Anyway, the wedding I am going to share with you today is at least the third, if not the fourth, one from Australia. I think everyone in that country has been given the "beautiful wedding creator" talent. This one is so lovely! Very vintage, very classic, very fun! It comes from Ruffled, one of my favorite event blogs. :) Enjoy!

   All photographs by Julian Beattie

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