Tuesday, April 22, 2014

No-Sew Outdoor Pillow

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See that up there? That's SUN.


                                     ...And an outdoor NO-SEW pillow.

No-sew projects make me happy, because I can't sew, and I probably never will.

(That's why I'm love with an inanimate object: My Glue Gun!

Do you sew? If you do, I suppose it would be super easy for you to sew these too.

I needed a couple of pillows to brighten up my (fake and boring) Adirondack chairs on the porch, so I came up with this idea for a no-sew pillow that is weather resistant.

With our temperamental weather, there's nothing worse than having to run outside and clear the porch every time it rains! So, I started with a cloth shower curtain that's been hagin' around for some time. (get it? hangin' around.)

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I cut the fabric into two 18" squares, and placed them on top of one another, wrong side out.

Then I used the hot glue gun to glue around the edges, leaving about an inch of spare fabric. The last few inches I left open so that I could fit my hand in the gap.

(If you don't want to burn your fingers I would suggest you put a couple of band aids on, or a rubber thimble... Go to Sewlicious Home Decor for lots of Glue Gun Tips!)  

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I turned the fabric right side out.

And used on old bed pillow for the stuffing. This pillow wasn't doing my neck any favors anyway... So I cut the fabric and pulled out the stuffing, to stuff the new pillow.

If you don't have a spare pillow, WalMart sells cheap-o's for about $5. Or you could click here if you would like to buy a big bunch of fiber fill for $14:
Sax Polyester Fiber Filling and Batting - 5 Pounds - White

I stuffed the pillow, and just used more glue to finish sealing up the gap.


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One pillow took me about 15 minutes from start to finish. Once I was done, I happily discovered that my new pillows match a couple of my ceramic decorations. My little garden snail and bird are impressed.

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These outdoor pillows were so easy, I'm going to make a few more for the back yard. (They were also free, because I used things I had laying around the house.)

Have you started decorating outdoors yet? We're supposed to get snow tomorrow, but the show must go on, right?!

(My little glue gun is starting to get a little unpredicatable, so I'm looking at this number one best seller ~  Stanley GR20K Trigger Feed Hot Melt Glue Gun Kit, although I'm tempted to go with something cuter, read: pink!)

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Peep Printable and a Spring Wreath

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Hello from Jekyll Island! We're on our yearly family vacation, in our favorite place, but I thought I'd quickly show you a couple of things I threw together before we left! 

I know lots of you (us) are disappointed with the weather at home ~ apparently we have SNOW again. Boo. 

BUT, hang tight. It can't last forever. 

Regardless of Mother Nature being a cruel old meanie, I got two free sweet little printable: A mini-bunting from Landeeseelandeedo, and peeps from Flamingo Toes

They're both so sweet, they cheer me up. 

The "Get Your Peeps On" printable is cute - can you see the little yellow bunny is saying "yo" and has on a medallion? (Nothing like Pimpin' up a Peep!) 

The second printable, a mini-bunting, is the perfect size to adorn a wreath. 

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When I get home, I hope we do have Spring. Until then I hope you all are having a wonderful week. 

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Happy Easter!!! 

Thank you to Flamingo Toes and Landeeseelandeedo for the printables! 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Gallery Wall Hides a Thermostat!

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The photo below shows a little corner of our living room. The thermostat, the double light switch, and the electrical outlet... So chic! So interesting! So NOT.

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And then... Little Brags posted about Hiding a Thermostat in Plain Sight. That gave me inspiration to do something similar.

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I want to fill it out a little more, but for now, it's a bit better. I don't think the switch plate and the thermostat stick out quite as much now. Yes! 

Thank you to my new hero ~ Little Brags! 

* I notice on Pinterest that some people are hiding their thermostat under a picture or something similar. I don't suggest you do that, because it won't sense the temperature of the house properly if covered completely. Just an FYI ;)

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Window Décor For Less

To continue or begin a house-updating project, get the best in ideas for inexpensive window treatments. Drapery and blinds are a staple, so saving on these items in a meaningful way will affect your budget significantly. If you need to buy window décor, why not save at the same time, and have a lasting product where you can save money on great quality product, and really see the difference.

Outdoor Shutters

When purchasing shutters for your home, consider the cost as an investment to save you money in the long run. If need be, consider payday loans online for this long-time savings investment. The cost will be an important part of saving you money and energy on the home’s energy bills.  By increasing your home’s insulation with shutters, you are more likely to let less energy out through inefficiency. Keeping the shutters affordable when you purchase them is important, as long as there is no expense in quality – if the quality goes down, so does your margin for energy efficiency. Get more than one estimate on your window shutters to make sure that you have understood all the pricing information, and gotten the best deal on product and it’s installation.

Bamboo Blinds & Shades

If you need an effective way to have style and stay on budget, try bamboo shades and blinds. Often inexpensive, they come in plentiful sizes, and are also available for custom cuts.  These shades will increase privacy, as well as moderately increasing the efficiency of the energy in your home. Take care to measure carefully as some sizing is not easily provided, and save yourself the hassle of having to go back o the store to exchange for the right size. Take an image of your window set up to bring to the home improvement store as well, so you can also inquire about the most cost efficient bamboo blinds that will also look the best, and be the best in energy efficiency, for your home.

Refurbished blinds, Custom-Sized

One way to increase savings greatly when purchasing blinds and shutters is to look for unused or recycled window treatments.  Old sets of blinds that used to be in you home but were mis-cut or discarded, can now be sized appropriately, and used to increase the energy efficiency of your home or apartment, Ask a few contractors if they have any blinds or shades that were not used from older projects, and if they are available for resell. A lot of times you can get amazing quality, just by inquiring with a few different providers of window treatments.  Use your knowledge of the best contractors to ask them if they can also do the installation – They are more likely to do the project for resale if they get the installation of the blinds as well as a bonus. As you will probably have to custom size and install these new refurbished blinds, you would be hiring someone anyway, so enjoy those discounted window treatments for next to nothing.

DIY Curtains

Interior window décor may seem to  be difficult to save money when purchasing, as there are pre-cut standard sizes, an generally the higher quality fabric costs more.by item. Use this concept to see what higher quality fabric is available for cheaper by the yard, and cut the curtains to size yourself, and have the fabric sewn into curtains you love. Custom curtains can be the cheapest way to invest in beautiful home décor as you can make tem from old tablecloths, blankets, or any high quality fabric you like. Or purchase a new fabric by the yard for an interesting and unique money saving deal on curtains.

Mod Podge a Glass Table Top

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Hello there peeps! I hope this finds you well!

Today I need to ask you a favor.

I made this little table top, but I am stuck, and I need your advice.

Big A and I have three tables - two are end tables, and one is a coffee table. They're all glass topped and I dislike them. A lot. Because they're see through, I also walk into them. A lot.

All they do is collect dog nose smears, finger prints, and show every single crumb and minuscule particle of dust.

I can't afford to replace them, but for the past couple of years, I have been keeping my eyes open for something fun, in thrift stores and at garage sales. Nuttin' honey.

Meanwhile, I've been stewing over what to do with them for the time being. Finally, I had an idea. I would mod podge one of them with burlap! I thought it would look so rustic and cool, so I googled and searched, but I couldn't find any examples on line.

So, ignoring what may have been a fair warning to proceed with caution, I just did it.

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I laid out one of the end table glass tops between two chairs, and painted it with mod podge. 

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I put the burlap down, and then painted that with mod podge. 

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It took about four days to dry. 

When it was finally dry, I popped it back on the wrought iron base, and was completely underwhelmed. 

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It's just okay, right? It looks better than glass with dog boogers and sticky finger smears, but now what? 

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Should I put something around the edges? If so, what? Please help me! 

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