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Pillow Mattress – My first big sewing project

| Crafts & DIY, For the Home, My Life

Cozy flannel pillow bed

Cozy flannel pillow bed

About a year ago or so I created a bucket list of things I’d like to try my hand at.  Nothing crazy or wild, just things I’d like to attempt to learn.  I’d actually forgotten about the list until I had some computer problems and saw it in my files when my computer was upgraded.  I was amazed that when I looked at the list now, I actually had checked off quite a few things in a year including knitting, crocheting and playing tennis.  One thing that was still on the list was sewing.

For Christmas this year I was generously gifted the money to buy a sewing machine which I ordered on boxing day and it came a week later.  When it arrived I took it out of the box and put it in the corner of my office where it sat until just a couple of weeks ago.  I have to be honest – sewing scared me half to death – I know, are you serious!  I’m not really sure why I was so intimidated but I was.  So one day after a serious spring cleaning in my office I noticed that poor, sad little machine in the corner and decided to dust it off and see if I could get it working.

My first attempt at sewing was a heat/rice bag for my daughter; guess what – it turned out pretty well and wasn’t that scary after all. Then I made two more, which were each quite an improvement on my daughter’s heat bag. Once I started feeling a little more confident I did some hemming and made a skirt and matching head band for Noelle.

So here’s a really cool project I made yesterday – a pillow bed (or mattress, whichever you prefer).  I took Noelle to the store and she got to chose her own fabric.  We picked flannel material so that the bed would be extra cozy.  Noelle helped with everything including the washing, measuring, cutting, pinning and testing of course.  I didn’t use a pattern but followed the instructions from this great posting: http://mplainsmall.hubpages.com/hub/Pillow-Pallets

Overall, I’m thrilled with the results and the only thing I have left to do (which wasn’t in the instructions but I think would like nicer) is to add Velcro to each pillow opening just to tidy it up.  I had a little extra material left over so I concluded the project by making a little stuffed owl toy that was cute but ended up taking longer to make then that pillow bed did – oh well, you live you learn!

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Well hello Zentangle…

| Design & Technology, For the Home, My Life

NoelleDesignZentangle… what the heck is that? Ya, I didn’t have a clue either until I discovered it on Pinterest.  After doing a bit of research, I realized that I’ve been “zentangl-ing” all my life.  Basically they’re just fancy doodles.  Check out my pinterest board to see all the amazing Zentangles I’ve pinned.

Here’s a better definition from the Zentangle.com website: Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.We believe that life is an art form and that our Zentangle method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life.

So, in light of my discovery I decided to create my first ever intent fully designed Zentangle.  What do you think?

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Welcome to my blog

| For the Home, My Life

I’m so excited to welcome you to my blog!

This is a glimpse into my creative life.  My goal is to journal about the things that interest me and challenge me.  This blog will give me the ability to merge and showcase all of my hodgepodge of passions together in one place.

It’s something I’ve been thinking about doing but putting off because I was overwhelmed by the idea of adding one more thing to my already busy life. But, today is the day and I’ve decided to take the plunge. I love every aspect of design and I my hope is that this blog will introduce you to all various forms of designing that I like to dabble in.

I look forward to sharing all my creativity and  inspiration with you. So please bear with me as I get this thing going!

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