Monday, September 22, 2014

Warm fall touches

HELLO! First up, thanks to those of you who emailed about my header missing. I noticed it Friday but thought it was just a glitch…but it’s still down. I’m checking in with the designer to see what needs to happen. I have a new design coming soon (finally!!) but it would be nice to have something up there till then. ;)

So a few weeks ago I was itching to bring some warmer colors into the family room. This time of year has me wanting to use more reds, browns and oranges – which I used to use EVERYWHERE but don’t anymore. In the warmer months I don’t mind our more neutral pallet but fall calls for some color!

I picked up these pretty napkins at World Market to make some pillows:

napkin pillows

I’ve told you of my obsession with using table linens for pillows many times…the love runs deep my friends. So cheap and easy! But then I noticed I already had a piece of this pretty fabric in my stash:

kalita spice fabric

It’s called Kalita Spice and I picked up some from Calico Corners over a year ago. I think it must have been a remnant because I had less than a yard – only enough to make one pillow. I fell in love with it all over again and knew I wanted to use this instead!

I checked in with CC but they didn’t have anymore so I ended up ordering a yard through Amazon (from -- with our prime membership I avoided the shipping fee from Whoot!

I dusted off the sewing machine and got to work. Here's the thing – I used to be so intimidated by my sewing machine but I PROMISE you it’s not that hard. I think the hardest part of using one is getting it set up with the thread and bobbin and all that jazz – after that all you do is plug it in and do your best to sew a straight line.

I measured the size I needed (my pillow inserts are 20 inches square but I make my pillows a little less than that) and started cutting – if you are going to do any sewing or working with fabric a decent pair of fabric scissors will save you a lot of frustration:

how to sew a pillow

My cutting is never perfect, so after I lay the two pieces of fabric (face to face) together I do my best to get the edges to match up. Because my cut lines aren’t always perfect I use chalk and mark a line down the fabric:

how to sew a pillow

It gives me a line to try to follow as I sew which I need. ;) And if your edges don’t match up this helps to ensure that you don’t end up with any holes in your seam as well.

A few minutes and four (somewhat) straight lines later and you have a pillow. Don’t close that last side up all the way though. You’ll need to be able to reach in and turn it right side out:

sewing a pillow

I use a marker – anything that’s skinny – to push my corners out. You’ll want to only sew up maybe half of that last side so you can get your insert in too. When you’re done stuffing it you’ll need to hand stitch it closed. My stitching never looks pretty but I promise you no one ever notices. As you know those who do get a cookie…and no cookies have ever been given:

mixing fabrics

The day that I found that fabric and decided to use it I went to HomeGoods hoping I’d find some other pillows that might work with it…and I did. That day. That never happens. I LOVE their pillows because most of them already have the feather inserts that I like to use.

The brick colored pillows go so beautifully with the new fabric – and the new pillows go together well with the blue/gray pillows I’ve had for a while:

I would never have put the blue and the brick pillows together but they all tie together nicely – I quite love it actually:

mixing fabrics pillows

I’m still trying to figure out a color for that mirror behind the sofa – a few of you suggested an orange tone and I love that idea – I almost did it but now I’m thinking more of a brick color? And I just a couple months ago I wasn’t using reds in this room anymore. :)

I made another pillow for my “office” chair as well:

chair by windows

The comfiest office around, I’ll tell you what. :)

I know many of you have wanted to see more of the family room so I wanted to share this view:

neutral sectional

The kitchen table is now behind the sectional – we were able to move that over because of all the space we now have in here.

The sectional now floats in the middle of the room:

open family room and kitchen

The fireplace is to the left. This area really isn’t any bigger that it was before – we actually have less space between the sofa and the TV. It’s a long and skinny room but overall there’s SO MUCH more space now. We love it!

Now I just want to find one more of those brick colored pillows – not sure that will happen. ;) But I’m loving the warmer tones and this gets me excited to finally get some fall decor going!

Do you sew? If you're intimidated by it please don’t be! Each one of these pillows took me about 15 minutes to make and only three of those minutes were actually sewing. :)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Free fall printables

Hey all! Are you ready for a lovely fall weekend? I hope to get some more done in the family room and have some fun. I’m working as fast as I can on getting it all done in the family room by the way – I know many of you have asked to see the whole space. There’s still a lot for me to do – some of the walls still aren’t painted, there’s trim to be fixed…but it’s close and I hope to share it in the next week or two. Until then you can go here to see the progress along the way. And thank you for all the ideas on the kitchen table yesterday!

The official start of fall isn’t till next week but it certainly feels like it’s already started here. The weather here in Indiana has been GLORIOUS. Oh my goodness, I can barely stand it. To celebrate the official kick off of the season I gathered some free fall printables from around blogland to share with you. All you need to do is save them to your computer and then print from home or send them off to be printed. Either way pretty cheap – and these are all super cute.

This autumn banner is absolutely adorable – so many pretty details. The hardest part for you will be to cut them out:


free fall banner


Of course that’s just the first two letters – there are more at the link. :)

The chalkboard look is still very much in and I love the printables that are done with that look:

chalkboard fall printable


You don’t even need a frame really – this would be lovely just hanging on the fridge. ;)

I thought these tags were really sweet – they would be a great addition to a little something for a neighbor or a friend this season:

thankful fall printable tags


I shared this fall printable last year:

fall printable second spring

I added to it but I think it would be pretty all on it’s own too.

I loved this one because it’s neutral and could really be used any time of year:

chalkboard home printable


But it sure does feel fall, right?

I’m not a latte girl but otherwise this one nails it for me!:

free fall printable


So cute!

This one is a little more graphic and they would look really stunning hung in a trio:

free leaf printable


These are available individually at the link.

This one has more of a modern vibe – antlers are everywhere right now:

antler printable


That one would work for Christmas too. ;)

I thought this one was just lovely:

fall tree printable


And this one…Lucy is SO talented! Gorgeous:

fall wreath printable give thanks


Isn’t that beautiful?

There you go! Ten lovely, free fall printables – make sure to visit each site to get the high resolution versions. I always like to print pieces like this off on good cardstock paper – if you use a coupon or catch them half off at the craft store you can get them for a great price.

As always, I ask that you pin these from their respective sites. (I can’t remove my pin in button from specific images.)

Have you started any fall decorating? It’s still felt too early for me but I hope to get a few things our this weekend. Have a GREAT one!!