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Everytime I make my up the road to Ikea, I see and stare at this poor plain slippers.  Marked at $1.99/each, they’ve proven too irresistible to this bargain shopper.

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So the other day, I purchased 5 pairs in black and 5 pairs in pink.

I’ve been trying to come up with ways to save our carpet upstairs … which means I need to ask people to take their shoes off when they come over.  But….something about that always seems painful to people.  What, no pedicure lately!?!?

So, I hope by purchasing these cute little slippers, and updating them a little, will solve my dilemma!

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I started with the black sets – I made little shoe staches. Ha! I made each mustache a different style so that each guest could remember which pairs is his. You know, in case they do a barefoot dance for a second.

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I used an awesome set of cookie cutters as my templates.

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Then I cut out 2 of each style from felt.

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Then pinned them onto each of the slippers.

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Then, all you have to do is take some embroidery thread and sew ‘em up. Aren’t these just too fun!?

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I couldn’t think of anything fun to applique on the pink slippers, so I just went with some flowers I had lying around my stash – I secured them with buttons as you can see. duh, right!

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And here is what I ended up with… I’m pretty pleased!

So there it is – it’s THAT easy to save your carper for only $2 per person!!!  Fingers crossed it will work.  If nothing else – I can let the steam cleaner guys wear these when they come!

COST: 10 pairs for $20

TIME: I watched 3 episodes of MI:5…. so 3 hours!!!

Won’t you come for a visit … and, er, um, please take off your shoes!

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Most of you probably know that we spent pretty much all of last year selling our home, moving into a tiny apartment, and then finally moving into our new home.  Whew – I’m so glad that’s all over.  We are LOVING our new home and, more importantly, our new neighborhood.

I am telling the truth … we had been in our new home for all of 5 minutes before someone hollered across the street, “Welcome home!”  A few minutes later, another family stopped by to say hello and welcome.  After only two hours, we had been greeted EIGHT times!!!  This may not seem all that ground-breaking to those of you who’ve been living in Pleasantville all your life – but for us…this was a miracle!!!  We lived in our former home for almost 6 years, and we were always greeted by people looking the other way when they walked by-  even if they were on the same side of the sidewalk!!!

Here is our new home!

Here is our new home!

So, anyway, while we were waiting to move in, I whipped up a little diddy I call my Address Pillow.  I knew I was going to put our old Ikea benches on the front porch.  I knew I did not want to paint them.  Alas, I also knew they needed painting!  So, I decided to amp them up a bit by putting a large pillow with our street address on one of them.

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I used a heavy weight black and white ticking fabric for the pillow. For the numbers, I used a heavy weight felt.

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Don’t y’all want to come on over??!!! (soon there will be a mustache pillow on the other bench)

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I just freehanded the numbers, then attached them with a zigzag stitch all the way around BEFORE sewing the sides of the pillow. If you need more direction, just print out your numbers in your favorite font from your home printer, then use that as your template. Also, if your porch isn’t covered, you’ll want to use indoor/outdoor fabric – or give it a good Scotch Guard treatment.

I don’t know about you, but I really really like the pillow.  Another true story – when I meet people in the neighborhood, they invariably say, “OH, yours is the house with the pillow!”  I grin.  Inside I do a little jump and skip combo.

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Blah blah blah.

here’s the breakdown:

Time: This project probably took about an hour.  I didn’t get too caught up in making my numbers perfect, I just enjoyed the process.  You’ll need to make two pillows – one for the lining and the other for the outside, so it takes a little extra time.

Cost: Hmmm.  Felt – about $2 because I bought the good stuff.  Fabric – I purchased better ticking than I usually would since it’s an outside pillow, so I think I paid about $10.  NOTE: I will make 2 pillows with that fabric, though.  So, the real cost is $5 … bringing the pillow’s total to a whopping $7.  Bam.

So, whattya think?  Are you going to make one????

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Tonight, I a am a bit preoccupied. Tomorrow morning I begin the process of changing Ellie’s room from a baby’s room into a Big Girl’s room…I am more sad than I thought I would be. I have been out collecting things to help transform her room – a mattress for starters, and picture frames, fabric, paint, yada yada yada – and now I’m just wishing i could wiggle my nose and have everything pop into place.
While that won’t actually happen, I am really looking forward to my pals coming over in the morning to help out…and yes, be on the lookout for before-and-after photos…and probably a few “in transition” ones as well.
For tonight, I have chosen to use Tiffany’s inspiration yet again, and apply a felt flower applique to a dish towel. SOOOOO Easy. I know I say this all the time, but I really really really mean it this time!
Take one new dish towel. I bought mine at Target, I think they were $3 for 2. Then purchase some felt squares – 27 CENTS!. Find a button from your stash (or your grandma’s stash, I’m not partial!) Grab yourself some fabric glue – about $2.50 at craft stores. Cut out your shape…I just free-handed mine. Apply the fabric glue to the back and sew on the button. All done! (Tiffany uses embroidery floss very creatively and so cutely, but my kids seem have run off with mine, so I’m all fresco on that for this project).
Cost: about $2 – i already had the fabric glue!
Time: 2 minutes. For Real!!!

Okay, for the giveaway…golly gee, I’m too tired to put all your beautiful names in a hat…so stay tuned and come back tomorrow.  I’ll have one of my lovely painters draw a name!

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Well, today’s project began as one T-shirt for Ellie, but ended up including a twirl skirt for her too…As you’ll see, project T-shirt = cute but, well, let’s face it, a little boring.  I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the finish product.  I do think it will look sooo cute with a fun pair of jeans, but I was left wanting more.

So, I decided to pull out the inspiration that I”ve gleaned from my gal pal Tiffany Schwedland – she has created such a FABULOUS wardrobe for her children by using the most darling felt appliques you’ve ever seen.  (More on these on a future post, promise!) I decided that today was the day to use that inspiration and create my own felt butterfly for Ellie.  What better to place it on than a big fluffy twirly “princess” skirt!


and….here’s a picture of Project #1 – the T-shirt…..and the lovely TIFFANY SCHWEDLAND…my hero, modeling my Team Spirit Dress so beautifully.  Lylas!

Here are the specs…

For the skirt – I used scrap fabric (originally $1/yd from you-know-where).  I didn’t measure, I just cut as big a rectangle as I felt could possibly fit around elastic the size of Ellie’s waist.  I made the skirt, for details, leave me a message.  Then, I cut my own butterfly out of felt squares.  I used 3 colors at $0.27/each, and I used buttons from my stash.  So, the total skirt cost me $0.81.  Hmmm.  Not too bad.

The T-shirt – SOOOO easy.  I bought a $2 shirt from the same “Super Center.”  Then, I purchased an applique on clearance from Joann’s for $2.  All you have to do is turn the shirt inside out, and iron the applique on wherever you want it.  It took about 1 minute and the total cost was $4.  Not bad for a day’s work!  Plus, all this DIYing proves that it’s important to build up your fabric stash….would someone please explain that to my husband!?!

Don’t forget – I’ll be picking a winner sometime tomorrow!

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