Pinterest Challenge

Two of my favorite bloggers, Sherry from Young House Love & Katie from Bower Power host a seasonal blogging event called the Pinterest Challenge! This time around they are also joined by other bloggers Kate & Michelle.

Basically, it’s an excuse to take something you’ve pinned from Pinterest & actually make/create it.

I’ve been needing a summer project to work on, so this event came around at the perfect time! Chris suggested I make some new pillows for our couch, so I pinned this post from Sew, Mama, Sew that’s all things pillows. Perfect! It’s odd that I’ve never made a pillow because it was by far the EASIEST thing I’ve ever sewn.

The fabric: bright & summery

I bought two pillow forms, an 18” x 18” and a 16” x 16”. So I cut my fabric according to the directions. Honestly, this was the most time consuming part.

3 pieces

3 more pieces

Since the style pillow I was making was a envelope-style, the two pieces on the back would overlap, so I had to hem the edges of those pieces.

Hemmed Edges

Then I pinned & sewed all three pieces together, based on the instructions in the post, and stuffed in the pillow form. Done in about 45 minutes total!

Green Pillow

Yellow + Orange Pillow

Pillow friends

These were super quick & easy to make! If you’re interested in learning to sew, these would be a GREAT place to start! I love the fun color they add to our couch and living room. Thanks for the motivation, Pinterest Challenge!

xoxo

Ash

DIY Art

If you’ve seen our apartment, you know that we have a “gallery wall” of family pictures above our TV console. As much as I love looking at our smiling mugs all day, I’ve been jones-ing for a change. So, after Elodie painted her masterpiece, I had a hard time deciding what to do with said work of art. I finally decided that I could trade out a few of the family pictures and replace them with parts of her painting. Easy and free DIY art swap-out.

Excuse these pictures because the lighting in our apartment is crappy & these pics were taken at night.

Our Gallery Wall

So I decided which two pictures I wanted to swap out (the ones I choose are from the big empty spaces in the picture above). I took the pictures out & layed down the “matting” (aka white paper) to figure out what part of Elodie’s picture I wanted to frame. It was hard to pick, of course, because it was all so beautiful!

The parts of the painting I decided on using

Then I just cut out around the “matting” and framed it.

I couldn’t get a good picture of the two frames back up on the gallery wall, but just imagine that it looks great!

I need to keep an eye out for fun things I can use to swap out a few of the other family pictures. I love our family, but I need some spice in my life every once in a while.

So if you’re looking for some FREE DIY art, if you don’t have a child’s work to frame, Elodie can surely paint you something!

xoxo

Ash