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!




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!