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How to Make a Tassel Pillow with Super Tassel Power!

It’s Friday, it’s Friday!!  Doing my Happy Friday Dance!

And I wanted to share a little secret with you that has worked for me with securing tassels onto the corners of a pillow.  So very Aladdin Chic!  I don’t know about you, but I’m drawn to tassels… bad mental image, but in all seriousness, I just think they’re really fun and playful.

You could make these…

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AND, as I’ve had my 3 little testers trying to take off the tassels for the last 2 weeks, you can have tassels that won’t come out.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this, but I’m not a pro at sewing – no classes or anything like that.  I just really enjoy doing it and I (usually) enjoy the learning process.  I’ve made a bunch of pretty bad stuff (can’t even give it away!) but I have picked up some tricks along the way and I’m actually really loving the results.

The hardest part – the zipper.  But please don’t panic, it’s totally doable.  You will need an invisible zipper foot and invisible zipper.  De foot looks like this…


Cut your fabric into two squares (or rectangles or whatever) leaving 1/2 inch inseam around the edges.  You must iron the zipper first so it lays right.  I know, I know.  I hate ironing too, but if you like to sew then alas, you must get used to the iron.


Iron so the zippy part lies flat.  And then pin the back of the zipper to the right side of the fabric.  (I’m using a white zipper so you can see, but try to match the color to your fabric, it’s so much nicer.)


Sew it in with the special zipper foot.  You’ll want to leave a little room between the stitches and the edge of the zipper teeth so it closes easily.  See?  Not too hard, right?!


Then pin the other half of the zipper, still the upside down side to the other square, on the right side of the fabric.  Read that 3 more times and it will make sense.  Sew that the same way, going super close to the zipper head.  (I just made that up, so please don’t use that lingo at your grandma’s book club.)


Be proud!  You did it!!  Now, test the zipper.  Trust me here.  Make sure the plumbing works before you buy the cow… or something like that.  And do like the pros and stitch up the sides of the zipper seam so it’s totally secure.  (Where the pins are.)


Okay, now it’s (finally!) time to get those tassels out and some fabric adhesive.  I always have some from Ikea on hand since it’s cheap and it comes in handy for craft stuff.


Cut out 4 small squares from scrap fabric and 4 pieces of adhesive (which I rolled up a few times like tape).

You didn’t put that iron away, did you??  Iron the square and pillow fabric like a sandwich with the tassel and glue in the middle.  (Me hungry.)  Make sure to leave a bit of give so that you can tuck the tassel under and sew around it later.  Am I losing you?!?  Almost done, promise!!


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So, now just put the two sides together, wrong side out, and push the tassels so you can’t see them while you sew.  Sew all around the sides and when you get to the corners, go over it 3-4 times, just so it’s really in there.  I used a regular zipper foot to do the sides so I could get close to the tassel top.

Turn it inside out and shove in the pillow form.  Finished!  GREAT SUCCESS!


After you do this once, the second one will take you no time!!  I think it only took me about 1/2 an hr, which ain’t too shabby for a designer looking pillow!

And now you have a little sneak peak into two pillows that will be making my sofa much more cozy… Covers are still holding up.  Have you been inspired to recover yours yet??

See ya soon!

Stripping The Mother Doors

Well, Hello there!

Sigh.  After a long weekend of fun, isn’t Monday just… sooooo Monday-ish??  It’s hot up in this mug, too!!  It’s over a 100 in my neck of the woods and it’s just adding to the joy of working on The Mother.  Another long sigh… I’m getting my intake of the AC before heading out again.  Mantra in my head,  You can do THIS.  Pause, while I get some H2O… can you feel my motivation at the moment?!?  Ha!

Well, some progress has been made.  First off, I’ve picked which cabinets will have the honor of a makeover and I’ve already started the fun process of getting the shiny off.

Since there is quite a bit of detail in the doors and trim, I invested in a paint stripper.  I was recommended this brand at the store and it worked pretty well, so I’ll pass on the recommendation to you.


Here are the doors, removed, with the original treatment.

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You will need special chemical gloves to do this and time, of course.  I used a cheapy paint brush to get the goop in all the crevices and let it sit for 25 mins.  The directions say 10-15, but I found that it was better to leave it on longer… it definitely came off easier, which is the point, right?!

And I would recommend safety glasses and throw-away clothes.  I did try to scrap it off in shorts and flip-flops, but I swear I could feel my skin burning in areas from the debris flying off.  You will also need a scrapper tool and metal brushes to get it all off.  A wood cleaner is the final step to really clean the chemical off.  But look at that rope detail?!?  So perfect… it’s going to be a shame to paint it up.


Here are the newly stripped doors!  Whoo-hoo!!  All purdy and naked!  These 8 doors took me about a week in all, maybe 30 minutes a day (not including the wait time, which was used for internet surfing work).

Next step, I’m dreading… Oh, The Mother.  Why did you enter my life in the middle of summer?!?

Any projects you’re fighting through the heat with??


Caring for your leafy friends

Howdy All!!

Today I’m replanting some of my orchids.  I got these 3 cute brass vessels at a thrift shop that just opened a few blocks from my office.  $20 bucks total.


Seriously, I think I got the only 3 worthy pieces in there… sometimes I wonder how these places can stay in biz?!  And for a new place it was remarkably dirty.  And cluttered.  But enough of my brain-wandering, did you know that orchids actually require quite a bit of care?!  And truth be told, I have yet to meet a plant that doesn’t require some form of TLC.  Trust me, my black thumb has killed almost every variety of plants you can think of – even those supposed plants that you’re told don’t need water.  Yup, they need water.  I’ve mythbusted that sucker!  So, in my years of loving plants but not doing so well at actually giving them love, I’m trying to be better.  And guess what?  They are actually not dying… so fast… anymore. 😉


Polished these up and they look really shiny, but old – in a cool way (picture is not giving the full effect).  You must use the special orchid blend of soil and they do need a mineral supplement every few waterings.  Not too much, even for me.  And they seem to love the direct light in the mornings by my sink so if your orchid is not blooming again, try that.  Only change the soil after the flowers have withered and only water a small bit once a week… how much to water??  Remember those juice glasses from Denny’s (so tiny)?  Just that.

But doesn’t every home need some green?  It feels better, it smells better, it’s just better.  It’s worth the effort, peeps!

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Have a wonderful 4th!  I’m off to chase the kids around Big Bear!!  Bye!