It's funny how your memory can be triggered by something small and unimportant. Last weekend Abiah was trying to get her boot box off our closet shelf (Abigail, Abiah, and I share a room) when a container of old hair things came falling down -- no surprise there. I started going through it real quick to see if I could grab another scrunchie for my bedtime hair, and I kept coming across scrunchies that were made out of fabric I recognized......
A 9 year old Abigail's dress
Apphia's flannel pajama pants
My first sewing project (a little elastic waistband skirt)
Another Abigail dress and another pj pants flannel
A cute little outfit of Abiah's
The dress Mom made me to wear when I sang at a Church program
Plaid seersucker that was leftover from a top for Mom and matching outfits for all of us girls
Whenever we were younger almost every homemade outfit had to have a matching scrunchie. We wore them all the time on our ponytails, or to connect our french braids. It seems that they were the big thing in the '90s (at least they were at our house). It was amazing how I'd forgotten most of them, and how just seeing a pile of scrunchies made me remember so many different outfits, and so many good times. xoxAchaia
Did you catch our hint from yesterday? We are thrilled to be joining in Nancy Zieman's Sew Knits with Confidence Blog Tour (we'll be showing off ours on April 20th)! Here's the schedule, so you can keep up with all the happy-sewy-knit goodness all the way through....
I got carried away when I saw Achaia embroidering (and Nan, and Abiah, and Mommy....). I had to do it too. I decided to use osnaberg as my pillow base, stitching on it to my hearts content. Now, for a fun tutorial for my all-time-favorite way to make pillows and my first-ever-to-make-kind of pillow. Lovingly called (by us anyway) the envelope pillow.
A Quick Tutorial for the Envelope Pillow
What you'll need:
-fabric for the front of your pillow, but don't forget to add seam allowance. (Whatever size you like. I decided to go with a size that would fit a pillow form that we had in our closet, just because I couldn't wait.)
-fabric for the back x 2. I needed two 17 1/2'' pieces of 45'' fabric. (I couldn't resist using one of my favorite pieces from our friend, Jennifer Paganelli's collection, Girls World Vibe. It looks amazing with my favorite Va Va Bloom Vera Bradley blanket too. Yay!)
-pillow form to fit your size of pillow top
And the usual items: sewing machine, thread, and scissors.
Let's get started!
1. Choose your fabric. (Probably my favorite part.)
2. When you lay the pillow top on your backing, you should have at least 1'' extra on each side. Don't forget to x 2 your backing.
3. With the folds in, overlap about 6".
4. Lay your pillow front face down onto your over-lapped pillow back.
5. Sew around all four sides of your pillow front using 1/4'' seam allowance. Once you're back where you started, make sure your pillow back is not caught in any places. If everything is perfect, cut off the excess backing, using your pillow front as your guide.
6. Turn your pillow right side out. Open up your "envelope" and stuff your pillow form inside. Adjust till it looks just right. Oh joy!!!
Your pillow is finished!
Oh. My Goodness. My embroidery skills??? After seeing Kay and Nanny at work, I think mine must look a little bit silly. But I love it anyway. Probably one of my favorite letters I've ever sent.
Can it really be Spring? We thought Spring had really sprung several, several days ago. We had pulled out the short sleeves (well, some of us) and even our sweet girl, Dare, was coming to her sewing lessons without her winter coat. But now? Snow has fallen and sweaters are still a must.
To keep warm we're making things with love. Ridiculous, first try, quickest of the quick scarves made out of love. Trying new-to-us Mexican meals. (There's no question in our minds whether or not that's in the love category.) Sewing with love. Hand-making with love. And cooking up something fun for all our very faithful blog readers. And we know you'll love it!
keep warm wherever you are with love. XO the girls
Please forgive the fact that we haven't been talking lately. Nanny arrived last Wednesday, and as usual, that always makes for lots of fun! After picking Nan up at the airport we hit a local antique store for a couple of hours, and then went to eat at Chic-Fil-A. Thursday consisted of messing around here, Friday Nan and we girls went shopping at Macy's and ran some other errands. We finished the day with the mandatory movies and pizza (we loaded Nan up with Mountain Dew so she could watch everything....). On Saturday all the boys were out working so we took the liberty of spending some fun time letting Apphia do make-overs on all of us (above). We did make a little bit of time for some house cleaning.
Today is scheduled for work on new patterns (!), possibly some closet cleaning, sewing, and other odds and ends that need to be done here in the studio. We have to work hard too, because tomorrow is slated for deep dish pizzas (a new favorite recipe), snacks, and an afternoon movie. It will probably be The Sound Of Music....
We'll plan on sharing more soon!
Happy Monday to all of you (and special hugs and kisses to you, Paps, if you're reading!!)
Thanks to my best friend Ashley I am now the happy owner of some darling hair bows! She sent them to me for my birthday and they were handmade by her (extra special). I've been wanting to wear this purpley one for quite some time, but getting them right before we left on our trip didn't leave me any time. Finally today was the day!! I'd been picturing a fun poufy-in-front updo and it worked ---- I am happy and I got complemented by Mom and the girls at least three times. The only thing I think I'll do differently next time is pouf the front a bit more (I like BIG poufs). Whenever I tease my own hair I always seem to go underboard. Must remember, always go overboard on teasing!
In other news it's icy around here and we've stayed inside all day. I cut out a bright red dress for myself while we were listening to an audio book, and we plan on having burritos and cheesy jalapeno rice for supper (new recipe!). And, I figured out how to upload RAW images --- Abiah took these in RAW! --- and get to use them! That may seem pretty insignificant, but it's something we've been wanting to be able to do for awhile. Yay!
This past week we had the opportunity to make a trip down to Texas, spend a long weekend with our best friends and attend the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival for a day!! It was somewhat spur of the moment (we decided to go last Sunday, ran errands Monday, packed Tuesday, and left Wednesday). If you follow our Instagram you probably got to see some pictures from our trip!
The day spent at the Festival was wonderful (it was our first time attending). Some of our friends came with us so in between watching movies and listening to some wonderful speakers we ate at Casa Rio on the Riverwalk (first picture above) and were serenaded by a mariachi band.
The rest of our long weekend was filled with late nights (we stayed up til after 1 o'clock every night except one), playing games --- which was too hilarious, watching a couple of movies, worshipping together on Sunday, singing, visiting a couple of antique shops, and cooking together. We talked and laughed the entire time, and are so grateful to our best friends for putting up with us!!
We got home last night to a cold Missouri and a few snowflakes. Now it's back to work. So, how have you been??
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