3.16.2011

Throwing pillows!

When I moved into my house I decided I wanted red couches. Eventually, I was able to afford them and have loved them ever since. The downside to such bright furniture is that it's difficult to 'match' accessories. So I said to heck with it: I'm going to make pillows that I like and that look cute and they will all go together. :)

I got the awesome idea to make a pillow from a button-down dress shirt from Lemon Tree Creations. So I made one of those:


It was the first pillow, well let's be honest - the first THING, I ever sewed completely on my own (Brandi was upstairs putting JJ to sleep, so technically...I was alone!). It turned out pretty great! Only problem was that I didn't really measure anything so I vowed to measure the next one.

If you know me in real life, you know that I'm a HUGE Cleveland Browns fan. I'm a big sports fan, and love the Indians, Browns, Cavs, Bears, Cubbies, and the Blackhawks. I can't get enough of Cleveland and Chicago sports! So I found an old Tim Couch jersey at the thrift store for $3 (and it was half off Wednesday so I actually got it for $1.50!) and couldn't pass it up. I liked Tim Couch, but he's not one of my favorites, and the last thing I need is another jersey (I have acquired a couple of them in the last few years...including my favorite QB - Vinny Testaverde), so I wanted to make something out of it...so why not a pillow?! I can show off my Browns pride AND be crafty at the same time! WIN!



I decided that since I had some spare parts (aka sleeves), I would make a pocket/pouch so that I could put my remote (or some snacks) in there! I'm pretty excited about it and absolutely love it! I plan on making more and will likely do a tutorial on them, but I'm still not so great at sewing so I don't want you all to see my crooked lines. :)

PS: If you caught the pun in here, kudos to you! I love your sense of humor!!

Happy Crafting!!

Meig

3.11.2011

New bag!

As many of you know, I've been carrying the same Vera Bradley bag for about 2 years now. I switched it up a couple months ago and started carrying a different one, but that one was my 'gift' to myself for graduating with my MA and was getting some wear on it. I wanted a new bag to carry around for a while so I didn't wear my Vera's out so much but couldn't seem to find the right one. Then, one day while perusing crafting websites I found it. The perfect bag. I couldn't wait for it to be mine! One problem: I didn't have the funds available at the time. Always such a bummer!

I've been stalking Aubrey's Etsy site for a while, checking out her new stuff and looking at every cute little thing she sews wishing I could have it for my own. Then one day she put this bag up for sale. It just so happened that I had just received my income tax return and decided that I deserved a little 'treat'. So here she is. My new favorite thing that I own.



It's got a quote from Robert Louis Stevenson on it that says "The world is so full of a number of things...We should all be as happy as kings." I absolutely love this bag! I love that it's big enough to fit my stuff (including my current read), has such a great quote on it, and that it's handmade (with love). I hope you all check out her blog and her Etsy site. She's got some wonderful stuff - including e-reader covers!! Now, I just need to *get* an e-reader and then I can get a cute cover for it! :)

Happy crafting!

3.10.2011

Without You

Without You
Songwriters: Garvey, Lloyd; Hanson, Ross; Howes, Brian; King, Mark; Rodden, Michael; Winkler, Austin


I just wanna be alone tonight
I just wanna take a little breather
'Cause lately all we do is fight
And every time it cuts me deeper

'Cause something's changed
You've been acting so strange
And it's taking its toll on me
It's safe to say that I'm ready to let you leave

Without you, I live it up a little more every day
Without you, I'm seeing myself so differently
I didn't wanna believe it then but it all worked out in the end
When I watched you walk away, well, I never thought I'd say
I'm fine without you

Called you up 'cause it's been long enough
And you said that you were so much better
We have done a lot of growing up
We were never meant to be together

'Cause something changed
You were acting so strange
And it's taken its toll on me
It's safe to say that I'm ready to let you leave

Without you, I live it up a little more every day
Without you, I'm seeing myself so differently
I didn't wanna believe it then but it all worked out in the end
When I watched you walk away, well, I never thought I'd say
I'm fine without you

'Cause something changed
You were acting so strange
And it's taken its toll on me
It's safe to say that I'm ready to let you leave
Whoa! Yeah!

Without you, I live it up a little more every day
Without you, I'm seeing myself so differently
I didn't wanna believe it then but it all worked out in the end
When I watched you walk away, well, I never thought I'd say
I'm fine without you

Without you!
Without you!
Without you!

I just wanna be alone tonight
I just wanna take a little breather