I finally finished ONE couch pillow. I thought it turned out pretty cute. Its a little lopsided in this picture. It was just a quick snapshot from my phone. I'd love to write out instructions on how I made it, but its too difficult without having pictures, and I didn't take any pictures throughout the process.
However I can tell you this book is where I got the instructions. I've made several things out of here now. I've seen this book on Amazon.com, at Hobby Lobby, Joann's, and Hancock Fabrics. So check it out if you're interested in Americana style quilting :)
I've been learning how to take care of the yard the past few weeks (this is the first time we've had a yard in our 7 years of marriage). I have to admit, I'm enjoying it much more than I thought I would. First of all, because I get to be outside in the sun! Oh how I love the sun! Second, there's just something so relaxing about mowing the grass. Third, its nice to look at it when you're done and know that it looks that good because YOU did it!!
Anyway, our yard is brand new and, therefore, is far from looking perfect. We have been having a hard time getting rid of the weeds. Something I learned this week is that it is much easier to get the weeds out (all the way to the root) when the grass is wet. I just thought I would share for those of you who are amateur yard workers like me :)
I found a super cute tutorial HERE for fabric coasters. It inspired me to make some of my own, but I decided to stick with the theme of my living room and go with the ragged/rustic/Americana style since I had lots of scraps left over. So this is what I came up with. I cut 2 5x5 squares of fabric. I cut 2 4x4 squares of fusible interfacing and ironed them onto each piece of fabric. I cut 1 4x4 piece of flannel and put it in between the 2 pieces of fabric. I pinned it all in place, and sewed and X through the square. Then I sewed a seam around the whole square. About 3/4". Then I ragged it by clipping around the sqaure, careful not to cut through the seam. Wash and dry to get the full rag effect.
I FINALLY finished my Texas Flag wall quilt. I have to admit, I'm disapointed in how small it is. I didn't realize how small it would turn out, but thats my fault. I should have paid attention to the "finished size" measurements. Now I'm not sure what to do with it or where to hang it. Next up on my to do list: COUCH PILLOWS!!
I've seen lots of Jewelry holders and necklace hangers on the internet. This is what I came up with. I've had my jewelry in a shoe box for the last 2+ years, so it was time to do something about it!! I found some unframed cork board at WalMart (it came in 4 12x12 panels) and some 50% off frames at Hobby Lobby. I covered the cork board with linen and used a stapler to attach it :) I couldn't find anything else that worked as well as staples. I put the frames on and hung them up. I used cute push pins/thumb tacks that I also found at WM. Next I need to figure out a way to organize my earrings!!!
Hi, I'm Katie...
When I got married and took on the role as homemaker on top of school and work, I realized how little I knew about the 'job'. I began paying close attention to friends and family members who have amazing talents and abilities. I began asking "how did you do that?", "how did you make that?", "will you teach me how?". I started this blog in hopes of sharing with you the things I learn from fellow homemakers. We can all learn so much from one another. And with help from each other we can do great things in our homes, our families, our communities, our jobs, and our churches.
It seems as though sometimes this world we live in snickers at women who chose to make their family and home responsibilties their first and foremost priority . However I think it is a position of honor that deserves respect. We should wear the title with confidence and dignity, never allowing anyone to make us feel like our role as homemaker in this world is insignificant! I hope this blog can be a resource to others and inspire you to take pride in your position as a homemaker.