As I mentioned in my tote bag to pillow conversion post, I’m making over most of the throw pillows in my house by sewing new covers. But I’ve had trouble finding fabric I want to use for covers in my local fabric stores, so I’ve gotten creative with fabric sources. This marble-print pillow is actually made from a placemat.
It’s really starting to feel like summer is coming to an end here in Portland. The nights are getting cooler, the days aren’t quite so scorching, and there’s even rain in the forecast (good, ’cause we need it!) That means no more beach days, but we can still pretend it’s summer with this coconut sea salt hair spray. Spray it in your hair for textured, beachy waves, plus a lovely coconut scent. Now close your eyes, and imagine you’re on the beach. Repeat all winter.
Hello friends. Sorry to be a downer, but this has been a hard week for me. It was my birthday on Tuesday, and ash rained down on my city and blocked out the sun as the beautiful Columbia River Gorge burned. I grew up visiting the gorge’s waterfalls and trails, and taking it for granted that they would always be there. Hiking to the top of Multnomah Falls is one of my earliest memories. So this hurts, and combined with the DACA decision on Tuesday, I was in no mood to celebrate. So I didn’t. Instead I wrote emails to my state legislative representatives asking them to ban fireworks (teens with fireworks started the fire in the gorge). This too shall pass, and feeling sad about it does nobody any good, so I’ll be trying to cheer myself up this weekend. What are your favorite ways to lighten your mood?
Need a weekend project? This DIY upholstered bench looks easy and stylish.
Making this vegan tzatziki as soon as my garden provides a cucumber or two.
Wow, this DIY beaded chandelier is stunning.
This fun, colorful house tour is just filled with inspiration.
Right now I have throw pillows on my mind, and these leaf-print ones sure are cute.
A smart trick I’ll be using the next time I fly.
Urban Outfitters is having a big furniture sale right now, and I love these pink folding chairs, this adorable table, and all of the velvet sofas.
Recently I decided that I’m tired of the majority of my throw pillows. There’s nothing wrong with most of them, but my tastes have changed, so I’m going to be making a bunch of new pillows, starting with this tote bag to pillow conversion. It’s a great way to upcycle an unused tote bag, and because the sides are already sewn for you, you could even do it without a sewing machine. Here’s the before and after:
Cute either way, but a bit more useful to me as a pillow. If you have a tote bag you don’t use but like the graphics on, this is a way to give it a new life.
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