Category Archives: Sewing

Living in a White Box: Personalized Pillows

For the entire time I’ve lived on my own, it’s been in an apartment. Throughout these 16 years, I’ve tried many methods of decorating within the limits of a rented home. One method has proven to be a winner time & time again: decorating with pillows.

Pillows are a simple yet significant way to add color, pattern, and texture to your space. But my favorite aspect of pillows is how they allow you to personalize your space. I love to decorate with unique items and pillows are one way I’ve achieved this.

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Read along for different ideas on how to customize your rented (or permanent!) home with pillows.

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Blissfully Bohemian Bedroom Makeover

There isn’t much that rivals the feeling of completing a room makeover. That feeling of relief, contentment, and accomplishment once everything is all set in place… priceless.

Of course, if you also have Multiple Project Personality, then you’ve already started a new project before finishing your grand makeover. (See Diary of a Home Office Makeover for more info on that.)

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Nevertheless, I’m pleased to announce my beachy bohemian bedroom makeover is finally done. Continue reading to check it out!

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Living in a White Box: Mini-Blind Madness

Welcome to my blog series, Living in a White Box! This series is all about how to make the most out of your rental home, AKA the “white box.” Many of us who rent cannot make changes like home-owners can, which makes it challenging to put a personal stamp on our space.

Today’s post is all about Mini-Blind Madness. This disease affects those of us who rent homes that come with mini-blinds, those of us who select blinds to save money, and those of us who use settle with mini-blinds because we lack inspiration. Symptoms of Mini-Blind Madness include frustration, boredom, and compulsive usage of mini-blinds for every window of the home.

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Thankfully, there is a cure. Read along for inspiring methods you can use to treat Mini-Blind Madness plus tutorials on how to rid your home of this disease.

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Flashback Friday: Child’s Poncho Pattern

Today’s flashback is brought to you by a gift I made for my niece a couple years ago: a fleece poncho. This DIY project is fairly simple and is perfect if you’re looking to give homemade gifts this Christmas. I created this pattern for a child’s poncho, but it can be altered to a larger person by increasing the measurements accordingly.

Learn how to sew this poncho by clicking this link or the image below:

DIY Child Poncho Pattern and Tutorial fleece sewing pink brown hearts pom pom trim

This poncho is great for those warmer winter days, snuggling at home, or as a future present when the weather warms up. It can easily be converted for an adult by using different measurements. Feel free to comment if you have any questions or feedback.

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Flashback Friday: DIY Felt & Fabric Gift Card Holders

For the next month or so, I’ll be highlighting some favorite past projects each Friday. Since I’m preparing to move again, I won’t have time to prepare new blog material. To post something new in the midst of all the purging & packing I’m doing would be sheer madness—and I already have enough of that to go around. :)

Today’s flashback is quite apropos for the holiday season. These gift card holders can be made for any occasion, but I like them best for Christmas because there’s so many cool holiday fabrics out there right now.

Learn how to make these gift card holders by clicking this link or the image below:

DIY Felt and Fabric Gift Card Holder Tutorial

Because gift cards can feel impersonal to the gift-giver, these holders are great because you can customize them to each person. The first year I made these, I made one for my sister with purple felt (her fave color) and zebra-print fabric. She loved it so much she reused her holder as a wallet. Plus, these DIY holders allow you a chance to infuse some hand-made love into your gifts.

These holders are really easy and would be a great project for children too! Feel free to comment if you have any questions or feedback.

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DIY Tutorial: Ikat Fabric

Do you ever see a current decor trend or accessory and think, “I wish I could just make that myself to save money”? Or, “I love this but I wish it came in a different color”?

Ikat has been on the scene for a while now, but it’s still going strong. If you love the textured patterns of ikat but can’t afford the real deal (or want to save money instead of buying the printed versions)—I’m here to help.

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Follow along for my tutorial on creating your own ikat-patterned fabric.

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My Perfectly Pink Balcony Makeover

A few months ago, I decided to re-decorate my outdoor space with a new color scheme: pink. pink coral salmon red black white patio balcony outdoor space makeover container garden flamingo tropical Indian brick   patio chair folding table painted tray henna candles votives lantern sisal rope coasters mandevilla duck canvas fabric paint box cushion cover envelope pillow cover quatrefoil

This makeover had to be done with just the right shades of pink that would coordinate with the brick walls of my balcony. Pink can be a tricky color to decorate with in an adult space. Ironically, my muse for this makeover was my favorite animal as a child: the flamingo.

Read along to find out how I achieved the perfect shade of pink for my brick balcony, check out my new container garden, and how I coordinated everything with a tropical and India-inspired style.

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How to be a DIY Fashionista: Sew Your Own Purses and Totes

Occasionally I like to immerse myself into creative fashion projects. My style is fairly classic, so I love to accessorize with unique items. Sewing your own purses allows you to show off your creativity and personalize your outfits with a one-of-a-kind accessory. Another benefit is you get to add some sewing skills under your belt. And perhaps the best part of all– they’re cheap to make!

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7 Tips for Creating a Sacred Space in Your Home

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You look forward to yoga class every week because of the serenity it gives your mind and body. You come home feeling like you’re walking on air and nothing else matters… but that feeling goes away the next day as you take on the world again.

Each Sunday, you and your significant other enjoy the affirmation and renewal you receive at church. You leave feeling stronger and better equipped to handle life’s challenges. But somehow, that energy leaves your mind and spirit during the rest of your week.

You have one of the toughest jobs in the world: being a parent. It’s a very rewarding position, but you look forward to every chance you get to have peace and quiet. Those are your moments to unwind and give yourself some much needed attention…if you could find a place amidst all the toys and games scattered about.

Taking time out for our spirit is as necessary as eating well and keeping a peaceful mind. We have areas of our home designated for specific purposes: cooking, eating, sleeping, beautifying, creating… but how many of us make sure to include a sacred space for regular practice?

Read on for my tips on creating a sacred space or reviving the space you already have in your home.

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Living Room Makeover with Mod & Moroccan Decor

It took a few months to complete my living room make-over, but it is finally ready for sharing:


My living room was previously styled in turquoise (my favorite color) but I decided a change was needed. This makeover was primarily accomplished by updating existing accessories and furniture. Come take a look at how I turned my living room/home office into a peaceful yet enjoyable place with a neutral color scheme.

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