I Made It! Monday Linky Week 37

Well, I’m still on the East Coast. In New York currently. But I’ll be headed back home to Oregon on Wednesday. And back to some creating. I should have received some fabric in the mail. ;)

Last week we had a lot of great links. It was fun looking through them. One that really stood out to me was this:

This is a super cute French Knot pillow by The Secret Life of D. She posts about her inspiration for the pillow as well as her variations. She makes it look so stinkin’ simple. You could probably make up a half dozen of these pretty quick.

On to this week. What’s everybody been up to? 

A few guidelines:

1. Please follow my blog. It’s a great way to find out when to link up next week.
2. Keep it family-friendly. I reserve the right to delete links.
3. Make sure it’s something you’ve created and not just some random thing.
4. Post the button somewhere on your blog, if you would. Help get the word out!


5. Have fun! Visit some of the other blogs and share some comment love. Be inspired.

DIY Ribbon Pillow Tutorial

Up until last winter I didn’t even know how to sew a button. If I got a tear in something or lost a button, I just got a new item of clothing.

But I got tired of not being able to find clothes that I liked and that fit. So I decided to learn to sew, so I could make my own clothes. That led to me learning to make various other items for around the house, like this pillow.

I developed this idea after seeing a little girl’s dress that had a cute little ribbon and buttonhole detailing around the collar. I wanted to use that same look for other things. Here are the directions for making your own. This project is great because you can change up the ribbon to match your decor.

Gather your materials:

(1) 17″x17″ piece of muslin
(2) 17″x10.5″ pieces of muslin
(2) 24″x7/8″ pieces of ribbon
polyester stuffing
(the muslin pieces can easily be cut out of 1 yard of fabric)

On each of the smaller muslin pieces, fold down 2″ on the long edge and press. They should now be 17″x8.5″.

Along the raw edge use a decorative stitch or zigzag, depending on your machine’s capabilities. This will secure the folded section. Repeat for the other small muslin piece.

Place a ruler along the edge of these pieces. Mark a 1″ line at the 3″, 6″, 11″, and 14″ spots, in between the fold and decorative stitch. Repeat for the other small piece.

Use your machine’s button hole function to sew a buttonhole over each of these lines. Carefully tear out the center using a seam ripper. Repeat for the other small piece.

Attach the two smaller pieces to each other, both pieces right side up. Carefully line up the buttonholes on each piece. Pin together, so you don’t lose the placement.

Now lay the ribbons over the buttonholes. Leave a small section hanging out on the edges. Lay the large muslin piece right side down over the ribbon. Pin together.

Sew all around the edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Clip the corners and turn through the center gap. Poke out the corners. Fill with stuffing.

Run the ribbon through the button holes. You will probably need to push the stuffing and pull the two front pieces a little bit to get the placement correct.

Finish with a little decorative knot or a bow. If you would like longer tails on the bow, make your ribbon pieces longer.

Thanks for letting me share this easy project with you!

I Made It! Monday Linky Week 36

Well, I’m on the East Coast right now and having a blast. No creativity on my side, though. Hope you all have been up to something fun. How about this week’s feature?

My husband and I love just about anything with pasta, bacon, and spinach. This recipe from Katherines Corner looks amazingly delicious. I’ll definitely have to try it out sometime.

A few guidelines for this week:

1. Please follow my blog. That way you know when to link up next week.
2. Keep it family-friendly. I reserve the right to delete links.
3. Make sure it’s something you’ve created and link to the specific post.
4. Post my button somewhere on your blog, and let’s grow this thing!


5. Have some fun and visit other projects on the list. Sharing thoughtful comments is a great way to build your own readership.

Review: Glass Peace

Recently, Glass Peace sent me a beautiful necklace. It is a company that produces lovely handblown glass jewelry and more.

It’s a wonderfully made handblown glass pendant with a delicate flower inside. I love the intricate beauty of this pendant. I have been wearing it with absolutely everything.

Also included with the necklace was a little instruction card on the slipknot necklace the pendant was attached to. Very useful.

All of this came in a gorgeous little box. It was readily evident that these artisans care about their craft and put a little bit of themselves into each and every creation.

Isn’t it beautiful? It is a tiny work of art in and of itself. What a delightful accessory for every outfit.

The work is outstanding and demonstrates a decided talent as well as 15 years of combined experience. Each piece is made at their workshop in Gig Harbor, Washington. (and yes, I’m biased, but yay! for the Pacific Northwest)

Be sure and visit their site to pick up your own gorgeous work of art. Use coupon code 9THST for 25% off. And like Glass Peace on Facebook for details on other promotions.

Disclosure: I was sent a product for review. I was not otherwise compensated. These opinions are 100% my own.

Curried Potato Salad Recipe

I love potato salad. But I hate to just always make the same-old, same-old. So I’m excited to share with you this recipe for a new take on potato salad. It’s simple to make but packs a powerful flavor punch. Replacing some of the mayonnaise with yogurt cuts calories and adds a tangy flavor. Celery provides a tasty crunch.

Curried Potato Salad

5 pounds red potatoes
3 eggs hard-boiled
2 ribs celery
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon turmeric
salt and pepper to taste

1. Cut potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Boil until tender. Drain and cool.
2. Chop eggs and celery and add to potatoes.
3. Mix potatoes and eggs with yogurt, mayonnaise, and spices.
4. Chill until time to serve.