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Valentine's Day Pillows

I promised I would report on all of the projects I made over the weekend, so here goes. My friend Claudia spent the day with me on Saturday when we were trapped indoors by a massive snow storm (18 inches!) She is not as crazy about crafting as me (politely put, she thinks I’m a bit looney), but I managed to force her to create a few projects while she was with me.

To get in the Valentine’s Day spirit, we started with small throw pillows based on this project I’ve posted previously about. Since I was tailoring our pillows for the crafting novice (cough, Claudia, cough), we used a 12 by 12 inch piece of scrapbook paper for a basic pillow pattern. We used white fleece as the fabric and cut four squares each to make two pillows. Then, we used 5 varying shades of felt for the hearts. We used my Cricut to cut out our heart patterns. I used the Accent Essentials shape cartridge and made the largest heart 6 1/2 inches. I reduced the heart size by 1/4 inch each time I cut a new one for a total of 5 different sizes. Other than those few modifications, we just followed CraftyPod’s great tutorial.

Although she looked like she was playing tortured seamstress in a sweatshop while making them… Claudia was very pleased and proud of her final products. She also made the scarf she’s wearing, but I’ll save that for another day!

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The Modern Lady is One Month Old

Hooray for the one month anniversary of my blog! As The Modern Lady, I have posted 18 entries in the last 31 days and opened The Modern Lady store on Etsy (currently filled with aprons – oh how I love aprons). I’m so excited to see the interest grow more and more everyday and I truly appreciate all the comments to date! This blog pushes me to keep up the creativity and challenge myself at new domestic endeavors … and I only see greater things to come :)

To celebrate this momentous occasion, I wanted to highlight some posts from other bloggers that have fueled my inspiration over the last month. Here are some of my favorites:

Thank you all for sharing your talents with the world!!!

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Homemade Headbands Sent with Love

In October I went to Christmas in the Woods and saw some amazing ribbon headbands with accents. I knew it was a DIY project in the making… it was just finding the right person to craft them for me :) I’ll admit that it was probably something I could have done on my own, but I enlisted the help of my cousin Stacy instead. She is an amazingly creative person and I knew she’d whip these out in no time.

These little gems arrived in the mail shortly thereafter.

My favorite part about Stacy’s headbands was that she created several flowers for me to choose from and apply on my own. (Very thoughtful since you never know if other people have the same sense of style as you – as she so eloquently put in an enclosed note to me.)

 So, how can a girl decide on just one when there are so many beauties to choose from??? I don’t. When I want to wear a flower, or two, or three… I just sew them on. If I want to change them, I take them off. I obviously don’t sew them on very securely… but it works.

Just a little story in case your crafting for someone else and you want to add a little variety into their life; think about sending several options of your design for them to choose from.

More of Stacy’s creations are coming soon to Mia Knitwear.

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How to Make a Pillow Cover

With the New Year rung in, it’s time for the dreaded decoration deconstruction. I had a blast this year decorating my new home for Christmas and did a lot of little projects around the place to make it feel festive. Some of my favorites were the Christmas pillows I made.

 

  1. I started with 6 completed pillows in various sizes. My mom had a bunch that no longer matched her decor that she gave me to “play” with. Thus, the idea of the Christmas themed pillow covers came to mind. Covers are a great way to change your decor for the holidays or reuse something you otherwise would have given away or thrown out.  I think some Valentine’s day pillow covers might need to go into production here soon.  
  2. I then found an online tutorial for how to make a pillow cover with an invisible zipper. I’ve never made a pillow cover before but this blog post from Never Yawn had a great tutorial on this (others listed below). I used fleece for the fabric. I had a guest at our New Years Eve party tell me how much she loved them because they felt like Snuggies!  
  3. Once I was done with the covers, I created shapes and letters out of remaining fabric to attach. I did four of the circles and buttons and two with holiday phrases.
  4. I applied the cutouts by hand, sewing them on with coordinating embroidery floss. I didn’t use any fancy techniques just a simple straight stitch. I threw some buttons on the pillows with the circle design for a final touch and voilà!

Here are some other great posts on how to make a pillow cover:

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Lessons in the Domestic Arts

As a digital marketing consultant by day and a DIY craft enthusiast by night, it was just a matter of time before I got around to starting this blog. However, being the anal retentive person that I am, I needed a clean start date for my new endeavor. Bless you 2010! So, here we are … one day into the New Year and one entry down for The Modern Lady.

Why The Modern Lady? My whole life I’ve always loved the lost arts of the happy homemaker. I sew, I scrapbook, I decorate cakes, I can cook a mean pot roast and so on. But what’s amazing to me now as a 25 year old is these skills make me somewhat of an anomaly.

I got married in July ’09 along with a heap of others in our social circle and not one other wife is quite like me. A lot of them don’t do scratch cooking, almost none of them know how to bake and surprisingly enough picking out decorative elements for their home is a like a trip to the dentist’s office.  I don’t even mention that I sew or scrapbook around them for fear I’ll be treated like a leper. The worst part is that somehow knowing how to do these things makes me appear like I’m an anti-feminist with a fluff job that has nothing better to do with her time than make stupid Christmas pillows by hand.

Well, I’m putting my foot down. Cooking, baking, scrapbooking, sewing, decorating and painting, etc is not the stuff of weirdos people. Any one of the above can be learned in time and I stand by the fact that it’s therapeutic to have hobbies like these. Not to mention, you can save a TON of money by making things on your own or even sell the gems that you create! There is a reason why Etsy.com is the shit (In late December, Rob Kalin (CEO of Etsy) reported the site helped sell roughly $200 million worth of goods in 2009!).

If you aspire to be the next Martha Stewart (goddess of all things crafty) like me, keep stopping back. I can’t wait to hear from other modern ladies like me :)

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