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How to Make Decorative Pillows

You may have figured out that I’m on a quest to make my house pretty and cute, but I don’t have a huge budget. That doesn’t stop me. I don’t mind a little fun crafting, sewing, or DIYing. I wanted to add a little something to our living room that made it feel like spring. I figured out a super simple pattern for decorative pillows.

Tutorial on how to make decorative pillows. This is a pattern for a simple envelope pillow cover. #Sewing #Pattern #Pillows #RealCoake

By purchasing fabric with a 40% off coupon, I was able to get a great deal on some cute and spring like fabric. I knew adding extra pillows to the living room would be a fun and easy way to change things out for each season. I didn’t want to spend a long time making these though, so I came up with an easy and quick pattern to make envelope pillow covers. I put them on the IKEA hack pillows I showed you last week.

You ready to have some fun with the seasons in your house? Let’s get to this easy sewing project. View full post »

  • Cher @ Designs by Studio C - April 14, 2014 - 6:33 pm

    Great tutorial! Really cute fabric – Love it!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - April 15, 2014 - 7:32 pm

      Thank you! My girls helped me pick out the fabric…they did good! They also tried to convince me to buy the $8,000 sewing machine. Thank goodness I resisted that idea! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth Harrell - April 15, 2014 - 12:11 am

    Your pillows look great! The fabric is a wonderful choice. I plan on making some pillows. What I’ve done is bought some stray pillows that are firm from flea markets and thrift stores. I plan to cover them with envelope back covers. For one on my bed, I put some old mix-matched pillows inside the cases that do match. :-) ReplyCancel

IKEA Hack ~ Turn 1 Pillow Into 2 Pillows

You ready for a good IKEA hack today? I love a good IKEA hack…they are so fun! Today, I’ve got a great way to get pillow forms for decorative pillows for mega cheap. You can do this with any pillow or pillow form, it doesn’t have to be from IKEA and it doesn’t have to be an official pillow form. A regular pillow for sleeping will work as well. The point is that you can make multiple decorative pillow forms in any size or shape you want for a great price! Yippee!

IKEA Hack to make two decorative pillows out of one pillow form. Easy way to get more decorative pillows for cheap. #IKEAHack #Pillows #HomeDecor #RealCoake

I love stuff like this. I get to decorate my house in a way that I love and I don’t have to spend designer prices! Love, love, love!

The pillow form from IKEA was only $6.99. It comes in two sizes, a 16×20 and a 20×20. For this project, I purchased 2 of the 16×20 size(affiliate link). I had a totally investment of $13.98 and I hoped to get 3 pillow forms with that money.

You ready….let’s do this! View full post »

  • Angie Hew-Len - April 11, 2014 - 4:12 pm

    if you had sewn two lines of stitching and cut between them you might have cut down on the mess. serge or zigzag the edges.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - April 12, 2014 - 3:36 am

    Having you been finding odd feathers for weeks afterwards?!
    I made large square, fairly flat garden cushions from an old duvet/quilt, I just chopped it into squares, doubled them up and stuffed them into covers I made – that worked pretty well. But mine was synthetic stuffing so a LOT less messy than yours!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - April 13, 2014 - 7:18 pm

      Oh, your questions cracks me up! Yes, finding feathers for a while after this. Your idea for garden cushions sounds perfect. It is ridiculous what they charge for things like that…so nice to find a much less expensive alternative! :-) ReplyCancel

  • PatinCal - April 14, 2014 - 9:38 pm

    I stitch a line by hand before cutting. It saves a lot of messReplyCancel

  • PatinCal - April 14, 2014 - 9:39 pm

    Um, make that two lines and then I cut between them.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - April 15, 2014 - 7:34 pm

      Yeah, you are the second person to mention this method. I know my pillows would have been way to full to fit and to be able to sew on my machine. Did you have the problem at all? I’m just amazed that it could work, but maybe with a less full pillow. It sounds great and super easy!ReplyCancel

      • PatinCal - April 15, 2014 - 7:41 pm

        Actually, I do the original stitching by hand–no machine involved.ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth Harrell - April 15, 2014 - 12:07 am

    What a great idea! I have a couple of forms from IKEA but they are tiny squares.ReplyCancel

American Girl Doll Clothes Patterns to Make Isabelle’s Tutu

You know we love American Girl Doll clothes patterns around my house. I found another one to show you today!

American Girl Doll Clothes Patterns to make a tutu for your doll. Perfect for the DOTY Isabelle! #AmericanGirlDoll #Sewing #Pattern #RealCoake

This pattern is to make a tutu for your doll. I’m sure if you have any AG fans in your house, you are well aware that this year the Doll of the Year is Isabelle. She loves ballet. We thought she should have a tutu. This was actually my younger daughter Pumpkin’s idea. She wanted to make a tutu for her sister for her birthday. We found a great pattern and made a tutu that Snowflake couldn’t even tell wasn’t bought at the AG store! Of course it helped that we wrapped it in an AG box, but still, you really can’t tell that it didn’t come from the AG store. I’ll share my secrets with you, so you can make your own. You ready? Let’s do this thing! View full post »

  • Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom - April 9, 2014 - 6:19 am

    Love this!! Thanks for giving me the heads up about when the post was going live. Pinned and liked on FB! Will let you know when we make our tutu–I promised my girl that she would help make it, so we’re probably going to go low/no sew. We’ll see!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - April 9, 2014 - 8:12 pm

      So glad you like it!Yes, working with your daughter, it might be more fun to go low or no sew. I did make this with my 7 year old though and she did fine. Of course I did most of the work, but whatever, she still had a great time. Have fun! Can’t wait to see yours!ReplyCancel

  • Ana Lopes - April 14, 2014 - 1:28 pm

    Adorable!!! I love this doll so much! Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Easter!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    http://www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com
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How to Cook Asparagus

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to see spring veggies at the store. Surely it must mean that spring will really come and stay for a while. This winter has been a rough one for many reasons. I’m super excited to show you this lovely spring dish as well as show you how to cook asparagus.

How to cook asparagus. #Recipe for the most delicious and perfectly cooked #asparagus. #RealCoake

Until a few years ago, when we first got a CSA food share, I didn’t really love asparagus. It seemed that most of the time when I ate it, it was rather mushy and bland. When we signed up for the CSA, I was forced to make lots of things with veggies that weren’t always my favorites. The great thing about that is that I learned how to cook a bunch of them and cook them well, so they tasted absolutely delish!

In my opinion, cooking asparagus can go wrong really quickly because you don’t want it to be too al dente but you also don’t want it to be mushy. I’ve worked up a recipe for perfectly cooked and totally delicious asparagus. Want some? Well come on…let’s get cooking. View full post »

  • Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon - April 7, 2014 - 11:42 am

    This is such a simple recipe, but oh so good.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - April 7, 2014 - 7:58 pm

      It is just that…simple and super yummy! Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Teddy - April 7, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    If you do not have an oven proof pan, what would be a good alternative, and would that change the recipe times? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - April 7, 2014 - 8:01 pm

      I’m glad you asked! Here’s how I’ve done it in the past. Put the butter in an oven safe dish. Cook the asparagus at 425 degrees for 5 minutes(make sure the oven is fully preheated). The add the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and cook under the broiler for 2 minutes. Comes out just as good (and is even slightly easier than the other version)!ReplyCancel

      • Teddy - April 8, 2014 - 7:33 am

        Thanks, KC! I actually made asparagus last night and it came out soo good! I used a pyrex baking dish and your cooking instructions worked nicely :) I also added sea salt and a dash of garlic powder. Take care!ReplyCancel

        • KC Coake - April 8, 2014 - 8:35 pm

          I’m so glad it turned out great for you! I love the idea of using sea salt and a little bit of garlic powder. Yummy additions!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - April 8, 2014 - 8:24 pm

    This is great and another version. Boil in water for about 5 minutes. Run under cold water immediately. Toss with garlic salt and sprinkle with parmesean. Great as a side or appetizers.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - April 8, 2014 - 8:55 pm

      Thanks for the tips. Maybe they will work for others, but I’ve never had good luck with boiling asparagus. It always seems to come out mushy for me. Boo! :-( ReplyCancel

  • Renee Binkley Hansen - April 10, 2014 - 12:37 am

    I am actually eating asparagus right now!! Weird!!! I usually make mine on the stove top w/ the parm cheese….have never tried finishing in the oven! I will try that next time!ReplyCancel

  • Joni - April 10, 2014 - 9:27 am

    Thanks for sharing, I am definitely adding this to my Easter menu!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - April 10, 2014 - 8:55 pm

      You are welcome! I hope you, and whomever you are sharing your Easter meal with, absolutely love the asparagus. ♥ReplyCancel

  • Wendy @ www.mamasblogcentral.com - April 11, 2014 - 10:05 am

    I Love asparagus and this just looks amazing :) I would love for you to share this on my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party :) Have a great weekend!!ReplyCancel

  • cathy - April 14, 2014 - 7:53 am

    this looks great! I love asparagus and love the way you have cooked it here! Pinned! Checking this great recipe out from Monday Funday :-)
    CathyReplyCancel

Keeping it Real – Toxins and our Children

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Seventh Generation. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating.

I’m super glad to be bringing you today’s post. This is something near and dear to my heart, that I don’t talk about often enough on this blog. Today I’m keeping it real and talking about toxins and our children.

I know I mention here and there that I don’t use spray paint or I did this a different way to try to be more eco-friendly, but I don’t usually hit you over the head with my desire to be eco-friendly and the level of my desire to be natural and organic.

Let’s just say our house is as natural and organic as we can afford on our budget. So here is the thing, I think there are way too many chemicals in our society. I think that often we don’t even think about what we are using or what it is made of. Before I started really thinking about it, I assumed that the government had my back. As I see it now, they don’t. The only person who’s got your back is yourself…and now me!:-)

Keeping it real and talking about toxins and our children. Learn how you can #FightToxins in our environment. #KeepingItReal #MC #RealCoake
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