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Keeping it Real ~ I Lied…Sort of

Hi! Welcome to another keeping it real post. This month, I wanted to write a follow-up post to the February keeping it real post. After I hit publish on The Truth About Being a Mom and ‘Having it All’,  I had a chance to reflect and think. I still stand by what I said. I still think it is impossible for women to have ‘it all’, but at the same time, I also sort of lied to you in the last post.

Keeping it Real - Part 2. Discussing women having it ALL. It is possible? Join the discussion. #KeepingItReal #RealCoake

Like I said, I still 100% stand by what I said in The Truth About Being a Mom and ‘Having it All’. I really don’t think women can have it all. I don’t think men can either, but I’m only talking to women and Moms at the moment.

The problem is that the more I thought about it the more I realized that while that is true. It is also true that I have ‘it all.’

Yep, I totally sound like I’m talking out of both sides of my head, don’t I? Let me explain just a bit.  View full post »

Girl Scouts Troop Event ~ Host a Pottery Night

So, you guys know of our love of Girl Scouts, right? I’ve written quite a few posts of ideas for Girl Scout activities. Today I wanted to share another with you.

Fun event for Girl Scouts or other group. Host a pottery night complete with snacks, games and painting. #GirlScouts #Activities #RealCoake

We are part of a large multi-level troop. That means we have every level of Girl Scout in our troop. I believe we started the year with over 100 girls and leaders registered with the troop. We meet on a weekly basis. Throughout the year we have fun events that are for all the levels to participate in together. Each level is responsible to plan one of these events. Last year, I was too scared as a new leader to take on this responsibility. This year, I knew I needed to step up and plan an event. It turned out to be quite easy.

The Daisy’s brainstormed their ideas. They then voted and came up with a plan. They decided to host a pottery night for the troop. It was really fun and really easy to both plan and implement. I’ve got all the details for you so you can plan a fun evening like this with your troop.  View full post »

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

  • Summer - April 16, 2014 - 2:03 pm

    Adorable! I’ve been looking for a pillow tutorial and was happy to find yours (on Sits link up).
    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Johnnie Lanier - April 18, 2014 - 11:46 am

    These pillows are beautiful! I love the fabric you used. Pinning!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Michelle - April 19, 2014 - 8:13 pm

    This is great! I love changing out decorations for the holidays! I’m thinking I should make decorative pillowcases a part of my summer to do list!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

        • KC Coake - April 16, 2014 - 8:02 pm

          Ah ha! That makes sense. Surprisingly, I’ll take feathers over hand stitching. I really don’t like hand stitching. Yet, your method seems a lot easier and less messy. :-) ReplyCancel

      • Andie - April 15, 2014 - 8:01 pm

        Great tutorial!
        I have used dental floss and a huge upholstery needle to baste two rows of stitches before I cut! Voila! No feathers!


        • KC Coake - April 16, 2014 - 8:03 pm

          I have such smart readers! You guys are so smart to come up with these ideas. Sounds like it would work really well. Now if only you could make me like hand sewing work. lol!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

  • Nancy Mueller - April 16, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    I think you have more patience than me….Looks great…

  • My Salvaged Treasures - April 18, 2014 - 1:08 am

    Wow, what a great idea. I never would have thought about cutting a pillow in half, but you made it work. Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

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

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