Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How to make a Tasselled Pillow Cover

Want to know a secret?

My favorite color is purple. And it's nowhere to be found in my house, except in my home, except in my eldest's room—and that was her choice.

I struggle with loving purple. I tend to go the "safe" route with colors, going fairly neutral with only pops of color. But very rarely purple.  Maybe it's because I also struggle with self-confidence, and rather than taking chances, I would rather go with what makes everyone else happy. But I had a revelation the other day. This is my house. Mine, and my husband's. And no one lives here except for me, my husband, and my girls...and the cats...can cats see purple? Anyway, I love purple. My girls all like purple (although pink is a first choice). My husband's favorite color is blue, but he doesn't mind purple in small doses.

So why can't I have purple? And a fun tasselled pillow?



This is my first step into having a little purple in my (home). This little envelope pillow cover was created with a fabric scrap from my grandma and some homemade tassels. I'm loving the tassels I'm seeing everywhere in home decor, aren't you?

Anyway, from start to finish, this project can be done in a nap time. If you can sew a straight line, you can do this project.


Your fabric should be a rectangle about 2 inches wider than your pillow insert, and should overlap at least a couple of inches in length when you wrap it around the pillow insert. Hem the edge that will be the top flap of your pillow cover. I used the selvage edge for the inside edge under the envelope "flap" so I didn't have to hem that up, but if your fabric doesn't allow this, just hem that edge too. Make the hem as small as you feel comfortable with sewing.


Fold the fabric with the hemmed edge inside, like a simple envelope, right side of the fabric facing in. Your "flaps" will overlap a couple of inches. Sew up the side, making sure that your pillow insert will fit inside.


Snip the corners—this will help your corners look right when you turn it right side out. 


Turn the pillow cover right side out and make sure that your pillow insert fits. Then take the insert back out.


Make your tassels like this: wrap the thread of your choice—you will want heavy crewel type thread or lightweight yarn—around your fingers 20 full times. 


Tie a string around the strings at the top. Cut the bottom. 


Wrap string around the tassel and tie. 


Use a craft needle to insert the two ends of the top string into the corner of your pillow.


Then wonder why you haven't used tassels...or purple...before!


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Nine Spice Chicken Rub



I used to be intimidated by cooking a whole chicken. To be quite honest, I'm not a big fan of birds. I don't have a phobia, per se, but I really don't like pet birds, but then to actually deal with a whole bird...well, it took me many years of cooking to deal with a whole chicken. But then, I realized you could cook a whole bird in the crockpot and it made everything better. Five to ten minutes of prep work in the morning for a juicy bird in the evening? Sign me up. I've made a rotisserie chicken in the crockpot, and it is awesome. But recently, I wanted something different. Something with a more Asian vibe. So I started with some ginger and some cardamom...and went from there. The next thing I knew I had a 9 spice rub and it smelled amazing. It has an Indian taste to me. Smoky and a little sweet (with no sugar involved!) it took our chicken dinner to the next level. My kids and husband loved it--although it took the little ones a little convincing (they equate "spice" with "heat" in their young minds so I had to tell them this was "cool" spice!).

Here's what you need for the rub:



1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon whole coriander, crushed well (or 2 1/2 tsp  ground coriander)
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tsp celery salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


Combine all. Rub onto the skin and in the cavity of the chicken. Cook in the slow cooker for 7-8 hours on low.


You won't believe the flavor or how juicy the bird is!


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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Menu Planning Monday 2014-02-16

Wow! Last night winter really came to visit Carolina country with whistling winds and plummeting temperatures. Tomorrow, we may get the first snow of the season, so I'm looking for hearty, warm meals this week. (Don't hate on me because of the weather, please!)

I know some parts of the country are feeling pretty warm, but most of you are have cold temps where you are too...do you have any go-to recipes for the weeknights where it's really cold?



Here's my plan for the week:

Monday: Crockpot Chili, Molasses Oat Bread


Tuesday: Parmesan Pepper Sausage Penne, Salad


Wednesday: Steak Fajitas, Apples
Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner, Fruit
Friday: Chicken Enchiladas
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Italian Sausage and Bean Soup


What are you eating this week?


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Easy Wood Frame for Large Format Art

Do you have a large format piece of art that you would love to frame? A poster, a map, or even a piece of original art? Have you looked into custom framing, and fell over in shock at how much it costs? My husband had this map for years. We didn't just want to tack it up on the wall; we wanted to frame it. But at 50" x 32", it was larger than any poster frame that I could find at my local art stores. That left either an expensive custom frame or a DIY frame. We chose to DIY our frame, and I couldn't be happier with the result.



We got the idea on how to DIY our map's frame from John at Young House Love. I followed their tutorial fairly closely, so I'm not going to reiterate all the steps, since that blog did it well. I did make some changes, though:

I used 1x2 poplar. The 1x3 pine wasn't as nice as the poplar. And I cut my pieces with a simple hand saw and miter box.



Just like John, we did a butt joint at the corners, but instead of using clamps, we tag teamed it and I held the wood while my husband drilled. We also used pilot holes before we drilled the screws in.

To finish the frames, I used Minwax Rosewood stain, simply because I had it on hand. But it wasn't quite dark enough, so I used some dark wax on top of that. I like that because I was able to give it a soft shine.


Because our artwork had been rolled up for years, we used painters tape to hold it down while I stapled it with a staple gun. Then I mounted picture wire to the back with D-rings.




I love how we finally have this map up, and we only spent around $15 dollars to do it!


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