Pillow Talk


February 27, 2012
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I am long overdue in sharing some updates for how last year’s New Diyears resolution to-do list went.  Despite my delay in updates on what went down  last year, I surprisingly got a lot of my to-do list done.  One of my checked off items is sewing new family room pillows.

I wanted to bring in the color green as an accent in my family room so I started by sewing new pillows.  I found a fun green pattern print at Joann Fabrics and bought a couple of yards, using a 40% off coupon of course, and got to work. 

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This was my first time sewing pillows from scratch since probably middle school, but I’m happy at how the results turned out.  I wanted to make sure these pillows would be durable so I sewed an insert pillow out of cheap white fabric first and then used the green fabric to make the pillow covers.  I sewed an envelope style back so the pillow inserts could be slipped out and the covers could be washed if needed.  I made sure to wash and dry the green fabric before sewing to ensure the fabric didn’t shrink during future washes.

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I think the pillows are pretty cute and they are comfy too.  I even got a pup stamp of approval.  (Although he’s giving me a look like “stop with the paparazzi, I’m trying to snooze here.”)



They do make a good make for a good napping spot.



The pillows go well with the argyle sweater pillow I sewed last winter too.

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And they match perfectly with the quatrefoil tray I painted for the family room too.



I think with these pillows, and the vintage tea towel pillow and placement pillows I made last year, I can safely cross off “sew new pillows” from my to-do list!

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Last year when my hubby turned 30, I shared the 1981 trivia quiz that I had made for his birthday party and boy am I flattered at the response!  The 1981 trivia became a big hit on Pinterest and I got many emails requesting a copy of it. But since it's 2012 now, people turning 30 this year (or celebrating their 30th school reunion or anniversary) , are born in 1982, not 1981.  So I decided to update the quiz and answers for 1982.

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To make it easier for everyone, instead of emailing me for a copy of the quiz, I've made the 1982 trivia downloadable.  The first page contains the 1982 trivia and the second page is the answer key (remember to only print one copy of the key). 

Feel free to print and use this trivia to your heart’s content, but please follow this blog first, then you can download this 1982 trivia here.  Enjoy!

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Folksy Art


February 21, 2012
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My aunt recently gave me this cute Ukrainian folk art.  The wood dolls depict a couple getting married and they are dressed in ribbons as their folksy traditional garbs.  I hung it on my small kitchen wall next to our pantry (where I previously hung our small mail sorter before upgrading to a bigger mail organization system).

I like the colorful sweet dolls and think they add some cheer to the kitchen.  And since my family has a Ukranian/Russian background,  it makes it even more special to me.

Do you collect any folksy art or show off your heritage in your home?

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I’m sure you’ve seen those “what I actually do” pictures popping up online.  I thought I’d have some fun and put one together for us home bloggers.  Check it out- what home bloggers actually do:

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Hahaha!  What do you think?  Feel free to share this around if you like my interpretation!

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How was everyone’s Valentine’s Day?  I got home from work yesterday and wanted to cook up something special for my Hubby, so I decided to make his favorite food: PIZZA!  Are we romantic or what?

Rob usually bakes up a homemade pie a few times a week (like I said, he loves pizza), so I wanted to give him a break and make a special Valentine’s Day pizza- heart shaped!  The quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, right?  So what’s faster than heart shaped food!

We use store bought whole wheat pizza dough.  I sprayed our pizza stone with non-stick cooking spray,  rolled it out the dough like usual on it, but then cut a “V” at the top and shaped the bottom into a point.  I figured the pizza would lose some of its shape while baking, so I wanted to make the heart shape extra pronounced while the dough was raw.

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Then I loaded it up with sauce, mozzarella cheese, and with a cherry tomato heart border (and mushrooms too, although they’re not in the photo below).

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I popped it into the oven at 450 degrees and waited for my heart shaped surprise.  The pizza looked great once it was done!

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Rob thought the heart shaped pizza looked great, but he was most excited about eating it!  And I must say it was delicious!

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Did you have a Valentine’s Day dinner last night?  Was it ultra-romantic like ours or did you just have a fancy meal by candle light?  Haha!

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Happy Valentine’s Day


February 14, 2012
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Happy  Valentine’s Day, friends!  Hope you get a chance to celebrate something or someone sweet in your life today.

We don’t do too much for Valentine’s Day, but my sweet hubby did get me the roses pictured above.  In fact, he is twice as nice, because he surprised me over the weekend with one bouquet of Valentine’s day roses and a second bouquet of congrats-on-your-new-job roses. 

Yep, I just started a new job that I’m pretty excited about.  But I didn’t take any time off between my old and new jobs, hence I’ve been pretty stressed and exhausted the past 2 weeks.  So in case you were wondering why you haven’t seen me blogging much, that’s why.  Hopefully I will grow accustomed to my new job, schedule, and commute and will be back in full swing soon!

But enough about that, how do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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Coat Closet Organization


February 07, 2012
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My DIY rut is finally over and I'm sure everyone will be relieved to know I've been spray painting and working on projects around here. In fact, inspiration hit me last night when I was struck to organize my messy coat closet.  If you are one of the two people who was reading this blog back in '09, even you probably wouldn't remember the coat closet organization I did back then as one of my first posts.


Since then, I upgraded the bins which hold my purses and our scarves/gloves to these much nicer and bigger ones that I picked up at AC Moore (for $4 each on sale I believe). But since then, they started to grow cramped and messy.

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And the rest of the closet was a mess too, especially with a bunch of posts-holiday returns cluttering the closet floor (I hate returning and totally procrastinate on it).

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So I got to work yesterday. Mainly because my sister brought me these hand-me-down closet bins over the weekend. They were just the kick I needed to get this closet into shape.

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On the top shelf, I loaded all of the store returns I have yet to make (don't worry, I don't usually keep a frying pan in my coat closet). I’m happy to have a dedicated spot for this now as I usually forget about returning stuff.  Now, when I grab my coat to go the the store hopefully I’ll be able to easily spot any returns I need to take with me.  The second shelf is for stashing Rob’s hats and our gloves.  These were previously in the big bins up top, but they were too hard to get to.  Instead, I placed the most used hats and gloves on the new shelves and packed away our less frequently used scarves and other stuff since we’ve been having mild winter anyway.  And the bottom shelf is for doggy stuff like his harness and maybe even a sweater or two.  I previously didn’t have a spot for my pooch’s possessions so I’m sure he’ll give his new shelf two paws up.

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With hats and gloves out of the way, I stashed away some more of my handbags into the second striped bin.  While trying to sort through my handbags I realized just how many I had and I plan to get rid of some at my next garage sale if not sooner.  I don’t think I have even used any of the big bags since that first closet photo from 2009.  Yikes!

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Here’s the much more organized coat closet now:

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It's so much easier to keep the house clean with closets are organized, don't you think?  And please someone tell me that I'm not the only one who hoards store returns and forgets about them??

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Happy Groundhog's Day!  I know Punxsutawney Phil is predicting 6 more weeks of winter, but we've been having some warm weather (for winter that is) and I'm hoping he's wrong.  January was a dud of a month for me because between catching a nasty cold and some work related stress, I didn't do much on the blog or around the house.  But here's what I did manage to accomplish in January:


(Hint: Buy holiday fabric now while it's on sale)

I might not have done much, but I did come across some great projects online. (You can also follow me on Pinterest to see some of the other stuff I came across).

Cute baskets used to organize an entryway.  


Great idea to display ticket stubs and other memories.


Beautiful grey guest room makeover. 


Gorgeous turquoise family room. I love everything about this room.


I hope you were more productive than I was in January.  Did you start the year with any projects?

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