Crafting extravaganza before back surgery

This weekend I had a visitor from out of town. My good friend Jodi (who lives about 2 hours away) came to hang out and we made some super cute stuff for her new house that she’s moving into next month. We both came up with the ideas from a few of our favorite crafting blogs, she helped cut and pin everything, and I sewed it all together.We had a great little system going and sewed for pretty much 24 hours straight to get everything done before she had to head back home. So here’s how it went down!

We started by making some basic pillow cases. Sounds simple enough, right? It took us while to measure, cut, fold, and re-fold to figure out exactly what we had to do to make the pillow case work. You’d think a basic rectangle sewn together would be a no-brainer, but we had to rethink things a few times before actually sewing it (and then I started sewing on the folded side instead of the cut side of course! haha) Ok, ok, I only had to use the seam ripper once! But we finally figured it out and made some super cute polka dot pillow cases for Jodi’s bedroom.

Success! We did it! We were SO proud of ourselves for making these.
Then we moved on to the curtains. These were pretty easy to make, but they just required a lot of careful measuring and cutting  because we had to repeat it six times for three windows in Jodi’s new house.
We started with some basic curtains we found at Ross for $6.99 each…what a steal!
Then we added some plain brown and a floral print fabric to the bottoms that we cut shorter



Pinning the fabric on to the bottom of the curtains





These turned out better than we had imagined!


And the finished product! They turned out so cute. Not bad for some plain $7 curtains, huh?

After the success of the curtains we headed to bed at about 2am, slept in the next day, and then got started on day two of our craft making. Our next project was to make some throw pillows for Jodi’s bedroom. We got some great pillow ideas from our favorite blog Make it and Love It. Ashley has some amazing ideas on there and I had been wanting to make some of her pillows for a long time, so I was so happy that Jodi helped me fulfill a crafting dream! We started off with the fabric flower pillows.
 Here are the finished fabric flowers! Cute

Jodi had the brilliant idea of adding buttons to them!


Super cute right? Good call on the buttons!


More buttons on these? But of course!


The damask button on the big red flower is the best one! These turned out so beautifully


Our first two throw pillows…so proud of ourselves!

After that we moved on to the pillows with ties that we found here on her blog.



Trying to figure out how to tie the bow…tricky little bugger




Jodi made up the red pillow with the button in the front…she was definitely in her creative groove

And here’s the entire bed set after we finished. We made the red pillow cases in the back, added the red stripe to the plain white pillow cases in front of the red ones, and we hand made all of the throw pillows on here. The only thing we didn’t make was the comforter. (which, by the way, is adorable and matches everything perfectly!)




Cute right? I only wish this stuff was all mine to keep! I guess I’ll just have to make my own 🙂
After the bed set was finished we still had the wall hangings to make, which I talked about before here in one of my previous blogs. These were super easy to make and matched the curtains we made for Jodi’s living room. She’s going to cluster the wall hangings to make a collage. It’s going to be so pretty.
I can’t wait for my friend to get all moved in to her new house and decorate with her new stuff we made! I should also add that she’s pregnant and expecting her first little boy, Cooper, in May, so we’ve also got a baby room to decorate as well later on. Look for that in another blog, because I’ve got a lot of ideas in my head for little Cooper’s bedroom! Maybe some handmade baby shower gifts? We shall see.
So that was my busy (but fun!) weekend and I’m so glad that I got to spend it with my good friend and got to share some ideas with her and she learned a little about sewing at the same time. I’m so glad I got to get some of that creative energy out of my system when I did, because now as I type this I’m on bed rest.
 I finally had my back surgery yesterday, which is also why there was no Must-Have Monday yesterday. Back surgery at the age of 26 is not fun, but I’m hoping this is going to fix me. Like I stated in my blog before, I’ve had a herniated disc in my lower back for about 6 months now. Yesterday I had surgical procedure called a microdiscectomy, where they basically go in, drill through the bone, and cut out the part of the disc in my spine that is bulging out and pressing on my sciatic nerve. Sounds scary, right? It was. I had never had stitches or a broken bone before, and the only time I’d ever been hospitalized was for childbirth. The idea of the anesthesia is what freaked me out the most, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I’m home now, typing up this blog on my laptop in the peaceful quietness in my bedroom while my husband wrangles my kids and tries to get them into bed. He’s going back to work tomorrow, so this is my last chance to fully rest before I have to get back to my daily mommy routine (though I’ve been ordered to do no cleaning or lifting of any kind, so all household chores are off limits at least for a week). Basically I can lay on the couch and only get up to go to the bathroom or get myself or my kids something to eat. So I’ll end this blog here so that I can get a few more hours of rest and hopefully I make it through tomorrow on my own with the kids. Hopefully next week I’ll be back to my regular blogging routine too and have a really great Must-Have Monday ready for you! Thanks 🙂