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How I refreshed the ugliest pillows in the world!

After we moved into our new home last fall, we bought a beautiful sofa sleeper for the guest room. You know…for when the kids come and visit. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It is so comfy and although the garnet red micro suede corduroy intrigued me, I felt my future plans were to accent it beach style, so I chose the only other available shade, a coffee brown sofa. If you’ve seen my Pinterest or read any of my nail blog, you know I’m all about the beach.

Before and after! You can choose to sew on one large button in center, or several up and down front fold. It's just decoration!

Before and after! You can choose to sew on one large button in center, or several up and down front fold. It’s just decoration!

I’m sure you’ve seen a myriad of tutorials and Pinterest posts of DIYs for re-covering pillows. So many methods, so little time! LOL Here is my method. Buying heavy cotton fabric by Waverly (at Walmart), $3.97/yd, my cost for recovering two pillows came to only $5.67. I found some gorgeous buttons to finish the look, $2 ea. Not cheap, but I figured since it was so inexpensive for fabric, I could splurge on just the right button accents! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m not a seamstress and these photos are just to give you an idea how to recover a pillow with nearly 0 needlework! Let’s take a look.

Here is the ugly pillow, 1 of 2, to be recovered. Like I said, this is a brand new pillow with a zippered end. It's filled with loose batting so I am leaving this ugly duckling in tact.

Here is the ugly pillow, 1 of 2, to be recovered. Like I said, this is a brand new pillow with a zippered end. It’s filled with loose batting so I am leaving this ugly duckling in tact.

You know how exciting it is to pick out a brand new sofa, then you get it home and they all (ALL) come with the ugliest accent pillows? Yeah. You know what I’m talking about. Seriously! Why do furniture manufacturers go to all that trouble to create beautiful pieces, then choose hideous pillows to finish the look? Every. Single. Time! Here is how I fixed it. Sorry, just phone snaps here but you’ll get the idea.

Start with one ugly pillow you want to cover. If it contains loose fill or batting, I'd suggest you leave the original cover on. Unless it's stinky. LOL This one unzips but it's never been used, so I left it in place. Measure width and height to be covered. If you use a cloth seamstress measuring tape you can wrap the tape around it. Fabrics come in different widths on the bolt, ie., 45", 60", etc. I don't do math, which is why I ended up with twice the amount of fabric that I needed for two pillows! Duh, but that's ok. I have plans for the extra material.

Start with one ugly pillow you want to cover. If it contains loose fill or batting, I’d suggest you leave the original cover on. Unless it’s stinky. LOL This one unzips but it’s never been used, so I left it in place. Measure width and height to be covered. If you use a cloth seamstress measuring tape you can wrap the tape around it. Fabrics come in different widths on the bolt, ie., 45″, 60″, etc. I don’t do math, which is why I ended up with twice the amount of fabric that I needed for two pillows! Duh, but that’s ok. I have plans for the extra material.

Firmly wrap the piece of fabric around the pillow to determine placement and size. Fold over a generous amount 2-4" of fabric in center. This will become the front (or back if you wish) of the pillow. Pin in place. I like the fold on the front where I plan to sew on a decorative button(s).

Firmly wrap the piece of fabric around the pillow to determine placement and size. Fold over a generous amount 2-4″ of fabric in center. This will become the front (or back if you wish) of the pillow. Pin in place. I like the fold on the front where I plan to sew on a decorative button(s).

Using fusible bonding web of your choice (found in fabric department, cut piece to large front fold.

Using fusible bonding web of your choice (found in fabric department, cut piece to large front fold.

Place web piece between underside of fabric as close to the edge as possible before ironing. To fuse, per package instructions, cover area to be ironed with damp cloth (I use the thin cotton dish towels), set steam iron to Wool and press for 10 seconds per section. Don't slide the iron. Allow to cool, check bond, repeat if necessary.

Place web piece between underside of fabric as close to the edge as possible before ironing. To fuse, per package instructions, cover area to be ironed with damp cloth (I use the thin cotton dish towels), set steam iron to Wool and press for 10 seconds per section. Don’t slide the iron. Allow to cool, check bond, repeat if necessary.

Continue bonding top or bottom edge, leaving one opening for pillow insertion.

Continue bonding top or bottom edge, leaving one opening for pillow insertion.

Leave enough room to snugly fuse final bonding web on bottom end.

Leave enough room to snugly fuse final bonding web on bottom end.

Determine placement of pillow before fusing all ends. Leave one end of the cover to whip stitch. I pinned the edges together and stitched. Only took me about 10 minutes. It would have taken less but the needles I started out with were too thin and broke two of them. Well, I know now!

Determine placement of pillow before fusing all ends. Leave one end of the cover to whip stitch. I pinned the edges together and stitched. Only took me about 10 minutes. It would have taken less but the needles I started out with were too thin and broke two of them. Well, I know now!

Here is the piece ready for pillow insertion. Place final piece of bond tape between center folds once pillow is inserted and bond fold.

Here is the piece ready for pillow insertion. Place final piece of bond tape between center folds once pillow is inserted and bond fold.

This is where I bonded the front large fold. Don't worry, you can either iron the web with pillow in place, or leaving one end open (the one you will whip stitch) and iron in place.

This is where I bonded the front large fold. Don’t worry, you can either iron the web with pillow in place, or leaving one end open (the one you will whip stitch) and iron in place.

Finis! I plan to recover all my ugly pillows. If your pillow covers are washable, remove, launder and iron if you plan to leave in place. Unless you use the pricier indoor/outdoor patio furniture fabric, I recommend spraying your finished product with fabric protector such as Scotchguardยฎ.

Finis! I plan to recover all my ugly pillows. If your pillow covers are washable, remove, launder and iron if you plan to leave in place. Unless you use the pricier indoor/outdoor patio furniture fabric, I recommend spraying your finished product with fabric protector such as Scotchguardยฎ.

Materials Needed/Suggested:
Ugly Pillow
Fabric
Measuring tape
Scissors
Pins
Stitch Witchery by Dritzยฎ or any brand fusible bonding web/tape
Iron and ironing board or surface
Thread/needle

I’ve been working on several projects since our move. I’ve taken a few images on some of them, which I posted to my Pinterest page. So since I’ve been doing some DIY projects, I figured why not share them here on my WordPress home. Check here occasionally for my new projects, from distressing new(ish) furniture to older pieces in need of some love. Also, any other repurposing of objects that are just too boring. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks so much for reading and be sure to check out and “Pin” my other projects if they interest you! Comment and if you have suggestions to make my life easier on any projects, I heartily welcome them.

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Beach Bum by Super Nails is SO me!

When owner/creator KC, of Super Nails told me she was sending me her beach themed glitter topper, Beach Bum, my heart lept. She said she knew I was a beach girl and it would be perfect for me. She nailed it! I tell everyone I think I have sea water running through my veins and I may even be part mermaid. When I’m around the water I just feel complete. I love blues, aquas, greens and iridescent shimmers and shades. So let’s take a look at a beach bum’s Beach Bum!

Beach Bum is as mermaidy as a glitter topper can get.

Beach Bum is as mermaidy as a glitter topper can get.

Look at this glitter packed beauty. It’s like the inside of a treasure chest!

Lovely blues, aquas, stars and iridescents.

Lovely blues, aquas, stars and iridescents.

I used one shade here over a teal-leaning shimmery pale green.

Nail macro, single coat over undies.

Nail macro, single coat over undies.

KC describes Beach Bum as ” a Clear polish base with dense tiny holographic and metallic blue, teal, aqua and gold starfishes, and blue circles.”

If you’re going to the beach or just want a fun summery mani, look no further! Ooh, it would be gorgeous over a deep ocean blue for a salty sultry evening look. Yes, I’ll have to try that next time.

These come in two sizes, mini and full.

These come in two sizes, mini and full.

Imagine it on your tanned tootsies!

Imagine it on your tanned tootsies!

So grab yourself a bottle of Beach Bum and head to your own spit of sand. The formula is smooth and loaded…no fishing! Excuse that pun, I couldn’t help myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Super Nails polishes are Indie Handmade Nail Polish 5-Free Custom Blended Dense Glitter Lacquer.

Find Supernails at:
Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuperNails
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Super1Nails
Instagram: @kseagale
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These products were provided to me for review and all opinions are my own.

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A water themed mani to share!

A water themed mani to share!

As you may, or may not know, I’ve been on vacation in Florida. We have a beach condo here. Sadly, we are leaving tomorrow. It gets harder and harder to leave every time. And we bought the place in ’07! I didn’t want you to think I’d dropped off the map so I’m sharing a beachy mani with you. And maybe a couple images from our trip.

About a month ago I took a stab at a watercolor nail thanks to Nicole’s youngwildandpolished YouTube tutorial. Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• I can’t wait to do more. Polishes used were China Glaze Seahorsin Around for other nails, them for water color I used Square Hue in Beethoven Straat; Wet n Wild for the white base in Whipped Topping; Wet n Wild in Deception; and Elle Cutting Edge Emerald.

Here are a couple of images from our beach trip. And we do rent out our condo. Most of the summer is booked solid, but for future reference if you’re interested, check us out here: http://www.vrbo.com/129539 our booking calendar is always updated.

A sunset beach walk.

A sunset beach walk.

One of many shells I plucked from the ocean. No worries, all were vacant! I collected 2 and 1/2 gallons of shells this week! On my nails is Neon Heat by Orly.

One of many shells I plucked from the ocean. No worries, all were vacant! I collected 2 and 1/2 gallons of shells this week! On my nails is Neon Heat by Orly.

Every day was just like this one. Perfect! This is our view,right behind our building.

Every day was just like this one. Perfect! This is our view,right behind our building.

Every sunset is a keeper!

Every sunset is a keeper!

I love our view!

I love our view!

One day we got to cruise in a friend's boat. Sunset on the Bay.

One day we got to cruise in a friend’s boat. Sunset on the Bay.

Ahoy mateys! First Mate Copper, at your service!

Ahoy mateys! First Mate Copper, at your service!

And I’ll leave you with this. Perfect beach, perfect relaxation. What are your summer plans? ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒž

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Beach Beauties! Summer Down The Shore by Philly Loves Lacquer

Beach Beauties! Summer Down The Shore by Philly Loves Lacquer

I’ve never been to the Jersey Shore. But I’ve been to plenty of boardwalks and seaside venues. We’ve enjoyed the shores of California’s Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Huntington Beach and San Diego, to the pink sands of the Bahamas. We’ve walked the sandy white, black and tan beaches of Maui and our own sugary white sand in our backyard of Panama City Beach, Florida. So nothing sparks fonder memories than summer days collecting shells on a warm beach, or smelling hot dogs roasting on the pier. The laughing gulls and twitters of sandpipers as they rush the breaking waves are all rejuvenating to me.

Here is the first half of Summer Down The Shore Collection. From left, Love Those Wildwood Days, Watch The Tram Car Please, Under The Boardwalk and Wildwoods by The Sea!

Here is the first half of Summer Down The Shore Collection. From left, Love Those Wildwood Days, Watch The Tram Car Please, Under The Boardwalk and Wildwoods by The Sea!


From left, Meet Me at Morey's, Absecon, Island Beach and On The Way To Cape May.

From left, Meet Me at Morey’s, Absecon, Island Beach and On The Way To Cape May.


See why I knew I had to swatch this beautiful beach-inspired polish collection, from Philly Loves Lacquer named “Summer Down the Shore”, to be released June 1, 2014! Let me say I would have loved to have photographed these swatches out in the sun, but the weatherman had no such mercy on me this whole week. Dark and rainy every day up until we leave on vacation. So maybe when I get back I can update this post with some sunny views as well!

At any rate, I’m so happy to be a part of Esther’s Swatch Brigade and to present to you this beautiful collection. They will be available for purchase in full size sets, mini sets, and individual full size bottles. Esther puts her heart and soul and fondest memories into her handmade, vegan, 4-free and cruelty-free lacquers.

Island Beach

Island Beach


Island Beach: a sand colored scattered holo with a slight gold metallic sheen. Opaque in two coats.

Watch The Tram Car Please

Watch The Tram Car Please


Watch The Tram Car Please: a bright yellow crelly filled with matte and neon blue glitters in varying shapes and sizes. Two coats for layering, I used three here.

Love Those Wildwood Days

Love Those Wildwood Days


Love Those Wildwood Days: a light blue scattered holo, as blue as the skies on a clear day in Wildwood. Opaque in two coats.

Under The Boardwalk

Under The Boardwalk


Under the Boardwalk: a darker grey cream with a violet/red/green/gold shimmer. Esther made this because it reminds her of wet sand with broken seashells in it. Opaque in two coats.

Wildwoods By The Sea

Wildwoods By The Sea


Wildwoods By The Sea: a dark seafoam green scattered holo with a light gold shimmer. Opaque in two coats.

On The Way To Cape May

On The Way To Cape May


On the Way to Cape May: a bright pinkish red jelly with red and blue shimmer. It reminds Esther of the annual Cape May Strawberry Festival! Opaque in three coats.

Meet Me At Morey's

Meet Me At Morey’s


Meet Me at Morey’s: a clear based glitter topper with about 30+ different glitters in various colors, shapes and sizes. It represents all bright colorful things on Morey’s Pier in Wildwood. Can be topped over any color base or two to three coats by itself. I used one coat over On The Way To Cape May.

Absecon

Absecon


Absecon: a very light blue linear holo. Opaque in two coats. So gorgeous and delicate.

This set is the minis set, but the brushes are still perfect. I’m pretty certain both sizes will be available. With the minis, not one wonky brush in the lot. They are plenty wide enough and splay nicely for easy application. All the formulas were superb. The only shade that didn’t look good on me personally, was the crelly, Watch The Tram Car Please. I think maybe with a tan it will look better. Most of the year yellows don’t look good on me. I’m working on that, if the sun ever comes out again!

You can shore…I mean SCORE your own collection of this (on June 1st), and many more of Esther’s creations at http://phillyloveslacquer.com. Also become a follower and stay in touch with all her releases through:

Instagram,
http://instagram.com/phillyloveslacquer

Twitter, https://twitter.com/PHLovesLacquer

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/PhillyLovesLacquer

Philly Loves Lacquer is a one-woman owned and operated by Esther Fox and her business based out of Philadelphia, PA. PLL is striving to create one-of-a-kind colors and blends, taking inspiration from pieces of the place it calls home.

Here’s a little indie campaigning. I want you to know how amazed I am with indie polish makers.

As a swatcher/blogger, I can tell you I see the hard work and dedication that goes into indie polishes. There are no mechanized assembly lines, save for an occasional hubby, sons and daughters or friends. It’s always a labor of love and sacrifice. From ordering supplies to printing labels there is a lot of work behind the scenes we never see. Oh we reap the rewards of endlessly painted digits, healthy cuticles and loaded shelves of polish. We paint, photograph and paint again. It’s work, let me tell you! But I cannot even imagine the expense and time it takes these wonderful indie makers to produce all these imaginative lacquers. So go out and support an indie alchemist! They roll out amazing products and some of the “big boys” should be jealous! ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh! This is awesome! I need to mention it states on Esther’s Facebook page (because I LOVE cats) “Because Esther is a big supporter of cruelty-free cosmetics, a portion of monthly sales will be donated to a local non-profit organization called Forgotten Cats. Forgotten Cats http://www.forgottencats.org helps to provide homes for adoptable cats and kittens in the PA/NJ/DE areas, as well as finding foster parents for feral cat colonies.”

These polishes were sent to me for review and all opinions are my own.

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Catch the Beach Ball!

Beach Ball is a blast!

Beach Ball is a blast!

Beach balls and summertime were made for each other.

I don’t know about you but I’m ready for some summer weather and fun on the beach. Jamie of Glitter Lambs is awesome for capturing all the colors and shapes of her themed collections. And this one has me thinking of the beach and sun and fun. Starting with my nails!

Are you ready for the beach?

Are you ready for the beach?

Beach Ball is a clear base filled with blue hex, red hex, yellow hex and tiny white hex. Each bottle is .5 oz/15ml. Jamie suggests 1-2 coats over another color looks best and then finish it off with a clear coat for a smooth look. I thought it would be fun for you to see it over each of the colors of the glitter within. How will you wear your Beach Ball? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pick a color or all four!

Pick a color or all four!

Of course as it is with all sparkly things, we like to show you how they look closeup. With these shots you won’t even need your glasses! On the nail and in the bottle, you can see how the clear base is teaming with all the glitter you need to make your beach fingers and toes the life of the party!

Brilliant!

Brilliant!

Get your handmade beauties from Glitter Lambs at https://www.etsy.com/shop/GlitterLambsPolish.They are all handmade and there are tons of choices waiting for you! Shipping is fast and your polishes arrive safely packaged.

This polish was sent to me for review and all opinions are my own.

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