Saturday, July 31, 2010

The T-Shirt Pillow Project

Posted by PicasaOkay, admit it, your kids have tons of t-shirts you don't know what to do with. I can't be the only one who feels like I'm drowning in these things. Every sports team, camp, special event all seemed to be marked by a t-shirt. And then the kids grow.

Some of the shirts are not ones I wanted to get rid of. They had a special meaning for us and I didn't want to just put them out in the next clothing drive. So, I came upon a really easy project.

T-shirt pillows.

Material needed:
sewing machine
needle and thread.
ruler and pencil

1) Turn t-shirt inside out
2) Using ruler and pencil draw a square or rectangle that encompasses the design on the t-shirt
3) Using sewing machine stitch along those lines, leaving a space a couple of inches big for stuffing purposes,
4) Turn pillow right-side out. Stuff sleeves and other extra t-shirt material inside pillow.
5) Use stuffing to get the pillow to the plumpness you want it.
6) Sew up opening.

And that's it. Quick and easy and cute!

(some of the pillows in the picture have not been stuffed yet - which is why they look a little limp)

Friday, July 30, 2010

Five on a Friday

Okay, if I'm going to get my act together on blogging, I need to blog once in awhile. So, here are five random things on a Friday.

1) I've decided to start a new story. I have no outline, no plan and no title. Only the vague idea that it should have a quest and supernatural elements. The file is very originally called "new" and so far I have 7000 words.

2) Took my daughter to the doctor to see if we can pinpoint the cause of her wrist pain. X-rays weren't conclusive, so we had to schedule an MRI. Fun summer activities to be sure!

3) Went to Runaway Rapids with the kids and their cousins. The kids had a blast!

4) Yesterday we made a stop at the library. My daughter said she would return a couple of things, but wouldn't get anything out. She took out Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty, Maureen Johnson's Scarlett Fever, The Lord of the Rings and a graphic novel of Robin Hood. Good thing she didn't want any books.

5) And I've begun making a quilt.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Blogging Again

Summer is a time to kick back and relax, right? And I guess you could say that kind of relaxing spread on over to my blogs where there has been less than little activity going on. But that is going to change.

Starting with today.

And today I'm blogging over at YA Authors You've Never Heard Of. It's a great new venture put together by Christine Norris. So if you head over there you can find out why I'm not famous even though I had a book published (It's because Oprah doesn't have my number).