DIY: Dish Towel turned Pillow Case

One of my weaknesses is throw pillows — I am obsessed with them (seriously, I have about 10 on my bed right now). Anthropologie, Pier 1 Imports, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Target and Etsy are some of my favorite places to find beautiful pillows. But no matter how much I love pillows in all textures, sizes and colors, I just can’t justify paying $50+ for one.

I picked up this dish towel at Anthro a few months ago and have just been holding onto it because I don’t want it to get dirty in kitchen (I can’t imagine ever actually using it on dishes). Sooo I decided to turn it into a cute pillowcase!

It was pretty easy — just a little time consuming because I sewed it by hand.

All you need is:

— A dish towel, tea towel or any fabric of your choice
— A sewing kit (needle, thread, pins)
— Pillow stuffing (You can buy polyfill at any fabric store or rip open an old pillow that you’re not in love with anymore and borrow that stuffing)

This is the dish towel — so cute, right?

First, fold the pillow over and place a few pins at the corners and around the edges, then start stitching. I chose to use colored thread because I thought it would look good with the multicolored pillows.

Once you have securely sewed the pillow case on three edges (the two longer sides and one of the shorter sides if your pillow isn’t a square), you’re ready to start stuffing. Put as much in as you want, depending on how fluffy you want the pillow to be. Sew the remaining side shut.

Ta da! Your brand-new “Anthropologie” pillow.

I had a lot of fun making the pillowcase and I’m looking forward to making more. Let me know if you try this DIY — I’d love to see how you put your own spin on it!

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Weekend Update — Beach Day

I know this weekend update is coming a week late (oops!) but this past week has been a little crazy with New Year’s Eve, traveling and getting back into the swing of things here in SF. Excuses, excuses. Anyway — last weekend, Hannah, Gawain and I took a little trip to Cannon Beach to see the coast, hit up Moe’s and (obviously) head to Bruce’s Candy Kitchen. It was the perfect day at the beach and I am SO glad we went.

Beach view

Hannah Portrait

Rachel

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Rachel + Hannah

Jumping lady!

Gawain

* Sidenote, this photo was taken when I took a wrong turn driving over to Moe’s and thought I was lost. But instead, I found the homes that get to live with this view all day & night — LUCKY.

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The Oregon coast is special (it’s definitely not “the beach” and there aren’t sailboats everywhere and people laying out) but it has its own brand of Pacific Northwest magic that I have loved my whole life.

 

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I am so excited to have a week and a half off of work that I get to spend in Portland with my family. All I plan on doing is shopping around, watching movies, baking Christmas cookies, maybe doing a little shopping and spending a lot of time with my kitties. Okay, I guess that’s still a lot of stuff…but I guess the point is that it will be relaxing.

I hope that everyone gets to enjoy a cozy “winter break” with friends and family wherever home may be!

Gettin' Cozy

[Archipelago Botanicals Charleston Candle, $12; Frends White Leather/Rose Gold Layla Headphones, $190; Rocky Zip Hoodie Eco True Military, $50; Shoe Dazzle Holiday Shop; Pom Beanie, $38; Jack Wills Lulu Sock, $29.50; “Wild: From Last to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, $25; UGG Australia ‘Cozy’ Knit Slipper, $120; The Punchline, $199; Optic Arrowhead Throw, $40.]

DIY: Mason Jar Glitter Globes

I went to a White Elephant gift exchange last week and could not decide what I wanted to bring as a gift. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, didn’t want it to seem cheap and wanted it to feel special.

I ended up deciding to make two snow globes out of mason jars to give as my gift. You can buy these at Anthropologie for $12-28, or make them yourself for around $7! I have made a couple of these before, and they’re really easy. It only takes about 15 minutes (including the glue drying time) so these would also be a great last-minute holiday gift.

All you need is:

– A mason jar (or two!)
– Some hot glue or super glue – whichever you prefer
– Glitter — I think it’s best to use a mixture of chunky and finer glitter
– I picked up some pinecone ornaments at Walgreens, but you can use anything you want
– Glycerin

glitter globe essentials

First, attach the pinecone (or mini tree, disco ball, candy cane…whatever) to the lid of the mason jar. I used hot glue just because that’s my glue of choice — I seriously use it for everything — but you could also use super glue if you have that lying around.

Attach the Pinecone

Pour the glitter into jar. I put a healthy mixture of colors and sizes (big gold flakes, white, bright fuchsia, teal, etc., etc., etc.,) My favorite glitter is the Martha Stewart collection that you can get at Michaels, and Spectra gold glitter that you can get at any craft store.

Glitter!

Fill the jar with water up to about half an inch from the top, and then pour in a DROP of glycerine. Literally — just a drop. If you put in more, your glitter will be too float-y (is that a word? I don’t know…) and clump together. The glycerine is what makes the glitter gently float down to the bottom and swirl around.

Sidenote — I have yet to find a tutorial for these globes that tells you where to find glycerin/what it is used for. So, I’ll tell you. Glycerine has a wide variety of uses, but the main one (and the section of the drugstore that you’ll probably find it in) is as a laxative. Be sure to buy the pure liquid glycerine, not the pills, so you can just put a drop of it into the water. It was just slightly awkward standing in line at the crowded Walgreens on my way home from work buying laxatives, but whatever — there are weirder things in San Francisco I guess!

Fill 'er up

Glitter!!

just love the glitter

Place the top on (given that the glue has dried) and then screw the lid on. Make sure it’s tight, and shake it up!

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Ta da! Beautiful mason jar glitter globes!

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I spray painted the lids of a few of the other ones I made gold but decided to leave these ones silver. I think it’s nice to see something pretty when you turn it upside down to shake it.

Let me know if you decide to give these a try. I’d love to see how yours turn out!

glitter globe process

Gifts for Girlfriends (that won’t break the bank!)

If the short amount of time between Halloween and Thanksgiving is any indication of how quickly December will speed by, I need to start doing some major Christmas shopping. Unfortunately, I don’t have a ton of extra cash to spend on my pals this year (I wish I could buy them all a puppy, a plane ticket to Fiji and an unlimited Starbucks gift card…someday, maybe?) so I’ve been doing some research into fab presents that aren’t going to set me back a whole paycheck. I’m a big believer that hand made gifts are the best gifts, but who doesn’t love to get ‘er done in two hours at the mall?

Here are some gifts ideas for your GFs (or yourself – whatevs!) that aren’t going to force you to live off of Top Ramen for the next month:

 

[Paper Gem Coasters, $20; Silverware Print, $9; Liberty Crystal Braid Bracelet, $39.50; Sephora by OPI Its Real 14K Gold Top Coat, $15; Friendship Bracelet, $30; Chevron Frame, $28; Home Is Where My Cat Is Print, $15; Monogram Notecards, $18; Mini Ban.do Heart, $10; Market Tote, $25; Printed Backup Battery for iPhone, $39.50; Floral Perpetual Weekly Planner, $17.95; The Studio Sweater, $44.95; Sea Gleam Hurricane Candle Votive, $18.]