Pretty Placemat Pillow

So, I haven't posted anything in a while, but thanks you guys for sticking with me! I am so pleased to see I have 82 followers!! What the what?! And many of you leave me lovely comments too. It brings so much joy to my little heart. <3

Just because I haven't been posting doesn't mean that I have not been gettin' busy with some projects, though I must admit I've slowed down. This project I'm going to share with you today is probably not even worth posting, but I am still kind of proud of it because I sewed something. That's right. I sewed something with a sewing machine! If you all are familiar with any of my projects from the past,  then you might have noticed that I tend to use stitch witchery or other iron-on tapes. Well, NO MORE because my amazing parents gave me a big girl sewing machine as a gift. It's the real deal, folks. I should have taken a pic just to prove it. But I digress...  

The project I am sharing today is a placemat pillow I sewed for the sofa. I have seen lots of these lovely pillows around blogland, so I had to try one myself. Here it is:

All you need is...
  • 2 pretty placemats -- I bought mine from Target for $3 each.
  • Stuffing -- I got this ingenious idea from This Thrifty House. You buy an inexpensive pillow (like mine was $2 from Walmart), and then you cut it open and use the stuffing. This is usually cheaper than buying stuffing on its own.
  • Sewing supplies -- because the placemats are fairly thick, I would not recommend sewing this by hand.   
Because my placemat had pretty details on the sides, I sewed the 2 pillows together right side out, which is why the seams are visible. That may have been a mistake -- it looks sort of messy. 

Have you all made placemat pillows before? How did yours turn out?
I'm linking to...

Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions; Hookin' Up with House of Hepworths; Under $100 link party @ Beyond the Picket Fence

All the ideas and opinions expressed are my own. No monetary compensation was received for doing this post, however, I was provided with a discount code.


Easy Peasy Wall Art

Last week we were preparing for some visitors -- namely, our good friends from OK and this week my in-laws are flying in -- so I decided to do a little shopping with Christmas cash (thanks, Nana and Graddad!). Having visitors also motivated me to finish up a few projects. In particular, I created some really easy wall art for the guest bedroom. 

All it involved was some Dollar Tree frames, white spray paint, pretty scrapbook paper, and scissors to cut the paper to size.

Ta da! I'm drooling over it...mostly because it was so easy and so fast. Why didn't I do this months ago?

I also transformed these gaudy candlestick holders with some lovely silver metallic Krylon spray paint. Oh how I adore you spray paint! These candlestick holders were on clearance for $4 and $5 from Target.

Here's the before:

Now for the after:

Have you created wall art or transformed something lately? I would love to see it! Please leave a link.  :)
Linking to...
Just a Girl's Show & Share Day