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Pillowcase with Piping Tutorial

This tutorial is a bit advanced, but not that hard to master.  This was only my second attempt at making a pillow with piped edges and I think it came out really well.  I'm in the process (or should I say, I'm constantly in the process) of redecorating my apartment living room....

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Vintage Linen Throw Pillows

I'm always looking for new ways to decorate my home without spending a lot of money and without buying cheap, boring crap from big box stores.  By the time I've made it to the "Shabby Chic" throw pillows manufactured in China at Pottery Barn I'm ready to pop a Cyanide pill.  I know I'm being a little overly dramatic, but I have felt this way about decorating spaces since I was a child.  I just think it is so much more fun and satisfying to make your own, one-of-kind decorations.  These throw pillows could not be easier to make.  I picked up some gorgeous vintage linens from the thrift store and cut them up to make these pillows.  Don't you think they add so much to this bed?   I'd love to see what you've made for your home.  Please add some pictures if your one-of-a-kind decorations to the comments section.

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Personalized Tea Towel

Alright friends, we are officially waist deep into wedding season.  Have you already spent all your extra cash on gelato makers and Keurigs?  Does it sadden you that the happy couple will be able to make 20 different kinds of hot beverages but will inevitably forget who gave them that ability?  Why not skip the impersonal gifts this wedding season and show your friends just how much you really care for them.  I made this personalized tea towel for my friends Christine and Sam who are tying the knot in a couple of weeks.  Sam is at least 2 feet taller than Christine and they have have an adorable golden retriever named Hank.  While the embroidery of the couple is stylized, I tried to make it as personal as possible by reflecting their family and including the first initial of their last name.  Check out my tutorial if you want to create something similar for your family or friends. 

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Leaf Printed Pillows

I've been waiting all winter for the leaves of the trees in my backyard to come to life so I could make these leaf printed pillows.  I bought these pillows at Ikea to dress up my bed and instantly knew that they needed something more.  They were just so cold, drab, well-- Ikea like.  I was initially going to silk screen a leaf pattern onto them, but I discovered printing with a brayer recently and thought it might be a lot easier than going to all the trouble of making a screen.  I'm so pleased with the way they turned out!  Here is a tutorial on printing using a brayer.  

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Monogrammed Dinner Napkins

Ok people.  It's officially wedding season and that means you have a lot of gifts to start buying.  You have a couple of options.  Look at the couple's registry and buy them some lame pasta strainer that they will never remember that you bought them and will probably end up in a garage sale in five years.  Or, you could go online and try to find a personalized, one of a kind present that will end up costing you so much that you won't be able to afford to attend the wedding.  Or, you can do it the Life is Made way and make them a personalized, one of a kind present that they will cherish forever.   

I'm going to begin the wedding season with a great tutorial on making monogrammed dinner napkins, but over the next month I will be putting up a couple more tutorials for making unique wedding presents, so please stay tuned!

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Handmade Linen Curtains

This post isn’t a tutorial on making curtains.  It is inspiration for the seamstress in all of you to make your own curtains instead of settling for the boring old curtains at Bed Bath and Beyond.  Curtains require almost no special knowledge of sewing and hardly any skill.  All you need is some beautiful fabric, a sewing machine and the ability to sew a hem.  

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Quilted Round Pillow Tutorial

Not long after my baby was born, my husband and I decided to build a cabin in upstate New York.  We live in Brooklyn and felt that baby really needed to have a space in nature to call her own.  Our cabin was completed about a month and half ago and I’ve been working my fingers to the bone making curtains, pillows, art, refinishing and painting furniture and decorating the cabin.  For baby’s room I decided to do a handmade Holly Hobbie theme.  Pictures of the completed room will be coming along with some new tutorials;  Here is a quick tutorial on making a round pillow perfect for breast or bottle feeding on a rocking chair.

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