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Saggy Sofa Makeover

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A sofa makeover -Saggy Sofa begone! This is my favorite  sectional sofa.  We had it custom made about 12 years ago.  It has moved with us through 3 houses and the fabric is in great shape.  After all the moves and two children later it was looking all saggy and sad.  That is when I had the brilliant idea to fluff up the cushions with Poly-Fil fiber stuffing and give her a makeover.  I use polyfil  all the time to make pillows so why couldn’t I use it to fluff mine up.  I ordered a 10 pound box.  I gasped when it arrived, thinking I would have enough to last me years.  But the back cushions were very sad and saggy indeed.  One of the back pillows was so hard and lumpy that I tossed the entire thing and added all new.  It was 100 times better than before.  Honestly I did not realize how uncomfortable the sofa had become.

 

If you look in the picture below you can see the height difference the new fiberfill added.  I have a little wooden trunk that sits on the shelf behind the couch.   After I added the poly-fil the cushions were about 3 inches taller and happier. No camera trickery.  That is how flat they had become.

sagggy sectional sofa cornerrestuffed cushions
Below is a corner view of the couch. with one pillow stuffed and fluffed and the other waiting to be.  I was so surprised at the difference.

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On my sofa the cushions are attached to the back and the zipper was on the bottom.  I had to remove the bottom cushions to fill up the pillows.  Each sofa is different.  While I had the cushions off I took the time to vacuum.  I made a $1.72, found 3 missing socks and a My Little Pony.   It was a good day.  Nothing gross or scary.

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After stuffing them all up and placing the bottom cushions back into the sofa the difference in height was amazing to me.

finished sofa full view

Next up on my list is to make some pillows for this room. I would love suggestions from you. Please leave an idea or two in the comments.

03 - Amuse Your Bouche - Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

10 Tasty Fall Recipes

That familiar chill is starting to appear in the air. Jackets are being pulled out of the closet and sundown gets earlier and earlier. Fall is definitely heading our way and that means it is time to starting thinking about all the delicious foods that fall brings like apples, pumpkin and squash. Here are ten tasty fall recipes so you can get your kitchen stocked for those cool, fall nights.

With the feeling of fall in the air, it is the perfect time to try out one of these 10 fall recipes.

Slow Cooker Post Roast from A Pumpkin and a Princess
01 - A Pumpkin and a Princess - Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Stuffed Acorn Squash from Just Us Four
02 - Just Us Four - Stuffed Acorn Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad from Amuse Your Bouche
03 - Amuse Your Bouche - Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Pumpkin Pasta with Bacon from Dizzy, Busy and Hungry
04 - Dizzy Busy and Hungry - Pumpkin Pasta with Bacon

Crockpot Applesauce BBQ Chicken from Who Needs a Cape
05 - Who Needs a Cape - Crockpot Applesauce Chicken

Barley Mushroom Bake from Future Expat
06 - Future Expat - Barley Mushroom Bake

Spicy Pumpkin Chii from Foods, Folks and Fun
07 - Food Folks and Fun - Spicy Pumpkin Chili

Butternut Squash Risotto from Handmade in the Heartland
08 - Handmade in the Heartland - Butternut Squash Risotto

Sausage Corn Bisque from Sweet Pennies from Heaven
09 - Sweet Pennies from Heaven - Sausage Corn Bisque

Roasted Squash Lasagna from Amuse Your Bouche
10 - Amuse Your Bouche - Roasted Squash Lasagna

What are your favorite fall foods? Are you ready to start whipping up warm soups and delicious pumpkin recipes?

DIY SKUNK Mask with Olyfun

Halloween Mask and Costume Blog Hop

80+ blog buddies got together to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes and masks. I’m teaming up with Jamie Dorobek and her handmade Halloween costume site, Really Awesome Costumes to bring y’all tons of easy ideas to craft up DIY Halloween costumes and Halloween masks for everyone including your pets, family costumes, and even a trunk or treat idea!

Along with my adorable skunk Halloween mask, I’m sharing 88+ more really awesome handmade costume ideas from talented bloggers everywhere!

101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

 Halloween Mask a Skunk with Oly-fun

My daughter is into woodland creatures this year and I have made a variety of masks so she can play dress up.  I have used the same template for all of them and changed up the embellishments just a little. This is the skunk and I posted a badger the other day.   I have a cow and a raccoon coming soon.

DIY SKUNK Mask with Olyfun

To make the Skunk Halloween Mask you will need:

  • sewing machine or fabric glue
  • thread & scissors
  • oly-fun in black, white and grey
  • pattern or freehand the mask
  • large eyelets and eyelet setting tool
  • elastic cording
  • hole punch ( I use a crop-a-dile)

Instructions for Skunk mask:

  1.  Freehand draw or download  pattern.  Transfer to grey oly-fun.
  2. Cut two bases of slate grey and sew or glue together.
  3. Cut a strip of white for the center and sew on. ( I freehanded)
  4. Cut a small oval for the nose.  ( I freehanded)
  5. Punch holes in side of mask.  Insert  eyelets and set.
  6. Tie elastic on to fit head of wearer snuggly – but not tight.
  7. ENJOY ( if you want to see the Badger mask click here)

This is a picture of the mask.  Print or enlarge to fit your child.

mask with ears

 

And now it’s time for tons more DIY Halloween costume inspiration! Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on the links below each collage to get the detailed instructions about how to make the costume pictured, just like mine above. Don’t forget to follow the Handamde Halloween Costumes Pinterest Board for even more DIY costume greatness!

 

88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

1. Handmade Baby Hamburger Costume

2. DIY Baby Game Boy Costume

3. DIY Minecraft Steve Costume

4. Football Brothers Halloween Costumes with DIY Pads and Onesie

5. Star Trek Halloween Costume for Kids

6. A Bee and Her Keeper

7. No Sew Magician Costume

8. Flint Lockwood Costume

9. Pinocchio

10. Marty McFly

11. Princess Wedding Dress Costume

12. Handmade Lalaloopsy Doll Costume

13. Homemade Toothless Costume

14. DIY Mermaid For Less Than $20 (No-Sew Option)

15. Easy Tinker Bell Costume

16. Mario and Luigi Go Kart Costumes

17. Dog The Bounty Hunter and Beth

18. Family Monsters University Costumes

19. Scooby Doo family costumes

20. DIY Storm Cloud Costume

 

88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

21. Cheap and Easy DIY Spider Costume

22. Easy Tin Man Costume

23. No Sew Bee Costume

24. Planet Halloween Costumes

25. DIY Cheshire Cat Costume

26. DIY Instagram Board

27. Elsa crown

28. Dog Collar Ruffles

29. DIY Pineapple Baby Costume

30. DIY Lego Movie Costume

31. Weeping Angel Costume

32. Disney Planes Costume: Dipper

33. Easy Pirate Costume

34. Easy Costume Idea – Renaissance Girl

35. 10 Minute Homemade Jellyfish Costume

36. DIY Cat Costume

37. Lucy And Ricky Costumes

38. Easy Frozen Costumes (Carrisa!!)

39. Easy Greek Goddess Costume

40. DIY Family Willy Wonka Costumes

101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

41. DIY No Sew Maleficent Costume

42. No Sew Pineapple Halloween Costume

43. Graveyard Bean Bag Toss: Trunk or Treat Car Costume

44. DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costumes

45. DIY Raccoon Costume with Printable Mask

46. Easy WildStyle Lego Movie Costume

47. Simple Hello Kitty Costume

48. No Sew Minnie Mouse Costume

49. DIY Inspector Gadget and Penny Costumes

50. DIY Frozen Elsa Dress Baby Edition

51. Fairy Princess Dog Costume

52. DIY Hashtag Halloween Costume

53. Toddler or Baby Egg Costume

54. Easy No Sew Olaf Costume

55. DIY Baymax Costume

56. DIY Tooth Fairy Costume

57. Baby Short Stack Pancake Costume

58. Elephant and Piggie Halloween Costumes

59. Instagram Halloween Costume

60. Peter Pan & Mr. Smee Halloween Costume

 

 

88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at ReallyAwesomeCostumes.com

61. Wildstyle Costume from the Lego Movie

62. Fred and Wilma Couples Costume

63. Viking Family Costumes

64. DIY Cruella de Vil Costume for a child

65. Disney Frozen Olaf Halloween Treat Bucket

66. How to Make a Minecraft Steve Head

67. DIY Harry Potter Costume

68. DIY Duck Dynasty Costumes

69. No Sew Cupcake Baker Halloween Costume

70. DIY Skunk Mask

71. Ghostbusters Proton Pack DIY

72. Frozen Anna Costume Tutorial

73. Candy Corn Costume

74. Paw Patrol Halloween Costume

75. No Sew Toothless Dragon Costume

76. DIY Robot Costume

77. Wonder Woman Costume

78. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Costume

79. Thrifted Gentleman Spy DIY Halloween Costume

80. DIY Boy Garden Gnome Costume

81. Group Costume: Bob Ross, Happy Tree, & Squirrel

82. DIY Blues Brothers Costumes

83. Snow White Costume

84. Peacock Princess Costume

85. Scarecrow Costume

86. Easy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume

87. Handmade Teddy Bear Costume

88. Princess Elsa and the Spy Kid

89. DIY Baby Koala costume

What handmade costume ideas did you love the most?! Be sure to click over to get the costume instructions, pin the costume, and let them know you love it! Also, follow the Handmade Halloween Costume board on Pinterest!

Follow Jamie Dorobek {C.R.A.F.T.}’s board “Handmade Halloween Costumes” on Pinterest.

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Spider Cupcakes

 

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Spooky spider cupcakes can me made from scratch or from boxed ingredients. I use a recipe that came from Hershey.  If you are not that kind of baker you can go the box route and get dark chocolate mix and frosting.In addition to the ingredients below you will need:

Spider Cupcake extras

  • licorice strips
  • candy eyes
  • non-perils
  • chocolate jimmies

Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
“ESPECIALLY DARK” CHOCOLATE FROSTING (recipe follows)
Directions for Cupcake  batter

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or line 28 to 30 muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups.
2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans or fill cups about 2/3 full with batter.
3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes for round pans or 22 to 25 minutes for cupcakes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with “ESPECIALLY DARK” CHOCOLATE FROSTING.

Makes 12 servings or 30 cupcakes.
“ESPECIALLY DARK” CHOCOLATE FROSTING
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt butter, Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla.    About 2 cups frosting.
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Cut tips off of the licorice and cut into thin strips. Then cut in half to make legs.

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Add eight legs and eyes and sprinkle on non-perils or colored sugar

30 Days of Halloween 2014

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Link Party 3

Welcome to our 3rd installment of the Outside the Box link party.   We are so pleased at the participation and cannot wait each week for Tuesday to arrive.  The projects shared are fantastic.
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Carissa  |  Carissa Miss

Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram //  Google+

Trisha | Black and White Obsession

Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram // Google+

Elisha  |  Pneumatic Addict
Brandy  |  BD Design
Megan  |  Splendid Design
Niki  |  365 Days of Crafts

 

DIY Leather Sleeve Dress | Easy Frozen Party Decor | DIY Game Day Bow

 

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Badger mask easy sew

15 minute Badger Mask for halloween

Badger mask easy sew

 

 

Honey Badger ain’t got nothin’ on my badger mask. If you are not familiar with the honey badger youtube videos and you do not mind a few bad works then check them out. My son wants to take his little sister trick or treating and does not want to get all dressed up. He is at the in-between stage where he wants to be cool yet he still wants to be a little kid. And by all means I am going to encourage him to be a kid. To please him and his need for a costume we came up with several masks that he can wear and his little sister can play with after trick or treating.

To make the Badger Mask you will need:

  • sewing machine or fabric glue
  • thread & scissors
  • oly-fun in black white and grey
  • pattern or freehand the mask
  • large eyelets and eyelet setting tool
  • elastic cording
  • hole punch ( I use a crop a dile)

Instructions for Badger mask:

  1.  Freehand draw or download  pattern.  Transfer to grey oly-fun.
  2. Cut two bases of slate grey and sew or glue together.
  3. Cut a strip of white for the center and sew on. ( I freehanded)
  4. Cut a small oval for the nose.  ( I freehanded)
  5. Punch holes in side of mask.  Insert  eyelets and set.
  6. Tie elastic on to fit head of wearer snuggly – but not tight.
  7. ENJOY

This is a picture of the mask.  Print or enlarge to fit your child.

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Food gift in a jar

Allie, one of the contributors last year made this food gift in a jar as a guest post on another site.  I thought the ideas was wonderful and wanted to make sure  our readers could enjoy it too. She made the recipe up too.

Materials to make decorative jar:

  • flower – Silhouette (or you can find a cute one at Michaels) 
  • cardstock – Discount Cardstock (find a card stock that you like at your favorite craft store)
  • waxed linen – available in most bead shops
  • button – unknown  (any button will work)
  • paper – My Mind’s Eye Bramble Rose collection
  • adhesive – Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Glue Dots  (most craft stores carry glue dots- just ask someone & they will point you in the right direction) 
Potato-Soup-food gift in a Jar

QUICK ‘N EASY POTATO SOUP IN A JAR RECIPE

  • 2 cups dry, instant potatoes
  • 1½ cups instant milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons instant chicken boullion
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp powdered garlic
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme

Combine all ingredients in a resealable one gallon food storage bag and shake to mix.

Store in an airtight container.

Makes 1 quart.

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Place ½ cup soup mix in a bowl, cup or mug.
  • Add one cup of boiling water and stir until smooth.Thanks, Allie!  What a wonderful idea!  I can’t wait to try this for someone for Christmas- it would be PERFECT for neighbors or someone special that you want to include!

Project, photograph  and recipe are by Allie Gower.

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Link Party #2 Outside the box

 

Carissa  |  Carissa Miss
Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram //  Google+
Trisha | Black and White Obsession
Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram // Google+
Elisha  |  Pneumatic Addict
Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram // Google+
Brandy  |  BD Design
Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram // Google+
Megan  |  Splendid Design
Niki  |  365 Days of Craft
Blog // Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram //  Google+

 

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Relaxing Master Bath | Sweet and Charming Coral Desk | Vintage Apples Sign

 

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Dyed Tights

DIY Colorful dyed tights

 

Hand dyed tights are one of my daughters favorite fall accessories.  The more colorful the better.  If she can pair them with a tutu then she is even more excited.  Yes, I have a girly girl.  It is a good thing her mother is an artist and loves to play with dye.  Last year I purchase a ton of white clothes from the clearance rack at Target.  I think the most I paid for any one item was $2.49 and with prices like that I can afford to customize them to suit her taste.    If you want to see they other dyed pieces check out the category Hand DYED PROJECTSDyed Tights

 

 

Directions for colorful dyed tights:

Rinse white cotton tight.  Squeeze out excess water.

Tights

Place tights over a raised covered surface or in a stainless steel sink on a drying rack. Do not place them directly on the colored surface the colors will blend together.

Tights in the Sink

 

Use a squirt bottle or purchase dye that comes in a bottle.  Mix the dye according to manufacturers direction.  If you are using a dye that requires heat to work, you can microwave the mixture for faster results.   Allow they dye to dry according to directions.  Rinse at the tights one color at a time starting with the lightest color.  Rinse until the water comes clear and then wash.

I personally recommend that you wash them separately.  Do not wash them with whites.

 

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