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.
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.
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.
After stuffing them all up and placing the bottom cushions back into the sofa the difference in height was amazing to me.
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.
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.
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!
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.
This is a picture of the mask. Print or enlarge to fit your child.
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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
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
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.
Cut tips off of the licorice and cut into thin strips. Then cut in half to make legs.
Add eight legs and eyes and sprinkle on non-perils or colored sugar.
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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.
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)
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.
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.
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 PROJECTS
Directions for colorful dyed tights:
Rinse white cotton tight. Squeeze out excess water.
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.
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.