Monday, April 29, 2013

DIY Pillows! Body Pillow, Small Pillow, and Long Body Roll Pillow

Hey everyone! So I just made some DIY pillows for my room to match my new bedding I got. I decided I would show you guys how to do it! I show you in the video how to do everything, but I'm going to try and go step by step in this post to tell you how to make them! It is easier for me to show you how to make them, so watching the video will probably help. Okay, so let's get started!

What you'll need - 

Fabric: Total of 3 yards Muslin Fabric for all three pillows (Or any cheap fabric of your choice. This is what the pillow is going to be made of, but you're not going to see it because it's going to be covered by our pillow covers we're making!)
Total of 3 1/2 yards of fabric in your choice of color, design, and material. If you want to get more fabric, it is always better to have more just to be safe!

Stuffing: Total of 4 Bags (16 ounces each [454 grams]) Poly-Fil stuffing from FrayFair. You can use whatever materials in this project you want. You don't have to use what I use. :)

Buttons: The buttons might be needed, and they might not. I would buy some just to be sure you have them if you need them. I ended up using 3 buttons in total. In addition to the buttons, I bought some no fray glue from Dritz called Fray Check, just so I didn't have to sew any button holes.

And of course you're going to need a sewing machine, measuring tape, scissors, thread, and a needle.

                                         Small Head Pillow:

Small Head Pillow's Muslin Base Pillow:
  1. Cut out a piece of muslin fabric, along the folded edge of fabric, measuring 20 in" in length and 15 in" in width.
  2. Pin and sew the length side of fabric (if you cut the fabric so you have the folded edge in your cut piece, you only have to sew the one length side), and one of the width sides. Don't sew both width sides, you must leave one un-sewn so we can put the stuffing in.
  3. Flip the muslin cover so it's the right side around (where you don't see your sewing), and stuff with your stuffing. You can stuff it as densely as you like.
  4. Once stuffed to your liking, fold each edge of the opening (where you stuffed your pillow), down half an inch and press the two folded edges together and pin. Once folded and pinned together, sew that folded and pinned edge so the stuffing doesn't get out and so your muslin pillow in complete. 
Small Head Pillow Cover:
  1. Cut out a piece of your choice of fabric (printed, plain, polka dot), along the folded edge of fabric, measuring 27 in" in length and 22 in" in width.
  2. Fold the length ends of fabric over half an inch, pin, and sew both edges so they're hemmed.
  3. With print side of fabric facing up, fold the two length edges of fabric an inch and a half over the middle of the fabric. The one end of fabric will overlap the other end of fabric. The fabric should now be wrong side up after folding the ends an inch and a half over the middle of the fabric.
  4. Pin and sew the width ends of the fabric now. Once they are sewn, turn the fabric right side around.
  5. With fabric turned right side around, measure and pin 2 in" around the whole pillow case. Once measured and pinned, sew along the pillow case creating a 2 inch border. When you're sewing it, you're going to come upon the opening where you're going to put your pillow in. When you get to that spot, you need to stop, turn the fabric so it's going to the end of that piece of fabric, sew up that spot, then stop, turn the fabric like you would be continuing the border (even though you're 2 inches above it), sew a couple stitches, stop, turn the fabric so you're now going back towards the border where you're sewing, sew down, then once you're back to where you were sewing your border, back stitch back to the spot you left off with your border, then continue with the 2 inch border. Make sure to repeat this when you get to the other end with the opening. If you don't do that, you're going to have a hole in your 2 inch border.
  6. Once you're finished with your border, you're going to sew one third of the way down your opening where you put your pillow in. Where your pillow case opens, take the two length ends towards the border you just created, and make them overlap each other. Once they're overlapped, sew from about one-third way down, until you're back up to your border. Make sure when you're sewing, you're only sewing those two edges together and aren't sewing them to the whole pillow case. Do that to both sides. When you're finished you're going to have a smaller opening to put your pillow in. 
  7. Put your pillow in the pillow case you just created and see if the opening in the back flaps open. In my case it only flapped open with the body pillow. If it does flap open, use your buttons and no fray glue and put some buttons and button holes on the back to keep it closed. Then your pillow is finished!
                                         Body Pillow:

The body pillow is made exactly the same as the small head pillow, so just follow those instructions with these measurements. Here are the measurements to make it:

Muslin Base Pillow: Length 37 in", Width 17 in"
Body Pillow Cover: Length 45 in", Width 22 in" (If possible, make width 24 in". My fabric's width was 22 in" so I couldn't make it any wider)

                                         Long Body Roll Pillow:

Long Body Roll's Muslin Base Pillow:
  1. Cut out a piece of muslin fabric, along the folded edge, measuring 31 in" in length and 14 1/2 in" in width for the body roll. For the circle ends, take your fabric, fold it in half width wise, then fold it about 6 inches length wise. Then measure 4 1/2 inches length, and width, and mark it. Then cut the fabric at the 4 1/2 in" length part up towards the other 4 1/2 in" mark. When you reach the 4 1/2 in" width mark, curve your scissors so they are then going towards the end of the folded piece of fabric. 
  2. Pin and sew the length end of your  fabric for the body roll. Don't sew the width ends of fabric.
  3. Take your circle ends and pin them onto the width end of your body roll fabric. They're too big, so what you need to do is before you pin it onto the width end of the fabric, make a tiny little fold on the circle fabric piece and then pin it onto the width end. Do that until the whole circle end is pinned onto the width end and it fits properly. 
  4. Sew the one circle end onto the width end fully. Sew the second circle end onto the width end leaving about a 6 in" space un-sewn. Before you take the pins out so you can stuff the body roll, pinch the center of the circle end, fold the pinched end over about half an inch, then fold the folded end long ways. Pin it, and then sew just the very end of the folded part. This step it optional, but it does take the circle end in a bit, as it is slightly big.
  5. Take the pins out and turn the muslin cover the right way around so you don't see any sewing. Stuff the body roll. Once the body roll is stuffed to your liking, do what you did when you were first putting the circle ends on. Make tiny little folds on the circle fabric, and then pin it onto the body roll fabric. Then hand sew the opening. Then the muslin body roll pillow is done!
Body Roll Fabric Cover:
  1. Cut out a piece of your choice of fabric (printed, plain, polka dot), along the folded edge of fabric, measuring 32 in" in length and 19 in" in width for the body roll part. Then do the same folding technique we did with the muslin cover for the circle ends, and cut out a piece that is 4 in" by 4 in", curving the scissors when you reach the other 4 in" mark going towards the end of the folded fabric. I used a different fabric than from the body roll part.
  2. Fold the length ends of fabric over half an inch, and then fold it over again, pin, and sew both edges so they're hemmed. With this one, I had to fold it over twice, so it was double hemmed, because if I didn't it would fray.
  3. Take your finished muslin body roll pillow, and wrap the hemmed body roll fabric around it making the wrong side face you when wrapped. The ends will overlap, and that's how you want it. Pin about one third of the way down on both sides where the ends overlap. Take the pillow out of the fabric without un-pinning it. Then sew the pinned parts, making sure not to sew the whole cover together. 
  4. Flip the cover right side around, and the part that flaps from where the fabric overlapped, pin it and sew it. Again, make sure not to sew it onto the whole cover.
  5. Flip the fabric wrong side around, and pin the circle ends onto the width ends. The width part is slightly too big, so on each corner of the circle end (4 corners), make small folds with the main body roll fabric. Pin the circle ends onto the width ends without little folds for the rest of the width end. I took too much fabric in when creating the little folds, so I only ended up creating 3 little folds. But it isn't noticeable. 
  6. Sew both circle ends on fully, and then flip the cover right side around and put your muslin body roll pillow in it. Then you're finished!
Okay, so that is step by step instructions on how to do it! I hope they're easy to understand. If you're a bit confused, refer to the video so you can see what I'm doing. It's easier to show you how to do it than to explain to you how to do it. I hope you like them!

xx Chloe

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Inspirational Quotes & How to Stay Positive

Hey everyone! I decided to do a post on some inspirational quotes I've read, and just some things on how to be happy and positive!

This one I know we all do sometimes! It's so easy to pound yourself over one little thing you did wrong, or something you should have done but didn't. Let it go. Life is short, so live it to the fullest!

This goes with the last one, be kind to everyone and be kind to yourself! I think this is another one we do. We aren't always kind to ourselves, even if we are to others. You have to love yourself exactly how you are. You are beautiful exactly how you are.

Proverbs 4:23
That verse is so right. If you think that you can do something, then you can, even if it's really hard. But if you think that you can't, then you won't. Your thoughts are so powerful, so never finish a negative statement, always reverse it!

1 Peter 3:3-4
I think that one speaks for itself!

Don't ever give up! You might be in the middle of the tunnel and not see the light, but if you just go a tiny bit further, you'll see the light! 

Remember that God loves you so, so much, and that your life is so precious. I hope you're having a great day, evening, or night!

xx Chloe

Friday, April 12, 2013

Kiss Nail Dress Review

Hey everyone!

Today I'm going to be doing a review on the Kiss Nail Dress nail art strips for your tips and toes! I have never tried any nail strips (or stickers) before. So I'm a newbie with applying these, and am able to give my full review without comparing them to any other brand.

I got my nail strips in Be Mine from their limited edition collection (It looks like there are 6 limited edition nail strips), and bought them for $5.97 without tax from Wal-Mart. The main reason I bought these was because of the gorgeous design! When I saw them in the store, they were calling my name, "Chloe, Chloe! Buy us!". Ha, ha, ha, so maybe they weren't, but they are super cute and caught my attention! They remind me of water marbled nail art, and peacock feathers.

Okay, let's get down to business. Let's start off with what the instructions say, first it says to clean your nails with either alcohol or nail polish remover. I cleaned my nails with my nails polish remover to make sure I didn't have any oil, dirt, or leftover nail polish on. Then it says to file and smooth nails. I didn't do that because my nails were already filed and in shape. Next it just tells you to find the correct size and how to apply and remove the excess nail strip.
When I applied them to my first hand, I actually applied them the wrong way! Ha, ha, ha... I was applying the more squared off end by my cuticle, when you're supposed to apply the curved end by your cuticle (I had a total, "Wow, Chloe..." moment. As I'm sure we all have once in a new moon!). After I figured that out, I saw that they went on looking a lot better! When I was applying them the wrong way, they were going on looking a bit off (of course). But even when I was applying them the correct way, some nails didn't get covered fully (the strip didn't cover both sides of my nails properly.). Now, I was a bit disappointed by that, but not totally surprised. I mean, they try and make these strips to fit all nails, and that isn't a very easy task as some nails are wider than others.

Another thing with the application is that they're fairly difficult to get to go on smoothly. On most of my nails I got little folds in the strips. Especially towards the tips of my nails, which isn't good because water easily got under the little folds and 'de-glued' the strips.

Also, cutting the excess nail strip off with the mini nail file it includes, left the tips of my nail strips uneven. Which then resulted in the strips catching on fabric and having little fluff at the end of my nails!

So, I actually ended up peeling these off my nails that night. After I got in the shower, a couple of the tips wouldn't stick to the ends of my nails. And it was annoying me having to keep pulling off the fluff!
But, peeling them off was quite fun! They slightly damaged my two thumb nails, but I just buffed them and they're totally fine now (with no damage to my other nails)! I just peeled them off and then used some nail polish remover to get rid off any of the glue left on my nails.
I also applied the nail strips to my toenails, which looks so cute!

It took me awhile to apply them to my toes, because they only include strips that fit your big toe, and then strips that fit your finger nails. So I had to do some cutting of the strips to get them to fit on my little toes. Now the strips are working really well on my toes because I don't use my toes to do things other than keep me balanced! Ha, ha, ha... Oh, dear. But they're working nicely on my toes and look super cute!

So to sum this overly long post up, I think they're super cute, don't take as long to apply as it would to actually paint your nails like this (but they are fairly time consuming in applying them), if applied very carefully, and smoothed onto the nail properly, can last for a few days (maybe even a week as it claims?). It's possible I applied them badly, even though I tried to apply them carefully and smoothly, but they didn't really work out for me. There probably are a few things I could do next time to make them work out better, but for a first time user, I'm not overly impressed. I might buy nail strips again, but would probably try out another brand like Sally Hansen.
Don't let my one review discourage you from buying them, though! Read other reviews, and try them out for yourself! The experience I have with something, might not me the same as yours.

I hope this helped you all!
xx Chloe

Monday, April 8, 2013

Peppermint Tea for Acne!

Hi everyone!

So I recently stumbled upon drinking peppermint tea for acne. I've been dealing with acne for the past couple of years now, and I'm always on the look out for new natural remedies. My acne has greatly improved since the beginning, thanks to my natural skin care routine.
Now, I'm all for trying natural home remedies, and I couldn't pass this one up after reading so many good reviews about it! I've only been drinking it for three days, so I can't give you a full in depth review of how it's working on my skin. But, I must say, my skin is looking clearer! After only three days could it possibly be working already? Maybe, maybe not. Haha, it could just be a physiological thing! Although... I do think it's working.

I'm going to list some of the benefits of drinking peppermint tea. Both for your skin, and for your whole body's health in general.

  • Peppermint tea helps your digestion (great to drink after a large meal!)
  • Helps calm an upset stomach
  • Helps relax you
  • Helps control hormonal acne (due to a slight boost in estrogen levels)
  • Beneficial for immune system
  • Helps relax you for a good nights sleep

Okay, so those are some of the benefits of drinking peppermint tea that I found. If you're like me, you might not really be a fan of the flavor of tea (even though you might really want to like tea!). Honestly though, drinking the peppermint tea hasn't been bad! I'm actually growing to like it. I don't add sugar, honey, or milk to the tea. I just drink it plain. I figured if I was going to drink it everyday, I didn't want to get use to drinking it with the sugar or honey in it. So, plain I went! And it really doesn't taste bad!

Well, I'm going to keep drinking the tea and I'll let you know how my skin is doing in another post!

xx Chloe

** Update! I kept with drinking this tea for a few more days, but my body just wasn't agreeing with it. My skin seemed a bit worse (could just be it purging, but I didn't want to keep drinking it to see), and my body in general just didn't seem very happy with drinking it. So I stopped drinking it. I've read a few more posts about how I felt, so I guess it isn't too uncommon. But I've also read a lot of posts about it working really well for them! So try it out for yourself, and research it! Everyone's body is different.