Monthly Archives: March 2014

Molly wants a guitar


We have been talking about it for awhile, and we are pretty sure we want to get one for her.  It is kind of strange for me because I have zero experience on string instruments.  Apparently, Phil actually knows how to play, though.  So, today we played around with some small guitars.  Molly and Zoe enjoyed it and can’t stop asking to go to a guitar store (actually, we will probably go to a pawn shop).

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The red one (left) is a Parlor size, which is what we are looking for.  3/4 size is similar – but I haven’t seen that.  The blue one (right) is a junior size, which would work for Zoe, but Molly is the one we are shopping for.

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The “music” they played was adorable.

oh, and I want a ukelele now.



I hate sloppy things.



These pillows from Ikea have always annoyed me. The cases are loose enough that the opening always flops open, and the black color was just a mistake!  They attract hair and dust and don’t even look clean when they are washed.  As a result, I frequently just want to throw them out.  I definitely didn’t want to buy more Ikea pillow cases for them.


So, when the girls selected this silky robe to purge from their ginormous dress-up collection, it just screamed “pillow case!” Although it is hard to tell in this photo, I made the opening in the center of the back and with a really wide overlap.  I also made it a little smaller than the original, so that the pillow would have more ooomf and less floppiness.  Hooray!  The pillow doesn’t flop open anymore!

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So, I started digging through my collection of random outgrown clothing to find the next pillowcase.  Molly stole the first tshirt I selected:  Happy Bunny saying “make the stupid people shut up!”  Hopefully, I don’t regret letting her wear that in public … Then, I found this really funky thrift shop dress that someone made.  I can not resist home made clothes in thrift stores – nothing is too funky.  But this one didn’t fit me, so it needed a new use.

I had to disguise the raw edge first, and I only have a serger sewing machine.  Fortunately, the dress had a strap that was a little narrow for the job, but it works.  Again, a really large overlap and the flap is in the middle of the back.  Two more seams, and it is done!  A little smaller than the red one, but that doesn’t bother me … much …


End product:  who wouldn’t want a pillow with pockets?  I tie dyed the bolster pillows in December, and I’m using this Ikea duvet as a short term solution for a couch cover.  The greens aren’t the same, but I think it works.

Now, I just have to find some fabric for the third pillow, and also a second set of 3 pillow cases for when these need to be washed … I’m contemplating something with old tshirts …