Indah Hand Dyed Pillows

Indah Hand Dyed Pillows by EMILY ALDER

Sometimes I think I should have renamed this blog ‘things I did before twins”.

You know, the age-old I can’t remember what life was like before kids. Well this would be more along the lines of look at all the things I did before twins. And now I am trying to do them again.

With the twins are approaching their fourth birthday, I’ve been able to set a schedule and slowly get back to work on some of my hobbies. I am in the process of restoring one of my grandmother’s antique claw foot chairs and wanted to order some fabric samples. While perusing the web, I fell in love with this Hand Dyed Indah Batik X’s fabric.

This fabric along with the amazing new line from Justina Blakeney are just gorgeous and I got seriously excited to get my hands on all of it. I was gifted a Singer sewing machine a couple of years back and have planned to break it out and make some handmade holiday gifts. So with a dust off I pulled it out and tried to get back in my groove.

Once the fabric came I knew immediately I wanted to make a couple of pillows for our bed with it. I’ve been on the all white and linen with some indigo stage for a while now and even though I’m not breaking with color, this was definitely something I was excited to add.

Finding my rhythm with the sewing machine, pinning, and cutting fabric was COMICAL. I was all over the place and made a complete mess. I swear the kids were laughing at me like I was losing it. I had some serious bobbin issues, but with some patience and re-threading, I was able to get it together.

A standard pillow case is really one of the most basic patterns and was the perfect way to reintroduce myself. Here is a simple tutorial you can use.

The few additions I would recommend is taking advantage of are folding the raw edges and edge-stitching and at each beginning and end doing a small back-stitch.

Happy Sewing!

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A-FRAME TENT PROJECT

For the twins birthday this year, we planned for their gifts to be items that would give them some of their own space and encourage imaginary play. As much as I love being able to be home with them, it’s heavenly when they spend moments playing with just one another. We had looked at purchasing a play tent for them (this was at the top of our list) but looking at the price tag we thought it was something that we could easily make ourselves. The A-Frame tent has been a staple for many years, so why not give it a go ourselves.

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Matt drew up some plans, we made a trip to Home Depot and we were all set. The construction was relatively simple, the main difficulty being the angles needed to be cut. We knew we wanted the tent to fold easily for storage purposes, while also giving them ample space to play. We had seen a few tutorials for tents, but they all felt too small. A-FRAME-TENT-PROJECT- by-EMILY ALDER-|-build-your-own-kids-play-tent

I am so thrilled with the way the tent turned out. It’s spacious and totally functional. I can pull it out for them in a minute. It’s lightweight, but sturdy and the kids won’t be able to destroy it. Yes, my sweet little kids LOVE to destroy things.

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A-FRAME-TENT-PROJECT- by-EMILY ALDER-|-build-your-own-kids-play-tent

I went to Ikea (+ Maewoven Lumbar) and picked up a few of their standard pillows and pillow cases to put around the bottom to make it extra comfortable.

A HUGE shout out to my mother-in-law for sewing the tent cover. We used a linen fabric like this giving the tent enough shade to keep in private, while completely breathable so during the summer it won’t get too warm. The front and back openings can be tied back or together to enclose the inside.

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A-FRAME-TENT-PROJECT- by-EMILY ALDER-|-build-your-own-kids-play-tent

Following these instructions I am providing a downloadable design sheet for you to use. Feel free to print and use at home.

The frame supplies:

4 – 1 x 2 select pine board (8 ft)

3 – 3/4″ wood dowels (48 in)

6 – 3″ decorative brass furniture screws

2 – 1 1/2″ brass flat corner braces (packaged with screws)

1 – can Varathane Weathered Grey wood stain

Paint Brush

Paint Rags

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I started by staining all the wood. Simply paint on the stain, wait a few minutes and wipe off with lint free rags.

After drying overnight, Matt cut the wood to size.

Once the wood is cut assemble the tent with the decorative screws, dowels, and corner braces. The corner braces are important because they stop the tent from over-extending and collapsing.

Believe it or not, all five of us have piled in there for some quality reading time. Or really, a few minutes of reading that ends in giggle fits or elbows pushing into ribs.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me hello@emilyalder.com

A-FRAME TENT PROJECT PDF INSTRUCTIONS by EMILY ALDER

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SIMPLE WHITE RANUNCULUS + EUCALYPTUS BOUQUET

 

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I am not a red roses kind of gal. I never have been. I appreciate their significance in the history of romance, but they just aren’t for me. The first flower Matt ever gave me, hand delivered when picked me up for our first date, was a white gerber daisy. I still have the dried daisy in a box along with my wedding bouquet. So every Valentine’s Day (with the exception of this one), Matt stops by Blooms or Browne’s, the local floral shops owned the Browne Family who Matt grew up living on the same street with. He jokes how it’s easy to pick up flowers during the Valentine’s rush, because while most men are grabbing roses, he is picking ranunculus or hydrangea. You’re welcome, honey.

During our monthly trip to Costco, I always grab a bouquet of their greens if they have them. While picking them out I saw a bouquet of beautiful white ranunculus and couldn’t help myself.

That’s right, my favorite thing about Costco trips are the flowers.

 
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After we loaded up the car and unloaded everything back at the house I was itching to assemble the new florals. And assemble I did, I even documented it for you, because, well I love ’em.

I find it easier to put a bouquet together by sorting all the elements I am using and gently combining them one at a time. Giving each stem it’s place. After sorting, I trim the stems and use some twine to keep the bouquet intact. Fill a vase with water and flower food and carefully fill with your flowers. You can leave the twine is place or simply untie to give it a looser look. Make sure to trim and change the water every few days to make it last.

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This bouquet consists of seeded eucalyptus, silver dollar eucalyptus, baby blue eucalyptus, steel grass, magnolia foliage, and white ranunculus. The best part is if you care for it, it will last. I assembled this last Sunday and we are still going strong. Just be sure to trim and change the water.

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I am hoping to venture out of my comfort zone this Spring and create some fresh florals. I mean Peony season is upon us right?

Please excuse my wrinkled tablecloth, I had two little helpers running around pulling on things. Thanks kiddos 😉