audrey’s first birthday {the invitations}

It’s hard to believe, but our baby girl is nearly one.

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Which means she’ll be having a special one-year-old birthday celebration. 

We aren’t planning an over-the-top event … just brunch and birthday cake with family and a few friends at our house.

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But that doesn’t mean I can’t make her party pretty!

peony

I found this crepe paper peony bouquet in the Martha Stewart section at Walmart and it became the inspiration for Audrey’s party … white, light blue, peacock blue, gray and gold {pretty much just like her nursery}.

stack of invitations

I wanted the invitations to be special – girly, pretty and a little bit fancy.

invitation

I used gold tissue paper to create the pleated ruffle and stitched it directly onto the card.

tissue ruffle

I am so pleased with how they turned out.

{Sources: the sweet little silver shoe in the top photo is from Target which I’m sad to say I can not find online. The gray striped straws are from Bake it Pretty. The silver ‘audrey’ was made by me … perhaps a new tutorial idea … as were the little crepe paper flowers. I have a great vision for how I’m going to use them that I hope works in real life as well as it does in my mind – more on that to come.}

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rug pillow {tutorial}

A vintage grain sack pillow is a perfect staple for any home … simple, graphic and classic.

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{via}

The real ones can be a bit expensive and hard to come by but there are plenty of great faux versions available.

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{via: potterybarn, etsy}

While walking through IKEA a few weeks ago, I saw a stack of woven rugs with great stripes of color. They were $3.99 and I was instantly inspired with the idea to turn one into a pillow. I know, weird idea to turn a rug into a pillow. But it was soft and not too heavy for my sewing machine, so I figured I could give it a try and see what happened.  I LOVE how it came out!

rug pillow

So here you go … a tutorial on how to turn a $3.99 rug into a grain sack look-alike pillow.

Here is what you’ll need:

what you need

:: a rug {I used the Signe rug from IKEA}

:: pillow insert

:: scissors & pins

:: sewing machine

STEP ONE: cut rug to desired size

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I wanted the stipe to run horizontally through the center of the pillow, so I cut the stripes off of each side and then trimmed to the size of my pillow form {12 x 18 + 1/2” on each side for seam allowance}

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I only used one rug and the stripes worked out perfectly.

STEP TWO: pin right sides together

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STEP THREE: stitch together

sewing

Because of the slightly loose weave of the rug, it frayed easily and I was nervous about the stitches not holding it together well.  So I used a smaller stitch {dial set to 2 on my machine} and went around the pillow twice {leaving an opening for the insert}

stitched

STEP FOUR: trim the excess

trim

STEP FIVE: turn right-side out

finished

STEP SIX: stuff in pillow insert

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STEP SEVEN: pin the opening shut

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STEP EIGHT: hand stitch it closed

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I doubled my thread to make it extra strong.

hand stitch

And here it is:

pillow finished

This darling pillow was part of the February Giveaway

feb giveaway

and the lucky winner of the collection is:

jenny

Congratulations! Please send me a note at emily@jonesdesigncompany.com and I’ll get your Valentine’s Day goodies to you right away.

Wishing you all a great week!

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w.i.w. {with thoughts on the skinny jean}

It was fun to start up What I Wore again last week. 

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Many of you wondered about the blue shoes with bows {Report Halle Shoe} and my new boots {Civico 10 Remmington riding boots}. The blue shoes were purchased a few years ago and the boots were on sale, so neither are readily available, but do a little searching and you just might find them in your size.

This week, I did a bit of hands-on fashion research all for the sake of what I wore.

But first, my day 1 & 2 outfits:

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1. Vest: Nordstrom Rack ages ago, scarf: Nordstrom, jeans: Citizens of Humanity. Just wanted to prove that I am a true Pacific Northwest girl by wearing a puffy vest, jeans and running shoes together. 

2. Dress: Banana Republic, tights: target, shoes: payless, necklace: Old Navy.

Last week, a reader mentioned that she didn’t see me wearing what EVERYONE is wearing these days … skinny jeans. Then she asked for my thoughts on them. To which I was very ready to reply, “I don’t like them.” But then I realized that maybe before I make that blanket statement, I should try some on.  Since we live in a very hip town, there are only three stores that sell jeans within 20 miles and Target was my best bet. So off we went on a Skinny Jean Research adventure.

legos keys

When you want to try on a million pairs of jeans with three small children, I find it helpful to bribe them.  Legos for the boys, car keys for the babe. Worked like a charm.

I keep hearing the word ‘jegging’ all over the place, so decided to give those a try first.

jegging

nope

Nope. WAY too tight for my liking. #2 didn’t like them either.

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sweater: Gap, jeans: Mossimo at Target, boots: DSW.

I put on these ones and found myself sort of liking them. I think. They are tight, but sort of cute. I surprised myself and bought them {for $13} and we’ll see how much wear they get.

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4. sweater: Old Navy, jeans: target, boots: DSW. I bought this pair too {$13 as well}. I’m not sure how I feel about the bagginess of the knees. Is that how they are supposed to look? I’m not sure about this skinny jean thing …

5. sweater: Target, t-shirt: Old Navy, jeans: Seven Dojo, shoes: Payless.

To conclude my thoughts on skinny jeans: I’m no longer going to say that I don’t like them, but I can’t say I love them on me either. I’ll keep trying and see if they grow on me.

What are your thoughts on the skinny jean?

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