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Upcycled Throw Pillows

 What do you guys think about chain reactions? Probably depends, right? Well, earlier this year, I shared my “30 Before 30″ list. One of the things on that list was to start being healthier. Well, I’ve been doing that. I’ve been working out and eating cleaner and that has resulted in some body changes. With those changes, I’ve taken a hard look at my closet. I’m coming to the realization that I would rather have ten pieces in my closet that I absolutely love than one hundred pieces that are just ok. So, over the past six months, I have purged and then purged again. Anything that didn’t fit right (or has never fit right) immediately got purged. This project is a by-product of that purge.

Take these two outfits, for example.  The dress on the left is cute but has never been long enough. The waist sat too high and, you can’t really tell from that picture but, the pockets in the back came way higher than they should have. With some weight loss, the top part was just sloppy. So, purge number one.  The skirt on the right was just too full. It wasn’t flattering, because it just added emphasis on my belly button region. So, purge number two.

Upcycle Ill Fitting Clothes to Throw Pillows

I loved the pattern on both outfits, so why not use them? This project is so simple that I hate to even share steps, but I will. =)

Grab an old throw pillow to use as your insert.

Old Throw Pillow to Use as stuffing for DIY Pillow

Cut your fabric slightly larger than your insert and turn the fabric so that what you want on the outside are facing each other.

Fabric for DIY Pillow Made out of a Skirt

Sew three sides of your pillow; making sure to stay at the same seam allowance.

How to Sew a Simple Pillow

Turn your pillow form inside out and stuff your pillow.

DIY Pillow out of Old Clothing

Tuck your fabric under so that you have a clean line.

Finishing up your upcycled Pillow

Hand-stitch your last opening closed.

Hand-stich the seam closed for your upcycled DIY pillow

Upcycled Pillows made out of Ill-fitting clothing

Purge your closet and make some new pillows

Pillows are so easy to make. Next time you are doing a closet purge, just think about what kind of new pillows you could make!

Upcycle a Skirt to make a throw pillow

Are you ready to see what the other ladies did this month?

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Lovely Etc. shared an Upcycled Keyhole Necklace.

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Thrifty and Chic shared a Repurposed Sunburst Mirror.

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Life as a Thrifter shared her Upcycled Fan Belt Display.

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Guys, I’m late today in getting this up! Sorry! We went to the Monday Night Football game last night in Kansas City… all I can say is GO CHIEFS! Seriously, it was amazing. We go to a few a year, but this one was just amazing. Loved every minute and every margarita. =) Anyways, back to the party. I’m excited to see what you guys have been up to this week! Show me the pretties!

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The other ladies and I are excited to see what you guys are going to link up this week!

Jennifer from Brave New Home

Kayla from Home Coming

Stephanie from Simply Dream & Create

Jennifer picked our top three this week!

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Little Yellow Couch used a pair of headphones as bookends.

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DIY Passion showed us  her updated living room.

Homey Oh My showed us an easy fall arrangement.

 

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Another Gallery Wall

So, I told myself the living room wasn’t getting a gallery wall and it didn’t… for 2 years. But then, I got so tired of looking at the large looming BLANK wall that I decided to just give in.  I told Luke it was only temporarily going to be up there, because eventually I would find the perfect wall treatment for that wall. Well, now that I have it up and it’s been up for a month or so… I totally love it and couldn’t imagine anything else there. Are you laughing at me yet? LOL.

Ok, I’ll take you down memory lane just a bit before I show you the wall.

The living room looked like this from Jan-July of this year.

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Living Room before Switcheroos by Bigger Than The Three OF Us

Not terrible, but not homey and just a mix-match of stuff everywhere.

We did a few switheroos early this summer to make it feel like us.

We moved the cabinet from behind the couch and relocated that downstairs. I liked having the cabinet back behind the couch from the side view, but from head-on I hated how it looked. So, it’s been blank behind the couch for quite some time. We also removed that media cabinet (in person it stuck out too far) and in it’s place we put the mid-century buffet that used to be in the dining room. I’ll update you on the dining room in another post.

So, with the furniture playing musical chairs it finally motivated me to get something on the wall.

First thing I did was to raid all the closets in the house for picture frames and framed art. I laid all of them out on the floor (minus the one’s that I didn’t want for sure) and loosely arranged them.

Gallery wall tips for living room by Bigger Than The Three Of Us

From that point, I measured how big my gallery wall was and knew that I had to pair it down. I find it easier to pair down than to add more.

Creating a gallery wall in your living room by Bigger Than The Three Of Us

I laid out my gallery how I liked on the floor and then I started with my largest, prettiest, most-prominent piece first. I loosely measured the distance between pieces on the floor and then transferred them to the wall. I’m ok with eye-balling, so this way definitely seemed to work best.

Gallery wall tip for living room by Bigger Than The Three Of Us

Back in March, I found these at Goodwill. I may have bought five (yep, that was definitely over-kill), but at .49 a piece they were a steal! Originally, I thought that placing them together somehow and creating a frame around them would be cool. I tried that concept but never felt like I had the right space or idea to pull it off.

While working on the gallery wall, I decided to hang one up in the middle of it. It totally worked by itself and I was even digging the brown trim, but the brown trim didn’t work with the other pieces around it.

Air Filter DIY Wall Art

I laid the air filter on some plastic and grabbed an old sample jar of white paint from the garage. With a small paint brush, I covered the brown with white. It took about five minutes and was free.

Now, I really doubt that you have an air filter to transform, but I won’t judge if you do. lol. But seriously, what can you give a little bit of leftover paint to and be able to reuse?

Transform an old air filter to a gallery wall piece

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The “Eat Well Travel Often” is a recent DIY.

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The flower print is an old Ikea purchase.

DIY House Painting

The house painting is a DIY by Luke. He gave it to me for Christmas and I just adore it! It’s our first house in Columbia, MO.

How to Create A Gallery Wall in your Living Room

The wood tray is thrifted and the feather is courtesy of our backyard. The middle painting is by Caroline Wright, which we purchased off of One Kings Lane.

Anthropologie Inspired Lotus Mirror in Gallery Wall Feature

The DIY Anthropologie Inspired Lotus mirror rounds off the corner of the gallery wall.

I’m finally a bit excited about where our living room is going. I’ll be sharing more of it soon.

Linking up to:

C.R.A.F.T., Restless ArrowThe Makers, The DIY’ers,  The Winthrop ChroniclesHome Stories A-Z, Hit Me With Your Best ShotWork It Wednesday,  Fry Sauce and GritsLiz Marie BlogThe Inspiration Gallery, Creativity Unleashed – The Bold Abode, Remodelaholic, Whipperberry, The Creative CollectionTatertots and Jello, Link It or Lump It, and Frugal Crafty Blog Hop.

 

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Can I say I LOVED the link-ups from last week! Seriously, you guys killed it! I wish I was killing it at our house. Lol. Progress is SLOW moving over here. Actually, we have been de-thatching (anyone else know what that is?) this week and then just put seed on outside. Not fun, but definitely needed. So, we have been doing some work around the house just nothing that constitutes anything pretty at this point. So, wow me with your pretty DIY’s. =)

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The other ladies and I are excited to see what you guys are going to link up this week!

Jennifer from Brave New Home

Kayla from Home Coming

Stephanie from Simply Dream & Create

Kayla picked our top three this week!

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Bree from Bumble Bree Blog showed us how to DIY an adorable front door mat.

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Amber from Restless Arrow  shared her rustic chic bench.

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Corinna from For My Love Of  shared her DIY conduit curtain rod.

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All the features are pinned to our DIY’ers Pinterest board, so be sure to follow.

Ok, link up your projects… I want to see them!

The Rules? They’re simple!

Follow each host somehow; any way is fine. - Take a picture of your DIY and link it up below. - Text link back to one of our hosts or pick up The DIY’ers button and include it in your post so others can get involved in The DIY party. - Please do not promote giveaways, other link parties, or items for sale. - By entering a link, you’re giving us permission to feature an image on our blogs.

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Tips & Tricks for Traveling to Disneyland with a Toddler

We got back last Monday from our California trip. We were gone 10 days, in which we spent three of them at Disneyland. I thought I would share some tips that we learned.

Awesome tips and tricks for taking a toddler to Disneyland

1. Free Water Cups : Save your money and don’t buy bottled water throughout the park. All the food kiosks and restaurants will give cups of water out for free. We took advantage of this through both California Adventure and Disneyland.

2. Pressed Penny Map : A cheap way to have souvenirs (which our little guy loved) was to get pressed pennies at different locations throughout the park. Most of the stations are located in stores but there are a few outside (especially in Disneyland) by rides. In California Adventure, they have a pressed penny map where you can see where all the penny stations are. We treated this as a treasure map and it was fun hunting the different stations down. Not all employees knew about this free map, so you might have to ask around to find it. We got ours at a store in Cars Land. Oh, and the maps are free and the pressed pennies are .51 each time.

3. Glowlights/Sticks : Save your money and pack one from home. You might call me cheap here, but I had some glow bracelets that I packed (unknowingly to the little guy). I pulled them out at nighttime at Disneyland when all the little kiosks were selling their large light up toys and necklaces. You can buy a little bag of glowing necklaces before your trip for $1 and they fit really easily into your purse. Instead of saying “no” to spending the extra money on what other kids had, we were able to say “yes”. It was just something small that made our little guy’s night.

4. Take snacks and bottled drinks : I’m not sure what the actual policy on this is, but we took (and I saw lots of other people do the same) snacks and drinks in every time. They go through your bag but it was not a problem. This way, we had some snacks for the longer rides and a healthier option for in-between times.

5.  Magic Morning / Fireworks Schedule : We had hiccups with both “Magic Morning” and the nightly fireworks at Disneyland. My advice here is to do your homework to see what days the magic morning is available and if the fireworks are going on the night you plan to stay. Because we went in off-season (which was amazing for the crowd!), not all things were going every day.

6. Take a break by leaving : We stayed off the resort (in a non-Disney hotel) which was about a mile from the parks. We used Disney’s parking and shuttle and still left for naps. You can come and go in the park (get your hand-stamped and bring back your ticket) as well as the parking lot (just keep your ticket). This was great for all of us to decompress. We left each day about 1pm, went and grabbed lunch and then went to the hotel for a nap. We went back around 6pm and stayed ’till 9pm. It may seem like we missed a lot of time at the park, but taking a break was vital to a successful trip for us.

7. Fast Passes : Because we were with our little guy (who is 4), most of the rides he rode did not require fast passes. Also, the parks weren’t busy because we were traveling during off-season. The big exception to this was California Racers… which was AMAZING! Hands-down best ride I’ve ever ridden and that sentiment was echoed by everyone in the group. Best advice here is to grab a fast pass immediately upon arrival to the park. It definitely worked best for us to arrive at the park 20 min. before it opened. You can arrive early and go through the turnstiles. They let everyone go in by the shops and then you wait in the center area for a bit. When the park opens, you are with a crowd of people, but immediately go right in and on your left is the fast pass line for the racers. Get in line. We stood in line for ten minutes and got fast passes for the following hour. This was definitely the way to go.

8. Cozy Cone Churros : Hmm, churros with chocolate sauce. Enough said, go get these. We had them twice in one day!

9. Autographs :  All the characters will give you autographs. We were able to save some money by bringing an “autograph” (a Target $1 spot bound small notebook) book from home with us. I pulled it out the first time we got in line to get our pictures taken with the characters. This is another cheap souvenir/experience that made the trip more special. If you forget to take an autograph book with you, you can buy them at most of the stores.

Signing autograph at Disneyland

10. Pictures with Characters : Our little guy LOVED taking pictures with the characters. He thought they were real which made it so fun/cute. Our advice here is don’t feel bad taking pictures with your phone or camera. The photographer for each character is used to this. They take pictures as well and will give you a photo pass (to view their pictures), but it’s not a big deal at all to take your own. Also, they will even take a picture of your group with the character with your own device. Again, this is normal… so do it. It will save you lots of money to have the picture you want on your own device.

Character Pictures at Disneyland

Hope you got something out of our tips. These were definitely geared to a family with a toddler (which we are!).

Linking up to:

C.R.A.F.T., Restless ArrowThe Makers, The DIY’ers,  The Winthrop ChroniclesHome Stories A-Z, Hit Me With Your Best ShotWork It Wednesday,  Fry Sauce and GritsLiz Marie BlogThe Inspiration Gallery, Creativity Unleashed – The Bold Abode, Remodelaholic, Whipperberry, The Creative CollectionTatertots and Jello, Link It or Lump It, and Frugal Crafty Blog Hop.

 

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