Furniture vs. Pajamas: Weekend Edition

When we last checked in on the master bedroom, we had just added two new pieces of furniture: a dresser and a matching vanity. And the room was crowded. 

(Click on the image to enlarge it.) This is the view from the bathroom. 

Then, in a move the surprised the entire family, Bill had a flash of furniture arranging inspiration. I went away for one night, and when I came back, the room looked like this:

(Click on the image to enlarge it.) This is the view from the main door, entering from the hallway.

Much better, right? I was a little sad not to use the new dresser as my nightstand, since I loved having my bedside light up higher (it seemed to make the room extra bright). But overall, I agreed that having the nightstands in their proper place was best, with the vanity next to the bathroom door (and my closet door on the other side), and the dressers on either side of the front window.

The chair and ottoman are admittedly a little awkward on either side of the fireplace, but it's a dramatic improvement. Even though one of the dogs has been horrified at the change and is sleeping in my sewing room by way of protest.

I have yet to put in drawer liners, so the new dresser and vanity are still empty. I'm considering making my own fabric liners, but need to investigate a bit more (and purchase the correct mod podge fabric stiffener). Maybe next weekend...

Since my plans for drawer liners and painting furniture didn't come through this weekend, I ended up doing a bit of sewing. I couldn't stop thinking about the orange/yellow fabric that didn't "win" the basement pillow poll. So I made them anyway.

While the pillow forms are the same size as the basement ones, I made the actual pillow covers two inches smaller than the ones downstairs. That creates a tighter fit, making the pillow fluffier. (To be specific, they are all 26-inch pillow forms. The blue covers in the basement are 25 inches, and these new covers are 23 inches. They definitely feel more pillow-y and less flat that the ones in the basement.)

While the pillow forms are the same size as the basement ones, I made the actual pillow covers two inches smaller than the ones downstairs. That creates a tighter fit, making the pillow fluffier. (To be specific, they are all 26-inch pillow forms. The blue covers in the basement are 25 inches, and these new covers are 23 inches. They definitely feel more pillow-y and less flat that the ones in the basement.)

I also made a set of napkins with some leftover fabric that's been sitting around for more than a year. They are 10x10 inches, with coordinating fabrics on each side. Such an easy project -- took less than an hour (and a good 20 minutes was petting the pretty fabric).

I'm feeling a little desperation to use up my fabric stash. At this point, it's more like a fabric store than a fabric stash. And I'm running out of room to store them all!

I'm feeling a little desperation to use up my fabric stash. At this point, it's more like a fabric store than a fabric stash. And I'm running out of room to store them all!

Then we had the first cold snap of the fall, and I finally caved and made the Batman flannel pajama bottoms that Jason has been asking for since last winter when I brought the fabric home. I don't have a picture, because as soon as I finished them, he whisked the pajamas off to his room to "keep them safe until tonight". However, he did donate the old cotton pajama bottoms (made with comic-book style exclamations all over them -- KAPOW!) to his sister, who them insisted that she needed some new flannel pajama bottoms too.

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And as long as I was making pajama bottoms for the kids, why not make myself a pair? I found several yards of an awesome pink and orange knit, and the rest was history.

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And what was Bill doing while I was sewing? Why, working on the chicken coop, of course. But that is a story for another time...