Accordion Style Ruffle Pillow

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a DIY post, so I think it’s about time I share something new.  I recently gave an old pillow a makeover that turned out pretty good, considering how little effort I put into it.

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To recreate this look, you’ll need a plain pillow cover.  I sewed one from some scrap fabric, but you could also buy a cover for pretty cheap. I also cut a 7″ by 40″ panel of sheer fabric.  I folded the sheer fabric, accordion style, and used a hot iron the crease the folds. I made sure that each fold was slightly offset from the previous fold, as shown in the picture below.

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Then I sewed straight down the middle of the folded fabric. You can either use a sewing machine or hand sew it, depending on your preference.

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I secured the accordion ruffle to the pillow, using small stitches.  For an added effect, and also because I did a horrible job hand sewing the pillow closed, I used leftover fabric to add some pipping around the edge of the pillow. I hand stitched the piping on, which is pretty unprofessional, but it worked.

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There you have it. A simple way to add some pizazz to a plain pillow. It’s not the best thing I’ve ever made, but it sure beats buying an expensive new pillow.

Weekend in Mossyrock

This past weekend, Joey, Zuzu, and I spent a night at Adytum Sanctuary, an amazing B&B right outside of Mossyrock, Washington. It’s a beautiful retreat, and a perfect weekend getaway that is only two hours south of Seattle.

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When I say it’s only two hours from Seattle, that is assuming you drive straight through.  We took our time and stopped at all the scenic lookouts. It took us about four hours in total.

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We even stopped at a salmon hatchery.

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When we arrived at Adytum, we were greeted by spectacular views of Lake Mayfield.

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We were also greeted by the three dogs that call Adytum home.  Liberty, a one year old German Shepard, took an immediate liking to Zuzu and followed us around the entire time. He was precious.

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I love Seattle, but sometimes a weekend in the country is exactly what the doctor ordered. I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.

My Antique Flatware Set

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There is an amazing restaurant in Seattle, called Rocco’s, that uses really beautiful vintage flatware.  I have always admired the classic design and the subtle tarnish that comes with age, and I really wanted to replace the boring flatware I had with something more unique, so I set out to find some antique silverware like the ones at Rocco’s.  I went to a few antique stores in Seattle, but I wasn’t finding anything that I liked until I went online and browsed Etsy.  I found a really amazing shop, PatziPlace, that had a beautiful 50 piece set of Plantation by 1881 / Oneida Silverplate flatware from the 1940s. I fell in love with the set and purchased it right away.

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I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Joey and I have been on a cooking kick lately. We try to cook  a few meals on Sunday and freeze them for weeknight dinners, because I hate having to come home from work and cook.  It’s been working quite well, and we have actually stumbled upon some pretty good recipes.  One of our favorite dishes is spinach lasagna rolls.

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You can check out the full recipe from Skinny Taste, but here is the Cliff Notes version.  Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lay lasagna noodles flat on a piece of wax paper. Ladle a mixture of ricotta, spinach, egg, and Parmesan on top of the noodles.

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Then roll them up and top off with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Put them in a baking dish and cover with foil. Then pop them in the oven for 40 minutes.

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This is such a delicious meal and makes a perfect weeknight dinner.