Last week, I took it upon myself to enjoy the warmth on our patio and read a book. But as I tried to treat myself to a chill down, I kept noticing our stack of unfinished outdoor pillows – stuffed in a garbage bag and stashed under a bench. Perhaps we’d been too busy to enjoy our patio as much as we’d like this year, so it hadn’t bothered us much. The unsightly bag paired with my no-good book was all it took to get stitching.
Let’s back up. Through some miracle otherwise known as being an awesome friend, my girl Penina offered to sew our patio pillows. (You might remember her from that time we went crazy.) We already had the fabric, but as most of you know, I am terrified of sewing machines. All those strings – oh, my – it’s too much for my type-A heart to handle. All I had to do was pick up the pillow forms, take her the fabric and keep her company. But my dreams of pillow piles came to a halt when I realized the cost of pillow forms vs. regular ol’ polyfil. Sometimes my thrifty ways + general inner crazy is really enough to drive me mad.
Needless to say, I bought 2 bags of polyester fill for $5 (with a coupon, whee!) and drove to her home to keep up my end of the deal – the companionship.
Rather than being able to make envelope enclosure pillows (you know, due to my lack of pillow forms) – with the exception of 2 we had on hand – she made a slew of bolster and square shapes, leaving a small end open for me to stuff and whip stitch. Because let me tell you, I can’t use that scary machine, but I can whip stitch like the best of them.
It took me a few weeks after her gracious offer to complete our little pillow project, but I can certainly say we’re not lacking in that department anymore. And if at any point throughout this sunny season they need a cleaning, our outdoor fabric is pretty tough and can take a scrubbing, or we can throw the whole thing right in the wash.
We picked up four new chairs and a vibrant blue rug (details to follow), and we’ve been slowly rearranging the outdoor furniture just so. It’s a pattern explosion up in here, but aren’t outdoor spaces meant to be fun? With the latest addition of our penguin terrarium, we might be done. After a few more nit picks, that is.
How are your outdoor spaces shaping up?
PS: Speaking of nit picking, we still have one more studio project to finish before showing off the whole room. Can you believe we still haven’t shown you an official reveal? Now that’s just crazy.