Numbered Pillow Project/ Take Two

Numbered Pillow Project/ Take Two

I have a blog quality control supervisor who lives at my house.

Actually, I think she is quality control, publicity, and community outreach all rolled into one.

She is a fashionista, an artist, a cheerleader and on any given day….she could give Warren Buffet a run for his money.

 

And today, she totally supervised the number pillow project of 2012.

 

Number Bag

 

The number pillow project all started with this pillow.

Bless that pillow’s heart.

I don’t think the upstairs was ever really comfortable with hosting such an inferior member of the pillow family.

Really.

And at this point, it’s going to be an uphill battle to see if the playroom will ever recover.

 

 

So when I saw these tote bags for only $4.99….with the EXACT numbers I had been trying to recreate, I knew this was the way to save face with the pillow community.

I could make these tote bags into pillows.

The pillows I originally imagined.  Beautiful number pillows….from a simple tote bag.

It was my chance for a do-over.

The numbered pillow project….take two.

 

pillow project

 

Quality control supervised the entire project closely.

She watched to make sure I cut off the handles correctly.

And watched as I took a picture.

She carefully observed to make sure I cut the tote bag into two matching squares……

…..and took another picture.

 

Seam photo

 

Quality control was there when I sewed the seams for the pillow and turned it inside out and stuffed it and sewed up the open edge and took it to the playroom…

….and documented it all with the camera.

 

number pillow

 

And as I stood in the playroom admiring the new pillow…..quality control spoke up,

 

“Ummm….mom…..you are a photogenic mom.”

I quickly turned around and smiled at her.  Photogenic, huh?

Was it the eyebrows?

Or the hair.

Yep.

That was it.

It had to be the hair.  I mean….I just got a cut and color.

 

“Thanks, honey,”  I said.  “You made my day.”

 

She looked at me quizzically and furrowed her brow….searching intently for the right words to explain.

 

“Yeah.  That’s it.  Photogenic.  And you know why you are photogenic? 

Because you’re a photo mom. 

A photo mom…you know….a mom who’s always taking photos.”

And then, satisfied her job was done….she walked away with a smile on her face.

 

Really?

 

A photo taking mom……that would be me.

I’m just sayin’.

If the blog thing doesn’t work out…..

 ……I could have a really bright future. with Olan Mills.  :)

PS  I am partying this post up over at Liz Marie’s .

 

 

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Comments

  1. such a cute, clever pillow on a darling chair, photo mom! love the last pic, too:)

  2. Now, I know the sole reason and solution to my blog and all of my problems. I have no quality control supervisor!!! What am I going to do?

    Don’t worry, KariAnne. I am certain, without one teensy weensy doubt, that it is the eyebrows, new cut and new color job. Then go and add the red lipstick and sunglasses, and you are a superstar.♥ Watch out for the paparazzi at Haven. Do you think they would complain if you bring your bodyguards?

  3. You come up with the best ideas. Who woulda thunk? Only you. Love the pillow, but love that ticking chair more.

  4. Okay, you had me laughing at 7:00 am with that last Olan Mills line (and i am so not a morning person)! Great post and pillow!

    Doreen

  5. I wanna see the new cut and color. Just so I know if it’s the eyebrows or not.

    ~Bliss~

  6. You crack me up. I love starting my day by reading your blog. You have the best ideas. I love the pillow. Watch out Christmas Tree Shops. After reading this, everyone will be running to get tote bags to make that adorable pillow.

  7. Isn’t she something? Being a mom is always an adventure!
    Love the new pillow– genius solution to the inferior pillow issue. :-D
    xo Heidi

  8. Love the pillow and I wish that we had one of those shops here because you KNOW that I’d be grabbing one to do the very same thing! QC sounds like my kind of gal. She’s supervisory material, for sure. As for you, given the eyebrows and the cut/color, have you considered modelling? I personally thought that I’d look into doing a few shots for Behr Paints, Bosh Power tools or maybe even Krylon (a girl’s gotta have aspirations, you know) right after my next cut and color. Just watching out for ya’…keeping your options open…helpin’ a girlfriend out. xo

  9. Ha, I’ve always said kids are the great levelers. Just when you are feeling great about yourself, one of your kids will pop up to bring you back to reality. I think God gave us kids to make sure we can always get our heads through the door. However, I must say that once they are grown up and gone from home, you can just let your ego inflate as much as you want.
    Hugs,
    Laura
    P.S. Love the pillows :)

  10. you just crack me up! thanks for the early morning chuckle. ;)

    love those tote bag turned pillows…so how long ago did you purchase those totes? ’cause i NEED to get me some!

    and i love the “bless her heart” #7 pillow too…simple but so coastal, cottagey cool.

  11. Very cute pillow Karianne.Nice to have a little helper too!

  12. Awesome pillows! I used to have a pillow designing/making business for eight years until I sold it. :-) “Photogenic Mom” is better than what I called my mom when I was about eight. I thought she had a cute walk and I remember telling her, “Mom, you walk like a lady of the evening.” Of course, I had NO IDEA what that was. It stunned her and of course she didn’t really walk like a prostitute.

  13. And if Olan Mills doesn’t pan out, there’s always Sears…

    You’re lucky. My kids tell me I’m crazy on a daily basis…

  14. Love the pillow….Now if it were me….I would have just stuffed the tote bag, sewn up the opening and wha–laa…a pillow with a handle…but you with your QC, fashionisata, financial guru by your side, turned a tote bag into a work of art…and then on top of that you turned to into your photogenic self and made great photos…Great project!!….loved very word of this post….and numbers too!

  15. Man, just when I was thinking that you were so brave to photograph your stitching so closely ( and that your sewing skill were so good) I find out it is a tote bag. GREAT idea! And cute. And cheap! And fun!

  16. Oh my, I have been dreaming of sewing around letters like that for a sewing project … maybe I just need a Christmas Tree Shoppe. :)

  17. I love your new pillow! And I have to admit I liked the original number pillow also, you know its cute in that homespun kind of way…. you know what I mean, right? LIke at the ones at Pottery Barn or Anthropology… the ones intentionally made a little wonky so that it looks like its been in the family for ages, made by great-grandma, using what she had available. A family heirloom of sorts.

    Oh do I ever know about quality control management…. I have 3, yep THREE of them at my house. And do they agree with each other, sometimes, usually but do they agree with me? Well that is a different matter. You know my cool tomato cage turned outdoor chandy???? well it has now been dubbed “The Hippie Chandelier” by one of quality control. Hmmph! And then the dear sweet boy informed me just yesterday “you do realize I’m not insulting the light. Its really cool! It just so……….. hippie.”

    So back to your new pillow… I love, love, love it! Now I need to start taking a serious look at totes (and continue to keep an eye out for cute napkins and placemats… my normal pillow covers.)

    Have a great day!

  18. When will your skills cease – not only can you sew up a mean pillow from random objects, but now I see how photogenic you are!

    Forget blogging, the catwalk is calling. All eyes will be on your eyebrows as you strut your money maker!

    Kelly

  19. Love this pillow! I also love projects where you take one thing and turn it into something else. Hugs to your supervisor!

  20. those are perfect! i LOVE them!!!

  21. Great idea to turn the tote bags into a pillow – it was obviously meant to be, seeing as the tote bags were already sporting the numbers that you wanted :-)

    I’m totally photogenic – in the always taking photos kind of way :-) I guess we could call ourselves prophotolific ;-)

  22. Who else would have found that adorable tote at Christmas Tree Shops and could have seen that it had another destiny, other than you? And who else would have turned that adorable number tote into a pillow? No one. You’re the bomb-diggety! (I just read “bomb-diggety” somewhere else and needed to type it out.) (And I mean it, you really are.) Freshy pillows, numeric pillows, you may just need to write a book about pillow possibilities & the potential of totes changing their identities. All the while, being your photogenic self. You’ve inspired me to do something. All of your projects do inspire. Thank you!

  23. I live with an FPP (fashion policeperson). I get an outfit critique EVERY morning. And I rarely pass muster! Your pillows sure do, though. Very cute and clever (as always!)

  24. Great pillow, Karianne! Christmas Tree Shops has such great things with great prices. I think that sometimes we need to stop our kids before they try to explain. This way we can bask for a little while in what we think is a compliment! : )

  25. So funny..I love the pillows..great idea

  26. I’m in pillow love. And I’m wondering where my closest Christmas Tree shoppe is … and at first glance I thought your photogenic self sewed those numbers on your own and I was all excited that you were going to show me how to do it so well …

    :)

    Linda

  27. Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Flea Market Makeovers :

    Cute, cute, cute!!

  28. Love it! {and I love the comment about hosting an inferior member of the pillow family, ha!} Also, thank you so much for commenting on my little baby blog. It means a lot to me!

  29. CUTE CUTE CUTE! And repurposing an item into something else is one of my favorite things to do – especially when it comes to sewing!

  30. Oh I’m so with Shirley on this one! Only I wouldn’t sew at all, fusible tape all the way!!! and I think you’re photogenic as well as a good photographer – oh no, wait that should read a good photo-taking mom…

    Sweet cushion and I’m so pleased I know what bless it’s heart is all about now. Blogging is such an education for me!!

  31. This looks like the most cozy, comfortable place to curl up with a great book! I love the red accents against the blue stripes of the chair–very pretty. And you are highly photogenic–your daughter hit it spot on. Lovely!

  32. Cute pillow and you probably could give Olan Mills a run for their money, lol.

  33. Great idea! I was thinking, wow, I wish my sewing machine worked well enough to attempt stitches like that…but I guess I don’t need one that does if I can find a good tote bag =) Thanks for sharing1

  34. Great project…I love how you and your daughter have fun together…she is a sweetheart!

  35. You can’t argue with a chance for a do over! How great to find that tote which was perfect for a pillow!
    Blessings, Lorraine

  36. …”and she walked away with a smile on her face.” This made me chuckle!! What a neat project btw; it looks adorable!

  37. The new color job and eyebrows did it! I hear the phone and Olan Mills is calling! What a great idea for a pillow- a tote! Clearly, you are more than just a pretty face!

  38. hahaha I just read the other post about the inferior version of this pillow and…bless your heart. ;) Seriously, you’re hilarious. Your new tote-ified version looks really cute!

  39. LOL! Awe man, that’s what I’ve been missing – quality control supervisor and photogenic qualities. ;)
    LOVE the new pillow!

  40. “Save face with the pillow community” – Hahaha! I’m imagining a large group of people who do things like hold annual conventions to discuss pillows, which requires an expensive membership and invitation to join, which goes around frowning upon projects it deems inferior. I think the pillow community would be proud of you and your amazing tote bag pillow. And your eyebrows.

  41. Love the idea of turning the canvas bag into a pillow. The red graphics really pop!
    KariAnne, I want to tell you how much I truly enjoy reading your blog! You always make me smile with your humor, your beautiful photography and inspiring ideas. There’s no doubt in my mind the blog thing is a great fit for you!

  42. Pillow turned out great! Must be the wonderful quality control. :-)

  43. Love the red really stands out and makes the pillow really say hey look at me………ok I know the pillow doesn’t talk but you know what I mean……..lol

  44. So. Clever! A super great idea, Karianne! {Though I liked your old pillow, too!}
    I pinned this guy, too- so I can remember to look out for charming canvas bags, also!
    xo Becca

  45. Those kids are there to keep us humble:) I’ve been wanted a seabags tote for years, but since they are made of real sails, I’m not willing to pony up $100 for a beach bag, I mean, really! Now, if I could find a railroad sign at a thrift store? That would be cool:)

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

  46. You know I just adore your pillows … and am trying to figure out how to make my own … sadly The Christmas Tree Shop does not have a locale in Chicago or IL for that matter!

    Oh, I’ll be pinning and tweeting and FB’ing too!

    Thanks for linking up to Pillowpalooza my friend …

    :)

    Linda

  47. Can I just tell you, I grew up in Massachusetts and up there sailcloth tote bags like that run in the hundreds of dollars. Leave it to the good ‘ol CTS to knock them off for under 5 bucks! And for YOU for having the wherewithall to make a good thing better by turning them into pillows.

    As for quality control, she’s totally hired.

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