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Just the other day I whipped open the front door, totally without thinking only to find myself face to face with a pushy cable salesman. I thought that I was about to greet our lawn crew, give a smile to DeSilva or son and then run back and open the gate so they could get into the backyard. I didn’t even consider peeking out to make sure that I knew who I was opening the door for because it was the right time to get the lawn mowed.
Normally I never answer the door for anybody I don’t know and I tend to be awkward when I get surprised like that. This fellow insisted that we were incredibly lucky as he had an amazing cable, internet and phone package that I could get because, well, I guess it was just my lucky day. I insisted that we only needed internet and that I was more than happy with our current provider. His eyes got big and he looked like he didn’t believe me. “You don’t watch TV? What do you do with your time?”
The fact of the matter is that I haven’t had cable television in years and I haven’t missed it. With the internet I can watch the few shows I really dig online but Rob and I mostly find ourselves renting movies from the Redbox. It’s right down the street and we can run in and get him a fizzy water and me a sweet tea and hit up 2 Red Boxes out front to find something we really want to see. It’s affordable and it works for us because we only pay for entertainment on the days we actually want it.
And movie night is one of my favorite nights… just barely edging out game night :) Our tastes aren’t exactly the same, I suppose because opposites attract, so sometimes I’ll find myself watching a goofball comedy and sometimes he’ll find himself watching a romantic period piece. If he’s really, really lucky he’ll convince me to watch an art documentary. Like, really lucky!
And since getting a puppy we find ourselves spending more of our movie nights hanging out in the master bedroom than out in the living room. It’s not just me and Rob that get excited about movie night, we have 2 dogs and 2 kitties that are also all up in the evening’s festivities.
They know that the good snacks come out and that we’ll be still enough for some good cuddling for at least an hour. Plus we have a king sized bed and a sofa, versus a small-ish sofa in the living room, so we can all spread out. Rob might hang out on the sofa and pet his JouJou and I might splay out across the bed with two dogs wrestling around and bumping into me left and right!
With it being so hot this summer we’re finding that we have a lot of ice cream in the freezer. Like, not even playing, our case freezer out in the garage is at least half filled with ice creams and we LOVE our Häagen-Dazs®. I mostly like it because I don’t have to wash too many dishes after :) We each get our own little tub and a spoon and get after it swapping flavors occasionally to get the best of both worlds.
Just this past week things have been NUTS. We’re trying to get out of town to go on vacation and that means I have to do several weeks worth of work all in one week. But it hasn’t quite worked out all that well. I went with Rob to the doctor on Friday and it took away a whole day from my work. We went around town just yesterday to source supplies and what should have taken about an hour took until noon. It’s been crazy. It’s been stressful. I can feel my shoulders bunching up from the stress of it we speak!
So we decided to have a movie night with a flick we’ve been wanting to see for a while and put the stress behind us for 2 hours. We grabbed some of our fave Häagen-Dazs flavors, butter pecan and strawberry and I decided I wanted to give coffee ice cream a whirl. Can you believe as much as I go on about coffee I’ve never had ice cream made from coffee? It’s insane I tell you!
And since we have this white faux fur blanket on the bed that the animals practically fight over a spot on I decided to make some equally furry faux fur pillows to make our movie nights even more comfy! It turns out that Rob like super big time loves them, as do the animals, JouJou especially!
For this project you will need:
- 1 yard faux fur per pillow
- Poly-fil or old bed pillows
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine
- Straight pins
Now faux fur isn’t quite like normal fabric, though you’ll buy it in the fabric section of a craft store or at a fabric store. The width of the fabric is the exact same as the width on the bolt. Regular fabric, like for quilting, is often doubled over so you have twice the width you see as on the bolt but not with faux fur. What you see is what you get. This should help you plan accordingly for purchasing fabric, however. A full yard could very well be the perfect size for a king size pillow.
Now some will tell you to cut faux fur with a razor blade or a craft knife but plain old scissors work just fine. Scissors can make for choppy fur so you can push the blade of the scissors just over the fabric that the fur is attached to to prevent that. I didn’t even bother and you can’t tell since it was sewn together anyway.
Fold your fabric in half to form a long, king size pillow like shape and pin the furry sides together.
Faux fur is THICK which means you can experience some trouble when trying to run it through the sewing machine because it’s just so tall. My tip here is to use a TON of straight pins to hold your fabric together. It’s helpful in case your fur is a bit slippery and it also helps to compress the fabric so that it smooshes together and runs under the needle a whole lot easier.
Sew up around the edges, leaving an inch or so between the edge of the fabric and your seam. Allow a gap of a few inches, at least enough to fit your hand through and stuff the pillow.
And you see that line up there? I use a yard stick and a fabric marker to draw a straight line so that when I sew the seam it winds up fairly straight. There’s no way I can eyeball that business and not get something terribly wonky.
Trim the angles off of the inside corners of your pillow case to help get sharp corners and then turn the piece right side out.
Stuff with Poly-fil, or to use what you have you can fill the pillow with stuffing from old bed pillows. I keep mine in the closet after they’ve been replaced for getting too lumpy or whatnot and use them to fill my handmade pillows. Because I can sort of shred up the stuffing as I remove it any lumps that were there are gone and it’s like new stuffing all over again, for free!
Stitch up the gap left to stuff your pillow with and this puppy is finished!
There’s the first of my 2! I purchased 2 yards of fabric and made 2 pillows. I had a difficult time cutting the fur right down the middle and, in hindsight, I wish I had had the lady at the fabric counter give me 2-1 yard cuts rather than 1-2 yard cut so it would already be done for me.
Now look at that! Isn’t it sooo comfy looking? It’s really, really soft and Rob and I have both found ourselves absentmindedly petting the pillows. It’s like we have a fifth and sixth pet! :)
Time to hit up Walmart for a Redbox movie and some Häagen-Dazs and movie night is on! And guess what? I have a special deal for you!
Buy any 2 Häagen-Dazs products at Walmart and earn a free movie night from Redbox®.
It’s really, really easy, too! Just text “Redbox” (no quotes) to 35350 and get instructions on how to submit your receipt for a free movie night. Use that sucker and get ready to tuck in to some cold, creamy goodness and a free flick. Say what you like, but everybody loves free stuff. EVERYBODY.
Now I’ve shared how I de-stress and celebrate a bit of me time with my favorite guy, pets, ice cream and a good movie. How do you celebrate little “me moments?”