How to Make a Corded Envelope Style Pillow

Per a friend’s request I am posting a photo tutorial on a corded envelope style pillow.  Making the cord is not difficult.  It can be a little tricky to sew it in place, but it is not impossible.  Just take your time.

First, decide on what size pillow you want to make.  Then purchase or make your own pillow form.

When cutting out the squares for the pillow case, they must be one (1) inch larger than your pillow form.  So if you have a 12 inch pillow form, you squares must be 13 inches.

When I cut out squares for front and back, I cut out 3 and they are all the same size.  Two I use for the back of the pillow. I fold over and sew about 1/4 to 1/3 of the back pieces.  You will see this in the photos.

I use 2 1/2 inch wide strips, sewn together end to end, to encase the cord.  For the cord, I use cotton clothes line.  It is soft and pliable and fairly easy to sew through.

Now for the photos:

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C 2 C 3

C 4 C 5

C 6 C 7

C 8 C 9

C 10 C 11

C 12 C 13

C 14 C15

C16 C17

C18 C19

C20 C21

C22 C23

Here is another corded pillow I made.  This one is appliqued.  The owl I drew on regular 8.5 x 11 paper and cut out the pieces.  I used Steam a Seam 2 to attach the pieces and ironed them down. Then satin stitched around them.


Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park

April 5, 2015 (Easter Sunday) we decided to take a drive to Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park and take some photos of the area and especially the Pitcher Plants.

The park utilizes the honor system in collecting entry fees, which are cheap, by the way.  There is a small pavilion at the entrance and an information board about the 2 trails through the park.  One is about a mile or so long, round trip and the other is 7+ miles long, round trip.  We opted for the shorter one yesterday.

My youngest and I took quite a few photos of the trail and the bayou at its end.  Hope you enjoy them.

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What Happened to Good Old Fashioned Discipline?

Yes, that’s my question.  I’m talking about the kind that you and I received as a child.  The kind that we knew would come if we misbehaved or caused our parents any kind of grief.

When we were young we were taught the consequences of our actions.  We quickly learned the rules of appropriate behavior and the type of punishment that followed should we not abide by those established rules of behavior.  There was no “time out”.  There was applied “science”, if you will, in the form of a switch, paddle or belt to our padded posterior.

Children learned quickly what was acceptable and what was not.  Our parents did not have to worry about what we might do in public because we had learned the lessons of acceptable behavior.  I’m not saying we were perfect little angels, because sometimes we did test those lessons and were forced to re-learn them.

We did not have parents who refused to accept the job of forging us into responsible adults.  Our parents didn’t ignore us until we caused a major crisis or run us to the doctor seeking a diagnosis for our behavior so that they could use that as an excuse for a lack of discipline on their part.

Yes, I have seen that.  I am a retired nurse and I have seen my fair share of parents who don’t want to take responsibility for their children.  And it seems to be getting worse on a daily basis.

I am not advocating beating your children, but a pop on the butt alerts the child to the fact that there are consequences to their actions.  But parents must be consistent in order to raise the child to be a responsible member of society.  Inconsistency does the child no good whatsoever.

It seems today’s parents, don’t want to discipline their children.  They are quick to blame someone else when their child does wrong instead of correcting the child’s behavior.  And then they wonder why no one wants them or their children around.

This little essay will probably offend some folks, I really don’t care.  It needs to be said.

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Scalloped Triangle Shawl (Crochet) Photo Tutorial


I found this wonderful crochet pattern on Ravelry.  It is easy and quick.  The pattern uses fingering/sock weight yarn and a small hook, but I used worsted weight yarn and an H hook.  I posted a photo of the completed shawl on Facebook and encouraged several of my friends to try the pattern.

I decided to do a photo tutorial in case they had questions on the instructions.  Here is the link to the Ravelry project page.  If you want the pattern, just click on free download.

Now for the photo tutorial:


T 1 T 2

Row 1:

T 3

Row 2:

T 4 T 5

Row 3:

T 6 T 7

Row 4:

T 8 T 9 T 10 T 11 T 12

Row 5:

T 13 T 14 T 15 T 16 T 17 T 18

Row 6:

T 19 T 20 T 21 T 22 T 23 T 24

Row 7:

T 25 T 26 T 27

Row 8:

T 28 T 29

Rows 9 – 12 repeat previous rows. Hope these photos help you understand the this pattern and make it easier for you to do.

Here are photos of my first one and the second one (in progress):

STShawl 1

Project photo

Idle Hands and All That…….

My hands are definitely not idle.  I am always doing some crafty thing.  If I don’t keep my hands busy, they tend to want to shovel food into my mouth and my mouth never refuses. So I must keep them busy doing other things, cooking, cleaning, sewing, knitting, crocheting….something.

My latest crafty thing is this shawl.  It is a free pattern on Ravelry.

GS 2

Here is the link if you want to make this shawl yourself: