A Journey and a Pillow

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 | 3 comments

I have begun a journey that I know will end on June 17, 2011.  I have begun my final year of teaching.  I have mixed feelings about it.  I still like teaching in the moments with my students- I love giving children joyful experiences through music, I love the teachers I work with, and I think if I have a traditional job, I want it to be teaching.  But my life has become one that I see needing a non-traditional scenario.  I watch hundreds of moms throughout the week picking up their kids from school and walking home with them, and realize that I want to be that mom.  I want to be able to pick my kids up from school, I want to be there when they have a bad day so I can give hugs and homemade cookies.  I want to be there for them- it’s the most important thing.  And so, with this realization last year, I told my husband and my principal (in reverse order) that this is my last year of teaching.  I needed to name it and speak it in order for it to happen.  That, coupled with my newfound love of sewing and creating things with love has instilled in me a lot of hope.  I have no idea if we’ll be able to “make it” without me working.  Rather, I’m sure we’ll “make it” but it will be a different kind of life.  But it’s the life I want; my current life is hard to handle on a day-to-day basis.  I can’t keep up with myself, my kids, my relationships…. the list goes on.  I don’t handle being two people well.  I want to be a good teacher, but it’s more important to me to be a good mom than anything else.

This blog is going to be sporadic while I’m working- I hope to keep up with posts.  I am for sure unable to stop sewing- even if I want to take a break, an idea comes to me and I make it or else it eats at me.  I’m also addicted to giving things I make to family and friends- it’s so much fun.   So I hope that those of you who are reading this blog consistently stick with me- I can’t wait until I can consider myself a true SAHM and a full time blogger/crafter.  I fantasize about it.  No really.  I do.

On to one of my latest projects.  I posted here about my duvet cover that I made.  Yeesh- I can’t believe I made that thing.  I needed to finish it off with an accent pillow, so here it is:

It’s that little green thing in the middle of the two white pillows.

To make the slipcover for this accent pillow, I followed this tutorial at Cottage Magpie that I found while hunting for tutorials.  (That, by the way, is an addiction in and of itself.)  This tutorial is GREAT- I wouldn’t change anything.  I will probably never buy pillows ever again- it’s so much easier to pick your own fabric and make exactly what you want.

My pillow is 14×14 and a bit chubby, and because I wanted the fit to be just right I cut the fabric to be 15.5×15.5.  This gave me plenty of wiggle room, and since the cotton is nice and crisp, it looks great.   The only thing I did differently was the back two pieces are slightly bigger than what is recommended in the tutorial because I didn’t want there to be any pillow showing.  So my two back pieces were 15.5 x 10.5.  This gives you a nice, flat overlap in the back.

Here are some closeups:

It’s amazing what a little pillow can do!  Now if we could just get the rest of the room finished…


  1. Wow, that’s a big step. You go girl.

    Love your new blog design … okay, it’s probably not that new, but I’m a lame friend and I know it :).

    I think you’ve inspired me to do a new bedding set here. Yours is gorgeous. Randy and I were making the bed on Monday and both of us couldn’t believe how many holes were in our duvet thanks to the dog and kids ha ha.

  2. hi nat,
    enjoy your last year of teaching! it will go by in a flash and just think of what you have to look forward to in a year if anything at work even gets you down for one second. wait, it’s not even a year – just under 9 more months! i have no doubt you will make it just fine. or better than fine. for the school year, if you can’t stop sewing but don’t have time to write, maybe you can at least take a photo of your cool craft projects before you give them away and at least post that. sometimes blogs with just photos are fun too. i’m still subscribed to your rss so there’s no getting rid of me so easily when it comes to following your blog(s). maybe one day i’ll also get my act together, come visit you out on your farm-like property, and bring some of the sushi i still owe you from long before you had your second little one. counting down the days with you until summer break (for me) and full-time-mom days (for you)!

  3. Oh, it’s so worth it– making the sacrifices so you can be with your kids. This time is precious in your life; someday when you look back, you won’t regret it!!! It has been true for me. God bless!

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