Dog (and Cat) Bed for Two

We got a new kitten in February. His name is Andrew. He’s awesome and rowdy and a really good napper. Sam, our dog, has graciously welcomed him into our family. Sam was willing to share his bed in front of the window until Andrew almost doubled in size. 🙂

So I decided it was time to create a space they could share and still be comfortable. So I put some legs on our hope chest and put it in front of the window. I created a custom pet bed that they could share. It was a process, but it fits the hope chest perfectly, they won’t damage the finish, and they aren’t so crowded. 🙂

I used this pattern as a starting point. It has really good directions with a lot of close-up pictures. I expanded the size and added the middle bolster in order to have space for both of them. It was kind of a beast to sew since I doubled it, but it worked out.

I’m so glad I added the middle bolster, it’s been a hit with both Sam and Andrew. And I’m certainly glad it has sides… As you can see Andrew really likes to spread out.

Breakfast Nook Makeover


Recently, our breakfast nook got a lot of attention. First, my dad helped me construct a built-in wrap around bench. Then I got to work making cushions and pillows for it. Finally, I completed some framed embroidery for the wall behind it. Let me fill you in on all the details.


Last year, I asked my dad to help me construct a cantilever desk in my office based on this design. I absolutely love it and the design is sleek and makes the small space seem much bigger and more usable. So I thought at similar design would work great in our eat-in kitchen area to replace the bulky rolling chairs. I love it just as much and highly recommend this design for small spaces. Easy to clean and leaves the space feeling open and clean.


I let my dad take a coffee break. :)

I let my dad take a coffee break. 🙂

Primed and painted with 2 coats of white semigloss. Luckily, no cat prints.

Primed and painted with 2 coats of white semigloss. Luckily, no cat prints.

I wanted move-able and washable cushions and a big pile of pillows for back support (and for sleeping on sleepy mornings). My mom and I found the cutest kitchen fabric. These pillows are simple and straight-forward. Nothing fancy. I’m still in the process of quilting two other pillows that are a little more elaborate. More on those later.

Brown, mango, and matching kitchen print pillows and cushions.

Brown, mango, and matching kitchen print pillows and cushions.


For the wall, I embroidered a happy camper from a pattern I bought on Etsy and put a matching border on it then added some batting and put it in a thrift store frame (minus the glass).


Then I selected two embroidered tea towels made by each of my grandmothers. I love using them as tea towels, but wanted to see some of them all the time, so I thought I’d frame them. I added some fabric framing, ric-rac, and piping before framing them. I really love how they turned out!


I’m so happy with the space now. It feels bright, cheery, and airy. It’s my favorite spot to sit and have coffee in the morning and get inspired before I start my day. I hope it inspires you too!


Coffee Mug Cozy and Mug Rug



Here’s a quick and easy coffee cup cozy made from this pattern from Life Made Creations. Click on the picture below for a link to the tutorial.



For the mug rug I just crocheted a swatch as big as I wanted it and added a simple single crochet border.

My husband was a big fan of this project and now he wants me to make one for his favorite coffee cup. Stay tuned!