August 4, 2014

Ramble? Why, yes I do.

Today I sat down to make a pillow.
Just a fast and easy 10 minute pillow.

Not in my sewing room- I didn't want to risk a broken leg navigating to the sewing table.
I chose to sit at our large round table in the kitchen where I could catch up on The Bachelorette
and listen for the dryer beep.

I can see the entire street from my viewpoint.
I can see that police officers are at the house down the street.
It's for sale.
A quick call to The Grapevine and I learn that SQUATTERS have moved in to the house illegally.
The realtor is beside himself, the squatter presented the keys to the police, the police left.
WTH? again.
My next update from The Grapevine reveals that the squatters broke the lock box to obtain those keys.
The PoPo returned with back up.
But Mr. Squat had driven away in his Escalade.
Oh no.
My last update from The Grapevine was that she was walking over with her coffee to get some answers.
She hasn't called me back yet so I'll have to update you later.
But this is a reminder that these jerks still exist  in this day and age 
and not just in an old episode of Big Valley.
 (Which is the last time I heard anyone use the term squatters.)

The other concerning thing that I witnessed today was a toothpaste commercial
about a daughter studying to be a dental hygenist.  She was advising her father on toothpaste.
Because of his daughter's inspirational commentary,
the man's mouth has "really been brought to the next level".
WTH? again.
What does that even mean?  And that guy is way too happy about this lifechanger.
Did he brush with dirt before?

I am put off by this and do not buy this baloney.
If he wants his mouth taken to the next level, toothpaste ain't the way go.
Try some Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Brownie, weirdo.
Yeah.  Next.  Level.

Ok, back to the pillow.

I made my pattern using PicMonkey, printed it out on a LaserJet printer, used Citrasolve
for transferring onto the fabric and stitched it up in no time.
I call these disposable pillows.
I made this one from old linen curtains that had sun damage
and then backed it with blue and cream ticking from my stash.
There really is no need to pay high prices for these popular pillows.

You can do it yourself.  Yes, you.
Yes, you can.  Yes, you can.  Yes, you can.
Stop sassing me.

Bruce loves to lay on the couches in the house and some heathens may even eat on them.
I feel much better with quick and inexpensive changes.
Those creamy pillows on either side?
For $10 each (the covers), there's no need to cry when furry beasts
 do their smooshing and digging in the white summery pillows.
They wash up easily and "the disposable" will be repurposed somewhere else.
Dill pickle chips, anyone?


  1. oh, i hope they are successful in kicking out the squatters! ugh! legality can get complicated in some of these cases (so i've read on the internet).

  2. Well, as long as the Po Po don't come to your house, all is well! :) I understand that many times it's a huge problem to get them out, at least that's been the case in the DFW area. I've never understood why people feel they can do this.

    Love your pillow! I'm not so sure that I could do that either but glad you did.


  3. "Drove away in their Escalade"??? Hell they could live in that! Things like this make me crazy, why don't people have a sense of right and wrong? Ugh.

    Your pillow is pretty and yes, I'd LOVE a handful (or three) of dill chips:@)

  4. i'm thinking i need to stitch up some pillows now--thanks for the cute inspiration, tina! squatters-wow!

  5. I saw a movie that had squatters in it. I think it was in France. And French law was that you couldn't turn them out in winter. Or something. And I love making pillows, but I don't make nice ones like you do. Mine look like they were made by a 7th grade Home Economics student.

  6. OMG! I am cracking up at your rambling! Got all caught up in it just like a soap opera. LOL! Your pillow is darling and I like the idea of disposable pillows almost as much as I like the idea of you crafting at your kitchen table watching TV shows. I saw Lay's Cappuccino chips in the store yesterday. Sounded gross. I'm waiting for an update....

  7. Neighborhood drama & beauty all in one post! Best reality blog EVER. ;)

  8. It probably won't come as any surprise to you that we refer to our summer neighbors as the Squatters. So much so that the youngest thought that was their last name.

    I now think I could make those pillows, yes I do. But I'm not eating any dill pickle tater chips.

  9. Tina, your post had me laughing and also oddly comforted that I am not the only one with rambling thoughts :) Great pillows! Blessings, Cecilia

  10. You just make me laugh with every word. It's like that fun in you just can't be held back. It's 3:18am and mr. Pv is probably thinking he's just dreaming that I'm giggling

  11. levels OMG that is too funny Tina !
    There were squatters on a home improvement episode I watched not long ago - guess it happens more than we realize?
    LOVE your pillow !!!

  12. Whipping up adorable pillows is one reason I may even consider getting over my sewing phobia.
    I saw a video now long ago about a woman that owned a home in Detroit, left it for a couple of months and came back to find a squatter had taken up residence. They had to live there TOGETHER for a while due to some type of asenine squatter's rights clause. That's freaky!

  13. You are funny. Yep...Ben and Jerry's would be my prefered method!

  14. you crack me up! Love dill pickle chips! lol
    love the fact that you're starting a business. I sell on ebay and have wanted to start a store and donate to puppy dogs. :)

  15. I had to laugh at your neighborhood grapevine comment! Our youngest daughter had a friend who loved to come to our old house and sit on our front porch to watch the "domestics" happening in our hood. We escaped just in time.

    I love your new pillow! I've never tried transferring images, but maybe one of these days....

  16. I love good neighborhood gossip. An elderly neighbor has put up three posted signs in various colors and sizes and the Public Safety guys came and added theirs to the mix. Meanwhile after several deaths and transfers there are five houses for sale on our one block street. I do not think the posted signs are helping - all houses have been reduced in price.

    BTW I despise the dental daughter's comment also. The way to a higher level is the twenty thou I have put into my mouth over the last two years from a change in the pH of my saliva!

    Bruce needs his own personal extra-large pillow.

    Please tell me how to get the Citrasolve to work.

  17. Who would think of squatting somewhere? I hear that word and I see someone taking a the woods. Love everything you make. Love dill chips and hate stupid commercials!!

  18. Lovely work and a beautiful blog too. So glad I saw you on Lynns blog. ~Diane

  19. Popped over from Lynn's. Glad I did you are a hoot. Love the pillow!

    Blessings :)

  20. I got so caught up in the squatter story that I completely forgot the post was about pillows. But the pillows ROCK!



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