Modern Dresser Makeover

Finally, our bedroom is box-free and even has a sense of style thanks to my new chair! I’ve been on the hunt for a solid, not-too-shabby dresser that I could re-do to complete the room and it’s been tough! After several weeks of shopping IΒ finally found a dresser last week for $25 at Goodwill!


I wanted to get it all done in one day but I got home and realized that was crazy so I spaced it out over three days. The first day I bought the dresser and I went to Hobby Lobby to find drawer pulls. Hobby Lobby always has cute stuff so I figured picking out drawer pulls would be easy! Nope.


Even with all those options I wasn’t jazzed by any of them! I was so surprised – I thought for sure I would find something there! They were all cute but just…not quite right. I took a lap around the store and came back and still wasn’t in love with any of them so I ended up asking Mr. Layland for his feedback.

He had a completely different idea and I loved it so he actually picked out the drawer pulls πŸ™‚ So glad he has opinions about little things like drawer pulls!


I have been under the impression that spray painting is a thousand times faster than painting by hand – it’s not. I got as far as the drawer fronts and the top of the dresser when I ran out of paint and ended up at Home Depot. Surprise, surprise I walked away with a can of fast-drying paint and a sponge brush!

The weirdest thing happened when I got home. I opened up my little can and it was blue! Yes – blue. For whatever reason I was beyond caring and slapped some of the blue paint on the side of the dresser to see what would happen. Amazingly enough it dried black! Not even kidding! Anyone know why?

I finished off my project a new believer in painting by hand πŸ™‚ Our drawers are all organized and I love it!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Anthropologie Copy Cat Mug

Once upon a time when I lived in a land with normal weather I loved drinking hot chocolate and apple cider in the Fall πŸ™‚ I have a thing for mugs so it all worked out perfectly. I’ve resisted doing this particular project because it’s still a thousand degrees outside and I’d rather do the Ice Bucket Challenge than drink hot chocolate.

But I finally gave in and made this mug.


I don’t know about you but sometimes when I’m shopping I come across a skirt or a painted rolling pin or a mug that I think “I could totally make this and save myself $100!”Β It happens a lot when I go to Anthropologie.

I went in there one time with Mr. Layland and we found these paper mache lemons meant to be arranged as a centerpiece. Not only could I do it but I bet our 5 year-old niece could have made those. So that’s when I finally thought, why not give it a go?


No, this is not a lovely lemon centerpiece — mostly because I don’t want a lemon centerpiece πŸ™‚ I got the mug at Walmart for less than $2 and I got the Sharpies at Fry’s for $6.99. When your design is complete bake it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees and the color should withstand hand washing. This is the Arboretum set at Anthropologie…I’m considering completing my copy cat set so keep a look out for that in a couple of weeks.


Now I can put all my time and energy into making a million cheap and adorable mugs. If you get one for Christmas…just forget I put the price on here – it’s really from Anthropologie and it cost me a fortune!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Grey & Pink Owl

I made a snow monster a few weeks ago and decided she needed a friend. I love owls and wanted to make a cute big-head-little-body stuffed owl to send to my sister in Honduras. I posted about the teeny fox yesterday and realized I never posted about the grey & pink owl! So here we go πŸ™‚


I think she is just the cutest little owl πŸ™‚ I want to try another one with grey on the outside of the wings…I think that might look a little better. Again, I didn’t use a pattern for this so I just made it up as I went along.

I started from the top and worked my way down. I cut out all the felt for the head and face. I sewed little white circles on the eyes to add a little character then layered everything and sewed it together one step at a time! (I hot glued on the beak) I ended up leaving a hole in the neck so I could attach the body inside – I thought that would be a little more secure.

It ended up not working out so I closed it up and attached the body to the outside.

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With the head looking adorable, I moved on to make the little body. Same as the head – I cut out the shape, sewed it together and flipped it inside out. I filled it with stuffing and closed the top then sewed the body and neck together.

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I wanted the wings to be about as long as the body so when I cut them out I laid them next to the owl to make sure they were a Β good length. I cut out little “v”s to add a feather look to the belly πŸ™‚ And there you have it!

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I’d love to see other people try it out and do a few variations on the styling. If you give it a go – let me know! I’d love to see some pictures and get new ideas!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Teeny Fox DIY

My sister is living in Honduras right now as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Β I made aΒ Snow Monster and Owl thinking maybe she knew some kids who could use a soft, little toy. I sent her pictures of them and she said she knew exactly who needed a toy.

I don’t know his name but this little boy’s only toy is a knife. A knife!?!

That’s when I decided to make this teeny little fox! I figured it would be more appealing to a boy than a fuzzy toy wearing a pink bow πŸ™‚



In all honesty I think teeny fox here is cuter than the owl or snow monster (sorry ladies) and he was easier to make! He’s small and will fit perfectly in that little boy’s hand. Now he’ll have something softer than a knife which makes me happy.

I didn’t use a pattern – making these little toys isn’t a science so they don’t have to be perfect. I drew on the felt with a colored pencil and cut out the body (front & back), tail, white poof for tail, and all the details for the face.

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I sewed the front and back together leaving a hole at the bottom so I could then flip him inside out. Don’t judge my sewing skills – I had just gotten home from work and I had zombie brain. That and I was trying to sew with my darning plate and that wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had.

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At this point I stuffed him, making sure to fill in his little ears really well so they would stand up. I flipped the bottom hem in and sewed him up! When I made the snow monster I sewed on all the small parts – eyes, teeth, bow etc. but I decided to take the easy way out on this one and used a hot glue gun.

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He’s nothing fancy but he’s cute and I think will make a great toy πŸ™‚ Now he and all his friends are set to go to Honduras and make little children super happy!

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Hopefully my sister can send me pictures of the kids she gives them to. If she does, I’ll be sure to update with pictures and any extra information she shares about the kids!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Reupholstering 101

I found this chair just down the street on the sidewalk and I’m still praying that I didn’t accidentally mess up some kid’s plan to set up a lemonade stand.

This post is called Reupholstering 101 because I’ve never reupholstered something in my life and this project was really easy. The chair was in pretty good condition – a few marks on the seat but the wood was clean and sturdy. So I took it home.

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Once I got it home I let it sit in the kitchen for a few weeks. That step is unnecessary. Finally the day came and I had enough time and energy to go pick out fabric at JoAnn’s! I chose this fabric because the circle in the print is a great size to create a focal point on the chair and the color combination has great contrast. It’s not too crazy.

I unscrewed the seat from the chair and spray painted it outside. Even though I was painting it on gravel and weeds I still put newspaper down.

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If you’re spray painting on anything really – you’ll want to cover the surface with newspaper or a tarp or something so you don’t end up with paint on your mother’s deck. That would be bad. Really bad. So be smart and put a covering down!

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I have the hardest time being patient with spray paint. I know you’re supposed to do light strokes, back and forth. But for Pete’s sake that takes a long time! I’ll admit I got a little impatient towards the end and did a few long strokes. Then I ran out of paint. Luckily, my mother-in-law had three other cans of black spray paint so I was back in business pretty quickly and finished painting!

Back inside I started on the seat cushion. I lined up the pattern right in the middle and pinned the edges in place. This helped the fabric stay centered while I figured out how best to proceed.

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Ideally you would use a staple gun with staples meant for a staple gun. Like I said, I get impatient. I used a stapler.

Don’t judge. I’m not trying to sell this chair so I don’t need to impress anyone with professional grade staples. However, if you live in the Phoenix valley and you want to make an offer on it – be my guest!

When it comes to the corners pull the fabric tight in little sections, overlapping them and trying to avoid puckering.

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Staple all the way around the seat cover making sure to pull the fabric taut. Cut away the excess fabric & voila!

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There you have it, a brand new seat cover. Because the old cover was in pretty good shape I left it on there and double covered the seat with this new fabric. My Mom suggested it, saying it would help the chair wear better. Less work? Sounds good to me!

On my first round of painting the chair I had missed a few nooks and crannies so I went back through and did some touch-up painting. Unfortunately that meant more waiting. I think it was worth it though. After a few hours I attached the new seat back onto the chair and there you have it!

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I was so pleased with how it turned out! It was a great project to learn how to reupholster furniture because all I needed to cover was the seat. I would highly recommend starting with something like this – simple and quick.

If y’all have any suggestions or tips for bigger reupholstering projects I’d love to hear them! I’m always open to new ideas and suggestions!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Ring Holder

I love baking and making homemade pizza but both can be pretty messy. After I got engaged to Mr. Layland I quickly learned that the window sill above the sink is not the best place to keep my ring while I work my magic in the kitchen.

This DIY Ring Holder can be transferred from the kitchen to the bathroom or you can make one for both. It’s up to you!


I like having mine in the bathroom sometimes too because I don’t like the idea of soap and face wash chemicals on my ring. I’m a little obsessed with cleaning my ring so I also use this holder to dry it a cleaning. It comes in really handy.

It’s really simple to make & you can make it according to your style so it’s exactly what you want! I got this small frame at Hobby Lobby for less than $5. I had the white lace and pin on hand. It took me about 10 minutes to put this together.

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Most frames come with a fake picture or a paper inside. Lay the lace (or patterned paper) over the insert and cut it to fit. Put the lace and insert back in the frame.

This won’t work if the frame has a glass cover. This one came with a plastic cover which was perfect. Use the pin to poke a hole in the upper middle section where you will eventually secure the pin. Remember your ring needs room to hang!

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Using wire cutters (or not your Mother’s best scissors) cut about 1/2 inch off the pin. Poke the pin into the hole and make sure it’s really secured in there. You might have to play with the angle a little bit to make sure your ring will stay on.


There you have it! A super cute and safe place to keep your ring while you bake or wash your hands or take a shower! Sometimes Mr.Layland will put his ring on it too – but only when mine is already hanging there. It’s really precious ❀

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Not Your Mother’s Zipper Pouch

I started sewing with my mother when I was a teenager but it’s been a while since I’ve taken on a project. In the middle of college what non-fashion-design student has time to sew? Or a sewing machine, for that matter.

The woman I nanny for has been sewing up a storm in order to open her Etsy shop, Rykie B’s. It’s actually thanks to her that I had the guts to try anything with a zipper!


This is the very first zipper I’ve ever done. I’ve never attempted it because it looks so complicated. If I can do it – you can too! Trust me!

I got the in-person tutorial the other morning at work because Tara has been making these adorable wet bags. Her fabric is the cutest and they’re super functional.

In addition to getting her to show me the ropes I also followed this online tutorial by Reasons to Skip the Housework. I’m glad I did because I almost had an inside-out zipper pouch! Measure twice, cut once — and always double check the picture before you sew!


When I bought this fabric it was on clearance at Hobby Lobby and I had no idea what I was going to do with it. That was six months ago and I’m really glad I hung onto it!

One thing the tutorial doesn’t exactly clarify is that the top stitch needs to go through both the lining and the outer fabric. The zipper is already sewn in at that point but the top stitch helps to secure the lining down so it doesn’t get caught in the zipper.

The next project I want to try is an adaption on this — a laptop case. Stay tuned!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!