Oh Deer!

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It’s that crazy time of year. You know….the Holiday season. I make a personal effort to stress myself out un-necessarily as much as possible. I’m pretty good at it by now. I like to make gifts, but some of these ideas don’t pop into my crazy head until last minute. It’s not my fault my brain feels the need to procrastinate ideas. I can’t control that part.

Along with all the Holiday stress (that I mostly make up myself) I had to deal with renewing my health insurance today. I won’t give you the whole story, but I will let you know the Heath Insurance Marketplace is basically a joke. Every time I’ve called over the past year now they say I’ve never filled out an application, but I signed up for insurance through them, pay for it every month, and am able to use it at the doctor…so I’m not sure how I don’t have an application any where in the system. It can never be found in the system, but I can’t log in online either because apparently my login and password are invalid.

Basically what I am saying is that I was frustrated and needed to do something for myself. Just a little quick project that’s been ready to go for about a month.

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I got this t-shirt from my work. It’s a little girls t-shirt and I know no one in that particular size. It was too adorable not to buy. I had no one to give it to so I had to make something out of it.

I began by cutting the front and the back off. I used a lightweight iron on interfacing so the t-shirt wouldn’t stretch while I was trying to work with it.

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I then cut the front and the back of the shirt into two matching rectangles.

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I faced the two pieces together, pinned down the edges, and sewed almost all the way around. I left a hole at the bottom, so I could flip the form inside out.

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I then stuffed the pillow with poly-fil and sewed it shut. I personally like to use the poly-fil they have at Hancock Fabric. The stuffing from Hobby Lobby feels gross and is lumpy. (I love Hobby Lobby for other stuff though!)

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Here is my new little cute deer hanging out with my other pillows and blankets.

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Look closely and you will realize that all of the pillows are up-cycled. The other two are made of wash cloths and hand towels. These are great because they are easy to clean, and I know the t-shirt one will be too.

My sister always says that if you are stressed out about big stuff, take a break and do an easy project that you know you can accomplish quickly. This will make you feel a little better because you have completed something and it will be one less thing on your list. That’s what this project was for me today. I had tons of other stuff to do, but I began this as I was on hold with the Healthcare Marketplace. It was easy and didn’t take a lot of focus or time, but I’m in love with her! I think she needs a name. The elephant in my bathroom is Theodor. What should the deer in my living room be named?

BTW…I still don’t have health insurance for 2015 yet, but I have 6  more days to figure it out. And I know all of the Christmas presents will get finished even if I stay up all night Christmas Eve. I will have to sleep a little bit though because I know Santa won’t come while I’m awake.

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