My name is Diana Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, writer, graphic designer, model, and former journalist who had memorable days reporting from the LA red carpet for E! Online. This is where I share my life daily, as a creative professional.

My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I enjoy traveling, home improvement projects, sewing and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life and work and the things that I discover along the way - with camera in hand.

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A few weeks ago I took my mother-in-law to SAS Fabrics (she’s from IL) and was pretty sad that I had no projects in my mind so I left empty handed.  Then a few days went by and I realized I did have a couple projects I could tackle – seat cushions!  I went back to SAS the next week and was SOOOO excited to fill my basket up with fabric and piping!

Since we had custom cabinets and shoe shelving made in our laundry room, it was hard to find a cushion that were the exact dimensions and I knew foam can be quite pricey so I just waited.  I contemplated buying an $80 Pottery Barn cushion and cutting it shorter to make it fit – ah!  So glad I didn’t and after hanging around the fabric store this idea popped into my head – DIY bench cushions made from two pillow forms!

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I bought the toile fabric for $3.99 a yard at SAS Fabrics, and two 20×20 pillow forms for $7.99, and two buttons for $.25 each.  Total around $20!

Want to make one? Let’s get started.

First, make sure pillows fit in the spot.

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Measure the area.

  • Bench area: 17.5″ x 32.5″
  • Add 1″ due to puffiness of pillow (height)
  • = 18.5″ x 33.5″
  • add .5″ for sewing the seams
  • = 19″ x 34″ final size

Cut fabric to size. Using Fiskars rotary cutting set.

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Face printed side to each other.  I wanted the print to face the same direction too because if I were to flip the cushion my finishing seams would still be in the back.

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Decide where your open seams will be, side or back.  I decided two in the back.

Start sewing all the way around – but remember to allow 2 openings for the two pillows.

I have a serger but for this project I wanted to stick with my sewing machine.  I used the zig zag in the middle of two straight stitches.  This makes sure there’s still a straight line when I turn it inside out but also secures the fabric a bit more from fraying.  It’s a great alternative if you don’t have a serger.  You can also use pinking shears on the fabric instead of a straight cut and on your sewing machine run a straight stitch.

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Using a fabric marker (it disappears after a few minutes) mark the middle and sew a few inches above and below it just to make that opening secure and easier for you.

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Flip inside out.

Iron – see the difference it makes?

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I wanted to sew the edges for a cleaner edge.

Remember to leave two openings open, but do anchoring stitches at the openings.

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Lay flat and measure the middle – it may not be where you made the first mark after sewing.

This is where you do the middle seam to separate the pillows.

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Stuff.

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Sew closed.

Add fabric covered buttons.  I made my own.  I watched this tutorial here.

Place in the middle using a really thick string, double or triple if you must. I used a 3″ needle too and so it would go all the way through.

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On other side I used a clear button.

Squish both sides so you can flatten the pillow a little.  It helps to have the top button have string left so you have it to tie down really tightly.

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All done!

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The No-Sew method would be to get two pillows and use a ribbon to hand stitch both together on both sides!

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Decor, Home + Garden, Sewing + Crafts

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You won’t believe me when I tell you this, but…

I’ve never been stung by a bee.

Maybe it’s because I can outrun them, or because I’m not the outdoorsy type (aside from gardening).  Or maybe, the bees don’t smell any fear on me (yeah right).

I’m really thankful I have yet to be stung because (1) I’m not sure if I’m allergic because I am allergic to mosquito bites swelling up like a baseball and (2) really scared.  If you’ve been stung, please reassure me it’s not that bad.

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I captured my buzzing pollen loving friend with my 100 mm/2.8 maco.  It’s not easy capturing a little bee that moves like him.

I have come off from a very busy weekend, over ate (but happy tummy) and over shopped (to make up for my garage sale I suppose) and currently reorganizing my life and steadying some thoughts. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week, I have a few things to share over the next several days from backyard updates and another fantastic giveaway just in time for Mother’s Day. xx

Gardening, Home + Garden, Lifestyle, Personal

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Prayers have been answered, the husband is no longer starving and I’m whipping up great meals in the kitchen!  I’ve found a way to be in and out of the kitchen quickly thanks to two things – portioned meal delivery service and a quick clean up routine.

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Look at that photo – three things going on the gas stove, I’ve turned into a cooking machine.  The upside to cooking, seeing the fresh ingredients and putting it into my body.  The downside, the abundance of cleanup from food prepping – lots of little bowls plates, pots and pans. I try to read the steps ahead to see if I can mix ingredients together to lessen the bowls and it helps, but every meal takes quite a bit of kitchenware and cooking utensils.

On my way to an audition last week, I stopped into Walmart in Scottsdale to tackle my shopping list and picked up the Palmolive® Multi Surface dish soap which kills 99.9% of bacteria!

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Sometimes the mundane chores need a little pizazz in your toolbox – like cute gloves and bright sponge colors.  It’s the little things that hold my attention, just like the cute school supplies I had when I was a child or my pink toolset for my handwork around the house.  Whatever you need to do to make something more fun, do it and don’t feel guilty about it.

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Killing 99.9% bacteria means it is acceptable for me to continue to prep on the kitchen counter like so:

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Is that horrifying?  The directions were to pat the meat with a dry paper towel and season, I just close to lay it on the counter since I knew I would wipe it afterwards.

My need for efficiency is always finding a solution – this is why we have weekly ready portioned food deliveries, grocery deliveries and an easy kitchen clean up routine.

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Clean up goes like this after cooking: Plate the meal, rinse dishes, load dishwasher, wipe down counters and stove. If I cook, sometimes Mr. Wonderful cleans while I’m cooking for speedier clean up which is great when I’m starving.

I cleaned up the kitchen in under five minutes and was off to eat our dinner over one of my favorite shows – Walking Dead!  I know you’re wondering how I can eat anything while watching that show – it’s because I know it’s just BBQ sauce, which makes me hungrier, ha!  Did you watch the season finale? Ah!

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Check out Palmolive® Multi Surface dish soap to quicken your clean up kitchen routine.

Photography BTS: Wondering how I captured the slow motion blur?  I set up my camera on a tripod, low ISO, aperture was set to F/10 and wanted a slow shutter speed (about 1 second) so I could catch myself in action. I used a remote control to trigger.

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