My Five Favorite Pillow Projects

My Five Favorite Pillow Projects

 

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I was so excited to be asked to co-host My Favorite Things, a series hosted by Jennifer from Dimples & Tangles, Kris from Driven by Decor, Lisa from Shine Your Light, and Pam from Simple Details.

This month we are talking pillows.

When I went back and researched all the pillow projects I had ever created on the blog, I discovered two things.

1.  I have a plethora of pillow DIY’s.

You could say a myriad.

Or a multitude.

Or simply a lot.

2.  I think my pillows are all about my house.

And vice versa.

But enough vocabulary and pillow self-reflection.

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winter scene

This was the view out of my front door last night.

Hello snowmagedon.

It was really pretty and romantic and sweet and snowy and Pride and Prejudice like….

….for about five minutes.

Until.

Until we tried to pull out of the drive way to get milk and bread and realized that our four-wheel drive was stuck and spinning its wheels.

And then all of a sudden a sentence I never imagined I would ever say came out of my mouth.

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DIY Wood Breakfast Tray

DIY Wood Breakfast Tray

 
DIY Breakfast Tray

I come from a family of present makers.

If you’ve read this blog for more than one Christmas you know that every year we exchange handmade Christmas presents we make for each other.

Through the years you might have seen several editions of the present exchange.

There was the picture made out of words from my blog.

And the bowl carved out of the tree that fell in the yard.

And the book of love letters from Box 54.

And so many more.

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winter wonderland field

Did anyone else get a Fitbit for Christmas?

I didn’t know that much about them until every seventh grader in a 125 mile radius decided they wanted one.

Apparently Fitbits are a thing.

The goal is to get 10,000 steps before the end of the day and now everyone around here is racing and jumping and running in place and walking the halls just to get to 10,000 steps first.

I had no idea a band could turn you into a marathoner.

Maybe I need to get one. 🙂Continue reading

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thistlewood peppers

Look what showed up on my doorstep this week.

The last peppers of the season.

I think I ranked them in order of least hottest to hottest.

Jalepenos (I could eat these like a cucumber).

Cayenne (a little goes a long way).

Habanero (never tried it, but I’ve heard proceed with caution).

If you have any great pepper tips….I’d love to hear them.  Especially if they are HOT off the presses. 🙂Continue reading

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Good morning rock star.

Here’s a few random thoughts on an almost-stormy Saturday morning.

1.  I’m thinking about adding a faux brick wall to the house.  I’m all in.  I just have to convince a few other people.

2.  Nothing says spring like walking in fresh green grass without shoes on.  Yesterday I actually felt the grass squish between my toes.

3.  Best outfield catch ever at the ballpark last night.  Time suspended as it hung in the air.  I thought he was going to drop it.  I thought I was going to have to prepare my “you can’t catch them all” speech.  But he emerged victorious with the ball clasped firmly in his glove.

4.  I read somewhere about the “Lark Rise to Candleford” series and I think it looks like Downton Abbey’s cousin.  Have you seen it?

5.  You are amazing.

I know a million other people will tell you that today….

….but I wanted to be the first. 🙂

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Favorite new blog.

She had me at her furniture make-overs.

You can check it out….here.

pinnable

I was recently interviewed for an article on How to Turn Your Hobby Into a Full Time Job.

You can check it out here.

For anyone who has ever wanted to take the next steps there are some really great insights.

Celebrate Creativity

Fun little last minute Mother’s Day gift idea.

Creative and easy.

DIY found here.

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I love this post.

Well-written and heartfelt.

You can read it….here.

Dear Carolina

My friend Kristy just finished her first book.

I couldn’t put it down.

Seriously.

I wanted to be friends with the characters and have one of them decorate my house.  It’s a story about two mothers, one biological and one adoptive, and the love they have for each other and a sweet baby named Carolina.

Best new book I have read in a while.

You can read more about it….here.

And now in random Saturday news:

Love this project.  Everything old is new again.

Great neutrals for a small space.

This made me laugh.  Dogs annoying cats with friendship.

Great furniture idea.

The best way to keep flowers fresh.

And I love the simplicity and sweetness of this house tour.

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And one more for the road.

How to transform a crate into wall organizers.

Happy Random Saturday to you.

Now go take on the day. 🙂

Easy Last Minute Ornament Gift Idea (and a Fun Video)

Easy Last Minute Ornament Gift Idea (and a Fun Video)

 
monogram ornament

Remember the time that you created a simple personalized ornament for a segment on television in Nashville?

You were ready.

You had the cutest necklace and spent hours curling your hair and wore the best shade of red lipstick.

You and the project were going to be amazing.

A ratings blockbuster.

All over Nashville people would put down their coffee cups and stop whatever they were doing to watch incredulously as you created a monogrammed ornament project in minutes.Continue reading

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 (bird plate wall tutorial if you want to make one of your own)

I spent yesterday afternoon listening to the gossip from sixth grade.

It was a steady stream of conversation.  Like who liked who and what so and so said……and who was going with who.

And that the teacher started at the end of the alphabet for class leader.

And that Monday they were serving chicken nuggets.

Super important life changing information.

Good thing I didn’t miss a word. 🙂

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