Dyed Burlap Painted Leaf Pillow

Dyed Burlap Painted Leaf Pillow

 

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My grandmother never threw anything away.

Not a thing.

She kept drawers full of sheets of old tin foil and washed out her plastic bags and cut her towels into smaller towels and re-grated soap to make new soap.  She could stretch a dollar and a aluminum pie plate farther than anyone else I knew.

She grew up during the Great Depression when every piece of every thing had to be recycled.  That’s what they did.  That’s how they made it.

I wish I had more of her inside me.  I toss everything.  If something is worn or tired or holey, I’m the first one to wish it well and escort it to the trash.

But this weekend I did something a little different.

I went all my grandmother on myself and saved a pillow.Continue reading

Five Creative Pillow Projects

Five Creative Pillow Projects

 
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When I rented my first house in college, I stayed awake nights decorating it in my head.

I should have been concentrating on Physics or Latin or World Civilization.

But I wasn’t.

I spent every waking hour designing rooms instead.

You could buy a cup of coffee now with my decorating budget, but I made it work.  I shopped yard sales and bought these random sheets and stapled them to the purple couch that came with the house and sewed giant pillows to cover all the other rented furniture in the house.

Somehow those pillows made everything seem like home.

If you are looking for a little refresh for your living room or family room or office or study or rented room with a purple couch….

….I have the perfect pillow project for you.Continue reading

Winter Decorating Idea:  DIY Drop Cloth Pom Pom Pillow

Winter Decorating Idea: DIY Drop Cloth Pom Pom Pillow

 
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Hello friends.

How’s coffee?

Meet my sewing machine.

My mother gave it to me when I graduated high school and she got it from a lady who had sewed for fifty years.

It doesn’t do anything fancy.  It doesn’t sew zigzag stitches or monograms or loop stitches.  It doesn’t let you set a pattern and walk away while it sews it.  It doesn’t double stitch or triple stitch or fancy stitch or have a help center you can connect to on the machine.

But what it does is so much more amazing.

It sews a straight line.

Year after year after year after year it sews straight line after straight line after straight line without ceasing.

And it make the most amazing drop cloth pillows with pom poms.Continue reading

How To Make a Linen Scrap Pillow of Your House

How To Make a Linen Scrap Pillow of Your House

 
Living Room Decor

I sat in this room Monday night until 10:15pm and watched the last college football game of this college football season.

It was the national championship game.

Alabama v. Clemson.

The Crimson Tide v. the Tigers.

Normally I wouldn’t be watching football.  I would be watching the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and wondering how Bethany from the New York Housewives showed up in Beverly Hills, but I bartered the Golden Globes telecast from my husband in exchange for watching the national championship last night.

It was a good trade.Continue reading

The Gift for the House Who Has Everything (and the Winner)

The Gift for the House Who Has Everything (and the Winner)

 
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I literally have the slowest internet on the planet.

Maybe even the universe.

Truly.

In the time I spend waiting for pictures to upload, e-mails to download, blog posts to pull up, trying to read posts….

….I could have written the sequel to war and peace.

And even with the slowest internet on the planet, it only took me thirty minutes to make this pillow.

Easiest. DIY. Ever.

Need a present idea for the house (or the person) who has everything?

This is the project for you.Continue reading

DIY Monogram Pillow

DIY Monogram Pillow

 
Back Porch Bench

I remember the first monogram I ever made.

It involved paint pens and a bow and a whole lot of confidence.

I’m not sure how it started.  I think I saw a bow on Madonna when she was dancing around with her lucky star and I realized that I had a similar hair accessory.

Light bulb moment.

I ran to my room and took out my sticker covered plastic paint pen box and promptly added a letter to the bow.

It didn’t really bear the slightest resemblance to anything lucky.  The bow was grosgrain ribbon and so the edges of the paint pen letter were kind of fuzzy and my K looked like it needed a shave. And that when I had light bulb moment number two.  Cover up all that fuzz with a monogram.

And some flowers.

And a swirl or two for good measure.

The rest simply defies description.

Bows gone wild…..meet my monogram. 🙂Continue reading

The One Pillow Every Chair Needs

The One Pillow Every Chair Needs

 

hooked wool pillow

When I was growing up, I spent every summer on Cape Cod.

#bestsummersever

We spent days on the beach with the sand between our toes and evenings with my grandmother sharing the highs and lows of the day over tiny wooden bowls filled with Cheeto puff balls and glasses of ginger ale perched on wooden chairs with hooked rug covers.

My grandmother was fancy.

You would have loved her.

She wore red lipstick, too, and pearls.  She drank Pepsi by the gallon, loved to dance, wore cat eye glasses and had the most amazing laugh.

She laughed and the world laughed along with her.Continue reading

Pennant Flag Pillow and Go Kentucky!

Pennant Flag Pillow and Go Kentucky!

 

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I was raised on football.

Every Friday night was spent with field goals and touchdowns and cheerleaders and marching bands and the bright stadium lights shining onto the field….

….and kissing your boyfriend under the bleachers. 🙂

I can still remember the championship game where our team kicked the field goal in the last 20 seconds and won the game by one point.

We screamed and yelled and danced in the stands and raised our hands and cheered until our voices were hoarse.

And for that brief moment we were all united in victory.

I know that it’s all about how you play the game….

…..but sharing the winning makes it all the sweeter. Continue reading