Monday, September 28, 2009

AmyButler + Halloween?

We got out the Halloween quilts and pillowcases. They don't really match, so to say, but M's working it in her crib.

A G's bed is just a little bit cozier with another quilt on it.
I knew they loved these, but I forgot how much. It was enough for me, though, to cut out some squares for Thanksgiving quilts.


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ruffle Flower Pillow



You thought I was done with pillows. You thought I was going to paint a desk this weekend - I was too busy laying landscape fabric. But I do have another pillow to show you.
Made this one with scraps, also. I traced circles of different sizes on tan linen and cut them out.


Then I "squenched" them in the middle - yes, I made that up. I sewed around the middle a little to make sure the "squench" stayed.


Stacked them on top of each other to make a flower.

Some more squenching and tacking onto the pillow case.



The smaller the circles got, the more I liked them.

Here is the result:




My hubby's quote "Is that pillow finished?" Ummm. . . . yes?




Grateful Sunday



Today, I am grateful:




  • My hubby is back in town - always a good thing


  • we went to the park for a picnic lunch yesterday and I loved watching my hubby push all 3 kids on their swings (while I sat in the shade and tried to not fall asleep)


  • We have 8 trees in our backyard - yeah!


  • my faith grounds me, gives me purpose in live and makes me a generally happier person


Have a great week!



PS - Not my house, just pictures that make me smile.





Thursday, September 24, 2009

What Would ________ Do?


I have a decorating dilemma that I'm trying to figure out now. I found a great desk with beautiful legs that I'm going to use as my nightstand - to replace this orange one:
I forgot a true before picture, but here she is in our basement all primed waiting for some love. Then I got stuck. Should I paint it black - it never fails me? Should I paint it white - that seems to be the rage right now? What about going a little crazy and painting it a color? Would painting it a color be too much - I really want to have this room be really relaxing and calm.

Here are (some) my issues:


  • I have WAY too much to do to have to do it more than once. I want to love it, be done with it and start something else.
  • I always play it safe, but it hasn't failed me yet. Plus, it's what my hubby likes.
  • I don't really know what I'm doing when it comes to decorating - I only copy what I see others do.


When this usually happens, I have a couple of go-to blogs? I think "What would Layla do?" or "What would Holly do?"

Layla just painted chairs a beautiful blue-gray. I even got the chip colors and the exact ones don't go with my paint color but there's the idea . .

She's also prone to paint things black:


Holly is a no-brainer. She'd paint it white:


What about Kate? She always surprises me:What about our favorite Young House Lovers?


Anyways . . . What would you do? This is going in my master bedroom and I really want to finish it this weekend and I really want to love it the first time. This is a serious request - even you local friends can comment. HELP!


Spicy Designs Giveaway Winner . . .

A big thanks to all that entered. I did it old school and printed out the comments and printed out all the followers and put everyone in a hat. The winner is . . .

Katie at Clean and Classic Interiors!

I actually smiled at her name being drawn because Katie has been an awesome bloggy friend with only nice things to say. Please stop by her blog - she's awesome!

I'll forward your name and contact info to Spicy Designs. Have fun!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Spicy Designs Giveaway

Spicy Designs specializes in hand-made personal accessories and home decor items made from funky and fresh designer fabrics. Each of their original products are specifically designed to add spice to your life, through color and flare.


Good news is - they are offering your choice of 3 purses!!! You can choose the Madilyn:

The Hailie (this is the one I have):


or The Riley

They use designer fabrics, like Amy Butler, Heather Bailey, Moda, Alexander Henry - you get the drift. They encourage "customization" so that their clients feel happy and excited about the products they order.

They are super fast and offer quality products. Their blog features the many many choices of fabrics to choose from, it's hard to pick a favorite!

So. . . . here's what you have to do:

  1. Go check out Spicy Designs and look at the different fabrics the offer, they have them grouped by color.
  2. Leave a comment here stating which color group is your favorite and which of the 3 purses you would choose. You don't have to have a blog to leave a comment - just make sure there is an email where I can reach you.
  3. For an extra entry, become a follower. No need to comment about it- I know who you are.
  4. Winner will be chosen on Friday, September 25th, sometime in the morning.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Grateful Sunday


I have a 6 yummy homemade meals in my freezer - thank you freezer group!

I have hydrangeas AND lilacs planted in my backyard!

I have fall decorations up and we're putting up Halloween this Friday

M. likes to get "popcorn and a soda" with me while everyone else is at school

M. has stopped getting out of her big girl bed in the middle of the night

G. knows all the words to Miley Cyrus' Hoedown Throwdown

I. is perfect


My kids are about the cutest kids ever - and I dare you to challenge me on that one. I can get pretty feisty when it comes to my kids!



Have a great week!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

For My Sister . .

OK, Hev. I'm sure you were expecting a picture of my ski jump nose, but I haven't owned up to that. But just so you and all your readers can have fun . .
I have no bum. Seriously - my back just runs into my legs. I don't mind, though - except when I have to pick out pants.

My sister is having a tag for everyone to own their flaws and celebrate them. Find it here. I hate her.




Friday, September 18, 2009

Ruffle Pillow

This has to got to be my favorite of the bunch. I used left over linen from the bedroom drapes. I kind of copied the ruffles I did on I's Chicken Little costume.

Ruffles are really easy. There are tutorials everywhere for them. Here's a good one I found and the pillow looks pretty much like mine.


I made it to go on M.'s big girl bed, that she doesn't have yet. But . . . I like it on my bed, too. a lot.
So . . . who should I try to copy next? Any ideas? I'm on a roll!
PS - The black and white pillow - a gift sent to me by CSN Mattresses. It's called Ethan White. I love it and am hard to impress with pillows. I always think, I could do that, and I usually do. This one is beautiful and I'm not going to try to attempt to embroider it with the perfect shiny silvery white color. They have anything you might have the inkling to think you want.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Drew Barrymore Knock Off


Who can forget Drew Barrymore's office that was featured in Domino (April 08)?
I've had this picture in my inspiration folder forever. I love the settee, the table, the colors - everything! I don't have a very big budget. I can't recreate much of it, except the pillows. That I can do.

Since I was trying to use scraps, I used black that was used to make a jedi cape last October and white. My engineer husband tried to help me with the math, but it was more than I wanted to take on. I cut my 2 squares 24". Then I folded them in half corner to corner and cut it. Then I folded them in half corner to corner again and cut it. On the edges that were going to touch white, I trimmed 3/4" off. Then I cut white strips 2" in width and sewed it all together.

I did have a fabric button kit leftover, so I covered the button in black.

I think I would love this in a bright funky print - but I love that it cost me $0, about an hour of my time, and it's pretty cute (blurry, but cute)!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Pottery Barn Pillow Knock-Offs


Years ago, my sister (who lives in AZ and never has a need for a cable knit sweater) handed me down this sweater. I love the look, but it was too short for me. I saw a pillow in the pottery barn catalog:I took the sweater and stuffed the insert in it to check out the fit.
Then I cut off the arms, sewed the bottom and sides up. I stuffed the insert through the neck opening. I wasn't sure how to close it and my friend suggested buttons. I'm picturing wooden toggle buttons - cute, huh? I'll have to wait for my next outing to get those. For now, I'll just position it so the opening is behind another pillow. I think this pillow looks perfect for the upcoming cold weather!




Next, I had enough fabric from my linen bulletin board, to pull together this pillow. I've done it before, I've posted about it before. Nothing new here. I even had an extra button left over from the last time I did it. Still . . . it's a pillow I made that I love that cost me $0.


I've still got more coming! I just finished up 5 pillows for a friend last night.



Monday, September 14, 2009

4 Pillows, 4 Looks $0


One of my friends called one day and asked if I wanted some pillow inserts. She didn't want them and was about to donate them, but thought maybe I could do something with them. Of course, I was there within the hour picking up 4 24" perfect pillow inserts - we zipped off the covers and I kept them inserts.
My husband thinks I collect pillows like most girls collect shoes, and he might be right. I made a goal to use only things I had around my home and from my fabric stashes. I got 4 different looks.


Throughout this week, I'll be showing the pillows in detail and my inspirations for them and how they all look good in several places of my house.



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