The Pouf. Floor Cushions for outdoor living

I am a true die-hard fan of floor cushions.  When I see floor cushions in a space it indicates to me a relaxed, care free atmosphere.  A laid-back style with a touch of fun releasing the formality of decorating.  That speaks volumes to me because I’m a closet Afrocentric Bohemian Hippie. 🙂 I’ll spare you the pictures….

With all that being said, When my daughter asked me to make her and the grands a few floor cushions….Whhhaaat!!  There is some of my blood running through her veins!  (too funny) And she wanted me to use scrap fabric too!! OMG, open the window and release the butterflies… I was in heaven! 🙂

Pier1Imports Pouf

Pouf Inspiration from Pier1Imports

Patchwork pouf

Pouf from Pier1Imports $149.95

Her inspiration was this patchwork pouf from Pier1Imports. Cost $149.95 each.  With three beautiful grand-kiddies, each having one… that not happening.  So Mom/Grandmom to the rescue.

If you like to sew and fiddle with scrap fabric  this is one great way to make use of left over fabric. Or using old clothing from kids or loved ones. No formality here. Poufs has been around for a long time, and will never get old.

I had to make a pattern first. The Amy Butler honey bun pouf pattern that I used  here was not quite what she wanted.   I have always used medical paper purchased from Amazon for making first draft patterns. This paper is cheap less than $10 a roll and could be used for many projects.  By cutting out the diameter first and drawing the pattern directly on the paper then cutting it out worked best for me.  pouf patternI made two different patterns for two sizes.

The first size for the grandkiddies.  A 24″ diameter x 12″ height I felt was large enough for their little bottom. 🙂 poufsFor stuffing I recommend king or standard size bed sleeping pillows if you don’t want to use a ton of Poly-fil.  The sleeping pillows are light weight and easy to remove when washing the pouf cover.  Stuffing them with blankets makes it so heavy and you don’t get the soft round shape as you would when using the sleeping pillows.  I also sprayed them with Scotchguard Protector. (Just a little tidbit of what I do)kidspouf2collagepoufFor the larger pouf she wanted I must confess, I purchased a few prints of fabric from Hobby Lobby to better coordinate with what I had.  It’s just as funky with different prints, but….a totally different vibe.

30″ diameter x 16″height.  Wow!  I think I have lost my mind!!!! blkwhtpoufI was feeling “Liberace” with the candelabra….  blkwhtpoufsetting

blkwhtpoufoverheadWell now that I’ve had my fun with them, off in the mail they go.

If you have scrap fabric (or not) make something fun, functional and funky for your outdoor living space.

Made a little video of a few fun outdoor spaces using floor cushions, poufs and pillows….hope you enjoy. 🙂

signatureThanks for stopping by…Enjoy your week!

Sweet Sensations



If you crave chocolate and want a sweet relaxing taste sensation have a Chocolate Martini.

  Chocolate lovers and tini- lovers …You know how I feel.   I have to admit I’ve enjoyed my share but my favorite is a chocolate martini.  Dark or Vanilla doesn’t matter…It’s chocolate!  I had to satisfy my cravings for sweet chocolate while relaxing this week-end.  This was indeed the prefect answer.  My simple quick recipe for a Not-so-Vanilla Chocolate Martini:  ChocolateMartinirecipe

  • 2 oz. of Vanilla Vodka.
  • 1/2 oz. White Cream de Cacao
  • 1 oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur (for Vanilla Martini use Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur)
  • mix ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into martini glass
  • If you have chocolate syrup, swirl into glass before straining drink
  • garnish with cherry

So simple, Sooo sweet.  Sip and enjoy.

Martinis are sensuous sexy cocktails and I have to admit when I’m mixing martinis this is how I see myself, in my mind’s eye….



But then reality strikes…sets in reeeallly fast

Martini Cheers


but my sweet chocolate Martini taste sensation is satisfied!

Too funny.

Later as the week-end continued…I went shopping Talk about Sweet deals, I was all over the place.



My last stop was Goodwill and found a pair of candle holders for $7.00.  Heavy, solid, made in India, 10″ and 12″ tall.  Perfect to use for the outdoor bistro table.  1264sweet-dealsSince the weather was so nice on Saturday I decided to do a little faux gardening.




For this Sweet modest centerpiece:  The pitcher I’ve used many times.  Also shown in Pitcher Perfect Collection.  I filled it with a few Amaranthus stems from Michaels Crafts on sale at $2.99 each. 1272sweet-sensations-martinisunday

The white ceramic parrot is one of two that was featured in Exotic Sentiments and A Beautiful Orchid. 1275sweetsensationsmartinisunday

I went to Pier1Imports to purchase another beaded pillow in order to have a matching set.  But of course no longer available!  So off to JoAnn Fabrics. Which means I’ll have to do some sewing.



I love to sew, but this week-end I wanted to give it a rest. I found this embellished fabric. On sale at 50% off, plus a small remnant at 75% off the sale price. Not bad.  I made two lumbar pillows and have enough fabric left for 2 more.1284pillowfabric


1270sweet-sensations-deals-settingAll in all this past week-end was sweet and satisfying. untitledweekendThanks for stopping by…Enjoy your week

Sip, Shop, Sew, Create and enjoy loving your home. 🙂


Silver Dollar Centerpiece for January

Happy New Year. Hope you are enjoying the start of a new year!

After the holiday decorations are put away what do you do if you want a Winter centerpiece without it looking like Christmas?

I decided to use the tree branches I saved from Tree branch Candlestick and Another tree branch décor idea.

Hubby brought out the saw and sliced two branches for a runner for me:

       To secured it I attached a board to the bottom with wood glue, and sprayed it with polyurethane.  After spraying it I was not pleased with the coloring but I carried on.  Maybe if I keep it, I’ll go back and stain it.  I scattered glass stone to fill the gaps.

Next for the candle holders, he drilled holes for the tea-lights and cut them to a nice height.


I tried my hand at painting again… for a Birch Bark effect and for the centerpiece branch drilled holes for the silver dollar floral stems. treebranchcenterpieceAdded the finishing touches:

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During the evening with the Chandelier lights, the Silver Dollars really come to life with an iridescent pearl quality.  Silver Dollar BirchBark CenterpieceNow that I look at it, I’m not sure if this centerpiece is better suited for Spring or Winter??  C’est la Vie,  I think I’m done with the tree branches!  This was just my way of preserving the branches and the love I have for my favorite old Oak tree.   Taking what was, preserving its memory and making something new, was a fun and worthy project for me.

Check out Jo-Ann’s January sale on florals,  it’s great.  With coupons the stems cost less than a silver dollar. 🙂  (too funny)

Enjoy your week-end.  Thanks for stopping by…  signature

Silver and Gold for Christmas

I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas Holiday Season. We love this time of year for so many reasons.

Deciding on a centerpiece for the season was challenging because there are so many beautiful festive colors and themes.  Keeping it simple to last thru-out the winter months with very little editing was my goal.


A small wreath to greet you at the kitchen door



Reindeer greetings as you enter


Via Pinterest Only If I had a tree it would be....

Via Pinterest
Only If I had a tree… This it would be….


Gold and Silver Reindeer

Golden Reindeer spreading Joy



Snowflakes of Pearls and Crystals



A flocked swag with twinkling lights and silver wire trees accents the buffet with a reindeer sitting cozy and nestled away


Crystal candle holders and pillars wrapped in sparkling ribbons

Crystal candle holders and pillars wrapped in sparkling ribbons


A grouping of candle holders in mirror and gold, silver mercury glass and mother of pearl

A grouping of candle holders in mirror and gold, silver mercury glass and mother of pearl

It all makes Silver and Gold for Christmas

Flocked Floral Centerpiece accented with ornaments

Flocked Floral Centerpiece with candle accented with ornaments, crystals and pinecones.

Other small holiday touches to make the season bright:

Apothecary Jar filled with glitter spheres and snowflakes

Apothecary Jar filled with glitter spheres and snowflakes

Coffee table glitters with spheres and twinkling lights

Coffee table glitters with spheres and twinkling lights

Patio filled with twinkling snowflake lanterns

Patio filled with twinkling snowflake lanterns

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holiday Season !!!


................Merry Christmas from our home to yours..............

Merry Christmas from our home to yours


Thank you so much for following my blog these last few years.

You taking the time to visit is more appreciated than you will ever know.

  I read a quote awhile back on Pinterest and it has stuck with me.  I would like to share this quote with you.  It’s just a simple small thought to remember but it has a strong impact on our everyday lives, especially during this holiday season.

“If you only say one prayer in a day, make it Thank You”

Thankful for being able and capable to give, to share, to understand, to love.

Thanks for stopping by….Cheers!signatureChristmas centerpiece 2016




Christmas Ribbons


After the gifts are wrapped, ribbons tied and presents hidden away, what do you do with all the left over gift wrappings?  For me, I don’t store wrapping paper, gift bags and all the trimmings. I usually give it away to Salvation Army, Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity. But this year I kept a little extra to do a fun, cute accent for the patio.

img_0955ribbon Tie a pretty bow around plain accent pillows  🙂  Too funny.  But how cute.img_0960wrappillowsThe pillows were made with the left over linen fabric posted in Pillows worthy of golden words.  With all the $$ spent for gifts, Holiday pillows for the patio was not going to happen.  The snowflake pillows had a previous life as a table runner. The ribbons with all the sparkle and glitter tied in bows around plain pillows certainly did the job accenting our bistro chairs for the Holidays.   img_0976patiopillowsAfternoon cocktails and candy kisses. img_0987ribbonwrapcandleA Joy painted beaded pillow topped with a poinsettia and bow…(I’m still trying my hand at painting, one day I’ll get it right) 🙂img_0991beadedjoypillowJust a few soft pillows, bows and ribbon.    img_0980ribbonpillowsA cute little idea to spruce-up plain pillows for the Christmas Holidays.

Happy Holiday Decorating!  Thanks for stopping by and “En- Joy” your week-end.




When I think of Candelabras ….Liberace comes to mind!



He was the epitome of all things flamboyant and garish.   Elegance, yes!  Drama, most definitely!  Tasteful…well some may say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  (I love it, shhh.)


  I also associate candelabras with weddings, lavish special events and some holidays.  But not any more.

Recently I  attended a private estate show.  Beautiful to say the least, but I was amazed at seeing the number of candelabras featured throughout the estate.  In practically every room. Some very ornate, some over the top, some very casually displayed but giving that finishing touch of understated elegance.  This inspired me to take out my little candelabra and start using it year round instead of just during the Christmas Holidays as shown here on our breakfast and bistro tables.   To see full post you can visit Merry Little Silver and Red Christmas 

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I went to HomeGoods for the first time and purchased this candelabra at a huge discount since it was very badly damaged in the center.    I painted over the center section in a shimmering silver and used a large rhinestone brooch from to cover the damaged section.

Damaged candelabra

Damaged candelabra

Here are two arrangements I created for the holidays using the center as a faux floral arrangement.

The Poinsettia Christmas Candelabra:


Supplies: 4 taper candles, 2 Wisteria stems, 2 Poinsettias flowers, leaf stems and small ball ornaments.

Orchids for Christmas Candelabra:


Supplies: Crystal beads, wire ribbon, wheat stems, orchids, seed balls, rhinestone pins from, 1 taper candle, 4 tea-lights.


The next design I cut the stem off a chipped champagne flute and secured it to the center taper cup with wax adhesive.  Ice crystals were hot glued completely around the center ball.  This covered all the imperfections of the center ball.

Ice Crystals Christmas Candelabra:


Supplies: Ice crystal fillers, Champagne flute, Crystal glass beads, Rhinestone brooch from, 4 taper candles.

ice candelabra

Do you love candelabras?  This has really inspired me to start using them year round.  They come in so many designs, styles and sizes.  Give one a try this season.  Consider one or more for year round decorating.  They definitely can make a  table, shelf or counter come alive.  For more ideas on decorating with candelabras check out Pinterest.  Here are a few of my favorites for everyday décor. Via Pinterest.

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And a few candelabra ideas for Christmas Holiday decorating. 

Thanks for stopping by….Until next time….Take care and enjoy your week-end.