Sometimes ya just gotta be your own Valentine!!
Happy Valentine’s Day
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! 🙂
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. I 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. 🙂 For 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)For 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!!!! I was feeling “Liberace” with the candelabra….
Well 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. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by…Enjoy your week!
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:
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
but my sweet chocolate Martini taste sensation is satisfied!
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. Since the weather was so nice on Saturday I decided to do a little faux gardening.
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.
All in all this past week-end was sweet and satisfying. Thanks for stopping by…Enjoy your week
Sip, Shop, Sew, Create and enjoy loving your home. 🙂
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?
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. Added the finishing touches:
A Silver Dollar Birch Bark Centerpiece for January
During the evening with the Chandelier lights, the Silver Dollars really come to life with an iridescent pearl quality. Now 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…
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.
It all makes Silver and Gold for Christmas
Other small holiday touches to make the season bright:
Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holiday Season !!!
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!
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.
Tie a pretty bow around plain accent pillows 🙂 Too funny. But how cute.The 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. Afternoon cocktails and candy kisses. A 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) 🙂Just a few soft pillows, bows and ribbon. A 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
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 TotallyDazzled.com to cover the damaged section.
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 Totallydazzled.com, 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 Totallydazzled.com, 4 taper candles.
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.
And a few candelabra ideas for Christmas Holiday decorating.
Thanks for stopping by….Until next time….Take care and enjoy your week-end.