Fall Outdoor Setting and African Quilt

2017 Fall.

A comfy outdoor setting perfect to cozy up with a good cup of coffee and book.

A soft cotton African print quilt for chilly weather

Fall embroidered beaded pillows made from a table runner and beautiful fabric napkins 

Center the table with a basket and create a Fall Harvest basket with faux fruit and veggies

A cozy Fall setting

 

Time for a cup of mocha java

Create your outdoor setting with Autumn prints, textures and colors for Fall

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your week-end

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Bar Cart Styling Afrocentric Safari

Hello October!

One of my favorite months.  Although it’s still hurricane season until November 30, the weather in Florida starts to cool a bit.   It’s the perfect time to give the patio a refresh especially after Hurricane Harvey.  I’ll start with the bar cart by giving it an Afrocentric Safari vibe for Autumn.  For those who know me….Ya’know  how I love Ethnic print and Animal print fabrics. 🙂

Using this  Kente African Fabric Print purchased from http://www.FWDfabrics.com I made a candle wrap, decorative rods, cocktail napkins, bar towel and a wine tie.

African Print Fabrics

Purchased two beautifully embellished animal statues from Ross 

And using items that we had:

With just a few simple items it came together nicely.  

 

Beadable custom appetizer sticks from KarenThomas.us

A natural, no-nonsense twig and leaf wreath with leopard ribbon as the wall accent

A tad different from the traditional Fall decorations but I’ll add a few more falling leaves :-)…..Thanks for stopping by.

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Enjoy your week-end!!!

Fly….out of here!

Hey there!  How’s the Summer treating you?? Sharing a little DIY that is so useful but the materials I used are so … “you got to be kidding me  silly”.  But I needed a quick and temporary fix because I was fit to be tied!

A little back ground: For those who know me, know that I spend a great deal of time outdoors.  “It’s my happy place”.  So having ice water, punch, lemonade and yes, cocktails are essential in keeping myself hydrated in this summer heat.   With that being said…..

Sooo like hum… I’m relaxing at the pool with my most favorite summer punch cocktail ….just chatting with friends:

I turned to take a sip of my refreshing cocktail and …..

Not only did I scream but dropped my precious secret ingredient punch all over me!!!  Darn that oh nasty horse-fly-bug thing!!I was fit to be tied.

I know we have all experienced a nasty fly invading our space no matter how much we take preventive measures.

  Oh and by the way…all dolled up by the pool with a bathing suit that does not touch water… a dreadful fly swatter will never be apart of our accessories. Right Ladies??    Yuck!! Tired of placing a napkin over my drink, which sinks in and gets wet and soggy… It was time to get serious and protect my precious outdoor Summer punch cocktails!!   I went online and found these wine glass covers:

2 for $21.95..Really???    Made of high-quality, polished stainless steel rim and mesh.

 

Great looking but, here is the kicker, the diameter is too small to fit my outdoor acrylic wine glasses and cups

 NEXT:

4 for $24.95.   4″ wide Gently grips rim and allows wine to breathe through its stainless steel mesh center

 

Love these. IDK… really don’t care for the colors.  The search is still on.

Until I find the perfect ones…I needed a quick solution.  I decided on a DIY using these items:

CD’s, bling magnets purchased from my grandchildren’s favorite store, 5Below and plastic coins.

 

Ok here’s the part that takes less than 2 minutes, glue the magnet onto the center of the CD to cover hole…turn over…glue the coin in the center to cover the back of the magnet.  Dress it up to coordinate with your outdoor décor.  I crack myself up…   

 

Also, another quick and crazy idea:   I purchased a sink mat for $2.99 and cut circles the size of the CD to make sure it would fit over the outdoor drinkware.  Since this is rubber, no slips and slides. can also use as coasters.

 

The small drainage holes in the sink mat are the perfect size for straws… Who knew!

 

OK,  both of these ideas are just for outdoor “informal occasions”  Not for swanky alfresco dinner parties!!!!

The next time a fly tries to makes his crash party…Be ready………

“OK Sweetie, I changed, drink refreshed and covered…Now where were we….What did I miss….”

 

 

A temporary fix until I find the right “glam-o-chic” outdoor cocktail covers.  Thanks for stopping by

 

Enjoy your Outdoor Summer Punch Cocktails…..without the flies… 🙂

All pics Google clip art

Boho Pillow

Is it time to refresh your pillows for Summer?  Sometimes taking an old pillow you love and dressing it up a bit is all you need.  Plus it’s fun to see how creative you can be.

I saw this fun pom-pom trim at Hobby Lobby, and thought how cute it would be to accent a bohemian pillow I made a while back. I was not quite sure how I was going to put it all together but I loved the colors.   

The large red pillow is what I had in mind to refresh.  This was our Bohemian inspired guest room in 2013.

I have always loved this fabric print by Richloom, called Cornwall Cadmium. 

Before I get into the how… let me just say I was really feeling funky the day I re-made/refreshed this pillow. 

Sometimes we just have bad days and this was one for me. I took my frown and turned it around into the energy of an artist.  I blasted the music, put on my baret and started the madness.  🙂   Let’s start the music……..

I whirled the pillow cover in the air and ripped opened all sides!

Squirted droplets of Gem Tac all over it!

Aimed and threw on the rhinestones!

  Slapped and Splattered  strokes of silver glitter!

Then twirled the fabric in the air and flung it over the easel and waited for the masterpiece to dry!  Whew!  Some days we just have to throw something!!

  

By then I was starting to look and be myself again, the calm was settling in …hmmm, hmmmm, hmmm 

 and creative thoughts began to blossom. 🙂

I had extra scraps leftover from the Boho Curtains (shown above).  I cut strips for side bands, but they still need something to connect to the center.  I attached a 1-1/2″ inset strip to the band and outlined it with the yellow leather studded trim.  The pom-pom trim and bands were then sewn to the pillow sides.

Let’s keep this creative groove going…

Made flange bands for the top and bottom with contrast corner squares. And attached batting to the flange.    

Applied red cord piping all around.  The back is solid red with a hidden velcro closure.  Measures 32″ x 22.” Using the same design it can be made any size you wish by simply framing an existing pillow with additional fabric and trims.  

Next were the tassels. Made with multi color and red sparkle yarn, crystal beads and the yellow trim.

The tassels measure 10″ long and 280 strands each.

 

 

 The Bohemian Pillow Refreshed!

A few days past and I decided to relax under the tree. 

This art print by Jane Evershed called “I would like my bed to be outside under a tree”  Summed up how I was feeling.

Yup, some days you just have to throw something then take a deep breath and relax……..Boho Style!

Hey, enjoy your week-end and Thanks for stopping by

Sew, create and enjoy loving your homeCheck out more bohemian ideas  and creative pillows on my Pinterest boards

Ok, you can turn the music off now if you want …or…. just groove on…

The Funky Zebra Print…. Fabric Leftovers

I think Zebra Print is….well, Funky.  You either love it or look the other way.

Exotic Animal fabric prints will always be in my fabric collection. But the Zebra print is my favorite.

Last month after finishing the outdoor table runner and a few pillows (See more of that post here)

Spring Outdoor Happy Place

I had more Zebra print fabric left.

Inspired by  Jamala over at VivaLaVintageforyourhome stated if you have left over fabric use it in other areas of your home. She showed ways in which she used her left over fabric.  Which is exactly what I did.  I made another pouf…. Did I really need another pouf..?  No but glad I did.

I placed it in my studio office beneath the credenza. I’m pleased with how it turned out. By adding black piping between each pie shaped panel, around the top center and side skirt made a difference.  25″ Finished diameter X 14″ height.

I felt it needed a coordinating pillow. So back to Hobby Lobby I went hoping they still had more of this fabric.  On sale $4.00 a yard.   They did!   Now, the decision on what type and design of coordinating pillow?   Accent, Floor, Euro…what?   Since the pouf has pie shaped panels…hmmm…..the design I chose was hexagon shaped.

Making the pattern first started out as a circle, then dividing into 6 equal parts.

But you know me, I can’t just have 1 print.  I wanted to add another print.  The best way was to add ellipse shaped  sides.  Shown in the right picture above,  the straight bottom of the hexagon was curved up.  Then I was able to make the ellipse shape pattern for the side panels.

I added piping and soft yarn tassels, a back zipper closure and filled it softly with a combo of down and poly-fill.  The top has the option to be tufted.  After attaching the top and back buttons with a long cord I left the cords unattached on the inside.  Filled the pillow while holding the two cords.  After getting the desired fullness, I  inserted my hands and tied the cords to the desired tufted amount.  It sounds more fussy than it actually is. The finished cushion is 25″ diameter.

 

Making a little seating vignette to kick off those heels and have a champagne cocktail.  The quilt I made years ago.  Quilts are another excellent way to use left over fabric and scrap fabric.

The white pillow was made from a twisted rope shag rug.  Filled with down for extra softness.

Stacking the two looks cute too.  (Idea: Stack two velvet hexagon cushions with long beaded tassels. That would look awesome in a ladies boudoir) 🙂

Did I stop? Oh No……. Still had left over print fabric so it had to be used. 🙂 Made a large rectangle with crescent-shaped ends, piping, back zipper closure and tassels.  35″ long and 25″ wide.

With all the poufs, pillows, and cushions the girls are ready for picnic entertainment.  The wicker bowl  I used in Wok Bowl Planters received the table top from my office table which fit perfectly inside as a tray for a flat surface.

It’s certainly a Funky Zebra Fest…

Now it’s back in my studio office under the credenza…. Makes for a little extra seat.

Other ways I used left over fabric and trims:  The tigers were heavy candle holders great for what are now bookends with burlap tassels glued upside down in the candle cups. The covered book.  For the air freshener I made a fur koozie with the bottom open to slip on and the top open just enough for the spray nozzle. The wood table top is covered with wall paper.

Now that I don’t have any fabric left I guess it’s time to shop for more.

Do share ways you have used your left over fabric from finished projects?  It’s always great to get and give new ideas.  I hope to see you on my next outdoor seating vignette with some fabulous new fabric prints. Thanks again Jamala at VivaLaVintageforyourhome for the inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your week-end.

Sew, create and enjoy loving your home.

 

 

Sea Shell Wind Chime

Another idea for all the beautiful sea shells you are going to collect this summer at the beach.

Last week at the beach while making my path to and from….

Hubby found driftwood covered in clusters of mussels.  I thought what a beauty… a keeper

Brought it home and first I placed it on a silver platter just to marvel over it with the other shells found. Notice the added two pearls..silly me 🙂

The platter I found at Goodwill for $2.99.  Could not believe it.  A few scratches on the flat tray bottom, but that was it.  17″w X 24″long. (posted on Instagram)

After deciding on the layout for the wind chime

I added a few star fish that I already had.

Drilled holes in each shell   I used .015 Dia. monofilament fishing line to string the shells, leaving space between each shell by knotting then triple knotted and hot glued the ends to eye screw hooks secured into the driftwood.

I just had to put a few pearls in there too.

You can see where most of the mussel shells fell off.       Looks so pretty in the early evening

Now that we brought a little of the seashore home on display….I’m seeing a few sea life and coastal outdoor pillows and accessories in the near future.  Well…maybe….we’ll sea.  🙂

Have a wonderful safe week! Thanks for stopping by.

 

Wok Bowl Planters

Happy Friday.  Hope all are ok.  I know some of us are not having ideal weather conditions.

Let’s think about Happy, Cheerful, Beautiful Spring Flowers

If you are looking for another planter idea to bring beautiful plants and flowers to your outdoor space try a wok bowl planter, or as some would call them…bowl planter.  Many sizes to choose from although the larger ones require more space.  If space is limited one planter will definitely give a medley of beautiful flowers.

Via

I love that this one is footed.

Via

Wicker footed bowl.

🙂

This wicker bowl has been with me since 2009.

It was so wobbly I hardly used it. Then in 2015 that old trusty light bulb moment came to give it stability by making legs/feet in order to get more use out of it.

To use it as a planter, first, I lined the wicker bowl with plastic.  I used potted Daisies (left in the plastic flower-pot) in the center and surrounded them with a floral wreath. Placed moss on the outer edge and a Toucan on the side. 🙂  Super simple and easy to change out the flowers.

Other creative ideas for bowl planters are to actually use old woks

  

 Just another planter idea for your outdoor gardenscape.

Time to pot and play with more beautiful flowers.

Enjoy your week-end.. See ya in April