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…

Spring Outdoors -My Happy Place

Are you making any changes to your outdoor living space for Spring?  I’m refreshing our patio for Spring using  simple changes with pillows and cushions.

Love that word “refresh” pertaining to decorating.

Thanks goes to Jamala of  VivaLaVintage For Your Home who used that term on her Guest Room Refresh shown here.

 Last year I wanted a feeling of Hawaii for the patio shown here in Aloha.

Aloha Pillows and Cushion

Aloha Pillows and Cushion

But this year I wanted a Tropical Safari feel. I was inspired after viewing this video of the  Singita Pamushana Lodge  in Zimbabwe. The color palette of Black and White, Teal, Blue, Green, Yellow I thought was beautiful and bold.  See more of the Villa here 



 Not only the color palette but the villa itself,  is absolutely breathtaking.  I know I can not replicate any part of the furnishings or decor but the color palette I can certainly try.  Also, I must say, if you want a feeling of an African Safari Adventure, if ever in Florida get a chance to visit Disney World’s  Animal Kingdom Lodge.  We have dinner there from time to time at  Jiko – The Cooking Place.  Just walking thru their incredible lobby and out to the Savannah is well worth it.   My beautiful grand-daughter.

I was very lucky to find all the fabric prints I wanted for the cushions and pillows at Hobby Lobby. All on sale.  Zebra Print from $17.99 to $4. and Tropical Prints $4 a yard. Leopard print marked from $29.99 to $7 a yard.   Yay, I was a happy camper.Fabric for Patio cushions

Our outdoor living space is my happy place!

Terra Cotta fountain

I am completely stress free when I am outdoors surrounded by nature. Hubby took two old terra-cotta planters to create a water fountain after the other leaf fountain took a nose dive. He was able to save two metal leaves to use as well.  Great Job!  The sound of the water is so relaxing.

We truly want to be comfortable when enjoying our patio.  It will always be a work in progress. Items come and go.  But it’s amazing how changing the pillows, adding a few accessories really makes a welcome change. A nice re-fresh.

Our Breakfast Bistro Table:Elephant Centerpiece

white-elephant This elephant I gave to my mother as a gift on her 90th birthday. She collected elephants. After her passing it was gifted back to me.  I dressed him up with beautiful flowers and a tassel throw. Having it here reminds me when Mom and I would share time outdoors soaking up the sun.

Also, by the way, Z Gallery has a ceramic elephant bowl selling for $59.95. Shown here. I’m thinking I really, really need this one. 🙂 ceramic-elephant-zgallery59-95

TropicalSafaritablerunnerThe runner combines the fabric prints on the front and the reverse side is solid leopard print.  We prefer using white hand towels for breakfast outdoors.  For us we find that they are larger, more absorbent and easier to clean than white linen napkins. Pillows are 18″ square.


 pouf ottoman   leopard ottoman pouf

The pouf ottoman I made to serve two purposes, to hold the extra breakfast goodies and to kick up your feet to digest that big breakfast. 🙂  It has a bottom zipper closure to remove for cleaning.  I’m pleased with the outcome.  I used Amy Butler’s honey bun pouf pattern for the top panels and changed the sides for height.  Measures 22″ diameter X 15″ high.


   Just to give this area a little extra spirit I draped the cabana door with a quilted table/bed runner that I made years ago shown here in On the Wild Side.  🙂


Without the runner on the door

Well, I can’t forget about the doggies. They have a large tropical cushion to relax too.  I’m sure changes will be made especially to the cabana door, maybe bamboo or iron ??  Maybe an outdoor rug.  Wouldn’t it be great to add African wild animals statues and artifacts !!!


The other areas:

Where we lounge to get the sun:  chaise-lounge-cushions

chaiseloungecushionandlumbarEnvelope lumbar pillow covers and a large round down pillow for shared arm support.  It’s all about comfort.  IMG_0083trayand vaseA rattan tray to hold chips and dip, ice pitcher and glasses. While Mr. Toucan holds down the napkins.

At the end of the day sitting watching the sun go down with a refreshing light cocktail always makes a pleasant day complete.

SafariTropicalvignette2I have a few more touches to this sitting area that I’m considering….with pottery, palms, new garden stools, rug, hanging lanterns ..etc.


I love seeing little pockets of interesting vignettes in outdoor spaces.  If you get a chance I’d love for you to stop back by and see a video on my Favorite Vignettes for Outdoor Living Spaces.

Well that’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by.  Gotta go, the Sun is setting…know what that means. 🙂

Enjoy your Week.

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Pillows Worthy of Golden Words

If you love pillows, like I do…grab a few yards of linen fabric, liquid gold leaf, a few Swarovski crystals and create a pillow worthy of golden words.

Awesome Jamala of asked if I would  join her and others in doing a DIY project using gold leaf.  Why yes I would.  This was the perfect opportunity to use this technique for a Thanksgiving pillow.  I have never used gold leaf but willing to try the liquid gold leaf “one step application” purchased at Michaels, the cost was approx. $10, which I thought was a better choice for fabric application.

For my inspiration I selected these two pillows:


This one word “Thankful” was the perfect choice.

I first sketched the word freehand in yellow pencil.  After a double coat of paint I tried to give the letters a shadow effect with crystal glitter then I added a twig surrounded by Swarovski crystals for a little bling.  I love the Swarovski crystals purchased from Fire Mountain Gems.  I let it dry overnight and lightly heat pressed it.  The fabric is 100% linen and lined with cotton.

paintingthankfulthankfulpillowI’m thankfully tickled with the outcome.  🙂

img_0391thankfulpillowI created a little video:  “Pillows Worthy of Golden Words”.   Sometimes just a kind word can get us thru the day.

  Please click on the video at the end to enjoy.

 The inspiration for the pumpkin pillows shown were from Pottery Barn and Pier 1 Imports.  Since I already had the linen fabric and fabric paint from other projects, I decided to test my hand at more painting.  I like the color variation on the small beaded pumpkin from Pier 1 Imports, and the watercolors of the Pottery Barn pillow. I’m not an artist by any means but I was willing to try.


I had a hard time trying to blend the colors from light to dark.  I added sparkles, silk leaves and a ruffle trim. pumpkinpillowpaintingThe watercolor pillow was not going as well as I would have liked.  I added brush fringe and Swarovski crystals to bling it up a bit.   watercolorpillowpainting Orangepumpkinpillow  watercolorcrystalpillow

Placing them on the lounge chairs gave a nice touch to add more color with the existing cushions


and they also compliment the small bistro setting. Love copper touches for Fall. fallbistrosetting  fallbistrosetting


FallpaintedpillowsMy painting is not perfect.  Life is not perfect but there’s always something to be thankful for.

This was indeed a fun project. Gold leafing I never considered doing but glad I tried.  I’ll have to practice my painting  and I think I’ll try another gold leaf DIY too.  Thank you Jamala of VivaLaVintageforyourhome for inviting me and Ginene of FoxandFinchAntiques for planting the golden seed.topthankfulpillow

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Have bag will travel

RoadtripRoad trips are often around here anywhere from 1 to 8 hours.  Which means I carry a lot of “stuff” to keep myself busy while hubby is driving.  Books, crossword puzzles, beads and tools, hand sewing project kits, latch hook kits…you name it.  Anyhey,  it drives me crazy when I can’t find what I need because I have things thrown in more than one tote.  Every trip I would change to a different tote thinking it would make my things better organized.  Buying a craft tote was definitely the answer but I could not find one that was perfect for my needs.  The perfect tote had to be:

  • Small enough to fit comfortably on my lap and the floorboard of the car between my legs. (not the back seat)
  • Prefer round, like a ditty bag, bucket bag
  • NO outside pockets
  • Plenty of inside pockets, ties and loops that will house everything I need and keep items organized
  • Able to close without anything hanging out or showing
  • Soft fabric  in a colorful print
  • A bag that did not “look” like a typical craft bag

I stopped looking to buy one and finally decided to create my own only after seeing the beautiful fabric designs by  Her fabric designs are so vibrant and colorful I just had to purchase a few yards.  Not only was I inspired by her designer fabric but her purse, totes and organizer bags too.

 The fabric I selected  for my travel craft bag is from her Marble Haze II Collection called Turquoise Yellow Marble.  I also purchased Golden Marble Fields which I have another project in mind for.  (Click on the highlighted titles or picture to see more of her collections)Fabric by SpoonflowerAfter cutting and sewing all the pieces Buckettotefabriccuts the bag turned out just perfect for my needs. I used a cream ultra suede fabric  (from for the contrast trim and pockets. It’s 8 1/2″tall and 10″ diameter.  The bottom is lined with double batting.  The sides are also lined with batting.  The draw string top makes it easy to open and close. (a short tutorial is below)Bucket craft tote  The inside pockets fits all the craft products, books and tools I would need.  I also made a separate, taller round drum with pockets that has sturdy sides made from heavy mat board.   This is great when I’m using heavier craft tools or if I’m taking more than usual.  This inner drum fits perfectly inside the tote and the draw string top (shown in picture below rolled down) closes over it without any of my items exposed.  innerliningtube  Inside bucket craft tote

I had scraps and approx. a 13 x 10″ piece of fabric left out of the 2 yards purchased.  I could not let that go to waste.  Since I always travel with a pillow and a pashmina shawl, I was able to use the leftover to make an applique for a small pillow for my back or for napping on the long car trips.

Why not a butterfly? The mosaic design reminds me of a beautiful butterfly. butterflyappliqueI appliqued the butterfly to the same ultra suede fabric as the piping and inside pockets of the tote.  (Suede Doeskin fabric from  Super soft.  It turned out cute! ButterflyPillowOn our next road trip…I will be very organized and comfy too.  10 Bucket tote and pillowsoftinsidetoteCarBuckettoteandpillowWhat took me sooo long to make a travel craft bag?  I guess I was waiting on the perfect fabric. 😉

Have bag will travel….see ya on the next road trip.

Also check out Firemountain gems for the hot fix silver-plated rhine-studs.

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Quick tutorial: click for a larger view Bucket bag tote



Does Hawaii come to mind when you see this print?  I’m Loving it!  It’s by Tommy Bahama.TBFabricBeachBountyLushGreenTommy Bahama designer fabrics are my favorite for tropical prints.  This print is called Beach Bounty  and reminds me of our vacation in Maui.  Sipping cocktails from pineapples while relaxing on the beach.  It’s indoor/outdoor fabric purchased from It also comes in two other colorways. TBBeachBounty3colors Using this and two coordinating Tommy Bahama prints I wanted to bring a little Hawaiian flair with pillows and floor cushions into our patio. The orange and white zebra print is not by Tommy Bahama but it’s also outdoor fabric and adds a fun contrast. I love to mix and match prints. Bold and crazy right? 🙂TommyBahamaFabrics

I wanted to make sure the  position of the print was the same on each pattern section, with the Parrot on the sides of the cushion not the top, so I had to adjust the pattern making it wider and longer. I used a pattern by Amy Butler, honey bun pouf. CushionTBfabricpatternOverall, the large pouf cushion came out fun. Under the zebra print band I inserted a zipper and made the lining detached for easy removal to clean the cover.  The filling is a combination of plastic bean bag pellets and poly-fil. I wanted it firm enough to hold a tray, yet soft enough for comfortable seating. TBLargereversesideCollage

The smaller pouf I used only two prints, as too the square. TBFloorCushions3TBCushions

I had enough fabric to make coordinating pillows for the chairs.  The lumbar pillows has a pillow wrap as well as the zebra print cover in case I ever want to use only the zebra print. The square pillow has the parrot print on one side and the green print on the other.  The smaller lumbar (all for fun) was scraps pieced together including the fringe. 🙂AlohaTBchairpillowsCollectionAlohaTBlumbarpillows AlohaTBbistropillows AlohaTBoutdoorspaceThe pineapple accents I caught on sale at Hobby Lobby.  My palm candle sticks from, I used one for a solar light. In the evening it lights the space nicely.  The furnishings are from Overstock as well, see post Bistro set for two. Accents Palm candleholders  It’s fun to play with pillows. Inexpensive, easy to update and refresh a space.  It’s definitely not Maui but,  if you can’t go to your favorite vacation destination….well you know the saying……Staycation, Staycation, Staycation! AlohoLindaTBCIf you are interested in indoor/outdoor fabrics in tropical prints by Tommy Bahama check out

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Old made New – Celebration Cushion

Some days I just want to lay under the old Oak Tree. OakTree I enjoy our garden, yard, patio. I simply love outdoor living spaces.

With that being said………..HAPPY SUMMER!

Yesterday I spent most of my day outside under the Old Oak Tree, reading nestled on remnants of old quilts I  transformed into an indoor/outdoor cushion.    Now, when I lay under the tree, instead of laying on just a blankets, I have a nice cushion for the toosh. :-).  Nothing special… Just Fun!!  But it’s an option to do something with an old quilt, comforter, blanket or throw that you just don’t want to get rid of.

Enjoy the Video:

The round cushion measurement is 40″ diameter.QuiltfloorcushionUTOOT I used Poly-fil purchased at Joanns to make it nice and full. It’s approx. 15″ high off the ground.   I made a detached white cotton lining insert, filled it with the poly and inserted a 36″ overlapping zipper on the back of the cushion.  So when cleaning is needed the top cover comes off easily.   The drum/pillow/ottoman is actually just a draw string cover over a twin size sleeping bag. But it makes a perfect head/back rest.   The original quilt topper that was made of remnants was an 80″ square, approx. 2.5 yards.  I did not have the full original panel by Keith Mallet entitled “Celebration” only remnants so I had to piece what remnants I had  together.  I love the colorful design.Keith Mallett Celebration

Well I’m glad I kept this quilt remnant topper now it’s made to good use.  Also by treating it with Scotch-Guard fabric protectant, using it outside is not a worry.

Do you have an old quilt, comforter or blanket?  This is just one option, don’t throw it to the curb,  throw it out side under the tree. ;-).

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Framed Floral Gallery Wall

Hi there.  Happy Wednesday!  Hope you are having a wonderful week.

The saying April showers bring May flowers is definitely true, our garden is blooming beautiful flowers to welcome May. Aprilflowers2016Aren’t they beautiful? I wish they could stay this beautiful all year.  Since last Wednesday I’ve picked Gardenias and Roses,  placing them around the house.  There’s nothing like the fresh aroma of flowers.  It’s no doubt I love surrounding myself with beautiful flowers. Outside my studio window is a Gardenia bush and when I open the window….the room smells divine.


These gorgeous flowers gave me an idea… Why not do a framed floral gallery wall!

First for a little background: A few years back, I did a gallery wall in our guest room.  My husband made this beautiful extra-large frame for me. 60″wide by 42″tall.  It turned out wonderful.  For the gallery backdrop I painted a suede technique. (Did I mention I do not like to paint, unless it is a spray can or a super tiny project)

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Jamali The  framed art is by “Jamali” Fine Art;  Mystical Expressionism.  I love his creative mind.  Click here to see his Amazing Art.

Although I love this gallery wall, I’m changing the guest room and decided to use this larger frame in my studio office but use fabric as the backdrop instead of painting the wall. ( I really don’t like to paint).

So come on in to my office studio and see what I’m working with.officedoor

On the back wall was my quilt:  Time to take it down for Spring and Summer. Office quiltframed


For the floral fabric backdrop:  Looking in my stash of remnants; this fabric by Richloom was perfect. The colors and flowers are so vibrant on the black background. Plus it coordinates well with white and black.  It’s funny how you keep something for so long knowing one day the lightbulb of creativity will turn on.  Glad I did not include this in my purge pile. fabric  label

For the frame:  I dry brushed silver on just to give the frame a little highlighted accent.   frame detail

First I  screwed 1/4″ thick plywood the size of the frame opening to the wall,  (just two screws, one in each top corner).   Stapled the fabric to the back of the frame, then hung the frame over the plywood.  By doing this, the tiny nails used to hang all the small photo frames won’t go thru the plywood so your wall won’t look like swiss cheese when and if you decide to replace it or take it down.  Command strips does not work for this application because of the fabric, which is not permanently pasted to the plywood.

Then I loaded it up with photos of my wonderful daughter and sweet grands.  I couldn’t stop there, I added a wall decal.  It’s a little on the wild side, but that’s how this old gal likes it. 🙂 IMG_9223frameit

I think I still need to tweak it a bit with the smaller frames but it’s getting there.  I have a few more photo frames to play with.   The wall decal…My first and last,  I cut each letter out so the clear tape would not show between and around each letter.  IMG_9230frame1This technique actually allows me to change the background with different fabric prints.  Which I love…changing things up.

Well, I had 1/2 yard of fabric left. Since I really didn’t “need” another pillow, I decided to take my old vanity stool and give it a new life. I get tickled every time I look at it. The red flower pillow really makes a difference. It’s placed on the side of my desk for no real purpose other than…it’s cute.  🙂 7 Vanity stool

  vanitychair  8 IMG_9101vanitystool

I did the same concept on the opposite wall, but have not decided what color to replace the white frame yet.  A mirrored frame is something that I’m considering.

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The rest of my studio office is still getting a face lift.  So I’ll be back, whenever….

If you are like me and painting walls is not your forte:

If you have a collection of picture frames:

If you love to change accessories and art without breaking the budget:

If you love colorful designer fabric prints   AND

If you are like me and love to surround yourself with beautiful flowers:

Then this may be an option for you.  Putting gallery walls together is a lot of fun!Photoframeframe

And wouldn’t you know it, last week I saw another fabric print that I like more!!!

Oh well. C’est La Vie.

Thanks for stopping by. Take time to smell the roses and enjoy loving your home.signature