It Takes a Village

First I’d like to say:  My heart and donations goes out to all who has suffered, lost and recovering from the horrible path and destruction that Hurricane Harvey and Irma brought us.  We had no major damage to our home (Thank God) but outdoor clean up was a wake-up call to what could have been.  We are truly grateful. Only by Grace.


Happy Fall!  Thanks for taking a few moments to visit and read my chit-chat.

Well I said I was not going to do any Fall decorating because I did not want Summer to end.   But…. To make a long story short, I was searching for a particular Christmas fabric print on Ebay when this print popped up on the sidebar entitled

“It Takes a Village” depicting a Tribal African Village with children and women:  And the coordinating fabric print of clay pottery:

What can I say but I’m weak people! I thought I was done when I purchased a beautiful beaded pumpkin pillow from Marshalls and then I did a Fall Inspired tier tray. on the bar.

But nooooo,  the colors of this fabric print just spoke Fall Harvest to me. I had to get at least one yard if only to make napkins!!

A Fall Harvest tablescape was now in the making!!

See my video on YouTube of the final outcome.

I will probable do more videos going forward.

So glad I caved…loving my napkins. :-).  Thanks again for stopping by. Enjoy your Fall tablescaping and decorating. 

 

 

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Braemore Jamil Leopard Print…..Ohhh La La

Friday’s Fabulous Fabrics !!

   This post I’m sharing the beautiful fabric I have been dreaming of.

 


I read a post on a living room project by one of my favorite Interior Designers, Veronica of Casa Vilora Interiors .  Since, I could not stop thinking about the leopard pillows that were featured.  I love the entire room and the leopard pillows looked so dreamy they were calling my name.  Check out the beautiful textiles, the mix of colors and prints.  It’s just Divine.  I had to have those leopard pillows!  Click picture or here for her blog post.

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Off to shopping I go to find this scrumptious leopard fabric.

Pillows and florals are the easiest way for me to refresh a space without breaking the bank. (To see an easy DIY flower arrangement click here).  However I did not know the proper fabric brand name or designer name to order the fabric.  Since time was on my side, literally for months I left it alone in my dreams and went on to other projects……

Until….one day …. I heard the angels singing…(I won’t bore you with details)

“Braemore Jamil Natural Velvet Leopard”  la la la

 Finally…I was so excited I did the happy dance.

 With all that excitement I only purchased 1 yard  😦  😦

 A little pricey.  Ranging from $29.00 to $35.00 a yard.   Sold online at FabricMill.com, BarrasFabrics.com, DecorativeFabricsDirect.com, and eBay.com.   It’s 100% soft velvet cotton. Dry clean only. The pile is short with a soft smooth hand and the color/print is “Vibrant” to say the least.  I think it is well worth the price. Definitely pennies will be saved to buy more.  Great for upholstered chairs, ottomans, pillows, cushions, headboards.  One yard was ordered but I actually received 44.5″.  So glad for the extra because I was able to use every inch making 21″ pillows instead of 18″.

A super simple DIY pillow fabrication which makes super gorgeous pillows…It’s all about the fabric.

  1. I cut four 22″ squares of face fabric. For both sides front and back.
  2. For the lining I used white Premium Muslin
  3. Inserted an invisible zipper. If you don’t have an invisible zipper foot one can be purchased at most fabric shops for less than $5.
  4. After sewing the top and sides of the lining, I attached the lining to the pillow cover using the drop-in method. (much like lining a hand bag) Where the wrong sides of each fabric are together and the open end of the lining is sewn to the seam allowance of the zipper.   This makes a nice clean finish perfect for pillows with an invisible zipper.
  • $29.00 fabric
  • $5 for 2 invisible zippers (using coupon)
  • $5.99 for 1 yard of 90″premium white muslin for the lining (coupon used. Regular price is $9.99 a yard)
  • Total $39.99
  • Down pillow inserts I already had

Online 1 – 20″ pillow cover for $40.00…VS … 2 – 21″ pillow covers for $39.99.    

Time for another happy dance:   I was quite pleased.

I’m considering these pillows as an investment because they coordinate with any color or print year round.  I can literally use them in any room whenever I need a quick décor refresh.

Oh you bet I’ll team these babies up with bright floral prints, stripes and solids. 

I see an upholstered stool coming soon.  Here are a few pictures that definitely gives inspiration for upcoming Fall projects….What I love most about leopard prints, especially high-end fabric as this one, is the versatility.  It’s timeless but you either love it or not so much.

Check out my Pinterest Board here to see other leopard and animal print décor items for your home.

Now for those coordinating prints, off to shopping I go….see ya soon with more floral prints

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a Fun and Safe Happy 4th!!

Sew, Create and Enjoy loving your home

 

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 

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 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.

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   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.  🙂

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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 !!!

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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.

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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  VivalaVintageforyourhome.wordpress.com 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:

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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.

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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

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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 LaCarteradesigns.com.  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 LaCarteradesigns.com 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 Fabric.com) 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 Fabric.com)  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.

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Quick tutorial: click for a larger view Bucket bag tote

 

Aloha….

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 Fabric.com. 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 Overstock.com, 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 Fabric.com.

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