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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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. 🙂

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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. 🙂



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:


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 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.

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 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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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. ;-).

Y’all enjoy your summer……………tnUTOOTThanks for stopping by signature