Bringing in Change Through Pillow Covers

Thank you for coming to my little nest. I love to share all the joyous changes that I make in my home. Through flowers, fabrics, candles, and beautiful functional things, my home is more comfortable and inviting and makes me want to be here more often.  My little nest is always evolving and one of the ways that I make seasonal changes is through making pillow covers. Yup! More, for those that have been following for awhile.

I saw a beautiful wall hanging one day and because I love to do embroidery work I decided to make one, but because of living in such a small space I decided not to use the finished piece as a wall hanging rather a pillow cover.

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I got this old feed sack from a Etsy shop, because of the size of the sack I was able to make two pillow covers out of it. I used a thin cotton batting on the back, I wanted the stitching to show up and to give a quilted look. I then based around the edges to hold the two pieces together. I didn’t do any really fancy stitches mostly cross stitch and running stitches. It was a pretty big piece to hand stitch though and it took me a while to complete. Starting it just before the holidays was part of the problem.

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This is a look of the front side . . .


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Here it is all fluffed up with the pillow insert. I am very pleased how it turned out. The patina on it is beautiful. Not so sure I want people relaxing on it though! LOL I have another feed bag with a chicken on the front and I think it will make more of a conversation piece so I will give it a go soon.

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The back of the feed bag is the pillow on the back right. It really is clean the fabric was pretty stained when I got it, but that’s what I like about it.

I bought two lovely pieces of fabric about a year ago and I could not bring myself to cutting them up. But when the nest calls for new pillow covers and Shabby Chic ones at that, well I donated them to the cause. I made two out of each piece. The lovely white rose texture pattern is above.

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Here is the pale blue one. I made two of each and still have beautiful scrapes for other projects. I’m making a beautiful lacy wire heart out of the white scrapes. I’ll show you that soon.

Chances are you have something in your home that needs to be livened up a bit or needs a bigger change, making your home beautiful and inviting need not cost a whole lot. Shop your home for changes even your closest. Making pillow covers from clothing is pretty simple even for non sewers. There are many products out on the market that you can either iron on or glue to make these.

For me there is no such thing as a make over because my home will never truly be made over all it takes is looking through my favorite magazine or surfing through my favorite blogs I know that I will find something.

Until next time!

((WARM HUGS))

Jo

New Project for a New Year

So glad dear friends that you have stopped by to see some of the projects that I have been working on, so let’s get started!

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Do you remember that in the corner of my sitting room is this old unsightly door? The door belonged to my boy’s room when they were small. We started a growth chart on the back of it. My oldest son got taller than the door! LOL Anyway, when we moved after 20 years I just couldn’t leave it behind. My grandchildren have their height on it as well, so there was just no throwing it out, it is kind of big and heavy chart. LOL

Well, when I was making my plans to change some things around in my apartment I knew that the door either had to be changed or moved. I have NO storage!

Here is what I did.

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First of all I checked out the other side of the door and knew that I could use it and not have to worry about the measuring side. The door was pretty beat up and a terrible color. So I put a light brown acrylic paint wash all over the door, then wiped it down with a soft rag and let the paint go into all of the scratches and markings which were many. But it gave it the perfect patina that I wanted and didn’t just blend into the wall behind it. I also painted both sides of the door a soft grey blue.

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Next I screwed some old curtain brackets to the top. This is where I started dressing the old door.

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My Son had this old wired rack, we were going to chuck it when he said that I should keep it to make something out of it. I thought right I’ll just put it in my storage room! LOL I thought it would make a cute pin-up board of some kind. Well, yes it did! It was perfect for my new old door. I covered the back with some burlap and hand sewed it onto the frame. This is why I hung the curtain brackets.

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I didn’t have a door knob to put on it but I did have this great necklace holder. I painted it to match the door then added wood glue and hot glue to hold it in place over the door knob hole.

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I placed the door behind my TV set in the corner. I had a floating shelf that I attached underneath the wire rack. Now it was time to dress the door with pretties.

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Being that I am getting ready for some Valentine decorating I decided to add some of it to the shelf and the rack. So up went antique Valentines, black & white photos, even a dried rose wreath. I’ll share that in a later post on how to make them.

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Needless to say I was thrilled that I had fixed up the old door and it could be a useful piece in my home.

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On the shelf I added and antique bowl of my great grandmothers, old rusty buckles, synch from a saddle and belt from my Dad, he never threw anything away.

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Here is a full view without the TV set. I like it better this way. I had to place the rack and the shelf higher because of the TV.

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So there it is! I’m really happy with the look of it and now I can dress it for every season and it’s not an eye sore. After this I really got my inspiration going I’ll show you more of that on a later post.

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Have a great day creating. Dear friends please leave a comment I really love them and they help me know what kind of direction to send my blog in. Please share this blog with family and friends I would love to have you all following, the more the merrier!

((Warm Hugs))

Jo

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A LOVERLY reDo

I am so glad that you have come to visit my dear neighbors, I have lots going on at Anne’s Attic – design this last week, but today I will share with you one of my very favorite redoes!

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This shabby looking chair frame is what I started with. I call it a harp back chair, which I purchased for $5.00 at a thrift store about five years ago. The chair is called a Duncan Phyfe Lyre chair. Duncan Phyfe Lyre was Scottish born, he settled in New York City and opened a shop and started making these beautiful chairs 1784. They were usually made in birch but a few were made in mahogany like mine is, it was made in about 1930.

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My chair is fragile, I use it in my bedroom where it doesn’t get a lot of wear. Its like an old friend.

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To recover the seat I put a chicken feed bag on it.

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I sanded it down and used two coats of flat white paint, then I distressed with sand paper. Lastly I sprayed it with a clear flat finishing spray. I am really happy with the out come of my old chair. It makes me smile every time I walk by it. Its like an old friend that go a new hair do.

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Stay tuned in for more redoes! Have a Great Weekend!

Life is LOVERLY when you are doing what you love!

((HUGS))

Jo

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Thanx to all my dear friends!

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Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Make’s
Big Autumn Bash at Mila’s little things
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