Monday, August 30, 2010

Pretty Little Pillow

I filed this idea for a pillow away in my head a while ago.  

Oh man, if you're an idea – you DO NOT want 
to be filed in my head.  All sorts of things 
could happen to you there.  
You could languish, forever, waiting to be used.  
You could fade with time, or get lost completely...

I know it happens to all of us but it happens to me a lot!

But finally, years after I first had this idea I remembered it,
  I'm done.  Did it today.  
And I must say I'm pleased. 

Here’s how it’s done...

  • Remove the flowers from the stems of silk flowers.  I think just about any kind will work.  I used two sizes – the main petals and a smaller one that helps cover the hole in the larger one and adds some dimension to the flowers.

    • Cut 2 pieces of fabric 12”x18” for the front and back of the pillow.
    • Mark where you want to stitch your petals.  I press my lines onto the fabric with an iron or you can use a marker.

    • Pin and stitch petals in place. You could use fabric glue instead.  I wanted to be able to see my stitching on this one.

    • Pinning right sides together, stitch around the outside edge of pillow 1/2” from edge leaving an opening to stuff pillow.
    • Clip corners and turn pillow.
    • Stuff pillow and stitch opening closed.

    • I'm in the mood for some new pillows 
      (in lieu of new upholstery) in the  living room
        -- it's time for a change. I'll be digging through some old fabric I have to see what else I can come up with.

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    Saturday, August 28, 2010

    200 Follower Giveaway!

    Sorry, guys, this giveaway is closed but we'll do it again soon!

    Yes!  Cottage Hill now has 200 fantastic followers!
    I'm thrilled and want to celebrate with a Giveaway...

    The winner gets to choose any one (1) of my 
    below to be their very own.

    Which one will it be?
    ( I am trying to add several more options - I'm doin' something wrong!)
    6x9 Oil on Masonite

    This one?
    8x6 Oil on Board Canvas

    .....or this one?
    6x9 Oil on Masonite
    It's all up to little ole you!

    Rules for getting up to 4 entries...
    1. Become a follower (or if you already are one) - leave a comment letting me know. 
    2. Leave a comment.
    3. Grab my button and leave a comment letting me know.
    4. Blog about the giveaway on your blog linking back and leave a comment letting me know.
    Good Luck!!!

    This giveaway ends Friday, September 3rd and the winner will be 
    announced Saturday, September 4th. 

    *To see the parties I link to and to join in the fun, CLICK HERE!

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    Thursday, August 26, 2010

    Faux Pressed Tin House Number Tutorial

    What do your house numbers say?  

    "Are you positive or are you negative?"

    "Has anyone seen my glasses?"


    "Hey. Buddy. Over here."

    I think (I hope) mine say, "Welcome, come right in".  
    (Well, maybe not really cuz that could be a little creepy, but--
    you know what I mean...)

    Looks like old pressed tin? Guess again.  
    These house numbers are made from 
    Fasade Decorative Thermoplastic Panels.   
    Seriously, folks, that's what they call it.  There's got to be some poor marketing guy out of a job over that.  But, in other, better words it's faux pressed tin.

    Panels are 18"x24" and come in several colors and patterns for $18.95 at Home Depot.

    Here's how I did it...
    1. Find a type style you like on your computer and print the house numbers the size you need.  Thicker styles are better and it might also help to print them in bold. I think mine were enlarged about 600x.  You have to play around with this a little to get the right size.
    2. Cut the numbers out and place them upside down on the backside of the sheet of faux tin.  Adjust the number so you'll get the best pattern on the finished piece.
    3. Trace around the pattern with a marker (that's why you'll want to do it on the back) and cut out the number.
    I attached my numbers over my door with liquid nail and taped them in place until they dried making sure they were level and evenly spaced . Adjust this step according to the surface you''ll be attaching your house numbers to.

    I see a monogram in my mailbox's future...

    I'll linking up with Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors

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    Tuesday, August 24, 2010

    I'm a little light headed...

    Having started my blog just over a month ago you can imagine how thrilled I must have been
    when Cassity @ Remodelaholic contacted me about featuring 
    one of my post Suite Little Guest Bedroom!  

    I didn’t faint but I did feel a little light headed… 

    I'm sure you all already follow Remodelaholic but just in case (you've been living under a rock,
    you say?) here's a short cut so you can hop on over there.
    It's just fabulous, darling...

    These sweet gals have featured me as well...

    thanks a bunch!

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    Saturday, August 21, 2010

    Blog Award!!!

    Thanks ever so much!
    Nita at
    Mod Vintage Life
    honored me with this award!

    Thank you, Nita. 

    Now I am to tell 7 things about myself.

    1. Thank and link back to the person that gave you this award.
    2. Share 7 things about yourself that others may not know. Below.
    3. Pass the award to at least 4 fellow bloggers who inspire you.
    4. Let them know you gave them an award.

    Seven Things About Me...

    I am a new blogger -- only one month old.  I have to wonder how old that is in dog years...
    Lexi & Lizza Jane

    I love blogging.  I think it makes me seem cool ( although just the fact that I'm using the word 
    "cool" is proof positive I'm not)
     I think I have Face Recognition Disorder.  I would try to make a joke out of this except it really isn't all that funny.  Well, maybe there was that one time....

    I have watched You've Got Mail probably a 100 times.  I know all the words.  It's my "go to" movie when I need a pick-me-up.  Tom Hanks, a diet Dr. Pepper and a Snickers bar and 
    I can get over just about anything.

     Was this apartment to die for or what?

    I am a purger. I get rid of stuff. Sometimes I get rid of stuff I need.  I practice the 
    "one in, one out" method of closet control.  

    I am a magazine-aholic. And, I'm unapologetic about it. This is in direct contradiction to
    #5 -- I am a purger -- but , hey it's my problem.  I'm dealing with it.
    I have never caught a man on fire before, unlike Nita @ Mod Vintage Life.  However, I am not dead yet -- there is still time.


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    Friday, August 20, 2010

    My Mother's House

    Phyllis Diller once said,
    "Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling 
    the walk before it stops snowing."

    Well, I may be grown but all I'm trying to say is...I'm home for a visit with my mom...she has two beautiful guest rooms...this is the one I'm not allowed to stay in...
     The mattress and box spring are sort of "slip covered".  I really like the look.

    I like how she used this china cabinet to hold "treasures" in a bedroom.

     This cute vanity was a $10 find. It's true.  My mother would not let me lie to you.

    Can you imagine being the mother of a child that quotes 
    Phyllis Diller? -- poor thing.

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