Archive for April, 2011


‘Floral Adorable’ by ajbcreations

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Spring Tulips in Pink XL

$85.00

Spring Clean Framed Textile …

$20.00

The LILLIAN – Moss Flower Gi…

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Earrings Pink Heart Yellow F…

$41.00

Pink Poppies Knot Shirt and …

$48.00

Pink Berries – Original Enca…

$80.00

On Sale Small Security Rag Q…

$7.20

Spring Garden Door Basket

$80.00

Wax Poetic A Signed Fine A…

$20.00

SALE – FUN GREEN 2 WAY BAG …

$57.00

Early Summer 2011 Yesterday …

$34.00

Spring Fling….a Multi-Flow…

$27.50

Dance of the Cyclamen

$60.00

Pink Dahlia — Felt Flower B…

$21.00

Easter Basket … Pink & Gre…

$18.00

Victorian Teaparty Gift Bask…

$84.50

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Being sick again (still) this week put me back in survival mode and creating a new pillow for my project just wasn’t high on my list of things to do. So this week’s pillow is pretty basic, but it’s done, and I do love the fabrics.


Let me just give you a little background on this one… My amazing sister, Teresa, who is an interior designer, periodically gives me huge bags of discontinued home interior fabric swatches. Most of them are big enough to make a small pillow or at the very least, piece together into a larger one. So for a couple of years I’ve been sorting through all the swatches and occasionally putting a pillow together. Here’s a picture of my current stash…

They are all high end brands, beautiful and very well made. Just looking through the piles is inspiring. And when I do make a pillow, not only am I pleased with the results, I also feel like I’m doing my tiny bit to help the environment by keeping synthetic fabrics out of the landfill.

This particular pillow is made from polyester and polyacrylic. Polyester and acrylic are both familiar terms, and fibers commonly used in interior fabrics as well as clothing. But do you know what they really are?

Polyester is a manufactured product made from synthesized polymers. It tends to be very resilient, quick drying, resistant to mold and mildew, easy to wash, and able to hold forms well. It is, however, highly flammable. It is made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the same material used to make plastic drink bottles. Natural polyesters and a few synthetic ones are biodegradable, but most synthetic polyesters, including those used in clothing, are not.

Acrylic fabric is a type of fabric made from acrylic fibers (a clear plastic that resembles glass). Acrylic fabric is favored for its warmth, can be quite soft, holds color well, and is both stain and wrinkle resistant. For those who love wool but are allergic to it, acrylic can be an excellent substitute. However, it is also highly flammable. Acrylic is not biodegradable.

So next time you are going to throw out an old pillow, chair or sofa or a piece of clothing, consider whether it’s reusable, recyclable, upcyclable before throwing it in the trash, and do your part to keep these synthetic fibers out of our landfills.

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‘Say it with flowers’ by LittleLouLouHandmade


Petal Paper – Novella – Pape…

$60.00

Decorated Clothes Pins/ Clot…

$6.50

Tea party. earrings.

$21.50

Vintage Inspired fabric flow…

$38.95

Flowers and Birds Zippered P…

$10.00

Pink Flower Lucite Earrings …

$18.00

Brooch delicate floral shabb…

$9.00

Spring picnic 18 Inch Pillow…

$28.00

Yellow Floral Paper Bag Fabr…

$37.00

Free shipping 50s Man Men St…

$74.99

Shabby roses – set of three …

$3.75

hand embroidered half apron

$30.00

Pink and White Floral Mobile…

$95.00

Victorian Teaparty Gift Bask…

$84.50

Hand Embroidered Tea Towel D…

$6.00

Free Shipping – Latte Cabbag…

$26.00

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‘Hi Mom’ by thatlaurachick

Just missing my Mom today.


Badass Mother – Heart Tattoo…

$3.50

Tripple eternity ring… ste…

$70.00

White Rose brooch pin – Made…

$12.00

Rose Bouquet PURE SOY Heart …

$12.00

Mommy and Baby Love Birds – …

$10.00

A Garden Blooms With A Mothe…

$12.00

Personalized Family Name Pri…

$

Artificial White Orchid Wris…

$25.00

Hand stencil burlap pillow 2…

$30.00

Vintage Bangle Mother Daught…

$8.99

Mommy and Me – Bluebird love…

$22.00

Gardenia Natural Perfume Oil

$9.00

Green Mom Mug / Handmade St…

$20.00

Azure Button Stacking Rings …

$42.00

Mothers of Boys – sign

$

Lunch Plates Blue Lotus Flow…

$65.00

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‘Busy Moms Make Things for Busy Moms’ by ByTheBookPaper


Silver Twig and Bird Lariat …

$27.00

Fused Fine Silver Hoop and S…

$22.00

Couples or Family Keepsake P…

$20.00

Nature Lover Earrings

$11.00

Blue Carnations on White Lon…

$20.00

Bigger Magnetic Chalkboard W…

$38.00

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Orange Hand Candy Sugar Scru…

$8.00

White Pearl and Flower Penda…

$25.00

Handmade Black and White Kis…

$65.00

Crunchy Mama Vegan Vanilla C…

$12.00

iPhone 4 Wristlet – Custom D…

$22.00

handmade blue and white baro…

$28.00

Black White Damask Teapot co…

$32.00

Sparkly rainbow coated glass…

$15.00

Card Holder – Star Paisley i…

$7.00

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This week’s pillow did not go as planned and I would like to start over or just trash it and do something different. But I’ve been sick, I’m worn out, and I don’t care anymore. I just want to get it done and move on. Which is kind of sad because I had such great intentions, I wanted to say so many things with this pillow and have it turn out brilliantly. Oh well… I’ll just show you and then give you the background…

Ok, so first off, if you can’t tell, it’s a nest with 3 eggs. Here is the picture I used as a reference for the nest…

The technique is freehand machine embroidery. I’ve done it in the past, a long time ago, but never tried to create a picture like this. I wanted to emulate the shading and dimension using thread and stitches and used 4 different colors to do this, layering the different colored stitches on top of one another. The technique is pretty chaotic and messy as you can see here, but it seemed like the perfect technique to create a nest…

As far as why I made a nest with 3 eggs? Well, this was my idea for announcing that I’m expecting a baby. (Surprise!) The “R” egg is for my 8-year-old boy and the “J” egg is for my baby boy who was stillborn about 4 years ago and the blank egg is for our baby on the way.

I had planned on talking more about when our baby was stillborn, how it was just a few months after my father’s suicide and how a thick mental and emotional fog enveloped me for months and months. I was going to talk about how I walked around for months feeling like there was a raw gaping hole in my chest where my heart had been that anybody who looked at me could see. I was going to talk about how the volunteers at S.H.A.R.E. helped me and how months of therapy and reading self-help books and doing the work of grieving helped me get back on my feet and how it was a few years before I even started to feel like myself again. And I was going to talk about how losing my second baby helped me realize I’m a pretty good mom to my boy “R”. And after reading “Eat, Pray, Love” and reading the quote “We must get our hearts broken sometimes. This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something…” I realized that I had to try for another baby or I’d regret it. And so here I am, halfway through my third pregnancy, worried, excited, hoping, praying.

So back to the pillow – I’m chalking this week’s pillow up to another good try and better luck next time. Seems appropriate…

Nest Pillow shown ©2011 TiffinyDesigns

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‘Who Rules the Roost?’ by LashCrochet

I dream of having a country kitchen filled with roosters and hens! This is inspired by my grandmother’s kitchen.


The Eggsential Tote – Chicke…

$25.00

Set of 2 Crochet Egg Cozies …

$25.00

Vintage Galvanize Wire Hen B…

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Speckled Hen / Chicken Fresh…

$34.00

vintage holt howard coffee p…

$21.00

60’s 3 MOD Coffee Cups. …

$14.95

Hen Milk Jug

$8.00

Rooster Cup

$27.00

Rooster Quilt

$2000.00

Retro Turquoise Terry Cloth …

$10.00

Rustic kitchen – Chickens an…

$11.00

Rooster Tea Towel

$18.00

Vintage Coffee Container – C…

$18.00

SALE vintage porcelain spice…

$19.00

3 Metal Serving Trays

$21.00

Vintage Miniature Glass Hen …

$6.00

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