DIY Monogram Pillow

DIY Monogram Pillow

Back Porch Bench

I remember the first monogram I ever made.

It involved paint pens and a bow and a whole lot of confidence.

I’m not sure how it started.  I think I saw a bow on Madonna when she was dancing around with her lucky star and I realized that I had a similar hair accessory.

Light bulb moment.

I ran to my room and took out my sticker covered plastic paint pen box and promptly added a letter to the bow.

It didn’t really bear the slightest resemblance to anything lucky.  The bow was grosgrain ribbon and so the edges of the paint pen letter were kind of fuzzy and my K looked like it needed a shave. And that when I had light bulb moment number two.  Cover up all that fuzz with a monogram.

And some flowers.

And a swirl or two for good measure.

The rest simply defies description.

Bows gone wild… my monogram. :)Continue reading

The One Pillow Every Chair Needs

The One Pillow Every Chair Needs


hooked wool pillow

When I was growing up, I spent every summer on Cape Cod.


We spent days on the beach with the sand between our toes and evenings with my grandmother sharing the highs and lows of the day over tiny wooden bowls filled with Cheeto puff balls and glasses of ginger ale perched on wooden chairs with hooked rug covers.

My grandmother was fancy.

You would have loved her.

She wore red lipstick, too, and pearls.  She drank Pepsi by the gallon, loved to dance, wore cat eye glasses and had the most amazing laugh.

She laughed and the world laughed along with her.Continue reading

Pennant Flag Pillow and Go Kentucky!

Pennant Flag Pillow and Go Kentucky!



I was raised on football.

Every Friday night was spent with field goals and touchdowns and cheerleaders and marching bands and the bright stadium lights shining onto the field….

….and kissing your boyfriend under the bleachers. :)

I can still remember the championship game where our team kicked the field goal in the last 20 seconds and won the game by one point.

We screamed and yelled and danced in the stands and raised our hands and cheered until our voices were hoarse.

And for that brief moment we were all united in victory.

I know that it’s all about how you play the game….

…..but sharing the winning makes it all the sweeter. Continue reading

Pom Pom Pillow:  Christmas Tree Style

Pom Pom Pillow: Christmas Tree Style



The twins came running in the other day and promptly announced that Jingle….our elf on the shelf….

….was boring.

“Mom….umm….why does Jingle just sit there on the bookshelf?” they asked in unison.

I looked at them in confusion.

“Jingle doesn’t just sit in one place,” I said.  “He moves around.”

“I mean yesterday he was up in one of the kitchen cabinets and today he was hiding behind the basket on the bookshelf.”

Please know that I said this proudly…..with an air of someone who was truly thankful that Jingle had not only remembered to show up….but that he had traveled around the house in only two short days.

Jingle had done his part.

End of discussion.


Until one of the twins continued with, “But he just sits there.  That’s it.  Other people’s elves are wearing superman capes and hanging from the ceiling and getting into the refrigerator walking on the butter and riding roller coasters and eating all the left-over Halloween candy.”

Really?Continue reading

Pillow Project

Pillow Project


In the south we have a saying that we use when don’t really know what to say.

When we are loss for words with a situation that almost needs no comment.

….but yet…..a comment is required.

So when faced with a commentless situation where it’s necessary to say something…..we here in the south will simply drawl….”Bless her heart.”


Bless her heart.


It’s the perfect saying, really.  You can say so much with just that one little phrase.

Bless her heart.

I’ve said it when I saw someone at Wal-mart buying 17 dozen boxes of peeps at the after-Easter clearance sale.Continue reading

Full Disclosure

Mirriam-Webster definition:

bur * lap  noun

1:  a coarse, heavy, plain-woven fabric usually of jute or hemp used for bagging and wrapping and in furniture and linoleum manufacture

2:  a lightweight material resembling burlap used in interior decoration or for clothing

Blogworld definition:

bur * lap  noun

1:  fabric of the gods

I actually think I understated it a bit.

Burlap is a wonder fabric.

You can paint on it….like my sister does.

If painting’s not your thing, you can make labels that go on buckets from transfer paper…

(total aside here….I think a tutorial on this has been done at least 500,000 times….but please, if you have any questions about this, just e-mail me)

Not up for painting or transferring….why not create:

* favor bags

* seat covers

* ribbon pillows

* letters (as in the alphabet)

* flowers

* banners

Or you could just use burlap to….

….wish someone special a Merry Christmas!

P.S.  For the purposes of full disclosure, I think it is important to reveal that I was not compensated by burlap in anyway for this overwhelming endorsement of its versatility and general fabulousness.