Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Je t'aime...a Valentine's pillow

Hello everyone, thank you for stopping by - I hope your week is going well.  

As you may have noticed, I recently gave this lil' blog of mine a make-over to start the new year.  I have been wanting a new layout for a while and although I still have a few little things to iron out, I'm hopeful you like the new look and feel of it so far.
  
My sister in law, who was one of the first to encourage me to start blogging, has been helping out with the re-design and I am so grateful.  She has a cute little blog you may want to visit called Busily Spinning Momma, which reflects her self-taught sewing, kniting and crochet projects.  

Today, I wanted to show you this super easy Valentine pillow I made in less than half an hour.  I love the way the canvas almost looks like old wrinkled vintage paper...

And how it coordinates with my old books and decor without it being too 'Valentiney'.  I could probably keep this pillow around even after Valentine's day....

I used some of the goodies I received from Canvas Corp. (canvas sheet and canvas pillow)
1. Soak canvas sheet in tea (not pictured) and wring out to form wrinkles if desired.  If you do not want wrinkles, hang to dry.
2. Write message with permanent marker
3. Cut out heart shape
4. Hot glue canvas heart onto pillow

I recruited hubby to write the words as he has the neatest handwriting I know.  So much so, that I had to tell him not to make it perfect.  I thought of perhaps lining the outside of the heart with twine but I decided to leave it as is.

The open book is a Midsummer's Night Dream which I found it at our local thrift store.  A previous owner had read and scrutinized every page as there are little notes penciled in with beautiful old looking handwriting.  I find it so much more interesting to read the notes than the book itself...


I had fun setting up this little display and scattering the books along the floor.  I pictured myself in an old French farm reading poetry, overlooking a beautiful garden...sigh...:)

Speaking of gardens, hubby bought me beautiful white roses today and I can't wait for them to bloom a little more so I can snap some pretty pictures; hopefully the weather will cooperate. 

There was a time when he would bring me flowers every week and though I was grateful and flattered, I was young and thought shoes and other material items would be a better use of the money he was spending on flowers.  So the flowers stopped and the wardrobe grew, but that was a different phase in my life, because now, I want to fill our house with fresh flowers.
As you get older, I guess you start to appreciate the little things a lot more and see a deeper beauty in the things around you.  But honey, I know you'll read this and the flowers are beautiful (but I kinda still like shoes VERY much so!) 

Well my friends, I will talk to you all soon. Have a beautiful day!

much love,

40 comments:

  1. Hi Lucy,

    I have been a follower of your blog for a few months now, and I have to say that I really love it. :) Love the new layout and love all the creativity that you inspire here! :) I also think that it is so sweet that your hubby used to buy you flowers every week. A gal can never get enough of beautiful blooms! :) Hope you have a beautiful week!


    Hugs,
    Jessie

    acozycottageinthecity.blogspot.com

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  2. My first visit to you special space here and its amazing. I like the layout too. I know I am going to enjoy many visits. Thanks for sharing. I will follow on my way out and hope you can find the time to come visit me and do the same. I look forward to engaging throughout twenty twelve with you. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  3. Lucy,

    I LOVE your photo styling! I am a new blogger trying to grow my blog and I have noticed such a difference since I have been "styling" my photos in a more attractive way. You are inspiring even when that isn't what your post is about!

    Thanks so much!

    Lindsey
    www.lindsey-sensiblenonsense-blogspot.com

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  4. LOVING your little pillow and your new look. And, I love to see your beautiful, smiling face when I open your blog. Your hubby did a nice job- until I read it I thought it was a commercially produced print..maybe he has a new calling?;>)

    I will pop by and visit your sil later after I play catch up- Hope you have a great week and looking forward to your roses. xo Diana

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  5. Luuuuu! I love your pillow, anddd I really really really love your new blog look :o) Hope you and your family are doing well!!!
    Jaime

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  6. Your pillow is gorgeous! What a great way to use canvas!
    And your photo styling is so pretty!
    Jo-Anna

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  7. What a beautiful pillow --- and just in time for Valentine's Day! Thanks for sharing!

    -fork

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  8. LOVE the updates to the blog. It seems far more you as well. And the pillow is just clever. I think I love it more knowing you had your husband help out. :)

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  9. Love the pillow...and I think your set up for the pictures looks like an Anthro ad!

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  10. First I have to learn to write better, I can't believe you hand wrote that! I noticed your profile picture right away and thought it was new. Your SIL is very talented. Maybe you could compromise with your husband and get a little bit of fresh flowers and a couple of shoes.

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  11. i love it.
    it looks so gorgeous thanks for the tutorial xxx

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  12. The pillow is beautiful! I love the simplicity of it.

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  13. Love the cushion, so beautiful, you have to keep it out all year! ;) your blog is also looking great.

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

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  14. Hi
    Again you have created something so sweet and endearing! As I was looking at the cushion, I was thinking how lovely it would be to make or buy small cushions. Then girls could write a mother's day message on the heart and I guess you could do a different shape for boys!
    Thank you again
    Sue

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  15. This is adorable! The script on the heart looks amazing!
    CAS

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  16. LOve it! I think I will recruit my hubby too to write a love letter/poem and display it in our bedroom! Thanks! I think this is romantic too!

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  17. Love the pillow and the shoe versus flowers debate. Correct me if I'm wrong but haven't I seen that chair before with a union jack back?

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  18. The pillow turned out so cute! I have terrible handwriting so I don't think I could pull off hand writing the words myself :( Maybe I can recruit your husband ;)

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  19. Magnifique ce coussin, excellente idée
    Agnès

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  20. Lucy, I love the new layout of your blog! It makes me feel like I'm at home. The pillow turned out so nice, and what a great job hubs did on the handwriting! It's nice to have family to help out with projects! Blessings from Bama!

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  21. Hi, my name is Heather! Please email me when you can, I have a question about your blog!

    HeatherVonSJ[at]gmail[dot]com

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  22. Hi, my name is Heather! Please email me when you can, I have a question about your blog!

    HeatherVonSJ[at]gmail[dot]com

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  23. I love your idea ! SPLENDIDE !!! BRAVO !!! I'll keep it for one day... and why not for la Saint Valentin ??? thank you !!!

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  24. WOW this is gorgeous! Never thought to write on fabric. THis pillow is gorgeous!

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  25. Lucy I love the new layout of your blog,(I'm feeling inspired to do something to mine if only I knew more about how to) and I absolutely adore the Valentine pillow! Beautiful!

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  26. I adore this pillow. It's adorable. Thank you for linking this lovely post to Potpourri Friday!

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  27. Hi! I just found your blog on 2805's Potpourri Friday! LOVE the pillow! I'm now following and really looking forward to reading more of your posts! Hugs, Leena

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  28. This is lovely. I made one similar to it last year. I love the colors you selected. Hugs

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  29. This is GORGEOUS!! Definitely Pinning this for my future projects! :) Would love for you to link up @ Find Your Craft Friday over on my blog... Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ BabyBerry
    http://weinzapfelbabyberry.blogspot.com/2012/01/find-your-craft-friday-6.html

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  30. GORGEOUS!
    I'll be featuring you tomorrow during Sunday Best.

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  31. This turned out so adorable. I can't believe this is your hubby's handwriting! Wow. And I love the way you staged your photos too. I have learned that it is one thing to make a beautiful project, & another to take photo that showcase the project well.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  32. funny, my husband has better handwritting then me as well. this pillow is a beauty.

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  33. seriously loving.

    visiting from romantic home and would love for you to stop by since i'm having a fabulous kate spade & vintage necklace giveaway here:

    http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/01/something-old-something-new-giveaway.html

    smiles.

    michele

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  34. I love your pillows! What beautiful handwriting and the fabric is so vintage looking. Love!!

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  35. Hey Lucy! I just wanted to let you know, I posted a link to your pillow post from my blog. I just loved your pillow and had to make one for myself!! It's sooo not as cute as yours but I wanted my readers to know where I got my inspiration. Thanks for sharing this pillow with us. xoxo Stefani

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  37. That is a great pillow, and very beautifully shot. I am a huge fan of your blog and follow and read every post. The faux antler post is bookmarked and on my to do list! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us.

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