Sunday, August 26, 2012

Around the house...

I've had a few things I wanted to share with you, just little things around the house. Some small additions and changes, so I thought I'd lump them all together in one post. I found this wonderful pillow last month in Ozark at one of my favorite stores, The Feathered Nest. It was made by one of the owners; hand painted in a wonderful Old World calligraphy style. I use this in the Master Bedroom, but I brought it into the Dining Room for better light, then paired it up with a couple of my flea find pillows, that I use on the sunporch.



Can you see "Paris" on the bottom?


Loved the back closure with raw edged ties.






While Anne was here we did a little shopping downtown and I found this great wicker trunk. It's really a nice size for some storage. (just as long as I don't put something in here, then forget where it is...I've been known to do that once or twice.) It was just $30. I see these frequently, new and used, for about $75, so it felt like a good buy. 



I wanted to give it a French Gray wash, so I used a little spray paint,
 but that wasn't doing it for me, so I did a dry brush of antique white and gray latex.



I think I'd like to try a French stencil on top or the front...
not sure, but I'm thinking about it.






AND, finally some photos of the new floral pillows I made for the Living Room sofas. They're pretty plain, no fancy schmancy stuff, but just what I wanted to bring in a little different feel for Fall.










We're having a little rain this weekend; we are still so far below normal. But here in Missouri, September is a rainy month. You won't believe this, but with the cooler weather, look what I have in the back yard...


The extreme heat and drought almost killed the hydrangea bushes this year, but they're trying to rally in the more mild temperatures.




I'm joining in with these parties this week:

Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality
Make it Pretty Monday at the Dedicated House
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

And if you haven't entered the Give Away
 with Tattered Goods then click here



Keeping all of you in Issac's path in my prayers,





62 comments:

  1. Debra,
    Your newest pillow find with its handpainted message is exquisite!!! I adore the color palette in your new handmade pillows!!! Those would work wonderfully in my Master Bedroom! Oh,...and does that room ever need a refreshing...perhaps AFTER vacation??? Your wicker basket turned out beautifully with the paint technique! Have a wonderful week ahead! The rain has been such a "shower of blessings"; however there is rumor of return of the upper 90's here on my end of the Prairie! I am SO~O~O ready for September (Seasonal ) weather!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  2. Debra- I love your newest pillow AND I love the ones that you made. Your sofa has a similar pattern to the one my daughter has..and I have always loved it. Hers is more of a green tone though. Blessings- xo Diana

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  3. Your new pillows are very pretty and will look perfect into Fall. They remind me a bit of the old bark cloth with lovely floral prints. Hopefully the rain will be enough to give those hydrangeas a big drink ;)

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  4. What a lovely home! I adore that french pillow you found and the pillows your made are beautiful. That's pretty exciting about your hydrangeas. They really are a pretty flower. I am your newest follower. I hope you'll stop by Posed Perfection for a visit soon and maybe even a follow back. Have a wonderful week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  5. The white pillow is wonderful and so are the floral ones that you made. They look amazing on your sofa. Love that wicker trunk and perfect in gray. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  6. Debra - The pillows you made for your living room are just georgous!! Such soft, pretty colors. Love the French pillow too.

    Judy

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  7. Everything looks lovely--I love your new throw pillows, such a nice addition to the look and feel of your room.
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

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  8. Very pretty, Debra! Love how the wicker trunk turned out. I've got plans to paint some baskets with a grey wash, too.

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  9. Love how the wicker basket came out... and yes, the stencil idea on top would be the "finishing" touch..
    I often pass up things that I should not because they are not the right color.. just need to d-r-a-g out the paints and fix em up !

    Diana

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  10. Very pretty Debra. Won't be long til fall is here and time for some pumpkin decorating!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  11. Love that pillow you bought ! Thanks for showing the back , I have been making some pillows for craft shows and made the envelope back and thought they needed a button or somthing ,I really like the tie back ,so I think I will try that.

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  12. Debra, that little pillow is adorable! Love the script! And your pillows are pretty darn fabulous, as well!! The wicker basket is a lovely addition to your home; and I could see a lovely french stencil on top. Very pretty!

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  13. If I ever learn to sew I fear I will never stop...I keep seeing such cute pieces all over blogland. I wish I could make my own pillows. Someday I will just sit down and try. I like the positioning of the basket at that entry point...my mom has one of those exactly like it... her's is still the original brown. She's had it as long as I can remember, even when we didn't have much. She still uses it for hats and mittens like she did many years ago.

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  14. I love you new goodies! That pillow is so pretty with that style font for the lettering. Also, your wicker trunk is wonderful! I do think using a stencil for some letters or numbers in black would make it even more french looking. I've done that with quite a few of my baskets. It instantly makes them look older and European! Looks like the hurricane changed course and is now not in our direct path. Now we all have to worry about New Orleans though. Maybe it will bring you some much needed rain too.

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  15. Hi Debra. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a sweet note about the Cottage Cheese Pancakes. Hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we have over the years. Have a wonderful week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  16. All of the pillows are so pretty! I love the new color of the wicker basket too. Great find!

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  17. Those shots of your home are stunning!! Love what you did with the wicker trunk, too!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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  18. I love that little pillow with its wonderful frayed edges. And, the trunk is great all painted up and sitting there so pretty.

    Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!

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  19. love your finds Debra! especially the pillows...

    Karen

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  20. your pillows are lovely, debra! the basket is awesome, too:) (i'm not sure my hydrangeas survived this summer:(






    9

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  21. Your new pillows are very pretty. I love the two you made. I also love the wicker trunk especially after you painted it. I'm moving things around here today too. We had rain last night and it was such a relief. Yes, we need that to happen a bunch more to make up for all we've done without. My hydrangeas did nothing this year. I swear I am moving them next spring to a better spot.

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  22. Love your new cushions and the basket was a real steal. The finish is so nice too. xx

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  23. YOur hand painted pillow is a real stunner! What inspiration! I just might try to make one, since I won't be visiting the Feathered Nest!
    I am wild about your big basket. Adding the French Linen gave it so much depth and character. I am looking for one just like that for my Gable guest room! Beauty abounds at Common Ground!!!

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  24. Love your pillows! I am always looking for a wonderful way to bring Paris into my home! Hugs, Linda

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  25. Love your trunk and your new pillow as well as the others are just beautiful.

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  26. Cute pillow and love the trunk. I was thinking about painting mine, too. Now I just may after seeing yours.

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  27. Love that pillow...even the back! So cute.

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  28. Your living room is so pretty. I love the new pillow, it is even pretty in the back. The little ties are an unexpected delight.
    You did a wonderful job on the basket chest and it looks so nice where you have it. Then we come to the pillows that you made . . . love that fabric. The cabbage roses are wonderful and the colors are so elegant and rich.
    It's nice to change things up and get a new look.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Connie :)

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  29. Your pillows are so pretty, Debra. And I love the wicker trunk you found.
    Mary Alice

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  30. Love the new pillows made with that gorgeous fabric! And I'm on the hunt for a big basket like yours to use as a toybox.

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  31. Love the pillows, and the trunk looks great painted! I think adding a stencil to the top or front would look fabulous!!

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  32. I adore your house decor!!!! it is just so beautiful, just like from a magazine, so beautifully arranged! :)

    Hugs,

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  33. Debra, the wicker trunk is fantastic, and I love the pillows. So glad your hydrangeas are making a comeback! Your home is always so inspiring... Donna

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  34. I so appreciate the talent that went into making that little pillow. I can't imagine having that kind of patience. I love the back as much as the front.
    Your house is just gorgeous!
    XO
    Deb
    P.S. Hurray for raindrops fallin' on your hydrangea heads!

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  35. Everything is lovely, Debra. Love that first pillow!

    Just to update you - my blog has moved to Wordpress - same name/URL but if you follow via Google Friend Connect you won't get updates. If you follow via Google Reader, you should be fine.

    xo
    Claudia

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  36. Everything is lovely, Debra. Love that first pillow!

    Just to update you - my blog has moved to Wordpress - same name/URL but if you follow via Google Friend Connect you won't get updates. If you follow via Google Reader, you should be fine.

    xo
    Claudia

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  37. So pretty! I had to laugh, I have "lost" things when I stashed them, too. But it's always such a nice surprise when you find them! Have a great week!

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  38. I think the couch pillows you made look absolutely perfect! I see a stack of quilts on your pretty wicker trunk. Judy was here this morning and we were looking at your blog and saw that first pillow. She, being an artist, adored the writing.
    Brenda

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  39. How beautiful your house is. I love the newest pillow and the ones you made are perfect.
    Love the paint job on the little chest. Isn't wicker hard to stencil on? I tried to do it on a basket once and it didn't work very well. I'll watch and see how you do it and maybe I can learn.:))
    Over from Cozy

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  40. Hi Debra,
    Isn't it amazing what a bit of paint and some fabric can do to add new life and energy!
    I enjoy your blog so very much!
    I hope you have a wonderful week, my friend,
    Blessings,
    Carolynn

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  41. Debra, you pillows on your living room couch are perfect. Love the colors. I'm always a sucker for florals.

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  42. Great job on the basket, and i love your new pillow and the two pillows beside it! And, wow, you have a wonderful sofa,.. great curves!

    Cindy

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  43. Hi, Debra! Everything is just beautiful. I adore that sweet pillow with the raw edges. And I have a wicker basket very similar to your that's on my painting to-do list. I love the way yours turned out. I planned to do a gray wash as well. Thanks for sharing from around your house.

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  44. Oh my, I'm getting ideas. I have a huge trunk on my back porch that is too brown, and I have been tempted to paint it. I think I am going to do it now!! Everyone told me not to, but I love yours. And those pillows, makes me sleepy just looking at them. Your home always amazes me.

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  45. Hi Debra. I love your new pillow it's so pretty! Your living room is gorgeous and I love your style.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  46. Debra your collection of pretties is growing, and I'm always glad when you give us a wide view into your home. It's just so inviting.
    Liz

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  47. All of your pillows are beautiful, and your wicker trunk is so pretty in gray. My hydrangeas are fizzled out, I'm glad you get to enjoy yours for a while longer.

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  48. Debra, I love the colors in your new floral pillows. Very fall indeed. Your Paris pillow is fabulous! Great find.

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  49. Your pillows are beautiful as is the entire room! I just noticed this morning that my hydrangeas are blooming again. The blooms probably won't last long because Hurricane Issac is on it's way....slowly.

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  50. I saw you linked at Brenda's and had to come see. This is such a pretty pretty post! LOVE THAT PILLOW! Those ties are a great idea, but I just love the muted colors, and stencil. That hall shot is wonderful. SO much pretty in one post! xx

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  51. Beautiful home and lovely pillows. You really pay attention to details. I love the ties on the one pillow..ingenious! I really loved the big basket too! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and enter my giveaway. I am going to enter yours too! :)
    Karin

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  52. You're style is always blowing me away. Love that pillow so much!!
    ♥Linsey

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  53. I do love that pillow you found! The frayed edges really add to it a lot but the hand painted fabric really makes it special! Your wicker trunk looks terrific with it's new finish!
    Love your pillows on the sofa too- great colors!

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  54. Debra: I enjoyed seeing all the wonderful areas of your home. I love the new pillow with the French motif, and I think your new floral pillows on the couch are just right in that living space. I love baskets, and so I really like your neat wicker trunk that you found. All lovely!

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  55. I love that pillow! And the basket is the exact technique I've been looking for to redo a garage sale basket I've got in the garage. Oh, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the beams in your house!! Well actually, I just love all of it!! Great post!

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

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  56. Thank you for sharing your beautiful accessories at Potpourri Friday!

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  57. What a beautiful house you have! Such pretty things. Thanks so much for sharing ;-)

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  58. All such lovely touches in your fall house Debra. I really love the fabric you used for your new cushions. Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

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  59. It's party time over at Debt Free Mommy Blog and you're invited! Please drop on by and link up with Making Space Mondays. Oh, and we've got some really exciting news about our new house this week! Hope to see you there! -Tabitha

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  60. I featured your post at cowgirl up Debra. I adore that pillow, and I have an old basket just like yours that I am considering painting. Grab a featured button, if you like.

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  61. Debra,
    These are beautiful touches around your house. My MIL's magnolia has bloomed twice this year. After going dormant the plants are trying to re-bloom, they are so confused.
    Sherry

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