Boudoir Pillow Tutorial

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

    Recently, a friend asked me for decorating advice in her master bedroom.  The room is a very nice space already, but needed window treatments.  As we were fabric shopping, we found this chocolate and creme fabric that we agreed would be the perfect touch on a pillow for the bed.  Not in the original plan, but that didn't stop us.  I will share pictures of the room as projects are completed, but for now I want to share with you how I made the boudoir pillow for the bed.

    •  Enough fabric to cover front and back of pillow form plus 6"
    • coordinating thread
    • scissors
    • sewing machine
    • measuring tape
    • straight pins
    • iron
    • buttons
     1.  Measure the pillow form.  Add 1" to the width and length of your measurement for the front piece and for the back piece, add 8" to the back length plus a total 1" for the top and bottom hem.  The back piece is going to be much longer than the front piece.  Cut the back piece in half from top to bottom.

    2.  To make the back of the pillow, fold in the edge along one of the edges width wise and stitch with a 1/2" seam.  Repeat this step with the other back piece.  Iron.

    3.  Lay front piece of fabric right side up.  Lay one of the back pieces on top of the front piece face down matching corners. Pin corners.  Lay second back piece face down a align with the other two corners of the front piece.  Pin corners.  The top and bottom back panel pieces should overlap by about 4".  Pin all the way around.

    4.  Machine stitch 1/2" all the way around the cover.  Iron.  Turn inside out so that face of fabric is showing.  Iron edges for a nice finish.

    5.  Determine button placement.  3 buttons were used in this case.  Mark fabric for button holes and follow instructions for button hole making according to your machine.  Sew buttons on.

    I can't wait to start on the window treatments...

    And the Winner is.....

    Monday, June 28, 2010

       Good Monday morning!  I'm feeling a little behind today.  After being at a swim meet 12 hours a day, three days in a row, I need another weekend to recover from the weekend, ha!

      I will cut right to the chase today, because I know why you all are here.  Everyone wants to know who won the CSN drawing.  The winner of the drawing is Casey of Loft and Cottage.


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      Congratulations Casey!  Email me for the details.

      If you haven't checked the links from the five favorites party, you can go here.   I had so much fun reading what everyone would take on a trip if they could only bring five things.  Some of the posts were hilarious and all were very informative.  So thanks to all of those who joined in.

      Now I'm going back to bed.....

      I used a new service for the drawing which happens to be free.  No I'm into voo-doo or lifting my coffee cup with my mind, so don't left the name fool you.  Free sounded good, that's all. 

      Giveaway Reminder

      Sunday, June 27, 2010

        Just a little reminder that the CSN Stores giveaway ends today.  To enter the drawing go here.

         I was looking on the CSN website and found this pretty iron planter in a sunny shade of yellow.

        They also carry cushions for outdoor furniture.

        Winner will be announced tomorrow.

        Linky Love and a Giveaway Reminder

        Friday, June 25, 2010

           Happy Friday creative people.  Do you have big plans for the weekend?  We are out the door to a swim meet with 5:30 am warm-ups, so gotta run.
          Here are some links that I thought you might enjoy...have a great weekend!

          Make Grow Gather - Paper Lanterns
          The Decorista - Open Shelves
          Stone Gable - An Invitation (funny story that leads to a fabulous party)
          Isabella & Max Rooms - Upholstered Headboard
          Emily Clark - Guest Bedroom Makeover
          From Drab to Fab - A Very Clever Lighting Project


          There is a CSN Stores giveaway going on until Sunday- to get the details, go here.

          Grass Cloth

          Thursday, June 24, 2010

              The master bedroom has been an ongoing project.  It all began when I pulled a duvet cover out of the linen closet.  Wanting to add more color to the room to break up all of the dark wood furnishings, some of which were my from my childhood bedroom, I painted the night stands green.  I also made curtains and a boudoir pillow for the bed.

            I have always loved grass cloth, and as luck would have it, Mom and D recently finished hanging it in their mountain home and had enough left over for me to line the built ins.

             Some of you have asked about the "how-to" on this project and I apologize for not doing a full tutorial, but I will do my best to tell you what I did.  First I measured the height of the opening with a measuring tape.  Then I used a right angled ruler to mark a straight line on the paper.  Because of the width of the paper and the width of the shelves, I had to hang two pieces of paper per shelf.  I first hung the wider piece.  I tried to use two sided tape, but it didn't hold.  So I resorted to my trusty glue gun and this worked like a charm.  Once the widest strip was in place, I cut a second strip the same height and placed it beside the affixed piece.  I pressed the new piece into the corner until it was creased.  With scissors, I cut the strip along the crease and this became the second piece to glue into place.

            If that explanation makes no sense, please feel free to email me.

            On to the styling...the shelves are filled with books, art made by friends, and photos that we have collected over the years.  A few of the white pieces that you see were spray painted to add contrast.  The lovely starfish that you see, was won on a giveaway sponsored by The White Flower Farmhouse

            You can see where the seam is to the right of this picture.  I tried to position things on the shelves to cover the seam where I could and obviously didn't do too well here.  I love for our home to be filled with meaningful treasures.  This photo is one of a family vacation in Nags Head and the boys were feeding the seagulls. Now that I see this photo, I think the frame would look better white...stop it Rene.  The bowls were made by Dad.
            Over the years, I have accumulated quite a few home and garden books as well as Dad's old furniture making books and tools that have found a home in these shelves.  In the basket you see shells from one of our trips to the beach.

            I have always loved birds and have little signs of them throughout the house.  This pair of birds were bronze and I painted them white.  They look much better now.  The needlework is a blue-jay that Mom made years ago for my grandmother.  When she passed away it was given to me.  Then under the cloche is a hummingbird nest.  Mom found it this spring after a storm blew it out of a tree.  We have always wanted to see one of these little nests, but are sorry that it had to happen this way.

            This light was also given a coat of white.  It used to be ORB.

            If you noticed the window seat, in the second and fourth photos, I am still trying the get up the nerve to make a seat cushion.  I'm thinking navy with white piping or blue and white ticking...what do you think?  And those two little bolsters will need fabric any suggestions designing women and men?  The peach colored lamp on the chest of drawers will be updated too using this tutorial.  Sometimes I wish there was more time in the day...

              A Giveaway With CSN Stores

              Wednesday, June 23, 2010

                 I am thrilled to announce the latest giveaway here at cottage and vine.  CSN Stores has offered one of my lucky followers a $40 store credit.  CSN Stores has everything and I do mean everything for the home even a bathroom sink.

                 After searching through the website,  I admit it was difficult to make myself step away from the computer because CSN Stores carries so many of the things that I love.  Here are a few of them.

                 To enter the giveaway for +200 CSN Stores:
                1. First you must become a follower through google friend connect over on the right of this page and leave a comment saying so.  If you are already a follower through google, leave a comment. Be sure to leave your email if you do not have a blog.
                2. To get a second, third, or forth entry,  1-post on your blog, 2- on facebook,  3-or tweet about the giveaway.  Be sure to come back here to leave a comment with the link.
                This giveaway closes this coming Sunday and the winner will be announced Monday, June 28th.

                Good luck everybody!!


                DIY Trellis

                Tuesday, June 22, 2010

                I had a completely different post in mind for today, but yesterday when I pretended to know how to use my camera, something went terribly wrong.  Hopefully I can figure it out today.
                   Many of you have left comments about the New Dawn rose so I thought that I would share our DIY trellis.

                  This wall is the exterior wall of the back of the garage and as you can see, there are no windows or doors.  Mr. and I wanted to add a vine to this wall, but trellises were a bit too pricey.

                   To make our own trellis, we purchased garden fencing from Lowes and stretched it over screw hooks as you see here.  For reinforcement, we wired the fencing to the hooks.  We used four hooks to keep it in place, one at each corner.
                  As the rose grows, we weave the new growth through.

                  Five Favorites Linky Party

                  Monday, June 21, 2010

                    Hello creative people.  Did you have a good weekend?  Our weekend was hot and I don't see relief any time soon which translates to lots of pool time.

                    Last week I decided to post a linky party that begins today.  If this isn't your thing, please come back.  I promise not to turn this into a beauty blog, just wanted to do something a little different that's all.  The link will be open until Friday if you decide to join in.

                    The question is, if you are going away for the weekend and can only take five products, in your cosmetic bag, what would they be.  Are you like me and have been doing the same routine  A weekend at the beach with the girls is always a good place to find about about new things that work for other people, but I missed that opportunity this year.  So I am calling on you to fill me in.

                    Without further ado, here are my five must haves.

                     1.  Great lash mascara has been in my bag more than any other.  I have tried others, but when I make a quick trip to Target, I know that I can grab this tube without thinking and it never fails.

                    2.  Brilliant by Aveda keeps my hair from doubling in size and keeps the frizzies at bay.  If you have curly, thick, porous hair, you might like it.  And it smells great.  I could so be an 80's hair person, but then I  would probably never be spoken to in public.

                    3.  Bobbie Brown eye shadow in birch (not the one shown above) pulls double duty as an eye liner and eye brow definer.  Use a wet brush to apply the liner and a dry brow brush to apply to the brows.

                     4.  Sonia Kashuk face palette by Target.  Usually I don't have success with drug store make up, but this little kit has been in my bag for years.  It comes with concealer, mineral foundation powder, and  blush.  The 3-in-1 concept makes it convenient to travel with.

                     5.  Cetaphil is the perfect lotion.  Dermatologists have been recommending it for years.  I use it on my face and body and any residue that is left on my hands, I apply to my hair.  (A tip I read in People Style Watch, what's good enough for the celebrities..).  It really works to smooth the hair shaft before drying.

                    So there you have it, my five faves.  Now it's your turn.  So tell me, what's in your bag?

                    1. All you do is link your post not your blog.   
                    2. Be sure to link back to this site so that others can read all of the posts that are linked here.
                    3. Try to visit the other blogs listed.
                    Thanks to everybody who joins in.  I hope you had fun!!

                    Happy Father's Day

                    Sunday, June 20, 2010

                       Wishing all of the daddies a happy day.  Have a little fun
                      I always said that socks make the man....LOL.

                      Tales From Peter Rabbit, or Not

                      Friday, June 18, 2010

                         Hello there and happy Friday!  I'm feeling a little groggy today.  After getting together with friends last night for food and spirits in Mr. Macgregor's garden, this old lady is tired.
                         When I planned the 8th grade dance, I didn't go it alone.  There is a group of us who have been volunteering together for many years now and we not only know how to throw a good party for the kids, but we manage to have a lot of fun ourselves.

                          So of course once you plan an event for the school, you then have to get together later to discuss it, wink.  Does this image say "Annie get your gun" or is it just me?  My friend never misses an opportunity to be front and center in a photo.  When I mentioned how cute the garden was and that I wanted to take a picture, Lynn immediately ran to the tool shed and grabbed the first tool she could find.  Such a ham and don't you love those boots? 
                        So what are your plans for the weekend?  I want to finish this project.  After putting up grass cloth on a few shelves, I just had to style them to see where this whole thing was going.  I must admit, that at first glance and a rough first attempt at styling, I likey.

                        Wishing you a flower filled weekend with lots of laughs and lemonade.

                        My Style in One Picture

                        Thursday, June 17, 2010


                        Today I am joining From The Right Bank for What's Your style in One Picture Challenge.  I have posted this image before, but I keep coming back to it.  I love it for the old and new, the refined and rustic, the neutrals and the color, and the tradition with a twist styling.  Oh and we already know how I feel about hydrangeas. 

                        More Bedroom Updates

                        Wednesday, June 16, 2010

                           Have I told you how much I LOVE navy and white?  Somehow it had to find a  place in our home.  Amazing what a couple of changes can do.  Curtains made of inexpensive muslin and grosgrain combined with a pillow that I recovered myself proves that it doesn't have to cost a lot to get a fresh new look.
                           I propped needlework and watercolors on the night stands and picked a few Annabelles from the garden.

                          Wallpaper a la Mom

                          Tuesday, June 15, 2010

                             Recently I shared with you an arrangement that Mom made.  She has such great style and has an eye for pretty things.  You can see it in the way she decorates.  I know many of you have a hot/cold relationship with wallpaper, but Mom loves it and she wears it well.