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Monday, February 17, 2014

My Heart Pillow and Women's Craft Day

Happy Monday Cottage Friends!

I hope you had a very nice weekend. 

Today I want to share my latest project with you.  

A heart pillow.



Once a month the women in our little church get together for a craft day.  We meet at 9:00 AM at the church with our project in hand.  Each woman works on whatever she wants.  Some of us bring our sewing machines and work on quilts or other sewing projects, some work on paper crafts, or needlework.  One young woman works on creative writing.  Anything and everything goes.  We stop at noon for lunch (each woman brings something to share), we have a short devotional, and then we get back to our crafts and wind things up around 2:00.  It's such a great way to bond with other women.  We encourage, joke around and just have a great time. 




Last month I started a heart pillow, thinking I'd have it completed by Valentine's Day.  It was such a simple craft, I never imagined I'd still be working on it Saturday.  But, I had a really busy month and well, you know how it goes.

Here's the pillow back.


This was a fun and frugal project, using materials I already had on hand.

Fabric from my  big $2 bag of Habitat Restore material.  (I barely made a dent in my stash.)


The trim was crochet lace removed from a 25 cent placemat (washed first, of course), and pressed flat.


The buttons were the most expensive part of the pillow.  I found them at one of my favorite antique stores.  $4 is way more than I would normally pay for 5 buttons (yes, I know there are 6 staples, but one button was missing from the card), however I love the mother of pearl and the size of the buttons, so I splurged.


And I liked that sassy gal on the button card.  Plus, how can one resist buttons that are  "The Talk of the Town."

I figure I can repurpose that vintage card in a paper project one day.

Since I already had polyfil to stuff the pillow, I didn't spend any money there either.


So there you have it.  Fun, inexpensive, pretty and useful.  My kind of project.

What projects do you enjoy most?

I'm sharing today at Makeover Monday.  This is a brand new linky party at Theresa's blog Little Putty Little Paint.  Visit Theresa's beautiful blog, see her pretty home, link up your creative home projects and make some new friends. 

Also sharing with

Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home

http://www.thethriftyhome.com Savvy Southern StyleLil' Mrs. Tori I would love to have you join me for my link party, Share Your Cup!
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22 comments:

  1. Hi Nancy, thank you for linking up with my Makeover Monday! Your heart pillow is sweet. As soon as I gdt through tax season and all the paper work I think I might just pull out my sewing machine and try to make a few pillows myself. I an do basic sewing and thats about it but its fun. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Theresa. I have plans to make more pillows when we finally are settled in a new home. Still looking. :)

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  2. Nancy, I knew you would find a use for that card...she is too pretty to waste! Our church craft group meets on Fridays, I have always wanted to go, but I think it may have to wait until the kids are a bit older! Your pillow is lovely. I have pillow in waiting! The fabric is calling me, maybe this week!

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    1. Can't wait to see your pillow, Kim. I know it will be great.

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  3. Pretty Valentine pillow. . . fun craft project and the best part is creating with friends. Visiting, sharing, being open with ones heart . . . makes for bonding and a warmth unmatched.

    My most recent project is to finish some work on large poster like quotes and pictures for a baby shower. Hopefully they can be part of the new babes nursery.

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    1. Sounds like a very rewarding project, Lynne. Baby gifts are always fun to give; especially the ones we make ourselves. Have fun!

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  4. I really enjoy seeing what people do...you got me thinking I need to make a heart pillow! But I think I need to make one small...for a pin cushion.

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    1. I've seen so many cute pin cushions made by crafters recently. I think a heart pin cushion would be adorable, Rose.

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  5. I love the heart - the unusual fabric colors blend well together and vintage lace is always the best (newer ones are polyester and often stiff and so white!!!). The vintage button card is so pretty - and again, old buttons are better, made of natural materials not plastic!

    I have plenty of bits of furniture waiting around for new spring coats - of paint! They are my current projects and will be tackled when it warms up and I can paint outside serenaded by the birds, and not needing warm gloves and snow boots, haha!

    Happy week - Mary

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    1. Thanks, Mary, for your kind words. Painting furniture is fun. Something I really enjoy. I hope you'll share your projects with us.

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  6. My mom has a similar group at her church and I remember her telling me she was teaching some of them how to quilt and crochet. Very nice to share your talents with others and socialize at the same time. Love your pillow with your vintage scraps and the use of various textures makes a pretty keepsake.
    Judy

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    1. Thank you, Judy. You're so nice. It's wonderful that your mom is willing to take time to teach others such beautiful and useful crafts. God bless her.

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  7. What an adorable pillow! I love the lace trim on it! And of course buttons that are the talk of the town are a huge plus!

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    1. Thank you, Magali. You make me smile. :D

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  8. That is a very sweet little heart. I love how it has a vintage look.

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    1. Thanks, Rhondi. I'm glad you said "vintage", because that's the look I was going for. :)

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  9. Isn't it great to have a group of women you can get together with and everyone kind of do their own thing or craft. Such a cute pillow. Also love your vintage button card.

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    1. Thanks, Judy. I really enjoy crafting with these women. Now that I'm retired I have more time to spend with them. Such a blessing.

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  10. Beautiful pillow!
    Have a wonderful week!

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  11. Nancy, your pillow is so sweet! And just the darling graphics on that button card made it well worth the $4 in my book. I love mother of pearl buttons and am adding some to a stitching I am doing to hang in my sewing room. Hubby and I are giving the room a new make over starting this weekend. It's always so fun to get together with ladies. Laughter is sure to be had! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Always fun to share at SYC, Jann. Thanks for hosting. xx

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