Friday, May 24, 2013

“Garden of Daisies” Inspiration

I have blog lists filled with the best blogs in blogland! (I actually have more than one list! lol)

Every day I am inspired by those that I visit and every day, I see something I like or want to try.

My girlfriend, Gayle at a Garden of Daisies has so many collections that I love. She collects paper dolls and you know how much I love dolls!

Here’s what I set out to ‘copy’! Linens with hand embroidery that she makes into pillows.

Here’s mine….


I found this table runner, but when I was folding it over the pillow to see how it fit, I decided I would just fold and fit! No sewing required! I didn’t want to cut it so I was going to try to make an envelope pillow case out of it anyway. So I got really lazy…I mean resourceful….and I folded it carefully around the pillow and put it on my chair to enjoy.


I have it spread out on my cedar chest.

(let the folding begin!)


A quick photo of the chair in my bedroom.


I have one more pillow that I bought at the Thrift store already made. It’s propped on the end of my baby doll crib.


So that’s what I did today. Oh, and I cleaned up the area around my sewing machine.

It was a good day….

a very good day!


I’m joining Time Travel Thursday ,

and Thrifty Things Friday!

Also Katherine’s Corner for Favorite Things

and Jann for Share Your Cup !

Have you been inspired to create something special this week?


cucki said...

Wow so sweet..
Cutie cushion..
Love xxx

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Love the envelope pillow case idea!! What an easy way to make a quick change!!

Stacey said...

Pretty pretty! I love embroidered pieces. :)

Sunny Simple Life said...

Yes that is a darling blog. I love her too. I just love your vintage treasures. Love the old things more than anything new you can buy.

A Garden of Threads said...

What a great way to dress up the pillow and keep the table runner to be able reuse at later date. Have a wonderful weekend.

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

Wow, what a cute idea! Love the table runner pillow. Both your pillows are adorable! Embroidery is just another thing I wish I could do! Love it!

Susie said...

I love that idea !!! I love finding things that someone lovingly embroidered. xoxo,Susie

20 North Ora said...

I love working with old linens. If something is stained or has a hole in it, I don't hesitate to cut it up. But, if it's in good shape, it's hard.

Your pillow looks great.


Vee said...

Oh I recognize the highly stylized piece of the last one...don't remember the mother had such a pillow in her bedroom in the 1930s. I have it and it needs rescuing. I'm wondering if yours is original or if there was a rescuer in its past. Love how you folded the dresser scarf around the pillow. That's a sweet look!

Donna said...

That's a terrific idea on how to use those beautiful vintage table runners!

Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Afternoon Diane,
What a fabulous idea, I would never have known you had not sewn this cushion cover if you had not said so. It would have been such a shame to cut up something so very pretty.
I must try this idea.
Have a lovely weekend.
Best Wishes

Susan said...

Very resourceful! I love the envelop pillow; it's fits so beautifully with your decorating scheme--great find, XOXO

Anonymous said...

you have so much fun, the little girl in all of us is always alive and well when you visit you, I would love to have a room like this, I don't and will never have so I am so glad I have YOU!!!

Leave It To Davis said...

Those are really sweet! What a clever idea. I love the embroidery on the first one.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Love your Lady of Shallot picture. I also spied an Anne of Green Gables book on your shelf. I've never read those books and I recently purchased the collection for my Kindle and I'm reading the first book now.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I remember my Grandmother -my Dad's Mom- she actually embroidered until she was well into her 80's. I still have many of her pieces. Can you imagine doing that detailed work at that age? These are such beautiful treasures.
I see HEIDI on your bookshelf-my all time favorite from childhood!
Happy Hugs and a Good Weekend!

It's me said...

Wowww your pillows are verry nice !!!...lovely

Cranberry Morning said...

I also get inspired by other bloggers' work! There are so many amazing things out there, and I think, 'Hey, why didn't I think of that!' lol

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Great inspiration! Love how you just folded the table runner and didn't have to cut it. Very cute! Thanks for joining Diann and I at TTF!


Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your pillows are adorable! It's always a good day when something gets cleaned up and organized:-)

Musings from Kim K. said...

I love the idea for your new-sew pillow project. Brilliant! Your latest pillow is just darling. Love the puppy and kitten. Gayle's blog is always a favorite with me too. She's been such a generous friend. Have a lovely weekend.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

YOur pillow looks so cute and that puppy and cat pillow...OH, adorable!


Danice G said...

Beautiful. Old linens are so nice to have. Hoping your weekend is going well :)

Diane Writes said...

Hi namemate! The quilts, your toys, your handmade creations and your entire home is filled with love and masterpieces. If only home is not far from your place, I would love to invite myself in your home haha

Have a great weekend!

Karen and Gerard said...

I like your cute polar bear!

Solstitches said...

Your vintage embroideries are beautiful and what good use you have put them to.
I'm loving the patchwork quilt and cushion with the sweet little animals.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Sooooo pretty!! I LOVE the way you folded the dresser scarf into an "envelope" for the pillow. The little puppy and kitten are really sweet, too. Isn't it fun to play with these vintage pieces?


Preciosos trabajos, me encantan!!!!! bss

Katherines Corner said...

so many lovely things. The cushion is so sweet. Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

Little Susie Home Maker said...

That is a beautiful table runner. What a lovely idea for a pillow cover. I should copy that, too! :-)

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Love your laziness, I mean resourcefulness. lol! The pillow is absolutely precious! Thanks for sharing with SYC. I will be featuring you later today.

Laura Turner said...

I LOVE your table runner pillow! I have one almost like it and might do the same. I also love your puppy pillow. Please feel free to link this post or any other with my Vintage View Sunday link party:

mail4rosey said...

Someone's in the kitchen, I knooow oh oh. :)

I love that song.

The condo/vacation looks fabulous and fun!

We have black squirrels here, but they look different than the one you've shown. We have some the color of Golden Retrievers too. I was amazed the first time I saw both. :)

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi, wow I love how the pillow case came out. It looks so fresh and clean for summer. I saw it on Share Your Cup Thursday.
Julie from