Vintage linens pillow

Update: Linking this project – one of my personal favorites! – to the “Oldies but Goodies” link party at Nancy’s lovely blog, Do Small Things With Love. Hope you’ll click through and see all the “oldies’! 

I’m linking this sweet little project to Saturday Night Special over at one of my favorite blogs, Donna’s Funky Junk Interiors. Please click through for a ton of wonderful ideas! 
Awhile back I purchased a handmade girl’s skirt at the Salvation Army thrift store, not because it would fit me or because I have a little girl (my little girl is almost all grown up!)  – but just because I liked (okay – LOVED) the sweet lavender fabric with the pretty violets.
Vintage linen pillow | Hazel & Verdie

This week I decided to use another of my great-grandmother’s hand-stitched pillowcases, and pair that with my violet fabric to make another of my vintage flap pillows (click here for the tutorial!). I have several of these pillow cases, but on most of them the front side of the fabric is badly stained from years of use. This pillow design allows me to preserve the pretty stitching. For this pillow, I was able to also use the back of the pillowcase as backing for the pillow itself, making this one extra-vintagey! (I swerved slightly off the path on this one, too, because I stuffed it with loose fiberfill rather than a pre-made pillow form.)

Vintage linen pillow | Hazel & Verdie

Vintage linen pillow | Hazel & Verdie

I do have some other pillow ideas in mind, but this one turned out so sweet and allows me to enjoy Great Grandma’s handiwork. And, bonus: I only used the front panel of the skirt, so I still have enough violet fabric to make something else.

Vintage linen pillow | Hazel & Verdie

More soon,

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Comfy reading chair: a thrifty mini-splurge

Comfy reading chair | Hazel & Verdie
Although I was recently laid off from my job, I am still enjoying the rewards of having worked for my now-former employer. Apparently, I received at least five “five-star” ratings on customer surveys in February, because I recently received via FedEx the normal company reward for having done so: a $25 Visa gift card!

Now certainly there are plenty of bills this could have been put toward, but my dear hubby told me, “you earned it, you should spend it on whatever you want.” And then he added, in our usual Cousin-Eddie-From-Christmas-Vacation” fashion, “And make it somethin’… real nice.”

So I decided to make the thrift store rounds and see if I could find the “comfy reading chair” I had originally envisioned for my office/dressing room and, voila! I found just what I was looking for: a small-scale club chair in decent condition, and this one even had a pretty slip-cover already made for it. (This chair is actually a recliner, but I don’t have room for it to lay back.)

Even better, the price was right for using my gift card!

Now granted, the slip cover is not quite what I had in mind (I was thinking roses or toile… or maybe toile roses!), but it does have some advantages: the colors in this print go with BOTH the current color of the walls in this room AND the greens and blues I’ve been considering painting it. Plus, the chair looks lovely with the dark wood antique table and barrister’s bookcase already in the room, as well as the softly-hued hooked rug that lays at its feet.

This little chair is a BIG winner. Or, as Cousin Eddie might say, “This-here chair’s a quality item. Mind if I ask ya, how much did it set ya back?” Not at all, Eddie, not at all!

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Quick, cute centerpieces

Here’s a super-quick idea I created back in December. I needed centerpieces for the banquet tables for a local Harley Owners Group (HOG) Christmas party. The party theme was “Hoe-down,” and the audience was motorcycle enthusiasts. Here are the materials I used, no more than $1 for each item:

Small glass container
Florist foam block
1 stem silk flowers
1 Bandana
1 fistful of craft raffia

Quick cute centerpiece | Hazel & Verdie

Starting with a small glass candle jar and “country-looking” silk flowers, I first pushed a chunk of florist’s foam down into each jar. (You can hot-glue it if you like; I left mine loose because I wanted the flowers to be removable.) I separated the blooms on their stems from each bunch of flowers and arranged them in the foam so they created a nice “poof” over the top of the container:

Quick cute centerpiece | Hazel & Verdie

To decorate the jar, I wrapped each one in a brightly-colored bandana. This fit right in with the barn-dance theme, and bikers use them all the time as head coverings. I folded the corners of each bandana in so it made a smaller square:

Quick cute centerpiece | Hazel & Verdie
Then, I gathered the folded bandana up around the jar and tied it together using a couple lengths of raffia.
Quick cute centerpiece | Hazel & Verdie
The result was a cute, quick centerpiece that fit the theme. And, when we gave them away at the end of the evening, 22 bikers each got a new bandana out of the deal!
Quick cute centerpiece | Hazel & Verdie

“Turkey in the Straw,” anyone?

More soon!

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