DIY EASY BURLAP PILLOW COVER

Living in a small town, where there is no craft store or Target, I am often forced to get creative in where I find outlets for my artistic endeavors. A while back, Chris and I made our way into Tractor Supply for some gardening supplies, and I came across a stack of burlap sacks for about $1.50 a piece. I didn’t have a project in mind, but I picked a couple up anyway knowing at some point I’d have an epiphany.

Well, someone had an epiphany, because it turns out my friend Claire (who by the way is making an array of cameos on the blog lately!) saw something on Pinterest that sounded like the perfect project for a lazy Sunday afternoon: burlap pillows.

Here’s how we did it, with our $1.50 burlap sacks and some sharpies…

First, iron out your bag, so that there are no creases in it.

Then, take a pencil and paper and draw out your stencil: any image will do. Claire chose “NOEL”, and I chose an ampersand symbol.

Cut out your stencil and lay it on your sack (make sure to slide a thick piece of cardboard inside the bag as to not let the sharpie’s ink run through on the other side).

Grab an old pillow and stuff it inside your sack, then fold the leftover side to the back. Now, there is one slight problem I haven’t worked out yet… how to secure the other side where the flap hangs over. For now, it’s sitting as is on my living room chair, but I may eventually sew on a button to secure it in the back. But does it really matter…

Nahhh.

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CHRISTMASTIME IS HERE

Although the leaves are just starting to fall here, and it finally looks and feels like Autumn, Thanksgiving is already over and the Winter season is upon us.

And you know what that means…

The Christmas season has officially begun, people! We spent the Thanksgiving break at Chris’ family’s house, and let me just admit that I vegged out the entire two days we were there. We don’t have TV here at our house, so when we visit our parents for the holidays, let me tell you there is a lot of TV watching going on. To my extreme delight, Elf made it’s appearance on the movie channel, and I was reminded once again the many reasons why this movie has become a Christmas classic for me. Simply put, Will Farrell is a genius.

Anyway, this coming weekend my friend Claire is hosting a Christmas Open House where she will have vendors of various small businesses displaying their products. Attendees will not only get to enjoy a fun holiday party, but they’ll get to shop too. Hello! I jumped at the opportunity, seeing as this would be a great way to get the word out about my paper goods biz… and just in time for the holidays.

She also had me design the invites for the party (lucky for me, free advertising!), and I want to share them with you. Hope you enjoy!

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Back to the first topic at hand… what are your favorite Christmas classics? My favorites also include Home Alone 1 and 2, The Santa Clause, and of course Christmas Vacation, to name a few. Do share!

ANTICIPATION

My sister’s wedding week is upon us, and there is much to do with so little time left! I wanted to share with you what I’ve been up to and why I’ve been absent from the blog for a few days. Sarah’s asked me to design all the paper goods for the reception, and I thought I’d give you a little sneak peak into her wedding theme. Lots of signs, table cards, cake labels, and pennants. I can’t wait to see it all come together – it’s going to be magical.

Stay tuned for more updates on the blog including an easy burlap pillow tutorial (hint… you’ll need a sharpie for this one). Cheers!

FEATURED ON DESIGN SPONGE

If you are a creative blogger or just a lover of art and design, then you are most likely familiar with Design Sponge, a super-addictive blog dedicated to all things design. One of their features is a “before and after” column where readers can submit their home projects and furniture makeovers and share the process online. Well, I’m excited to announce that my desk is featured today on the blog! Click here to read the full post.