Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New goodies for my Bedroom


It's been a while since I showed you any progress on my Master Bedroom re-do. I really want to get the doors all painted before I show you the "after" pics and it's been raining every weekend here for what seems like a month! (I'm not complaining) But now that I am free from the constrains of going to work everyday, (I'm feeling much better by the way...thank you again for all of your wonderful comments) I have had the time to get some things done. Still no painted doors but I did make some pillows!

I have been seeing the ribbon and fabric roses around everywhere lately. The ribbon roses are very pretty but I LOVE the look of Gale Payne's shabby fabric roses. You can find her at The Wizard of Once Was. Gale's pillows were the inspiration for my own creations. I wanted to purchase some of her gorgeous pillows but since losing my job, making them was definitely more practical. So... Thanks Gayle for your wonderful inspiration!



This one I made by tearing strips of the fabric and then weaving the strips to form the fabric again. I left the seams on the outside to give it a nice shabby look. The pearls are a vintage bracelet that my mom gave me


This was made from some gorgeous white linen that I got at JoAnne for 50% off. Linen is a wonderful fabric to work with and I love the way it feels on the pillow. I coffee stained some white cheesecloth and made the roses by tearing strips of fabric. There is one rose made from a burlap ribbon that turned out really well too.


This one was made from natural cotton duck, a couple of vintage doilies, more roses and some wonderful gauzy fabric that I am now out of and really bummed. Time to search for something to replace it!!!


In addition to my pillows, I also have a new favorite art piece in the room. I did a swap with the extremely talented Lisa over at Tarnished and Tattered. I have coveted Lisa's beautiful altered bottles for a while now and she agree to do a swap with me!!! This little lovely arrived at my doorstep on Saturday. It is so cool, and she took the time to think about what I might like. I can honestly say... she was spot on!!


The rustic shabbiness of it is so beautiful. Thank you Lisa!!! I LOVE it!!!

Hopefully I will get the bedroom doors painted, and will be able to show you the rest of the bedroom very soon. Have a beautiful day my friends!!


46 comments:

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

the pillows are gorgeous..and I would expect that since you made them!

I love what you and Lisa exchanged...saw what you gave her too :)

At least you are getting some things done...and you could always sell more of your fab creations...like those pillows!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your pillows look great, Karen! I love pillows. Sophee is right, maybe you could sell your pillows. That style is so big right now! Love your altered bottle. Lisa did a lovely job! Is that a doorknob as the topper? Very creative!

Kate and Oli said...

the pillows are amazing! you are so talented :) i love the way they turned out!

Cheryl Carey Bass said...

Wow, Karen, those pillows are FABULOUS! YGG (You Go Girl)! I really love the weaving technique you showed and the use of different fabrics. I could just jump onto that bed and nuzzle in! I'm glad you're using your "free" time to focus on your wonderful creative talents. It's a good way to keep from being overwhelmed by a difficult situation. We'll keep thinking of and praying for you, Karen.

Erika said...

Fabulous pillows and I love the bottle...Lisa got your taste down to a T...stunning. I have a feeling that your new look bedroom is going to be wonderful.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Karen, your pillows are wonderful! Lisa is so talented, I love the bottle. Looks like your room is coming out gorgeous!!

Lululiz said...

The pillows are exquisite, beautifully designed and made.

Debby said...

WOW!!!! Your pillows are gorgeous and I love, love your bottle from Lisa!

Glad you are getting some creative time in with your free hours.
debby

RobinBirdsNest said...

Wow! Your pillows turned out beautiful! Can't wait to see the end redo results!

GypsyNurse said...

Karen~ your pillows are fabulous.. and you created yet another perfect spot!
Glad to hear and see you are doing well..
Hugs..
Cat

Lisa said...

Karen, Your pillows are fabulous!!! Really,really beautiful. You ought to sell them in your online shop.Seriously.

Liz said...

I Know! Isn't this rain so crazy! We have to finish painting the outside of our house and haven't been able to finish yet. UGH! Did you call the consignment shop? Your pillows are gorgeous!

~Liz

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh my goodness! You MADE those stunningly beautiful pillows. You should sell those, as I know I would buy them. Gorgeous and so romantic! I am happy to hear you are feeling better about things...I know it sounds very "cliche," but good things really do come to those who wait. :) Have a wonderful day! Theresa

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Karen,
Love the pillows you made and that we love the same colors, you always inspire me! That bottle is gorgeous and I'm sure what you made is so lovely too (I will have to go take a look this pm). I am so happy to hear you're feeling better and making the most being at home. I love coming here and get energized with your sharing what you're working on. I'll go check Gale's blog too, thanks for the link. Have a happy day... bet your dog's loving you home!
xo~Tracie

Charlene said...

I believe "The Shop" should have some of those pillows! Lookin good girlfriend. I do LOVE the bottle from Lisa. Perfect for you! Thanks for you help yesterday. It's working perfectly! HUGS!
Charlene

DeeDee said...

wowsers...I love them all..you and lisa both make so many pretty things...I always just love them...your swap looks like fun too...

ok cannot wait to se the big reveal whn you get those doors painted...lol...just kidding but I really cannot wait...to drool

Dorthe said...

Oh my goodness,
your pillows are so very beautifull, I LOVE the last one of them, well all 3, but that one is the best.......they are gorgeus.
And so is the bottle you exchanged with Lisa, I so love her art, and am happy to own a few pieces she did.
I saw what Lisa recieved from you, and it is so wonderfull and fabulous.
Dorthe

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

Karen,
Your pillows are so amazing, wow..I need a couple of those for my new bedroom! The details you put into them are great. Thanks for showing the bottles & like I said, I'm so happy you suggested we swap. The collage you made me is so perfect & I love it so much. Lisa
PS I love the new pic! You look so pretty.

Peridots Garden Blog said...

Karen, everything is gorgeous!

Love your style! You mentioned being out of the white cotton duck fabric...

I don't know if you've thought about this but it's a lot of fabric, neutral and very easy to work with...

I think Dawn first mentioned this last Fall...I went to Home Depot and they had the cotton canvas drop cloths on sale 2 6'x9' for $9.99.

Yes! I bought 2 sets of 2, brought them home, washed and dryed them, I chose not to iron...they came out soft, medium weight, totally neutral color and a crinkly finish to the fabric. They are finished on all four sides and squared - no worrying about the fabric running sideways! I made my new bedbroom curtains out of these drop cloths and I love them!

Hope that helps!

So good to hear you are doing better!

Sandy

NicNacManiac said...

WOW...the roses that you placed on the pillows are just beautiful! The weaving and lace...just gorgeous! Love you altered bottle, I can see why you wanted to swap with her!!
Love your new photo...enjoy your day sweetie!! xOxO

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Karen.....I just love your pillows! I wish I could make something equally as pretty like the ones you made! I have been gone for a while and I didn't know that you had lost your job. I am so sorry to hear that. Looks like you are making lemonade from lemons by using your time to be creative!~Hugs, Patti

Cyn said...

Beautiful pillows Karen! I can't wait to see the rest of the room.

I hear you about the rain. I am sooo loving it but must get a goat for the weeds in the backyard lol

Cottage Cozy said...

Beautiful!

Cottage Rose said...

Your pillows are just so Gorgeous!!! wow you did such a amazing job on sewing them and finding the right pretties to put on them... what a great talent you have....

Hugs;
Alaura

Linda K. said...

Your romantic pillows are lovely! Love all the different fabrics you used in them. And the roses are beautiful!

Linda

Ticking and Toile said...

*W*O*W*
Amazing!!!!! Those pillows are spectacular Karen! Oh man, I want to make some like that!!!! 2die4!!

Shellagh

Rustique Gal said...

Karen, I really love the pillows! You are a fabric diva! Tearing and reweaving that one really catches my attention. I must try it. Can't wait for the reveal! Sherry

June said...

Karen, those are absolutely gorgeous!!! I love them! Tahnk you so much for ALWAYS inspiring me! Your artwork and craft is fabulous.
Can't wait to see the whole room.
hugs

The Feathered Nest said...

Karen! These pillows are GORGEOUS!!!! I'm so in love with each and every one ~ you have serious talent girl....and that bottle Lisa made you is so beautiful to me ~ it looks so wonderful in your home too!! hugs and love, Dawn

Lynn Richards said...

Karen,
AMA-ZING! The pillows are just the best. So, so pretty and they look great with all your re-doing!!
Lynn

Ellen said...

Wowwww Karen,

This is sooooo beautiful. You gave me the inspiration to try to make pillows like this. I am happy that you are feeling better.

Hugs and have a nice day,
Ellenxxx

Sandie's Patch said...

Greetings from over the pond!
Wow! the pillows are really very stylish and covetable...if you get tired of them...I can give them a home LOL!
I too think that you are gifted and could possibly sell your wares.
Sorry to hear about your job. You are obviously a positive person and very creative.
Thanks for sharing your makes. Best wishes,
Sandie xx

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Karen, Your pillows are awesome! The ribbon roses turned out just gorgeous, you did such a great job! Lisa's bottle is very beautiful and I also love what you made for her! What a great swap!
I'm sorry to hear that you lost your job! Hopefully there will come a new chance for you soon!
Hugs,
Julia

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Beautiful pillows girlfriend! I too totally love linen. That bottle is gorgeous and looks perfect with your style!
hugs and friends,
shell

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

Your pillows - one word STUNNING !
I bet you can get a pretty penney for them at retail - alas a new job in the making (maybe?)
Sylvia

Halo Hill said...

Oh my gosh, your pillows are gorgeous!

Faded Charm said...

Simply breathtaking pillows. You've got talent that makes people like me drool. I love everything you make. Keep it up!

Kathleen

mitziscollectibles said...

I don't think I've ever seen prettier pillows! You could sell them in a very high-end boutique. Flower embellishments are so hot right now. I've been making some yoyo quilt flower stems. If interested, please visit my blog and read my latest post.....

Secondhandrose said...

Your pillows are so pretty. My favorite is the one with Mom's bracelet. The room must be gorgeous. Come for a visit.

karen

Charlene said...

I HAVE TO KEEP CHECKING to see what's new over here. And it's YOUR FAULT... I went to Staples to buy a new monitor (hate it when I miss out on pretties) but, they were out of stock on the one I wanted. Guess I'll place an order. HUGS!

Annesphamily said...

The pillows are so gorgeous! I kive it! What a terrific look!

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Oh Karen, I'm so loving your new bedroom makeover. Your pillows are just beautiful and you had a very awesome inpsiration in Gayle, she is totally amazing and so are her pillows. I love the way you added your sentimental items like your bracelet from your Mom...it's such a keepsake and one to look at and smile every morning!

And as for Lisa's swap...I'm just speechless. When she mentioned on her blog that she did a swap with you, only BEAUTIFUL things ran through my mind as could only imagine what the two of you could create...and I was right! Absolutely beautiful!!!

After reading your last post, I have to tell you that sometimes being at a crossroad is not such a bad thing. You are a positive person, surrounded by beauty and much talent and I am certain that something positive will come your way. Maybe now is a sign to stay in your studio more and sell your beautiful creations. Yes, the economy is bad, but your art puts a smile on many hearts out there, no matter what the cost is :)

Have a wonderful weekend Karen and I can't wait to see the "new" bedroom!!! I love what I've seen so far~

Barbara Jean said...

LOVE THOSE PILLOWS!!!cannot wait to try some myself. oh to have more hours in the day!!

blessings and hugs

barbara jean

Jan (J.T.) Thomason said...

your pillows are gorgeous!! you could sell them, ya know. they're that beautiful.

and the bottle from the exchange, oh, my gosh, so fabulous!!

thoroughly enjoyed the eye candy:)

Christine Edwards said...

Oh my Karen, these are absolutely gorgeous! I'd be so mad when my husband threw them on the floor at night to go to bed. Men...they just don't get it. Gorgeous bottle too. You always have some wonderful eye candy to view.

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Karen ~ Ohhhh my gosh your pillows are gorgeous !! I adore them !! You did a beautiful job on combining all of the pieces ~
I also love the piece you got from Lisa ~ she is a talented gal ~
xoxo
Lori

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