Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Being Intentional. Make do and a CAUTE Pillow!

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Today I thought I would talk a little about a goal that I listed for 2011.  Well actually several of my goals for this year seam to overlap.  The one goal that I was originally thinking of for this post was what I listed as “be more intentional”.  For me here in this context it means to think and plan before doing or BUYING.  Goal number two is to declutter and goal number 6 is to put $50. dollars a week into savings and goal number 8 is to pay down debit.

By remembering to be more intentional I can begin to work towards these goals. 

You may also remember that goal number 4 is to start finish my living room redo.

So the first thing that I have begun to do is to take inventory of what we have and what we would like to replace.  As I have begun to do this I am trying to be more intentional as to what with some changes could work in the new space.

So today I began to go through my stash of fabric.  I have wanted new pillows for the couch and have planned to recover some others.  In fact the only reason that I have not come home with any new ones yet is that I am waiting till we are able to get the new couch.  Well while going through the fabric I came across some things that I thought would be a good start.


This is a dollar store dish towel that I got at the thrift store a while back for .50 cents.  It was brand new.  I just loved the little pom pom trim and the red color.  Red is one of my accent colors for the living room. 


Of course I did not want a pillow or a towel or anything else that said “naughty”.

I also found this small scrap of a sweater that was left over from several other projects.  It was originally given to me and never fit right.


I also had this tank top that either came from a yard sale for .25-.50 cents or was given to us.  I love the print but it is not the right size for me and is not  the right cut for my girls.


The teal/turquoise/blue color is my other accent color in the living room.


So I used a paper cup and traced a circle onto the sweater.  The top of the cup made big circles/flowers and the bottom made small.  I found a great tutorial that used felt here.  At a new blog that I just found yesterday called Life in the Thrifty Lane.


For the print fabric flowers I used the tutorial here.  After adding the flowers and playing around with their placement I added some white rick rack “stems”.  This was from my stash but I originally got it from our church rummage sale last year. 


I felt that the brown flowers were still a little bland so I got into my stash of vintage buttons.


This is still before I glued it all down.


I started on the left and with the rick rack.  After getting the first two pieces of rick rack glued down I added the flowers that went with them.



Here it is all glued down.  I then added red pom pom fringe to the sides, but forgot to take a picture Sad smile


Well here she is from naughty to NICE.


I really love it and I stuck to my goals YEA!

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Beyond the Picket Fence under $100 linky party

Tales from Bloggeritaville Thrifty Thursdays

Somewhat Simple Strut your stuff Thursday


  1. Very cute! And way to go using what you had! I love that1

  2. Very cute pillow. You did a great job. And thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet message. Hope you will come back again. Hugs, Karie

  3. This is great. I love those flowers made from a sweater, great idea.

  4. You were very creative on your pillow. You put to good use stuff you had on hand. I also made it a goal to save 50 dollars a week. I think maybe we have a bit in common.

  5. I LOVE the colors!! That really turned out pretty.

  6. Fantastic idea! I am not sure I would have looked beyond the Naughty...but you did and look at the fabulousness you created!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, hope you will stop back by often.

    We are fortunate to have year round garage sales in Arizona. Summer time the sales drop off as the heat hits the triple digits, but there are still lots of goodies to be had and loads of people who have sales from 6 am to 10:00 then the sun is too hot!

    Hope you are staying warm!

  7. I LOVE IT!!!!
    Thank you so very much for being a part of Tales from Bloggeritaville’s Thrifty Thursday!
    It’s a party because of you!!!! I so appreciate my Bloggeritaville friends and wanted to take this time to thankyou for being a friend to Bloggeritaville.
    Hope to see you for the next Thrifty Thursday….and hopefully even sooner with a post everyday this week, so I welcome your visit!
    Tales from Bloggeritaville

  8. That is super cute! Great job! If you have not been by yet, I would love for you to come link up! Every month the best link gets prizes!


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