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Monday, August 29, 2016

Little House on the Prairie Fabric Pillowcases

My friends I am absolutely thrilled to announce a wonderful collaboration with Andover Fabrics. The new “Little House on the Prairie” Mansfield line of fabric has just been released.

I decided I would make three pillowcases from the cheerful fabric.

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The “Little House on the Prairie” Mansfield collection is 100% cotton and drapes beautifully. Andover graciously sent me 1 yard each of (L-R) A~8253~B, A~8254~BY and A~8252~B.

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Each pillowcase shown is a standard queen sized case which measures a finished total rectangle of 20” x 30” (50.8 cm x 76.2 cm).

To create a pillowcase from just one type of fabric you would add 2 inches to allow for a 1” French sewing seam on each side. This requires 22” x 32” (55.88 cm x 81.28 cm) of fabric for each pillowcase.

When creating a pillowcase with several fabrics each fabric used can be as wide or narrow as you would like just make sure the finished size is equal in total to the standard measurement.

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Prairie Point Pillowcase.

Because when using “Little House on the Prairie” fabric prairie points are a must!

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Begin with a 3” (7.62 cm) square of fabric.

Fold in half in a triangular shape and press flat with a hot iron.

Fold in half again and press.

A total of 18 prairie points were needed for this pillow size.

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Pin the points to the edge of the fabric and sew in place.

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For this pillow I watched the following video to learn how to use the “roll it up” or “burrito” method to sew a decorative pillowcase edge that has no visible seams.

I loved the result of using the “roll it up” or “burrito” method to sew the pillowcase. Such a clean edge. I added some decorative stitching to the edge for a bit of pillow pizazz.

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The sides of the pillowcase were sewn together using the French seam method. I’ve shared the “how to” in prior posts HERE and HERE.

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Ma’ s Lace Pillowcase

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Lace used: old lace was removed from an antique/vintage pillowcase. While the body of the old fabric was completely worn out the lace edging was still good.

Begin by sewing your two fabrics together with a simple seam. (Wrong sides together.)

Press seam flat open and then tack on the old lace right next to the seam.

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Then sew your second seam (right sides together) to create a French seam. 

Note: very talented seamstresses can combine the last two steps together.

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This technique results in perfectly edged lace with no open seams.

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You can join as many fabrics as you would like until you achieve the length or width of fabric that you desire. Then just sew up the sides and bottom of the pillowcase once again using the French seam method.

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Pa’s Pom~Pom Pillowcase

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To add pom-poms to the edge of a pillowcase requires a bit of patience. You must keep the trim from twisting and the poms in place while you are sewing.

Using the French seam method simply pin the pom-pom trim in between the two layers of fabric (wrong sides together) and sew. Then iron the seam flat and sew again (right sides together).

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While sewing the second seam I added a bit of rick rack to add to the whimsical finish.

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So where did the pillowcases end up?

The antique French daybed in the sunroom is now dressed in a perfect palette for fall.

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I am currently working on another project with Andover Fabrics that will be revealed in October.

I hope you have enjoyed this “Little House on the Prairie” pillowcase post.

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“Home is the nicest word there is.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Enjoy the day!


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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Something Better

As I have started my last year in college I have begun to examine what my future plans might be.

Where do I see myself?

What direction am I going?

In an attempt to forge a path a few months ago I applied to be a representative for a fabric company.

In a nutshell I was not selected and it was disappointing.

But I chose to believe this:

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Because I have often learned that our hearts current desire is perhaps not the best long-term choice for us.

Recently, through a series of misadventures, madness and guts something really exciting happened.

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Tomorrow I will announce something very exciting. It’s SO good and I’m 100% sure you will agree it is the perfect fit for me. Truly heaven sent.

Of course I couldn’t leave you without a sneak peek.

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See you tomorrow!


“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” ~ Proverbs 16:3

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5~6.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #29

Good morning friends and welcome to week #29 of Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
Our hostess this week is Stacey from Poofing the Pillows. 
She recently featured miniature peach pies in honor of National Peach Pie Day.
These were a hit at home!!
As this summer season ends,  Autumn inspiration is already rolling out in magazines and on blogs.
Who's ready for pot roast and cute sweaters?
Bet you'll find some great fall ideas here this week to spark your energy and creativity.
Last week we had 329 beautiful posts linked together. To say that we are amazed and grateful is an understatement. We really do appreciate that you join us each week.
Now let's see the beautiful features.


At Estelle's, Betsy whipped up an amazing Autumn Brunch for her family. The menu sounds delicious and the food is mouthwatering.  The sweet part is this is for her family. What a blessing!
Sara at Twelve on Main loves gorgeous farmhouse style decorating.
She shared her ideas for decorating with scales last week.
This post makes me want to go to the flea market and find some for myself.

At Garden Therapy, Stephanie shared her 10 favorite plants to choose for wonderful fragrance.
I'm keeping this list handy for next spring.
Diane at An Extraordinary Day showed us how to completely change the look of a lamp by covering the lampshade. It's the little things like this that make a home look personalized and stretch your decorating dollars.
And last but not least, Brett from This Mama Loves created a Coffee Glazed Coffee Cake that is a winner for sure. I can imagine this being served to friends and family this fall or during the holidays.

Now to today's party!
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Thank you so very much for gathering with us and we hope to see you each and every week at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We can’t wait to see what you share.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Favorite Ladies of the Getty

I have now begun my senior year in college.

Yes, I just turned 48 on Saturday. #nevertoolate

My emphasis of study is art history which was why I was so thrilled to recently visit The Getty.

Here are a few of my favorites ladies.

“Portrait of the Marquise de Miramon, née, Thérèse Feuillant”, Jacques Joseph Tissot, c. 1866.

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Tissot is one of my favorite French painters. He is a master of detail. Yet for all of the information available on this painting there is one key factor that puzzles me. The Marquise is shown wearing a fashionable dressing gown (robe) in the privacy of her own home, the Château de Paulhac, in Auvergne. So why the lone glove in such an intimate setting? (The other rests on the mantle.) And you thought Michael Jackson invented that fashion. Smile.

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“Young Ladies Admiring Japanese Objects” James Tissot, c. 1869. 

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Tissot again. But this image spoke to my heart. Which should be the #1 reason for selecting art for your home.

In this painting I saw myself and my cousin Linda. We LOVE going to museums. Yet each and every time we somehow lean in too closely to study some small detail and inevitably cause alarms to go off.

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The Chinoiserie detailing in the table above and the oriental rug below is just exquisite in person.

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I like to study the signatures of famous artists. Tissot’s is by far one of the prettiest I’ve seen.

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The main reason I love to go to art museums is the interactive factor. I can show you the painting of Portrait of Thérése, countess Clary Aldringen” by John Singer Sargent c. 1896 but to really SEE the portrait it must be viewed in person. I did try to capture the paintings large size, by allowing a viewer into the shot for reference, but the true impact cannot be felt.

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The real magic of this painting is found in the sparkling gems. You can somewhat get the idea in the photograph but in person it’s magnificent.

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The frame itself was also fabulous and his signature reinforces his swift painting ability.

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I almost quickly passed by “Entrance to Jardin Turc”  Louis-Léopold Boilly, c. 1812.

At first glance it seemed rather “Meh.”

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But then, initially, the children drew me in. The affection of the boy; is it towards his sister or her grapes?

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I also had to laugh at the seemingly smiling dog with dentures.

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But just beyond that I saw her.

And she saw me.

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Over the summer I completed a class strictly on portraiture. One session alone was spent on Netherlandish artist Rogier van der Weyden. I was eager to see his work in person. At first Isabella of Portugal” is off putting. The noble women of the 1450’s used to pluck their foreheads to achieve this hairstyle. She seems so…harsh… to our modern eye.

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But on closer inspection you can almost “feel” the velvet. You can also see the creases of skin on her neck. Keeping in mind this portrait was painted around 1450 I then understood why van der Weyden is considered a master.

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I like this painting because…we’ve all been there.

Sure, we could discuss “Head of a Woman”, Michael Sweerts, c. 1654, in terms of his striking brushwork and how the artist seemingly created a three dimensional form through separated and blended strokes of various shades. The application of white on white alone is nothing short of spectacular.

But sometimes it’s just better to say “I feel you sister.”

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I just never tire of Renoir. While “La Promenade” , c. 1870, is far from his best work, it’s still lovely.

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The ethereal white of her dress against the brown and green palette makes me sigh with contentment.

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When in close proximately to darling young children (that I know well) I will often say “You are so cute I am going to put you in my pocket.”

If there was ANY way, shape, or form that I could have put  “Jeanne Kéfer”, Fernand Khnopff, c. 1885, in my pocket I would have.

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Just look at her!

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Her pose captures the essence of childhood. The taupe coat against the pale green door is perfection.

In my pocket!

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I have of course saved my best for last.

“Jeanne (Spring)”, Édouard Manet, c. 1881.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. While everyone else LOVES Monet and Renoir I myself would choose Manet as my favorite impressionist. He was a risk taker. I like that.

For over two decades, Manet's paintings were rejected by the Salon or viewed with contention. Thankfully, this painting was met with true success just one year before his death.

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I had to go back twice to take her all in.

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The Getty

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

I hope you have enjoyed the tour.