Monday, November 26, 2012

~ Pottery Barn Wreath Pillow Knock-Off ~ Christmas Winter Decor

After pining for the Pottery Barn Wreath Pillow for awhile, I saw there had been a few copycat knock-offs. None where quite what I was looking for. Even the Pottery Barn version was the reverse of the colors I that I really wanted.

At first it seem the easiest solution was to just buy the one at Pottery Barn, and it was very pretty with the white background and greige leaves as you can see from the picture below. But it wasn't the combination that I really wanted and the pillow was also smaller than the size I needed.

What was more appealing for my decorating colors was to have a greige cotton/linen background and white leaves and berries. The one I made which is pictured next, is the color scheme more to my personal taste.  It is a 16 inch square and of course you can make it larger or smaller to your own liking.

I spent more time running around trying to find the leaves pre-cut than it took to just cut them and make the pillow. And while I was out hunting, I didn't realize at first that I wanted white leaves, so it was good I never found any. Afterwards I did see pre-cut leaves for sale. But since I have no patience, I wouldn't have waited for them to arrive anyway.

If you were thinking that pillow looked pretty simple to make, you were right! Give it a try. I like that my leaves are a bit larger/thicker. But you can make them however you like. One of the things you'll notice on the Pottery Barn version is that there is a stitch down the center for a vein look. The only thing I might do differently is to choose a beige colored thread so that the veins show up a little more.  But it is one of things that really makes the pillow look great.  I'm very happy with it and it was made from  simple unbleached cotton linen cotton, and a couple of 35 cent squares of white felt for the leaves.

** Tip: Do not use hot glue to attach the leaves and pom poms. Hot glue dries hard, makes a stringy mess while gluing this many things, and it's really easy to burn you fingers with little pom poms. :) There are several different brands of Fabric Glue made just for a project such as this.

See Y'All Soon~

Friday, November 23, 2012

~ Christmas Mantel 2009 White & Black with Silver & Lime Green

I'm looking back at some of the Christmas Decorating 
from the last few years. So I'm going to re-post
a few pictures. I hope you all enjoy them, too. 
I use so many of these same things each year and
it's always fun to see how they looked in previous years.  
Christmas Mantel 2009
White & Silver
with a touch
of Black & Lime Green

There were no new purchases of ornaments and decorations this year. (Except for my oldest Nativity set got a few "new" pieces.) The only reason was that I had boxes and boxes of decorations that I didn't even use. This was after I gave boxes of things to Sweet Daughter. It amused her when she called and said that she was thinking of doing purple and red this year. Hey I've got a whole box of purple ( and another one of all red) goodies I told her! Of course you do was her answer. Her tree was beautiful and I loved seeing one in purple again.

I do not know exactly how this stuff accumulates!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

~ Happy ThanksGiving!

From our home to yours, wishing you 
a Wonderful Day of ThanksGiving! 

Somehow the time got away from me and the entry table didn't really get a pretty arrangement this. But I found a picture taken a few years ago. I need to go find that pretty urn to use this year! I'm sure it is somewhere ...... I'm not sure this year was very good for getting more organized. It will be a goal again for the new year.

Time to get cooking, so.....

See Y'All Soon~
Click on any of the pictures below to shop art from The Decorated House 

Friday, November 2, 2012

~ Helping After Hurricane Sandy

 Please Help!

Through American Red Cross

Twitter: #SandyHelp 
To donate, visit ,  
OR text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation 
OR  call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
If you would like to support those in need through the services of The Salvation Army, there are a few ways in which you can donate:
  • Online: Visit
  • By Phone:  1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • Text-to-Give: Text the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”*
  • By Mail: Checks may be designated and made out to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center
PO BOX 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301.
For full details on The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts up and down the Coast, please see the official press release here, or visit