Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A French Script Linen Pillow Enhancement for $18 at Tattered Notions

Zuzu loves our new Tattered Notions pillow!








Belle still prefers the $20 faux fur throw from Marshall's for her naps.








Beautiful love notes from Petite Michelle Louise using images from The Graphics Fairy.


First of all, thanks for all your kind comments on my friend Karina's work!  And, I hope everyone likes my new banner.  It's painstakingly cut from an 1803 French document I bought from Tracey over at French Larkspur.   She's sold out, now, but Maria over at Dreamy Whites offers them for $15 each.
 
As I made the printed graphic paper cones for Zuzu’s birthday party in February, I thought how lovely a pillow covered in pale grey French script from an antique document would look.   It would be a nice change on a plain winter white bed like mine, especially if it bore some sort of meaning.   Every day by my “Roi” sends his gestures of fondness for me, his “Reine”, so this pillow has my name on it.   Or does it?   “La Principessa” Zuzu claims it!

My go-to person for graphics is Nevada artist Beth Neumann, who whipped up a darling design and put it in her new shop, Tattered Notions.   She posted an informative, well-researched list of links for those who wish to transfer any graphic on fabric here.   I’m big on doing everything myself to save money, but fabric transfers require an investment in equipment and a learning curve.   My $18 pillow cover from Beth saved money as well as time.

It’s printed on a heavy cotton duck fabric, it’s washable, it’s fabulous.   In an hour I had it stitched over a linen standard size pillowcase, leaving the ends out to fray in that trendy way.

A bittersweet post this is to write!   To meet my fiscal goals I’ve been going Upstate only twice a month.   I’m trying to pay my car off early so I can afford the pay cut I face when I move there.   I miss my King.   I miss my poochies.   Sacrifice is necessary, but being a saint really sucks when I lay on my empty bed at my mom’s house.   I will smile through my tears.



Until next time, stay shabby!


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29 comments:

Lisa said...

Love the banner, and the French script linen pillow. I had to laugh about the faux fur throw. We have 2 little dogs, of the fluffy cute variety, and 2 faux fur throws for the humans to use in winter, but the dogs take them over. The sacrifices you are making now are so going to be worth it down the track.

x

SizzleanZoom said...

It makes me want a pillow or two.
I am going to look into it. Thanks for all the good links.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I'm sorry to hear of your trials. I'll be sad with you. Lots of us are always looking forward to more from your darling haven. You've given us so much beauty. Best wishes for better things soon. Hugs for you, Sandy!

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Hi Zuzu!!

Bella said...

Hi Sandy,
Your pillow looks darling, and I love Beth too:-)
My little fur balls always get the best blankets in the house. the life of a dog is grand indeed:-)
I am sad to hear of your lonely days... I know you though and you are so busy (always), time will fly and it will be worth it in the end. I didn't know you were moving up for good, I am excited for you:-)
Sending you a big hug:-)
Bella

It's me said...

So sad for you...but after this rain...the sun will shine for you too darling......take care !....lots of love kisses and more.....xxx...xxx...xxx...warm hugs from me Ria...

Cat & Cricket said...

Oh...no tears....soon all will be well..
I pinky!
Smiles~
C

Petite Michelle Louise said...

serenely gorgeous. merci for including my romantic love notes. made me smile! :) i hope YOU are smiling soon too mon amie. hang in there....you will be back where your heart is most happy soon!

Susan said...

Oh, what a gorgeous pillow! I will have to look into Tattered Notions. I just love visiting your blog, Sandy. It's a dreamy escape. I hope the best for you with these changes you need to make in your life. You're an inspiration to us all!
- Susan

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

thanks for sharing so much lovely. found you via the party, and i'll be back!

come visit soon.

michele

THE VERANDA HOUSE said...

HI SANDY YOUR NEW BANNER IS DARLING.I AM WITH YOU MY DEAR AN EMPTY BED IS HARD BEING A SAINT IS HARD ,IAM JUST LIKE YOU EVERY NIGHT WITH TEARS IN MY EYES.THE PILLOW NEXT TO ME IS EMPTY.I KNOW YOU MISS YOUR KING I MISS MY PRINCE FROG.PAY CUT EVERY WHERE.THANK YOU MY SWEET SANDY FOR YOUR WARM EMAILS WHEN I OPEN MY EMAIL IN THE MORNING WITH A CUP OF COFFEE,IN MY HANDS,AND I FIND YOUR NEW POST IN MAY EMAIL IS SO SO NICE.I LOVE YOUR NEW BANNER.IS A YEAR THAT I SEE YOUR LOVELY BLOG FOR FIRST TIME YOU HAVE CLIM UP AND UP.I LOVE YOUR PAPER ROSES WHERE DID YOU GET THEM..SORRY ABOUT YOUR TRIALS ..A BIG HUG TO YOU SWEET SANDY....SANDRA

Lilla Blanka said...

Hi sweetest Sandy!

Oh I just love the pillow, so beautiful!

Thank you so much for your concern *big hug*

I am finally beginning to feel a little bit better. My pulse is back to normal and the Tietzes syndrom is finally fading away.

My daughter (and me) just love your doggies, they are adorable!

Warm hugs
Mia

PS your new banner is really nice!

Kathy said...

Hello Sandy,
Zuzu is just too precious! A beautiful model. Love your banner.
I am loving all the French Script items I am seeing and now your pillow is at the top!
When I come to your blog - I just keep going and going....I empathize in your quest to get things paid off and having to sacrifice...we went through a time like that - I don't sleep well when my husband is away - time is so precious - hang in there - we're all here for you!
Hugs
Kathy

sandrine said...

This pillow is charming!! I love it!

Diann said...

The pillow is wonderful. So sweet!

My Cottage Charm said...

Hey Sandy!! :) It's been forever since we talked! I just love you! (and thanks so much for linking up to my Treasures and Trinkets Party..you're such a gem!) I adore that linen pillow...oh my, so lovely.
I totally understand about trying to be fiscally responsible. I just paid my car off 2 years early..always tough, but it sure is nice not to have that payment. We have SO many bills we need to get paid down, but it's so hard to get extra money. Oh well, God has never let us down yet! :)
Have a blessed day girlie!
Hugs
Missy

Queenie said...

Beautiful pillow Sandi...and yes it does look like your precious little Zuzu adores it too :)
Keep smiling sweetie...
Big hugs,
Queenie

jenny @ albeit... said...

Hi,
recently just discovered your beautiful blog. I love it! Thanks for all the inspiring images!!!

And tomorrow is always a better day! I promise! :)

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Sandy...just love your new blog look! Sending you a hug and hope your tears are gone and your heart is happy soon!

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

Sandy,
I have to tell you, sometimes I actually have to "stay away" from your blog intentionally, since visiting it leaves me with feelings of tearing my house apart and starting all over. :) Your creativity, frugalness, and photography are over the top gorgeous. (but I'm sure you've heard that thousands of times) I hope you never get tired of hearing it, because you are one special lady with a truly "one of a kind" cottage.
Blessings and Hugs,
Karen

Vicki said...

Hmmm...I just wrote a comment and hit to publish and zap, away it went, somewhere but not here; wonder what I did. Anyway, I was just saying that I misunderstood and thought you lived on the studio property all year long and, yes, it's miserable to not be where you want to be. My husband and I had a period of time where we were separated for six months, him in one state for the job, with me in another trying to hold onto mine and see if we could sell our house (when nobody was looking, much like this past-current recession); a time of tumult and anxiety with half of your life missing. We got through it; you will, too. I was thinking about Spring...possiblities, new beginnings, fresh starts...

Coco Coterie said...

How have I not seen this lovely, inspiring blog before this beautifully rainy morning?? Thank you, fate ~ Alexandra

raggygirlvintage said...

Love the way you left the edges "shabby"!
Tracey

d e l i g h t said...

What a beautiful pillow. I'm going right to her site now. Everything you have is so gorgeous.
Linda

Mariette said...

Dearest Sandy,

What beautiful bed linens for Zuzu! She feels 'regal' one can tell. Bell goes for the cozy things... Cute furbabies!

Wish you a Happy Easter Weekend!

Lots of love,

Mariette

stefanie said...

everything is just beautiful!!! sorry your sad, hope happiness comes soon!!!!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Your pillow is just so pretty! I love the simple beauty it has! Hope things are better for you soon! Have a wonderful weekend~thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Norma said...

Gorgeous images, and love the pillows. Your new banner is lovely, such a pretty script.

That's tough being kept away from home and everything and everyone that you love so. Keep on keeping on, in time it will just be a memory :) Kisses

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Hang in there Sandy, things will be better soon. I admire you for doing what you need to do in order to make things work. Good for you. In the end, you will be with your precious ones in the place that makes your heart truly sing and the sacrifice will be just a distant memory.

Hugs across the miles,
Judy

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