Wednesday, March 24, 2010

She’s Back!

Yes, she’s back.  My muse that is.  My SEWING muse!  I didn’t know that I even had a muse.  But I must have, because all of a sudden, I’m really enjoying sewing again.  And (knock on wood) I haven’t made any drastic mistakes.  Yet!  You know, the ones were you have to get out the seam ripper and tear apart half of your project and cuss words just flow from your mouth and you get a horrible headache and finally you’re so disgusted with yourself that you shove the entire project in a closet, stomp on it, and try to forget that you ever started it……… yeah, those mistakes.

So yesterday, I was wandering around the house and I suddenly looked at this…….


….and thought “I am soooo sick of that fabric.”  Do you do that ?  With textiles I mean.  They really begin to wear on me after a few years.

So… project, which I really have no time to start!

I started digging through my stash  of fabric and found this yummy linen that I purchased last year and never used.  And some drapery sheer fabric that was down to the last little bit.

And my new favorite word came to mind.  SLIPCOVER!


Just a few months ago, I never would have attempted this.  I think maybe you just have to go at it with a fearless determination and “just do it!”


And here is after.  I really really want to paint the frame on that mirror.  But that is going to require a small small brush and hours of work so as not to paint over the twigs.  I best wait on that project.  6a00e54ee60a16883400e54f2cd6148833-500wi

This pillow was an easy fix.  Fortunately, the back was a solid color, so I just flipped it over, and hand stitched this over it.


I already had most of it assembled.  I just sewed lace around the edges of the burlap.

And this pillow


I just slipped a sham over that I was no longer using in the bedroom.  I changed the drapes to a solid chocolate.  And painted over the bench with more of a taupe color and glazed it. Hung a cute little cone over the mirror, and really changed the look of this corner.





Yep, if that green frame were cream, I would be totally satisfied with this little project.  For now…..

I’ll share the small changes that I made on the opposite wall with you in my next post.

Have a wonderful day!



  1. I love everything you did!! The slip cover is beautiful, perfect for the bench! Love the cushions!!! I am inspired now, I need to do some rearranging!
    Margaret B

  2. Wow...keep up with the "muse" she is working well!

    I am having a "Blue Monday" giveaway. Hope you can pop over and take a look! So nice visiting your blog today! Have a great Wednesday!

    Stay Cozy, Carrie

  3. Denise -
    I love the new seat cover for the bench and the other pillows too but that bench seat cover is divine.

  4. I am lovin' the slipcover! Everything is beautiful!!

  5. Wow! Love it! It's crazy what a little beige linen can do!
    I'm redecorating my little studio right now, and I've just put up linen curtains. The simple and chic - exactly what I love!
    Absolutely divine little slip cover!!!
    Flora xoxo

  6. Denise I have some projects for your muse! Everything looks just gorgeous! I bet your smiling each time you walk by that lil corner...come on admit are :) If I did something that lovely I would be giddy and laugh each time from happiness lol Lovin the lil cone and the pictures! Can't wait to see that other wall! Besos, Rose

  7. Hi Denise!!!
    I love your post here today! YOur sewing is awesome....and when the sewing muse or bug hits you, it bites really well, doesn't it? lol

    love all your pillows...and the slip cover...i do that fabric and have it sit around in my studio for over a year until I'm inspired to use it for something! we artists are a strange bunch, right!?

    ciao bella
    beautiful post!

  8. She is back in full force, look at the beauty in this post, everything is gorgeous.

  9. Good grief, Girl, you've been busy! Making 150 napkins would make me want to absolutely throw the machine away, and they are darling, darling, darling!! Something maybe even I could do! Also, the slipcover and pillows are so wonderful, it totally changes the look of it all. Great job!!

  10. Denise this is gorgeous! All of it!!! What a lovely slipcover...the entire corner is just beautiful. I am in awe that you have been able to get so much done. I know how busy you must be with everything that is going on right now. You are my hero girl!

  11. Awesome!! You are amazingly talented! Can I channel your skills? :)


  12. You really know how to keep yourself busy, don't you Denise? This looks wonderful, and you do this in the midst of planning and sewing for a wedding too! I loved the napkins and thanks so much for the link on the tutorial for french seams.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  13. It looks ready for spring! I love the cone on the mirror.

  14. Do you sleep? HA! You've definitely been a busy little bee. Your corner makeover is so fabulous! Funny how simple changes can really brighten up a space. I love the mirror the way it is as I just love that color of green. But I can understand your need to lighten it up. Have a fantastically creative weekend. Blessings, Tammy

  15. Great makeover! for some reason, i've never attempted a slipcover... you inspire me to take the leap!

  16. Oh yeah, I've had more than my share of those kinds of bright ideas...I mean projects! In fact most of my "projects" go that life is plan B. However, your project is fantastic!!


  17. Hello Denise,

    Ok...the next post better show that frame CREAM. ♥ Yes, I'm being Miss Smarty Pants..hehe

    I love, love the embellished pillow and the slipcover....I've been surfing around and I ran upon something that made me think of you. It's has Burlap involved in it. :0)
    Here's the link:

    Oh, and I'm so glad your sewing muse returned!! My hand sewing muse is with me right now. :0)

    For PiNk Saturday I've got some free designs I created from my rose petals..they would make great hang tags or whatever else you can think of. Kind of a spring-e design.

    Stephanie ♥

  18. Glad your muse is back ;) can't wait to see all the amazing stuff she's going to inspire you to create!

  19. LOOKS GREAT! I love the changes. That slipcover is wonderful. I had thought I might pop up to visit this week because Hubby is heading your way. But, I think I will wait a couple of weeks when he will be there more than just a quick up & back. Do you think we could meet for lunch one day? I hope to meet up with Rebecca while there too. You girls will have to show me your favorite shopping haunts. Have a great week. Charlene

  20. What a fabulous little corner and I love the burlap pillow! I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

    Sandy xox


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