Monday, October 25, 2010

Bella Sews!

There’s been a whole lotta sew in’ goin’ on at Bella Manor!

I’ll be stocking the booth at the Rink from now until after Christmas with lots of goodies.

I took three new girly girl pillows earlier last week but forgot to take pics.  Oops!

Here are some that I completed today.


Cute paisley with flanged/ruffled border.  A great mix of fabrics for your home.  Envelope back with a down insert. 16” without ruffles.


LOVE this pillow.  Wonderful colors. The reds really blend with so many colors.  I could have easily kept this one for myself.  Down insert/18” without ruffles.

This pillow is made with a vintage flour sack that I found this Spring.  I’ve just been waiting for the right inspiration to complete it.  That inspiration come in the form of the vintage fabric that I used for the ruffle and the super cute flower trim that I found from probably around the 1970’s.


I love love that cute cow image. 


This flour sack had a few stains, but I think it just adds to the vintage charm.


20” without the ruffles.  And this one definitely had to have a down insert.  So cute and “squishy.”

Lastly, I started a super fun project this weekend!

I don’t know about you, but my poor pathetic little brain is in over drive most of the time.  Always some kind of crazy scheme going on in there.  I know, kinda spooky!

So I thought…..appliqué…….





Lovin’ the contrast of the bright fabrics with the burlap.  Probably button centers for the flowers?  What do you think? 

Oh….I forgot to mention that these are all panels for a large lamp shade.  I hope hope that it turns out as cute as I have envisioned it.  I’m doing a black and white ruffle on the top and pink pompom fringe around the bottom. 

Heather has a large vintage lamp that we’re using for the base.

I am having tons of fun with this project.  I think probably because it has a bit of a crafty side to it along with sewing so it’s “feeding” more than one of my crazy obsessions at once. 

Hopefully, I’ll have this finished by the first of next week.  It will also be for sale at the Rink. 

So…..the fabric is piling up.

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Right along with the pillow forms, and it seems like I haven’t seen the top of my farm table in weeks.  Hopefully all of the hard work will pay off.

So that’s what’s going on here at Bella Manor.  Do you have your Halloween costume yet?  Yeah, me neither. 

See ya!


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Tale Of The Travelling Curtain Panels (and other random stuff)

If you noticed the chocolate brown curtains in my newly decorated living room, you might remember that I’ve blogged about them before. 

No?  I can’t BELIEVE that a subject so mesmerizing isn’t burned into your memory banks!  :)  Okay, no more smarty pants!

So anywho, these were Heather’s and my super duper bargain burnt-out velvet panels from Wal-Mart.  I thought we paid $6.00 a panel, but Miss Heather was quick to remind me that they were $3.00 a panel.  So with a sweet deal like that, they have indeed travelled all over my house. 


Being a little bit tired of them, I decided that they needed a little embellishment for the living room.

I had a small remnant of this fabric.


From a local not-so-cheap fabric store.  It looked perfect when I pinned it on the bottom of the panels.  But it was going to cost around $60.00 to ruffle five panels.  Yikes!

I was going to spring for the cost though.  When I could afford it.

I hardly ever stop in Tuesday Morning, but just happened to wander in that very week.  There in the drapery panels, I spied something that looked a lot like my sample.  $12.99 for the panel.  I couldn’t believe it.  I was just sure it couldn’t be the same fabric.  I purchased it anyway with absolutely no expectations, brought it home, and it was the EXACT same fabric.  A little darker color, but hey, for that price I couldn’t beat it.


$12.99 (plus tax) to ruffle all five panels! 

Talk about perceived value.  I just assumed that it couldn’t be the same fabric.  Not for that price.  That’ll “learn” me! :)

After I stole an extra panel from the dining room to make up my five, I needed a new alternative for that room.  I also spied a pair of lined linen terra cotta drapery panels for $30.00 while I was in Tuesday Morning and purchased those as well.  I brought them home, sewed a blue linen ruffle on the inside, and VOILA!


Now I have the illusion that the sheers are peeking out from behind the new drapes which look custom made after adding a ruffle from fabric that I already had.   I’m all smiles around my house!  :)  :)  cheap cheap……

Do you detect a ruffle theme going on here?  Yeah, I love ‘em!

Found this beeeautiful sweet bird cage and stand at…..where else, the Rink yesterday.



I love it!  I think the stand is actually a little Italian side table.  The bird cage fit perfectly on top and that is how the girls had it displayed in their beautiful booth.

  Huumm, looks like my twigs took a bit of a nose dive.  I’ll have to redo those.  I sat it on the tall white chest in the living room.

Speaking of the Rink…….  Heather and I and the two talented ladies from whom I purchased this cutie, are talking about having a Holiday decorating seminar at the Rink in November.  I’ll know more after this Friday when I talk to the “boss.”   As far as I know though, it should be a go.  It will be on a Thursday evening at the Rink in OKC,  so keep an eye out on my blog for more news concerning that event. 

And now….I have to go corral this rascal.


Don’t you wish you had Styrofoam cup all over your bed?  Jezzzz…..

See Ya!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Living Room Reveal

It’s finally finished!  For now.   As women, you know that we always reserve the right to change things at any time.  However, I have to say that I really love the way my living room looks.

Joining Debra at Common Ground for another Vintage Inspired Friday!  Please stop by and visit all of the other beautiful blogs who are participating.

Lots of pics. to follow.


That dreaded wet bar from the 70’s.  It’s what really started it all.  When I realized how much I adored the Robins Egg Blue that I painted the cabinet.015

The Ruby glass went bye bye and I moved most of my milk glass collection in here.


Urn on the fireplace.  I wish I had some of the little baby boo pumpkins to go in here.  It needs something else.

I wouldn’t call this a fireplace mantle.  It’s more like a shelf.  Still contemplating painting the mirror frame.


It’s his season to shine!

Hung these choc. brown drapes on the windows.  More to come on these later.  Another bargain story!


She still reigns supreme.

Of course my fav. chair.

Hung new pics. above my painted chest.

Love the splash of bright color that the art provides.


Found a temporary solution to my sofa cushion problem.  I wrapped a down filled comforter around the cushions.


Miss A beyond loooves it……

This is my all time best ACTUAL dumpster find.  I think I’ve finally worn Hubby totally down.  When I said I wanted to move this door in the house all he said is “where do you want it.”  Poor guy.

More art work.

Newly painted chair and a few white linens.

On the coffee table.


Over view.

Cream, chocolate brown, blue.  Lovin’ it!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Welcoming Fall

Autumn is my favorite time of year.  I love the colors and of course the cool crisp air. 

Welcome to Bella Manor and Common Ground’s PORCH PARTY.  Debra has the most delightful and clever ideas, don’t you agree?

My mother always used to say that people’s first impression of you when they visited your home was your front porch.  Hers was always swept clean and decorated.  I failed miserably in that department this summer. 

I love my chippy vintage blue settee that sweet Hubby gave me for mother’s day. 

A Fall/Halloween pillow.  The flower is just pinned on so it can be removed after Halloween.  I just couldn’t resist the black!

My Raven.

I didn’t have an Edgar Allen Poe book.

But  I did have Edgar A. Guest!  HA! ":) 

Sorry, they’re not real.  I was afraid to put too much weight in my little basket.  I do love the little velvet pepper though.

My galvanized bucket.  These pumpkins ARE real.

I used some little terra cotta pots for filler.


These pics. don’t do these pretty snapdragons justice.  They almost glow orange and hot pink.


My porch is on the North side of the house, so nothing real will grow.  Thus the silk flowers.

I just had to show you this.

My crazy pumpkin vine.  A volunteer that appeared late this summer.  I’m sure I won’t have a single pumpkin this late in the year.  Too bad, look at all the blooms.

And they would have been from  pumpkins just like this little guy.

Well…..without the face anyway!  :)

Hope you enjoyed your tour. 

I’m off to do some visiting of my own.



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