Thursday, November 29, 2012

Joyeux Noel!

Just started doing a little decorating.  I THOUGHT that I had my chalkboard in the dining room all fixed and pretty.  Then T-Man pointed out that I had spelled “Joyeux” incorrectly. I had spelled it “Joyeaux”    Sigh……

Anywho……problem solved.


A gray throw for winter.


I still wasn’t happy the wall on the left side of my settee.  I was thinking that I wanted a basket with twigs and such.  But finding the right one that I could afford seemed a daunting task.  So I decided to try my hand at a burlap sack. 


Voila!  I thought I was using a sack with only a stripe down the middle.  Imagine my surprise (and delight) when after cutting my first piece, I discovered the RED print on the inside of the bag!  Perfect!

I cut a front and a back and used canvas for the sides.  I made the ruffle from burlap garland from Michaels.  I just pinned on the rusted bells so I can easily remove them after Christmas.


I think I snagged the last three glittered burlap poinsettias from the barn sale.  A perfect match with the burlap sack, the rusty bells, and the glittered pine picks!


I threw a few vintage ornaments and burlap remnants in a vintage bowl.


And the dining room is done.  My Christmas decorating isn’t exactly moving along at a fast pace.  Actually, it’s all of these little touches that I love the most.  I could not put a tree up and be perfectly happy. 

Have a wonderful weekend!


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

HoHoHo! A fun Christmas pillow tutorial!

It’s Christmas decorating time!  One of the fun ways to decorate for the Holidays is changing our sofa pillows to reflect our Holiday décor.  But pillows can be pricey, and when I only use them for a month, I don’t want to invest a lot of money.   So this year, I’m making my own.

Do you sew?  It’s one of my joys to be able to sew my own home textile décor. 

But this tutorial is for those of you who DON’T sew.  This tutorial is for YOU, Heather!  My sweet sewing challenged daughter!

Pillows are a great way to start your sewing “career.”  Okay……occasional sewing experience……..  Heather’s complaint in the past has been that she can’t seem to cut anything straight.  You know……like an 18”x18” square turns out like a lop-sided mess.  Smile  Since you’ll be the occasional seamstress, my dear daughter, I know you don’t want to invest a lot of money.  The solution is easy……..either choose burlap, where you can measure, make a little snip, and the choose a thread closest to your snip and pulllll.  This leaves a perfect mark where the thread used to be for you to cut out your pillow shape.  OR……use a fabric that tears easily……like the canvas that I choose for this project.  But be careful, some fabrics can stretch and snag when you tear them.  Cottons are best.

So…’ve decided what size you want your pillow…..mine is a 22x22…..and cut your two pieces.  Front and back.

Here’s an easy thing to remember when “building” your pillow…… all decoration will be sewn on the pillow front.

So……I decided on an easy peasy tree theme.


Choose your colors and cut your trees and tree trunks.  Free hand everything.  Our pillow is going to be “whimsical” so we don’t want perfection anyway.  I choose different textures and patterns from my scrap fabrics since I was going with a neutral palette.  Felts work well also.  Pin you trees and tree trunks to your pillow front and then sew on using the zig zag stitch on your machine.

Now for the trim.  You can purchase trim, or you can make your own like I did.  As I’ve mentioned before, I have been obsessed with this cute trim from BEYOND THE SCREEN DOOR.


I choose two colors of seam binding and two different gray yarns for my trim.  I then tore a two inch piece of linen to sew my trim to and then looped and sewed and looped and sewed until I had enough trim for my entire pillow.   I can hear Heather saying “uuhh…..yeah Mom….I think I’ll skip this step.  And that’s okay too. 

Since this is a “do as I say, not as I do” tutorial, do not attach your trim yet.  WHAT was I thinking. 

INSTEAD, it’s time to make the tops for our trees.

I used the loopy yarn.


Wrap a piece around your fingers about three times and cut. 


Lay your circle of yarn on top of each tree.  Pin and sew down.  A little tricky, but you can do it!


And here’s your tree tops.  But still lacking for something.


So I cut a flower for each tree out of this lace ribbon from Hobby Lobby.  And since this is a Christmas pillow, I also used a little silver glitter yarn between my circle and my flower.  You know…..just to give it a little extra Christmas “glam".”  Again, pin and sew.


Difficult to see in the pic. but the silver yarn not only peeks out from underneath your flower, but because the flower is sheer, it also gives it a little glitter underneath.

NOW… can sew on your trim.  SOOO easy.  Trim seems to intimidate most beginners but it’s really simple.  Lay your trim down so that the pretty part  is face down and  faces the middle of your pillow and the raw edge is against the raw edge of your pillow front.   The main thing to remember is pin, pin, pin.  Right around the edges of your pillow front.   Then sew.  You can use a basting stitch for this if you wish to.  You still have to attach your back.


So…’s your finished pillow front.  Now it’s time to attach your back.

With your pillow front laying face up, flip all of that pretty trim toward the middle, lay the back on top.  Good side of the front to good side of the back.  Think of it as a sandwich, with all of the goodies in the middle!


Just like this!  Then begin pinning.


make sure that all of that bulky trim is on the inside so that it doesn’t get caught in your seams.  A standard seam is 5/8”.  Either stitch right over the stitch you used to attach your trim, or even a little more toward the middle of the pillow.  You just don’t want any raw edges of your trim to show.

Leave an opening about the same width as your hand at the bottom if you are going to use poly fill for your pillow.  OR leave the entire bottom of your pillow open if you have chosen a down form.  Turn your pillow right side out, make sure that none of your trim is caught in the seams.  Give your self a HUGE pat on the back! 

NOW…..stuff or add your pillow form and hand stitch the bottom closed.  Give yourself ANOTHER huge pat on the back and place your awesome designer looking “I would have paid a fortune for this if it had been at Pottery Barn!” pillow on your sofa or chair.


You are AMAZING dahling!……Smile


Oh….and you also made the coffee sack pillow on the right.  Same method, except the trim is made from scrap pieces of fabric.  Like the rag garlands.

Hope this tutorial was at least a  little  clearer than mud and inspired you to create something pretty.


Friday, November 16, 2012

At The Barn Sale!

Lots of wonderful shopping still left for you tomorrow from 9:00AM to 6:00PM!!





Oh I wish I had a baby girl to dress!


Beautiful jewelry




And the last two are our brand new beautiful addition!

Come out to the barn tomorrow for a visit and fun shopping!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Progress At The Barn

Making progress with our Christmas decorating for the barn sale!


Love the angel mannequin!  Glittered burlap poinsettias in the background with iced and glittered pine picks!


Hope to see you at the barn this weekend!  Thursday night the party begins!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Barn Sale goodies!

The Holiday extravaganza barn sale is upon us!  And with only six weeks between sales, all of the vendors, including Heather and I , have been working our little behinds off.  Not only that, but we have expanded!  Apparently, Ms. R. found the fastest carpenter/builder in the state and we have added on to the West side of the barn!  So more vendors and more shopping.  For news of other new improvements that we have made, check out my post on our Sugar Moon blog!  We Sugar Moon girls don’t mess around.  What our customers and vendors want, we do our best to deliver!

So…….on to a few pics. of things that are coming to the sale!

From Greg at The Barn Market…….

This amazing set of eight chairs and amazing “Believe” pillow.


This set includes two arm and six without arm dining chairs.  I can’t wait to see what else Greg has come up with for the Holidays.  He is the master of “repurpose, reuse!”

And I have been BEYOND busy doing what I really love to do.  SEWING!


My pictures aren’t nearly as pretty as Greg’s.  All pics. were taken in my sewing room.  What a mess! 

Anywho….I have gone coffee sack crazy.  I’m having a blast sewing with these things!  Wish I had tons more of the one above.  Loving this pillow.


A couple of pics. of table runners.  This one is a vintage fabric with triple ruffle.  The white is a vintage table cloth.


An oldie but a goody!  I have loved this toile forever!  And it still sews up so beautifully.  Chocolate brown band at bottom and green seam binding trim.  Underneath, you can barely see a tiny peek of another perennial favorite.  With its chocolate brown background and flowers, Kings Muir is the fabric.  It is also a table runner.



One of my current favorites.  A whimsical Christmas pillow!  With 27x27 down insert.  And I made the trim!  From yarn and seam binding.  I have been wanting to try this F
ORVER.  I saw the tutorial at Beyond the Screen Door.  Sonya is such an amazing seamstress!  You can find the link HERE.  This trim is addicting! 


I also used it on this little pink leopard pillow.


In another color on this pillow.  Again, with a 27x27 down filled insert.


All of this merchandise and lots lots more available this weekend!  The sale begins Thursday night with our HUGE party and live music.

From Sugar Moon Barn…….


Sunday, November 4, 2012

New Pillows and Paint News

I’m a pillow addict!  I can’t get enough of them.  New pillows in the dining room.  Yes, already.


When we ordered these for the upcoming barn sale, I couldn’t resist.  This one is wool and embroidered.  Love the touch of color for winter.

This  is my favorite!


This gorgeous crewel work wool deer pillow.  ADORE this pillow!


The pillow in the middle…..I was making to sell.  Then I totally messed up the iron on transfer.  It’s on crooked and the iron was too hot so one side looks yellowed.  But I still love it.  Especially the double ruffle.  Hubby said “oh well, everything in our house is messed up or broken anyway” huummm……does that mean I’m a frugal DIYer or just that we have a house full of broken junk? 

So…..on to paint news!  A change of venue where we will be selling our paint.

They say every cloud has a silver lining.  Well our recent dark cloud had a HUGE silver lining.  Our Maison Blanche Paint can now be purchased at Cedarburg Square in Bethany Oklahoma.  They are open Tuesday thru Saturday and will have a full supply of quarts starting this coming Tuesday.  We are already low on 4 ounce samples but will be restocked A.S.A.P on those.  We also are working hard to paint some fun pieces of furniture with our new paint. 

Don’t forget!  Holiday Barn Sale Nov. 15th, 16th, and 17th!!

Have a wonderful week!



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