July 03, 2013

Filled Up


I feel like this post should come with a warning. I had one too many glasses of red wine at the concert in the park tonight and I am feeling at once, full of love for my friends and family, my Village and with tomorrow being July 4th, my country too.


This past week, my lovely, craftiest friend Melissa came to spend her birthday with me for the 2nd year in a row, and between all the shopping and eating we managed to do some creating too. There are few things that make me as happy as sitting on the floor of my studio with a friend and piles of fabric. This pillow was the result of our time together. I love having these souvenirs of our visits.


 The pillow was all her design. She inspires me so much. I just sat in the middle of the floor staring at the piles of fabric she brought with her while she did all the hard work. That's how I roll. I was in a pretty big creative slump before she landed on my doorstep but now my creative well has been filled back up.


The pillow is really just strips of fabric sewed to Ikea tea towels and an envelope back. Super easy, really. But it is hands down my favorite sewing project I've ever done. I just adore a scrappy, crafty project of any kind and these days I am really learning how to be best buddies with my sewing machine, not that I wouldn't dump her in a heartbeat if I had a better offer from a husqvarna viking sewing machine. I guess maybe I'm not that loyal after all. To machines, not people.


Here's the back because if you are like me you like to see the details of stuff like this.

I hope y'all have a wonderful holiday tomorrow. We are having an all American bbq with some friends and then we are going to walk to the park to see the fireworks with some other friends, wrapping up what is likely the most social 2 weeks we have had in quite some time. I'm feeling so blessed this summer. I don't know how my life or my heart could be any more full.

15 comments:

  1. We can't wait to see you tomorrow! I'm so happy you're so happy!!!

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  2. What a wonderful keepsake from your time with a dear friend. So pretty! Happy 4th to you and your family. We are quite blessed to have this country as our home. :)

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  3. That is such a sweet design! And I love that if it's done in the colors of your home, it can stay out year-round. Adorable.

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  4. Love your pillows. I feel very blessed with all my blogging friends. Happy 4th!

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  5. Love the pillow and your getting to make something fun after being in a creative slump for a while. That's always energizing, isn't it? :)

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  6. What a fun take on the American flag. I might have to try something like it.

    Have a great 4th of July.

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  7. gorgeous pillow!
    Happy 4th Jen ♥

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  8. What a lovely souvenir of a friend's visit. You can think of her every time you settle into that chair and rest against that squishy, flowery piece of art!

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  9. That is a darling pillow! And it's even more special because you made it with your dear friend!

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  10. Thank you my sweet friend for an AMAZING birthday visit!! You truly know how to make a friend feel special : )

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  11. She's a BEAUT!!!

    (The pillow AND the friend. And you, duh.)

    Happy 4th, Lady!

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  12. I love this post. It is so quintessential Jen! Glad all is well in your neck of America. I love this scrappy pillow and the idea will definitely be shamelessly copied. Our family is off for an evening on the lake to watch fireworks. Enjoy!

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  13. Sweet story behind your crafting. The pillow is precious!
    Cortne @ Coco in Magnolia

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  14. I like your pillow.
    Love greetings
    Daniela

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  15. Love the pillow..and I'm so happy your happy....you have such great taste and congrats on winning the class, I love Andrea stuff and have a bracelet she made for me....years ago..have fun

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