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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Inspirational Muses

Ever since I started blogging I've met so many creative and talented fellow bloggers that I wonder sometimes what I was doing before I was blogging! There are so many inspirational people out there that it just amazes me! My inspiration for today is Judy at DIY by Design

  I admire her creative skill in taking simple ordinary things and turning them into something extraordinary in simple, quick and easy steps! You can click HERE to view one such project that inspired me to do my post for today.
Inspirational Muse!

I was lucky enough to find these upholstery fabric sample squares at our local fabric store. They were Red Tagged pieces that were further marked down to half off the clearance price! So I got four sample squares for $1 each. I got some trims to co-ordinate with each pillow and I was ready to tackle my weekend project!

I sewed the trim to the right side of each fabric square

Then I sewed the other two coordinating fabric squares to the above pieces, right sides together.

 Inserted the pillow form and slip-stitched the top of each.


The front of one pillow:

The back of the same:

The front of the second pillow:
The back of the same:

 Window seats and fruit kebabs....

It seems like it has been raining forever! It shows no sign of stopping. I miss bright sunny days...

 It is always a pleasure to hear from you. My thanks to your loving comments! I always look forward to them. 
I'm partying with these lovely ladies below. Do stop by and visit them and be inspired! Inspiration helps us follow our hearts and our dreams.

DIY by Design: Swing into Spring

A Stroll Thru Life: Table Top Tuesday

Weekend Wrap Up 

No Minimalist Here: Open House party

Between Naps on the Porch: Tablescape Thursday

At the Picket Fence: Inspiration Friday 

My Romantic Home: Show and Tell Friday 

The Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home 

Fancy Friday 

The Tablescaper: Seasonal Sundays

Boogieboard Cottage: Masterpiece Monday



  1. The pillows are fabulous and the tray is perfect. Looks so inviting and such a lovely setting. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  2. Your pillows came out beautiful. Thanks so much for the shout out. Isn't it funny...I don't remember what I did before blogging either and it's only been 6 1/2 months!! Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

  3. Love the pillow... especially love that you used two different fabrics.

  4. The pillows are lovely, the fabric is great and such a bargain!
    I've been blogging since the the New Year and wonder what I did with my time!

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hi lovely lady. I love your Beautiful Pillows sweet lady. I also love the colors !!! Im your newest follower on your lovely Blog. Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my Tablescapes for this week !!! Happy you like the poppys.

  6. Your pillows turned out great! I like to make my pillows too... decorator pillows can be sooo expensive!

    Hugs, Sherri:)

  7. oh the tray is so so perfect.. simply loved it!! :-)

  8. Hi Poppy...

    Oooh...I'm loving your new pillows, my friend! What beautiful fabrics! I love how you coordinated the blue stripe with the blue palm tree print...sooo pretty! But I must confess...I just adore your blue toile pillow! I love anything toile! They all look sooo pretty together too! Such a lovely that cobalt blue pitcher! Mmmm...a glass of fresh pink lemonade sounds sooo good right now! I'll be right over! Hehe! Sorry to hear that you are having rainy days. It's raining here at the moment as well...springtime weather!

    Thanks so much for sharing this special pillow project with us. Your tutorial was great! Ohhh yes...I am inspired by all the creative and talented bloggers here in blogland! I often tell my husband that I really don't need to order any decorating magazines...all I need are my blogs! I also wanted to thank you for stopping by and taking a peek at my spring vignette! I sooo enjoyed your visit and sweet note, my friend! Thank you!

    Warmest spring wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  9. Just love the pillows that you made. All of the fabrics coordinate so nicely together. ANd such amazing prices you got. I usually make all of my pillows. It saves so much money!
    Marianne :)

  10. Poppy, what beautiful pillows, you're very talented! Gorgeous colors too, and the fruit looks deeee lish!

  11. YOur tray of goodies is just delightful and the pillow are faulous. What a deal (plus of course your sewing talents). Perhaps you'd like to link this post to Seasonal Sundays for Mother's Day.

    I appreciate your comment on my Royal Wedding Breakfast Part I and thought you might like to know that Part II is up now.

    - The Tablescaper

  12. Love, love, love your pillows! and to think you made those! Also love the way you set them along with the kebobs and a tall cool glass of pink lemonade! You're an artist! I'm visiting from Between Naps on the Porch - thanks for sharing with us. Perhaps someday after looking at all the great tablescape inspiration, I'll have one of my own to show!

    Redo 101

  13. Poppy! You couldn't have picked a more deserving muse to be inspired by. We gals at the picket fence adore Judy! We are so glad you found our Inspiration Friday and joined us this week. Your pillows are beyond fabulous and I love them in your window seat. The gals at the fence are your newest friends. Can't wait to follow your other projects. Have a beautiful weekend!


  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I enjoyed your pillow project -- a girl after my own heart! I'll be back.

  15. Hi Poppy, Your new pillows are fabulous and I love all the fabrics! Thank you for sharing this project at my Open House party. Have a wonderful weekend.

  16. Thanks for stopping by and greeting me. Happy Mothers' Day to you, too :)

  17. very well done! your newest follower from

  18. I'm finally catching up on Mel's Fancy Friday Blog Hop and have followed you via GFC.
    Happy Mother's Day! :-)

  19. oooh the pillows r just what I've been craving for ... especially the toile and one with the map details , how about selling these Poppy?
    was lovely ur window seat and the lemon juice so refreshing on a sunny afternoon .... loved dropping in and heres wishing the gorgeous Super Mom a lovely Mother's Day.

  20. Hello Poppy, the pillows are wonderful and your blog is so colorful and cheerful. Thank you for visiting my blog and introducing me to yours. I am a new follower.

  21. Hi Poppy,
    Your cushions are delightful, I especially like the blue & white toile de jouy fabric.

  22. Your pillows turned out wonderful! And the little tray is so pretty. Happy Mother's Day!

  23. Love the pillows! Everything is lovely. Happy Mothers Day!

  24. Hope that you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Thank you for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  25. Your pillows are gorgeous! Thanks for linking up at Fancy Friday:

    I'm your newest follower!

  26. These turned out really cute! I am wanting to do a more coastal look in my dining room. Thanks for linking it up!

  27. Poppy!
    Your pillows turned out so perfect!
    Love the serving tray and the blue glass pitcher....
    picture perfect.

  28. Hi Poppy,
    Your pillows are gorgeous! I especially like the blue toile one! The tray set up for refreshments is wonderful!


  29. I am just now seeing your blog for the first time and love it. I saw your link from

    I love to make pillows and I love yours too! Thanks for sharing.


Thanks for stopping by and for your loving thoughts. They make me smile!Hugs~Poppy