Easy DIY Pillow Cover


I bought a couple of 100% wool sweaters at the thrift shop recently.  Men’s because I love the colours and patterns that are so often used in men’s sweaters.  My intention was to felt the wool, which is best done with a machine knit sweater.  A trip through the washing machine and dryer gave me felted wool with no effort beyond pushing buttons.  Then I cut the sleeves off and trimmed the body into two matching squares and sewed them together to make a pillow cover.

Easy Peasy.  One down, one more to go.



I am now mulling over various ideas for using up the sleeves.


I’m a Chicken Chick.


I have always wanted chickens.  I don’t know how to look after them; it would definitely be a learning experience.  Of all the chickens I see images of, there are two that really appeal.


One is Rhode Island Reds


The other is called a Sicilian Buttercup.


Then I discovered the Buff Orpington .



The Barred Plymouth Rock


And the adorable Frizzle.



While I like the appearance of all the chickens, my reading so far indicates they are also good tempered birds and easily handled. Usually.  There is always the possibility of getting a grumpy chicken.



How lovely to let the girls wander around eating slugs!



I think I will need this book.





Colours in the Garden


One of my favourite colour combinations with flowers is red and purple.


In my part of the world oriental poppies and bearded iris bloom around the same time and thus make a pretty pairing.


I like this combination in tulips too.




Or red tulips with other purple flowers such as primulas or honesty.

The beautiful fuchsia plant knows that purple and red is a stunning combination.



If I ever get married again, my bouquet will have these flowers in it.  So stunning.


Crazy for Kilim


Anyone who knows me knows I am not a trendy person.  I dislike most trends and really dislike the idea of being trendy on purpose.  In fact it annoys me when something I like or do becomes trendy because then I just look like a follower.  On the other hand, when something I like becomes trendy that does make it more readily available so I should take advantage of that.  And EVEN BETTER, that usually means that in a few years it will show up in the thrift shops.

So word on the street is that kilim is trending and most likely to show up in cushions and toss pillows.   I didn’t know it had ever been out of trend so as to require a comeback.  I don’t care either way.  I will just take any opportunity to get more and to get it cheap.

image via Pottery Barn


image from Elle Decor via here

Dreaming of Garden Escapes


It’s raining today.  At least it’s a spring rain but it has persisted all day and I am left dreaming of drier days and a garden oasis to while away  my time in.

I love  a private garden area like these.


image via moon to moon








Super Easy DIY Throw


I can’t really claim that I made this, but I’m going to.  I found a piece of fabric at the thrift shop.  It is wool or a wool blend and it was the right size to use as a throw.  I can wrap myself up in it quite cozily.  But I had to make it look like a throw and not just a big piece of fabric.

So I picked out a fringe at either end.

And here it is, THROWN on my sofa.

A pretty plaid throw for $8