Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring Pillows and New Shoes

Over the weekend we finished up another Shamrock Pillow. 


One of the pillows is for us, and the other we gave to my great aunt this morning along with the yellow flower and caramels as an early St. Patrick’s Day gift.  My great aunt happens to be very Irish and proud of it, so she loved the pillow!


If you want to make your own, you can get the template from the Fort Worth Fabric Blog and resize the larger shamrock to 200%.  We appliqued it to a 12.5” block and added 2.25” borders around, so the cover fit a 16” pillow form perfectly.  The envelope back was made with two 16” x 20” panels hemmed on one edge by folding the fabric back about .5” twice.

Esther picked this nice springy fabric for the back.  It’s the perfect compliment to the linen on the front.  Now I just wish the weather would feel like spring already!


I was so enamored of these pillows that I had to start another project with them.  Here’s a little sneak peek. 


Miraculously I got all the hand stitching done in the waiting room at gymnastics this morning so as soon as the rain stops and the sun comes out I hope to get some photos of it finished.


Over the weekend we planted some lettuces and strawberries in repurposed containers and put them on this cool A-Frame plant stand I bought on clearance at an online shop called Gardener’s Supply Company. 


I was actually on there ordering the most awesome wellies for myself for the spring.  I’ve never owned a pair of rubber boots, but my kids always wear them in the spring and summer, so I thought I’d treat myself to a pair.  The nice thing is I won’t outgrow these and need a new pair every year!


No, I don’t have backyard chickens, but I wish I did!  I got my mom a pair for Mother’s Day because she does have chickens.  Don’t worry, she doesn’t read my blog, so no spoiler alert.

And while I’m on the topic of shoes, I also got a pair of custom painted Tom’s for the summer from Anna See.  She has an online store and I happened to see these shoes while I was buying some bird prints for our bedroom when we were redecorating.  I never buy shoes full price or probably more than $15 a pair, but these were too amazing to pass up.


She custom painted peacock feathers on them.  It took a few weeks for her to make them, but it was well worth the wait!  I’ve been rocking them all over town the past few days and I have to say, Toms are some comfortable shoes. 

Hope you are having a good start to the week!


  1. Hi Jamie - your pillows look fantastic & I have to say, Esther's pick for the back is the perfect choice! Maybe she should come help pick out bundles? :) Can't wait to see your 2nd project, it's looking great!

    Warm regards,

    Jodie & Lindsey

  2. wow, you've been busy. Love the new project you started on, as well as the new shoes.

  3. New shoes & new boots,woohoo! I love them both,especially the roosters/chickens on the boots. Both pillows turned out super cute,and your new project looks like it will as well.

  4. Pillows, wellies and especially the new project look so nice! Lovely colors!

    Oh I want to be able to plant my salads already as well !! Here we have to wait for the days of the "Frost Saints" to pass before we can do that. In German-speaking countries there is a period in May, 12th-15th, with -according to popular belief- increased likelihood of night frost falling on the feast days of certain saints so they are nicknamed 'Frost Saints'. They are Pankratius, Servatius, Bonifazius and "cold Sophie". :-))

  5. I love the new boots, and the shoes are pretty cool too. Great work on the pillows - I forget how much I love green until I see projects like that!

  6. Hi Jamie!

    I love your pillows, and I think all your work is just gorgeous! Here in Norway we now have a lot of rain and stormy weather, so there are not much activity in the garden-yet. In fact, I should have had those fancy boots with roosters and chickens! But - I really enjoy sitting inside in my "sewing-room" when the rain is pouring down outside :)

    Thank you so much for giving a lot of inspiration with all your creations!

    ( I am sorry if my english is not perfect..)

    Best wishes from Liv Iren,
    in the middle of Norway

  7. Your pillows turned out great. It finally stopped raining and the sun was here today. But it is suppose to get cold again towards the end of the week.

  8. So much cuteness in one blog post! Great fabric choices for the pillows. I love the wellies....mine are green with big yellow polka dots. ;-)

  9. I love your pillows, and can't wait to see your project finished :) Wellies.....I've never heard of them, but I have seen boots like that. Pretty cool Toms!


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