Tuesday, May 18, 2010

pocket full of posies...

I have been waiting
 for a l-o-n-g time
to show you this.

Remember this post 
about being afraid to try new things?

Ever since I saw these pocket pillows a few years back
I have really, really wanted to make some
but I have put it off
and put it off
Well, one day last January
 my family was gone for the day
 I decided 
is the day.

I spent the entire day going through linens 
deciding what to use where.
(Have I ever told you how much trouble I have deciding?)

By the end of the day I was here:

That was the first hard step.
They sat again for a few months 
waiting to be finished.

I couldn't put it off any more.
It was time for the photo shoot of my bedroom
and this pillow was going to be part of my bed shot.

Another day was spent embellishing with all of the  pretties.

Even though I was afraid to try
I had so much fun once I got going.
 I still have so much  to learn
 but there is so much satisfaction in trying.

I love them 
they use all 
of my favorite elements:

off white linen

 snippets of vintage lace

cabinet cards



I  enjoyed adding  romance.

This one was for my bestest of best friends.

I am so glad I tried!

 on to something else new...
You can check out all of the white pretties here.


Amy said...

OMG I love them, you did a fantastic job, the one above the off white title is my FAV!

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

KILLER...every single one of them!!!

Vintage Remixed said...

Oh how beautiful. They turned out gorgeous.

Lori said...

wow Wow WOW!!! they are all SO stunning...i want to make some of those too...i also saw them somewhere a while back, and they have been in the back of my mind waiting until i find the right linens to use for pockets...you have a gorgeous stash...i need to build mine up a bit...

Angela said...

They are so beautiful!!

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Way nice....and oh so wonderful that you tried...I have the SAME problem...just getting the nerve to try new things.

Tell us HOW to you attached the POCKETS to the pillows...machine sewn or hand sewn ?
It is hard to tell.
I just would love to try one.
Thank you,

My Shabby Roses said...

You've inspired me to try a pillow Rene'!
They turned out very pretty w/ all your embellishments.

Bella said...

Hello Renë.. Your pillows are gorgeous! What a great collection of goodies you have for embellishing!

Anonymous said...

Oh my,
They are all just stunningly beautiful! You did such and amazing job! I love the little roses made out of gauze, they are wonderful!
Beautiful post!!
Have a great day.

Allison Shops said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Each and every one is so special. Nice job!

Dropping by from White Wednesday; Tailored Kitchen.


Sherry said...

How beautiful! You did a fabulous job on these! So, so pretty.

Claudia said...

They are gorgeous! Stunning. You really did a fabulous job.


chateau de fleurs said...

Your efforts truly paid off. The combinations of details on each pillow is so thoughtful and creative. Love them! Christie

Jan LaFollette said...

All of your pillows are beautiful. I would never be able to choose a favorite they are so lovely.

Cabin and Cottage said...

Yeah, these are pretty yummy. I love collages of all kinds but the linens really make these fabulous. Love 'em all.

32˙North said...

Hi Rene,

What a wonderful project you've created - your pillows are so sweet and so personal, outstanding, really.

Thanks for stopping by - yes, I couldn't resist joining in again this week - so many nice people and such beautiful things to see!


The Tattered Cottage said...

Rene -
Gorgeous...simply gorgeous! I am so happy that you overcame your fear of trying something new and even more happy that I live close enough to purchase one :)
♥ Toni

Raspberries and Rose Petals said...

We're all so glad you tried!!! Your pillows are so beautiful!

debi said...

Your pillows are STUNNING!!! Love the vintage linens, and the treasures you used to embellish. Beautiful creations!

Beth A. said...

Renee...your pillows are just beautiful. You did a great job!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Absolutely Beautiful . . .

Lisa said...

Your pillows are beautiful! I completely understand your problem of 'just get it started'. I have a lot of ideas and projects that need that push, too! You did a fantastic job, keep on keeping on!!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

WOW. They are all beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I have seen gorgeous pocket pillows like this but I love your idea of using pillows already made. Please tell us how you attached the pockets- hot glue? hand sewing?

My what a lovely bedroom you have created!

bee blessed

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Gorgeous gorgeous !! I love each and every one of them !!
I ADORE your room too ~

ScatterJoyVintage said...

Each pillow is simply...completely... beautifully...perfect.

Linda said...

Rene~ these are just gorgeous! I can just imagine making a special gift for someone this way! Beautiful...thanks for sharing!

Just a dreamer said...

You have a knack like no one else I've yet to see. Your beautiful artful reminds me of Dawn's at The Feathered Nest. If you're not familiar with her you must visit her web site. OMG your pillows are exquisite. Jackie

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

These are so gorgeous! What creativity! I love all of them!!!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Rene!! They are all fabulous!! So, so gorgeous!!! I love them all!!!

It's me said...

Hello Renee.......i have been there.............but your pillows??!!!! are sooooooooo beautiful !! i really like them..................sweet !! all of them !!!

I am proud of you !! hahhahah!! as always..............happy sunny day my dear ....hugs from Ria

Pink Princess said...

They are absolutely GORGEOUS!! I can't say which one is my fave because they ALL are so pretty. You did a wonderful job AND gave me some ideas to try myself

Hugs ♥

@nemonen said...

Wow they are lovely. Now I must try to do some.I love all of yours. Thank you for sharing.

@nemonen said...

I would like to have your link on my site. Lovely things here.

Debby said...

WOW!!!!! They are really gorgeous, love them.

Anonymous said...

I am drooling beyond belief...these are the most gorgeous pillows ever! Thank you for sharing your inspiration and creativty with all of us! beautiful work!

Kathy said...

That is absolutely charming! I am so glad you tried too. Made me think that this would be a great Christmas gift for my sisters filled with mementos of our parents who have gone on to Heaven.

A Cottage Muse said...

Beautiful works of art!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

You did an awesome job! Several of my friends make these pillows and I've always wanted to try to. Now you've inspired me to. Happy Wednesday, T

Julie Ann said...

These are sooo beautiful!!! :) I'm so glad you tried and had so much fun, too!

Paula said...

Dear Rene`,
Your pocket pillows are gorgeous! You did a beautiful job with them! Everything you do is beautiful! I love the colors, the vintage lace, and all the beautiful vintage items you added to the pockets! So lovely! I know your best friend loved her pillow! Thank you for all the inspiration and beauty you share, and thank you for stopping by to check on me. Love, Paula

Ozma of Odds said...

...absolutely lovely ~ and indeed the word romance "covers" it!!
xo, Rosemary

Scrap for Joy said...

This is my first visit here Rene and I am completely overwhelmed with your pillow masterpieces!!!! I am bookmarking this page to just visit it and drool from time to time! I will be following your blog...not stalking...just following...it's lovely here!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

These are just BEAUTIFUL girl...love them...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Lynn said...

Oh wow, all my favorite things too, I love each and every one you have created and just have to have a go myself when I get settled in my new home :)
Love your blog, so happy to have found you.

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Oh Rene, They are gorgeous! I make and sell them too. Everyone loves them. They are so relaxing to make too. We all add different touches to ours I have noticed, which makes them so unique and one of a kinds. Now there is no need to be afraid to try new things any more, as you are great at new adventures!!!!!
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Tami said...

OMGosh your pillows are absolutely gorgeous!! I am so happy that I found you via Faded Charm's White Wednesday, your blog it to die for!!

Have a wonderful week!!

Faded Charm said...

The are gorgeous! Aren't you glad you tried. You should be very proud of these pretties and your creative talents.

Take care,


Anonymous said...

I have no idea why you hesitated to try - they are gorgeous, Rene'!!!

awal.ny said...

Your blog is one of my favorites, especially on White Wednesday and you did not disapoint me. I love them and the fact you made them too. I hope you do not mind, I think I may have to borrow that idea. Thank you for your lovely comments, and for answering my question about the photos. Have a wonderful White Wednesday.

Passionate for White said...

I will come back to this post again and again because it is SO very beautiful. You are one talented lady!

The Tin Rabbit said...

Your pillows are just beautiful...everything you touch is beautiful!!! I love the little roses with the pearls..so pretty! I always leave your blog so inspired! xo, Ann

Petite Michelle Louise said...

oh these are just stunning! ALL of them...a work of art! I am so inspired!

June said...

Rene' these are truly amazing my friend. What a wonderful job you have done creating these beautiful pillows. I am so inspired now.
I do have a cart and I sure hope we have room for it. Because I know that Michelle and Lisa have theirs too.
I do have heat in the new studio. It is well insulated and it has an electric heater. I can't wait to spend my entire Winter out there.
I wish you were going to Spokane too. We could cause some major damage there together.hehe

Lady Pamela said...

I totally understand the difficulty it takes to jump in and try anything new. I am that way too. Your work is so beautiful. Could you tell us how to make the roses out of cheese cloth? I have looked online and cannot find any directions. Thanks so much.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

They are all fantastic. I just love the idea of a pocket pillow!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

I've just become a follower of your blog ~ I must not ever miss another lovely post of yours. Your entire blog is beautiful and today I'm swooning over the awesome pillows you have created!

Please stop by my blog and enter my Cottage Charm giveaway if you like!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Oh my gosh Rene, are you gonna sell these? I would SO buy one of these!


Rachel Knoblich said...

They are beautiful! You are such a talented lady and I adore you! Still praying for your family!

Anonymous said...

These are some of the most BEAUTIFUL pillows I have ever seen!!! The laces and embellishments you chose are just incredibly lovely!

Holly Knott said...

These are beautiful! Double functionality - a pillow and a pocket. Love them.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my stars girlie! Those are fabulous......and you were AFRAID??? Well, I say "fear not chickie".....you are awesome.

Warm blessings,

Kindred Spirit Soap Co. said...

Those are sooooo beautiful. You are amazing. You must tell how to make those roses. I love them!!!

Susanne said...

Let me be the first, okay, the 64th person to tell you they're gorgeous!

Liz said...

Oh My goodness! I love those! That is soooo something I would love to make.

Thanks for the inspiration!


Debbie Demmers-Lujan said...

Rene, your pillows sum up who you are for sure! They are a world in themselves of your favorite things to work with. You did a fabulous job. Wanted to thank you for looking at my blog, too. Blessings, debbie

Ginger said...

Be still my beating heart,......OH MY GOSH, I WANT THEM ALLLLLLL!!! You do such a fabulous job, what a talented lady.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see me.

glitter and roses

Sweet Old Vintage said...

I so love you pillows and couldn't decide which one was my favorite... They are all so lovely... I tried to wake up with a great attitude this morning and once again out cleaning decks and porch from the storms... It is grey and hasy here today with the promise of some cleaning maybe this afternoon and better days ahead... It is going to get hot now... One extreme to another and that is scary as it usually brings very bad storms when that happens... Just hope for that not to happen.... I just love everything you and hubby are doing to your 100 year old house... It just has all the personality and charm one could possibly get into a home... You have a wonderful talent for stunning and charming... Blessings to you this weekend......

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

Hello, These pillows are STUNNING!! I love them all :) Wow, you have such beautiful & creative talent!

If you get a chance, do stop by as I am having a giveaway, and would love to have you enter :)

Have a lovely weekend, warmest, Brenda

The Tattered Cottage said...

Hi Rene -

Stop by my blog...I have a little something for you :)
♥ Toni

Annesphamily said...

They are just beautiful! I love them all! What detail you put into them and each one so personalized.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I absolutely love those! Very well done! Connie

Lovey said...

OMGoodness! These are so beautiful! My name is Lovey and I will be following your blog ASAP. I would like to invite you to mine. I would love for you to link up with me...Please stop by to see what I'm referring to. These are absolutely beautiful...so glad you overcame your fears!!



Miss Gracie, You are blessed with so much talent, how could you even doubt that you would do a fabulous job on your "pocket" pillow! They are so precious, I love the way they came out and how you embellished each one. I love the sheet music. I've been trying to find some to purchase but I can never seem to find it so I've been printing my own. Thank you for visiting and leaving your kind comment on my; "Let's Address this Head On, address number flower pots! I hope you get to stop by for a visit to see my sweet "PINK" post today! Keep creating and inspiring us...

Debra@Common Ground said...

WOW, just gorgeous!!! You did a beautiful job, love them all!

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

Oh, you did good girl! I have been loving them too, I saw Judy Hill's booth in Round Top last year & seeing her's gave me chills. Like you I keep putting off trying them for myself. You have inspired me to give it a try. The thing about this kind of thing (pillow)is that no 2 are ever the same. Yours look just like you, if I made one it would probably look like my stuff. Know what I mean? Did you use pre-made pillows to start? I think that's a brilliant idea. I think the reason I keep putting it off is because I don't want to make the whole pillow. Just foof it. Thanks once again for the inspiration! Lisa

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Your pillows are gorgeous. You did such a fabulous job on them.


Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Rene' Thank you for the info on the pillows...I have some of that same VERY delightful trim that you have on your main pillow. And am anxious to use it.
I am looking for just the right material for the pillow itself.

You have to travel for a bit around here in Texas to find the real treasures..but I sure love the HUNT all the same. ~~
And I am BLESSED that my husband is getting to really enjoy the HUNT too..he see's how much I enjoy it..and he is a dear.


Just a little something from Judy said...

What a outstanding job you did! A pillow with all my favorite things on it. You need to share this in a magazine. A creative genius...that is you!

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

What a BUEATIFUL post! They are all so amazing. Thank You for sharing all of this....Julian

Kim Palmer said...

Gorgeous pillows, and gorgeous blog. Is it impolite to drool, LOL! Will definitely be back. So glad I popped over from Loveys blog!

Anonymous said...

these are stunningly beautiful! but judging by the eighty comments you have here...i think you already know how amazing they are!

the crochet lace trims...did you make those? the trim in the first photo is spectacular...and I would love the pattern if you have it!
or i will just try to work this one out from the photo!
it is T. H. E. best trim I have ever laid my eyes on!!!!
seriously, i'm drooling here!

ciao bella!
creative carmelina

Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan said...

You can never have enough throw pillows! These are all so lovely. What a wonderful post and your images are terrific. Wishing you happiness, Katherine

Donna said...

Wow! Your pillows are just stunning! I can not say enough about how gorgeous they all are!! Love them all! We just got back from vacation last night, and I really missed blogging. Hopefully will do a post today & upload some of our trip photos!

Great job!

Shirley said...

Wow, they are beautiful and every one of them has meaning.

Healing Expressions said...

HI Rene,
I was delighted to find your blog through Lovey's eye candy link exchange. Your work is just divine! Such a soothing place for my vintage loving soul!

Dorthe said...

Hi Rene,
I just found you through Loveys Eye Candy....
and am I happy! here is such beautifull things to see, I just love your pillows, they are gorgeus.
I will come back for more.

MemoryKeeper said...

Isn't it amazing how looking at these delightful pillows takes you back in time. You immediately feel your shoulders rest, your mind relax, and your heart flutter at the delight of yesteryear. These are so amazing I can't put them into words. Your blog totally rocks too!

Here's to more happy scrapping, and
Hugs from the he♥rt,

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Lovey said...

You have really started something here with these pillows! They are so beautiful. Everyone is talking about them! I can't wait to give it a try too. I went out and found such beautiful lace and trims today. Hopefully I will be able to incorporate these beautiful pieces when I make mine. Thanks for the courage and inspiration to try something new!!

Gypsy Purple said...

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Doni said...

Those are just gorgeous! Thanks so much for the awesome photography to show them off. You've got my creative juices flowing and I'm going to have to make some of them myself! Maybe Christmas presents this year!!
Blessings, Doni

Barbara Jean said...

I LOVE your pillows!! all of them, co beautiful!

Barbara jean

Anonymous said...

i agrre with the girls