Thursday, June 25, 2009

Poppy Pillow


I love it when the thrift store throws down the crewel-work gauntlet. "Here!" it says. "Take this piece of crazy handwork and make a pillow out of THIS!" I can never turn down that insolent challenge.


And really, you know, the worse the embroidery, the better. Because it's fun to see what I have in my stash that can pull a cute pillow out of a woollen nightmare. What piping? What backing? What crazy buttons?


I really love this one. Orange, red, and big fat black. It works for me, and it's staying on my couch.

20 comments:

Michele said...

You have met that challenge beautifully ~ as you always do.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anna,
I really love your blog; the beautiful moments from your day, the simplicity and the syle. I have to say I am not a big fan of the new tag on each day, "You might like these"... Please keep your beautiful simplicity- don't give in to blog world! Just a thought. Have a lovely Friday.

Heather said...

What a great idea. You have inspired me. I have some lovely crewel my Oma made and I might just make them into pillows. Awesome!!!

AmysZoo said...

Bummer...I was hoping you would say it was in your shop :). I was headed right over! What a wildly fun pillow! I am sure it brings a lovely touch to your couch. Your talent for bringing beauty to your world is inspirational.

Jen said...

I actually kind of LIKE the poppies, at least from the picture!

Sara said...

I need to stop by the thrift store.

Sharon said...

Good Morning Anna! I too was hoping it would be in your shop. The pillow is SO BEAUTIFUL! I'm glad that you can find all these goodies at the Thrift. It doesn't happen as often for me at ours :)

Have a blessed day!

~Sharon

Hana said...

That's beautiful. In its current state, I wouldn't have guessed it must have started as a rather ugly thrifted embroidered something...

Lisa said...

Love it! The fabric and buttons are just perfect with it.

Shelley in SC said...

Totally cute!! Love the poppies and fun buttons!

Persuaded said...

awww... I don't think it was a nightmare at all♥ when I see things like this in the thrift store, I like to think of the fingers that worked so hard on it.... and I often think what a shame it is that all those hours of work are sold for mere pennies.

I'm glad you've made it your own and given it a home☺

AnnaVallance said...

That is such a great looking pillow and the backing is perfect.

Anna said...

Anonymous, you have good company in disliking the inside link. The Composer votes no too! I see that it adds visual clutter, but I love looking at related posts, and I can tell by the numbers that many readers do too.

Giles contacted the widget designer to see if it can be modified to be smaller and maybe match the font I use. She said that that feature will be available soon, but isn't yet.

Myself, I'm on the fence.

Rhonda said...

The pillow is bright and happy!

I personally like the link with-in widget. While I recognize that it may not be as streamlined and simply designed as your lovely blog, it makes it easy for me to connect to a post I may have missed.
I found your blog in early 2009, so there are many posts that I have not had the privilege to read. The new widget makes it easier for me do so.

Linda said...

It makes me think of how the Master Designer sees something beautiful in each one of us and does the necessary work to bring out that hidden beauty.

TRS said...

Did I miss the 'before'?
Because it looks beautiful all the way around to me.

Anonymous said...

You have such talent- turning something tired,'ugly' and dated looking into an eye-catching,happy accessory! I also enjoy the new "You might enjoy these stories" links- many I am reading for the first time, but it is also a pleasure to re-read posts that I have forgotten. Thank you for all that you do!

Melinda said...

Beautiful pillow! Makes me look at things differently with lots of possiblities. Thank you!

Very Verdant said...

Beautiful. Thanks for thinking out loud for me. I just past up some beautiful throw pillows at IKEA. It was a sad day. But now, I think I will be on the look out for embroidered fabrics at our local thrift store. Thanks again for sharing.

stephanie j. said...

I LOVE that poppy pillow! It's almost Marimekko-ish...(is that even a word?) Would definitely match my red leather Le Couboursier chairs (and I KNOW that's spelled wrong!)

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