I’ve been having fun redecorating the family room walls, but I’m not quite ready to take pictures of it all and say I’m done. I decided today that I need to do something different in my fireplace mantel/ cubby thing so I’ve been looking for inspiring mantel arrangements and dreaming up what I could do with what I already have instead of the family photos that have been there for a year and a half. (And, to be honest taking photos of just one corner of the room is much easier because I can keep the baskets of unfolded laundry and explosion of k-nex behind me.)
What I can say is done is the sewing of these pillows and some quotes to hang on the wall. I have a friend who had a pretty quote printed as a photo at Costco, framed it, and gave it to me for Christmas– and I thought it was genius! So, I took some sayings I’ve wanted displayed in my house somehow, made them into big images using Inkscape (which is kind of like Adobe Illustrator, but free), printed them as photos at Costco, and framed them. They’ve been done for a while. I just decided they should go here.
The top one is from Doctrine and Covenants 29:34 where the Lord says “All things unto me are spiritual.” It’s a good reminder when I’m cooking dinner, picking up toys, helping with math, ignoring laundry that even all the mundane things that need my attention have a purpose– they’re spiritual. The second is a quote from Charlotte Mason that says “Education is the atmosphere we breathe, the envelope of wonder that surrounds us, held by the gravity of our daily habits.”
The 2 colorful pillows were so fun for me to make. They’re basically 4 little quilts, pieced and quilted and turned into pillows. Here’s one side of the first one:
I used the Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow fat quarters I had been saving to make another quilt like this. I never was really going to get around to making that quilt, and I decided this is a much better way to enjoy the fabric anyway.
This is the other side.
I got a little crazier with the second pillow.
This one is just quilted with straight lines.
I loved making these because I got to do everything involved in making a quilt, but on a much more immediate, instant gratification scale– and I can see and enjoy them every day.
I also used some home decorator weight fabric I had in my stash to add one plain pillow. It took all of 20 minutes (invisible zipper and all).
Here’s all 3 again in a different corner:
Obviously these are usually on the floor being jumped on or laid on, but they looked pretty here for a little while. I’m hoping at some point this year I can get a few Rollie Pollies made for jumping and rolling and reading. We’ll see. I probably really should be replenishing my supply of baby girl things– and will probably be more excited about doing that as the days go on.
So, anyone have some favorite mantel photos they want to send me links too? Feel free to leave them in the comments!