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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Is it really July 4th weekend???

I still love these pillows!!
A few years back when Cindy and I still owned the antique store,
we had a neat old swing hanging on the front porch of the store ~

Well, it was the Fourth of July and we wanted to make the porch look wonderful!
My partner Cindy did her artistry by filling the porch with the perfect goodies and
I put together a couple of pillows to sit on the old porch swing!

For the one in front, I simply purchased a w-mart flag, ripped it off the stick and
stuffed into a bowl of hot coffee. Threw it in the dryer, pressed it out and sewed it
to the rectangle of muslin....added a few buttons, another rectangle of muslin,
a feather insert that I'd found at Ross
(inside of an ugly pillow in the clearance section)
and voila! Finished!

The other pillow was even easier!
I had a stack of wonderful old muslin feedsacks and
thought I'd grab one to use as a pillow cover.
It was washed and pressed....aged to perfection and I inserted
another feather pillow form (again from a Ross clearance shelf for about 7 bucks)
shook it down to the bottom then hug the excess over the front.
I cinched it up with some good ol' red check gingham and that was it!
They both sold like hotcakes and
the porch looked wonderful for our July 4th Saturday.....

I love this gorgeous old postcard.....

I pledge allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America,
and to the republic for which it stands,
one nation under God,
with liberty,
and justice for all.

And these pics are almost four years old now as our little Ellie was born in July!
I love how tiny she was...and how much Noah loves her in this photo ~
Ellie is such a mixed pup...part Chihuahua, part Jack Russell and part Rat Terrier.
She's about doubled in size ~ still a small little girl and OH so smart!!!!

I took her to the store with me everyday and potty trained her there!!

Wishing you a most wonderful fourth of July...
I'm giving thanks for our precious freedom and
for all those who have served and continue to serve
to keep our country FREE!

hugs and love sweet friends,


Createology said...

Love your pillows. Great photos you have shared. Safe and Joyful Fourth to you and yours...

Kathryn Ross said...

Love that feed sack pillow, Dawn - and Ellie is a doll - so tiny in that photo with Noah. Did she get very much bigger? What is her breed?
Happy 4th!
Miss Kathy

Pet Portraits By Becky said...

Happy 4th. Ellie is so sweet. I bet she brings a lot of joy in your home.

Denise said...

You to girl....... have a safe and fun 4th... It will be tough for me........ Dad died on July 2nd last year..... so getting past all the firsts is tough....... but Life is good and the Father God always encourages me that there is a reunion day coming.....

Cyn said...

that pooch sure is a cutie!! What kind is she??? Happy 4th of July to you!! We will be spending it in the pool!

Dorthe said...

Dear Dawn,- how sweet they are both -Noah and Ellie- I`m sure Noah is also much bigger in high now :)
And sweetie, your pillows are beautiful, -I adore the one in white with the exess in front-so elegant.
Sweet Dawn I wish you and your family a wonderful 4 of july week-end, -take care-
Love and hugs, to you my friend.

Tora´s Vintage Dream said...

I love your pillows and how easy they are to make :) and oh boy how sweet ans tiny he Ellie was, and she still is so cute LOL. Wishing you a happy 4th of July

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Dawn,
little Elli is just too cute!
Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend.

Deneen said...

Awww so precious!

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Enjoy a very peaceful and Happy Fourth....

Brenda Evans said...

Those pillows are gorgeous and that little Ellie - I just want to kiss her right on her little dog lips. Happy 4th of July.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Miss Ellie is such a sweetheart! It is hard to believe how Tiny she was! Thank you for the beautiful postcard image. Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend! Twyla

Elizabeth said...

What a cute little pup! Love the postcard, enjoy the holiday!

Vee said...

A very happy 4th of July weekend to you and yours! Ellie was such a wee one...too cute.

janice15 said...

Great pillows..I just love the puppie so sweet..thank you for sharing..hugs..have a great fourth of July weekend..Janice

Ironstone and Pine said...

Dawn, your little Ellie is precious!! I think i remember when you got her and were bringing her into the store with you.....?? you're all set for the 4th, have a great one!!

Rustique Gal said...

Oh, what a sweet tiny thing she was! How could you resist? And she is still sweet. I love the flag pillow and the one with the check bow. I must recover some of my old pillows. Great inspiration!

Beth Leintz said...

That little Ellie- what a cutie pie- her puppy pictures just make me melt.

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

~Happy Fourth of July~
Ellie is a cutie!

vicki said...

Dawn- these pillows are fabulous- no wonder they were so popular- I love them! That must be the cutest puppy ever- she is just adorable!!

Happy 4th weekend Dawn- I hope you are having a wonderful holiday!

vicki said...

I just left a comment- but it disappeared- so this may be a double--

Dawn- I love those pillows- they are so creative- no wonder they were so popular!!
That is the cutest puppy I ever saw- she is adorable.
Hope you are having a great holiday weekend!

Marcie said...

Hi Miz Dawn!
Happy 4th! I hope it was fun. Ellie was so tiny!
My goodness! Awesome postcard!
ps,,,I came over from facebook, I have no idea why I am on facebook, I don't know how to work time

Joy Lett said...

I remember Ellie back then. She was the sweetest little thing. Wow 4 years- it has flown by.


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