Monday, March 16, 2009

I'm a Fan

Of Orla Kiely...so I changed these...
to these.
I've made 4 pillows so far from Orla Kiely dishtowels I finally found at Target. (whoever hid them behind the ugly black towels...shame!) I have leftovers too...I'm sure you'll see these pop up somewhere else. Kind of changes the whole look of the room, don't you think?
I'm a fan of Lisa and Sarah too. You might know them as A Spoonful of Sugar, the mother and daughter team. They were my Time for Tea swap partners. Honestly, it was like they knew me for years. The towel and apron are perfect for me, for my kitchen. I wish you could see that apron a bit better...it's spectacular...perfectly made and so practical and beautiful too.
Look at all my fabulous goodies. Look closely, yes, that says 'tub tea.' I love a bath and Sarah had the idea to make these lavender filled tea bags for my bath. Let me tell you that is one creative girl! And I will say they are a hit! See my name....being a girl who gets her name spelled incorrectly ALL the time, it means so much that they made me an ATC with MY name! I'm using it on my studio door so everyone who enters knows it's my room. Lisa made me a gorgeous tea wallet so I can have my tea wherever I go. It's traveling with me this week. Little cute tea cup buttons...I have to think of a special use for those. A keychain that goes with me every trip. Maybe I won't lose my keys any more. Probably not. And lastly, lots of tea...all sorts of new flavors to try. I'm thrilled. In my eyes, a perfect match. I'm a fan. If you go for a visit, you will be too.
This was a fabulous swap, organized and managed by Stephanie of Loft Creations. Stephanie invited us and did such a great job (at least for me) pairing up the partners. From what I've seen on other blogs this was swapnificent! Great job Steph! Look what Stephanie sent to all of us...our own personal tea house. It has a little pocket on the other side to hold a tea bag. Thanks Stephanie...you know I'm a fan!
Last but definitely not least I'm a fan of Susan of Chickenfoot. Susan made this adorable pin cushion for me after I placed in her 'most embarrassing story' contest on her blog. I'll spare you the details, but let's just say the major players were me, a skunk, my dog and a red faced hunter. Some nudity was involved. Thanks Susan. As you can see it is well used.

40 comments:

Jackie said...

Love the new pillows! I really love the old ones too. It definitely changes the look of the room. Change is good and I like the change. Boy, you made out like a bandit! Love everything you received. Stephanie really did a great job!

Beth said...

Oh, I love Orla Kielly, too -- I have been coveting the kitchen containers, and enjoying all the dishtowel creations popping up in blogland!

I *love* your couch! Orla looks great on it!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

I hope Target in Australia eventually stocks some Orla - your new cushions are gorgeous - who would have thought they started out as dishtowels! Thanks again for the gorgeous goodies you sent us in the swap - your generosity and creativity are most appreciated!

Stephanie said...

Lots of gorgeousness. I just visited Lisa and Sarah and saw the wonderful goodies you sent both of them. And such terrific goodies you received. Love everything and so well coordinated too.

AND I love your new pillows and that is a very awesome pincushion. So glad you like your little teahouse. You tea swap ladies are awesome!

No kidding...my word verification is matie

C. Jaeger said...

Love this post...and all its goodies. What a fun way to start my day! I'm going to play with making nametags now that I have seen yours. Enjoy your day.
Cheryl in Warrensburg

nicolette said...

Love the new pillows. Your room looks wonderful!

Orla Kiely...? never heard of! I searched on the internet, I have to go to Paris... LOL!

QuiltedSimple said...

Love the pillows - they look fabulous. And what a great swap you have had - love all the items.

Kris

Michaela said...

The new pillows definitely changed the feel of the room. Love it! Those are all my favorite earthy colors.
And what a lucky swap goodies you got...

Karyn said...

Maybe the person who put those yummy dishtowels behind the black ones was hiding them for herself for later! Because seriously, why else would anyone hide something that lovely?! I'm going to have to start scouring Target a little more closely.

Emily said...

Is that a snowball quilt on your couch?! I'm having "snowball envy" right now! Oh, and the pillows look great, too.

Sherri said...

What great tea swap goodies...and the pillows are great!

Erika said...

I love all your projects! the pillows are fantastic

Katherine said...

Love the new look for your pillows and what an awesome looking swap!

Thimbleanna said...

Awww, c'mon -- everyone loves an embarrassing story involving nakedness -- are you sure you don't want to tell???

Love your swap goodies -- I saw them over at Lisa's -- I'm amazed that you swapped such similar items -- it was meant to be!

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Not to hate on your old pillows, but the new ones are a 3000% improvement! They really go with the couch.

Rebekah said...

cute pillows! I think I want to do this with the set of towels I bought. I'm not much of a towel iron-er, so they weren't working in my kitchen, so I need to repurpose them

Suzie said...

A wonderful package, Lisa and Sarah are very creative and they make beautiful things! I've seen what you sent them and it is also great!

em's scrapbag said...

Your pillows are beautiful. Congrats on all your lovely treasures. You have received some wonderful things.

The Polka Dot Pumpkin said...

I've been admiring those dish towels at Target. I love how you made them into pillows - they look so good. I love them! Thanks for the inspiration.

Linda said...

Those new pillows are amazing, so striking against the colour of your sofa., just perfect, and to think they are made from a tea towel. I think I need to get out more...lol....
The package from Lisa and Sarah is wonderful, although I did get a little look on their blog last night, and thought how lucky you were.

Alissa said...

Oh you scored!! And I love the pillows!! It's so much fun to see what everyone is turning those towels into! P.S. LOVE your Block Party block!!!

audreypawdrey said...

Those pillows are great! I really need to get to Target before these are all gone and snagged up by creative people like you. The swap items are fabulous!

amandajean said...

i love your pillows. they really do change the look of the room. fantastic!!!

Marie' said...

I had never thought to use dish towels for pillow case. They look fantastic in that room.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

So your pillows are so chic! And your mailbox has been full of lots of greatness :) enjoy

Krista in B.C. said...

Oooh, how I wish we had Target in Canada. Before I read that they were tea towels, I thought they were silk-screened raw silk!! Gorgeous. I'm really enjoying your blog and cannot believe how prolific you are, both in the quilting & blogging departments! Thanks for sharing - Krista

henny said...

Ah, I think the Orla fabrics is too good to be a towel. Love your new cushion, although I love the old ones.

sewtakeahike said...

your swap gifts are lovely Jacquie! You got paired up with some talented ladies! Love the new look of your room, those pillows are perfect. Perfectly pear pillows. At least they're not perfectly prickly pear pillows. ok, I'm done.

Ulla said...

So fun to have a mother and daughter team as swap partners; they did a lovely job. I like the idea of tub tea (but don't have a tub!).
Your new cushions are very nice!

Janis said...

Your pillows look spectacular on the sofa! Gorgeous room.

What wonderful and special items from all the girls - just charming!

You have me curious about your story, but a little fearful too - do I dare go search it out?!

Darcie said...

Oooh! I might be getting to a Target this week! *Note to self: Check the homewares isle.* Lovely!

And a tub tea...how clever is that!

What sweet giftage for you, Jacquie! Enjoy.

Anina said...

Wow, your home is lovely! It makes me want to redecorate. I've been unlucky finding Orla Kiely. I think our Targets are all sold out.

ellen said...

The new pillow covers are just spectacular...but, and but...I do miss your previous ones..handmade by you and so beautiful.
It is fun, tho. to change now and again.

Amy said...

The new pillows are great but I love the old ones as well. What's up with the circles quilt on the back of the sofa? It's amazing!

Victoria said...

Oooohhhh! I love those dishtowel fabric pillows! I was just at Target last night, wish I'd known as I would have snatched some up for myself!

MightyMom said...

well I can't for the life of me figure out why someone would misspell your name!

your "stuff" looks very cool.

but I liked the old pillows better ;-)

Melanie said...

Oh what a lovely Time For tea Swap you had. Wasn't it fun!

Fab cushion making. I have 4 pads I need to make for ..they are on a long list. LOL

Aunt Spicy said...

love the orla covers...I have two sets of the tea towels but have not decided what to do with them yet!

Kieny The Dutchlady said...

Love those pillows what a difference a change of fabric makes.

Fresh Mommy said...

Those new pillows are gorgeous!! Love them!!

:)
~Tabitha~

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