Saturday, January 17, 2015

a little sewing and some flower photos from the past summer

~~finding a little time to do some sewing this winter~~

I love the slower days of winter because I am able to to sit at the sewing machine
more than usual. I don't think there are too many things
I like doing more than sewing things for the home. 
I had resolved that this winter I would get in and make a major dent in my fabric stash and
since I have waaay too much fabric and already have three quilt tops ready to have 
machine quilted (when I can afford it :))) I decided to make pillows.

pillows for the bed

pillows for the sofa
And this isn't even all of them. I'm sure you will be seeing them in future
photos, but they are summery and some of them
will be going outside or on the sofas in the spring.

I'm like that with everything I do. 
Once I get started on something I have a hard time reining myself in.
It really becomes noticeable when I craft or sew. I do a kind of assembly
line thing. I'm one of those...if a little is good...a lot, is A LOT better.
I always make more of something than I will ever need.

I also made a ruffled linen cushion topper thingy for the sofa so when 
the dog jumps on the white sofa to see whose at the door
I can throw it in the wash and not the whole slipcover.

but guess what? I only made one!

I've also been sewing some stars (too many, I might add)
from all my scraps for a little garland for a granddaughter's room.
I hope to share them here when I get them done.

Remember when I wrote that I had taken a ga-zillion photos of blooms from the
garden and would bore you with them this winter?
well~~~ it's winter
so here we go with some of the peonies

Thank you to all who read here and to all those who follow along.
It's a wonderful way to share the things I love and love to do.

~~hugs from here~~


Sandi said...

What gorgeous pillows June!! I should be sewing...maybe soon. Lol. Beautiful peony photos also. So peaceful and serene. :)

bobbie said...

Such wonderful floral loveliness to behold on thisw grey winter day!!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Oh June, you are making me crave springtime! Lovely pictures! I love all your sewing projects to pieces! Beautiful pillows. By the way, I have those same sheets!!! Aren't they crisp and fresh?!


chateau chic said...

I adore all of your creations this winter, June. Those sweet fabrics makes the prettiest pillows!
Mary Alice

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I am in awe of your ruffled white pillows. Your ruffles are perfection. And the white ruffled sofa cover is brilliant. It is always a JOY to stop by June's house for a blog visit. Your Peonies are simply gorgeous. I wish I could grow them here.

Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi June, I see that winter is a very productive time for you. You are getting so much accomplished! Love the pillows and the couch cover, great idea. Stay busy!

Seawashed said...

June your pillows and slipcover are so beautiful...more beautiful than any others I have seen. Your family is blessed so much by the beauty you make in every corner of your homelife.

Your peonies are breathtaking too. So much beauty to behold here. I love everything...Romantic Cottage Living at its best.


Trisha said...

I want some pillows and some peonies just like yours! Seeing your beautiful pictures brought a smile to my face tonight...just what I needed after our weird day of snow/rain/slush. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!


Victorian1885 said...

Hello June
Your pillows are lovely and what a great idea to make the sofa cover!
I can never get enough of your peony photos and oh... that chair is glorious! Enjoy your sewing and crafting time..

Blondie's Journal said...

I will never tire of seeing your flowers..ever.

Your pillows are outstanding...I never knew you sewed, so I feel a little bit of the fool. Of course you do and you do it beautifully! I need the pretty dog cover Milo has to see out the window via a light colored armchair...I have an old throw on it..comfy for him, but I want everything PRETTY! Yes, you know.

You always make me feel so warm inside...just your appreciation for all things soft and pretty.:)

Jane x

Geli said...

So much beauty in your home dear June!
I admire your little stars, pillows and flowers ....
Happy sunday!
With love,

Vicky said...

Beautiful and serene photos as always , I love seeing your flowers. And these pillows look so adorable !!


Anne's Attic - Design said...

You have such a lovely blog. I have really enjoyed it. I look forward now to your posts coming to my inbox. We are blogging neighbors, I live in Bountiful Utah. Have a beautiful weekend. Jo

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

June, everything is really beautiful and I love a gal who does more of everything, it's like looking in the mirror! And I will be sharing some of my "mores" very soon. Pillows are all so pretty and the star garland will be treasured by that lucky granddaughter. It really is a blessing to see the bright blooms this time of year. What a great idea to save them for when it's dark and dreary..Thank you..Happy Weekend..Judy

Kukkaiselämää said...

I love yourpeo ies and sewings! I've been sewing as well.happy Sunday June!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Another beautiful post as always. Using a sewing machine tenses me up. I've thought of buying a very small machine for sewing some of the small projects that I do, but procrastinate.

Have a lovely Sunday and a wonderful week ~ FlowerLady

Home and Lifestyle said...

Your pillows are wonderful, dear June. I hope spring will come soon, but this afternoon snow will arrive. I think I must have patience ;-).

Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures!!

With love, Ingrid

farmhouse-story said...

i just love the ruffled white pillow and the cute doggy cover, june! sweet little stars, too:) and the peonies are such a treat during this gloomy winter! thanks for sharing your pretties!

lala said...

Oh, those peonies are just what I needed to see today, they are so beautiful. I always look forward to the day when I see those little red tips poking through the soil.

Julie Marie said...

Hello June... oooh, your pillows are all so very beautiful!... and I love the sweet little star garland you are making for your granddaughter... you are such a fabulous seamstress, wish I was... and your peonies are just gorgeous. I am so happy we are headed for Spring!... my gardens are calling to me... enjoy your quiet winter days inside for now, xoxo... Julie Marie

Kari from Meadowview Farm said...

Oh so lovely on a winter morning...with coffee in hand, I enjoyed every picture! And those adore!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOod morning dearest June! I laugh when I think if I tried to take a photo of an old chair with flowers on it; it would look like an old chair with flowers on it.

But when you do it, it's magazine material, soft and magical, appealing, desirable. OH THE BEAUTY!
Have a super day working on your lovely craft! Anita

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Oh June you tease us so...
Love the little stars, the grand daughters will enjoy them.
Some of the British gals are showing snowdrops there already... oh how I dream.
Stay warm and cozy Hun.
Susan x

Lana Manis said...

June, the pillows are so lovely / delicate / feminine! ♥
And those peonies... if only I had a green thumb. I try and try and I did not inherit my mom's green thumb. I must have a small fortune sunk into dead plants, lol! However, your garden photos always inspire me and give me hope.
Have a blessed week! :)

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

So, so pretty June and your cushions are such pretty colours and the white ones are so lovely.
…. and, what can I say about your stunning peonies …… I am SO envious !!!!!!! They don't grow well in our garden unfortunately….. I shall just had to get my pleasure from yours !!
…. and, I don't think that I've wished you all a Happy New Year so,
HAPPY 2015 !!!!! XXXX

angie said...

what beautiful pictures !!! thank you and a nice Sunday of angie from Germany

Marrianna said...

Yes, June, you do have a gift for great sewing projects and growing lovely flowers. I always enjoy looking at your blog photos for the styling inspiration you provide. Your photos always look so fresh and full of light. Maybe that's because they are fresh and full of light. Thank you for brightening up this cold and dry winter day in Flagstaff, AZ, USA.

Blessings for a new year,

Ricki Treleaven said...

Oh, if only I could sew…..

The peony photos made my morning! I recently painted peonies in a mercury vase and it was so much fun to paint.

Please post the adorable star garland when you're finished. What a cute project!

Sunday blessings,
Ricki Jill

Junebug said...

Good Morning Sunshine! With gray and gloomy skies around here your post was a breath of Spring and Summer, just what I needed. Oh those pillows are are so inviting to snuggle in a whole pile of them. Good thing you made enough, ha-ha!

Yessiry, Peonies are at the top on my favorite flower list. Love, love your pics! Take care sweet sista and keep the summer flower photos coming!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

So much beauty and creativity in this post, June! I love the idea of the ruffled topper and the little star garland will be precious...xo

My name is Riet said...

Dear June.Such gorgeous pillows and I love that chair with the striped fabric. Just beautiful.Those peonies are such beauties and the way you put everything in a photo is wonderful. They are he best.
Hugs from Riet

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

You could NEVER bore us with all your gorgeous creations and flowers, June!!! It is always such a joy to visit you and see what you've been up to.

Maison Beldecor said...

Your lovely peonies are never be boring, dear June! Your pillows are also beautiful. Currently I'm knitting a pillow from wool rest. Wishing you a creative week!

Lady of the Woods said...

Hi June, there is no way anyone could be bored with these pictures, quite the opposite, inspiring and aspiring only. I can't grow them here, so I love looking at those who grow them. And your pillows and Everything are so beautiful to me, the Perfect home. sigh. warmest hugs.

DD's Cottage said...

I love looking at all your creations and your stunning photos! Your pillows are very gorgeous and beautiful!

Ulla said...

Dear June,

i´m still in love with every single photo of your loveley blog!!!!
Please take every day a post of your life ;)
In love, Olga.

Bente said...

Hi dear June. I love the pillows. They are so beautiful. And the one you made for the sofa is just something for me. I have to make a couple for my sofas.
Love the peonies too. I`m sooo waiting for spring, but it`s still far away.
Wish you a wonderful new week.
Hugs from here

Anonymous said...

Hi June!
Hugs and kisses from Serbia :) A love your blog, photos, thoughts...everuthing is like fary tale. I am resting my eyes on it. Jelena

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

I could honestly see a photo of your beautiful flowers every day for the rest of my life and never bore. Your gardens, your blooms and your displays always leave me in awe.
Loving all the softness you have created in your pillows. They look so inviting to sit down and have a rest. You always amaze me with your talent. Hey those stars are adorable!!!

Dorthe said...

Dear June,-you are really creating such very beautiful pillows for your home,- I love the white ones for your sofa,- and the lovely coloured and small patterned ones, are adorable, aswell.
I wish I was like you, but after a certain amount of one single thing, I get tired and want to do something else,-lol!
But tired, I could never be ,watching your stunning flowers, from the garden,-they are beauty when it is best !! I look forward seing the stars garland finished, also.
Big hug from Dorthe

Julie Marie said...

Hello again June... just came back for another look at those stunning peonies, and realized that is the pink teacup I gave you when you and I met!... can hardly believe it has been almost a year ago now!... the teacup looks so pretty in your gorgeous home!... xoxo... Me

Faded Charm said...

Looks like you've been keeping yourself busy! Love all the pillows you've made and you could NEVER bore me with all your beautiful flower photos. Actually you just brightened my day with them♥


cocoquilts said...

Such lovely photos June! Thank you for sharing your peonies with us in the winter! So bright and cheery!
All of your pillows add a loveliness to your beautiful sweet home! I have found the same beds for my girls many years ago! They are so romantic looking with small prints and florals and I love them painted white! My youngest has moved on to a queen four poster bed but I will always keep them and look forward to the day when they are wearing lovely quilts and florals again! Cheers, Colette

Diane said...

Hi, June, You're getting a lot accomplished this year. Interested in seeing what the star garland will look like. I love pillows. My husband, on the other hand, has a different word for them because he doesn't. That doesn't stop me, though. They just don't get it. Wonderful, too, to see the peonies in the middle of this winter. Blessings, Diane

Katherine said...

Oh, Lovely Lady - will you adopt me?
I would tidy the bits and bobs - all the fly away threads, just to be able to play with you.
June - you always have the prettiest choices in fabric and design.
Someone bought my 4 1/2 yr old granddaughter a sewing machine for Christmas {and it's me clapping my hands}. It's a kids - run on battery version. But I am excited that my little protege is excited about sewing with me and taking the big machine for a test drive.

Debra Howard said...

Oh how beautiful the pillows and the blooms are. Looks like you are off to a great year.

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi June,
Ok just a thought, you mentioned you only made the one slipcover thingy for your sofa so when the dog jumps up on it to see who is out the window that your doggie won't get the sofa dirty? .... Well maybe you need to make another one so when you take that one off to wash it you can place the second one on so the dog won't jump up on the sofa while the seat over slip thingy is being washed :)

I too have fabrics cut out for sewing, and why did I not get sewing well in my latest post you will see that it was the wool knits that got the best of me and I started créated pillow shams, "Lumbar pillows) and euro pillow shams with feather inserts. I am crazy this way, I will start one thing and move right into another project and then sometimes have severl going at once.

You my dear have truly inspired me to get sewing with what fabrics I have cut into projects.
I love the floral pillows, so sweetly chic, and the sofa pillows, well what can I say they really add so much fluff to a room that needed nothing to add to its beauty, yet more is better as you put it and I so agree.
You have the best vignettes, the best florals, and the vintage in your shots, love that French sette.

See you soon, enjoy all the days of quiet ahead of you, will be looking forward to all that you have sewn up.


Madelief said...

Dear June,

Your photo's always manage to put a smile on my face: your beautiful flowers in summer, the way you capture the light and now your beautiful handmade pillows and stars in the prettiest fabric.

What a lovely start of the New Year! Hoping it will be a good one for you and your family!


Madelief x

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Hi June! A gazillion GORGEOUS things! How wonderful to see peonies in January. I love your pillow fabric choices, and that terrific idea for a sofa seat cover. I so admire your sewing skills and getting so much done! Beautiful, beautiful photos. Each detail is wonderful!

Vintage Home said...

so inspiring! I love the chair in the last few pics from summer! I am going to be a Gramma again in April and the banner has inspired me!
I am going to make you my muse for getting ready for my next Market! Sew Sew Sew!
Thankyou for this wonderful post!
LOVE the flowers!

Robin Johnson said...

Your pillow are so sweet! I love the little ruffled edges so much.

Your flower photos are a welcomed sight on a day like today when it's grey and cloudy outside. I just love peonies, I tried to be frugal and found some really nice looking fake ones in the spring flower section of JoAnnes last week. I'm hoping they will tide me over until my garden starts producing some.

CatieAn said...

so much fun with all those pretty pillows. Your peonies are so beautiful.

Muggensteekjes said...

I love the pillows, dear June. The fabrics you use are wonderfull. Also love the flowers, wish it will be spring soon.
Hugs, Ingridx.

maría cecilia said...

Having a wonderful time looking at all your lovely things you made. And your peonies are, as always to me, the most beautiful ones!!!
Sending you many many hugs my dear June

HWIT BLOGG said...

The flowers, the pillows, the to look at your beautiful thing´s and photos! Have a happy week, take care...
Warm hug,

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Oh June, you have made my morning with these sewn pretties and your peonies. Just what we need to see during the winter doldrums. I've dusted off my sewing machine, too, and I agree that the assembly line method is the only way to go! I wish I had the patience to make the volume you do, though. :)
I know you would like that latest Tilda book if you do ever get it. Happy sewing in the meantime! (Oh and I just adore your Christmas decor - not sure how I missed that post!)

Ingrid said...

Hello june,I love your new post again with your beautiful pillows and de sweet summer flowers....x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest June, Good evening! How lovely of you to come visit my post....oh my friend, it was so painful for me to post my last post, but it's true; time just won't bend at our will. Only so much can get done in a lifetime, and I wish I could still write for my blog, but I am shifting my time I'd normally spend looking for photos, music and then writing for my private poetry time. However, I am in the process of taking my better blog posts, making manuscripts and taking away all the Pinterest photos all for the purpose of self-publishing a book. I will not delete my blog, I still will visit other blogs, and will hopefully write an update on my progress. You are such a beautiful soul; I wish you the best of days and times with your beloved ones! HUGS TO YOU! Anita

A Joyful Cottage said...

Beautiful images. I love all the pastel and white. So soothing. Your peonies are stunning. The way you've captured them is so artistic. I'm going back to scroll through this post once more. It's so uplifting on this dreary afternoon. Thank you, June! xxx ~ Nancy

Privet and Holly said...

Winter is the perfect
time to indulge in the
hobbies that we love,
as well as to look back
with appreciation to the
seasons that have passed.

Gorgeous pillows and
gorgeous peonies, too!
Enjoy this time of renewal
and creativity, June....

xo Suzanne

karen said...

Such beautiful photographs. You are such a talented photographer. I love your staging too. Your fabrics and pillows are wonderful.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Your peony photos are just gorgeous! Our yard looks like death right now--and those peonies make me smile and remember what is coming! I love that you post these photos in the winter :)

Shabby soul said...

Joy joy joy for the eyes! And light light light for the soul! Always in love for your home and garden, my darling friend... and your pillows are soooooo sweet =)
Love your blog, please June last forever! =) A big hug Silvia

Unknown said...

You are so talented. Those pillows are lovely. I can smell those peonies. So so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous pictures.

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh thank goodness for the Winter June as you get to enjoy your next most loved thing to do besides gardening and that is sewing at your machine - just like me!
Your new cushions look so dreamy on your bed with all the soft colours merging and blending so beautifully.
I love the idea of the slip cover on the couch. I have a similar thing on mine!
The little stars will look adorable when hanging in your grand daughter's bedroom!

Your peonies, no matter when you share them here - Summer of Winter, just take my breath away!
They look just perfect sitting on that beautifully covered upholstered chair - like they were made for each other.

I have a few garden photos on my current post but I still need to create more beauty with them if that is possible.

I was just thinking how wonderful it would be for me to pay you a visit and help you get those quilt tops turned into finished quilts - you are more than half way there!!!

Blessings and love to you sweet friend as I soon go off to bed dreaming of the softness of the pinks in those divine peonies!
xox Suzy

Draffin Bears said...

Dear June,

You have been busy with all your pretty cushions and the sweet stars for your Grand-daughters.
The photos of the peonies are so gorgeous and it must be lovely reminding yourself that it won't be long and you will have summer there and you will enjoy your garden again.
Happy new week

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Anonymous said...

Hi .. Really glad to have found your blog.
Cushions are charming and the peonies look edible!

susan said...

Oh, your pillows are just beautiful - I love all the soft colors. And, what a sweet garland of stars. I bet your granddaughter is going to love it.
Ah, peonies - they are spectacular!

The Blue Farmhouse said...

Very beautiful, bright and cheerful the sewing things too!

Unknown said...

I love your sewing and your peoneys! In your other blog I noticed peoney in a mason jar. Are those miniatures? I have never heard of them but the picture was beautiful! Can you grow tree peonys there. We have several and they are earlier then the others. Again love your two blogs!

Molly said...

Your blog is absolutly beautiful. The pictures are stunning. I love the colours, the flowers, the surroundings - everything.
Lovely hugs

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Pretty, pretty pillows! I can already tell those stars are going to make a very sweet garland. I regret not learning to sew. My mom used to make clothes for us when we were little but I was never interested in stitching or crochet until I was in my late teens and then I don't remember her sewing at that point in my life. Now I just don't have the patience. Glad to see you are creating what you love. Best wishes, Tammy

Debbie said...

I just came over to see what you are up to. Love all your photos, June.
Your pillows are very pretty!
It's been a good time of year to just putz.
Smooches to you.

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Lovely pillows you have made. I'm drooling over your peonies, I just visited your garden blog and I, too am dreaming of spring. I've been ordering seeds and roses, so exciting but I also need that winters rest.
I always enjoy your beautiful home and gardens. I've been pinning away!!


Rostrose said...

Dearest June,
do you really think that sanyone is bored by seeing your wonderful Peony photos!?! I am full of summer-longing, when I look at them!

Your sewing output is spectacular indeed! I wish I could sew well and I wish I had fun sewing! Unfortunately I only have fun watching beautiful sewn things! So: With your wonderful pillows and stars you've given me a lot of eye-joy!

I wish you a nice rest of the week!
Warm greetings & hugs from Austria, Traude

My Little Home and Garden said...

You're helping inspire me to make something, June! Your pillows are lovely, as are the little stars. It's nice to have wintertime projects.


roughterrain crane said...

Your room is filled with many beautiful dreams.

BECKY said...

Wow, June! So much stunning loveliness! I just love how you do what you do!! Oh! And guess what? Our newest little granddaughter is named Juniper, and I can call her June or Junie!! So you and the beauty you share will be fresh in my mind whenever I say her sweet name. Thank you for all the time you put into making your blog a fresh respite for us each day!! Always a joy, my friend! And I adore seeing what you sew!!!

Blessings for the loveliest week!

Susan Shull said...

How many ways can you say beautiful! Your pictures are just dreamy and I love them.The pillows, the peonies, the stars, the couch throw....Yummy!

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

June, You're amazing!! Love all the pillows!! You've inspired me to take out my sewing machine and make a project...The peony photos are just beautiful!!