Pottery Barn Inspired Pillow with a twist

Hi Everyone ~

So many times I look to Pottery Barn for  inspirational ideas.  I usually wind up spending money on something I could make myself.

Today I was looking at the pillows on our Family Room couch, and wanted to change them for the spring & summer months.  The navy blue pillows are very nice, but I thought maybe a little lighter for the warmer weather.

Here is my inspiration ~

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I have this material……So…….decided to make it myself.

After cutting the material I realized I was 3″ to short.

What to do now…….I have the same material in red & cream –  so I made a 3″ ruffle, and added vintage buttons.

I love it.  The same, but with a little twist.

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Tomorrow I will finish the other one.

So happy with the way they came out, and I saved $60.00

Hope you are having a wonderful evening.

Till next time.

Much love,

Rose

Sneak Peek

Good Morning Friends ~

I will be reopening my Etsy store in 3 days ~

http://www.muchloverose.com

Will reopen on June 1st, 2017, after a long recovery from surgery.  I’m doing so much better, and I am ready for business.

I will be offering a 10% discount each month for the “Heart of the month” and each heart will be given a name – it will be named from the name of the material I use.

June’s heart name is “Guernsey”

Guernsey meaning ~

Guernsey is an island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy.

June’s coupon code is  JUNE2017

Go here to view ~

https://www.etsy.com/listing/532839155/handmade-vintage-hearts-heart-of-the?ref=related-3

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A few more new items in the store. ~

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Go here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/244245933/birthstone-bracelet-all-sterling-silver?ref=shop_home_feat_2

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Go here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/512388216/handmade-vintage-hearts?ref=related-6

Hope you have enjoyed viewing the new products ~

Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day.

Much love,

Rose

Ten Minute Fix

Good Day to you all ~

I decided to change the shower curtain in the guest bath, so along with the shower curtains came garbage pail, tissue holder & soap pump.

The guest room is directly across from the guest bath, so having them the same colors well you know how that is.

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I looked for 2 towels to go with all of the above.  I was having a bit of a problem trying to find just the right color.  Finally Bed Bath & Beyond had the perfect pink.

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Pretty – YES – but, it needed something else.

I had some ribbon in pink and green, but not the right pink or green.  Then I came across a lace that you can put ribbon through.  Aah!!! that’s a perfect match.

Ten minutes later you have this.

My new sewing machine is amazing.  It actually lets you know when you are getting close to a pin.  That to me is close to perfect.

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Subtle ~ but perfect.

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If anyone is in the market for a new sewing machine look no longer.

Amazon has this one ~

https://www.amazon.com/SINGER-9960-600-Stitch-Computerized-Accessories/dp/B004RDH7Y8/ref=sr_1_22?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1494869036&sr=1-22&keywords=sewing+machine

It received so many good reviews, and the price was just right.

I’m still learning how to use many of the features, but youtube is great for this.

 

Have a wonderful Monday.

Much love,

Rose

Sunday Reflection 5/14/17

Good Morning Dear Friends ~

Although Mother Teresa lived to be 87, she never saw her mother or sister again after the day she left for Ireland.

Mother Teresa’s Family – Her mom & sister to the right

Her dad & Mother Teresa to the left.

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After a year learning English in Ireland, Agnes transferred to the Sisters of Loreto convent in Darjeeling, India

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Convent where Mother Teresa was head of the Missionaries.

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Mother Teresa at age 18

Some Family History 

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Have an amazing day & Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms.

Much love,

Rose

Happy Mother’s Day

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Good morning beautiful & Happy Mother’s Day.

I would like to dedicate this post to my beautiful Mom.  She has given all of us so much love, and wisdom.  Something I hope to keep with me for the rest of my life.

She has such a love for all her 8 daughters.  We all love you so very much Mom.   Thank you so much Mom for everything you do for us.

We wish you the best Mother’s Day filled with lots of love and laughter.

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~Also ~ I want to wish my sisters a Happy Mother’s Day.

May your day be filled with all the blessings God can give you.  May all your children know how much you love them and how blessed they are to have you in their lives.

Enjoy your day – and make sure someone is pampering you.

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Love you all so very much.

Much love,

rose

Sunday Reflection 5/7/17

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Dear Friends ~

Today we talk about Mother Teresa from age 12 thru age 18

Remember we learned last week that Mother Teresa was born with the name Agnes.

Agnes was fascinated with missionaries from an early age, and by 12 she knew that she would commit herself to a religious vocation.

When she was 18, Agnes left home and joined the Sisters of Loreto in Rathfarnham, Ireland.

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Agnes attended a convent-run primary school and then a state-run secondary school. As a girl, she sang in the local Sacred Heart choir and was often asked to sing solos. The congregation made an annual pilgrimage to the Church of the Black Madonna in Letnice, and it was on one such trip at the age of 12 that she first felt a calling to a religious life.

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As Agnes turned 18, she found her true calling as a nun and left home for good to enrol herself at the Institute of the Blessed Mary Virgin, also called Sisters of Loreto, in Ireland. It was there that she first received the name Sister Mary Teresa after St Therese of Lisieux. After a year of training, Sister Mary Teresa came to India in 1929 and initiated her novitiate in Darjeeling, West Bengal, as a teacher at St Teresa’s School. She learned the local language of the state, Bengali. Sister Teresa took her first religious vows in May 1931. Thereafter, she was assigned duty at the Loreto Entally community of Calcutta and taught at St Mary’s School.

Picture of ~ St Therese of Lisieux ~

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Back to Mother Teresa ~

One of Mother Teresa’s first assignments was to teach, and eventually to serve as principal, in a girls’ high school in Calcutta. Although the school was close to the slums (terribly poor sections), the students were mainly wealthy. In 1946 Mother Teresa experienced what she called a second vocation or “call within a call.” She felt an inner urging to leave the convent life (life of a nun) and work directly with the poor. In 1948 the Vatican (residence of the pope in Vatican City, Italy) gave her permission to leave the Sisters of Loretto and to start a new work under the guidance of the Archbishop of Calcutta.

To prepare to work with the poor, Mother Teresa took an intensive medical training with the American Medical Missionary Sisters in Patna, India. Her first venture in Calcutta was to gather unschooled children from the slums and start to teach them. She quickly attracted both financial support and volunteers. In 1950 her group, now called the Missionaries of Charity, received official status as a religious community within the Archdiocese of Calcutta. Members took the traditional vows of poverty, chastity (purity), and obedience, but they added a fourth vow—to give free service to the most poor.

 

So much to learn about this beautiful woman.  Such a special woman to give her life to the poor and underprivileged.
Have a wonderful Sunday.
Much love,
Rose

Sunday Reflection 4/30/17

Good Morning Friend ~

I will be sharing 20 facts about Mother Teresa over the next 20 weeks.

We start with her family picture as a young girl.

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Mother Teresa is a household name for her good works, but many people don’t know much about her beyond “nun who helped the poor.” Here are 20 facts about Mother Teresa.

1. Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born Aug. 26, 1910, in Macedonia to a financially comfortable Albanian family (they owned two houses, one of which they lived in). Her father died when she was 8, ending her family’s financial security.

 

  • Born to Nikolle and Dranafile Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Mother Teresa was the youngest child of the Albanian couple. She was born on August 26, 1919 and was baptized the following day as Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, a date she considered her ‘true birthday’. She received her First Communion when she was five and a half.

  • Raised in a devoutly Catholic family, her father was an entrepreneur by profession. Her mother had a spiritual and religious bent of mind and was active participant in the local church activities.

  • Sudden and tragic death of her father when she was eight years old left young Agnes disheartened. Despite facing financial crisis, Dranafile did not compromise on the upbringing of her children and raised them with utmost love, care and affection. Over the years, young Agnes grew extremely close to her mother.

  • It was Dranafile’s firm belief and religious attitude that greatly influenced Agnes character and future vocation. A pious and compassionate woman, she instilled in Agnes a deep commitment to charity, which was further affirmed by her involvement in the Jesuit parish of the Sacred Heart.

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As I begin my research on Mother Teresa I have such feelings of peace.

I have had this peace since I started my Sunday Reflections.

I hope you follow along with me as we learn much more about this beautiful woman.

God Bless you today & every day.

Enjoy your Sunday!!

Much love,

Rose

 

Mutual Agreement in the Family Room

Hi Friends ~

I have been thinking about how many posts I’ve written on changes in our home.

I know I have at least 3+ just in the Family Room.

This one is a keeper.  I had Pete put his thoughts into this one as well.  We both have different ideas, but together they are great ideas.

So here is our final result ~

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OK this is what we did~

We had the recliner in the corner where the tree is now.

And…..the wing back chair was in front of the coffee table (where you see the dough bowl)

Not a good spot for that chair, it blocked the fire place.

Also we needed to find a new home for the tree.  We have the ficus tree for 25 years.  Can’t get rid of her now.  p.s. this is how it all started.

Only spot for her is in the corner, that being said we had to move the recliner.

Many words went round & round until we started moving furniture from one spot to another, and with the help of my dear husband we came to a mutual agreement.

I love how it looks.

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I know I have shared this curtains already, but I love them.

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I made the runner for the coffee table and the little quilted balls in the dough bowl.

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Finally all 5 quilted balls are complete.

Hope you enjoyed the new look for the F/R as much as I do.

Have a great weekend.

Much love,

Rose

Sunday Reflection 4/23/17

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Good Morning Dear Friend ~

I was looking through some of my blogger friends emails today, and came across this post.

This came from a very sweet spiritual woman’s blog ~

I thought, such powerful words to live by ~

ENJOY

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I will share with you just a few ways we can help each other ~

  1. Spouses need encouragement.  Leave “Post-it” notes with words of gratitude and love thoughts in special places.
  2. Pray for someone when they share a hurt or burden.  Right then.  People are more blessed when you pray with them immediately, rather than saying I’ll be praying for you.
  3. Who do you love?  Tell your friend or family member you do.  We all need to hear that we are loved.

Please be sure to see the other 49 ways to encourage others.  They are so worth reading.

http://anextraordinaryday.net/52-practical-and-thoughtful-ways-to-encourage-others/

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Much love,

Rose

New to Etsy

Good Morning Friends ~

I know I am late reopening my Etsy store, but it will be reopened on May 10th.

I have a few new things happening –

The first new piece of information – I am putting lots and lots of pretty little hearts in my store.

The hearts measure 4.5″ x 4″ ~ They all have vintage lace, and vintage buttons.

Here is the spring line ~

Each month there will be a special heart and that heart will be given a name and a 10% coupon discount which will appear in my Etsy store.

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The button on this heart is made from a coconut, and it looks like a coffee bean.  The fabric is coffee cups, and the same color little hearts.

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This one has little bumble bee, and sunflowers.

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For the month of May (since I am reopening the store in May)

The name of this heart is Guernsey which means ~

An island in the English Channel,  finance, market gardening, dairy farming,

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Here is the back ~ And it does remind me of an English Garden.

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OR……………….

You can do the reverse on the fabric which looks like ~

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And the back ~

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Both way are so pretty.

Hope you will enjoy these pretty little hearts.

Have an amazing weekend.

Much love,

Rose