Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Nautical Man Cave

The man cave is taking shape! The window coverings are up. The nautical end tables are in place. The fish is on the wall (is it ever!). Yes, the 8'2" marlin and the big cushy furniture now has a home. Still a lot of finishing touches but you start to get the idea of what it'll eventually look like. Ken's dreaming of his giant TV on the opposite wall.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Anchors Aweigh Collection

It's been super hot here in Michigan. We had visitors over the weekend and spent a lot of time on the boat/beach. But on Sunday, I elected to hide inside and enjoy the AC and finish up this project. I found this cotton ticking and matched it up with a bright red 'suede' material. I then hand-stitched these vintage anchor appliques on to the pillows. Yes, hand-stitched. No iron-on when using vintage appliques. I found the appliques online at a vintage Etsy shop.

I love the pop of red on this simple stripe.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Beach Applique Pillow

This was an experiment. I wanted to take and applique a pillow using linen letters on cotton. Making the letters wasn't an issue. I ironed on a fusible backing to give them body and keep them from unravelling. Attaching them was another story. Hand sewing them on took about 2 days. The joke on our boat was that I'd have to sell them for $1200 each in order to cover my time. Oh well, they were fun and I love how they turned out. I did put them on the Etsy Store. I'll keep working on the process to see if I can't speed it up.