Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fall into fall pillow cases!!

Good morning!  It's a welcome rainy day here and I am so glad!  I am not much for hot and humid -- I love fall and winter! 

 I have been busy painting pillow cases for the 18 x 18 pillow form.  Yesterday I painted my version of pumpkins with a palette knife right onto the drop cloth.  My sister and I have been busy making pillows as I have mentioned in my previous post here.  Louise took me to a place in Kinzer, PA called "In Grandma's Attic" where she sells her pillows so I thought I would give my witches legs a try.  Then when I got home I was so excited about the 25/75 deal that I bought more drop cloths and began painting!

 Originally I was only going to paint the major holidays - but I got so much enjoyment from painting these that I kept going.  Its funny, I had a few lessons here and there and was always bunched up after that when it came to painting on my own - now I am free from all that - it is a wonderful feeling!  Was it another lesson learned from the "year of cancer"?  I guess only GOD knows the answer to that one.  

That's all for now............Trisha

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I'm back at it!!

Haaaayyyy!  It's been 8 months since my last entry - ooohhhh - I am already having a bit of a panic attack realizing I once again do not remember how to do all this...  :(    

Now that my inspirational year is coming to a close, it is time for me to get back to the paint brushes and be creative -  I'm taking baby steps.  My sister Louises' pillow making over the past year has inspired me.   She has made some beautiful pillows -- stenciled, sewn, stuffed and hand stitched closed -- as seen below:


These are just a FEW of the "prim" pillows she has made and sold. We differ in tastes though, she loves prim and I love artsy/shabby chic.  After the themed holiday is over, what to do with the pillow?  I have been flipping them over and going with the plain back.  Then after all the sluggishness of the chemotherapy had been draining out of my system, the ideas started pouring in.  This is when I knew my creative life was making a come back and I was going to zap it for all its worth!!  One day a thought came into my mind to make slip covers for the pillows - using the same drop cloth fabric idea - just making it inner changeable - so below is my first attempt at creating this - 

                                    2015 Halloween Edition

I figure these will be great for Halloween and durable enough to put inside or out.  I purchased a 18 x 18 pillow form at Joann Fabrics and have been making envelope style pillow cases ever since.    I am currently working on Christmas - again, just one idea on the pillow, kind of like a 2015 edition.  I will post that later.

I don't know how long I will be blogging - you may want to follow me on instagram @ trishaflaherty8 if you are interested in the latest and greatest!  I'm hoping to be more of a regular now that my life is back to normal.  However, I have to admit......blogging the first time around was very stressful, it reminded me of a popularity contest with entering all those "parties"  and the proverbial "will they pick my entry??????"   Frankly, it reminded me of being back in grade school - a feeling I don't want to relive.  So the only place I will probably post is pinterest (if I can figure it out) and G+, only time will tell.

Happy day to all and I hope Louise and I have inspired you to do whatever it is you do to the best of your ability.

That's all for now,


ps: please forgive the Easter themed page!  Again, baby steps!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Door mat wall art via Tricia

Well, it has been quite some time since my last post.....I even missed my "blogaversary"!  I had an email from Polly Zieper from Florida asking about my niece Tricia's door mat wall art - it came via Hometalk.  Well, I am a bit rusty in the blogging department and will try my best to get this to you Polly -   

Wow!  It only took me an hour to figure this out and to be honest I don't know how it happened!  It has been so long since I did this!!!!

Anyway, on to this project:

These are her words:  "It was very easy, spray painted boards black first, then taped off the edges for a border, and then laid the rubber mat down, spray painted with white.  The one I saw on line was with two different color stains, but I did black and white paint."  I asked if she had any pictures of "during"  but she does not recall any.  She did say the mat is out front covered in snow!!  

Well, Polly, I hope this answered your questions and cured your curiosity about what it looks like.  

Maybe this will get me started again in the blog world........?

Until next time..............


PS:  I may just enter a party or two!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The front porch

Hello!  Life is just whizzing by - my aunt says "the days drag on but the weeks fly by!"  I have to agree.  I am used to being busier than a one armed paper hanger but this past week has been slow and to be honest, boring!  I don't want to bake cause I'll eat it, I love to cook but out of the 6 kids, we are lucky if one is home for dinner, I can't thrift shop cause I have so much stuff already and I don't have a place to sell my wares.  I could take some of that stuff out of the attic/shed and refurbish but again, I need drive.  I need a place to sell it, give it, donate it, sell it, sell it, sell it.   Back in 2006 I was selling like crazy but crafting has gone by the wayside in our area - It's easy to find a place to sell junk, but not up cycled junk.  I'm sure when I get my "place" my inspiration will return.  
Below are pictures of our front porch.  We originally had two chairs, the love seat and coffee table.  I was in Home Goods a few weeks back and saw these cushions and thought, WOW!  I am going to paint the chairs bright yellow on the front porch!  So I did.  Then I saw this awesome unusual wicker set (which I will show later) painted in lime green.   I had to have it - no place to put it and it needs cover - but I had to have it.  Anyone know that feeling?   Well, I picked up the set on the Wednesday before Easter and it sits on our back patio.  When everyone was coming for Easter I needed the space in our kitchen to create our large table so we took the wrought iron set and placed the sofa on the front porch, along with the yellow wicker chairs, and that is where it has stayed.  The two other chairs are back in the kitchen.  

While out gallivanting with my sister in Lancaster a  LONG TIME AGO.  I saw this grapevine twisted around an old ladder and Christmas garland and ornaments hanging from it.   I stole that idea and made it my own - We had grapevine growing outback so Tom kept cutting it until I got the look I wanted (that was about 12 years ago) - then I hung white lights throughout and hung rusty ornaments ie: bells and stars. And birdhouses!  Believe it or not, we have tenants in all our houses!  We have 4 hanging on the porch and have about 7 or 8 in the back yard - all full!!!!!!  

Many moons ago, we trash picked this wrought iron sofa and 2 chairs - I made the cushions/covers - Because they were in our kitchen/sunny room - they faded out - its time to make new ones.

 Well, that's all I got!!!!!!

                                                     Until next time, I hope all you mothers enjoy your day on Sunday!!


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What a cute little box!

Hello out there - I have not been into blogging much lately -I think cause life is for the living and I am certainly living it!!  Stop the world, I want to get off!!  As the Spring season slowly comes upon us, I want to start featuring my sister's house.  As I have said in previous posts, she lives in a log cabin and it is simply gorgeous, both inside and out.  Currently they are working on replacing the floor in the first floor bathroom with ceramic tile wood planks - I didn't even know they made such things, but it is looking wonderful and so real.  Her husband has a workshop in the basement where he creates lots of stuff - below is something I thought was cool.  I was looking for the microwave and did not even think to look here because I thought it was drawers!


Isn't it cool?  On the opposite wall is the sink and whatnot - the coffee pot is in a similar cabinet - I took a picture of it - the phantom must have deleted it from my camera.  

As I take you through out the house, you will see what a wonderful decorator she is - the above picture almost looks like dollhouse furniture, doesn't it?!  

Well, I'm really gropping at straws for something to say so, 

That's all for now, thank you for clicking on!!


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Pier One Trash to Treasure

  Hello!  While out in my sister's neck of the woods, she took me to thrift stores I hadn't been to in a while and one I had never been to.  Below is a picture of the Pier One chair I picked up for $10!!  Mind you, I had big plans for this - I am pleased with how it turned out and you can actually sit on it and not fall on your condenser!!  

  I had started to prime the legs when I realized I had not taken a before picture - notice the beat up arms.  I thought I would make a cushion to match my living room curtains, it does, yay!!  But my first choice of fabric was a salmon color - I hesitated to do anything with it except just look at it on the now painted chair, wondering eww, something is just not right - My friend, Alan, came over and immediately said he would have gone for a green.  duh!!  So the next day I went to Joann Fabrics and picked up some green fabric, a new chair pad and cording.  I had scraps of fabric from a friends curtains I had made, which really went shabbily well with the curtains and fabric.  So below is making cording using the zipper foot - very easy.

Next, after sewing the cording you lay the fabric on top of the cushion and wrap and pin the cording to give it a nice custom fit.

then sew, again using your zipper foot.

I picked this up on the Valentine clearance at JoAnn's - it went very nicely with the whole look, I thought.

TaDa!  And here is the completed chair - I unfortunately did not take a picture of it the day I made it cause I needed a new battery for my camera - my son sat in it and now it has the lived in look.  I so admire other bloggers photography - everything always looks magazine quality - mine always looks like "happy hands at home!"  hence the name of the blog!  hahahaha

I still need to put a vanish on it - not going to wax -

That's all for now,

until next time,


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