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!!