Thursday, October 22, 2009

Making my home cozy with Pillows and a wreath

I enjoy decorating my home and having it look pretty but I have found that going shopping for decorater items can cost a lot quite quickly! My solution is to usually make my own. Here are a couple of my money saving projects this week:

"New" pillows for our love seat.

Last month I wrote about getting a new slipcover for the love seat and recovering the chair in the same room. The love seat had pillows that came with it so I decided to recover them too. I was able to use material, ribbon and thread that I had on hand (the material was leftover from the curtains that I made for that room) so this project didn't cost me anything at this point. Even if I would have had to buy fabric and ribbon the cost would have been very minimal. I looked at decorative pillows at Walmart and it looked like the cheapest were over $10. So for this quick project I saved over $20.

This is the finished look.

Next project was a fall wreath for our front door. I was inspired by this wreath over at "Moore Minutes" and decided I wanted to make one out of things that I had on hand.

Here are the things I came up with to use:
Mostly it was all collected from the woods, our garden and meadows around our house. I decided to use a bucket lid (which I cut the middle out of) as a base. As always my trusty glue gun got put to work as well as florist wire.
It looks rather wild but it is fun too and I am enjoying it.
The kids favorite parts are the peacock feathers and lotus pod that I decided to stick in.

Have you been doing any frugal decorating lately? Share you ideas, I would love to hear them.

I want to invite you to join my on Thursdays in November and December (though we will take a break for Thanksgiving) for posts on making a Handmade Christmas. I plan on sharing gift ideas, decorating ideas and special foods and entertainment ideas all handmade (and frugal!). I am also hoping you will write posts on the way you have a Handmade Christmas and then link them up over here!
For more frugal ideas today please visit Frugal Fridays at Life as Mom.


Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Your home is lovely! Great job on the pillows, and that wreath looks fabulous!


Christine said...

Your house is beautiful! Many Blessings!

Ann'Re @ Home said...

How beautiful! :)

Jackie said...

The pillows are cute and I really like the wreath.

I will look forward to the handmade Christmas posts and hope to join you.

Woman Child said...

That wreath is so beautiful~! Love the peacock go girl!!

Sherri S said...

Hi Abbi! Thanks for stopping by my blog and thanks for the heads up/invite on your Handmade Christmas parties. I am planning at least a gift idea a week (hopeful!). I LOVE your wreath!!!!!! It is absolutely gorgeous and very classy. Using on hand items too! Genius. I made a fall one for my door this past week too on the 'cheap'. Loving your ideas, so I'm going to sign up to follow you too. :-) Have a great weekend.

Betsy said...

Lookin' good! My favorite "frugal decor" is finding old stuff in our barn. I found a neat old picture in the chicken barn that I hung in my sewing room, and just the other day I found an old barn door in our basement that I'm so excited about! I want to paint it and put in the living room somewhere. :)

Abbi said...

Thanks everybody!
I do hope you all can join my for the handmade Christmas. I love seeing others ideas and getting inspired by them.
Betsy, digging around for "treasure" on your farm sounds fun. I will be interested to see how the barn door works for your living room. It sounds neat and I am sure you will make it look classy! (in a country way)


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