Know Your Presidents

A neat way to purpose an old hankie!  Make a pillow!

A neat way to purpose an old hankie!  Make a pillow!

A neat way to purpose an old hankie!  Make a pillow!

A neat way to purpose an old hankie!  Make a pillow!

A neat way to purpose an old hankie!  Make a pillow!

A neat way to purpose an old hankie!  Make a pillow!

“Know Your Presidents” says the old hankie I recently bought at an antique store in Jefferson.  I knew when I saw it that I’d make it into a pillow.

Of course, I never thought to repurpose old hankies into pillows, that is, until I saw this easy tutorial, so easy in fact that any newbie seamstress like me can make this pillow.

The new pillow looks fabulous in my Americana living room, as I thought it might.

Oh, and this pillow has an envelope back, too.

(Pillows are of no use to me if I can’t remove the pillow form to wash the pillow cover!)

A neat way to purpose an old hankie!  Make a pillow!

I’ve discovered a new love of using old textiles to make new creations.  Making more vintage hankie pillow covers are definitely on my “to do” list.

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Decorative Additions to Our Master Bathroom

Decorative Additions to Our Master Bathroom

 I wanted to show you some updated photos of our master bedroom.  We recently made some decorative changes that I think you might like to see.

We hung a light over the shower.  Unfortunately, the base of the light fixture was bigger than the hole in our ceiling, but we solved that with a piece of reclaimed tin.

Since architectural salvage is our thing, we replaced our standard issue towel hooks with two reclaimed fence ornaments.

A reclaimed metal roof ornament, now a towel hook

The itsy bitsy wood blocks you see were used to space the architectural pieces away from the wall about an inch or so to make it easier to hang towels.

A reclaimed metal roof ornament, now a towel hook

A reclaimed metal roof ornament, now a towel hook

A reclaimed metal roof ornament, now a towel hook

We hung two — one to the left of the shower and one to the right.

A reclaimed metal roof ornament, now a towel hook

Yes, we could have hung them on the wider trim above the beadboard, but I wanted some visual space between it and the larger architectural piece we also hung underneath the transom window.

A reclaimed metal roof ornament, now a towel hook

(By the way, we bought these architectural remnants from Pieces of the Past.)

Architectural salvage found a home in our bathroom

Architectural salvage found a home in our bathroom

We also framed and mounted a piece of reclaimed ceiling tin over the shower.  It’s artwork as far as I’m concerned.

Architectural salvage found a home in our bathroom

Architectural salvage found a home in our bathroom

Lastly, I found an old decoupaged piece I had stored in our garage, and it has a new home above the toilet.  It’s one of the few things I own that won’t be damaged when it gets damp on a regular basis.

a pretty antique decoupaged piece

a pretty antique decoupaged piece

Decorative Additions to Our Master Bathroom

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Friday Favorites #36

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I have so much fun putting together Friday Favorites.  I hope you enjoy this edition featuring white things. This would be a fun way to provide plentiful bathroom amenities for guests.  Build a bath house (or an attached bathroom with more than one shower).   I discovered this photo on Sherman County Historical Society’s Facebook page and had […]

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Pieces of the Past in Johnson City

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 Pieces of the Past.  Isn’t that a wonderful name for a store that specializes in selling reclaimed materials? I think so. I always find somethings (yes, that’s deliberately plural) I cannot walk away from.  As a matter of fact, we bought the K and G there.  We also bought architectural roofing remnants we repurposed as […]

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