Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pillow Talk

Do any of you remember this old movie? It can be seen sometimes on an old movie channel on a quiet afternoon or it might show up late at night when few folks are even watching TV. Just a sweet little movie of yesteryear. I am not going to write a post about the movie "Pillow Talk" even if it does star Doris Day and Rock Hudson. I must tell you, Dear Ones, this movie was made the year I was born and since it's has 'pillow' in the title I thought I could poke this cute graphic in to go with my post about a pillow.

Am I a silly? You betcha! Okay, now that I've totally confused you let me explain. I have been doing needlework all my life. Well, not exactly all my life, I waited until I could walk and talk and not punch my eyes out with a needle before I started. Do you see the little fabric piece with the little lady holding up a flower? Well, when I was around 13 years old I embroidered this. Actually it was a set of pillowcases and a friend of the family told me if I would finish the pillow cases, she would crochet a trim around the edges. You see, she didn't think I would ever finish. But I fooled her and did it!
I was going through some things I had put away and found these pillow cases. So sad...the fabric was beginning to fall apart and one pillow case was beyond saving. But what was I to do?! I didn't want to get rid of this masterpiece from my early years of wonderful needleworkness. So I cut out as much of the good fabric from the pillow case that I could, embroidered my name and the year I made these (this was Mr. Precious' idea!). Then I ironed on some Wonder Under to another piece of white fabric to give my oldie some strength. I was really on to something! Did I tell you I was very creative? ;) I was going to turn my teenaged masterpiece into a pillow. I had some very sweet vintage looking fabric to use as my pillow and I was set.

Now this pillow was definitely going to have to have a ruffle around the edges. If you sew, you may already know about this little trick to help you make gathering a littler easier. After you've cut your fabric for your ruffle, folded it in half and ironed it, get ready for an easy way to pull up your gathers. I use crochet thread and just lay the thread on top of the edge of the raw cut strip and use a wide zig zag stitch to sew right over the thread.
See? This is how the edge of the ruffle will look.
Just leave long strands of thread on each end so you'll have plenty of thread to pull up your gathers without loosing any. I have failed to leave enough thread at the ends before and pulled the thread right through and lost my ruffles. I've done this a few times and I was not very happy with my wonderfulness! I do mess up from time to time!

Now just fold your ruffle strip four times evenly and place a pin at each point. The pinned points will then be pinned to the four corners of the fabric square. Begin to gather your ruffle by pulling the crochet thread between corner to corner. Distribute the ruffles evenly and then you're ready to sew the ruffle to the pillow fabric.

Look, there is the beautiful ruffle sewn onto the pillow fabric. This is the back side of the pillow. Cool, huh? I then laid the two fabric squares - front to back - with the right sides of the fabric facing each other, pinned them together, sewed, and turned it and ... is the pillow case ready to be stuffed! You can see I had topstitched the vintage rescued pillow case section to the top side of the new pillow front. I even was able to keep the old crocheted edging. Did I tell you how clever I am?

I made sure the pillow case was the right size for a ready made pillow form. Sometimes, I have to make my own, but this was not one of those times.
Here is my finished project - a new pillow with a little old memory stitched right on the front.
I can remember sitting in our rocking chair watching TV as I embroidered. Wonder what I was thinking about? School was out and it was a hot summer? How I was going to fix my hair for tomorrow? My boyfriend, yep, I had one at 13, but please don't tell Mr. Preicous! What was Mother going to fix for supper? I have a good memory, but I just can't say for sure what was going on in my little head that summer. But I'm so glad to have a little something that triggers my memory and draws me back to that sweet little time of my life. Oh, if only my little pillow could just talk!!
I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~
If My Pillow Could Talk
If my pillow could talk
If my pillow could talk
It would tell you 'bout
My sleepless nights
Tell you 'bout the rivers I cried
Ever since you said goodbye
If my pillow could talk to you
If my pillow could talk to you....
~ sung by Connie Francis

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Dining in Style

Hello, Dear Ones! I'd like to share with you a great experience Mr. Precious and I had recently.

You know how darling my Mr. Precious is, don't you? Well, he called me from work and told me to dress up because he was going to take me to dinner. I love to eat and if I have to dress up for it, that's okay! We jumped into the car in all of our beautifulness and drove to Houston. Mr. Precious said we're going to have a very nice dinner at a restaurant called 'Tony's'.

We pull up and all these little valets meet us and took the keys to our carriage and another one led the way to the front door. See the top photo? This is an amazing water wall that we passed through to go inside.Once inside, we're just amazed at the loveliness of the restaurant's decor! Look at the amazing art piece! It was called 'Three Graces'.

We were seated at a wonderful table and asked our waiter to snap a photo of us in all of our splendorness!
Each table was adorned with the most beautiful rose! Just look at the color. Of course Mr. Precious and I went to town on all the assorted breads!
Here is a very tiny, but very tasty appetizer - yummy shrimp with wonderfulness all over it. Isn't the little plate darling?
Mr. Precious loves lobster bisque soup and he ordered some. I tried this luscious salad made of chopped spinach, artichokes, tomatoes with a tasty vinaigrette poured on top. I am going to try to make this at home.
Entree time! Beautiful salmon for Mr. Precious and for me - a filet mignon stuffed with truffled butter. This almost melted in my mouth.
I don't have a picture of it, but the waiter insisted we try the macaroni and cheese! Somehow, that dish just didn't fit in this very innovative classy restaurant. But we are such lovelies, we agreed to try the macaroni and cheese. Let me tell you - it was to die for! This dish also had truffle oil in it. Yummy! Are you familiar with truffles? I will give you a little lesson on truffles:

Truffles are little tiny mushrooms found in France and Italy. They are considered delicacies and are very expensive and grow under the roots of certain trees. Now this is the silly part - but it's true. The smell from the truffles just set female pigs on fire. I think the scent reminds them of their Mr. Pig Preciouses. So truffle hunters train their Miss Piggies to sniff the ground and hunt for the truffles. But alas, Miss Piggy loves to eat the truffles (big profit loss) so the hunters prefer to train dogs to do the searching. So for about six months of the year hunters, piggies and dogs hike, sniff and dig their way to a nice profit.
Okay, Dears...thought some of you may have wanted to know this valuable information! ;)
I must really be getting comfortable in Blogland to tell you this...but I have a problem! You see, when I go to the ladies room in restaurants - I always take my picture in the mirror! Please tell me some of you do this too! Ahem! Well, okay!

Back to food stuff! After our meal was devoured, out came this darling little metal contraption with strawberries, blackberries and little puffs of meringue popped onto the points of the arms with a bowl of powered sugar to dip the lovelies into!
Since this was such a special evening, little fruits poked onto metal sticks would not do for Mr. Precious and myself. So we ordered a little blackberry dessert, rather like a sweet crispy muffin, topped with good ole ice cream!
As we prepared to leave Tony's, I turned around to take one last look at the 'Three Graces' and thought to myself...I'm coming back for some more of that tasty macaroni and cheese!
Hope you've enjoyed your evening with us and I'll leave you with a little
Note Song ~
Savory Truffle
You know that what you eat you are
But what is sweet now, turns so sour
We all know Ob-La-Di-Bla-Da
But can you show me, where you are?
Creme tangerine and montelimat
A ginger sling with a pineapple heart
A coffee dessert--yes you know its good news
But you'll have to have them all pulled out
After the Savoy truffle
Yes you'll have to have them all pulled out
After the Savoy truffle
~ George Harrison

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Let's Go Shopping!

So many of you have tempted me with your shopping trips, so I thought I would take you with me and we'll stroll through this precious little shopping area.

First of all we'll go into Capricci's Antiques and Home Decor. Oh, this little hutch looks almost like mine that's in my breakfast room. Look at all the lovely dishes!
Beautiful sparklies! Where would you hang these?
More lovelies!
Cockadoodledoo! I see you!
I love Nana's. Let's go inside...
Beautiful little night lights...
I just can't seem to get away from anything 'rooster'. See those little black pie birds? How quickly my head turns!
Such a cute homemade apron! Wouldn't I look beautiful in this? It would look so nice with my gorgeous hair! ;)

Now, is this the most precious little pillow made with vintage doilies, buttons and lace. Hey, I'm thinking I may have to try to do this myself. I'm so creative! Have I told you that before?

Does this make you want to wash dishes? So colorful and I spy another rooster!

Tea cups and tea pots! My heart is skipping beats here...
I'm going to be fine now. I can't leave Nana's without some tea. Ginger Peach, doesn't that sound so good?

For our last stop we'll head into Se Le Ve's!
Have you ever seen such beautifulness, teaness or fruitness?
More teaness! My my goodness!

Hope you've enjoying our little shopping trip today. Sorry I didn't bring along much money to spend. Mr. Precious will be so shocked! lol

uh oh
Chloe Dawn is pouting because I didn't bring her a present. Oh, Darling, I'm sorry I didn't buy you anything today. But I can give you a doggie cookie. Is that better now!? Shhh...she is so spoiled! ;)
I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~
Can't Buy Me Love
Can't buy me love, love
Can't buy me love, love
I'll buy you a diamond ring my friend
If it makes you feel alright
I'll get you anything my friend
If it makes you feel alright
Cause I don't care too much for money
Money can't buy me love
If you say you love me too
I may not have a lot to give
But what I got I'll give to you
Cause I don't care too much for money
Money can't buy me love
Can't buy me love everybody tells me so
Can't buy me love no, no, no, no
~ John Lennon/Paul McCartney