Friendly Homes Friday and a project

Welcome to this week's edition of Friendly Homes Friday! This week we are visiting my darling friend Trisha. Trisha is a ballerina turned marathon runner who is the wife of a PhD student and mother to beautiful twin girls (the Princess' BFFs) and an equally beautiful baby girl who is a true delight! Because Trisha's hubby is working on his PhD, Trisha knows how to decorate frugally (something we all should be doing I right?) and her creativity is amazing! She is a seamstress extraordinaire who even slipcovered her own sofa (which I realized after the fact that I failed to get a photo sorry!) She can sew just about anything and she puts her talents to good use beautifying her home! She is thoughtful and sweet and one of my very best friends. So, I hope you enjoy...

Starting at Trisha's front door...a group of our friends made these rustic cement planters this year. Trisha has hers filled with seasonal gourds. Made me think I should pull mine out and find a way to use them for Christmas. My apologies for this picture. I should have moved the whole thing out of the bright sunlight. But ya know, that would have taken effort. :-)

Such a pretty wreath, and I love the bow!

This little wood plaque with the leaves is so cute!

I love the color these berries add to the top of her entertainment armoire .

This is one of my favorite things in Trisha's house. She needed a little more storage in her kitchen, so she refinished this hutch! I love the fabric she added to the doors, and if you look closely you'll see that she covered a set of canisters to match. Yep, that's Trisha for you!

Okay, and she made these really cute little turkey placemats...she got the inspiration from an old Pottery Barn Kids catalog...just used some fabric scraps she had laying around the house. Of course she did. :-)

Same goes for this darling Thanksgiving banner. You all know how I love a banner. I almost took this one off the wall to bring home.

I thought this was too cute for words. Love those cute little bugs.

Here they are up close. Aren't they darling?

And speaking of bugs, Trisha knows how to pin insect specimens. That's a little trick she learned in college. Leave it to her to turn it into an art form. She pinned this beautiful swallowtail. I *heart* it.

She also pinned this Lunar Moth. This is another one of those things I could have taken home with me. Isn't it exquisite?

Some of you may remember these pretty autumn blocks. Trisha is the one who made them for me. Well, she also made this pretty monogram block. Just downloaded a freebie monogram from this website, printed it on cardstock and mod podged it to a painted block. So pretty! Of course, I am a sucker for a monogram.

She had a bunch of these sweet little pumpkins scattered around. She said they're made from bay leaves. Genius.

Hope you all enjoyed today's tour. Thanks to Trisha for opening her home and sharing with us some of her lovely decorating ideas.

And now for a little project of my own...
Many of you guessed that the projects I was planning were pillows. Well, you were right! I only had enough time to finish the crown pillow, but here she is in all her glory! I hope you all love her as much as I do. I'm planning on opening an etsy store sometime in the next week or so, and I will be selling some of these pillows, and some bee ones also. And perhaps some other designs and products...depending on how productive I am in the next little while. Soooo keep checking back for my grand opening! (I tell you all these sorts of things in advance because then it makes me get to it! Otherwise I might be forced to procrastinate a bit...anyone else have that problem?)

Ah, and before you go...did you all see that the Nester highlighted my mini-Mudroom that I wrote about both here and on Blissfully Domestic. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside that she liked it! She's like a bloggy superhero!woot woot!!

Have a happy weekend~


Ms. Tee said...

How am I first?! Your friend's house is so sweet - I love the little touches she has, like the banner and pumpkin from bay leaves. She's so creative. :)
Your pillow is so cute, too!

Unknown said...

Love the pillow!

Holly said...

I am just sooo inspired and in love with everything!! OOOH, all of the eye candy is just lucous. The pillow is gorgous, and I really think that they would fly out of an Etsy store. I would buy one!!

I enjoyed this weeks Thankful Thursday too. :)

Betsy said...

Her house seems fantastic and I really think she seems very creative. I really love that pillow. Can't wait to see what else you are going to do.

The wife said...

Just found your blog and I LOVE the pillow...and your friends house. Too cute!

Julie said...

Wendy The pillow is great! and your friends house is wonderful tell her thanks for letting us take a peek.
have a great weekend

Darlene said...

Your friends home is fabulous...I love all her special decorations and touches here and there.

I absolutely LOVE that need to get your store open ASAP!!

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

1. LOVE the house! Such inspiration and ideas!
2. LOVE the pillows! I was right. Cant wait to see what all you do there.
3. I saw that (mudroom) on Nester's site. You so rock, girl! I have a closet in my entry that I hate! I am so going to do that! How cooL!

Laura said...

I love your ideas! Your blog is my drug of choice! I'm going to try the mini-mud room myself (as soon as hubby gets around to it). I can't wait to buy a pillow for my little girl's "shabby" room! Keep up the awesomeness!

Ashley said...

Nice tour and, of course, love that pillow! Looking forward to your etsy shop opening!

Serendipity said...

Lovely house tour...I especially love the 'handmades'...

Congrats on THE NESTER recognition ... {your 'mud closet' really is sooo great!}

An ETSY exciting! The pillow is fab...

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Thank you for the lovely photos! Those little turkey placemats are adorable! Makes me want to make some too! Your pillow is precious and so pretty. Have a great weekend Wendy!

Shannon said...

Congrats on the Nester shout out! I thought that looked like your mudroom! :)

LOVE those pillows! I can't wait to see your store.

Your friend is one talented lady! Wow! Everything was so pretty!

Sara L said...

I adore her Thanksgiving banner!

Mrs. Gray's Class said...

The pillow looks great! Your friend needs to start her own blog so we can get some more inspiration. I'm looking forward to hearing about your process to open up an etsy shop - it is definitely a future goal I have for myself.

Angie said...

I just love seeing other people's homes and their creativity. Love everything in your friend's home, especially that monogrammed block. Your crown pillow is beautiful!

Melissa said...

Love the pillow! We all need to rest our head on a beautiful crown every night - don't we deserve it???

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh my many wonderful things in this post. I loved your friend's house and everything in it. And I do mean everything, right down to the matching canisters. Thank you for the great 'free monogram' source. You're always so good about sharing. And last but not least, that pillow is charming out to the wa-zoo!! Is that the crown you drew for your daughter's T-shirt? So cute!!

Essential Oil Premier University said...

Lovely decor and a very charming pillow you made too.



Our Complete Family said...

Wow Wendy! Your pillows turned out GREAT! Your Etsy shoppe will do so well!
Congrats on your big feature, too. That is neat-o, isn't it girl?
~ Les

Shauna said...

I'm new here! What a great blog :)

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

I have a bunch of questions and remarks about tis post.

First, I am so sad that I ever left South Hadley and the Amherst ward. Everyone there is so amazingly talented. I should of stayed longer so that it could of rubbed off on me.

Second, I think you should do a consulting giveaway where one of your readers (me preferably) could send you a pic of a room in our house and you could give the reader suggestions on how to improve it.

Third, doe Trisha have a blog? I love her so much. She made my wedding dress go from pretty to beautiful and I am so grateful for her amazing talents.

and last....
how did Alissa Hyde make that pumpkin that is on top of the scale? how did she write like that on the pumpkin.

oh and if I had ANY money at all I would fly you out here to help me decorate my house.

I LOVEEEEEE your blog. I am so glad you created this space. It's totally inspiring. You should go to the BlogHer conference by the way next June in Chicago. I went this year and it was amazing.

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