Friday, June 29, 2012

A Party and Some Printed Pillows

Every year I host a get-together for all of the women I taught with at my previous school.  I left that school 3 years ago and I find that this is the best way to keep all of these dear friends in  my life and up to date with the "goings-on" in each others' lives.  

I try to keep the party as simple as possible - food, drink and lots of things to keep the kids happy and busy!
I planned everything for outside, but the day of the party was so blinking HOT, that we moved it all inside!! The kids were in and out - after all you can only blow bubbles and play with water guns OUTSIDE - but all of the food, wine and chatter took place where the air-conditioner was cranked up!

As usual these days, a few of my party ideas came straight from Pinterest.

While we waited for the 10 mommies and their kids to arrive, I snapped a few pics to capture these summery moments:
Juice boxes on ice, Timbit and strawberry kababs, paper lantern decor and a bucket full of new sand and water toys

A yummy display of veggies, plastic "glassware" ready to be filled with a cocktail, bubble equipment and flowers in full bloom

Now the title of this post contained "Printed Pillows."  How do those fit into the party scheme?  Well - to be honest, these pillows came into fruition a day or two before the party while I visualized the decor for the get-together.  My deck is covered in pots of pink flowers and all of the furniture is quite neutral in colour.  I have a few throw pillows that I purchased last year, but unfortunately they became quite faded over the summer months.  When I pulled them out for THIS summer, I knew I needed to add a few more pillows with a bit more colour-zip.  

I used a chunk of fuchsia cotton that I found at the thrift store and took it from plain to pizzazz  using craft paint, a sponge brush and some foam stamps.

With stamp and paint in hand I went to town  creating a garden of daisies on my pink fabric.  

Love the daisies, but I needed more colour zing.  Add in the yellow centres:

Once satisfied with one kind of print, I covered another section of the fabric with a different pattern using several shapes of stamps.  A little touch of yellow landed here, too!

It took next to no time to whip these rectangle chunks of fabric into 3 throw pillows:

And they were the perfect addition to the "deck decor" for my party.  In fact, every time I am out on our deck, I am so pleased with how they turned out. They are the perfect dash of colour for the beginning of the summer!


  1. Timbit and strawberry kababs! Love it!

    Okay, this summer I need to make more of an effort to learn to sew! I keep seeing all these fun pillows, including yours! Your pillows go so well with your beautiful planters (love the turquoise and fuschia together).

    Great idea for keeping in touch, too. It's so hard to keep those connections once you switch schools.

  2. Everything looks awesome!!! The pillows are adorable and I love the "punch" of pink!

  3. Yum! I want to come to your party! Love the pillows....I have those same foam stamps too! Beautiful project Bronwyn! Angie xo

  4. Hope your party turned out great---I love what you did with your pillows!

  5. I love the stenciled pillows! Adorable! Would love for you to link up at the Pomp Party!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  6. I love that cushion....very...PINK!

    Might steal the idea of putting the dips inside the peppers clever you are.


  7. Bronwyn, I love your hand-stamped pillow, so pretty and they just makes you happy to look at them! When you have time come over and grab your Versatile Blogger that I passed to you today :)

    Hugs, Tanya

  8. Those cushions look fab. I had never even thought about stamping a plain fabric to make it a bit more personal. Thats another idea to add to my list of many, many others tee hee :) x x x x

  9. The dips inside the peppers is AWESOME!!! Love the printed pillows!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality :)

  10. I recognized these pictures! It was a fabulous party! She truly is the hostess with the mostest. I am lucky to have a friend like her.

    1. Oops, I forgot to say who wrote that last comment.

      Thanks for a great day.

  11. Very cute! Thanks for sharing these on Scrappy Saturdays! Love it!


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