Author: fashmaven

Dwell: DIY Envelope Back Pillows

Since moving into my new place, I have enjoyed creating my new “home”. The quickest way to personalize a room is through sofa pillows.  Your living room is a place to entertain and have fun conversation pieces. Here is a step by step guide to personalizing pillows.  I hope to start making and sharing DIY videos soon. Measure dimensions of your pillow.  Add 1″ to the height and multiply the length by 2, then add 6″  i.e. (18″ x 18″ pillow requires 19″ x 42″ fabric). Place rectangle right-side down and press 1/2″.  Fold over and  press another 1/2″.  Stitch 1/4″ from inner fold. Overlap right and left edges by 4″(right sides together).  Measure the square to make sure it matches your pillow dimensions. Sew the top and bottom  edges with 1/2″ seam allowance. Press.  Turn your pillowcase right side out. Insert pillow. How did this work out for you?  It took me a little over an hour to complete. Click below to link to sources. Pillow Inserts Korean Inspired Fabric Martha Stewart’s 3 Ways to Make a Pillowcover

Enjoy: La Boutanche

I delight in a rose on a warm evening.  This rose had some acidity, bursts of strawberries, and small hints of tannin.  As the wine buyer  described , ” It’s like summer water!” Want some cheese with that wine ? [pun intended]  For me, wine is best served with a taste of food.  Please share the delight in my experience. Follow the spread counterclockwise: Le Delice du Poitou (rectangle) Fresh Baguette Candied Figs Handful of Almonds Petite Breakfast  (half moon) Camembert du Bufala (pie slice) Did you try this?  What do you think?

Shopping Estate Sales

My first experience shopping an estate sale was standing in a block long line at 8 am.  The house was for sale by the owner along with everything in it.  Anxious shoppers and collectors flooded all 3 floors.  It is hard to fight the urge to buy all things in sight like tiny silverware to antique furniture.  I wonder the stories behind every piece. I stuck to small notions to either keep, gift, or resell.  How do you like my finds?  If you are interested in purchasing, contact me.