Monday, May 24, 2010

shellie sews sweet stuff by the sea shore



For the past few months, I have been tackling many home d├ęcor projects, ranging from the small (wallpapering a cabinet) to the large (painting my bedroom). All of the hard work had been for the possibility of an opportunity that just actually happened that I will share very soon. {Hint!}

Helping me beyond words with feathering my nest during this process has been my dear friend Shellie. Whenever I get a big idea that requires sewing, Shellie is right there with enthusiasm, ideas, and her trusty measuring tape.



Shellie put these pillows together using some of my most favorite fabrics.



Shellie more than tidied-up this chair pad that I had "sewed."



Shellie can even decipher my Well, I want something unstructured and beachy . . . into something unstructured and beachy and beautiful.



She whipped this lovely valance together in record time and even made 2 pillow shams to match.

Shellie never allows me to pay her for her talents-on-demand, always insisting that this is simply what friends do. I do try to repay her with girls nights out (or breakfasts) on me.



I also want to thank sweet Sandi of Wayside Treasures who sent me this pretty runner, flower pin, and little Prima flowers just because they looked like "my colors." So thoughtful!

I am so very thankful for the friendships in my life -- offline and online.

xo
elyse

39 comments:

Kathy said...

Love all your projects and fabrics...
Your a very productive soul!
Have a wonderful week my friend,
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

clare's craftroom said...

What a lovely and very talented girl your friend Shellie is .

Free Pretty Things For You said...

SO sweet and talented!! what an awesome friend! drooling over those pillows!

Cindy said...

I love the beachy theme with the pink in it!
Speaking of pink...I picked up a few choice words that you used..Is there a congratulations in the near future? lol

I do lovew the little flower pin..I will check out her blog.

Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Karen said...

Aren't our special close friends just great? I have one who is also a whiz at sewing. Her name is Joy and I just love her to pieces. We do have fun together. Every time she finds some treasure at either an antique store or a yard sale - she'll text me with "START THE CAR!".
It's great!

I just love all of your projects. Especially the valances! And it all goes so well together . . . ahhhhh to have a cottage home.

Loved this! Love my friends too!
Have a wonderful week my friend!
Karen

Rustique Gal said...

I'm lovin all the pretties in your home, especially the pouffy window covering and the tied one. Simple and sweet!
Sherry

debi said...

Ooooooh! Are we going to see someone's sweet cottage home on the pages of a favorite magazine?
Everything is looking soooo lovely!

Sarah said...

Finders crossed that it all goes through!! (referring to hint!)

Your friend Shellie is so talented! How lucky you are to have such a wonderful and caring friend.

Lorrie said...

Beautiful projects that add such charm to your home. What a wonderful friend!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Ok, girlfriend......what is up with the fabulous Fifi and you? I feel something big and wonderful coming our way! ...insert a big smile here!***

LOVE the pillows! What a great friend you have in Shelley! She is a true friend indeedy.

Keep up the awesome work you are doing!

Know we love you,
becky

Mary Ellen said...

What a great friend you have!! That's one of the great benefits of friends-willingness to help at a drop of a hat- and cheerfully at that!
Your home just keeps getting more and more Elyse looking!!

bee blessed
mary

Liberty Biberty said...

You sure are lucky to have Shellie for a friend, her work looks wonderful! Love all your fabrics.
Mercedes

A Vintage Chic said...

Everything looks gorgeous, Elyse...perfectly gorgeous...Whatever it is you've got up your sleeve, it will be fabulous! Can't wait to hear about it...What a marvellous friend you have! We all need a friend like that!

Hope you're having a wonderful night...

Julie

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Seew sew pretty! Should be in a magazine! love the shot by the window. cherry

midutki said...

All is beautifull, but my favourite are pillows.

ALESSANDRA said...

wonderfull!!!! I love cuschions!

Stadsmuis said...

Really love your blog! I get all inspired and creative by seeing your great pics!

Greetings, Debby

Lori said...

how lucky are you...to have such a talented friend who freely gives of herself like that...i need a Shellie...i have a few sewing project i would love to have done...they are far outside my comfort zone...and i am afraid to start...the pillows and window treatments Shellie made for you are beautiful!!!

Theresa said...

Can I borrow Shellie? Love it all but my favorites are the pillows:) Love them both... what a talent! Can't wait to hear the surprise. Have a blessed day!

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Hi Elyse,

Oh how gorgeous everything is!! and what a sweet sweet friend she is to do all that for you! Those friends are keepers and I'm sure you treasure her! Your fabrics are to die for pretty too! Hope May is treating you well also, the weather has been so beautiful so I'm always frolicking about, but it feels good to have a morning to stop in and say hi to my sweet friend!!

Have a beautiful Memorial day weekend hun! Can't wait to see your "surprise" coming up too!:)

Hugs, Cyn xo

T's Daily Treasures said...

How wonderful-- a happy, helpful friend ... and all your little makeovers look great! I was in Ikea the other day and saw a cottagey living room set and, of course, immediately thought of you. :) I wish I could sew. Sweet gifts from sweet Sandi. Hope you are having a fabulous day, Tammy

Zuzu said...

What a special friend Shellie is. Everything, absolutely everthing is so sweet and beautifully made!

That's quite a hint, Elyse. You are on a roll - enjoy!!!

:)
Zuzu

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh goodness how lovely Shellie is, all these things are so pretty.
love
Alison
x

It's me said...

Owwwwww.....i love these colors !!!

You are so creative !!!

Happy sunny week !! hugs from Ria...

Claudia said...

Shellie is a treasure, isn't she? Someday I will have to meet her - maybe I can soak up some of her skills by being around her.

xo
Claudia

Sandi said...

Hi Elyse,
I knew those goodies would look perfect in your home!! Just lovely!

You have a great friend to do all that sewing for you too. I can sew, but I choose not to most of the time! lol
Hugs~

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Online bloggy friends are the best. Yes, those are indeed your colors. Your chair cushions and rug look absolutely beautiful together, Elyse!
Brenda

Beach Vintage said...

How sweet is that runner, so cute. You are a lucky gal.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Everything looks so fresh and pretty! I love anything that reminds me of the sea shore! ♥

Katsui Jewelry said...

That is so sweet, Elyse. I have two sheets that look kind of like those. No one in the family wants to use them as sheets. I want to wash them some more, so they are really soft and worn, and make things out of them, just because they are so delightful.

I am glad you got such nice treats from your friends. Obviously you are getting back what you put out to others!

Hugs,
Suz

Red Riding said...

oh my i just love those pictures,so inspiring

A Vintage Chic said...

Hi again, Elyse! Just reading your comment on my post...thanks for the visit, by the way!

Okay, you HAVE to read Katharine Howe's book--it's amazing! Devoured it last summer, then gave it to my mom, who passed it to my sister-in-law...loved it! I told my mom to keep it and I bought another copy! Definitely a re-read book!

How fun that you got to hear her...would love to do that!

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

Julie

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Oh my Shellie did a fab job! It looks just perfect!

Molly said...

Lovely blog and what a wonderful friend you have! I could just read your posts and enjoy your pictures all day. Do you think the wonderful blue print of your blog background and the cute cushion/pillows is still being produced and available? I have searched for something like it so long. Hope you can provide a name or a designer. Thank you!

GardenofDaisies said...

I love the curtains that Shellie made for you!!! What a delightful friend!!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

I love your sweet accents Elyse and how wonderful to have such a dear friend!

I am busting at the seams and screaming!!!!!!!

Love,
Maryjane
xox

Bethany said...

Shellie is a GENIUS!
All that stuff is amazing.
You guys make quite a design team.
Jealous!

eastwitching said...

You are inspiring! Beautiful and fresh with florals - I love the delicate chalky patchwork cushions. so homely and romantic. I want to patchwork again! Alison

Nishant said...

what an awesome friend! drooling over those pillows!
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