i remember when i was about seven and i gave my grandmother the cutest little green heart chotchkie you ever did see.
(side note: can we please pause on the word chotchkie. is it not the strangest yet most fun word to say? say it three times fast, chotchkie, chotchkie, chotchkie. wasn’t that fun? did i lose you? i had to google it to figure out how to spell it correctly and this is what google told me: a small worthless piece of crap. well, gee thanks, google. it did redeem itself by adding a side note. how fun that google also likes to use side notes. no wonder we are friends. anyway, google also said in its side note: chotchkies can be pretty. indeed some are. and some are, unfortunately, worthless pieces of crap.)
well, my grandmother loved her new little green heart and she decided, at the time, to hang it in her bathroom. the only problem was that her bathroom was not green. it was peach. with absolutely no green in sight.
this new no-green-in-the-peach-bathroom sparked a redecorating frenzy and my grandmother was soon replacing all of her rugs and towels and such to make the cutest little green heart chotchkie look like it belonged.
i’ll never forget my grandfather giving me a half smile and telling me that he was really glad i gave her that cute little green heart. his words, if i remember correctly, were, “ya know you start with a green heart and before you know it, everything else must be changed.”
you might be wondering why on earth i am telling you this story?
well, besides the obvious, that i really wanted to use the word chotchkie in a sentence, i also recently experienced how one little chotchkie can spark a snowball decorating frenzy.
enter my cute little owl i received from the garland exchange i signed up for.
isn’t he cute?
you know what’s not cute?
yup. that welcome burlap pillow that sits on our front porch bench. not so welcoming, if you ask me.
it was time for some redecorating.
so, i grabbed some supplies: a sharpie pen, scissors, bakers twine, pins, brown twine (that i decided not to use and instead use white thick string), measuring tape, and of course, burlap. oh and a large sewing needle (i forgot to add it for the picture).
i started by wrapping my pillow insert in the burlap (if you’re wanting it to be more precise, use the measuring tape…i like to wing it).
then pin the edges together, so you’ll know where to sew.
this is where i stopped taking pictures because i wasn’t so sure how it was going to turn out. just take your needle and string and weave in and out around the edge until two thirds of the sides are sewn. are you following that? i’m terrible at tutorials.
next, take the sharpie and write your word or saying onto the burlap.
then take the bakers twine and sew along the letters (after you’ve removed the pillow insert).
you could also cross-stitch to make it more interesting, but i only had an hour free during my son’s nap time, so i had to work fast.
once that’s done, slip your pillow insert in and tuck the last edge inward and sew together and you’re done.
put it next to the cute little owl that started it all and stand back and admire.
and then notice that your thrifted two dollar pillows need pom pom edging and your front porch bench needs to be reupholstered.
Ah, yes, this is what my grandfather must have been talking about when he said, “start with one thing and everything must be changed.”
i guess i have some projects lined up for the next couple of weeks.
that’s okay. i’m loving my pretty little worthless pieces of crap. i mean chotchkies. 😉